You may not have realized it, but sports tourism is actually one of the fastest growing sectors in travel.
No longer are sports fans simply settling for catching the big game on the telly, rather they’re booking tickets to catch all the action in the stands first hand. Here’s what you need to know before you join the cheering crowds while on holiday.
The Igorots of Sagada, Philippines have been participating in an extremely unique burial ritual for thousands of years.
The elderly members of the community will carve their own coffins out of hollowed out logs prior to their death. They are then placed into a coffin which is then hung at the side of a cliff as high up as possible.
One of the most common beliefs behind this practice is the belief that the bodies of the dead will reach their ancestral spirits. They choose to place their family members in the foetal position as they believe it is important to depart the world the same way you entered.
This tradition is slowly dying out as the new generation in Sagada is influenced by modern culture. There is also fear around breaking the bones of their loved ones after death. This may be a tradition that disappears soon.
Canada’s indigenous peoples are made up of three distinct groups which include its First Nations people, Inuit, and the Métis.
Well over one and a half million Canadians identify as indigenous and many are eager to share their history and culture with visitors.
Canada’s indigenous groups all have their own unique histories, languages, and spiritual beliefs. From First Nations Reserves to important historical sites and celebrations that recognize the aboriginal people of the country, there are many ways that travelers to Canada can learn about and appreciate these unique cultures.
If you’re tired of simply staying at home during Halloween, dishing out loads of candy to an onslaught of children for hours on end, how about getting out to enjoy the festivities yourself. It should come as no surprise that America is the place to be during Halloween, with cities from coast coast hosting a variety of events.
Your years of trick or treating may be over but being and adult with money means you can now book a trip and that’s a real treat. Countless cities across America go all out every October, offering up everything from hay rides and costume parties to haunted houses and full-on Halloween festivals.
As an added bonus, traveling during the Halloween season is great for your bank account since you avoid both the September Labor Day and the Thanksgiving travel spikes. So don’t be a country bumpkin and get out and embrace your inner pumpkin this Halloween with a trip to one of these great US Halloween destinations.
You don’t often think of Africa as being a big horse racing destination, but in countries like South Africa, it has been taking place since the late 18th century.
While races like Australia’s Melbourne Cup and England’s Royal Ascot tend to get most of the world’s attention, here are some notable African horse racing destinations and their famous annual races to check out in-between going on safari.
Melbourne is Australia’s style setter; an arty city, both scenic and cosmopolitan, with diverse, dynamic inhabitants that proudly claim their title as Australia’s sporting and cultural capital.
It’s progressive, multicultural, gritty-chic, food-obsessed, and has a non stop events calendar which is always packed with arts festivals, live music, exhibitions, blockbuster theater shows, sport and activities for kids.
From the Australian Open in January to the Comedy Festival in March and April, why not travel for one of the following major annual events?
Many travelers leave home in search of an authentic and immersive experience, and one of the best ways to achieve this is by timing your travel to coincide with local festivals and events.
“Festivals are a living, dancing museum of cultures and traditions in an increasingly globalised world. There is no better place for travelers to understand a country than an event where it proudly celebrates its individuality, whether through music, camel races or monumental food fights.”
Hundreds of small festivals and events take place across the world each year, and our friend Ben Ooi has recently set up a free travel event calendar to ensure you have access to the best information and tips for events all over the world, and never miss out on an important travel event. Check it out and be sure to bookmark this fabulous new travel website now!
For one week every year, Venice transforms itself. It leaves behind the calm atmosphere it is known for and transforms into an explosion of colours and emotions.
I’m talking about the Venetian Carnival.
This recurring holiday is famous all over the world, but to participate can be a little bit tricky. Venice is a labyrinth of small streets and it’s easy to lose your sense of direction if you don’t know what you are doing.
But follow these tips for attending the Venetian Carnival and you’ll be fine. You’re in for an incredibly memorable time!
Steeped in culture and fiercely protective of its heritage, festivals are incredibly important in Japan with many people travelling from all corners of the country to attend the most important events and celebrations.
Though hundreds of small festivals and events take place across the country throughout the year, there are a few that are more important than the rest. If you happen to be staying in Japan during one of these festivals or celebrations, taking part will give you a fantastic insight into Japanese culture and an experience you’ll never forget.
Part of the charm of rural Bavaria is exploring the small villages that are spread out around the countryside. A scenic hour and a half drive from Munich, for instance, will take you past farms, forests, rivers and enormous wind turbines.
While there is much of the Bavarian countryside to explore, one small town does rise above the rest, and with it’s charming architecture, colorful houses and ancient castle ruins, Kallmünz is a medieval town which should not be missed.