Mardi Gras parades may fill the streets of New Orleans, St. Louis and Mobile, Ala.,on Feb. 9, but that is nothing compared to what Carnival will look like in the party cities of Brazil, France and Australia.
Stateside, New Orleans is known as the go-to party city for the Mardi Gras holiday, but in Rio de Janeiro, the party goes on for five days, Feb. 5–10. This epic celebration is known as Carnival, and Brazil knows how party. With typically 2 million people in attendance, incredible costumes on display, amazing music and parades, it is clear how Rio earned its unofficial title as the Carnival Capital of the World.
Nice, France, has been celebrating Carnival since 1294, and the party has only gotten better with age. Thousands of performers, artists and musicians flood the streets to party, play and throw flowers at the audience. There is a different theme every year, this year being King Of Media. This winter holiday lasts 15 days beginning Feb. 13 and raging through Feb.28. The insane parades, colors and entertainment bring the audience in and keep them for weeks of partying.
In Sydney, Australia, Mardi Gras is more than just a Lent-oriented party; it is the biggest LGBTQ event of the year. Much like Gay Pride parades, the event is meant to celebrate the culture and inspire others to take part by spreading the message and the love. The grand parade of Sydney’s Mardi Gras is on the first Sunday in March and the party will go all day and night typically ending the following morning.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.