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Within the past few years, the term “speakeasy” has become a universal term after those in the service industry discovered that people would pay $14 for a swanky cocktail. The catch? It has to be served in a bar that you need an ever-changing password to enter, or you have to pass through a secret staircase to get there. Everyone deserves the chance to sit back, relax, and sip on handcrafted drinks while on vacation. From creative entrances, dignified cocktails, and the experience of it all – speakeasies certainly allow you to feel sophisticated from time to time. The folks at Rubinsohn Travel put together a list of our favorite and the (best) secret bars around the world that are definitely worth the visit!

Ladies & Gents

United Kingdom

At first glance, Ladies & Gents appears to be located inside a public restroom, which is inevitably on the stranger side of things. However, the speakeasy was created by one of the most well-known spirit makers in the world, William Borrell. Guests enter through a repurposed Victorian public restroom to sip on some of London’s finest cocktails. The lowkey spot uses locally sourced ingredients, such as fresh fruits gathered from Hampstead Heath allotments, and syrups from Kentish Town honey. Despite its out-of-the-ordinary entrance, the interior contains the standard speakeasy components like a glum ambiance, constantly moving bartenders, and more or less – bougie crowds. Normally, it’s a problem if you’re drinking in public restrooms, but at Ladies & Gents, you’re just another guest.

28 HongKong Street


Known as one of the best cocktail bars in Asia, 28 HongKong Street is a taste of classic but modern in the middle of downtown Singapore. The cocktail list was created by the internationally renowned bartender, Logan Demmy, who exhibited a Western feel to match its dark ambient lighting. The low-lit booth-style seating and jazz impression immediately invites you to relax with a drink in hand. Year after year, 28 HongKong Street continues to impress locals and traveler’s alike, with its mix of no-nonsense classic cocktails to its subtle twists. Try one of their Tiki-themed inspired cocktails or keep it simple with an Old Fashioned. Unlike the traditional trimmings of secret bars with complex mixology, 28 HongKong Street is legendary for its cordiality and top-notch experience.

Le Syndicat

Paris, France

Step right up to this French speakeasy that is carefully hidden behind a graffiti and poster-covered wall. With a cozy room decorated with spotlights and low ceilings, the ambiance in Le Syndicat makes you feel as though you are a part of a secret underground group. However, radical underground societies don’t typically have delectable cocktails. The Goldenight is a favorite among visitors, as it is a mixture of the finest Cognac, Liquer de Tabac, and absinthe. Le Syndicat is also known for creating incredibly layered cocktails that almost seems to have an underground plot to take over your taste buds.

Buck and Breck

Berlin, Germany

Nestled behind a rundown door in downtown Berlin, Buck and Breck is an exclusive speakeasy, recognized for its dry gin, whiskey, and brandy-based cocktails. Buck and Breck seats 30 people and is carefully located between a local police station and a restaurant. The neon sign glisten’s that the trendy spot is closed, but this is how they tell you they are actually open for business! The interior space is minimalistic, and the only furniture consists of a rectangular bar and accompanying stools. The bartenders are trained to create and cater cocktails to a guests personal tastes, so go in with an open-mind and be clear of what you like.

Bank Bar

Manila, Philippines

If you ever told us that you have to go through a 7-Eleven to get to a bar, we probably wouldn’t believe you. However, in order to get to Bank Bar – that’s exactly what you need to do. Located in Manila’s Fort District, Bank Bar is one of the best and most balanced bars in Southeast Asia. The interior makes you feel as though you are a part of a burlesque scene, as the surrounding velvet and marble give off a decadent vibe with a surprisingly more than relaxed crowd.  On some nights, Bank Bar also hosts an in-house DJ, and opens up the cigar bar in the back. The Nutter Club, a crowd favorite, features London dry gin, Angostura bitters, and a meringue made from a lemon-pistachio base. Talk about yum! From the entrance to the drinks, everything about this speakeasy is elaborate and fun, yet accessible to anyone. I mean, you enter through a 7-Eleven – you can’t get more creative than that!

