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  • The wildest Mardi Gras parties in 2012

    photo by Phelan Riessen on Flickr

    This year’s Mardi Gras is approaching fast, February 21 is just around the corner, which gives you just enough time to dust off your most colorful attire, buy a few pounds of beads, and of course, to scout out some of the best locations where you can jump into the whirlwind that are Mardi Gras parties. If you are a party person, any day if a good day for a party, but Mardi Gras is the best excuse of all. Although the holiday has religious roots (the last day of earthly delights before the long Lent), it turned into an occasion to shed your inhibitions and party like it’s the end of the world. So if you are looking for a reason to go out and have fun in early Spring, check out some of the wildest Mardi Gras parties in 2012.

     
  • The most romantic Valentine’s Day destinations for 2012

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you want to surprise your other half with something truly special, then it’s about time you started planning. As Valentine’s Day has become really popular even in countries and cultures where the holiday doesn’t actually exist, more and more people will be on the lookout for some romantic spots where they can celebrate. Chocolate and flowers are nice gestures of affection, but nothing is better at showing that you can then a trip out of town. Whether you’re thinking of a short weekend getaway or maybe a week-long holiday, here are some of the most romantic Valentine’s Day destinations for 2012.

     
  • Crossing the Atlantic – top 5 cruises

    In the golden days of boat travel, at the beginning of the past century, crossing the Atlantic could be an utterly luxurious experience for some, and completely miserable for others, of course. But those who had the money and the means to secure a high-end cabin on a passenger liner could look forward to weeks of luxury, complete with elegant dinners, cocktail parties and all that jazz. Nowadays, crossing the Atlantic is less popular (thanks to fast planes), but there still are some cruise lines that provide Atlantic crossings for those who feel some nostalgia for the days when crossing the ocean was about glamor (for some). Here are some great ways for crossing the Atlantic – top 5 cruises.

     
  • The best castle hotels in Europe

    Ashford Castle, photo by John Menard

    Not many of us can afford to buy a castle, but I’m sure there are quite a few travelers who have wondered about what it would be like to slip into the shoes of royalty and aristocracy for a few days at least. If you’re still waiting for that lottery win to buy your dream castle in Europe, you could get a taster of that kind of luxurious life by staying at a castle hotels. Sure, you won’t have the whole castle to yourself, but you will be treated like royalty while you’re a guest there. If you want to pamper yourself and daydream about a future of excess and riches, then you could stay at one of the best castle hotels in Europe.

     
  • The best destinations for science fans

    Nemo, photo by Michael Spiller on Flickr

    If you’re a science geek and you love talking and reading about science just as much as you love traveling, then you probably won’t be satisfied with only visiting your local science museum to get your fix. Luckily, places where you can experience and learn more about science are widespread around the world, and a science fan will never be without a long list of attractions to visit. Immersing yourself in culture, art and cuisine are the basics of a trip anywhere, but for many travelers, learning about the world around them in a scientific way is also important. So if you want to get your geek levels up, here are some of the best destinations for science fans.

     
  • Eat your way around Europe

    Italian Pizza

    ©dickuhne/flickr

    For food lovers, holidays are an exciting chance to try some new cuisine. While you may have your favourite restaurants at home, nothing is quite the same as trying traditional pizza in Italy, Borsch soup in Russia, or freshly baked bread from France. So when deciding where to go, the food that’ll be available there can be a very important factor in making your final decision. You may be staying in budget hotels or trying to save money in other ways, but food is definitely a worthwhile expense whilst on holiday so we will try to help you eat your way around Europe.

     
  • The weirdest bone churches in the world

    Capuchin Crypt, photo by John Mosbaugh

    If you’re a Christian, or even if you have ever visited a church in passing, your image of what a church should look like probably involves mostly neat rows of pews, stained glass windows projecting colorful lights on stone floors, and religious paintings depicting people with benevolent expressions. Well, you can forget about all of this if you plan on visiting a bone church. Bone churches, common mostly in Europe but encountered in other parts of the world, make great travel attractions if you are not squeamish about human bones used as decorations. So give yourself a few delicious chills and visit some of the weirdest bone churches in the world.

     
  • Mummy travel – top 5 destinations in the world to see mummies

    Capuchin Catacombs, ©dede85s/flickr

    Some of the most famous mummies in the world come from Egypt, and if you’ve taken a tour of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, you’ve probably seen quite a few of them. But mummies are not exclusive to ancient Egypt – there are tons of places around the world where it was the norm to mummify the dead. If you are interested in archaeology, anthropology, ancient cultures or simply want to see a very old dessicated corpse, then you can do that in several locations around the globe. Take a peek at what eternity looked like for the ancients, and visit some of the top 5 destinations in the world to see mummies.

     
  • The most beautiful bridges in the world

    Pont du Gard, photo by http2007 on Flickr

    From organic bridges made of tree roots that take centuries to grow to engineering masterpieces that last for centuries, for a long time humans have been using bridges to make their lives easier. Sure, a bridge might sound just like something that you cross in order to get from point A to point B if these two points are separated by a river, gorge, huge crack in the earth etc, but those with a keen eye for engineering know that bridges are much more than that. A bridge can be engraved with cultural symbols, it might have deep historical meaning, and most of all, it is a neat piece of engineering. So travel around and look up the most beautiful bridges in the world, you won’t regret it!

     
  • The most fashionable cities in the world

    Rome, Via Condotti, photo by GabrieleThe fashion industry has gone global a long time ago, but although you can find brand shops and haute couture is many of the big cities of the planet, everyone with even a fleeting interest in fashion knows that some cities are bona fide fashion hotspots, while others are just your run of the mill cities full of well dressed people. If you couldn’t care less about fashion, there are still reasons for you to visit some of the most fashionable cities in the world, so even if you don’t want to spend a fortune on a designer scarf you can spend your time visiting glitzy street lined with elegant shops, or watch the fashionable crowd pass you by while lounging in a nice sidewalk cafe, taking a break from sightseeing.

     
 
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