Festivals

8 Amazing Festivals in South Africa that are Worth the Trip

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South Africa is more than just another African safari destination - it’s home to some of the biggest music festivals on the continent. Over the last twenty years, local festivals have attracted some of the biggest names in the music industry, racked up a few international awards along the way and are only getting bigger and better. It’s one of the best ways [...]

Celebrating 'Le 14 Juillet' in Paris

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Happy Bastille Day! Wait - what? Bastille Day is one of the most celebrated days in France and is also called le quatorze juillet, the 14th of July. The day does commemorate the storming of the Bastille on that day in 1789, but has evolved into La fête nationale, The French National Day. So what do the French do on their national day? Do they wear their n[...]

Why You Should Add the Naadam Festival to Your Bucket List

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Do you know the legend of Genghis Khan? It is told that Genghis Khan was born with a blood clot in his hand and therefore destined to lead Mongolia to become the world’s largest empire. Genghis Khan’s vast empire was founded upon Mongolia’s nomadic steppe life and horses. It was this legend that captured my imagination and lead me to catching a train from Be[...]

The Unforgettable Experience of NYE in Edinburgh

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If you have ever dreaded the notion of celebrating New Year's Eve surrounded by a crowd of complete strangers, standing outside in the freezing cold, waiting for the magical countdown to come and pass, so you can finally get to the most important point of the show - the fireworks - Welcome to the Club! No other annual festivity attracts as much frenzy and[...]

Is Edinburgh the Ultimate Festival City?

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When I think about why people might add Edinburgh to their travel bucket lists and flood the streets of the Scottish capital year-in, year-out, I think of the medieval Old Town with its picturesque castle, the picture-book views from Carlton Hill and Arthur Seat, and The Elephant House coffee shop for Harry Potter fans. People go to Edinburgh to marvel at ar[...]

8 Ways To See Estonia

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If you had asked me to go to Estonia a few months ago, you would have been greeted with a blank look followed by an ignorant, "Where the heck is that?". Little did I know that I would be munching on fresh produce, bouncing on bogs, trawling vintage shops and bopping to interesting beats during my time away! And to top it off? It definitely did not break the [...]

10 Tips for the Edinburgh Festivals

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After living in Scotland since 2013, I finally made my way around to Edinburgh in August, when no less than six of the city's twelve (!) annual festivals rock every last stage the city has to offer and, if necessary, build their own. The Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe, the Book Festival, the Art Festival, the Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh M[...]

10 Festivals You Should Go To In 2015

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For me, 2014 was the year of festivals. I went to six in total... and only one of them required wellington boots. In fact, I didn't even sleep in a single tent during all of my festival attending time. Call me boring, but this is exactly the way I like my festivals; with a comfy bed and a warm shower. The reason I attended so many festivals this year was [...]

Visiting Iceland Airwaves Festival

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Landing in Iceland, my first thoughts were ‘it’s actually not that cold!’ It was a fairly dark morning in November, and I was heading for the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik. I had my down jacket, wooly jumper and super warm socks on, ready for the freezing temperature. But it was actually pretty warm as we boarded the bus from the airport. We head[...]