Originally a tradition in Europe, Christmas markets not only serve as a place to score some holiday cheer but also act as a central location for locals to eat, drink and catch up with friends. With vendors selling anything from sausages and schnitzels to baubles and handicrafts, each market has it’s very own flair with singing and dancing to warm the heart.
Now these markets are finding their way across the Atlantic and, for good measure, have a little taste of the old world without digging out your passport.
We can’t think a better way to get into the holiday spirit than sipping mulled wine or hot cocoa and walking from stall to stall in a Christmas market, so we’ve rounded up our picks of the neatest and most authentic markets around the country.
Have you made a dent in your holiday shopping list? We’re going to guess and say no. Maybe you were enjoying too many holiday cocktails at your town’s tree lighting or fighting the crowds at the airport, whatever the case, you might consider us your gift-giving-fairies for ideas for those on your list that have been bitten by the travel bug.
Gifting is hard work, but we’re here to help you give meaningful items to ensure that you win Christmas the recipient delights in your thoughtful present.
The idea: Buy gifts that are iconic to or come from a place you’ve visited with your partner, friend, or family member. Some examples to get your wheels turning:
Like it or not December has finally arrived, and that means the holiday season is in full swing. ‘Tis the season to embrace the ridiculous, over-the-top, jolly, sparkly, merry and bright. Naturally, the gays are all over it.
Get wrapped up in these classic and oh-so-fun holiday happenings. Consider it your gift to your inner cheeseball.
Photo by Flickr user Desiree Williams used under creative commons
My first year as a flight attendant I was sick more times than I can count. I had to figure out a way to travel and stay healthy. Cold and Flu season is upon us and if you’re planning on getting on an airplane you’ll want to follow my tried and true tips for staying healthy!
Latino food, luscious parks, lively nightlife and a burgeoning art scene which culminates with the upcoming Art Basel Fair, although it may not be known as one of the most affordable cities in the States — not many gay travel destinations can boast the same attractions as Miami. Yes, this haven on the East Coast is blessed with more than enough culture, beaches and variety to enjoy a memorable weekend but when you consider the above mentioned Art Basel, the glorious weather and endless cultural attractions, you may even want to stay longer than just a few days.
Here are five things to see in South Beach during Art Basel:
Want to stump guests at your Thanksgiving dinner this year? Ask them where in 1620 the Mayflower Pilgrims first landed in the New World. Chances are, unless someone let them in on the historic secret, they won’t know that the answer is Provincetown.
This week will see the busiest travel days of the year — the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. As such, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. As in, it’s time to take care of some things right now. Like, as soon as your done reading this post.
This Thursday a good majority of us will be either traveling to family and friends’ or preparing an enormous feast to celebrate Thanksgiving. While the morning is usually filled with meal prep, football and overall relaxing, one other quintessential Turkey Day activity is the traditional parade — highlighting marching bands, pop singers, and flamboyant floats, eventually culminates with the arrival of Santa Claus.
Who doesn’t love a parade! Check below for the best processions around the country:
Who knew, the TSA does have official positions on certain holiday foods, like cranberry sauce and pies. Hint: cranberry sauce is not allowed. Pies are allowed, even if they’re Rhubarb and weigh more than three ounces.
Agency spokeswoman “Social Media Mary,” told me today:
“You can bring pie as long as it goes through the X-ray at the security checkpoint. We do suggest you take it as a carry-on item so it doesn’t get squashed in your checked luggage.”
If you’re still a little worried about what holiday foods you can and can’t bring onboard a plane, check out TSA’s list of prohibited items.
And if you plan on visiting us, please bring pumpkin pie.