What else is there to do in Valencia, Spain?

Wait just a minute… you mean there are things to do in Valencia, Spain other than chuck tomatoes at each other at La Tomatina festival? Believe you me, there’s plenty to explore. And you may even learn a thing or two… before getting all sense knocked out of you by projectile...
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Rio Carnival Moving to the Music of Samba

What you may not know about Rio Carnival in Brazil is that almost all the music played over the four-day festival is samba, a uniquely Brazilian rhythm and dance form originating in Rio de Janeiro. The word samba derives its meaning from the Angolan word, ‘semba’ which refers to...

14 Must-Know Things to Avoid at Oktoberfest in Munich

For a great time at Oktoberfest in 2021, you’ll want to embrace it all, welcome every aspect of the festival with open arms. The singing and prosting! The traditions and camaraderie! The beers and brats! The big piles of horse manure outside the beer tents! Well, OK, maybe there...
Rio Carnival Samba Schools Brazil

Rio Carnival Samba Schools

At Rio Carnival there are several samba schools each representing different neighbourhoods or social clubs. They are divided into three leagues that vie for top ranking following the annual Carnival parades. Division 1 (the top league) schools play in the Sambadrome, Division 2...

Is this Beer Festival Better than Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest in Munich has a lot of great qualities – it offers great beer and food, incredible entertainment (and we’re not just talking about the people-watching), it’s easily accessible, and, let’s face it, it’s the mother of all German beer festivals. But don’t bow down...
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Creating the Rio Carnival Costumes: Behind the Sequins

When describing the spectacle that is Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil only a few words come close to doing it justice. Most likely you’ll hear the words ‘magnificent’, ‘exquisite’ and ‘dazzling’ thrown around and yet they still seem somewhat of an understatement. The...
7 of the World's Coolest Booze-Themed Hotels, alcohol, beer, and wine themed hotels and inns. #hotels #spas #winehotels #beerhotels #breweries | Schlafen im Weinfass, Germany #Germany

7 of the World’s Coolest Booze-Themed Hotels

Call them what you will: bed & beverages, alcohotels, hooch-tels, whatever. Either way, there’s no denying that spending the night in a booze-themed bedroom is one hell of a great way to get a good night’s sleep. And the best part? These kinds of liquor-centric lodgings can...
8 Outstanding Outdoor Places to Drink in Prague, Czech Republic, Czechia | Prague beer gardens and rooftop bars with great views. Strahov Monastery

8 Outstanding Outdoor Places to Drink in Prague

America has baseball. Europe has futbol. Autralia has… surfing? grilling stuff? fending off large, venomous animals? Anyway, in Prague the national pastime is beer-drinking. Citizens of the Czech Republic routinely consume more beer each year per capita than any other country....
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8 Reasons to Travel with a Tour Group

I know, I know—you’re an independent wo/man. You don’t need anyone to hold your hand. You know how to change a tire. But every now and then, isn’t it nice to be coddled? To feel safe, guiltlessly lazy, taken care of, and treated like a VIP? If that all sounds great but you don’t...
14 photos that prove Rio Carnival is the hottest party on earth | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Mardi Gras

15 Photos That Prove Rio Carnival is the Hottest Party on Earth

Well, another year has come and gone and another 5 million people survived Rio Carnival, the hottest party on Earth. Hotties with bodies aside, we’re talking sweltering temperatures here. No wonder everyone’s mostly naked! I guess you gotta do what you gotta do. The annual...