• Ireland!

    Ireland: Cliffs of Moher! Go Now!

    Ireland
    The Emerald Isle is world famous for its landscapes, foods, beers, and culture. Explore Ireland!

  • Indonesia!

    Indonesia: Lombok. Go Now!

    Indonesia
    This archipelago nation is culturally diverse from big cities to isolated islands. Begin Your Journey!

  • Switzerland!

    Switzerland: The Matterhorn. Go Now!

    Switzerland
    This mountainous country unites ethnic Germans, French, and Italians; making it home to a number of diverse cultures. Go Now!

  • Qatar!

    Qatar: Dhows in Doha Bay. Go Now!

    Qatar
    Although little more than a deserted peninsula, Qatar has a thriving culture based on technology and immigration, with Doha (pictured) taking the lead. Explore Qatar!

  • Mexico!

    Mexico: Sunrise over the mountains in Puerto Vallarta. Go Now!

    Mexico
    Although many people just go for the beaches, Mexico offers impressive mountain vistas (pictured in Puerto Vallarta), great food, and historic ruins that compete with the best in the world. Begin Your Journey!

  • Tonga!

    Tonga: Coastline. Go Now!

    Tonga
    The heart of Polynesian culture is rooted in Tonga, but most visitors just come for the natural beauty. Explore Tonga!

Africa

Welcome to Africa

Africa is among the most vibrant, colorful, and lively places on earth and this begins with the great diversity of the people. Stretching north of the Sahara Desert the people and culture reflect that of the Middle East in many ways as they share a language, religion, foods, and much more. However, as you travel south the culture changes, the language changes, the religion changes, and the foods change.

These many changes aren't uniform; the differences in sub-Saharan Africa stretch from language to language, religion to religion, and food to food. Nearly every country boasts incredible diversity ethnically, linguistically, and culturally.

The way of life in Africa is also incredibly diverse due to the landscape and history of the people. The wet and river-filled west creates a vastly different lifestyle than the great savanas of the east, the rain forests in central Africa, the open plains in the south, and the deserts of the southwest and north. These landscapes have provided different foods, animals, and lifestyles.

In addition to these changing landscapes, the lands also experienced vastly different outside influences as many Europeans settled the coastal lands, some even making their way further inland. These people brought in new foods, clothing, languages, and religions. In many ways these new religions have had the greatest impact on the culture and lifestyle, but these outside influences have also altered city skylines, transportation, and jobs.

While some cities and places may look and feel quite European, these feelings are short-lived as the vibrant people and culture always dominate the scene, whether that's in a city or in a small village. The people are friendly, open, social, and curious. The culture in Africa is vastly different from one place to the next, but they are also incredible exotic to most travelers, making Africa unlike any other destination in the world.

African Countries: