4th of July experiences that celebrate America’s best

As cities and travel begin to open up across the US, some of us are already thinking about how we’ll be celebrating the Fourth of July. For others, it’s also the perfect first trip away after months stuck at home. Let’s make this Independence Day extra memorable with fireworks and a travel experience that toast to America...

How to celebrate Cinco de Mayo: Mexico-style

How long has Cinco de Mayo been celebrated? Cinco de Mayo is a traditional fiesta in the USA and Mexico, celebrated annually on the fifth of May (funnily enough, given that that’s its literal translation). It all started back in 1863 in Southern California as a show of...

Easter traditions around the world

For many of us, Easter is a chance to eat our own body weight in chocolate. For others, it’s an opportunity to set the kids to work with an egg hunt in the garden. In many places, though, the crucifixion of Christ is marked more solemnly. Across the world, Easter is one of the most diverse celebrations...

8 things you didn’t know about St. Patrick’s Day

Few saints are celebrated quite like Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. Colorful face paint, shamrock paraphernalia, parades and dancing — the revelry is endless (and unabashedly green). Not bad for a man who was kidnapped from his home as a youth. Beg your pardon? Yep, that’s not the only titbit about...

Discover St Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world

Legend has it that St Patrick banished the serpents from the Emerald Isle. Pretty amazing, right? But perhaps even more amazing are the astonishing number of wild parties thrown in honor of Ireland’s patron saint to this day. While you might not be able to twirl your partner at a ceilidh this year, you can still get...

5 ways to experience the holiday spirit in Lapland

Victoria runs Bridges and Balloons, a blog that specializes in special places to stay and carefully curated itineraries and guides for creative people and families. For me, there’s nothing quite as magical as a winter wonderland, and Lapland is the perfect place for that. My 4-day trip to Lapland in winter helped me craft...

5 New Year’s resolutions for travel lovers in 2021

A new year brings new resolutions, exciting plans, and, hopefully, travel opportunities aplenty. You may not be venturing forth on a far-flung adventure just yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore your city and your country. What’s more, traveling in your local area might help you tick off some of those New Year’s resolutions. Here are...

12 holiday gift ideas for every budget

“On the twelfth day of Christmas…” whether it’s for your true love, your bestie, or your family, these holiday gifts give something unique — experiences. And what’s more, you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a memorable moment. Choose from cooking classes to museum tickets, adrenaline-filled thrills to cultural shows around the world. Best of all? You...