Traveling for a party seems more noble when it’s really a cultural celebration, dating back hundreds of years and a cornerstone of a country’s culture and proud history. If that’s the kind of party your family is seeking for an epic getaway, Asia is the place.
With ancient history, eclectic religious beliefs and cultures to celebrate, there’s a celebration in early 2020 your family should plan for.
A bit after our typical New Year’s Eve celebrations at home, this holiday comes in a different package — it’s more like a phenomenon. Falling Jan. 25, this Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, marks the Year of the Rat and welcomes incredible celebrations from locals all over China.
According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008 will be in their Zodiac Year of Birth — so happy birthday and enjoy the festivities! Don’t let the Rat fool you, this next year is going to be one for the ages. Famously celebrated in Beijing and Hong Kong with incredible paper lanterns, theatrics and festivities around the city, evidence of the festival can be found all over Mainland China. Find the right city for your family trip and prepare for a great celebration.
You’ve seen the pictures of thousands of paper lanterns illuminating the sky like flickering stars on a dark night — that’s the Pingxi Lantern Festival in Taiwan and it’s even better in person. Incredible visuals aside, there’s a lot more to this celebration than Instagram photos.
Celebrated Feb. 8–23, the festival is also known as Little New Year and gives thanks to the gods. Participants take to the streets during the Lantern Festival, the major event, but also enjoy games, food and fun festivities hosted around the city.
Songkran, known as the Thai New Year, is celebrated April 13–15, so you have some time to plan for this one. The opening ceremony kicks off in Wat Pho, but Songkran can be found celebrated all over the country. One of the most popular destinations for the fun is the Bangkok Songkran Splendours Festival.
Whether the young adults or young professionals in your life are heading back to school, the office or some new version of normal, sending them off with something thoughtful is always in style. Check this list for something your loved one (or yourself) can use to ease out of the house with style.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
Ever since travel began picking back up and travelers started returning to the skies, Delta Air Lines has blocked the middle seat option on all flights, and limited the number of passengers per flight. Delta Air Lines announced it will continue blocking the middle seat and limiting travelers through at least Jan. 6, 2021. Delta is hoping this extension will make individuals, groups and families more comfortable flying over the holidays.
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While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Harvard Medical School released a study that mothers and daughters who take at least one trip together per year have less stress, stronger immune responses, decreased risk for heart disease and more. That’s right: It turns out spending quality time together provides benefits similar to sticking to a healthy diet and getting enough sleep every night. And, let’s face it, traveling is a lot more fun.