Great Festivals of the World Festivals. A place where people looking to have a great time can dance, listen to great music, celebrate, party, have fun, and relax. They happen all over the world for many different reasons. Some celebrate religion, some the new year, some art, some the harvest- whatever the reason, every month, somewhere in the world, you’ll find people descending on a location to celebrate and share a common experience. Carnival (February) Carnival is a giant party held right before the Christian holiday of Lent. Holi (March) Holi is a Hindu holiday celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March and glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land. Songkran (Mid-April) Thai New Year is one of the most fun events I’ve ever been to. Bay to Breakers (May) The Bay to Breakers is an annual footrace which takes place in San Francisco, California on the third Sunday of May. Glastonbury (June) Every summer in June, Pilton, England becomes the stage for one of the largest music festivals in the world.
Find Cheap Flights to Asia: Tips on When to Buy, When to Fly, Where to Go Signup for Airfare Alerts There are numerous popular destinations in Asia, but most flyers from the U.S. head for (or transit through) one of these three nations, listed in order of popularity: Japan, South Korea and China. See if your favorite Asian country made the “most popular” list in the chart I created based on FareCompare data (below). Listen as FareCompare’s Anne McDermott talks to Hong Kong-based Andrew Demaria, Editor-in-Chief of CNNGo.com about the best (and cheapest) places in Asia, plus top spots for shopping, dining and fun. Shop Five Months Ahead On international flights, airlines typically release their cheapest seats about five and a half months before departure; don’t buy your airline tickets to Asia before then, or you could pay more than you have to. As far as airfare sales to Asia, they are much less common than U.S. domestic sales, and highly route-specific, but the earlier you begin shopping, the better your chances of finding a sale. Best Time to Fly to Asia
The Universal Packing List - StumbleUpon Leisure / Business Travel Packing List - Travel Light (One Bag)! How to Travel Around the World for $418. “I have to tell you sir, this is easily the most ridiculous itinerary I’ve ever put together,” said the American Airlines operator the other night as I finalized plans for a worldwide adventure that would make Marco Polo blush. “Welp, that makes two of us!” I replied. And just like that, I had committed myself to almost nine months of international travel. Yes, that picture above is my actual itinerary. Beginning this January, I’ll start an epic journey that will take me across four continents, through at least nine countries, and into more than fifteen cities. Oh, and all of these flights are costing me a grand total of $418.36. Warning: I’m totally going to geek out on travel-hacking with this post, so if you have no interest in learning how to travel the world and visit awesome places for dirt cheap, check back in on Monday. This post is also quite lengthy at over 2500 words: grab some coffee, get comfortable, and let me show you how deep the rabbit hole of travel hacking goes. -Steve
Best Travel Sites to Save You Money Feeling too pinched by the ever-troubled economy to travel? You can still find good deals to get away -- if you know where to go online first. Here are the best travel sites we've found to help you bag the best bargains on airfares, lodging, car rentals and all your other travel needs. Note: All but one of the following sites are free to use. 1) Kayak.com scours hundreds of online sources for the cheapest fare available. [More from Kiplinger: QUIZ: How Far Can you Stretch Your Travel Dollar?] 2) Bing Travel can help you bite the bullet and buy your ticket, or not, with its "price predictor," which forecasts whether fares will go up or down. 3) AirfareWatchdog works best for travelers ready to take off at the drop of a deal. Bonus: The site includes fares from Southwest, Allegiant and other small airlines that may not appear on bigger search sites such as Kayak and Bing. 4) Yapta.com tracks fares for you and will shoot you an e-mail or Tweet if the cost of your selected flight drops.
