One of the best ways to experience the culture of a place is through its food. Just hit the street stalls to get a taste of time-honored traditions and a slice of local life. With culinary travel exploding in 2015, Holiday Lettings helps me serve up street food ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner around the world.
Have you decided where to spend New Year yet? How about seeing dawn break from a volcano or dancing the night away on a moonlit beach? Holiday Lettings gets you a ticket to the best parties in town, from Berlin to Maui.
5 - London, UK
Float down the Thames on a dinner cruise for spectacular views of London’s New Year festivities. There are 100,000 partygoers and 10,000 performers lining the river for you to watch. You’ll spot stunning fireworks illuminating the London Eye and hear the midnight countdown as Big Ben heralds in the New Year. Will you be able to resist joining in the mass rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”?
See the Thames from a different perspective the next day with a stroll from Tower Bridge to Westminster, stopping off at the imposing HMS Belfast warship, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and the inspiring Tate Modern gallery. The city’s January sales make this the perfect time to bargain-hunt on bustling Oxford Street or window-shop on chic Bond Street.
With all the mythology surrounding Christmas, I've partnered with Holiday Lettings and TripAdvisor to remind you this holiday season that Reindeer are real! Nothing says Christmas like the sound of jingling bells and swooshing sleighs. But where can you go to meet real-life Rudolphs? Holiday Lettings rounds up the best places to see reindeer, from Alaska to Rovaniemi.
The Reindeer Centre, Ashford, England
Meet and hand-feed the herd at the Reindeer Centre before the animals fly off to help Santa with his Christmas deliveries. While you’re there, you can visit Santa’s cosy log cabin and sit on the jingling sleigh that’s waiting for the big day.
To see some more animals, head to the local South of England Rare Breeds Centre where you can pet many traditional farm breeds. You could also step back in time at Ashford Borough Museum, where you can spot ancient graffiti and railway paraphernalia, including model trains and a ticket office. Walk round nearby eco-themed Stour Valley Arts and catch one of their cutting-edge installations in centuries-old Kings Wood.