06 May Where the World Vacations

Spring is here and with it comes the inevitable urge to travel during the upcoming summer months. Though the vast majority of Americans travel domestically, there are still those who wander farther. These are the people who dream of tropical getaways to Mexico, or hiking adventures in the northern wilds of Canada. These are the travelers who don’t feel fulfilled until there is a new stamp in their passport and a new security tag on their baggage. Seasonal wanderlust is hardly limited to Americans. In fact, Europeans are famous for their vacations. It certainly helps to live on a continent full of distinct nations easily reached by a car trip or short plane flight. Interestingly, a study conducted on travel trends for the EU noted that vacation destinations differ by nationality. Here are some of the results. Italians vacation in France. Yep, even Italians need a break from pasta occasionally. They head inland to the mountains and cities of France for a refreshing getaway. British go to Spain. It’s no secret that the Brits love the Mediterranean coast. Tans, tea, and tapas; Spain is the dream destination for everyone looking to escape the grey skies of England. The Irish visit the UK. This is a bit of a surprise until you consider that you can get a round trip from Dublin to London for $50. $50! You can hardly buy a suitcase for that price! Czech tourists choose Slovakia. Though not well known in the US, Slovakia is a gorgeous...

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13 Oct October Fest(s)

With the month half over, many people are starting the countdown to one of the biggest parties of the year: Halloween. What they don’t realize is how many other festivals they could be celebrating in the 2 weeks leading up to that spooky day. Read on to find Panrimo’s favorite international festivals in October. 7) Naga Fireball Festival (Nong Khai, Thailand) October 16th Crowds gather on the banks of the Mekong River to enjoy this unexplained phenomenon. As darkness falls, glowing orbs of varying sizes (some as large as basketballs) rise high into the sky over the river before vanishing. Though some nights are more active than others, thousands of these reddish, fireballs can be seen in the sky near the close of the Buddhist Lenten season. Many have tried to find scientific explanation behind the orbs, but no scientific explanation has stuck. Locals attribute the phenomenon to Naga, a mythic river snake. 6) Bridge Day (West Virginia, USA) October 18th The New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia held the first Bridge Day to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the bridge’s completion, and what better way to do that than by allowing hundreds of people to throw themselves off of it? Every year 400 BASE jumpers parachute off the bridge, floating to safety in the river 876 ft below. Hundreds more rappel down from the bridge supports as 100,000+ spectators cheer them on. Supported by a number of extreme sport companies and...

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22 Jul No Travel Selfie! 5 Places to Resist the Urge

We all do it. Selfies have taken over our society as a main way of communicating ‘Hey guys! I’m here, doing this, right now, and I am TOTES ADORBZ!’ This is all well and good, but in the recent furor over the Auschwitz selfie on Twitter, here are some suggested places where you should put the phone down and walk away. 5) War Memorials [caption id="attachment_926" align="aligncenter" width="2816"] They put others before themselves. It's past time to return the respect.[/caption] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/archive/2/2a/20090218175200!Vietnam_war_memorial.jpg We’re not sure why you’d want to, but maybe finally visiting the place where Great-Grandpa died during WWII seems like the perfect selfie-opp. Please don’t. War memorials, memorials of any kind for that matter, are places that should be held sacred in remembrance of those who died for something larger than themselves. Regular pictures are fine, but please don’t make this about you. It’s about THEM. 4) On the Edge (of a mountain, or a building, or a cliff, or anything really) [caption id="attachment_927" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Just...

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