Europe - Europe Travel ResourceL: Off The Beaten Path Europe Off The Beaten Path Yes, there is the Eiffel Tower, and yes, there is Big Ben and the Roman Collosseum. But the true explorer will find many hidden gems unknown to most travelers, capturing lifelong memories, and a unique perspective of this most fascinating continent. Did You Know That: ...Spain has Europe's only desert, located in the southern province of Almería, where Sergio Leone filmed many of his spaghetti westerns including "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" with Clint Eastwood... read more ...it's easy to rent an inexpensive and comfortable house boat in Southern France, saving both hotel and extra transportation costs, and you don't even need a driver's license... read more ...you can tour Scotland staying in historical lighthouses, a wonderfully romantic way to experience northern Britain, seaview guaranteed, no extra charge... ... ... ... ... We invite you to explore "Off the Beaten Path" on our indivual country pages. Explore.
Booking A Hostel: The Top 10 Things To Look For | The Study Abroad Blog So you’re on Hostelworld.com ready to book your hostel with a few friends. You’ve easily narrowed down your choices by price and ranking, but are wondering how to sort through the over 200 hostels still available in your city of destination. Well I’ve come up a list of necessary requirements that will make your stay a lot more pleasurable, and as a matter of fact, if the hostel doesn’t meet all of these requirements I won’t even consider it. From my hostel experiences both good and bad, here’s what to look for in a hostel. 1. Location Hostelworld.com has a great ranking feature which includes location (I usually say anything above an 80% is good). 2. Seriously. 3. Some hostels will provide you with a full size locker for your luggage, and some just something to put your travel documents in. 4. You’ll definitely want to shower at least once while you’re traveling, and while travel size bottles of soap and shampoo won’t take up much space in your carry on bag, a bath towel will. 5. 6. 7.
Study Abroad: Simple Solutions For Managing You're Money | The Study Abroad Blog myTab Removing the stigma of the “cash gift” one Facebook post at a time Let’s face it, if you’re going to be abroad, you’re going to need some cash. Well fear not, I’ve come across a solution – myTab. It’s actually really easy and this is all you have to do: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. You can use myTab to book your flight to and from your study abroad destination, or any of the awesome trips you’ll be taking while you’re abroad. Yeah, the whole “put in on myTab” phrase may be a little cheesy, but you know what’s not cheesy? The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet - Golden Book Traveler Update: Visit the 2012 version of The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet I hope that everyone who attended my SXSW Core Conversation panel on How to Make Money Traveling Around the World enjoyed the presentation. As promised, I have a listing of my top 20 favorite travel websites (in no particular order). I’m still working on my eBook “70 Vacations in 7 Months“. The Top 20! Couch Surfing Hands down my favorite travel website on the internet. Travellers Point Travellerspoint is a small travel community that features expert travel advice. Momondo How can a Danish aggregator feature cheaper flights within the U.S, than any American flight aggregator? Escape The City Escape the City is a new website that continues to grow like wildfire. Hostel World My go to site for anything related to hostels. Trip-it I build almost all of my travel itineraries through Trip-it. AirBnB Airbnb is great for people who enjoy a finer lodging experience. Flyer Talk Sleeping in Airports Seat Guru Travel Finances Flickr
80 things we wish we knew before we started traveling Photo: Ross Borden Tips from experienced travelers, for newbies and veterans alike. HINDSIGHT IS 20/20, right? Well, foresight can be near to it when you have the expertise of some seriously savvy travelers at your fingertips. Like the Matador team. If you’re starting out on your first trip, this is for you. On preparing for your trip 1. 2. 3. On talking to airline agents 4. Travel in low season. Bad: “Can you get me on the next flight out – I can’t miss my connection to Europe!” Good: “Excuse me, Barbara. 5. On budgeting abroad 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Photo: Z17R0 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. On meeting people when traveling alone 20. Photo: casers jean 21. 22. 23. [*Note: Meeting people is never compulsory. On researching a trip vs winging it 24. 25. 26. 27. On adapting to a new country 28. Photo: Barnacles Hostels 29. 30. On food 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. On taking taxis and other transport 36. Carry a “dummy” wallet with some expired credit and bank cards. 37. 38. 39. 40. On staying safe 41. 42. 43.