There’s travel… and then there’s zero-boring sightseeing. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at each of these amazing world festivals. Whether it’s world famous food fights, city-wide water gun battles, or the biggest, most colorful party on Earth, we’ve got your ticket to the most awesome festival travel around.
When you’re ready to add a little spice, sauce, or water to your travel plans, check out these can’t-miss festivals!
La Tomatina takes place each year at the end of August in the small town of Buñol, Spain (just outside Valencia). So what makes it so great? Well, it’s known as the world’s craziest food fight!
About 20,000 people pack into this Spanish village for just one day to throw 140 tons of tomatoes at each other. The whole thing starts off with a competition to see who can climb a greased pole to retrieve a ham and, no, you can’t make this stuff up.
La Tomatina is absolute ‘mater mayhem and definitely one of the most unique festival travel experiences you can have in Europe! If you’re looking for a crazy fun experience for your Euro-itinerary, check out our full page on La Tomatina.
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Widely known as the biggest party in the world, Rio Carnival takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil early each year. It lasts for five crazy days—it always begins on Good Friday and ends on Ash Wednesday so the dates every year are different.
At Rio you’ll get to experience the biggest and most colorful parades you’ve ever seen with enormous floats and dancing galore. You’ll get to see the awesome costumes, dance to the most kickass beats, and attend some of the craziest parties of your life.
There’s a costume ball, a ton of insane street parties, and five full days of non-stop partying. If you’re ready to add Rio’s Carnival to your festival travel plans, check out our page on Rio Carnival.
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Definitely the wettest and wildest party on the planet is Songkran in Thailand. Songkran is the celebration of the Thai new year and it takes place each year in April.
Songkran is celebrated throughout the country of Thailand with unique parties all over. But one thing they all have in common is WATER. Think of Songkran as the world’s largest water gun battle. Only, it doesn’t stop at water guns.
Fire trucks, water buckets, hoses, water being dropped from helicopters, and even an elephant or two getting in on the super soaking action. The cities and beaches turn into massive water playgrounds and everyone, we mean everyone, gets in on the action.
Water does have a deep spiritual meaning during Songkran and this holiday has a long history. The more traditional aspects are celebrated first, then all H2O breaks loose. Think you’re ready to add a country-wide water battle to your festival travel plans? Check out our full Songkran information page.
Click here for a complete guide to Songkran
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