Leading up to the Games, host countries pour billions of dollars in to infrastructure, building stadiums to accommodate the wide variety of incoming events. Not only are these Olympic venues incredibly expensive, but they’re also flat-out unnecessary in the long term.
One of the most satisfying things to do in a new city is to venture to a lookout point – either somewhere high up or far away – and get a good look at the skyline. Not only is it a spectacular way to get to know the features of this new place, but it can also help you navigate by giving you a sense of the scope of the city. Are most of the big buildings clustered in a small downtown core, or do they sprawl farther than your eye can see?
New Year’s is a time to do out with the old and in with the new. So, if you’re tired of staying home and watching the same old ball drop at Times Square on TV, here are some fascinating New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events and traditions from around the globe that could spice up your end of year celebrations.
If you’re already dreading the thought of sleeping with electric blankets, wearing a thick coat just to buy a carton of milk at the store, or spending loads of money on heating bills, you’re not alone. The good thing is that there are plenty of cheap hot places where you can stretch your legs at the beach and enjoy the sun.
Sometimes it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Flying might be faster, but you also have to endure waiting in long security lines and potentially being fondled by TSA agents. Railway travel, however, is a classically vintage mode of transportation suited to the more leisurely traveler who enjoys beautiful views, drawn out meals, and plenty of legroom.
If you look outside and there’s snow on the ground, chances are your thoughts go one of two ways — either you’re desperate to get away from it, or you see the snow as a herald of winter fun. This approach is pretty typical of most American families. They either spend their holidays soaking up the sun as far away from snow as possible, or they strap on their winter gear and go in search of somewhere where the snow never melts.