Escape the Cold: The Best Places to Warm You Up

Bora Bora

The crown jewel of French Polynesia is the island paradise of Bora Bora. The tropical summer that starts in November means that it’s hot and wet when we’re experiencing snowy temperatures. Most people go to Bora Bora for the unspeakably beautiful beaches and luxury accommodations. It’s possible to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for just a few days in an over-water villa. However, it is possible to save some money by staying in places like the Sunset Hill Lodge or Manureva House, both of which cost around $200-300 USD per day.

Once you’re on the island, most of the activities, like snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing, are free. If you want to pay a bit of money to explore the inland parts of the island, a Jeep tour can take you to WWII ruins, or up to the peak of mountains where you’ll have a spectacular view of the island. This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so plan it as early as possible to avoid disappointment. You’ll need to connect through Tahiti, and the small planes that fly the route from Tahiti to Bora Bora fill up fast.

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If you’re looking for a European destination that’s still warm, even during the coldest months of the year, Malta is a great choice. It’s an archipelago of islands located just south of Sicily and has some of the warmest year-round temperatures in Europe. It also has a rich history, tons of amazing architecture, and is quite easy to traverse by public bus or bike.

To get there, you’ll have to transfer via a European hub like Aberdeen, London, Milan, or Madrid. Luckily, many of these connections are operated by low-cost carriers like Ryanair or Easyjet, which means the cost will be minimal. Most people head straight to Valletta, the capital city, and use it as a base for further travels.

Hiking, diving, and sailing are popular activities, and if you’re there over the Christmas holidays, you can observe some of the unique island customs.


Sailing boats on Senglea marina in Grand Bay, Valetta, Malta



10 Interesting New Year’s Traditions from Around the World

In the Gregorian calendar, which is the most widely-used calendar system in the world, the start of the New Year is celebrated on January 1. In North America, bottles of champagne are popped, kisses are exchanged, and everyone sings and makes noise to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Some traditions that we take part in are unique to our culture, even if it seems like everyone does them. In other parts of the globe, the celebration of the New Year looks quite different — some cultures even celebrate it on a completely separate day.

Weirdest American Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is here and businesses across the United States are going all-out to make sure that their decorations are better than the year before. The majority of Americans get so excited about holidays that it’s easy to forget how many traditions are strangely unique to the American culture. Actually, there are a large number of uniquely American holiday traditions that seem strange to those who didn’t grow up here. Let’s explore some of the weirdest American holiday traditions that are out there today.

The World in Liquor

When you go out for a night, how many options for liquor does your home base bar have on offer? Sure, they’ve probably got some standard gins, vodkas, rums, whiskies, and tequilas—but probably not much of anything else. If you’re traveling, one of the best ways to start to get to know the local culture is to indulge in a popular local drink.