It’s that time of year again. Twinkling lights strung up across buildings, decorated trees commanding city centers, holiday music dancing through the air, the smell of hot wine and baked gingerbread suffocating your nose and of course, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. If you love the holiday season, then there aren’t too many experiences as magical as exploring different Christmas Markets across Europe. While they’re all worth seeing, it may be hard to choose the right market for you. Each country does it differently as vendors focus on local cuisine and souvenirs that will leave you overwhelmed, wanting to buy everything. The biggest and most famous markets definitely live up to the hype, but it is the lesser known ones off of the usual tourist route that will give you the most unforgettable Christmas market adventure.
Namibia, like many African countries, is caught between territorial struggles and years of colonization while trying maintain ancient traditions and modernize with the times. However, the stunning landscape and wildlife has remained unchanged. In fact, the Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world at over 60 million years old. Find out what else this impactful country has been cultivating and crafting all this time.
No matter the borders you cross while exploring the world, you’re bound to encounter language barriers during your travels. While language fluency can create a more immersive travel experience, embracing the culture and having memorable adventures is still possible without knowing the local language.
The famous and picturesque Yucatán Peninsula stretches into the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea whilst being occupied by the three Mexican states of Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo. This area of Mexico has some of the best history, culture and scenery across the entire country, however most travelers only visit the “tourist hotspots”. Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen are not just three of the most visited places in Mexico, but the world. Yes, these resort towns are appealing and have some of the most gorgeous beaches around, but are they the best places to visit? If you’re searching for authentic Mexico, the simple answer is no. The best way to enjoy this stunning peninsula and be immersed in Mexico’s rich culture is by taking the road less traveled to these six destinations.
Julian is a travel photographer based in New York City. He specialized in underwater photography and has traveled the world, capturing his experiences along the way.
On Morocco, he says, “I spent a full month in Morocco, and was absolutely enchanted. There was some good and some frustrating, but overall it leaves you wanting to come back to explore more.”
Ukraine: a country where ancient history and architecture intersect with progressive ideas and people. Here, a deep appreciation of tradition, arts, and culture is complimented by the bountiful natural beauty and resources found within Ukraine. To learn more about this beautiful country and its people, dive into some of the rich and enduring aspects of Ukrainian culture.
While Mexico is considered the go to place for warm, beach vacations, many of these alluring spots are heavily populated by tourists. People just like you, looking for the exact same experience in the exact same place. Just like that, those once pristine beaches are over-populated and lacking the relaxing getaway you were daydreaming about.