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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 […]

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December 29, 2015 by | Comments Off on 7 Amazing Places to Ring in New Year’s on the Beach

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, […]

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December 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment

20 New Year’s Eve Parties Around the World

See the dazzling fireworks at Rio de Janeiro's New Year's celebration on Copacabana beach.

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 […]

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December 10, 2015 by | 2 Comments

Festivals in December

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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 […]

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December 8, 2015 by | Comments Off on Festivals in December

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

Take a stroll to the Colosseum on Christmas Day.

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

Where to Spend Christmas in Italy

Christmas in Rome

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 […]

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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 | Comments Off on Festivals Taking Place Around the World in November

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 […]

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October 19, 2015 by | Comments Off on Thanksgiving Travel: 8 Amazing Things to Do and Places to Go

Festivals Around the World in October

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Photo credit: nicolicreer via Flickr.

From religious ceremonies to hot air balloons, October is filled with a variety of festivals. The changing colors in many places, along with cooler days, and the refreshing calm before the hectic holiday season draw locals and travelers to some of the world’s most famous – and obscure – events. Since festivals often showcase local […]

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October 2, 2015 by | Comments Off on Festivals Around the World in October

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July

There's no better place to watch fireworks than on a beach! Photo credit: Kyle Nishioka via Flickr.

For many Americans, July 4th is a family holiday — it involves backyard barbecues, maybe a parade through town and a local fireworks show. Some people, however, have dreams of celebrating the nation’s birthday with more pizzazz. Thankfully, there are plenty of options around the country that deliver 4th of July festivities worth traveling for. […]

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July 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment