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Where Did Christmas Markets Come From?

Posted by Mary Nadal on Sep 17, 2019 12:33:07 PM


One of the most delightful parts of the Christmas season is the charming Christmas markets that pop up all over Europe. The scent of gingerbread, sizzling sausage, and mulled wine wafts through the air and festive music fills the streets as shoppers peruse the wares and children dart through the crowd. Covered stalls featuring all sorts of gifts and holiday decorations are usually accompanied by vendors selling regional food and drink specialties as well as various live performances from singing and dancing to live nativity scenes. 


Above: Berlin Christmas market stall 

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Topics: europe travel, germany, christmas, history, christmas markets, austria

The 7 Best Reasons to Travel Off-Season

Posted by Erin Wright on Jul 31, 2019 3:57:16 PM

Listen, I know that traveling during the summer is easier; warmer weather, schools are out for the year, and many major attractions only operate during the summertime high season. I get it, there’s nothing wrong with that! But imagine if you could visit the Sistine Chapel and witness the masterpiece ceiling without being jostled around by hundreds of other sightseers. Imagine looking out your hotel window to a privileged view of the Eiffel Tower! While high season travel has its perks, low season vacations offer an entirely new perspective on old favorites and here’s the seven best reasons why:

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Topics: europe travel, travel, italy, seasonal travel, croatia, japan, travel to asia, european vacations, poland, off-season travel, low season travel

The Top 6 Summer Festivals

Posted by Erin Wright on Jul 26, 2019 6:09:45 PM

Think summer fun ends in August?  Think again! It’s an excellent month to explore another culture. Check out these August festivals throughout the world!

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Topics: Festivals, europe travel, travel, italy, croatia, japan, european vacations, poland

The Top 5 World Independence Days

Posted by Erin Wright on Jun 21, 2019 4:30:27 PM

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and Americans across the country are dusting off their barbecues and purchasing their fireworks. In the U.S., Independence Day means national pride, grilling out, colorful displays of explosives, and summertime. America is not the only country to celebrate their independence, however! Take a minute to check out how some other countries around the globe choose to celebrate their day of independence.

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Topics: europe travel, travel, Latin America, trips to europe, vacation packages, top 5, asia vacations, travel to asia, european vacations, europe vacations, fourth of july, central america, independence day, 4th of july

The Top 5 International Military Remembrance Days

Posted by Erin Wright on May 24, 2019 4:12:04 PM

Memorial Day in the U.S. marks a day of remembrance for those who fought and lost their lives fighting for our country. It is important to remember, though, that many men and women around the world have served in honor of their nations. Take a look at the top 5 military remembrance days around the world to honor all those who have fallen in the line of duty:

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Topics: europe travel, travel, trips to europe, vacation packages, top 5, european vacations, europe vacations, memorial day

The Top 5 Travel-Size Beauty Products for Mom

Posted by Erin Wright on May 2, 2019 6:13:13 PM

Mom deserves more for Mother’s Day than brunch with the kids, don’t you think? She deserves a relaxing vacation in a new destination to thank her for all she does throughout the year – and she deserves to look her best while she unwinds! Take a look at these top 5 travel-sized beauty products we think Mom should have no matter where she goes:

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Topics: europe travel, travel, trips to europe, vacation packages, top 5, spring, european vacations, europe vacations

The 5 Best Cherry Blossom Displays in Europe

Posted by Erin Wright on Mar 29, 2019 3:10:09 PM

As the first days of spring greet our winter weary eyes, flowers begin to bloom, trees reawaken, and the earth begins to defrost. In Japan, the appreciation of the first blooms of spring is known as hanami and traditionally refers to the viewing of the soft, fluffy blooms of the cherry tree. Cities around the world have embraced this practice as Japan has graciously shared this native beauty with cities such as:


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Topics: Spain, europe travel, travel, trips to europe, vacation packages, top 5, spring, denmark, germany travel, cherry blossom, paris travel, european vacations, stockholm travel, cherry blossom festival, europe vacations

The Top 10 Must-Haves in Travel Gear

Posted by Erin Wright on Feb 11, 2019 4:06:14 PM

Travelling can be stressful and uncomfortable at times. Without the conveniences of home, you can never be sure what trouble you’ll run into abroad. Take some comfort in knowing that Keytours Vacations is looking out for you! We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 favorite travel items we feel you should have on every trip.


Use your new gear with these top trips:

8 Day Discover the Paradors of Spain Self-Drive Vacation
9 Day Switzerland A la Carte Self-Drive Vacation
4 Day Florence & Tuscany Ferrari Self-Drive Vacation
7 Day Germany A la Carte Self-Drive Vacation

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Topics: europe travel, travel, bucket list, trips to europe, vacation packages, seasonal travel, travel gear

Our Top 5 Travel Tips for Spain & Portugal

Posted by Erin Wright on Feb 1, 2019 4:00:01 PM

With rich and vastly diverse cultures, impressive architecture, delicious foods and distinctive regions, Spain is truly one of the most amazing countries in Europe. Mix this with the beautiful cities, charming villages and friendly people of Portugal and you will have a truly special travel experience. Here are our top 5 travel tips for your vacation to Spain and Portugal...


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Topics: Spain, europe travel, travel, tapas, spanish wine, trips to europe, vacation packages, wine regions, top 5, best wine, portugal

The Top 10 "Forgotten" Romantic Destinations in Europe

Posted by Erin Wright on Jan 18, 2019 12:41:20 PM

European cities and romance often go hand in hand; everyone knows Paris is the city of love and a gondola ride through Venice makes for a very romantic evening. Forget the given cities of known for their romantic charm and take a look at these top 10 forgotten cities of passion!

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Topics: Spain, europe travel, travel, prague, germany, netherlands, hungary, romantic, honeymoon, croatia, portugal, denmark, iceland, belgium

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