Category - Holiday Travel

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New Year’s Eve in Tokyo (video)
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5 Ways to Survive an Airport Layover
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Southern California’s Best Kept Secret, Catalina Island
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New Year’s in Tokyo
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Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s

New Year’s Eve in Tokyo (video)

If you’re looking for a unique way to spend New Year’s this year, Japan might be the place. Read more about New Year’s in Tokyo and what to expect.

5 Ways to Survive an Airport Layover

A big thanks to Rachael for publishing this article. With practical tips and brilliant anecdotes, this site is an amazing inspiration for anyone looking to leave the safety of their comfort zone and explore the world! After reading this, be sure to check out the post on staying healthy while traveling.

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Southern California’s Best Kept Secret, Catalina Island

Oh, Catalina Island. It’s almost too good, I don’t want to spoil the secret. But, it’s time to let our fellow travel-lovers know about this hidden gem, a common getaway for California natives.

Stepping off the boat onto Catalina Island for the first time, I felt as if I was being transported to a remote Mediterranean coastal town. Small boats rocked slowly in the harbor, people strolled lazily along the sandy beachfront road, and above a sprawling hillside was dotted with quaint, rustic homes.

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New Year’s in Tokyo

If you’re looking for a unique way to spend New Year’s this year, Tokyo might be the place.

Shogatsu, the New Year, is considered to be the most important holiday in Japan. Most businesses shut down from December 31st – January 3rd while people spend time at home with their family and loved ones. Several noteworthy customs take place over these few days, including the ritual of hatsumode, or the first temple visit of the year.

We decided to skip the party and fireworks this year, and participate in a traditional Japanese New Year.

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Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s

I love the universality of New Year’s. Regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity, almost everyone in the world joins in celebration of a new year.

In Spain, they eat grapes with each chime of the clock during the 10-second countdown to midnight. In Greece, people hang an onion on their door to symbolize rebirth for the New Year. In Denmark, it is custom to throw dishes on a neighbor’s doorstep as a message of friendship and prosperity.

And in a great many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with beautiful displays of fireworks, extravagant parties, music, and dancing. These are 10 of the most fantastic New Year’s celebrations from around the world.

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