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.
Get ready for over two weeks of lederhosen-wearing men, barmaids trussed up in dirndls enthusiastically serving up frothy steins of Bavarian beer, traditional German food and oom-pah bands all from the atmospheric confines of a hop-scented beer tent.
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.
The summer holidays may be over, schools have started again and the days are becoming shorter. But this does not mean you have to wait until next summer to get away. Now is the perfect time to make some fun plans for the autumn and with discounts of up to 15% at Stayokay hostels in the Netherlands you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.
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.
Thinking of visiting Europe for a few days in August? Why not celebrate the last few weeks of summer in the Netherlands and discover all that this unique country has to offer. Enjoy amazing discounted deals at HI hostels in The Hague, Texel, Domburg, Amsterdam and Sneek!
Hungary’s eye-catching capital Budapest is right at the heart of Europe. With excellent transport links, it is the perfect starting point for your very own tour of this fascinating part of Europe.
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