The Gift of Travel

From the luxury lover or jet-setter, to the kid at heart or foodie -- we've got something for every traveler on your list.

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Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

New Year's Eve fireworks illuminate the sky over the Erasmus Bridge crossing the Nieuwe Maas River in Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands.. 960 1280

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Berlin

Berlin

An explosion of fireworks light up the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg Gate during a New Year's Eve party in Berlin. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

At NYC’s Times Square, confetti rains down on thousands of revelers celebrate the beginning of a new year at the stroke of midnight. 960 1280

Reuters/ Kena Betancur   

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

People stroll down the Silvesterpfad aka New Year’s Eve Trail at Stephansplatz during New Year's Eve celebrations in Vienna. 960 1280

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Sydney

Sydney

Fireworks explode above the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House. Thousands of people lined the harbor to watch the country's biggest fireworks show. 960 1280

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Toronto

Toronto

Spectators can watch the fireworks explode over Toronto's waterfront, one of the best New Year's Eve celebrations in the world. 960 1280

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Binghamton, NY

Binghamton, NY

People converge on the streets in Binghamton, NY, to ring in the New Year at the Annual First Night Parade. 960 1280

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Scotland

Scotland

Two New Year revelers kiss as they take part in the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh's 4-day festival includes a torchlight procession, street party, resolution concert and more. 960 1280

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Fireworks explode above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. More than 2 million people gather along Rio's most famous beach to witness the 15-minute fireworks display and celebrate the New Year. 960 1280

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Egypt

Egypt

Thousands of people flock to an amazing concert held in front of the 4,500-year-old pyramids in Egypt. A popular artist uses his techno-wizardry to entertain spectators from sunset to sunrise at the Millennium New Year's celebration. 960 1280

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Revellers take part in New Year celebrations in Hong Kong's Times Square. 960 1280

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London

London

Fireworks explode behind The Big Ben clock tower during New Year celebrations in London. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

Thousands of revellers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees in Paris. 960 1280

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Prague

Prague

Local residents and foreign tourists celebrate New Year's Eve at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. 960 1280

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Moscow

Moscow

Fireworks explode over St. Basil Cathedral at Red Square during New Year's Day celebrations in Moscow. 960 1280

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Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade (Baltimore)

Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade (Baltimore)

The Grinch that stole Christmas makes his appearance at the Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade in a city rich in Christmas traditions, Baltimore. The 2.5-mile-long parade route also features the Baltimore Marching Ravens band, Harley Davidson motorcycles and Santa’s dancing elf girls. 960 1280

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Christmas Boat Parade (Newport Beach)

Christmas Boat Parade (Newport Beach)

Billed as “Newport Beach’s Christmas card to the world,” the 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach, CA, features decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes. The boats travel along the harbor for 5 nights in December to welcome in the holiday season. 960 1280

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A Christmas Fantasy Parade (Disneyland)

A Christmas Fantasy Parade (Disneyland)

Goofy decorates a gingerbread house on a float in Disneyland's "A Christmas Fantasy Parade." The parade in Anaheim, CA, is an annual Disney tradition, traveling down Main Street, U.S.A., with 7 parade units on display. 960 1280

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Children's Christmas Parade (Atlanta)

Children's Christmas Parade (Atlanta)

The Grinch balloon makes his way down Atlanta's streets as part of the Children's Christmas Parade. The parade, now more than 30 years strong, benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Held the first Saturday in December, the parade typically draws crowds in excess of 500,000, making it the largest holiday parade in the Southeast. 960 1280

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Reston Holiday Parade (Virginia)

Reston Holiday Parade (Virginia)

Everyone’s always talking about Santa, but what about the missus? The 23rd annual Reston Holiday Parade sees Mrs. Claus make the rounds in a horse-drawn carriage. This year's parade in northern Virginia has a "Destination: Reston" theme, featuring balloons, costumes and floats all inspired by various modes of transportation -- start walking! 960 1280

Jim Kirby  

Target Holidazzle (Minneapolis)

Target Holidazzle (Minneapolis)

