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Celebrating WorldPride Madrid 2017

worldpride madrid 2017

We were lucky enough to celebrate WorldPride 2017 in Madrid last weekend! Here’s what we got up to: From 23 June to 2 July 2017, WorldPride was celebrated in fervor in the Spanish capital city of Madrid. It was the world’s biggest LGBT pride celebration, with about 2 million participants descending upon the city to […]

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Nyepi: Celebrating the Day of Silence in Bali

nyepi day of silence

When’s the best time to visit Bali? I’d say during Nyepi, the Day of Silence. Here’s my experience celebrating the Balinese New Year. The streets of Ubud are filled with hundreds of people – all dressed in multi-hued, kebaya blouses and batik-print sarong cloth wrapped around their waists. Priests clad in pure white garments chant […]

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Chinese New Year in Singapore: A Festival of Traditions

chinese new year singapore

For those celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore, here is a guide on the traditions and practices of the festive season. In the oriental world, the year has only just begun. We’re currently in Singapore, ringing in the Year of the Rooster with my family and friends. Chinese New Year is one of the most important […]

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10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Travelers

Christmas shopping or gift hunting in general, can sometimes be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know what to get for your loved ones. With the festive season almost upon us, for those who haven’t done their Christmas shopping, we hope this can help sprout some new ideas for future gift-giving. Travel Packs Luggage […]

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Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro: A Quick Guide

Samba dancers in Sambadrome

arnaval is Brazil’s biggest festival of the year, and it is celebrated throughout the country – from the Amazon to the Bahia coast – with week-long street parties, samba dancing and music. While customs, celebrations and costumes vary by region and city, Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval is the biggest and flashiest. More than 500,000 foreign […]

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Happy Chinese New Year from Singapore!

Chinese New Year

After a whirlwind trip to Papua New Guinea, I’m now back in Singapore! PNG was truly an amazing place and I can’t wait to share all my stories with you, but I’m equally excited to be home. It’s been two years since we last stepped foot on Singapore soil and boy is it good to be […]

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Highlights of Whistler’s World Ski & Snowboard Festival


The World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, Canada is famous for its vibrant energy, with a vast array of music, sports, and arts jam-packed into ten sleepless days and nights. Boasting Canada’s largest free outdoor concert series, the music starts early and stays up late, with over 10,000 visitors passing by its two stages. […]

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Christmas in Lapland: Meeting Santa Claus

Christmas is almost here, and we are excited to take a break from work and just enjoy beautiful Oslo, Norway. Even though we are spending the festive season on the road, traveling around Scandinavia by train on the Ice Run, we will be taking time off to relax, have a Christmas dinner, and immerse in the wonderful atmosphere here. This […]

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7 Bizarre Festivals Around the World

Holi Festival

Each country has its own way of celebrating certain occasions, and whether we find other festivals exciting, interesting, or weird, they definitely aren’t what you might be used to. Here are ten bizarre festivals from around the world, where bizarre can also mean odd, strange, or fantastic.  Holi Festival Also known as the the Festival […]

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Celebrating the Songkran Water Festival in Bangkok and Yangon

People covered in powder and water

It’s wet, it’s wild and it’s loud. Songkran festival is synonymous with massive water wars and street parties. In Thailand and many other parts of Southeast Asia, Songkran is celebrated as the traditional New Year’s Day. Traditionally,  people celebrate by paying respects to the elders and visiting the temples to pray or give food to monks. The splashing of […]

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This Week in Travel: Girona Flower Festival

colorful tulips in Girona, temps de flors, Costa Brava

Early this week, I found myself in one of my favorite cities in Spain, Girona, to witness the annual flower festival in is full glory. From 7 to 15 May 2011, the city of Girona will be splashed in rainbow colors as flowers take over its streets and plazas. …

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Easter Celebrations Around the World


Over the weekend, Christians from different corners of the world celebrated Easter in fervor. The celebrations took place in various forms: from religious processions to colorful parades and bunny-and-eggs celebrations. Last year, I was fortunate to witness one of the biggest Easter celebrations in the world – Seville’s Holy …

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Photoblog: Flag-waving Ceremony in Lucca, Italy

flag-waver in Lucca Italy

Knees bent, chest raised, the flag-waver uses all his strength to thrust his flag high into the sky. Tension heightens amidst the crowd as the Italian national flag soars towards the San Martino bell tower. Whop! The young sbandieratore catches his flags with much precision, and the crowd roars …

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Celebrating Italy’s 150th Birthday in Lucca

Lucca streets decked in italian flags

// Splashed in the national colors of green, white and red, the streets of Lucca are buzzing in a festive mood. Powered up for Italy’s birthday celebrations, locals take to the streets with the Italian flag in hand and pride in their hearts.  Despite the drizzle, the energy is impalpable and the atmosphere contagious. It’s […]

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Photoblog: Carnival Celebrations All Around the World


// It’s that time of the year again! Flamboyant costumes, larger-than-life parades and colorful street parties: Carnival is an annual festive season celebrated in various corners of the world. What started out as a Roman Catholic festival is now a massive party. One of my favorite events of the year (next to Christmas), the Carnival […]

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