With the winter weather winding down, it’s officially time to start planning for a family trip. Take advantage of this fun lineup of spring festivals across the globe.
Springtime in India is even sweeter when celebrating Thrissur Pooram. The elephant festival is beloved by all and dates back to the late 1700s. Watch as elephants draped in decorative crowns, bells and ornate jewelry parade through the religious city. The kids will love the elephant feeding ceremony, known as aanayoottu, the largest in the world and one of the great highlights of the festival. The aanayoottu draws the largest crowds to the Vadakkunathan Temple every year and is a must see. The entire event continues through April and into May, with activities varying each day.
Get your orange gear out and head to Amsterdam for King’s Day, April 27. Celebrate Dutch monarchy and the birthday of the Netherlands ruler during an epic street party. Bring the kids and explore Amsterdam with tens of thousands of festivalgoers. Celebrations begin the night before.
Explore lines of street vendors and market stalls, or hop on a boat party floating on the canal. The event is fun for all ages, but less stressful and best enjoyed with older kids.
Taste more than 100 types of poutine during the fourth-annual PoutineFest in Ottawa, Canada. A local favorite, poutine consists of French fries, cheese curds and brown gravy — and it’s worth the celebration.
Enjoy the free, all-ages event April 26–29 in the Poutine Plaza of Ottawa City Hall. Kids head to the kid zone for face painting, games and a rock-climbing wall while the adults enjoy exotic poutine competitions, eating contests, local brews and live entertainment.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway welcomes the 102nd annual Indianapolis 500. Known as the “greatest spectacle in racing,” the Indy 500 brings 33 professional drivers racing 200 laps and 500 miles for glory and a cold cup of milk poured over their heads in celebration. The kids will get a rush from the race and enjoy the county fair-esque atmosphere, but with higher stakes. Check out the full event schedule and ticket availability here to plan your family trip.
The cruise industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
By Hainan Airlines
Over the last three–four weeks, Portugal made significant strides in slowly, but surely, reopening the country for travel. As of May 18, Portugal further loosened restrictions by ending the country’s COVID-19 State of Emergency status while continuing social distancing.
After a few months at home, working remotely, homeschooling children and juggling several roles at once, parents are going to need a well-deserved vacation post COVID-19. If you and your partner are looking for the perfect 2021 getaway, you won’t want to miss this amazing offer from Emerald Waterways.
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.
People need a “chance to get some well-needed rest, relaxation and fresh air.” This is a sentiment we all likely share, as does the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The EC included that phrase when it released its plan to help reopen Europe following the COVID-19 global pandemic. While most EU borders remain closed to international travel until at least mid-June, the EC’s plan starts with inter-Europe travel, and are non-binding recommendations and guidelines. European countries still have the final decision, so travelers are advised to check the restrictions of the countries they plan to visit. According to the EC, “blanket restrictions of free movement are replaced by targeted measures.”