Think, Dream, Hope. August 2013

Think, Dream, Hope. August 2013

Plan out your year with these events coming up around the world.

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If you were thinking or dreaming or hoping of where to travel to now that you have survived this winter season, here is the list of events coming up around the world.

It’s not too late to organise that relaxing trip or adventure now!

September in San Francisco, United States:

The International Yacht race, the Americas Cup Finals are held here between 7th to 21st September. The America’s Cup race is oldest active trophy in international sport. Did you know that the name of this race is actually named after the yacht “America”, which won the 100 Guinea Cup in 1851, and not the country? True!

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September in Istanbul, Turkey:

September is the month for Art in Istanbul. There are actually 2 arts festivals happening: Art Istanbul International from 16th to 18th September – this festival brings together local and international galleries so that everyone can have access to new art from Turkey, Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere.  The Istanbul 13th Biennial is from 14th September to 10th November and is Istanbul’s main Arts festival, where the aim is to bring both local and international artists for an exchange of ideas and inspiration. This festival will take place in many historic buildings and venues around the city.

For more information on Art Istanbul visit:

For more information on the Istanbul 13th Biennial visit:

September in Portland, Oregan, United States:

Foodies alert! Portland has a new food festival called Feast Portland in the Pacific Northwest from 19th to 22nd September. The festival features both local and international chefs, and all proceeds go to charities focusing on ending hunger in both Oregan and around the country.

There will be food markets, sandwich, butcher and fishmonger competitions, wine, beer and more!

For more information visit:

October in your home country!:

An overseas trip not in the horizon? Then check out your own horizon! If you are a bit stuck for ideas, why not consider travelling to Canberra for their 100th Birthday – there are lots of programmes planned for the rest of the year. Floriade “Beautiful Innovation”, Canberra’s Spring Festival is also on between 14th September to 13th October, with a flurry of day and night events to occupy your time.

For more information on the 100th Birthday celebrations visit:

For more information on Floriade visit:

October in Cape Breton, Canada:

Join in with their celebrations for the 300th Anniversary of the founding of the French Colony (Ile Royale was what they called it) this year. The festivities will focus on the historic reconstruction of the fortress town of Louisbourg. One-fifth of the town was reconstructed to recapture life in the summer of 1744. Also, between 11th October to 19th October their Celtic Colours International Festival will be on, which showcases the musical and cultural connections between Cape Breton their Nordic neighbours.

For more information on the 300th Anniversary click here:

For more information on the Celtic colours festival click here:

October in Vienna, Austria:

Autumn in beautiful Vienna. Go between 3rd October to 6th October for Wavesvienna, their Music Festival and Conference. While you are there, indulge in the stunning architecture in the city centre – Baroque Castles and Gardens galore. Visit Hofburg Palace, former imprerial residence and now official residence of the President of Austria, and take a short trip out to see Schonbrunn Palace and its glorious French garden, along with the Tiergarten Schonbrunn, the world’s oldest public zoo established in 1752.

For more information on Wavesvienna visit:

November in Phuket, Thailand:

Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, the first point of entry to Phuket, was rated the Number 1 Tourist Destination for 2013, Global Destination Cities Index Forecast. Apart from their beautiful beaches, Phuket also features National Parks with sea turtles, civets, monkeys, coral reefs and waterfalls.

For more information visit:

November in Home of Middle Earth – er - New Zealand:

Spring into New Zealand and experience the diversity of the country, from bubbling brooks to ancient glaciers to vineyards to extreme sports. And with the release on 13th December of another film in “The Hobbit Trilogy”, there’s even more reason to visit! But remember to pack warm clothes and be ready for 4 seasons in one day.

For more information visit:

December Christmas markets in Europe.

What more can we say?

Here are just two:

Bruges, Belgium:

This beautiful medieval city has a fantastic Christmas market…think traditional crafts, Belgium chocolate, and to warm up try their gluhwein (“glow wine” in German, or “mulled wine” to us).

For more information visit:

Prague, Czech Republic:

Walk around the Christmas Markets: handcrafted products and traditional food and Czech beer are all on offer. All 866 hectares of the historic centre of Prague is on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage listing. Historical monuments include The Prague Castle, Lessor Quarter, Old Town and New Town in Roman, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Classicist, Cubist and modern architectural styles.

For more information visit:

We hope we have provided you with some inspiration for your upcoming travels!


Note: We at Fast Cover Travel Insurance do our very best research to make sure that the dates we provide are correct. However, we recommend that you do confirm these events before you travel.


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