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Archive for December, 2014


Travel Resolutions For 2015


Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Today is the last day of 2014 and we are ready to welcome 2015. It’s a perfect time you come up with your travel resolutions for 2015. Think out of the box and create your 2015 travel bucket list with full of adventure. Here are some resolutions to get you started –

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Take a Family Vacation


This New Year start your travel with family. Family vacations are needed for our emotional and mental rejuvenation, chance to relax, renew energy, free from our daily routine and best chance for enjoying with family. Choose a travel destination and plan a family holiday to make your family happier.

Indulge in Ecotourism


If you are a nature lover and love to visit natural adventure and beauty, then make upcoming year of ecotourism as you travel the world. In your travel bucket list involve visiting fragile, pristine and relatively undisturbed natural areas of the planet.

Travel on a Budget


We all love vacations and plan it in every holiday, but sometimes it make a big hole in our pocket and unbalance our monthly budget. This year make your holiday without having to spend too much. Plan your vacations in advance and save money with cheap online deals and discounts.

Travel Like a Local


It’s doesn’t matter where you travel, travel like a traveller and not a tourist. Make this as one of your travel resolutions for 2015. Enjoy your travel with spending some time with the local people, learning about their culture, eating local dishes and much more.

Challenge Yourself!


This year plan some adventure trips and make 2015 unforgettable. Include some adventure activity that challenges you. Go for skydiving, water rafting, deep sea diving and much more; let go of all your apprehensions and just do it!

So, plan your trip with your travel resolutions for 2015. If you need the cheapest airfare deals, checkout here: http://www.smartfares.com/newyeartravel.html


Top 5 Christmas Markets Around The World


Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

The Christmas season is the time of year when the whole world becomes just a little bit more whimsical and beautiful. Everywhere you can see the festival spirit and the holiday magic with their unique and often fanciful Christmas markets. These markets are time-honoured traditions — some have been around for centuries — that make the historical magic of Christmas feel a bit more present-day.

Christmas Market in Vienna, Austria

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Vienna is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world. The city transforms into a holiday haven during winter months and hosting several traditional Christmas markets around picturesque spots. Vienna held its first, Dezember Marktes or “December Market” in 1294, kicking off a tradition that carries through to today’s Christmas Market. The markets open in mid-November and host vendors selling handcrafted decorations, artisanal beeswax candles, twinkling trees and much more.

Christmas Market in Brussels

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The beautiful Christmas markets in Brussels has more than a mile of shops, stalls and chalets with gifts, food and drinks, ornaments, and artisanal arts and crafts. The Montreux Noel team equipped the market with an authentic Swiss chalet serving culinary delicacies from Switzerland and the Rue Devaux will be a big part of the action, hosting a number of participating shops, vendors, and outdoor eating areas.

Christmas Market in Toronto

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This winter season Toronto will once again celebrate the magic and romance of a traditional Christmas at Christmas Market in Toronto. Toronto Christmas market will be inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New World. This free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products.

Christmas Market in Prague

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In Prague a giant Christmas tree in the Old Town Square is the attraction center point of Prague’s festive fun. The main Christmas markets are to be found at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square and there are smaller ones at Namesti Republiky and Havelske Trziste. All stalls are beautifully decorated in festival theme and they sell everything from Bohemian crystal and Czech marionettes to braided pastries and gingerbread.

Christmas Market in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Tivoli Gardens is one of the famous amusement park in Copenhagen and it hosts famous Copenhagen’s Christmas market. The Christmas trees are festooned with lights, there are almost four miles of colourful stalls and the little ones will be able to see how the residents of Nissekobing spend their time.


Top Four Ice and Snow Sculpture Events in US


Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

In this winter holiday, don’t spend your holidays to visit those places you have to see every year. Plan something different. This year enjoy the ice and snow sculptures festivals and events. There are a number of international ice and snow sculpting events held in United States. Here we share some of the coolest ice and snow sculptures events and hope it’s enough for you to travel too far and too fast.

