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Trips to Plan in 2018

by Angelique Platas

Nov 17, 2017

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Bell Roads Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece: Feb 1–11, 2018

Head to Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki, Greece, and join in the ancient tradition of bell ringing during The Meeting of the Bells, also known as Bell Roads. History buffs of all ages enjoy the ancient tradition, originated from hunter-gatherer societies migrating through Europe hoping to cast away evil spirits and bring good fortune, harvest and fertility to the community. Still celebrated in Thessaloniki, guests enjoy an incredible celebration Feb. 1–11, 2018, with ancient traditions and modern upgrades.


Kids of all ages enjoy spirited reenactments and traditional activities from agricultural bell-ringing rituals, parades and performances to more modern events including film screenings, photography exhibitions, artistic workshops and live music. The celebration culminates on the final day with an incredible bell-ringing parade through town while festivalgoers observe and dance in the streets.

Lanterns and lights floating on water during festival

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Festa de Lemanjá in Rio Vermelho, Brazil: February 2018

From the city of Salvador, Brazil, to the beaches of Rio Vermelho, guests enjoy festive celebrations honoring the Queen of Waters. The Festa de Lemanjá begins with a bang, literally kicking off its first night with incredible fireworks while fisherman and locals prepare the night’s feast.


Watch on as colorful baskets and boats filled with offerings from flowers and perfumes to soaps and homemade gifts are released into the water for Lemanjá. Dance along with locals and enjoy traditional cuisine, live music and endless shopping in the streets.


Bluegrass Music Awards & National Convention in Nashville, Tenn.: Feb 1–4, 2018

Stay stateside and enjoy some old-school country, jazz and bluegrass at the Bluegrass Music Awards & National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., Feb 1–4, 2018. The four-night event, hosted by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, features dozens of performances by nationally touring bluegrass artists.


If the picking and playing have you inspired, take advantage of the various workshops and speaking engagements hosted by professional musicians. Take in educational events from music teachers and performers before heading to the awards show and a Battle of the Bands contest. Check out the site for up-to-date news, lineup and ticket information.

Princess of White Wings, Sapporo Snow Festival

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Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan: Feb. 1–12, 2018

Bundle up and bring the kids along for the 69th annual celebration of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Stroll the snowy landscape of Odori Park, enjoying incredible ice sculptures and snow celebrations. Check out the nearly 400 sculptures lining the streets between stops inside the many storefronts and pop-up bars providing homemade ramen, noodle bowls, fish, curry stews and local brews for parents and adult children. Pose for pictures by the statues and enjoy festive decorations, lights and Manga characters running through the 12-block radius of fun and activities


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