We don’t like the cold much here in Australia. With winter now upon us, most would rather snuggle up under a blanket than go out and explore. But there is plenty to do in Sydney during the winter.
With only a few days to explore all of Sydney, I was in search of a unique experience that would allow me to see the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and countless beautiful beaches. As usual, I turned to the trusty hashtag on Instagram to find ideas from fellow travelers and Aussie locals. After posting #SydneyScenicTour #HELP, someone suggested the idea of a helicopter tour over the city.
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.
I shouldn’t have been surprised. My husband and I agreed he would choose our honeymoon (since I chose our wedding location in Mexico) — and I consider myself lucky we’re not going to the north pole.
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.
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.