Floreria Atlantico

Buenos Aires, Argentina

If you’re ever wandering through the divine South American city, be sure to stop by Floreria Atlantico for a drink or two. Floreria Atlantico may have one of the most intriguing entrances on this list, as you descend through a refrigerator inside a flower shop. The flower shop also sells wine, which should be the first indication that it isn’t just an ordinary florist. Once inside, guests are greeted with an interior full of mythical sea monsters. The bar features small plates based on eccentric local favorites, and artisanal cocktails to get your taste buds stirring. Floreria Atlantico is one of the nicer bars to post up and spend the night in Buenos Aires, as both natives and visitors tend to flock there for a unique but comforting experience.

Feel sophisticated yet? Rubinsohn Travel excels in planning premier luxury vacations, and we want to make sure you experience nothing but the best. Give Rubinsohn Travel at (215) 886-5200, and we’ll be sure to add one of these trendy spots on your itinerary.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 03:00

Top Spring Break Destinations

April is just a few short days away, which means Spring and warmer weather is on the horizon. But until the snow completely melts, and the days are consistently 60 degrees and above, you may find yourself looking for an end of winter getaway. Whether you’re looking to get away for a mid-semester party with your friends, a relaxing family vacation, or you just want to escape the cold, Rubinsohn Travel is here with a guide on the best destinations to check out this spring break!

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Head south on a tropical getaway to the Dominican Republic!  The Dominican Republic has an endless list of top-tier destinations, but Punta Cana takes the leads as the favorite. Known for its magnificent beaches, Punta Cana is recognized for its vast extensions of white sand, and clear sparkling waters. Some of Punta Cana’s beaches are also ranked as the world’s best by UNESCO! Experience the crystal clear waters and silky soft sand on a dune buggy, in a jeep, or even horseback. Stay at an all-inclusive resort to indulge in relaxation by the pool, or go on an excursion parasailing to see amazing views of the city! Looking to learn a bit about Punta Cana’s history? The island has an abundance of historical sites, museums, colonial architecture, the first hospital, and the first sugar mill! Whether you’re with friends or family, Punta Cana is a great bang-for-your-buck option!

Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida

Arguably the top family getaway destination, Walt Disney World is guaranteed to be a good time for anyone of any age. Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa features activities including a free kids camp and fireside storytelling. Children can meet their favorite Disney characters and watch movies under the stars. Although Walt Disney World is a popular tourist destination, there are ways to get around the crowds. Planning your day can alleviate the stress of being surrounded by so many people, and can also ensure visiting every park you may want to check out.  You can also skip the line for select attractions, shows, and Character Greeting with the FastPast+ By arriving earlier, eating your meals earlier, and making sure to take breaks, your family will get the most out of their trip.  Be sure to remember your sunscreen!

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach is known for just that – its clear-water beach!  It stretches two and a half miles along its barrier island shore and features plenty of shopping and dining options for visitors.  Ranked Florida’s Best Beach Town in 2013, it’s a family-friendly option that can accommodate college students as well.  Phillies fans, rejoice! Get the most of your trip, and watch some baseball spring training! The Philadelphia Phillies spring training facilities are located in Clearwater at Bright House Field. Warmth, sunshine, and baseball – what more could you want for a vacation? Fun Fact: the Clearwater Jolley Trolley, a transportation service available for visitors in the town, has also been in service since 1982!

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Self-described as the island of happy days, vivid nights, and dreams that come true, visitors can make paradise in Jamaica whatever they want it to be!  Check out Montego Bay, the second largest city in Jamaica. While Montego Bay is a spring break favorite for the party animal in mind, it is also surprisingly low key. Browse the local craft stores at the Harbour Street Market, or the “hip strip” shops of Gloucester Avenue. You can even experience the underwater crevices of Widowmaker’s Cave for the ultimate diving excursion. Did you know the James Bond Film “Live or Let Die” was also filmed in the Jamaican city?  It’s full of fun tourist attractions, including Dunn’s River Falls, one of Jamaica’s natural features. The Falls are 180 meters of limestone terraces that visitors can hike before cooling off in its terraced pools. Looking for more adventure? Check out a jungle zip-lining tour to experience a rush of adrenaline!

