Travel Travel in a Globalized World? How to Find Authenticity When Every City Looks Alike Authenticity in a globalized world means looking for a mix of traditional and new, local and global. Even a food court in Sri Lanka can be culturally authentic One of the most surprisingly culturally authentic experiences I had in Nepal was when I got a haircut. So much seemed familiar when I sat down: the chair, the mirror, the equipment. There were minor differences, too. But the real difference came after the haircut. In Nepal, a haircut also gets you a full head massage. I was even told a rumor that you aren’t allowed to drive afterward because the massage puts you in such a daze that you wouldn’t possibly be able to do that responsibly, and I believe it. It was a mood-altering Zen-state inducing massage.