Mardi Gras translates (very literally in our case) as fat Tuesday. A day routed in a time when all thoughts of dietary restraint are cast aside and you’re culturally compelled to dine on anything fat. Traditionally this was to use up eggs, milk and butter before the long cold days of lent ahead where you were expected to restrain from, basically, anything fun.
This year, whether you’ve decided to give up chocolate, cheese, bread or just give up on giving up, check out these top celebrations of Fat Tuesday around the world… and the pancake toppings to take you there.
Didn’t get a Glastonbury ticket? Bit bored of Bestival? Scared of the potential wash out at Field Day? There’s no doubt the UK knows how to put on a great music festival, but so do our good friends over in Europe. They do it really well. You’ll find the same great bands, the world’s top DJs, and a much higher chance of that big shiny yellow thing in the sky making an appearance.
Plus, it’s also the perfect opportunity to discover the festival’s home town and surrounding cities. I spent two days falling in love with Barcelona before the Sonar festival, and I quite fancy the idea of heading to Croatia’s Unknown via Venice and Slovenia…
So let’s see what’s out there, and take at look at 14 of Europe’s best music festivals in 2014.
This Sunday 26th January is Australia Day, A national holiday in Aus, a time to celebrate our brothers and sisters Down Under, and the only reason to party in January.
Whether you’re in Australia now, you have a special spot reserved for it in your heart, or you just love any old excuse to party, Australia day is the perfect time to celebrate all things Aussie.
If December is a party, then January is the hangover. We know this feeling far too well! But to take your minds off work, resolutions, diets and detoxes, STA Travel are making sure that there is plenty to be positive about this January.
When it’s cold and miserable outside, what better way to avoid the January blues than by booking your next trip? Start 2014 as you mean to go on, by doing what you really love: travelling.
Whether you’re making a big change with a round-the-world trip or you just want to tick another country off your bucket list, make sure you don’t get #STAFOMO and check out our top deals from our epic January Sale.
One of the best things about travelling is escaping the ordinary, and discovering the weird and wonderful of the the world, and boy, is there a lot of the weird! The world is full of different cultures and customs, where one person’s norm is another person’s strange and festivals are all about people coming together to celebrate that.
The world is full of bizarre festivals, from street tomato fights to days dedicated to the male genitalia (yes really). So if you want to discover more of the world’s wackiness, fill up your 2014 calendar with our pick of the world’s most bizarre festivals…
Argungu Fishing Festival. Image courtesy of gvizane via Flickr.