Dublin, Ireland

Looking for a less traditional, but fun spring break vacation?  Head to Dublin!  The city gets its name from an old Irish Gaelic phrase, meaning “Black Pool,” and was founded by Vikings in the ninth century.  Approximately 50% of the population is less than 25 years old, so it’s the perfect destination for students looking to get a break from the stress of school and work. Traveling with family? Check out the Dublin Castle to immerse yourself in Irish history!

We’ve provided you with the top spring break destinations, now it’s your turn to give Rubinsohn Travel a call at (215)-886-5200 to start planning your trip!  We can’t wait to help!

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 03:00

Unknown Places to Travel

Each country has its own tourist destinations – go-to spots for anyone visiting or traveling from abroad. But what about the spots that are just as unique, but not as well known? Who wouldn’t want to say they’ve been to these future popular tourist destinations before they were the top spots? Discover the places that don’t cost two months’ rent to fly to, yet haven’t gotten overexposed to American tourists. Rubinsohn Travel is here with a list of where you should travel to in 2018 before these destinations become typical tourist destinations!

Oslo, Norway

Plan your next getaway to one of the happiest places on earth (besides Disney World of course)! Oslo, Norway is known for its modern mix of beautiful architecture, and skiing! The Norwegians are some of the most hospitable people in the world, and you will never fail to be mesmerized by the beauty of the city. Be sure to check out the new Harbor Promenade, which features a waterfront with an open-air saltwater pool and even an X Games skate park. Visit the Norwegian Opera and Ballet to get a real taste of the culture in Norway. Looking to really dig into the history books? Stop by the Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle built in the 1300’s. The fortress area is a popular venue for concerts, public holiday celebrations, and ceremonies. This year also marks an important celebration for the country as the King and Queen celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary! Expect plenty of cultural celebrations in honor of the royal couple, and feel at ease knowing you’ll be one of the few Americans in town.

Thessaloniki, Greece

Avoid arguably the most popular tourist destinations of Santorini and Athens, and instead, head to Thessaloniki! Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city, and has stood on the northern part of the Aegean Sea for thousands of years. Despite its rich history, it’s full of modernity with wide sidewalks and green boulevards! Thessaloniki has also given Greece some of its greatest musicians, artists, and poets. Home to the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the International Trade Fair and host to many cultural events, Thessaloniki is vastly underrated. Discover the focal points of the city and visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture. This fascinating museum features more than 3000 Byzantine objects, including mosaics, intriguing tomb paintings, jewelry and glassware, and more! Thessaloniki is also known for its cuisine, which is considered to be Greece’s best, so make sure to visit on an empty stomach!

Modena, Italy

Pack your bags for Modena! If Italy were a meal, Modena would definitely be the main course. Italians describe this city as having the best and freshest ingredients in all of Italy, with one of its restaurants being named 2016’s Number One Restaurant in the World. The city has another equally praised legacy: cars. The famous Ferrari Museum is situated in the nearby village of Maranello. Drive a Ferrari on a Formula 1 track or tour the factory where Lamborghinis are made to live out your NASCAR dreams. Modena is also notable for its haunting Romanesque Cathedral and the birthplace of the late Italian opera singer Pavarotti, whose former home is now a worthwhile museum just outside town.


When most Americans think of Fiji, they probably see multiple dollar signs, due to the usually expensive costs of traveling to the country, which results in fewer people opting to travel to the island nation. After Cyclone Winston caused destruction, Fiji became more affordable with the U.S. dollar equivalency becoming more suitable for Americans and making it easier to travel to. Its white beaches and clear blue water draw in tourists from all over, so travel to less popular cities, such as, Vanua Levu – Fiji’s second-largest island, which offers seven villas for visitors to stay in! Head to the island of Beqa to scuba dive at Royal Davui, or travel in time in Taveuni where you can stand on the International Dateline, allowing one foot to be on today and one on tomorrow!

