About us

Culture Whiz is the primary resource for people interested in moving or traveling abroad. Going abroad, or even another city in your own country, can be a little stressful or upsetting to the average person. It is most always the case that their stay is limited in time until they have to leave for their next destination, leaving them with a strong sour taste or curiosity about what they might have been.

But what if you could learn about the location of your choice before visiting? Imagine a situation in which you had prior knowledge before you visited your chosen location. It would make a WORLD of difference to how the turnout of your experience would have been!

That's what Culture Whiz aims to provide for you. A resource that gives you an insider's perspective on what the culture and social life of the destination you're planning to venture into or just curious about is all about. Our platform goes deep into the way of life that lies behind the places you're planning to visit. Emphasizing what people are like, what social life tends to be like, living costs, information about the government and the law of the area, and, of course, what food and entertainment venues are like!

That's just a portion of what we'd have imagined, but don't take it from people writing online about it! Another advantage that makes Culture Whiz unique is that you have the opportunity to book your own host, who is native to the area you plan to travel! That way, you get a first-hand look at what you can expect from your journey into a new culture! This host can be chosen specifically for you on the basis of your wishes and needs, which we learn when you sign up. Or you can browse our experience section and choose a host of your preferences.

Traveling will always be a puzzling journey that you are expected to figure out as you go along, but why not be in control of getting to choose what to involve in your quest for cultural enlightenment!

How it works

Culture Whiz is essentially a market for community members and coordinated travel services to gather every bit of information about the area you want to visit, allowing you to fully experience what that culture has to offer-making your travel more exciting than ever before. Anyone can add a network service and receive network payment tokens named WhizCoin in return. Buyers can pay for articles, experiences, etc. Blockchain technology is used as a means of transferring money over the Internet without any intermediary, such as a bank or payment processor.

Whenever someone wants an agent to perform a service, a smart contract is signed for that specific job. By default, the contract will involve the exchange of service tokens. Incentive and reward tokens are distributed as rewards for contributing to the network. E.g. Writers are compensated based on how much users expressed appreciation for their work. To do this, we use a like button that could be triggered multiple times by each user. The compensation system also includes rewards for curating (discovering / editing) popular content.

1.There are two kinds of locations: destinations and places. Destinations are terms, and represent areas where to travel to (not smaller than town or village). Places are places of interest inside destinations, i.e. represent places where to go to when you are in a destination. Any user can add/edit a place.

2. There two kinds of user content: articles and trip reports. Articles are written by professional authors and deal with certain general questions. Trip reports are written by any user and deal with their personal experience.

3. There are requests for articles and trip reports, that can be added by any user. Users are allowed to vote for outstanding requests of other users. That is, there is a rating of "most wanted" requests. Users can also request well-researched travel/relocation reports based on personal interests and needs.

4. Tags are compulsory for articles, trip reports and places. For users, tags are "interests". Tags are used to find similar content under "You may also like" sections for articles and trip reports pages. "You may also like" section for place page is additionally filtered by current destination. Besides, there is a block "Recommended to you" on destination page, that shows places in current destination that are recommended to current user on the basis of his/her interests.

5. Personalized trip planning service. Provides tailored Itineraries for your ideal getaway. Access to hand-picked guides, luxury hotels, unforgettable dining experiences & more.

Culture Whiz aims to be on the forefront of worldwide travel, and we have just the tools to do it!

Our Story

What is the culture in Germany like? What are the social factors that make France what it is today? Culture Whiz was founded by Shawn Blake and Alexandra Raduga as an online resource with information on all aspects of cultural and social life in different countries. We answer all these questions and many more in an entertaining format that’s fun and easy to absorb. Whiz it! Visit! That's what we're about. There are hundreds of travel sites that tell you about the best places to visit or the coolest sights to see, but contain nothing about the people and their culture.

Our Mission

Culture Whiz was created with the spirit of sharing knowledge. Whenever travellers meet each other on the road, they swap info about the places they came from and ask questions about places they're going. We want to make it easy to share that knowledge and let others share it. The challenges of moving, settling in, and making a new life can be difficult. We aim to help make this easier. Whether you're an exchange student, traveler, professional, or pensioner – our information, resources and services will help you settle abroad.

At Culture Whiz, we believe travel or moving country can be a transformative learning experience, in which one immerses into a culture, beyond the façade of the tourism industry – meeting people, visiting places, and experiencing a cultural authenticity beyond that of the average traveler. You will make new friends and learn new ways of life. We're working hard to become the place to go for people moving country.

Meet our team