Two Books That Will Inspire You to Travel to Bhutan

There are places that will change the way you view things and perhaps even transform your life. And a country located at the edges of the Himalayas is one of them. Awe-inspiring, eye-opening, and mesmerizing are just some of the things that will describe a Bhutan vacation. The Buddhist kingdom puts a premium on Gross National Happiness (GNH) and its role in development. The country also boasts of pristine environment and is the only carbon negative nation in the world. Not to mention its breathtaking scenery and inspiring way of life. If you have not been to Bhutan and thinking of going there someday, here are some great reads about the kingdom that will make you want to book a ticket now. 1. A Splendid Isolation: Lessons on Happiness from the Kingdom of Bhutan by Madeline Drexler Author Madeline Drexler delves into Bhutan’s happiness as a social policy and provides a fascinating glimpse into its culture and way of life. If you love to travel or interested in topics like Buddhism and happiness, this book is a delightful, informative, and thought-provoking read. 2. Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa Beyond the Sky and the Earth is a memoir [Learn more...]

8 of the Best Movies on Racism and Prejudice That Are Worth Watching

A lot of social injustices are rooted in bigotry and prejudice. Racism continues to haunt many people around the world. Even the most multicultural cities have its share of haters and racists. While respect and tolerance may take some time to take root in some places, there are ways to encourage discussion on diversity and how to fight bigotry. Here are some of the best movies that touch on racism and on confronting prejudice. A Family Thing (1996) Highlights: One death lead to a striking discovery between two families, a story of one white southerner and a black man discovering that they are brothers Bend It Like Beckham (2002) Highlights: A story of an Indian Sikh girl who dreams of making it to a top women’s football team, a glimpse into the challenges that inter-family and cultural differences present Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) Highlights: A film depicting the challenges of interracial relationships and how two liberal parents from the upper class deal with their daughter’s relationship with a talented and accomplished black man Hotel Rwanda (2004) Highlights: Based on a true story that that unfolded during the 1994 civil war in Rwanda, a [Learn more...]

5 of the Most Multicultural Cities in the World

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain Exposure to diverse cultures may not be a magical solution to eliminate hate and prejudice in the world, but it does its share of work in changing perceptions. Travel is a great way to immerse in local culture and interact with people who may live by different beliefs and practices. While many countries have one cultural identity that stand out, there are ethnically diverse societies across the globe where different cultures co-exist. Here are some of the most multicultural cities in the world that can give you a glimpse of how diversity can be a platform in promoting respect and tolerance. Amsterdam, The Netherlands The city has long been associated with tolerance. It is one of Europe’s most culturally diverse cities with 180 different nationalities. Amsterdam not only welcomes people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. It also has anti-discriminatory policies in place including not just [Learn more...]