How to Have the Best New Year’s Any Where in the World

Casting tin in Finland

In Finnish tradition, it’s common to cast tin in order to predict what the next year has in store. Small tin toys are given as gifts then melted down and cast in cold water. The shape of your cast tin will tell you if you’re to have good luck, wealth, or health in the year to come.

First footing in Scotland

Another Hogmanay tradition still practiced in some parts of Scotland is “first footing.” Ideally a tall, dark haired man must cross the threshold of the house at midnight while bearing gifts in order to welcome in the New Year.

Champagne wishes in Russia

In Russia, they don’t just drink champagne. There tradition dictates that you write a wish on a piece of paper, burn the wish in the flame of a candle, and then drink the ashes in a glass of champagne to make the wish come true.

Coin sweeping in Mexico

In Mexico and other parts of South America, there’s a tradition where your sprinkle 12 coins on your doorstep and then sweep them into the house to bring prosperity for the New Year.

Junkanooing in the Bahamas

New Year’s also happens to coincide with the National Festival of the Bahamas known as “Junkanoo.” Every year on New Year’s Day, people take to the streets to celebrate with music, dance, and colorful costumes.

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Extravagant Hotel Pools You Need to See

For a lot of us, the pool is the holiday and the holiday is the pool. The success or failure of a getaway in the sun is determined by just how good the pool is. Knowing this, many hotels have some truly absurd swimming pools. Absurd for their grandeur and extravagance, these pools alone would make an unforgettable holiday.

Total Relaxation: 10 Best Wellness Retreats

Depending on what kind of relaxation you are looking for, a wellness retreat can offer an extraordinary vacay away from daily distractions of life, while enjoying incredible cuisine, along with fun activities to keep your body moving. Whether you love the idea of some hiking, yoga, meditation, or massages, there are a variety of wellness retreats all across the globe that help you relax, find your inner self, and feel rejuvenated.

Mini Guide to Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world and has a population of nearly 150 million, though around 77 percent live in the western part of the country. It’s best known for being the first constitutionally socialist state and its role in World War II and the ensuing Cold War. The country has also many technological accomplishments, including sending the first human to space. Nowadays, it’s the world’s 12th largest economy by GDP, the biggest producers of natural gas and oil, and also a permanent member of the UN Council.