Held in Andrew Zimmern’s hometown of Minneapolis, the Target Holidazzle parade features a hi-tech show with colorful special-effects. A fixture of downtown Minneapolis’ shopping district, Nicollet Mall, the parade has been an annual tradition since 1992, drawing crowds upwards of 300,000 people. 960 1280

Richard Westley Wong  

Sparks Hometowne Christmas (Nevada)

Sparks Hometowne Christmas (Nevada)

Any parade that’s 150 years old had to make our list. Sparks Hometowne Christmas in Sparks, NV, kicks off with a ceremonial tree lighting, carollers and some pretty rocking entertainment -- ever seen dancing horses? And since you’re in the Silver State, it’s just a 6-hour drive to Las Vegas for a Christmas Miracle, Vegas-style. 960 1280

Kevin Sawyer  

Holiday Boat Parade (Honolulu)

Holiday Boat Parade (Honolulu)

Christmas season just got a little more magical with the “Festival of Lights” Christmas Boat Parade in happening Honolulu. For nearly 20 years, this annual parade has showcased boats decked out with lights as they glide down the Hawaii Kai Marina waterway. Arrive early to see Hawaii’s own liberty belles. 960 1280

Brad Goda Photography  

Winter in Venice, Vegas Style

Winter in Venice, Vegas Style

Enjoy a Venice winter -- in Vegas. The third-annual Winter in Venice celebration will showcase an outdoor skating rink, a 3-D light projection show, 2 Italian-inspired food festivals and a fantasy scene in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens -- think lots of crystal ice ponds, a 20-foot frosted birch … and plenty of wow. 960 1280

The Venetian  

Hollywood Christmas Parade

Hollywood Christmas Parade

An annual tradition for more than 80 years, the Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in iconic Hollywood. The parade stretches 3.5 miles, along famed Hollywood Boulevard; this year’s Grand Marshal is astronaut Buzz Aldrin. 960 1280

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Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (Orlando)

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (Orlando)

Christmas in Orlando kicks off with the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Disney’s entourage of stars, from Mickey and Minnie, to Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck, parade down Main Street, U.S.A. Celebrity appearances in 2013 include Demi Lovato and Mary J. Blige, at the Magic Kingdom Park. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods

Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods

"Rishia and I met 3 years before our first date. I was a visiting chef at a cooking school with a store on the first floor below it. Rishia was working in the store. I was the obnoxious chef, arrogant and demanding and she was an angel. Several years later, I bumped into her again and she consented to dating me. We went out on our first date, she asked me, “Tell me a little bit about yourself?” and 2 hours later I came up for air. She refused to go out with me again, I begged for a second date, and she relented. That was 13 years ago." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey from Hidden City

Marcus Sakey from Hidden City

"We met…Jesus, 14 years ago, at Turner Broadcasting, where we both worked. I was training to be a 3D animator, and she was the new marketing assistant, 1 of about 4 women in a 300 person department. It was like a feeding frenzy; I didn’t even bother trying to talk to her for the first week. Then I made up an excuse to "fix" something on her computer. I don’t think she bought it, but we still ended up married, so I win." - Marcus Sakey 960 1280

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Sue McGrew from Sand Masters

Sue McGrew from Sand Masters

"Sandis and I fell in love during the course of the 2-week sand festival Fiesa in Pera Algarve, Portugal. In the evenings we would drink Port and party on the rooftops of our bungalows, and during our lunch time breaks we would sneak away to the ocean and walk the beaches. Over the last couple of years, we have managed to have what would normally be seen as an impossible relationship, made possible by our love for each other, sand and ice carving. I am totally blessed with my relationship and I couldn't ask for a better partner in the game of life." - Sue McGrew 960 1280

  

Bert Kreischer from Bert the Conqueror

Bert Kreischer from Bert the Conqueror

"I fell in love with her at first sight at a bowling alley." - Bert Kreischer

For the complete story, check out LeeAnn's version.
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Morgan Rudluff from Sand Masters

