Adventure Chat #16 - Cultural Adventures

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When I began participating in Twitter chats I loved the amount of interacting and great information I was seeing. I also noticed that most chats were about travel. While I love traveling, I am more of an adventure junkie and enjoy local activities like camping and hiking and the occasional road trip. So, I started my own Twitter chat called #adventurechat on Monday’s at 10 am pst. It’s a fun and informative way for me to learn from everyone else’s adventures. I’ve had more than one person ask me for a blog transcript so here we go. I’ve taken out all retweets and responses that are confusing as well as putting all Q and A’s in order. While the pictures were beautiful I do not have the right to include them here but they are all a part of the full transcript on Travelogx.com. For the 16th chat I had guest host @vagabonslog on to talk about "Cultural Adventures". I was out of town shooting for my next episode and was unable to participate but reading back the chat has been a wonderful way to appreciate and learn about everyone's Cultural Adventures! Here are the questions and transcripts from the chat and a special thank you again to Jens Notroff for jumping in to host this week!

QUESTIONS: 

Q1: What actually is a cultural adventure to you? Where do you seek ‘culture’ out there?

Q2: Is local culture something you deliberately include into your adventures or is this more of a roadside spin-off?

Q3: Have you ever taken a specific adventure to track down something of cultural importance – a site, monument, etc.?

Q4: Where do you look for cultural adventures? Any tips for sources like guidebooks, blogs, etc.?

Q5: Museums, markets, pubs – which places do you go to get into contact with local culture? 

 Q6: Churches, mosques, temples – do you consider religious sites as part of your cultural adventures? Do you visit them? 

Q7: With food being part of culture, did you ever try some of the more exotic local delicacies? What was it like?

Q8: Culture vs. nature – completely different adventures or just another set-up? Which do you prefer?

Q9: Share your most memorable favourite cultural adventure with us!

Q10: What’s a peculiar cultural trait of your neighbourhood which is often overlooked or barely known?

@monicagoesshow Welcome to #adventurechat! My guest host today is @vagabondslog talking Cultural Adventures! I’m out on the road but will try to pop in!

• @vagabondslog Hello and welcome to #adventurechat on #CulturalAdventures! My pleasure to be your host today! Where are you joining from?

@MikeDJeremy I'm in #Sydney (#Australia) it's 3am

@BenOnAdventures Very rainy northwest Ohio! #AdventureChat

@tripcipe Sunny California! #adventurechat

@vagabondslog Hello to Ohio! Also rather rainy over here in Berlin. #adventurechat

@caliparksorg Joining from sunny, parched LA! #adventurechat

@WoolXwool Woolx here at #adventurechat for the first time! We're tweeting from lovely Upstate NY! twitter.com/vagabondslog/s…

• @lavidashannon Hello! Popping in from Anguilla! #adventurechat

• @macauusa Greetings from #Macau China! @vagabondslog #AdventureChat #CulturalAdventures

• @Riz_Markie Cheers from Orlando, FL! @vagabondslog #AdventureChat

@vagabondslog Okay, let's start w/ #adventurechat. Here's Q1: What actually is a cultural adventure to you? Where do you seek ‘culture’ out there?

@BenOnAdventures Food, certain locations, etc. Pyramids of Egypt for example, they're part of that 'culture'. #AdventureChat

@caliparksorg A.1 Where one can be with locals and be immersed in the local life - like when staying with relatives #adventurechat

• @driveonleft A1 Immersing myself in diff culture. Just got back from 30 man stag in Finland as only non-Finn. It was a cultural adventure! #adventurechat

@WoolXwool A1. For us #culturaladventure is traveling to explore + learn from a culture different from your own. #adventurechat twitter.com/vagabondslog/s…

@macauusa A1. Anything that allows you to explore the local history and cuisine! @vagabondslog #AdventureChat

@NomadayTravel A1:discovering stuff that's different to what we r used to.for ex #kamasutra temples in #khajuraho #india #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog @caliparksorg Great answer! Immersipon into local life - that's what I'd call cultural 1st-hand experience as well. #adventurechat

@tripcipe A learning adventure that lets you experience people/places that you may be unaccustomed with. . #adventurechat

@MikeDJeremy Cultural Adventure is simply any variation of or from your normal environment(s). It's a fancy way of describing a "journey".

