Travel Tales

25 May

Survival Tips for Oktoberfest

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.

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24 May

Splatter The Town Red At La Tomatina

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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:

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24 May

15 Facts About Anzac Day

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.

Here are 15 facts about Anzac Day, some that are unknown facts about the Anzac’s and Anzac Day.

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24 May

ANZAC Day 2014 – A Day To Remember

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ANZAC Day: A Brief Outline

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.

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24 May

ANZAC Centenary

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.

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03 Feb

Travel Talk Destinations Show

So, you may have heard about this Destinations Show? What is it, you ask? It is the only FREE travel, culture and entertainment show in London and is the first of its kind. It will be held on Saturday 18th February from 10am – 6pm at the Ibis Hotel Earls Court and will comprise of a jam-packed schedule. For more information on this event and to RSVP go here.

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25 Jan

Why every Antipodean should visit Gallipoli on ANZAC Day

It’s almost that time of year again for everyone to wear the red poppy. The reason we wear the red poppy? These flowers grew on the battlefields after World War I ended and is now used as a symbol of commemoration.

ANZAC Day, which falls on the 25th April each year, is a day which is very important for a lot of Aussie and Kiwis. It is a day of remembrance for the soldiers who fought and died at Gallipoli, Turkey in 1915.

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04 Nov

7 Options For Christmas And New Year

The Christmas and New Year period offers unique experiences to ensure it will be one festive season you’ll never forget. It’s the perfect opportunity to travel to destinations that you’ve never been to, but have always desired to. For many of us, it is also a difficult time being away from friends and family, enduring an orphan’s Christmas and attempting to make an epic roast just like your mum, putting in that extra effort to feel like you’re not too far from home. But hey, life is short and the world is wide. Let’s make the most of it.

Christmas and New Year abroad means you have plenty of countries to explore which are different, unforgettable and exciting. Here are some Christmas and New Year options that may tickle your fancy.

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04 Mar

EASTER ESCAPES

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 exotic countries waiting to be discovered. From the Spain and Portugal tour season kicking off to the ancient wonders of Egypt, there’s no reason why you can’t find the ideal destination.

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27 Oct

WHERE TO GO ON CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR’S EVE

Christmas break is the best, most would agree. A cozy, snowy – in my head- time of the year that we all get the time to catch a breath. A good way to rest is to travel to places you have never been, but always craved to.

Over the last years I have joined the Adventure Morocco and Highlights of
Russia tours by Travel Talk on Christmas holidays, and they have been nothing but fantastic. The great Christmas dinner was a small plus compared to all the places we discovered, the fun we had, and the people I met; but it was nonetheless unforgettable.
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