Dressing up in costume, decorating your house with pumpkins and cobwebs, and going trick-or-treating with your family is certainly not everyone's idea of fun. For many, Halloween is a tradition that they would rather escape from each year - not because of the day itself, but because of all the fuss that comes with it.
If you fall into this category, firstly know that you are not alone! More families than you think are eager to avoid the Halloween traditions. Secondly, why not consider taking yourselves away for October 31st in the future? After all, we know just the places you could visit that stay on theme, but in a less-conventional way…
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There is something special about Diwali, the Indian festival of light. Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, the festivities are unreservedly bright and beautiful. Diwali is not just one day of celebration either - it lasts for five days, with the main day of celebration falling directly in the middle of the festivities. This year it happens on the 11th November.
Although the origins, legacies and spiritual meaning of the festival are very varied, there is one universal factor that Diwali celebrates - the triumph of light over darkness, of good over evil.
When Diwali comes around each year, it is well and truly celebrated! Food takes centre stage in the home, where ...
As one of the world's most popular destinations for travellers of all kinds, Bangkok – or Krung Thep Maha Nakhon in Thai – is as welcoming a city as you will find anywhere in the world. Although a large, sprawling metropolis, Bangkok still seems to burst at the seams with a rich culture and secrets to explore. Whether business or pleasure brings you to its streets, Bangkok will be an experience like no other.
Thailand's visa regulations change regularly so, whether it is your first visit or a return journey, be sure to check that you are up to date on requirements. Bangkok is served by two airports – most travellers arrive into Suvarnabhumi Airport, although some airlines ...
Travelling is a competitive field - especially when you are focused on getting the ideal trip for the best price. From flights to hotels, there are many companies fighting for your business - and it is not just between brands. Third party booking agents have joined the contest, and while many offer the best price for your trip, it might be that these offers are not always what they claim to be.
We have taken a look at the benefits of booking directly with your chosen hotel, so next time you are planning a trip, you can do so armed with all the best information. Happy travelling!
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Travel is inherently about exploration, and while this can take the form of an amble through dusky backstreets or a fabulous night time cultural trip, true discovery is more often than not found in the wilds of your chosen destination.
With the planet's staggering natural heritage stretching out before you, which destinations truly give you a chance to explore? Don’t waste any of the time that could be spent enjoying yourself and instead browse our tailor-made selection of utterly incredible outdoor exploration destinations.
One of the last remaining true wildernesses on Earth, the Masai Mara Nature Reserve is home to a wealth of awe-inspiring sights, sounds and experiences ...
Overflowing with history and culture, the capital of the People's Republic of China offers surprises and delights around every corner of its busy streets. A city of contrasts, Beijing balances past glories and modern triumphs, the urban rush and beautifully serene settings. Standing tall as the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, nowhere else in the world is quite like Beijing – whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, you are sure to be amazed.
Preparation is key when visiting Beijing – although the visa process is not difficult to navigate, it may require some work well in advance to make sure you have done everything correctly. However, if ...
There is a reason why Budapest is often called the Paris of the east. Though the city is geographically miles away from France, Hungary's capital does feel familiar in terms of architecture and culture - but spend a little time here, and you will discover Budapest has a flavour that is entirely its own.
If you are flying into Budapest, it is very likely that you will be landing at Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport. Sitting just south of the city centre, the airport has great links into Budapest and the surrounding areas.
Equipped with a metro system, bus routes and rail networks, Budapest is a well-connected city in terms of public transport - you shouldn't ...
We know that you can't physically buy happiness, but sometimes, a little retail therapy can go a long way to cheering yourself up! In fact, certain cities feel as though they were designed to solely to indulge our shopping habits.
From high street to designer, with a good dose of independent shops thrown in for good measure, here, we have taken a look at five of our favourite shopping destinations around the world. Anticipating that you will shop until you drop? Don't forget to book yourself in for some rest and recuperation at a Kempinski hotel!
New York City
Where else to begin a shopping adventure than the Big Apple? From Bloomingdale’s and Barneys to the perfectly curated MoMA ...
There are few things finer in life than getting to explore this planet that we call home. Not only is travel an essential part of modern life, it can also be very enriching, and leave you with plenty of stories to tell!
Of course, positive stories are always much more pleasant to share than negative ones. Travelling - in any capacity - isn't without risk, but there are ways you can minimise the chance for unsafe situations to unfold. Here, we have highlighted some travel tips for staying safe abroad, in the hopes that they will help your next trip take place without any trouble. Happy travelling!
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What to do and see in St Petersburg
There are few places as awe-inspiring as St Petersburg. It may no longer be the capital of Russia - a title that was bestowed on Moscow in 1918 following the Russian Revolution – but the city is an artistic hub and, despite its gloriously historic setting, boasts modernity at every turn.
Visiting St Petersburg
As well as being a popular city for visiting cruises, St Petersburg is easily accessible through Pulkovo Airport - 20km south of the city. The airport is a modern one - a new terminal opened just last year - and you will find plenty of business lounges to enjoy while you wait to board your return flight.
You will be expected to have arranged ...