@VacationSellout A1: We think a cultural adventure is when you take time to learn about the locals & the community as a whole #Adventurechat @vagabondslog

@lavidashannon @WoolXwool A1: Very much agree! It can def mean different things depending on where you go, but seeking to understand local. #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog @tripcipe Well put! Never cease learning! #adventurechat

@lavidashannon A1: and seeking experiences that allow you to delve deeper into local customs. #adventurechat

@vagabondslog History! Absolutely essential part of culture! #adventurechat

@lavidashannon A1: yes! For me that can happen anywhere though I love small towns vs. big cities for those experiences. #adventurechat

@NomadayTravel agreed on local life- it's the real life and real culture #priceless #adventurechat

@iTraqTag A1: Any place can be a cultural adventure - My goal is to search for adventures where the culture varies greatly from my own. #adventurechat

• @CaitlinKellyNYC A1: Cld be anything new to me...anywhere. Doesn't have to be "official culture" like a museum; maybe a concert. #adventurechat

@LoversExplorers A1: Experiencing an environment/area that isn't native to you. Seek it EVERYWHERE! There are so many things to learn about #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog Q2: Is local culture something you deliberately include into your adventures or is this more of a roadside spin-off?

• @VacationSellout A2: Definitely include it. You learn so much from locals and where they live. It's a way to expand your mind #adventurechat @vagabondslog

@caliparksorg A2. I include it in, by calling relatives or friends who have lived or know people from the area. #adventurechat #makefriends

@macauusa A2. Absolultely! Exploring like a local gives you a truly one-of-a-kind experience. @vagabondslog #AdventureChat

@driveonleft A2 Always include. Only way to get to know the people and the history. Love diving into the local food scene (markets/rests) #adventurechat

@VacationSellout A2: Get away from the tourist attractions & experience what that culture is like rather than what's popular #adventurechat @vagabondslog

@BenOnAdventures Yes! Culture is excellent! I always make a point of seeing it wherever I go! #AdventureChat

@monicagoesshow a2: it's been both for me. I've taken trips specifically to experience culture and other times stumbled upon it. #AdventureChat

@MikeDJeremy  "Local Culture" this can be majorly over rated. Saying that, nuanced differences can be fascinating.

@Riz_Markie A2. It's the no. 1 reason I love to travel! Local exploration = a truly intimate experience. @vagabondslog #AdventureChat

@vagabondslog I think that's the quintessence, isn't it? Avoid beaten path and taking same perspective like everyone else. #adventurechat

@WoolXwool A2. Deliberately include! learning how other people live = a broader understanding/love of the world #adventurechat twitter.com/vagabondslog/s…

@caliparksorg Yes. I have been directed to great markets or obscure history of local heroes/public figure #adventurechat

@NomadayTravel A2:local ppl local food local folk ART that's what cultural adv would be for us in Old Delhi crazy streets #adventurechat

@iTraqTag A2: Definitely include - Especially with our kids, we want to expose them to a wide variety of cultural experiences. #adventurechat

@LoversExplorers A2: Deliberate. Anyone can see the touristy areas, we want to see the real people in their daily lives, including festivals! #adventurechat

@vagabondslog Q3: Have you ever taken a specific adventure to track down something of cultural importance – a site, monument, etc.?

@monicagoesshow a3: I went to Italy and Greece just to see these awesome sites! #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/88Vp91MyZl

@driveonleft so fun to see diff in spanish vs hungarian vs italian #adventurechat

@WoolXwool A3. #Ayutthaya in #Thailand! Well worth a train trip and being chased by wild dogs! pic.twitter.com/Woj9ewykwP

@BenOnAdventures Yes! I did one to D.C to see several historical places, I wrote about it on my blog! benonadventures.com #AdventureChat

@LukeTravels A3) I swallowed my fears and hopped into a small plane to see the cultural treasures known as the Nazca Lines in Peru. #adventurechat

@VacationSellout A3: Yes! Took an adventure in Louisiana to Clark Creek near Tunica Hills. Absolutely beautiful! #adventurechat @vagabondslog

@caliparksorg A3. Yes. A trip to Rome to see the Sistine Chapel and the Coliseum #Adventurechat

