As big coats, woolly sweaters and hot choccies make their reappearance across the Northern Hemisphere; one thing is certain… Winter is coming!
While we can all appreciate the magic of festive markets, mulled wine and cosy pubs – nothing comes close to a white Christmas surrounded by like-minded travellers in the snow-capped mountains of Bulgaria.
A festival about beer? Now that’s something we can definitely get involved in! Munich’s iconic festival, Oktoberfest which attracts 6 million people over 15 days in September and October each year. Drink beer (and lots of it), smell the giant brez’n (pretzel) freshly baking, and join roaring crowds cheering and chanting and you’ll begin to understand the incredible experience that is Oktoberfest.
Not that you need any more reasons to go, here’s our top 5 that will make you want to be part this once in a lifetime Munich Beerfest: Read more…
Forget the chocolates. Easter is all about the holidays. Even the Easter Bunny gets around, dropping off eggs! If you haven’t booked or even thought about an Easter escape, there’s some top-notch countries waiting to be discovered. And better yet? You still have plenty of time to get on board! Feeling like a bit of heat? Egypt has you covered there. Or what about a country that feels like a winter wonderland? Russia has you sorted. What ever country you’re keen to venture to, Easter is an ideal time to explore all the culture and natural marvels on offer.
So, you may have heard about this All-in-One Travel Show? What is it, you ask? It is the only FREE travel show in London and is the first of its kind, bringing together keen travellers and top-notch exhibitors, offering massive deals of up to 70% off tours, exclusive for one day only! It will be held on Saturday the 24th of February from 10am – 6pm at the Ibis Hotel Earls Court in London and will comprise of a jam-packed and exciting schedule.
White Christmas anyone? For all you Aussies and Kiwis, a winter Christmas is something you’re not used to. But for those from the UK, United States and Canada, this is definitely the norm. There is something extra special about the festive period in the winter time. It’s magical. Think mulled wine, horrendous Christmas jumpers, ice skating and cute Christmas markets. A winter Christmas just makes sense doesn’t it? Father Christmas is dressed in wintry red attire and is based in the north pole with reindeer and a sleigh, Christmas tree decorations seem to appear to be cold weather themed (icicles, snowflakes and such) and the typical Christmas meals of a hearty roast don’t really fit the scorching hot temperatures of the southern hemisphere summer.
Here are 5 reasons why you must experience a winter Christmas:
Prost! Who is game to sink a few steins, wear a lederhosen or dirndl, and eat their weight in pretzels? We are! Oktoberfest, essentially an adults Disneyland is the world’s largest beer festival. Held annually in Munich, Germany, it is a 16-day festival running from mid-September to the first weekend in October and it is a place not to be missed whilst visiting Europe! It is estimated that over 6 million people visit Oktoberfest and serve more than 6 million litres of beer every year – staggering numbers, right?
So with it just being around the corner, here are some tips on how to survive Oktoberfest.
Warning: If you’re allergic to tomatoes, then this festival is not for you! La Tomatina is an exciting and characteristic event of the town of Buñol in Spain. Each year the festival takes place on the last Wednesday in August and sees around 20,000 people pack the streets of the town to throw around one hundred thousand kilograms of over-ripe tomatoes at each other. Sounds delicious, right?
Rumour has it that it all began in 1945 when some local teenagers, taking part in the traditional processions, decided to create their own fun within the parade. One of them took some tomatoes from a market stall and hurled them at the others, who reacted instantaneously, giving rise to an impulsive vegetable fight.
Want to know more? Here’s the low down of the festival and some handy tips:
This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the Anzac’s landing on Gallipoli shores to fight the Turkish in the First World War. Every year on the 25th of April, Australians and New Zealanders celebrate Anzac Day and gather to remember and honour the fallen and pay their respects. Visiting Gallipoli on Anzac Day is very much a one of kind experience as you get to attend the dawn service, memorial sites and experience the stunning atmosphere that takes you back in time to an era that has shaped Australia’s and New Zealand’s history.
ANZAC Day is perhaps one of the most important national days of remembrance in New Zealand and Australia.
ANZAC Day is a national holiday in both Australia and New Zealand to commemorate the soldiers you who served in all wars or conflicts throughout history. ANZAC Day falls on 25th April, the day in which Australian and New Zealand forces first landed at Gallipoli, Turkey during the First World War.
A Brief History Of ANZAC Day
The ANZAC’s (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), together with forces from Great Britain, British India and France, landed at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915, in an attempt to recapture Constantinople, now Istanbul, which was under the reign of the Ottoman Empire, who were allies of the German forces.
Though the landing was unsuccessful, with considerable casualties numbering in their thousands, the attempt became a powerful symbol to Australia and New Zealand, highlighting the bravery of the men who had lost their lives in the battle.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli shores to fight in World War I. A special program was inbound for such an iconic day for all Aussie and Kiwis friends. Due to huge demand, only the ones lucky enough to get a ticket from the ballot could participate. If you were not one of those, do not worry still. Through my wonderful ANZAC experience with Travel Talk on 2014, I had the chance to discover the surroundings, monuments and museums, and most importantly pay my respects.
If you are among the many who were disappointed to miss the 100th anniversary, you still have a chance. There are centenary ANZAC tours for the commemoration the August Offensive on the 6th of August at Lone Pine, Gallipoli. Nonetheless, if you are unable to make it for August, 2016 ANZAC commemoration is also considered a very important date as the 101st anniversary of the landing, and 100th of the commemorative service. Besides the touching dawn service, Gallipoli has several significant sites, that make up the ANZAC route, you cannot miss.