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Top 5 Columbus Day Celebrations

It’s Columbus Day on October 12th and Christopher Columbus’ crossing of the Atlantic is celebrated in many cultures and in many forms. The explorer’s heritage means you can immerse yourself in Italian culture in San Francisco’s 145th Italian Heritage Parade, or you can dance Salsa all week in the to... Read more

Mardis Gras: The name alone screams “celebration”

The actual translation of Mardi Gras is “Fat Tuesday” and it takes its name from the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, marking the start of the Western Christianity observation of Lent. The weeks leading up to Easter Sunday are a time of sacrifice and reflection so the Tuesday before it all begins has g... Read more

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Brazil

Brazil’s popularity as a holiday destination continues to grow rapidly, as the hosts of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, and record numbers of tourists have visited over the past 10 years. From golden sands to stunning lagoons and mountain forests, even a casual walk out of the cities will... Read more

Eight unusual wine making regions around the world

Think wine and, most of us anyway, immediately think of the major wine producing countries such as France, Spain and Italy. Those who think of themselves as modern connoisseurs may think Australia, America and Chile. The fact is that there are very few countries who don't produce wine now, and they ... Read more

The ultimate guide to 2015's best festivals

The word 'festival' almost invariably brings to mind images of welly-clad punters squelching through the mud 'somewhere, somewhere in a field in Hampshire' (as Pulp so memorably put it). Just thinking that festivals start and end with the likes of Glastonbury is to do the others a disservice. After... Read more

The best Halloween attractions for kids and teenagers

This Halloween, get out of the house and scare the family silly with this selection of ghoulish treats. Try daring dishes at Cadbury World’s Spooktacular, freak yourself out at one of Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights or trick/treat yourself to a trip to Disneyland Paris to experience their unique take o... Read more

Giving uni a miss this year? Here are the best places to take a Gap Year in 2016

So, let's get this straight - you've decided you'd like to see the world before knuckling down to three years of university education. But you're not sure where to go. Thanks to the magic of online surveys, interviews and careful analysis, travel company Real Gap Experience have found that, predict... Read more

The cruise ship features you’ve got to see to believe

When we decided to look into the world of decadent cruising, we decided to chat to a blogger who loves taking to the high seas as much as we do. That’s where the editor of Cruise Hive, Emrys Thakkar, comes in. He’s been exploring the world for many years, and he’s travelled on some truly incredible ... Read more