@macauusa A3. Yes! Highly recommend visiting the beautiful @UNESCO World Heritage sites in #Macau. @vagabondslog #WowMacau #AdventureChat

@driveonleft A3 Yes. Angkor Wat in Cambodia is probably the furthest we've traveled #adventurechat

@Riz_Markie A3. All the time! I tote around a book of places to visit 😉 @vagabondslog #AdventureChat

@CaitlinKellyNYC A3: Of course. Macchu Pichu is one of my best memories ever. #adventurechat

@iTraqTag A3:When we went to Cancun for a friend's wedding we spent most of our time sneaking off to visit ruins #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/pBcJda7plY

•l @NomadayTravel A3:oh yess!ex.long way to reach the ancient kamasutra temples in India.worth it!#adventurechat pic.twitter.com/gyqmrZCL7D

@1Dad1Kid A3 Went to Guatemala specifically to visit Tikal. Some other parts of Latin America for their ruins as well. #adventurechat

@vagabondslog Q4: Where do you look for cultural adventures? Any tips for sources like guidebooks, blogs, etc.?

@VacationSellout A4: Blogs! It really shows what to expect when you go but then you make the experience your own! #adventurechat @vagabondslog

@tripcipe Awesome travel bloggers on Twitter, like @yourowntrail @Globe_Guide @sfgirlbybay @Travel_boomer! #adventurechat

@driveonleft A4 love getting inspiration from other bloggers. We tend to have the best insight! #adventurechat

@Riz_Markie A4. Asking locals when I land, combing through blogs and checking tags on #Instagram! @vagabondslog #AdventureChat

@CaitlinKellyNYC A4: All of these. With friends living worldwide, I also rely on locals' insights/advice. Also in-place recon. #adventurechat

@caliparksorg A4. travel blogs, call local establishments, (where I may stay) some apps too! #Adventurechat

@Trip2p Yes, we agree! The locals are always a great source for adventure :) #AdventureChat

@BenOnAdventures Blogs, books, everywhere!! #AdventureChat

@tripcipe Agreed! It's great that there are so many new technologies to allow for communication. :) #adventurechat

@caliparksorg Instagram gives great insight - through someone else's eyes - Things I want to see! #adventurechat

@iTraqTag A4: My favorite source of information for travel adventures near or far is from trusted travel bloggers. #adventurechat

@BenOnAdventures The pieces of history that are still there. On my D.C trip, seeing and going into the Washington Monument #adventurechat

@LoversExplorers A4: A map! Just pick a place, then start researching (Google is your friend) & guidebooks. #adventurechat @vagabondslog

@vagabondslog Q5: Museums, markets, pubs – which places do you go to get into contact with local culture?

@1Dad1Kid A5 Markets are a big one. We also typically stay in apts in local neighborhoods, so we get a lot of connections that way, too #adventurechat

@caliparksorg A5 All of them! and teahouses, laundrymats, concierges, restaurants (new convos there) #adventurechat

• @Trip2p A5: There are normally many local markets that allow you to feel like you're a part of the community & culture. #adventurechat

@macauusa A5. All of the above! :) Each has a little something different for everyone. Local temples are great too! @vagabondslog #AdventureChat

@driveonleft A5 Pubs are always a good bet in the UK! The Brits are always a little more chatty after a few pints #adventurechat

@VacationSellout A5: We go to different restaurants/pubs that locals suggest. Museums are a great way to learn about local culture, too! #Adventurechat

@tripcipe Definitely markets and pubs! Places where the locals go really allow you to see and experience a culture! #adventurechat

@WoolXwool A5. Love museums but you often end up only meeting other tourists. Pubs, parks, etc = talk to locals. twitter.com/vagabondslog/s…

@Riz_Markie A5. As a #craftbeer & fashion fan -- I love local pubs & markets! Great for scoring unique finds to share! @vagabondslog #AdventureChat

@iTraqTag A5: To me they all weave together the build the full experience of a local culture but markets/dining are a huge piece for me #adventurechat

@CaitlinKellyNYC A5: Museums often too tourist-y. I like to pick a pub/resto and become a regular and ask owners for tips.#adventurechat

• @BarBlogger  I'll drink to chatting in the pubs! #adventurechat

@driveonleft works every time. Whether British or Irish, it can lead to meeting some interesting people #adventurechat

