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Eight Weird and Wacky U.S. Festivals
Culture / Festivals / Road Trips / Specialized Travel / USA

Eight Weird and Wacky U.S. Festivals

What do giant mushrooms, mullet fish, washboards, and turpentine have in common? They are all themes of annual festivals held right here in the US of A…and the list doesn’t… Read More…

Travel Tip: Unusual Summer Festivals
Festivals / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Unusual Summer Festivals

We’re coming up on summer festival season, but I’m not going to tell you about the ones everyone knows about. I’m talking about the quirky events that really reflect the… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Montreal—The City of Festivals
Canada / Culture / Festivals / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Montreal—The City of Festivals

Montreal is known as the City of Festivals and one of the best ways to experience a festival is to roll up your sleeves and volunteer. This week, our voluntourism… Read More…

Travel Tip: Spring Flower Travel
Festivals / National Parks / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Spring Flower Travel

It’s springtime, boys and girls, and you know what means…the flowers are in bloom. So while it might be a cliché to stop and smell the roses, this is exactly… Read More…

Travel Tip: Volunteering At Film Festivals
Festivals / Travel Tips / Voluntourism

Travel Tip: Volunteering At Film Festivals

Why go to a film festival just to sit in the theater?  Some festivals have participatory events off screen that can make the experience even more meaningful. Volunteer for just… Read More…

How to Be Irish All Year: St. Patrick’s Day Parades & Beyond
British Isles / Cultural Immersion / Festivals / Travel News

How to Be Irish All Year: St. Patrick’s Day Parades & Beyond

St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday that originally paid tribute to the bishop who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century, has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish…. Read More…

Beyond SXSW: The Top 6 Festivals for Music & More
Culture / Entertainment / Festivals / Travel and Music

Beyond SXSW: The Top 6 Festivals for Music & More

SXSW starts tomorrow, but music insiders are already complaining that this year’s festival has become too commercialized….Have you seen that one of the stages is sponsored by Doritos? If you’re… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Gathering
British Isles / Cultural Immersion / Festivals / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: The Gathering

It’s not often that an entire country gets together to honor its heritage. I’m talking about Ireland, which is celebrating something called The Gathering this year. The idea behind The… Read More…

Oscars 2013: Travel with This Year’s Best Foreign Films
Culture / Entertainment / Festivals

Oscars 2013: Travel with This Year’s Best Foreign Films

This year marks the 85th  annual Academy Awards. Since 1956, countries all over the world have been able to compete for the title of Best Foreign Language Film. Each country… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Avoid Spring Break Mistakes
Beach Vacations / Festivals / Know Before You Go / Student Travel

Know Before You Go: How to Avoid Spring Break Mistakes

Let’s face it, college spring break is a breeding ground for rookie travel mistakes: rip-off packages, questionable accommodations and, of course, the inevitable bad behavior. Yes, there are alternatives to… Read More…

Beyond Mardi Gras: 6 Standout 2013 Carnival Celebrations
Cultural Immersion / Culture / Destinations / Festivals / USA

Beyond Mardi Gras: 6 Standout 2013 Carnival Celebrations

The season of Lent is drawing closer and before the deprivation come the celebrations. In fact, New Orleans is already rolling out the parades. But it’s not just about Carnival… Read More…

Travel Tip: Celebrating Chinese New Year
Festivals / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Celebrating Chinese New Year

People think I’m crazy when I still say Happy New Year, but it’s true. It’s Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year. And believe it or not, some… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin
British Isles / Festivals / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin

Nothing says “Ireland” like St. Patrick’s Day. But instead of just watching the parade, get involved!  Head to Dublin March 14-18 where you can actually volunteer to help out at… Read More…

Beyond Sundance: Six Standout US Film Festivals
Entertainment / Festivals / LGBT Travel / Pop Culture Travel / USA

Beyond Sundance: Six Standout US Film Festivals

This week, film-savvy travelers are making their way to Sundance, one of the most publicized and anticipated independent film festivals in the world. But you don’t have to book a… Read More…