February Travel Guide: Rio Carnival, Tết & More

One of the things we decided to do this year is to use this blog as more than just a diary of our journeys. In an effort to connect with fellow travelers around the world, we will publish monthly travel guides, that highlight some of the exotic, must-see events that take place around the world. We hope this inspires you and if you are going to any of these events, please give us a shout out in the comments below. We start in February 2015, with the Rio Carnival, the Zanzibar Music Festival (Sauti za Busara) and the Tết Festival in Vietnam.

Rio Carnival 2015

The biggest party in the world! With more than 2 million people per day, the Rio Carnival is the place to be if you want to be transported to a magical place of revelry and fun. South America has been on our bucket list for some time now, and we hope to be a part of the Carnival sometime in the next two years. Fingers crossed!

This year, the carnival begins on Friday, the 13th of February. (Yikes!) Tickets and other information is available on their official website. Rest assured, if you are going this year, we are jealous of you!

Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar Music Festival)

If you are a music lover, then this is the place to be during the third week of February. The 12th edition of the Zanzibar Music Festival takes place in Stone Town, Zanzibar between the 12th and 15th February 2015. It would be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your partner if you could arrange this! More than 40 music bands from all over Africa are expected to participate in this annual event, which brings together people from all walks of life. Oh, Africa! We are coming soon!

Here’s the official website for more information, tickets, etc.

Tết Festival, Vietnam

The Vietnamese New Year is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán, which roughly translated, means “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day.” Celebrated on the same day as the Chinese New Year, Tết is a day of joy and thankfulness for the people of Vietnam.

If you find yourself in Vietnam on February 19th, then you are in for a real treat! The streets are decorated, there’s awesome food in every corner and people all around you will be extra nice to you. Well, you can let us know how it was in the comments. A quick trip to Vietnam is within our grasp right now and we might end up doing this. Fingers crossed.

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