Morgan Rudluff from Sand Masters

"Shade and I met setting up for a big party for American Steel Art Studios in Oakland, CA. He was building a Bordello Theater Stage, and I was building a sand sculpture. We totally hit it off and before I knew it, I was crashing in his grungy electrical work van. We spent those couple of weeks together and then met up a month later at Burning Man. That was a year and a half ago. He is currently traveling with Sand Masters as our Set Builder/Production Assistant. He is also in the works of moving out to California and seeing if he can put up with me full time. :) Love him!" - Morgan Rudluff 960 1280

  

Joe Bechtold from Truck Stop USA

Joe Bechtold from Truck Stop USA

"I was living on a magnificent beach in South Australia. I was on my back porch when the most gorgeous girl that I had ever laid eyes on passed right in front of my patio. She was laughing, chatting with a girlfriend. I headed to the beach. She was in the water searching for something. I helped her search, chatting with her the whole time. I made what I thought was a fatal mistake that day. I didn't get her phone number. What an idiot! But fate was not finished with us. The following week my angel came back. I asked her to join me for dinner. She said yes and that’s how I found my Valentine.” – Joe Bechtold 960 1280

  

Chris Guinto from Sand Masters

Chris Guinto from Sand Masters

"Marianne is a Dutch carver who's been carving for 12 years all over Europe. We met at a master sand sculpting competition 10 years ago here in the States. Afterwards, we teamed up for the World Championships and have been together ever since."
- Chris Guinto
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Steve Di Schiavi from The Dead Files

Steve Di Schiavi from The Dead Files

"My wife Angela and I met as kids; we lived a couple of doors down from each other. We eventually started dating and have been together ever since."
- Steve Di Schiavi
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Ben Muzzey from Truck Stop USA

Ben Muzzey from Truck Stop USA

"Kate and I were set up by good friends of ours, my fraternity brother Shores and his girlfriend Lyndsey. We all met for drinks before a concert at the Blue Note. Great concert, wish I could say I remember the band’s name but I cannot tell a lie, no clue. Kate has a good memory and reminded me that it was the Cold War Kids. We all went out afterwards and since we could actually hear each other we got a chance to talk. We had a great time and made plans to go skydiving the next weekend. So we jumped out of a plane and here we are 11 months later. Makes sense right. Happy Valentines Day!" - Ben Muzzey 960 1280

  

Ed and Marsha Edmunds from Making Monsters

Ed and Marsha Edmunds from Making Monsters

"Ed and I first met in 1983 I believe ... in Greeley, CO. We were both attending the same church. Ed had started Distortions in 1978 .... I was working on a Master’s in biology, getting my teaching certification, and working part time at Distortions at the same time. Even though I loved teaching, I decided to make monsters instead. : ) Ed and I spent many hours together painting masks, and have been making monsters together for almost 30 years ... Ouch! : )"
- Marsha Edmunds
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Rusty Croft from Sand Masters

Rusty Croft from Sand Masters

"I met Natalie in a bar. Today, any time I get to spend alone with her is great. We live in a dream date location -- Carmel, CA -- so any night we get to stroll downtown and have dinner or go to the galleries is cherished -- and far too rare!" - Rusty Croft 960 1280

  

Matt Long from Sand Masters

Matt Long from Sand Masters

"I met my wife Nina, in elementary school. It was a small parochial school in Staten Island. There was a girl in my class that liked me, and Nina was part of a small group of girls dedicated, for the moment, to matchmaking. When Nina asked if I liked Georgiana, I said no. Then she asked, 'Well who do you like?' I answered, 'I like you!' It took some time, but by some stroke of fortune I won her over. Three daughters and 34 years later she still inspires me. In a song I wrote recently, the last line reads, 'I'm thinking if I had another chance/ I'd spend this life with you again.'"
- Matt Long
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Amy Allan from The Dead Files

Amy Allan from The Dead Files

"Matt and I met at a haunted night club in Arizona -- Hotel Congress. We dated for a year and then we got married at the hotel and have been together since: 11years." - Amy Allan 960 1280