Halloween has come a long way since the Celts celebrated the date as a transition from summer to winter. This year, don’t limit yourself to dressing up in a tacky costume, carving a wonky smile onto a pumpkin, and answering the door to a plague of irritating trick or treaters – head to some truly spooky dwellings, wild street parties or ghoulish haunts around the world instead. Here’s HI’s guide to the eeriest, and coolest, places to be seen this Halloween.
Whether your great-aunt Maeve is Irish, you’ve always wanted to experience Irish culture, or you just want to head over for the ‘craic’ (fun), this year is the time to head over to Ireland. With so many events happening this autumn in the Emerald Isle, we’ve rounded up some of the best for you.
China’s capital is a cultural jewel, with fascinating historical sites scattered in and around the city. With so many locations worth exploring, it’s hard to know where to start. You would need a lot more time than I had there to see everything, but here are the 8 things I managed to fit into three action packed days in Beijing.
Japan is home to some of the most wonderful places on earth. There are many attractions for people who are interested in history, spirituality, art, literature, and the culture and traditions of Japan.
It’s true that for budget travelers Scandinavia is not on top of their destination list simply because of the high cost of most of the cities. However, visiting Copenhagen does not have to be reserved for the well off. Budget travelers can also enjoy the city and will be won over by the city’s secret money-saving options.
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