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Being exposed to unfamiliar cultures broadens your worldview and makes you appreciate traditions different from your own. You also get the chance to experience music, food, and events that help you create lasting memories. If you’re in the mood for a multicultural getaway, some destinations are especially outstanding choices.
New York City
In the 1900s, immigrants streamed into New York City when they arrived at Ellis Island. You can even go to Ellis Island today and look through ship passenger logs to check for details about people in your family tree.
It’s not surprising, then, that New York City still has such a strong multicultural influence, particularly in certain districts. Consider spending some time in Little Italy and Chinatown as a start. While in both of those places, you’ll hear a variety of languages spoken, have chances to buy interesting wares from street vendors, and find no shortage of tasty goodies made by people from other cultures.
Ready to hang out with some Canadians? Make your way to Toronto, designated in 2016 as the most diverse city in the world. Most of the people who live there come from outside Toronto, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons you’ll find over 200 nationalities represented in the region.
No matter whether you’re there during the coldest season or the warmer months, it won’t be difficult to get your fill of multiculturalism. One possibility is to make festival attendance a must-do part of your itinerary. Whether you love music, food, or both, Toronto has festivals throughout the year that capitalize on the various parts of its culture.
While some people might choose Rome as their destination of choice, Milan, Italy, has an abundance of diversions to offer, as you can see by reading any Milan travel guide. In between the walking tours you take that give you glimpses of gorgeous architecture, make some time to fuel up with food from one of the city’s scrumptious choices.
Milan has earned a reputation as a food mecca, so you probably shouldn’t plan a trip there if you’re trying to stick to a diet. But get ready to feast your eyes and treat your stomach while browsing the plethora of food options, ranging from bustling bakeries to quaint eateries.
Also, think about going to Via Padova, thought of by some as one of Milan’s most multicultural neighborhoods. While there, you’ll notice a high percentage of kids from other nations, and you’ll also get to see aspects of local life as evidenced by the billboards and advertisements scattered throughout the area.
Via Padova is not an elegant neighborhood, nor is it known for tourism, but it’s a place to go if you want an authentic look at life for Milan’s multicultural residents. Many of them end up there after moving to Milan and find it a place of comfort due to the other international residents and even the convenience stores selling wares from other countries.
Let this list be your guide on an upcoming multicultural adventure. Regardless of your trip length, you can anticipate rich experiences and lots of inspiration.