1. Saint Paul Winter Carnival

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Enjoy the 129th Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the “Coolest Celebration on Earth” since 1886! Come and enjoy the fun full activities as part of the carnival celebration including, the Royal Coronation, Outdoor Beer Dabbler, Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt, Kid’s Day, Grande Day Parade, Ice Sculpture Carving, Snow Sculpting in Vulcans Snow Park, Klondike Kate Cabarets, Historic Art Exhibit and the Torchlight Parade. It continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area. Events are held throughout the city, with many centred in downtown Saint Paul in Rice Park and the Landmark Center.

Event Date: January 22, 2015-February 01, 2015

Admission Fee/Ticket Price: Free/ Some events are ticketed

Venue: Saint Paul

2. Michigan Technological University’s Winter Carnival

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Michigan Technological University’s Winter Carnival was started in 1922 and now it has grown to become one of the largest annual winter festivals in the nation. This carnival features dozens of huge, intricate snow statues all around the university campus. This event also brings together students to participate in broomball, comedy skits, sleigh rides, a queen coronation, and lots of winter fun.

Event Date: February 7, 2015 at 8:45pm

Admission Fee/Ticket Price: Free

Venue: Mont Ripley, 49051 Ski Hill, Houghton, Michigan

3. The Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships

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The International Show Sculpting Championships are one of the reasons people love it here in Breckenridge. From around the world snow artists will compete from Jan. 27 through Jan. 31, 2015 in Breckenridge, Colorado at the championships. Teams are using only hand tools, artists achieve finished pieces across five days (65 hours) of sculpting in this one of a kind event. All sculptures are displayed through Feb. 8, 2015, start as 12-foot-tall, 20+ ton blocks of snow.

Event Date: January 19, 2015 – February 8, 2015

Admission Fee/Ticket Price: Free

Venue: 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge, Colorado

4. Winterfest & U S National Snow Sculpting Championship

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Enjoy the 20th Annual Winterfest & US National Snow Sculpting Championship Competition this year. It’s featuring music, magic, activities, refreshments, helicopter rides, shopping and dining. The US National Snow Sculpting Championship featured with the great event at the beautiful and famed Riviera on the lake front in downtown Lake Geneva. Sculpting begins 11am Wednesday, January 28th through Saturday, January 31st, with winners announced at 3pm at the Riviera Ballroom. This year few more events will include like; Laser Tag, S’mores, Beach Party, Fire Ring, Soup Taste, Family Magic Show, Human Dog Sled Races and a Reindeer Run.

Event Date: Jan 28, 2015 – Feb 7, 2015

Admission Fee/Ticket Price: Free

Venue: Riviera Park. 330 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, WI


Come and enjoy these events and make this winter holiday unforgettable. Book your flight tickets with our exclusive Winter Travel Deals: http://www.smartfares.com/affiliates/winter-travel


Top 6 Experiences You Can’t Miss On Winter Holidays!


Friday, December 12th, 2014

Winter season is just around the corner and you are not too late to plan for your winter holidays. We want to know if you could close your eyes and make a travel wish, what would it be? Not yet decided where to spend your winter holidays? Well, let us make your task simpler and show you top six out-of-the-world experiences that will make your holidays an unforgettable one.

1. Meet The Real Santa Claus in Norway

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If you wish to meet the Santa Claus, plan a trip to the famous town of Lapland in Norway where Santa Claus stays! Here you can spend time shopping in the brightly lit markets, enjoy the taste of cuppa Finnish coffee and even pay Santa a visit. If you want to make your trip more adventurous, head to Spitsbergen – a beautiful place where there are more polar bears than humans!

2. Experience The Magic Of Harry Potter In London

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Are you a Harry Potter fan? For all the Potter fans, the tour of Warner Bros Studio in London is an unforgettable experience. From sipping frothy Butterbeer to a golden snitch hunt and the magical world has plenty of surprises for you.

