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8 Christmas traditions from around the world

6 min readPublished Nov 25, 2020

If you've ever wondered who invented Christmas trees or advent calendars, we've tracked some favourite festive Christmas traditions back to their roots.

Tallinn Christmas. Christmas decoration Town Hall Square in Tallinn
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This Latvian park boasts bobsleighing, beer and a secret bunker

5 min readPublished Dec 18, 2019

From exploring a secret Soviet bunker, to bobsleighing and hitting the sauna, there are loads of things to do in Latvia's Gauja National Park

The 'soft bob' at Sigulda is the alternative for those not wanting the full 4G bobsleigh experience © Clifton Wilkinson / Lonely Planet
Adventure travel

Can you handle Latvia's winter sports?

4 min readPublished Nov 6, 2019

Fancy running from a sauna and dipping in an ice hole? Or taking a swim in the freezing Baltic? Here are some of Latvia's most adventurous winter sports.

Getting ready for an invigorating dip in an ice hole © iStock / Getty Images Plus
Road trips

A road trip through the Baltic States

4 min readPublished Oct 9, 2019

Spend two weeks touring the Baltic States with this road trip, which takes in highlights of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral dominates the skyline in the Tallinn © kavalenkava / Shutterstock
Family holidays

Exploring historic Rīga on a budget

5 min readPublished May 8, 2018

Latvia's capital is not only incredibly charming, but also highly affordable. With a wealth of history and culture to explore, Rīga is an ideal option for…

Exploring historic Rīga on a budget