@CaitlinKellyNYC  A fantastic market -- in an unlikely place -- is St. Lawrence Mkt in downtown Toronto. Have a peameal bun! #adventurechat

@Trip2p Food is always a great way to get involved in the culture :) #adventurechat

@NomadayTravel A5:we loove #MARKETS. Delhi is a paradise for those goo.gl/TmPQsD #bestprices #adventurechat #hardcorebargain

@monicagoesshow a5: do pubs count as culture? I'm SO cultural then! 😳 they counted in England I think 😉 #adventurechat

@pubclub A.5). Pubs!!! #adventurechat

@LoversExplorers A5: Pubs & local eateries are great to connect w/locals--find out the inside scoop & meet someone new. Love markets! #adventurechat

@vagabondslog Q6: Churches, mosques, temples – do you consider religious sites as part of your cultural adventures? Do you visit them?

@caliparksorg A6. Absolutely. Churches are a big part of my appreciation of art and history. Museums have such treasures #adventurechat

@CaitlinKellyNYC A6: Yes, def. One of my best-ever moments was a church service in New Orleans. Not just for sight-seeing. #adventurechat

@BenOnAdventures Yes! I'm a man of faith but even if I wasn't they are still part of the world's history and still are culture! #AdventureChat

@BarBlogger A6.) Not me personally, unless it's something significant like Notre Dame in Paris. #adventurechat

@VacationSellout A6:Yes. Even if you're not religious, there's so much beauty & culture in religious sites that you have to see #Adventurechat @vagabondslog

@Trip2p A6: Sometimes, especially if they are important to the destination. The architecture is always beautiful too! #adventurechat

• @CaitlinKellyNYC In Marylebone High St church, London I was struck by the plaques for those lost in WWI. #adventurechat

@vagabondslog A6: Considering religious sites in particular of interest to local culture. Helps reducing prejudices. vagabondslog.com/2013/11/15/at-…

@GirlUncharted A5 All of the above!! I think varying types of experiences is the best way to understand varied aspects a culture.

@macauusa A6. Great way to get in touch with local culture & history -- maybe fulfill part of a personal journey too! @vagabondslog #AdventureChat

@WoolXwool  A6. Definitely, they're often a huge part of the local culture as well as beautiful architecturally. twitter.com/vagabondslog/s…

• @iTraqTag A6: I do if they are specifically open to the public. I leave private locations private, no matter how gorgeous and tempting. #adventurechat

• @Riz_Markie A6. As often as I can when traveling! It's almost as if it takes you to the heart of the local culture! @vagabondslog #AdventureChat

@tripcipe The art and design of some churches are incredible! #adventurechat

@NomadayTravel avoiding claustrophobic museums alternative-open air museum Buddhist caves in Ajanta #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/kwZQu6FBeT

@tripcipe Some places happen to be built around their religious history, so churches/mosques/temples are a good option! #adventurechat

@NomadayTravel A6:countless temples in India are inevitable!they r literally part of every day life and shape reality here #adventurechat

• @1Dad1Kid A6 Most definitely. They're big parts of the culture and history of the place. #adventurechat

@LoversExplorers A6: We seem to discover lots of churches. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to see everything. Culture moderation for me! #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog Q7: With food being part of culture, did you ever try some of the more exotic local delicacies? What was it like?

@driveonleft A7 Always try local delicacies. Usually good too, but there is almost nothing I won't eat. Ate whale and puffin in Iceland! #adventurechat

@vagabondslog A7: Absolutely having a weak spot for #CulturalDelicacies. ;-) vagabondslog.com/2014/01/31/the…

@BenOnAdventures I tried some different Chinese food in ChinaTown in Washington D.C. The people were great and it was very nice! #AdventureChat

@CaitlinKellyNYC A7: Nothing too exotic (yet). But enjoyed the fattest oysters anywhere last month in Ireland #adventurechat

@VacationSellout A7: Not exotic, but I went to a Parisian cooking class & was able to learn to cook French cuisine that was popular w/ locals! #Adventurechat

@caliparksorg A7.A must. Sometimes TOO hot, not my taste (locals laughed at me - all fun!) too much alcohol#notreally #adventurechat

@1Dad1Kid A7 I always try to have as much of the local food as I can. It's such an important part of the exp for me. #adventurechat

@1Dad1Kid A7 cont: It's almost always been good. #adventurechat

@WoolXwool A7. Always, best part of traveling! Although sometimes it's best not to know too much about what you're eating!

