Interacting with local people is one the highlights of a trip to a foreign country. On many occasions travellers are surprised and sometimes even shocked when they discover the habits, ways and practises of the people they are visiting. And just as well they might find the way a traveller behaves funny, odd or even appalling. Understanding these differences and acting accordingly helps to bridge the gap between the traveller and the local.
Cultural guides in Wikitravel
The same culture can be shared by different countries, but one country can also harbour a multitude of cultures. These boundaries do not necessarily follow the national or regional borders used in Wikitravel articles. Culture primarily has to do with people and less with land. So, the nature of cultural topics is sufficiently different from the content found in "geographical" articles. Therefore a separate cultural guide can link to the appropriate "geographical" articles and vice versa. If need be, interlinking cultural guides of different levels can be written. For example, the guide covering Indonesia might have links to lower level guides covering the Toraja culture on Sulawesi or the Dani culture in Western New Guinea.
Cultural guides are not meant to give a thorough, in-depth academic study of all the aspects of a given culture. Nor are they meant to describe cultures from a moralistic point of view: this is not the place to claim a certain culture to be inferior or superior to another or that particular aspects of it are right or wrong. Their function is to prepare the traveller for actions and reactions of local people as well as give them a basic insight of the do's and don'ts in the place they are going to visit.
Cultural guide names
Structure of Cultural Guides
Each Wikitravel cultural guide should have the following parts:
The format of the guide should follow the Cultural guide template.