Inside the St. Louis Art Museum.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

-Henry David Thoreau

From exploring galleries to museums, to attending festivals and visual arts exhibitions, arts travel can fulfill and stimulate travelers on many levels.

Major cities around the world have museums housing the works of the great masters.  Cities such as Basel, Miami and Hong Kong host art fairs that draw thousands of collectors, curators and casual observers.

From the West End to Off-Broadway to famous colosseums that display the world’s greatest talents, experiencing the arts  can energize and engage travelers in surprising and unexpected ways.

Arts travel introduces us to some exemplary works of budding artists and world renowned artists. Art works have a special way of conveying their message. The canvass and its colours speak volumes and we all simply love that.


Oaxaca | Fermacide photo by Eliza Amon.

Rats and Astronauts: Street Art in Oaxaca

By Eliza Amon

Famed for its artistic traditions in weaving, pottery and painted wooden animal carvings known as alebrijes, the Mexican city of Oaxaca is also brimming with contemporary art.   Read more

Mexico Off the Beaten Path The Arts

Brazil: A Country for Every Travel Budget

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Brazil has a rich cultural heritage, countrywide celebrations, locally sourced scrumptious cuisine and natural attractions that attract millions of travelers every year.   Read more

Central and South America Budget Travel Events & Festivals The Arts
Standing guard outside of Windsor Castle.

What to See and Do at Windsor Castle

By Ali Jennings

Most people know Windsor Castle as the venue for the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, swiftly followed by the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, but there’s far more to Windsor Castle than just royal matrimonial events.   Read more

United Kingdom Family Travel Architecture The Arts
Outdoor art. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Kinston, North Carolina: A Farming and Industrial City Turned Arts Hub

By Kathleen Walls

They say art is in the eye of the beholder. When you visit Kinston, North Carolina, art will be in your eyes, ears, and taste buds too.   Read more

United States The Arts
"Love Out Loud" at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland a Washington DC suburb. Photo: Daniel Baldwin

Washington DC: An Exploration of a Thriving Poetry Scene

By Daniel Baldwin

Poetry is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Washington DC. Despite its storied literary history, diverse music communities, and world-renowned museum system, visitors and residents alike have trouble seeing beyond the shadow of Capitol Hill.   Read more

United States Literature & Music The Arts
bojnice-slovakia

Slovakia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

With spectacular mountains good for hiking and bicycling, dramatic castles, charming architectural cities, and a vibrant contemporary arts scene, Slovakia has much to offer tourists.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Toro Graffiti Picasso

Picasso’s Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

Raised and educated in Spain, Pablo Picasso moved to the French capital in the early 1900s. Here he experienced decades of inspiration as part of the city’s buzzing Modernist art movement and bohemian atmosphere.   Read more

Spain The Arts
Taken from a riverfront park on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Quincy, Illinois. U.S. Highway 24 is routed along the bridge in the background.

Quincy, Illinois: The Midwest’s Hidden Gem

By Hanna Muth

Located in western Illinois, on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, you’ll find my charming and welcoming hometown of Quincy. With a rich history, Midwestern hospitality, and a thriving arts scene, Quincy is Illinois’s best-kept secret.    Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History The Arts
Racing Extinction mural photo by Nayla Azmi

Splash and Burn: A Sumatran Conservation Mural Tour

By Nayla Azmi

The earth belongs to not only some humans, but all humans and other species that co-exist together. So it’s important to ensure everyone is on board in a conservation initiative.   Read more

Asia The Arts Conservation
(Cover image) Spiral Jetty Overview. Photo: Eliza Amon

Spiral Jetty: Making the Trek to the Famed Utah Earthwork

By Eliza Amon

Seventeen miles down a gravel road that cuts through an empty expanse of desert to reach the northeastern edge of Utah’s Great Salt Lake is an enigmatic art destination that’s worth the pilgrimage. And pilgrimage it is.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path The Arts
The Dotty Wotty House as part of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit. Photo: Kathleen Walls

The Heidelberg Project: A Detroit Artist’s Political Protest

By Kathleen Walls

Award-winning artist and sculptor Tyree Guyton started The Heidelberg Project in 1986 as a political protest after he returned to his old Detroit neighborhood, the Heidelberg area in the McDougall-Hunt Neighborhood, and found dereliction and debris.   Read more

United States Insights The Arts Preservation
Lavapies neighborhood street art in Madrid

5 Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Visit in Madrid

By Bianka Cramblit

Madrid is a lively capital city constantly buzzing with excitement. Before COVID inflicted its long pause on international travel, this well-connected international h   Read more

Spain Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Overview of the South Korean port city of Busan.

How South Korea is Painting Its Way out of Poverty

By Rose Munday

On a warm June day, the ocean breeze cools balmy Busan, South Korean’s busiest port city. As I stand overlooking Gamcheon Culture Village nestled on the coast, I shiver as I imagine what it once was: a dangerous slum, ravaged by war. Nowadays the rainbow facade of Gamcheon Culture Village … Read more   Read more

Asia Architecture History The Arts
Greetings from Austin mural

Visiting Austin: The Live Music Capital of the World

By Courtney Campbell

Officially deemed the “Live Music Capital of the World” in 1991, Austin, Texas is a city ripe with musicians, politicians, authors, activists, artists, and other creative types   Read more

United States Literature & Music The Arts
Yokai tori-Japan

Japanese Yokai: Mythology Preserved in Art

By Hannah Cook

Yokai can be summarized as Japanese spirits or spectres, deeply rooted in historical Japanese mythology yet still depicted in art and culture today.   Read more

Asia History The Arts