How to Prepare for an Adventure Trip

Travelling can give you the fun, excitement and thrill that you are looking for as long as you prepare yourself for it. Here are some of the things that you should pay attention to in case you are planning to have some adventures during your trip.

Make Sure Your Passport Will Not Expire During Your Stay

If you are planning to spend your holiday in a foreign country, you need to make sure that your passport will be valid throughout your stay there. If you don’t want your Continue reading

Tunarama festival

tunarama festival

Port Lincoln, South Australia

Tunarama, as the name suggests, is a Tuna-themed festival held in Port Lincoln, South Australia, from January 24th to 26th along with the Australia Day celebrations. The highlight of this festival is the World Champion Tuna Toss competition, where competitors try to hurl a frozen tuna fish of eight to ten kilos as far as they can. Continue reading

La Tomatina

La Tomatina

La Tomatina

Spain hosts a number of festivals each year and La Tomatina is one of the highlights of the country’s ever-eventful festival circuit. It is also one of the biggest food fighting festivals in the world. Every year on the last Wednesday in August, people, both local and tourists, flock the streets of Bunol to participate in this tomato throwing festival. Continue reading

Mardi Gras

MardiGras

Mardi Gras in New Orleans : Photo – LIbrary of Congress

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday is a Christian Holiday and is celebrated on the day before Ash Wednesday or Lent. New Orleans is one of the most famous hosts to the Mardi Gras festivities attracting thousands of tourists and revellers. In New Orleans it is one big exuberant Holiday celebrated with music, parades, floats, picnics, great food and king cakes! Continue reading

Trinidad Carnival

Trinidad Carnival

Enjoying Carnival in costume

Trinidad is the larger of the two islands creating Trinidad and Tobago, off the coast of Republic of Venezuela in South America. Trinidad and Tobago’s national shibboleth, “Together we aspire,  together to achieve,” is quite apt in expressing their sentiment to explain the gigantic effort that goes into making one of the most effective Carnivals on the earth with its Continue reading

Why Should You Travel To Mexico At Least Once In Your Lifetime?

mexicoPeople across the world visit various tourist destinations every year. Most of these destinations are either historical or purely relaxing and amusement oriented. People generally visit places such as Switzerland, Italy, France, Pacific islands, Thailand and other South East Asian countries. However, have you ever given Mexico a thought as a potential tourist destination? If your answer is no, then you must read further to learn more. Let us inform you that without further doubt, this country is one of the most loved tourist hot spots for many, including American tourists.

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Easter Witches in Sweden-

Swedish Easter WitchesMost Christian holidays have pagan roots and traditions, and Easter is no exception. In Sweden, it is said that this is the time of year that witches mounted their broomsticks and flew off to Blockulla – the mystical meadow where witches gathered to dance with the devil.

This piece of folklore is commemorated in Sweden on Maundy Thursday, or Scarlett Thursday – the Thursday before Easter Sunday, a day in which the Church marks the Last Supper at which Jesus Christ was betrayed by one of the Apostles. In a tradition similar to Halloween, Swedish children paint their faces and dress as witches (påskkärringar, or ‘Easter hags’). They go from door to door, carrying their broomsticks, to ask for candy and other treats. In some areas, the children make little decorated Continue reading

Carnival in Germany: Fastnacht / Fasching / Karneval

Carnival in Germany

Carnival, the rowdy celebrations preceding the start of Lent, is celebrated across many cultures with different traditions. While Latin cultures are famous for their Carnival celebrations in places such as New Orleans and Venice, there is a very strong Carnival tradition in northern cultures, as well, especially in the Catholic areas of Germany, where the Carnival season lasts for several months. The “Karneval” of Rio (from Latin “carrus navalis” = the “ship of fools”) becomes the “Fastnacht” of Mainz (from the Germanic word “fasten” – to fast).

In many parts of Germany, the official Carnival season begins at the 11th minute past the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – November 11. This gives the various Carnival guilds three to four months to organize the festivities, such as parades, balls, and the election of their Carnival “royalty.” In Continue reading

Chocolates and Valentine’s Day in Japan and Korea

Japanese ChocolatesIn cultures that observe Valentine’s Day, it is usually the men who are under a lot of pressure to make a dinner reservation and buy a gift for their wife or girlfriend. In Japan and Korea, however, it is customary for the women to give gifts to men on Valentine’s Day instead. Typically, the gifts are boxes of chocolate, which most women purchase for all of the men in their lives: their bosses, male co-workers, male friends and family members. These are called “giri choco,” or “obligatory chocolates.” It is not unusual for a woman to buy 20 or 30 boxes of chocolate for this occasion. In fact, more than half the chocolate sold in Japan is purchased around February 14th!

Japanese women also buy “honmei choco” for their special someone – typically a larger, more expensive Continue reading