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Better Know A Holiday: Songkran

Better Know A Holiday: Songkran Apr 15th, 2013 at 9:00AM: AKA: Thai New Year, Water Festival, Pi Mai (Laos), Chaul Chnam Thmey (Cambodia), Thingyan (Myanmar), Water-Splashing Festival (Chinese Dai minority) When? April 13 to 15 officially, though celebrations may last longer Public holiday in: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar Who died? Nobody. Reason for celebration, then? The sun has begun its northward journey into the constellation of...

Hong Kong Will Ring In The New Year In Style

Hong Kong Will Ring In The New Year In Style Dec 30th, 2012 at 8:00AM: With the New Year nearly upon us, I'm sure many of you have already made plans for how you will be celebrating its arrival. But visitors to Hong Kong are in for a particular treat this year, as the city welcomes 2013 with an impressive display of fireworks that will also mark the culmination of its annual WinterFest celebration. Hong Kong's New Years Eve celebration has become legendary for its...

10 travel resolutions to make in 2012

10 travel resolutions to make in 2012 Jan 6th, 2012 at 12:00PM: It's the beginning of a new year and the time when people start thinking of ways to improve themselves in 2012. Instead of just focusing on how to make yourself better, why not think about ways to make your travels more worthwhile? Here are 10 travel resolutions to make this year. Go green Eco-tourism is a hot topic in the world of travel right now, and for good reason. There are myriad...

Send a holiday greeting from above the clouds

Send a holiday greeting from above the clouds Dec 30th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Procrastinated on sending Christmas cards this year? It's not too late to send a holiday greeting to say "Happy New Year" (or Mutlu Yillar in Turkish) with a travel theme. Turkish Airlines has a fun website for generating a virtual holiday greeting with a view of the wing. On Above the Clouds, you can choose a cloud image like a snowflake, Christmas tree, or angel and add a brief message...

Five hotel holiday deals in New England

Five hotel holiday deals in New England Nov 11th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Are you looking for a winter wonderland for the Christmas season? New England is a natural destination. There are plenty of deals to be found, with packages that won't force you to choose between your trip and the number of presents under the tree. Check out the inns below from New England Inns and Resorts to see for yourself what await! 1. The Stepping Stone Spa, Lyndonville, VT The...

Celebrate Chinese New Year, Hong Kong style

Celebrate Chinese New Year, Hong Kong style Mar 15th, 2010 at 5:00PM: For anyone not of Chinese descent, Chinese New Year is a confusing concept. Travelers who visit Hong Kong during this important festival are likely to have questions. What's the significance? How do you celebrate? But fortunately, Hong Kong is the perfect introduction to this most significant of Chinese celebrations. Hong Kong's unique blend of familiar Western amenities and authentic Chinese...

How to say "cheers" in 10 different languages

How to say Dec 31st, 2009 at 2:00PM: Cheers! Bottoms up! To your heath! This New Year's Eve, whether you'll be clinking classes in another country or just want to impress your friends, bring a little international flair to your New Year's party by toasting at midnight in languages from around the world. Here's how to say "cheers" in 10 different languages. Czech - Na zdravi! Dutch - Proost! French - A votre sante! Gaelic...

10 travel resolutions for 2010

10 travel resolutions for 2010 Dec 30th, 2009 at 9:30AM: As 2009 draws to a close and we look back on the last 365 days of travel, it's time to make some resolutions for the coming year. Here are ten travel resolutions that will help you be a happier, more fulfilled traveler in 2010. Pack lighter Nearly every domestic carrier now charges for the first checked bag. The fees are increasing as airlines are relying on the fees to supplement revenue...

Four ways to throw an international New Year's Eve party

Four ways to throw an international New Year's Eve party Dec 21st, 2009 at 12:30PM: After years of the same old New Year's Eve parties, singing Auld Lang Syne, counting down at midnight and kissing as the clock strikes 12, it may be time to shake things up a bit. With some creativity, you can host an international-themed New Year's Eve party that incorporates traditions from around the world. Here are a few ideas. Say cheers As you clink champagne flutes with your guests...

New Year's Eve deals: Front-row, distinguished and out of town

New Year's Eve deals: Front-row, distinguished and out of town Dec 9th, 2009 at 1:00PM: New Year's Eve parties are filling up fast, and the hottest spots are likely to go soonest. Whether you want to be as close to the ball as possible or plan to avoid the crowds, there are plenty of deals out there. New York City is always a top spot, with people from around the world soaking in live what many only see on television. But, that's just the start. See below for a few suggestions on...

