Sunny Holidays in October and November

Holidays in the Sun

Not everyone gets the chance to go away on holidays during summer season, but this doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a summer escapade during the rest of the year. We are lucky to live on such a diverse planet, where seasons differ from continent to continent. As the northern hemisphere is now getting colder, our neighbours in the south are enjoying warmer weather and the beginning of their travel pick season.

At aircrewser, we chose top 5 hot destinations which are the most popular during the months of October and November. Please hover on each destination to find out the average temperatures and average daily spending per person.

5. Santorini - Greece

October: 20°   |  November: 17°

October: 20° | November: 17°

Avg. daily cost per person: €98 / $116

 

4. Lanzarote - Spain

hot destinations

October: 24° | November: 21°

Avg. daily cost per person: €129 / $152

 

3. Dubai - United Arab Emirates

October: 33°   |  November: 28°

October: 33° | November: 28°

Avg. daily cost per person: AED1,059 / $282

 

2. Bali - Indonesia

October: 27°   |  November: 27°

October: 27° | November: 27°

Avg. daily cost per person: Rp825,784 / $61

1. Brisbane - Australia

October: 23°   |  November: 25°

October: 23° | November: 25°

Avg. daily cost per person: AU$160 / $123

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Tell us what is your favourite destination for sunny holidays during October and November.

Halloween Around The World

Halloween is one of the most historical and celebrated holidays around the world but what you might not know is that not all countries celebrate Halloween in the same way. Below is a list of some countries from around the world and how they celebrate this spooky holiday.

Ireland

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Ireland is believed to be the actual birthplace of Halloween. Bonfires are lit in various fields and rural areas all over the country and children dress up in various different costumes and go “trick or treating” in their local areas. For those of you who don’t know what trick or treating is, it is when children knock on peoples doors and receive treats in exchange for dressing up in their costumes.
Children have also been known to really take the trick in trick or treating quite literally and it is not uncommon for children to play tricks on their neighbours such as “Knick-Knacking” which is when you knock on someone’s door and run away before the door is opened.

 

Japan

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In Japan the people celebrate what is known as “Obon Festival” which is a similar event to Halloween in that it is dedicated to the dead. The celebration involves the preparation of special food and red lanterns are hung everywhere. The lanterns have candles placed inside them and they are set afloat in rivers and the sea. During the “Obon Festival” a fire is lit every single night to show spirits where their families might be found. During “Obon” the dead are believed to go back to where they were born. The Festival takes place during July or August each year.

Hong Kong

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In Hong Kong the people celebrate what is known as Yue Lan as the equivalent to Halloween. The name literally translates to “Festival of the hungry ghosts” and is believed to be a time when spirits are free to do as they please for 24 hours. During the festival some people burn pictures of fruit or money believing that by doing so these images would actually reach the spirits and bring the some much needed comfort.

 

Germany

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In Germany the celebrations are much the same as in Ireland and other countries around the world in that people dress up in different costumes and children go trick or treating in their local areas. One thing which is unique to Germans when it comes to celebrating Halloween is that on the actual night (31st of October) people hide all of the knives in their house, the reason for this is they are worried that the returning spirits might actually hurt themselves if they are left out. Very caring attitude from our German friends.

 

France

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France celebrates Halloween in a way like no other we have mentioned, the reason for this is that a lot of people in France do not actually celebrate at all, Halloween is simply known as an American holiday and not as a time to honour the dead. However there have been a few occasions when the country has made a little bit of an effort as seen in the picture below, but if you are really a Halloween lover make sure you avoid France coming up to this time of year.

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If you have experienced Halloween in another location we have not covered in this list please do not hesitate to drop us a comment and let us know, from all of us here at AirCrewser, Happy Halloween.

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Oktoberfest around the world

We all know that Oktoberfest originated from the great city of Munich where it is celebrated every year in style. However, if you are someone who travels and loves German beer and bratwursts don’t worry because below are the top cities apart from Munich you can also enjoy the authentic Oktoberfest experience.

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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The second largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich takes place in Canada’s twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Kitchener was actually named Berlin from 1833 until 1916 because of the large number of German immigrants migrating to the city. Attracting about 700,000 people per year and enough steins to serve an army you really get the full Oktoberfest experience.

Blumenau, Brazil


Blumenau also known as Brazils little Germany is hosts to South America’s best and well-known Oktoberfest celebrations. In 1850, German philosopher Hermann Bruno Otto Blumenau, along founded the town as an agricultural colony. Today about 30 percent of the towns 320,000 residents are thought to be of German decent. It is estimated that about 650,000 liters of beer are consumed every year which is a more then valiant effort from everyone who attends.

Hong Kong


Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel celebrates its own version of Oktoberfest every year, Packed with authentic German beer, German cuisine and German music. Unlike some of the other drink till you can’t anymore the hotel only serves 200 steins per night so if you really want to take in this unique experience make sure you arrive early. The celebration, which stretches for 23 days, attracts more than 53,000 guests, who consume over 71,000 liters of beer.

Brisbane, Australia


If you’re down under but don’t want to miss the Oktoberfest experience you need to head to Brisbane, which hosts Australia’s largest Oktoberfest. The celebration attracts crowds of more than 30,000, however big festival manages do their best to maintain an intimate feel, thanks to the two Australian-German families who started, and still run, the festival. The festival takes place over the course of two weekends in October, Oktoberfest Brisbane features traditional German food and traditional German beer brewed specially for the event.

