28 Jul 2018

5 International Events You Don't Want To Miss For The Rest of 2018


Haven't managed to get away so far in 2018? Take the second half of the year to plan a trip and satisfy your wanderlust. Here are five exciting events happening all over the world for the remaining part of 2018 that you can start basing your holiday plans on: 

London: Notting Hill Carnival

Did you know that London's biggest street party, the Notting Hill Carnival, is happening on 25 to 27 August? 

A yearly spectacle that is held on the last weekend of August, it is a massive celebration of Caribbean culture and tradition in the streets of West London. Make your way down to watch beautifully elaborate floats and vibrant performances in a carnival parade, or eat to your heart's content at the rows of food stalls lining the roads. 

August also happens to be a perfect time to visit London. The weather is balmy and tourists do not have to deal with the gloomy rain often associated with the city. There are also plenty of other festivals in August to check out, including the Underbelly Festival by the River Thames and the BBC Proms classical music festival at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall. 

France: Bol d'Or

Looking for an adrenaline rush? You may want to opt for a visit to France in September. 

Held from 14 to 16 September, the Bol d'Or is an exciting 24-hour motorcycle race. Started in 1922, this is an international endurance competition for motorcyclists and typically lasts 24 hours with teams of three who take turns throughout the relay-style race. Bringing along family and friends? The Bol d'Or is also a fun motorbiking-themed affair with concerts, games and even mini bike workshops for kids! 

As a bonus, France's weather in September is a pleasant combination of summer warmth and mild temperatures that Singaporeans will appreciate. September is also the month of grape harvest for France - making it the ideal time to embark on a wine tour - and is also the month when France's largest flea market, the Braderie de Lille, is held. 

Berlin: Festival of Lights

Scoot has launched its highly anticipated long-haul flights to Berlin. If that's not a sign that Berlin needs to be your next destination, we're not sure what is. The unmissable event in October there is the Festival of Lights. 

Held from 5 to 14 October, it is an annual feast for the eyes with stunning light and video projections. Once a year, Berlin's famous monuments and landmarks form the backdrop of picturesque visual installations by local and international lighting artists alike. 

Think of it as Berlin's version of our very own Singapore Night Festival. The Festival of Lights also boasts a wide array of art, music and cultural events and workshops. Quick tip: most of the participating buildings are in the city centre, so make sure you don't miss those! 

October tends to be a good window to visit Berlin, as it's also a time of street festivals and open-air parties and celebrations. With over 170 museums, historical landmarks such as the Berlin Wall, street art and dizzying variety of restaurants and bars, Berlin is a multi-faceted destination that is versatile enough to appeal to different kinds of travellers and interest groups. 

Music lovers will also note that Berlin is home to one of the world's best orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic. Drop by the Berliner Philharmonie and book tickets to catch a performance and complete your Berlin experience! 

United States: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Get yourself into the Christmas mood with some chilly weather in the United States. Shopaholics, get ready - November in the United States is a dream come true with massive Black Friday sales! Plus, this is your chance to catch a Broadway theatre show if you are fan of musicals and the stage. 

November is also an extremely significant month for America, with Thanksgiving as one of its most important holidays. Plan your trip around it to witness the splendour of the famed Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. 

Held over 22 to 23 November, this Big Apple tradition sees literally millions of spectators every year. So make it a point to arrive early and save a spot along the parade route. 

Thailand: Wonderfruit

Do Christmas a little differently this year and celebrate the end of 2018 with one of the most unique and exciting festivals in Asia. 

Wonderfruit is a four-day celebration of music, art and food in Pattaya, Thailand, named by the Condè Nast as one of the world's best festival for 2018. Held from 13 to 16 December, it has been touted as Thailand's version of the iconic Burning Man festival. 

What makes Wonderfruit so unique and different from other household names such as Laneway is its eclectic nature - beyond music performances, it also has yoga, aromatherapy and meditation workshops, Muay Thai classes, shadow puppet shows, film screenings and more. It even has child-friendly shows to make this a family affair! 

Another interesting highlight is Wonderfruit's eco-friendly and plastic-free ethos. It is officially certified a carbon neutral festival, complete with compostable tableware, beverage discounts for festival goers who reuse and a self-sufficient water system. 

This festival is an experience unlike any other, and a real feast for your ears and your soul. 

If you're itching to travel already, start making your preparations now! Don't forget to purchase your travel insurance as soon as you can too - a fantastic option to consider is TravelEasy, especially if you are keen on the events above. 

With insurance coverage of up to $1,000 under the family cover for unused entertainment tickets that you have already bought, you can plan your festival hopping with absolute peace of mind. 

Find out more about TravelEasy here