New year means new goals, and your 2018 goals should include visiting at least ONE of these destinations! In 2018 there are many world events going on, like the Winter Olympics, the World Cup, and the Royal wedding, but there is also many annual festivals that take place. Each year you should strive to attend something different, so make 2018 that year!
The Winter Olympics in South Korea
In Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Winter Olympics will take place from February 9 to February 25,2018. Every four years the Winter Olympics take place, and this year is going to be a big one! With 15 events, they are broken into 3 categories. You have the (1) ice sports, (2) alpine, skiing; snowboarding, and (3) Nordic events. The last time South Korea held an Olympic game was in 1988, the Summer Olympics, an exact 30 year difference! The traditions in South Korea have kept alive throughout centuries, which is only one of the reasons you should try to make it to the Winter Olympics.
The FIFA World Cup in Russia
In Russa, the FIFA World Cup will take place. From June 14 – July 15, 2018, you will have plenty of time to go visit. The World Cup also only happens every four years, so you won’t be able to go to another one until 2022. Close to 50% of the world watches the world cup, and you can be one of those to watch it live, whether you are seeing it for your favorite team, or just for the experience. If you do plan to go, make sure you know what city your team is playing in, as the games are spread throughout the country!
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
The best-known parties in the world, largest carnival celebration in the world, and a national holiday in Brazil. Each year for 6 days, Brazil celebrates the day before the 40 days of Lent. The celebration dates back to 1723, when the Portuguese immigrants brought Entrudo. Today, they still celebrate lent, but it also incorporates samba. Samba is a ritual Candomble dance to drums and handclaps, which fills the city every day. Live performances and street bands, you won’t sleep and will never get another experience like it anywhere else!
You may be thinking, Antarctica isn’t an event, but it kind of is! Before 2018, you were only able to fly to Antarctica by charter or a cruise ship, but in 2018 you will be able to fly commercial from the southern most part of Argentina and fly into the Seymour Island. If this has always been on your bucket list, 2018 is the time to go before too many tourists began to fly in! You may wonder, why is Antarctica so popular? Not only is it popular for the penguins and whales, but the sheer cliffs and the iceberg calving, are a site to see, just look at the picture above!
Lantern Festival in Taiwan
March 2, 2018, in Pingxi, Taiwan, the sky will light up with lanterns that have scribbled messages of hopes, dreams, or messaged to loves ones that have passed. The Sky Lantern Festival began over 2,000 years ago. At the time, the lanterns were used as fire signals to inform residents that their houses were safe from the outlaws, and could return home. Now the festival represents the end of the Chinese New Year, and it is a way to symbolize the shedding of outdated ways and embracing the future. The festival will light up the sky, by water, land, and air. This is an event you don’t want to miss out on.
Mardi Gras 300th Birthday in New Orleans
Similar to Carnival in Rio, Mardi Gras is a celebration to prelude to Lent. This year, New Orleans celebrates 300 years, which means that it will last longer than just February 13, 2018. During the day the streets fill with parades, costumes, food, and beer. Dancers fill the streets in their sparkly clothes and colorful wigs, which makes it impossible to have a bad time, and not join in on the dance. Each parade has their own story and theme. During each parade, the people toss different items into the crowd (like beads, purses, and shoes). This is the only time you’ll be able to celebrate the 300th year, so it is the year to go!
Kings Day in Netherlands
April 27, 2018, prepare for loaded canals, huge celebrations, and everyone in the color of orange. The festival was originally Queens Day (since 1885) but in 2014, after the inauguration of King-Wilem Alexander, it was renamed Kings Day. In 1885, the celebration began in honor of the birth of the Queen (August 31), it was then changed to April 30th for the new Queens birthday. Which means, it is just a big birthday celebration for the King! If you don’t have orange on, including your dog, you will be the odd one out. The color orange represents the pride for the Dutch Royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau, and if you are in the right town, you may be able to see the royal entourage! Not only is it a big birthday party, it is the day of the world’s largest flea market. Pack your orange jumpsuit and bring all your cash because this is a festival you don’t want to miss.
Holi in India
March 2, 2018 in Mumbai, Dehli, bring the clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty. The vibrant display of color is the meaning of unity, which each year the Indian people come together to unify themselves and wash away their differences. In the early morning, the celebration slowly begins, until mid day when the city is full of loud music and people throwing color at each other in the streets, to ending with private house parties. You won’t want to miss this event, as it represents good beating away evil, which is something that we should focus on everyday.
Snowbombing in Austria
Mayrhofen, Austria, April 9 – 14, 2018, a giant musical festival held in the snow. Snowbombing began as a festival about snow sports, but has grown into the biggest music festival in the mountains. You will see pro snowboarders with a mix of music each night, but if you are an avid snowboarder or a newbie, you can get on the slopes with them! People come in as little of clothing or the most clothing, which ever your body temperatures can take. The festival is only 18 years old, but it has continued to grow into the best snow festival in the world!
San Vino Wine Fight in Spain
Ever wanted to throw wine at someone? This is the festival that you can do so. In Haro, Spain on June 28, 2018 you will begin the party by drinking all night, but safe the red wine for the fight starting the morning of June 29, 2018. The festival is mainly the locals, but doesn’t mean they will not squirt wine out of a water gun at a tourist. Up to 40% of the Rioja vineyards are located in Haro, and they produce the best red wine. Why would you want to just drink the wine when you can squirt it at each other and drink in a more entertaining way?