If you or someone you love has a deep interest in other cultures, physically going to these places is one of the best ways to learn about them. However, for many people with these types of anthropological interests, actually traveling to these places isn’t always an option. Whether you can’t travel due to financial obligations or you’re living in an assisted living facility, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of other ways that you can learn about and experience other cultures aside from visiting them in person.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways to have new cultural experiences when you can’t travel.
Spend Time Doing Research
There’s so much to be learned about other cultures simply by doing some research online. Not only can you read books, articles, journal entries, comment sections, and other online resources from people who have seen these cultures first-hand, but you can also find ways to connect with those who actually live there and are part of the culture.
As a good place to start, consider learning about the history of the place or people you’re interested in. Then, as you familiarize yourself with this, learn how things have been in recent history. And once you feel like you have a good grasp on these things, try to find ways that you can connect with someone who’s been there or lives there so you can get a genuine perspective on what that culture is like.
Take Virtual Tours
Another great option for getting a look at what the place and culture of the area you’d love to visit is like is to take a virtual tour.
Thanks to the global pandemic, so many places around the world have put together virtual tours for people to take. This will allow you to see video and photo footage of what the actual place would look like to you if you were there. So while you may not be able to visit in person, you can see parts of it with your very own eyes.
Eat Food From Other Countries
One fun way to get in touch with another culture is to eat like they do.
If you fancy yourself as a fine chef, you may want to try cooking some authentic foods from the area that you’re interested in. This can help to give you a sense of what it might be like to eat and cook as these people do. But if you’d rather experience some of the food closer to how it’s meant to be, consider looking for a restaurant in your area that serves food from this region of the world.
If you want to experience other cultures but can’t actually get there to do it in person, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how this can be done from the comfort of your own home.