Unearthing local cultural traditions and spiritual practices around the world.
About Best Cultural Destinations
Best Cultural Destinations profiles people around the world who are bringing culture to life. With an approach that is equal parts National Geographic-Vanity Fair-People magazine, BCD offers moving human interest stories, insightful features on the intersection of tourism and social change, compelling photography, and high energy, uplifting videos. BCD is for people who read, think and have a desire to connect in a meaningful way with local cultures around the world.
BCD provides a unique perspective, presenting stories of how culture is created and shared--by allowing locals to tell their own stories in their own voices. Through interviews and profiles, you'll meet indigenous artisans, pioneering activists and innovators, dedicated preservationists, spiritual seekers, global visionaries and a host of others, who each relate their inspiration, process, techniques, and heritage. You'll also learn about their personal epiphanies, challenges, breakthroughs, and hopes for the future--for at the heart of all culture is our shared human condition.
On BCD, you won’t find “the top ten restaurants in Paris,” or hotel reviews, or sponsored posts. Instead, you’ll be able to travel the world (without even leaving your living room if you so chose) and be transported through life-changing stories of humanity and connection, or take your wanderlust to the next level by learning about the meaning and significance behind different cultures across the globe. If you want other travelers’ opinions, go to TripAdvisor. If you want the take of cool people on their own culture, who also share some pretty amazing life lessons, then dive in! Welcome to Best Cultural Destinations!
BCD was founded by Meg Pier, who sees herself as "channeling" the stories of people who have been generous in sharing their experiences with her. Meg considers being a conduit for cultural identity as a sacred responsibility.
A proponent of experiential travel, Meg values the expertise of local guides who can offer access and insights that she readily admits she can’t presume to achieve on her own. Experiential means walking in the shoes of another and getting a glimpse of life through their eyes. It also means responding—intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and physically—to the sensations elicited by an encounter with living, breathing culture. Such exchanges mean a connection has been made, our lives have been enriched, and we take away a little something of that culture, which will remain with us always.
Best Cultural Destinations is an outgrowth of www.ViewfromthePier.com, a site Meg launched in 2008 and which was her creative laboratory for the eight years. In 2017, Meg was invited to become a member of Google+ Create, an exclusive community of creatives such as painters, illustrators, writers, bloggers, video makers, photographers, tech experts, and scientists, who all share, collaborate and support/help one another.
Meg has been engaged in telling people's stories for more than 30 years, and when not immersing herself in the world's cultures, she helps destinations and organizations position, enhance and brand their cultures. An award-winning professional with a progressive 25+ year career blending expertise in writing, editing, interviewing, public relations and brand building, Meg has a diversified set of credentials: a corporate career as the founding member of PR departments for four major financial services firms; consulting assignments to create communications platforms/infrastructure from scratch for numerous non-profits; a portfolio of bylines for media and corporate publications, and memoirs ghostwritten for private clients.
Meg has been the recipient of PR Week's First Place Award for Small Corporate Communications Team of the Year and named one of five finalists for PR Professional of the Year; New England Publicity Club's First Place Bell Ringer Award for public affairs campaign and two organizational identity campaign awards; Bulldog Bronze Award for product/company positioning.
The thread throughout Meg’s wide range of interests is an endless fascination with people’s stories. She has an abiding passion for helping others to “connect the dots,” engaging them in a process to discover what makes them unique and discern the value their experiences can offer others. Meg considers it is a privilege to work with individuals and organizations to find their voice, as well as identify ways in which to let it sing.
Meg welcomes story ideas & invitations to collaborate. Reach out to her at [email protected]