@iTraqTag A7: I would fail the food challenges on The Amazing Race. Alligator, rattlesnake & tongue are about as adventurous as I get. #adventurechat

@tripcipe Yes! We try to be as adventurous as @andrewzimmern and @Bourdain. We even tried guinea pig in Peru. #adventurechat

• @CaitlinKellyNYC In Canada, you have to try a butter tart and a Nanaimo bar (both are v good desserts.) #adventurechat

@LoversExplorers A7: Love local dishes! John tried grasshoppers--he didn't mind them. Sarah..tried a plantain and felt pretty adventurous. #adventurechat

@iTraqTag The first food I was offered in France was rabbit spaghetti. In sauce, most meat tastes the same :) #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog Q8: Culture vs. nature – completely different adventures or just another set-up? Which do you prefer?

@BarBlogger Maybe some rural spots but overall a great country to go to pubs and soak up local culture. #adventurechat

@driveonleft I lived in NYC and now London, so I'm used to being around a lot of strange people! #adventurechat

• @LoversExplorers A8: Both! Nature is a culture in itself. Landscape constantly changes and has something new to offer. #adventurechat @vagabondslog

@BenOnAdventures I believe they mix together no matter where you go. #AdventureChat

@WoolXwool A8. Doesn't have to be separate. Often culture is tied to the natural surroundings. twitter.com/vagabondslog/s…

@NomadayTravel A8:it's good to mix these and find balance.culture is often hidden deep in wild nature #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog Now that's a perspective! Hidden culture within nature. Well put! #adventurechat

@driveonleft A8 Might prefer nature on a holiday. Live in a city, so nice to get out into some open space! #adventurechat

@VacationSellout A8: Both are great! I would say spend one day really getting to learn about the culture, and the next exploring nature #adventurechat

@LoversExplorers Don't they know I have travel/adventure on my mind?! Some people ;) @vagabondslog #adventurechat

@CaitlinKellyNYC A8: Both! Just spent 3 wks in Ireland; 1 wk in isolated Donegal cottage (nature),1wk in Dublin(culture/food) #adventurechat

@pubclub A8.) Going to the #greekislands for the 1st time and stepping off the ferry to the swarm of people offering "rooms to let!" #adventurechat

• @iTraqTag A8: Love when part of the culture is being in nature. Here in #atx I think it's illegal to eat inside. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/d85OweZoNo

@vagabondslog Q9: Share your most memorable favourite cultural adventure with us!

@CaitlinKellyNYC A9: Far too many!! But I loved seeing the Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy; an 11th c graphic novel. #adventurechat

• @caliparksorg A9. meeting some great locals at an event and spending the eve with them looking at the city at night - and eating! #adventurechat

@BenOnAdventures I've had so many its hard to pick!! But one of my favorites was when I was 7 we went all over Germany! #AdventureChat

• @NomadayTravel A9:Having Indian chai with Royal Maharaja family in #Udaipur!Very friendly prince! #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/8kBIliGlnN

@tripcipe Getting to talk to the lively people who lived on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. #adventurechat

@driveonleft A9 Already mentioned, but going to remote area of Finland with 30 Finnish guys for stag. Only non-Finn speaker. Interesting.. #adventurechat

• @macauusa A9. The colorful Chinese New Year! Entertainment comes alive throughout the city. @vagabondslog #AdventureChat pic.twitter.com/xbQPjjZKDd

@vagabondslog Last question - Q10: What’s a peculiar cultural trait of your neighbourhood which is often overlooked or barely known?

@CaitlinKellyNYC A10: I live 25 miles n of NYC on the Hudson River; great historic homes here like Lyndhurst and Kykuit. #adventurechat

@driveonleft A10 In Islington area of London, pub theaters. Normal pubs on ground floor, but small play productions on first level #adventurechat

• @BarBlogger A10.) It's not peculiar but where I live – Hermosa Beach, CA – beach volleyball IS the culture. Seeing girls play now. #adventurechat

@tripcipe We love #adventurechat because we are always learning something new. :)

@Trip2p Us too! There's always something new that pops up :) #adventurechat