South Africa


From September to November, Bierfest, South Africa’s own version of Oktoberfest travels through three South African cities. Each stop features a 4,000-seat beer tent, inspired by the original Munich event as well as three specialty beers brewed by brew masters from the South African Breweries. In addition to beer and traditional German food and of course that authentic German Oktoberfest music. A great experience for anyone who gets the opportunity.

What other destinations are known for having great Oktoberfest?

Surviving a long-haul flight

What is a long haul flight

They say that a long haul flight is a flight longer than 6 hours. Apparently the longest one is the Dallas – Sydney flight operated by Qantas, which takes approx. 16 hours and 55 minutes.

Imagine being in a plane for almost 17 hours, with a bunch of other people. If you fly a A380 plane, chances are that there would be almost 400 -500 passengers with whom you will fly this long-distance journey.

 

How to make the most of your long haul flight

So you wonder how to survive a long-haul flight?

We came up with a list of recommendations from Denise, who is currently a flight attendant for Lufthansa. She has her own blog, Nala Behati, where she writes about her travels and passion for fashion. You can also find her on Instagram. So here they are:

Instagram: @nala_behati

Drinking plenty of water

The most frequent causing effect of jet lags is the lack of water in our body. Most of us will get dehydrated due to not drinking enough water. So make sure you will drink plenty of water before your flight, during your flight and after.

Thermal Spring Water

For ladies, a facial mist would be also highly beneficial when flying long distances. You can spray it on your face
and neck during your flight to keep your skin hydrated. Thermal Spring Water by Avene is one of the best facial mists for you to try. You can apply it before and after the makeup, so will keep your face looking fresh.

Eye Mask & Cream

While trying to get a good sleep during the flight, a good idea to help your eyes rest is to pack an eye mask with you. This way you will avoid the cabin light to disturb your sleep. Also by applying an eye cream around your eyes, you will be able to avoid dark circles and puffiness.

Earplugs

Well as we may all know flying can be quiet noisy and not so comfortable (if you fly economy). So a good trick to
reduce the noise and make the most of your sleeping is to use earplugs. You can buy your own ones, or you can ask the flight attendants to provide you a pair.

If you have any additional tips, we would love to read your comment and make sure we will include them in the next blog.

gili_island

Only 90mins boat ride from Bali

Summertime is quickly approaching and so the excitement is building up. Probably this is the time of the year when most of us are day dreaming and already looking forward to a nice and exotic vacay.

We found a piece of paradise that may steal your heart straight away and make you not to leave it once you get there. It takes only 90 mins boat ride north east from Bali. @pilotmaria is taking us to this heavenly island, called Gili Trawangan. This is one of the three Gili islands, Trawangan being the biggest of all three and officially known as ‘the party’ island.

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Instagram: @pilotmaria

Maria has been to Gili island twice so far and she fell in love with it since she first visited 7 years ago. A lot has changed since then. The island got busier and is predominantly visited by a younger crowed. Probably because is called ‘the party’ island?!  Also you won’t have to worry about the lights that used to be cut off around 10 pm every evening back then. Now you can explore the island day and night!

 

A typical day in Gili

A great way to start off your day is with a session of yoga with @katemiddeltonyoga by the beach.

Enjoy delicious breakfast at  @thebanyantreegili with a variety of options to choose from.

Explore the magnificent sights of the ocean by doing scuba diving with Kate. She is not only a yoga teacher but also a professional scuba diver so you will be in safe hands. If you are planning to do a scuba diving course, this is the place to do it.

If you want to watch the sunset with an amazing view then you should be on Malibu beach and try some delicious cocktails at Malibu Club.

Riding a bicycle or walking around the island is the only way to do it as there are no other forms of transport. It takes about 1 hour cycling to see all the island.

You can watch this great youtube video done by Maria while in Gili. Enjoy!

 


Note* The source of this content is credited to @pilotmaria.

 

 

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle: A fairy Tale

The best way to experience the taste of a fairy tale is to actually visit the Neuschwanstein castle. Surrounded by the Alps and situated on the top of a cliff, you will feel like living back in time, immersed in a magical land. This is how actually Jessica Mai felt when she visited the Neuschwanstein Castle with her friends as part of her layover in Munich.

Jessica Mai

Instagram: @jesscairney_ek

How to get the Neuschwanstein Castle

The castle is almost 90 mins driving from Munich. You can book a tour online to pick you up from your hotel or any other location. The journey to the castle is captivating, the Bavarian scenery is truly vivid.

The tickets can be purchased when you arrive at the premises. 

What you need to know

If you are planning to visit this fairy tale castle any time soon, you should definitely do it but to make the most of it take into account the following:

  • It is best advised to be there early. So you can avoid huge crowds of tourists and the endless queues to the entrance;
  • You are not allowed to go in whenever you want. There are tours every half hour in different languages.
  • Once you are in, you are not allowed to take pictures. However the interior of the castle is breathtaking and is worthed.
  • The tour guides are quiet quick. So you can’t wonder around at your own pace but you will learn a lot about the fascinating story of castle.

A bit of history…

The castle was built under the reign of King Ludwig II and it was meant to be used as a personal refuge.

The king got to spend only 11 nights in the castle as he suddenly he passed away.

The construction started in 1869 and stopped in 1886, immediately after the king’s death. A large part of the castle is still not finished until today.

The king had a particular love for swans. Thus most of the interior designs of the castle are highly influenced by the shape and beauty of swans.

 

If you visited the castle already, what did you like the most about it?

 

Note* The credit for this blog goes to @jesscairney_ek