travel tips, tourism & vacations
Top 3 travel ideas for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s day coming up, many people find it hard to figure out what the perfect gift would be. You have to admit that one of the best ways to spend this beautiful day is by going on a trip to a place where you and your loved one can enjoy beautiful moments and connect even more. There is nothing more beautiful for two people that are in love than being together and enjoying a magical atmosphere in a special place. Here are a few suggestions for travelling with your partner to celebrate love, whether you want to go on Valentine’s Day or any other time:

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year – 2017 dates & traditions

The Chinese New Year is a huge traditional holiday in China. It is also called “the Spring Festival”. The most important event that takes place throughout the year in this country going to be celebrated on the 28th of January in 2017. The celebration is actually going to last longer, with an early start and a later finish. Starting with the eve of the Chinese New Year, until the 2nd of February, all of China will be caught up in the festivities and amazing events. There are also some notable events after this date too.

Here are some of the most interesting facts about the Chinese New Year and a few suggestions for what you can see or do if you decide to visit China during this event:

  1. Starting with the New Year’s Eve, the people living in China put up specific decorations to welcome the new year. Traditionally, houses are decorated with red lanterns, red couplets, New Year painting and others. Also, since this new year is going to be a year of the Rooster, some decorations will be related to this. A New Year’s Eve Feast is also a tradition that the majority of the Chinese families still keep.
  2. New Year’s Eve is also a time where children receive red envelopes with money, as a symbol of good luck and as a way of wishing them health, growth and good studies in the upcoming year.
  3. Firecrackers and fireworks are also an important part of celebrating the New Year. As the clock strikes 12, the sky is lit and there’s going to be a lot of noise. The atmosphere is amazing and so the Chinese New Year will finally be there. There is the world’s biggest annual fireworks usage. Fireworks are actually used to scare evil spirits.
  4. On New Year’s day, some of the most fascinating Chinese traditions are the lion and dragon dances.
  5. From the second day of the New Year until the 7th, most people will visit their relatives and friends, as well as the tombs of their clan or relatives.
  6. Some people avoid going out on the 3rd day, as it is believed that evil spirits roam around.
  7. Eight is the luckiest number in China, so on the 8th day of the New Year, most people go back to work.
  8. The 15th day of the New Year is the date of the Lantern Festival. It is also the traditional end of the Spring Festival celebrations. You can light up a lantern and send it aloft into the sky or let them float on the sea, on a river or on a lake.
  9. You can enjoy the Chinese New Year festivities in China, with Beijing as the busiest and most entertaining place, or you can actually choose from many other destinations. Festivities take place in London – Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and across the West End (29th of January); Manchester – the shopping streets of the city centre and St. Ann’s Square (26th to 29th of January); Singapore – River Hongbao (26th of January – 4th of February); Sydney, Australia – Chinatown, Cockle Bay (27th of January – 12th of February); New York City – Manhattan, Queens, Chinatown (28th of January). Many other cities have amazing celebrations planned for this occasion, so you can go pretty much anywhere and celebrate.

If you are fascinated by this event and the Chinese traditions, plan a trip in one of the destinations mentioned or another of your choice to enjoy the festivities up close. Check out the available flights to your destination and the complete list of hotels in China or any other country on TripEconomy and go celebrate! 鸡年吉祥 (Good luck for this Rooster year!)

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Monte Carlo, for a glamorous vacation

Famous for its luxurious locations, for its beaches and yachts, for the majestic Casino and the parades, Monte Carlo is the principality icon district of Monaco, located on the Lagurian Sea. The city is home for many grand hotels, skyscrapers and fancy restaurants, but also for some interesting attractions, as it is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or Le Grand Theater. Let’s see the best landmarks of this amazing destination and why you should visit them in a lifetime.

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Visiting Bali – Tips & Fun Facts

Also known as “The Island the Gods”, Bali is a very popular tourist destination in Indonesia. Although many people have been choosing this beautiful island to spend their vacations on for quite some time, it still keeps its spirituality and natural charms, and you can still feel like you’ve arrived in a little corner of paradise if you go there. If you are planning on spending some your vacation there and it is the first time you visit Bali, you should know a few things, in order to enjoy the experience to the fullest. Check out our list of tips, tricks and fun facts!

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Top 3 culinary destinations for 2017

The world is full of amazingly diverse things, from culture and traditions to different lifestyles and so on. People’s eating habits are no exception. Different countries and regions have different traditional foods and all sorts of delicious dishes that you normally wouldn’t even be able to think of. Here are some of the most interesting places that you can visit to try their amazing culinary craze.

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Winter Holidays in Romania – Where to go?

Winter gives us many travel opportunities, from sunny destinations with soft sand beaches and warm waters to snowy places with low temperatures, perfect for winter sports, hikes and other seasonal activities. Countries like France, Austria, Italy or Switzerland are the most popular when it comes to winter vacations, but what about Romania? Have you visited it? Do you know that there are some great ski slopes, resorts and special traditions in winter? Find below the best destinations to visit in Romania during the cold season.

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10 Things you didn’t know about Rome

Whether you visit Rome for 3 days, 3 weeks or 3 months, be prepared for an unforgettable experience in the world’s biggest open air museum. That city will seduce you instantly, with its old and modern architecture, great culture and curiosities. Yes, there are many interesting and fascinating facts about Rome and as a traveller, you should know them or you should discover them during your journey. Rome is one of the most photogenic cities of the world, which is not surprising, considering the beauty of St. Peter’s Square, The Vatican or The Colosseum. Let’s find out some great curiosities about this romantic destination.

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Top 3 destinations for winter sun

Some people just love winter and snow, and the holidays without snowflakes and cold weather just don’t feel right. Other people are just not so keen on wearing 5 layers of clothing and shoveling snow on a regular basis. For those people, “migrating” far away from all of that, towards warmer lands, is the best choice. Here’s a list of the most beautiful warm places that you can choose for your winter vacation:

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Most Spectacular Christmas Markets in 2016

Winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year and the best period to visit Christmas markets, whether you are looking for presents or you just want to get closer to Christmas spirit by listening lovely carols and trying tasty delicacies. Germany, France and the United Kingdom are hosting the best Christmas markets in Europe, together with Austria, Belgium and Finland, so let’s see which would be the most appreciated markets and why are they so unique.

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Top 5 Best places to spend New Year’s Eve

If you are looking for a great place to spend the most festive night of the year, we suggest you get out of your comfort zone this year and travel and party with foreigners! Besides having a lot of fun, you will discover so much about other cultures, other traditions and other people’s understanding of a New Year’s Eve party and you will be fascinated by how different the ways that people like to celebrate are around the world.

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African Safaris – An Experience To Remember

The African continent is a great challenge for everyone, especially when it comes to visit it. Any new destination is an unforgettable experience, but we must admit that Africa beats them all. And what is the best of Africa? Safaris, of course! Planning such a vacation and choosing what kind of safari is best for your trip depends entirely on you: what you want to see, what activities you want to join and how much adventure you like. Travelers usually ask for an expert advice before booking any safari, in order to know from the start what to expect. Below you can find a list with the best safari tours in Africa, details about the destinations and things to do.

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Tallinn – 8 sights & activities in the Estonian capital

A historic city dating all the way back to the medieval times, Tallinn is a great destination for your next vacation, a place full of beautiful attractions and a great choice for a relaxing vacation in a spectacular scenery. Here is a list of the most interesting sights and some of the things that you can do in Tallinn:

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