While we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day last month, it’s never too early to start planning for next year. In order to fully appreciate the holiday any year, it’s helpful to know more about the Irish celebrate. In America, St. Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated with people dressing in green and those of age drinking. However, there is a more traditional way to observe the holiday than the stereotypical day out drinking and partying with friends. In Ireland, where the holiday originates, the citizens have more traditions they follow.
In major cities like Dublin or Cork, the traditional things get overlooked for a day that includes drinking and gathering with others. In Dublin, on this day, people pile into the city center for a parade. The holiday has gained so much popularity that now celebrating lasts for about a week instead of just that day. In addition to the parade, there are various cultural events and people dressing up in colorful green outfits.
In rural Ireland travelers can find a more traditional style of celebrating. Folks will play traditional music and follow up with traditional singing and dancing as well. Some of the dances date back to older generations and are exciting for outsiders to watch and experience. Many rural areas will host horse racing and their own parade as well. In smaller towns, it’s still a good idea to drink a Guinness or similar Irish drink to join in the festivities. The rural areas are great places to bring children because they can get the full experience without dealing with the crowds of Dublin or Cork.
Streets lined with festive holiday lights and decorations is a tell-tale sign the holidays are right around the corner. My favorite holiday tradition is going to Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and driving through the Holiday Light Show. My family and I have gone pretty much every year since I was a little girl.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship is here! Anyone who follows the cruise industry can tell you the timeline between when a ship is announced to when it is open for passengers is a lengthy one, taking years and spanning different milestones. Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Encore, recently passed another major milestone when it departed Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to sail toward its next destination, through to its recent christening and subsequent sailings.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
Space tourism grew out of fantasies and unfilled promises that seemed out of reach until nearly two decades ago. In 2001, American businessman Dennis Tito spent $20 million for almost eight days with the Russian spacecraft that orbited Earth 128 times. Other million-dollar space rides followed with wealthy space tourists over the years. But will space tourism ever become more accessible, or will it always remain a bucket list adventure for the elite?