You know New York City's famous Times Square ball drop on New Year's Eve, but did you know that in Germany, molten lead is dropped into cold water to predict what will happen in the coming year? The new year has been celebrated since the times of ancient Babylon, and while most cultures recognize January 1st as the official New Year, celebrations vary widely. Read on to see how the new year is celebrated around the globe as you think about your own resolutions - and get some travel inspiration!
For classical music lovers, Europe offers a wealth of options for walking in the footsteps of your favorite composer, visiting famous concert venues, and enjoying outstanding performances in beautiful settings.
What do you get for the person who has everything? An experience they'll never forget.
Treat your special someone to a romantic escapade in Paris, send Dad on a tour of whisky distilleries in Ireland, make Mom’s Downton Abbey dreams come true in England, or take the whole family on an unforgettable adventure to see the pyramids and cruise the Nile River.
Whether they love food & wine, adventure, art, or shopping, we’ve got ideas for everyone on your list.
Italy is famous for its incredible cuisine, but each region has its own local specialties. Food in northern Italy is traditionally heavier and richer, with more butter, cream, and cheese while southern Italian food is more typically Mediterranean, with lots of fish and seafood, olive oil, and tomato sauce. No matter where you go, though, it's always delicious! Let's explore a few of Italy's regions and their characteristic cuisine.
In the mood for some Halloween frights? Rub shoulders with ghosts during haunted castle tours, celebrate an ancient and mystical Celtic festival, and explore a mysterious forest known for ominous unexplained occurrences in some of our favorite spooky Halloween destinations.
While fine dining with white tablecloths and Michelin stars has its place, if you want to really get to know a destination, there's nothing like sampling its authentic street food. And one of the best places for amazing street food is North Africa - specifically Egypt and Morocco. Cairo, Marrakesh, Fez and Luxor all boast thriving street food scenes, where you can often get a tastier meal than you would at a restaurant -- and for much cheaper too. Let's explore some highlights of these countries' street food.
Latin American cuisine is nearly as diverse as Latin America itself, with each country and region boasting its own specialties. Each regional cuisine is influenced by native foods and spices as well as the influences of other cultures. Mexican food is famously spicy, thanks to the popularity of the indigenous chile pepper which has been a basic ingredient in Mexican cuisine for thousands of years, while Argentinian cuisine is traditionally beef-oriented and cattle have played a major role in Argentinian culture since they were brought to Argentina by Spanish conquistadors in 1536.
Within each country, there are distinct regional specialties as well. Colombia, for example, is incredibly geographically diverse, and its cuisine reflects this diversity: in the city of Medellin and the surrounding mountainous Antioquia region, the typical dish is the hearty bandeja paisa, a substantial and filling meal including sausage, beef, beans, rice, pork rind, an arepa, plantain, fried egg, and a slice of avocado, while in tropical Cartagena, cuisine is solidly Caribbean, with seafood, coconut rice, and spicy flavors dominating the menu. Many countries' cuisine also shows the strong influence of the many different cultures that have left their mark on that nation. Peruvian cuisine is known as one of the biggest examples of fusion cuisine, with Peruvian food giving a veritable history of multicultural influence including indigenous cultures, Spanish colonists, and immigrants from Italy, Germany, China, Japan, and West Africa.
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Swirling a ruby red Chianti while overlooking a Tuscan landscape, quaffing a mug of Löwenbräu at Oktoberfest, clinking glasses of raki over meze in a Turkish tavern: some beverages are inextricably linked with the culture of their origins. In fact, just about every country in the world has a signature drink (usually alcoholic, but not always). Discover some national drinks of the world, and maybe plan a trip to enjoy it the best way: right there in its homeland.
1. Go on an African Safari
There are few bucket list items more iconic than the classic African safari. The opportunity to see rhinoceroses hiding in dense thickets, Springbok antelope racing across the landscape, and leopards stalking their prey is an incredible experience. The Big 5 are only the beginning - you'll want to spot the lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos, of course, but also giraffes, hyenas, zebras, cheetahs, hippos, wildebeest, crocodiles, and an amazing array of beautiful birds like the stately grey crowned crane and the colorful lilac-breasted roller.