3. Step Back In Time At Pyramids Of Giza

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If you love visiting the historical places and want to explore more about ancient history, culture and rustic beauty – then the trip to Pyramids of Giza in Egypt is ideal for you. The Great Pyramid of Giza is built for Pharaoh Khufu and it is the most popular place to explore the lesser known Mastaba of Seshemnufer IV. It has an underground burial chamber too.

4. Ride To The Top Of Table Mountain In Cape Town

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If you are dreaming a trip to South Africa and planning to visit Cape Town from long time, then it is a perfect time to visit the heaven of South Africa. It’s just a 5-minute cable car ride away. Sights of Cape Town, mountain peaks and the Table Mountain National Park are the best spots for your winter holiday. Enjoy the beautiful sunset view, try local specialties at the cafe or abseil down a cliff face if you’re up for adventure!

5. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro In Tanzania

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For mountain climb lovers and the adventure enthusiasts, the highest snow-capped mountain in Tanzania is a best place and climbing this mountain is mighty big achievement. It’s advisable to pack light for a 10-day organized trek with a tour operator.

6. Discover Life Underwater At Andamans

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Do you love the sea? Take a plunge into the Andamans underwater world and explore dive sites around Havelock and Neil Island with experienced instructors! Feel the unforgettable experience while swimming underwater with the colourful fish, corals and crustaceans.

Don’t wait any more! Plan your trip now and make your winter holiday more fun filled and memorable one. If you need a discount in flight also, then checkout out cheap winter airfare deals here: http://www.smartfares.com/affiliates/winter-travel


Evolution of Santa Claus


Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

A jolly man who wear a red dress, and carries a big bag with full of gifts and comes on Christmas Eve, we all knows it’s our Santa Claus. It’s also known as Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and simply “Santa”. Millions of children wait for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. But do you know the history of Santa Claus. His story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century.

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History of Santa Claus

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It’s believed that St. Nicholas was born around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. He spent his whole life helping the poor & sick people and devoted his life entirely to Christianity. One of the best stories of the St. Nicholas kindness is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. St. Nicholas’s is known as the protector of children and sailors. He was the historical Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra.

During the middle ages, his feast day was celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6. Children were bestowed gifts in his honour. December 6 is the original day of gifts for the children, but in the course of the Reformation and its opposition to the veneration of saints in many countries the date was shifted to 24th and 25th December. So Saint Nicholas changed to Santa Claus. The custom of gifting to children on Christmas has been propagated by Martin Luther to focus the interest of the children to Christ instead of the veneration of saints. Martin Luther first suggested the Christ kind as the bringer of gifts. But Nicholas remained popular as gifts bearer for the people.

Every year on Christmas Eve, every child waits for Santa Claus. They wish Santa to visit their home and bestow them with lovely gifts. So, this Christmas decorate your house beautifully to welcome Santa Claus and wait for your cherished gifts. If you planning to celebrate your Christmas in another city and need some cheap airfare deals, checkout our exclusive Christmas travel deals here: http://www.smartfares.com/christmas_travel.html


The Christmas Tree


Friday, December 5th, 2014

In this season you can witness the Christmas tree everywhere like; homes, shopping malls, markets etc. In ancient times, people hung evergreen trees branches and leaves on their doors and windows to keep evil spirits away, which paved way for the Christmas Tree as we know it today. The tradition of the Christmas tree was originated from Germany and the first Christmas tree ever was set up in 1419 and after that people started bringing decorated trees into their homes.

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Did You Know?

  • The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany with dyed goose feathers.
  • The first Christmas tree ever to be decorated was in Riga, Latvia in 1531.
  • The Christmas tree came into being much before the birth of Christ.
  • Near about 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States every year.
  • The annual Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree tradition in New York began in 1933. This tree is around 1000 feet tall and is decorated with a 550-pound Swarovski crystal star!
  • Edward Johnson, Thomas Edison’s assistant, came up with the idea of lighting up a Christmas tree with electric lights in 1882. Before that Christmas Trees used to be illuminated with candles.
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