For some, a festival is the ultimate holiday. Considered to be a once in a lifetime, bucket-list type of event, festivals are all the rave this year, so do not miss out. From celebrations of music, film and food, to sacred rituals, here are some of the top festivals to attend this year.

For countries that have only been around since 1993, the Czech Republic and Slovakia do a great job of showcasing their exciting histories. These European countries transport you to a time of medieval villages and powerful royal families. Unravel the history of the Czech Republic and Slovakia by visiting some of the most impressive castles Europe has to offer.

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For years, pickpockets have honed their skills on countless victims so they don't need to change their methods much; they just practice them until they are perfect. Be aware of your surroundings and follow these tips to prepare before you leave, make yourself a difficult target and to protect your valuables from prying hands and eyes. If you can recognize that there are some people who make a living off of tourists like you, it should be enough to encourage healthy suspicion in certain scenarios to keep a step ahead. All you can do is be prepared, be alert and be practical.

As their website will tell you, there are 10 superb reasons to holiday at Adler Thermae Spa in Tuscany, Italy. They provide guided tours with cultural highlights and tastings of local dishes and guided bike tours four times a week to get your heart rate up and your eyes open to the beautiful Tuscan landscape. Additionally, they are, perhaps, best known for their unique thermal bathing experience. They have a 25m sport-pool filled with 37 degrees, mineral spring water where you can relax, float, meditate, or do whatever makes you feel well, focused and relaxed.

By Julie Jones

Julie Jones  is a travel writer with a difference. Julie writes all about travelling with a disability and has built an amazing community on her Have Wheelchair Will Travel website Facebook page. Today Julie provides us with a fantastic guest blog about finding unique wheelchair accessible adventures

There are currently 7,000 languages spoken around the world, but it's estimated that up to 90% of those languages will be extinct by 2050. It's impressive to learn a new language, and even more impressive to learn more than one, but should you find yourself short on time, there are few words and phrases to keep on hand to make the conversation flow.

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The earlier you can check-in for your flight, the better your chances are of finding the perfect seat. Check in online as early as possible to swap your seats or confirm the seats you chose when you snagged your tickets. When choosing your seat, keep away from galleys and bathrooms and opt for window seats as close to the front of the aircraft as possible. Think of it this way—the fewer people you see in front of you, the easier it is to ignore the other passengers and the more important you will feel. Avoid bulkheads though, as they often cater to the young-family set where all things baby and toddler will be stored.

It’s time to hack your life with travel hacks from Cover-More Travel Insurance. We’ve been around the globe and back again to bring you the smartest travel tips on overcoming culture shock.Be prepared for a slight culture shock, no matter where you visit, and plan ahead. By reading this article you are already on your way to reducing culture shock, but here are a few more tips for reducing culture shock in a new country.

This close-to-home retreat is a World Heritage Island that only allows 400 visitors at a time, to prevent damage to the ecosystem. With the southernmost coral reef in the world, the waters of Lord Howe host over 500 species of fish. Scuba diving is a must-try activity on this island. Feed fish and snorkel at Ned’s Beach or shell, surf and fish around the island.