With the 92nd Academy Awards coming up this weekend, we've got movies on our mind! Cinema has the uncanny ability to transport you into a story and make you feel as if you are right there with the characters. Even with the invention of green screens and CGI, many filmmakers feel it is more authentic to film on-location, and location scouts spend hours upon hours scouring the planet for the perfect spot. From towering, snow-capped mountains to rolling, sun-toasted sand dunes, take a look at some of the movie settings that make us want to explore the world!
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!
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.