Category: holidays

Where in the World is St. Valentine?

Queue self-deprecating, satirical Instagram accounts. It’s that time of year to bite the bullet and relent to social conformity for the Hallmark hell-hole known as Valentine’s Day. How did we come to this? Certainly, there must be more than greeting card companies behind the madness. And since this blog is about “travel stuff”, it begs the …

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Spice up your spring break

No matter where you go, spring break tends to feel the same. There’s always overpriced fruity drinks, thousands of college students crammed on a tiny strip of beach… you get the picture. If you’re the type of person who wants a little bit more out of your spring break, then we’ve got a few perfect trips for you.

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Thanksgiving Travel: Surviving the Journey

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to pack up your mountains of dirty laundry and travel home for Thanksgiving break. Some of you may be hopping in the car and trying to beat the traffic, but many will be battling the record breaking crowds at the airport or transportation center. Here are 5 …

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World’s biggest New Year’s in Berlin

This is prime time for signing up for New Year’s trips with EF College Break (they have extended hours this week to handle the rush). During this frenzy I’ve learned something I never knew about: of all the cities in the world, New Year’s in Berlin is particularly huge. From TV I know about Times …

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Another Bastille Day almost upon us

Is it almost Bastille Day again? Man, time flies. This Saturday, July 14, French people and Francophiles around the world will celebrate all things France. If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris (or elsewhere in France) on Saturday, you’re in for a special cultural treat. One thing I’ve learned from writing this blog—and something …

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April Fools around the world

April is three days away, which means people are starting to plan their April Fools’ Day pranks. I thought I’d take this opportunity to do a little research on other countries' April Fools’ traditions. I learned some interesting facts. I learned that in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the UK (among other countries), April …

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St. Patrick’s Day is near

As we speak, EF College Break travelers are in Ireland, gearing up for their big St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Yes, we all wish we were there too. You can live vicariously through them by checking out the EFCB Tumblr blog. Travelers are posting live every day from the trips. For those of us stuck …

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Crazy Valentine’s Day contest in Thailand

In case you haven’t gotten enough Valentine’s Day hype, I thought I’d direct you to this entertaining bit of Valentine’s Day news from Thailand. Seven couples are competing in a kissing marathon to see who can stay kissing the longest. To win, couples must remain lip-locked continuously, no exceptions—that includes when going to the bathroom …

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Groundhog Day around the world?

Happy Groundhog Day, everyone. Sorry to break the news, but Punxsutawney Phil—the most famous of all the Groundhog Day groundhogs—saw his shadow this morning. We have six more weeks of winter. This got me wondering if there are any similar traditions in other countries around the world. Here’s what I found out: Serbian Orthodox Christians …

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Thinking about travel gifts for the holidays

It’s that time of year again. The time of giving and receiving. As you've probably heard, EF College Break has just released some holiday e-cards. You can send these out to all your favorite gift-givers, reminding them how much you're hoping for the gift of travel this holiday season. If you haven't already seen the …

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