6 Reasons Why you should Road Trip

6 Reasons Why you should Road Trip

Everything right now is about doing things faster, sometimes this includes travel. Everybody tries to find the fastest ways to get to a place and that can mean that you miss out on great experiences! Here is why you should talk the extra hours and drive to your destinations if it is at all possible:

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  1. Things to see and things to do! When you fly, you only see your destination. If you drive to your destination, you can stop in different places and see so many other sights. If you drive through the US, you can see multiple landmarks, instead of just the one you are heading towards. If you drive through different countries you can experiences many different cultures!IMG_5147 2
  2. Food! You have so many more opportunities to try different foods. If you drive through multiple countries on your road trip, you can try food that is native to this country. I found some of the best places when I just did a quick google search of what’s near me. Not to mention all the junk food you can enjoy, because everyone needs fun snacks! 
  3. Spending time with your friends. When you spend hours in the car you get much closer with your friends. You tend to look at your phone less and actually talk to each other. Not to mention all the adorable photos you can take together! Hopefully you won’t get into any fights, otherwise the journey will be really long.
  4. Music. When is the last time you truly listened to music without scrolling through your phone or reading the newest headlines? There is nothing like blasting music with your windows down while driving down an endless road. You can belt out the lyrics and no one will care what you sound like! So make sure to create a fire playlist before setting out on the journey!
  5. Bring more things with you! Whether this is a short trip or a long one, everyone hates weight limits when flying, when you drive there is no weight limit, just a space limit. If you are a good packer this means you can bring LOTS of stuff!
  6. Learn about more cultures. This is even true if you are road tripping through the same country. Each state in the USA has its own culture, you will definitely meet completely different people in California than in a cafe in Boston. If you are driving through different countries, then there is absolutely no doubt that you will come across many diverse cultures.IMG_3637.JPG

Hope this helps you slow down a little and enjoy your trip! There are many benefits to taking your time and driving around while you head to your destination.

 


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Czech pre- Christmas Traditions

Czech pre- Christmas Traditions

Christmas is coming! Since, many different cultures celebrate Christmas, so, obviously this means there are many different spins on it. I have had to explain Czech Christmas traditions so many times in the past, I can’t even remember all the reactions I got. A lot of people find our traditions weird and some just funny. I agree that some of the traditions are a little silly, but hey, I grew up on them and Christmas would not be the same without them. Here are just a couple of things we do in December before Christmas.screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-10-33-48-pm

Cukroví 

Cukroví are Christmas cookies. We usually make around eight or ten different types of cookies, and the grand total is usually somewhere around 800-1,000 pieces. It takes a lot of time to bake and a lot, a lot of time to then decorate them, but what would Christmas be without them? Of course we then share some with our family and friends, if they deserve it 😛

Advent Sundays

The four Sundays before Christmas Eve, we celebrate advent. There are a couple of traditions linked to this. First, we get a wreath with four candles on it, one to be lit each Advent Sunday. So every Sunday, usually in the evening, you sit down with your family have some tea or coffee and some cookies and light the candles, until all four of them are lit.img_7080

Mikuláš

Mikuláš, or St. Nicholas, comes around on the 5th of December and brings chocolates, advent calendars, clementines and other little gifts to the children that have been nice. However, he does not come alone. Along with him, he brings the Angel and the Krampus, to represent good and evil. If you have been good all year and you recite a poem or sing a song, you get the nice little gifts from St. Nicholas. But if you have been naughty, you will get coal from the Krampus or, in the worst case scenario, he will take you away. Usually this wonderful tradition ends up traumatizing children.

Advent Calendars

Advent calendars are popular all around the world. And they are the same in Czech Republic, except for the fact that Mikuláš, or St. Nicholas, brings them on the 5th of December. The calendars can be either christmas themed or they can have different cartoon characters on them. Each day, until the 24th,  you can eat one chocolate.

Christmas Markets

Christmas markets are my favorite. Nothing puts me in a Christmas-y mood like one of these markets in Old Town Square in Prague. Yes, they are insanely crowded, but the atmosphere is absolutely amazing, with the giant Christmas tree in the middle and little stands selling all sorts of products. Anything from tree decorations to sweets and hot mulled wine!   

Svařák (Mulled Wine)

Nothing keeps you warm like a nice cup of mulled wine. If you are going to a Christmas market, forget the hot chocolate and tea, and have some mulled wine. Every stand has its own recipe, so naturally, you have to try several to find your favorite :). It perfectly completes the Christmas atmosphere at the market, so it is a must (unless you are under 18, then just stick to the hot chocolate, which is great as well)! But, if you are absolutely opposed to wine, then there are alternatives. Medovina (mead) is a great, very sweet substitute. Another substitute is grog, which is rum, hot water and lemon juice with a little bit of sugar to make it sweeter.

Hope this gave you a little bit of an insight into the Czech pre-Christmas traditions and hopefully you can visit Czech Republic and experience these first hand. If you do, enjoy the Christmas markets and the mulled wine!

Czech Christmas Eve traditions coming soon!


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