Mazunte, Mexico

Head to one of Mexico’s most laid-back locations! Mazunte is on the southern coast of Oaxaca, and is an authentic Mexican beach getaway due to its unpaved roads and strong sense of community. The town was also recently listed as a Pueblo Magico, meaning it was given governmental distinction based on its unique character and charm! Mazunte is known for its sea turtles, so be sure to head over to the aquarium that doubles as a research center. It’s also a good place to learn Spanish, practice yoga, or to simply take in all of the fun facts!

Now that we’ve given you some of the best unknown destinations, it’s time to plan your trip! Give us a call at (215)-886-5200, we’d love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:00

The World’s Best Cruises

The time has come for you to step out of your comfort zone, and live the life you’ve always dreamed of! You just graduated college, retired, or just want to travel for an extended period of time. Maybe you want to travel to multiple destinations, but are torn on which one to choose. Why not choose both? Cruises prove to be a bargain by allowing you to travel to multiple locations for the price of one. Need advice on which ship is best for you? Rubinsohn Travel is here to help you determine which cruise will fit your wants and needs!

Regent Navigate the World 2019

Hop aboard the Seven Seas Navigator as you travel around the world! This ship departs from Los Angeles on January 19, 2019, and heads west for four months. You’ll begin your voyage heading to Hawaii. Along the route, you’ll find yourself in French Polynesia, Fiji, Australia, and China. In April, you’ll travel to Jerusalem, a UNESCO World Heritage town! Guests can find themselves enjoying the unparalleled hospitality and impeccable service in a sophisticated ambiance. For 132 days, you can experience the world in ways you never imagined. Indulge in the exquisite cuisines of the finest dining experience at sea, while exploring the world’s greatest destinations!

Oceania Global Exploration

Looking for an extended getaway? Look no further than the Oceania Global Exploration! Departing from New York on the Oceania Insignia, this cruise sails from January 11, 2019, for 174 days – half of 2019! With its extended itinerary, travelers experience more of the countries they’re visiting through overnight stays. Guests can explore Shanghai and Hong Kong in April, and immerse themselves in the rich culture. Experience Havana and Costa Rica during the ideal weather season, so you know you’re getting the most that each place has to offer! Watch crocodiles at a research station in Darwin, Australia, and travel to Gharapuri Island in India to see the seventh-century rock-cut temples of the Elephanta Caves! You will not be disappointed in the Oceania Global Exploration!

MSC World Cruise 2020

Sail the MSC Magnifica on this 116-night cruise! Guests can choose one of four different dates and embarkation ports before traveling on this luxurious voyage. You will have the chance to travel to five continents, 23 countries, and 43 different destinations – giving you the opportunity to experience some of the world’s most beautiful sceneries. On the MSC Magnifica, guests can enjoy 15 free excursions, including exploring the historic city of Salvador and the City of Contrasts in Mumbai to formerly Bombay. Travelers receive mealtime drink packages, and even 30% off their laundry services. Bang for your buck!

Seabourn Great Oceans Exploration

Travel on the Seabourn Sojourn! This ship was built in Genoa, Italy, and made its initial debut in 2010. Departing from Los Angeles on October 15, 2018, your journey will come across places like the Great Barrier Reef, the Maldives, and even Bali! There are four overnight stays in Sydney, Seychelles, Mombasa, and Cape Town, but extended overnight and overland tours can be added to your trip, with the help of Rubinsohn Travel. If you’re interested in this specific cruise but aren’t able to travel during the time frame, a similar option is available in 2019. Departing from Vancouver on March 5, 2019, this voyage follows along the African coast before traveling to places like Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Enjoy overnight stays in Port Elizabeth and Durban, and explore destinations you’ve dreamed of visiting!

P&O Arcadia’s Western Circumnavigation

Departing from Southampton, UK on the P&O Arcadia, this option is the most-time efficient on our list. Beginning on January 6, 2019, guests will travel around the world for 100 days. During this voyage, guests will visit iconic destinations, including San Francisco and Sydney. You will even have the chance to see stunning views of Dubai from the top of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building! South Pacific stops include the Samoan Islands on the way to stops in Australia (including the Great Barrier Reef). What are you waiting for? It’s time to start your planning with Rubinsohn Travel!

