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12 of the Best Places to Go for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday on the Chinese lunar calendar – and because of its vibrant public events, we can join in on the fun as well! In 2016 it’s on February 8, but the celebrations start on February 7, or New Year’s Eve, and can go through February 22, known as the Lantern Festival. So let’s take a look at where you can enjoy ringing in the Year of the Monkey with locals!

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January 20, 2016 by | Comments Off

Carnival Celebrations Around the World

Most of us are familiar with some of the most famous Carnival celebrations in the world — Rio, Venice and New Orleans among them. But Carnival is celebrated all over the world in nearly any place that has a strong Catholic background, so there are plenty of places where you can enjoy festivities even if you’re not in Brazil or Louisiana this year. In addition to the majors, here are places with some of the more interesting Carnival celebrations around the world.

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January 20, 2016 by | 2 Comments

7 Amazing Places to Ring in New Year’s on the Beach

New Year's Eve fireworks at Copacabana Beach in Rio

Eating, drinking and dancing. These are three activities that define New Year’s Eve across the globe. But some people do them wearing winter jackets, while others get to feel the sand between their toes as the fireworks go off. Do you want to be one of the latter? Then spend December 31 at one of the following destinations.

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December 29, 2015 by | Comments Off

25 Places to Spend Christmas Around the World

Switzerland during Christmas. Photo credit: Olivier Bruchez via Flickr.

With city skylines glittering with illuminations and enough festive delicacies to make everyone loosen their belt buckles a few notches, the Christmas season is upon us once again. The only question is: Where should you spend the big day?

Whether you want to soak up the atmosphere of Europe’s vibrant Christmas markets, visit Santa’s hometown, attend Christmas mass with the Pope or enjoy a picture-perfect white Christmas, here are 25 of the best places to spend Christmas around the world.

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December 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment

20 New Year’s Eve Parties Around the World

As the Christmas lights start to fade and the holiday season is coming to an end, there’s still one final bash to send out 2015. With the New Year just around the corner, now’s the time to make your New Year’s resolutions, drink away the last year’s regrets and celebrate starting all over again in 2016. From riotous street parties and fireworks extravaganzas, to marching bands and torchlight processions, here are 20 of the best New Year’s Eve parties from around the world.

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December 10, 2015 by | 2 Comments

Festivals in December

When you think of December celebrations, dancing elves and Christmas songs likely fill your head. But there is more to December than Ol’ Saint Nick. While you were busy standing in line to get the hottest new appliances to put under the tree, you were missing other incredible celebrations going on around the world, some that are interesting variations on Christmas and others that have nothing to do with it. With this assortment of festivals, you’ll be celebrating all month long.

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December 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Where to Spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Europe

While end of the year holidays usually bring up thoughts of home and hearth, more people are heading overseas to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or both! If you’re thinking of taking your holiday show on the road this year, here are some great choices for spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Europe.

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December 3, 2015 by | Comments Off

Where to Spend Christmas in Italy

Visiting Italy during the Christmas season offers two bonuses – you’ll avoid the high summer season tourist crowds plus get to see the country decked out in all its holiday finery.

December 25th isn’t the biggest holiday of the winter season in Italy (that would be Epiphany, in early January), but it’s still a great time to go – and you’ll find a festive atmosphere in every corner of the country. There are a few areas, however, that take the holidays to another level.

Here are a few suggestions for where to spend Christmas in Italy.

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November 24, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Festivals Taking Place Around the World in November

Pushkar Camel Fair

Visiting a new place during a festival can be a great way to get an inside look at traditional food, music and art, and to learn more about the local culture. Here are some of the festivals taking place around the world in November.

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November 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving Travel: 8 Amazing Things to Do and Places to Go

Pikachu balloon by Ben+Sam (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Thanksgiving’s eating, drinking and merrymaking tend to come with an element of stress over meal planning, preparation and cleanup. So take a break from the usual this year: Because what better way to celebrate an extra two days off in a row than to travel elsewhere than someone’s dining room? Consider going big — take your family and friends with you, or make a break for it with a private getaway — and skip the Black Friday shopping this year in exchange for experiences with far greater returns.

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October 19, 2015 by | Comments Off

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