Four top-shelf New Year's Eve destinations (and something else)

Four top-shelf New Year's Eve destinations (and something else) Dec 7th, 2009 at 2:00PM: If you plan to make New Year's Eve memorable, you need to start pulling the trigger now. The best stuff does get snapped up quickly, and even if you have a load of cash at your disposal, you could wind up late to the party. So, if a shortage of ideas is the only thing in your way, check out the five suggestions below. For four of them, be prepared to spend some dough. The fifth is for everyone...

7 reasons to spend the holidays away from home

7 reasons to spend the holidays away from home Dec 7th, 2009 at 10:30AM: Christmas is traditionally a time for family, but it can also be the ideal time to travel. Who says you have to stay home for the holidays? Here are seven reasons to spend the holidays traveling. Travel deals While the holiday season can be one of the most expensive times to travel (especially with those annoying extra fees), it can also be a time of great deals to certain destinations....

Five ways to make a dollar go further in New England this holiday season

Five ways to make a dollar go further in New England this holiday season Nov 11th, 2009 at 3:00PM: New England was made for the holiday season. Sure, it's a bit chilly up there in the winter, but bundle up, and it's impossible not to be sucked in by the charm of one of the oldest corners of America. If you're looking for a great way to maximize your spending power this Christmas (who isn't?!), check out five great ideas from New England Inns and Resorts. There's plenty of variety ... but little...

Five ways to rock Idaho for the holiday season

Five ways to rock Idaho for the holiday season Nov 3rd, 2009 at 9:30AM: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho may not be the first destination that comes to mind for holiday travel. I mean ... who jumps to Idaho?! Well, this is a problem that needs to be remedied. If you're looking to take off for a few days between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, there's a lot happening in Coeur d'Alene. 1. Holiday Light Show: More than 1.5 million lights are hung along the Coeur d'Alene waterfront...

Own the Curtis Hotel in Denver for one night

Own the Curtis Hotel in Denver for one night Oct 6th, 2009 at 1:30PM: The Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver is not your typical hotel. Staying here is all about having fun. And what could be more fun than owning an entire hotel, even if only for one night? Through its Won Night Only promotion, the Curtis is offering up the whole hotel for one night - December 31, 2009 - to the highest bidder. Up for grabs is a package that includes occupancy of each of the...

Welcome back, Gadling readers!

Welcome back, Gadling readers! Jan 5th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Happy New Year, and welcome to 2009, travel friends. We had a fabulous 2008 at Gadling and we're planning an even bigger year for you coming up. We'll have guest posts from famous and delicious guest writers, mind-blowing giveaways, crazier stories, insider access and thousands of travel ideas to get you on the road this year. Speaking of which, have you started planning your 09 vacay yet? From...

Why wait a year for your next New Year's Eve?

Why wait a year for your next New Year's Eve? Jan 4th, 2008 at 9:35PM: How was New Year's Eve in your neck of the woods? If you were a little disappointed with how it turned out, don't wait a full year before your next opportunity for end of year shenanigans. Just hop on a plane/train/taxi or chartered donkey and head overseas to intercept the coming of the new year in a different culture. Chinese New Year kicks off on February 7 in 2008. Welcome to the Year of...

Nooroz Mobarak or Happy New Year

Nooroz Mobarak or Happy New Year Mar 20th, 2007 at 6:13PM: When some of woke up this morning and turned our calendars to Tuesday, March 20, 2007 another part of the planet and even some of our friends nearby were turning the page to the first day of a new year - the year is now 1386. Nooroz (Persian New Year) is no stranger to the Gadling pages. I mentioned it last year and offered some greetings for those who wished to spread good cheer and happiness...

Chi-Town New Year's Eve Recommendations

Chi-Town New Year's Eve Recommendations Dec 27th, 2006 at 9:52AM: Earlier this year when I cried for travel help while venturing through the areas of Olney and Salem, Illinois I received few responses. As a matter of fact I think there was only one reader that offered any suggestions. Tomorrow I'm heading back to the fine Mid-West state where I will spend New Years in Chicago and hang around two weeks for work. My past travels through Chicagoland have always...

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