Experiencing all the world has to offer can easily be accomplished through cruises and with Rubinsohn Travel on your side! Call us at (215)-886-5200 to plan your journey today!

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Everyone has a bucket list full of travel destinations they hope to visit at some point in their lives. We do our best to save money, maybe start a travel fund, but often find it going towards bills and dues that are more important than a vacation. But what if we told you that there was a way for you to fulfill your travel dreams and not break the bank? It’s certainly possible to travel on a budget, and Rubinsohn Travel is here to give you our personal tips and tricks on how to do it!

Tip #1: Research, research, research!

Nothing will make you feel as though you have wasted money more than planning a trip only to discover your hotel isn’t like the one in the pictures, or the destination you picked is rainy during your visit. That’s why we stress the importance of researching with Rubinsohn Travel! When you visit, we will assist in finding hotels and resorts that match your interests, and make sure you are visiting during a premier time of year. No one wants to be in stuck in their hotel room during vacation! After you consult with Rubinsohn Travel, we will ensure that you are receiving the right information, with the best perks and amenities, and help you plan your trip. While our purpose is to ease planning for you, researching the cost of any activity during your trip is important. You know you best, so whether you’re planning excursions to shopping trips or restaurants to dine out at, be sure to do your research! Make a spreadsheet of everything you plan to do with the cost of each activity to help better understand how much money you’ll be spending!

Tip #2: Avoid Tourist Season

You can save more money than you think by avoiding traveling during the tourist seasons! Tourist season is typically during holiday breaks, and when school is out of session. By planning your trips at other times of the year, you can avoid spending more money on flights and other accommodations, and also avoid long lines and crowds! Consider traveling early in the year or during the off-season. Looking for a tropical getaway? Avoid January and February, as these tend to be the months when people want to get away from the cold the most.

Tip #3: Use Public Transit

Public transit tends to be the cheapest option of transportation no matter where you go, so use it to your advantage! Subways and buses are your best bet with weekly and daily ticket options. Consider car-pooling or splitting the cost of transportation with your fellow travelers to get the best deal possible!

Tip #4: Eat Like a Local!

While it’s nice to try different restaurants in different destinations, the cost of eating out can add up very quickly. Try eating where the locals eat at lesser-known – probably amazing—restaurants! These restaurants tend to feature authentic local food at reasonable prices. By eating at local spots, you will also avoid any tourist traps that many often find themselves in. Another option is to eat breakfast at your hotel or resort. Many resorts offer a complimentary breakfast and/or lunch for guests that is typically included in lodging fee!

Now that we’ve shared our tips on how to travel on a budget, it’s time for you to take advantage of this new knowledge! Call us at (215)-886-5200 to book your getaway today!

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 03:00

Rubinsohn Travel’s Guide to America’s Best Bars!

America is a melting pot of different cultures, filled with amazing restaurants and bars. From the east coast to the west coast, individuals can immerse themselves in cultures from all over the world. Are you looking to booze through the crossroads of the United States? Or are you interested in taking a cross-country trip while sippin’ on some cold brews? We have great news for you! Rubinsohn Travel is here with only the best bars America has to offer!

Iowa – Fong’s Pizza and Tiki Bar

Bars are great on their own, but when you add pizza into the mix, it takes it to a whole new level. Opening in Des Moines, Iowa in 2009, Fong’s is described as a “frozen in time” dive bar that offers Asian-inspired food (including pizza) along with tiki drinks and locally brewed beer. Guests can take kamikaze shots while wearing fighter pilot helmets (provided by Fong’s) or drink a trendy rainbow colored fishbowl that may leave guests feeling as if they’re somewhere else than Iowa (and maybe with a headache).

Hawaii – Arnold’s Beach Bar

A hidden dive bar located in Honolulu, Arnold’s Beach Bar is a tiki bar that will give you the full Hawaiian experience! Vacationing in one of the world’s top tourist destinations can often mean spending more money than you originally planned (or wanted to), but not at Arnold’s. Visitors and locals alike can indulge in mai tais for $5 a pop, and listen to live music at night. Locals also know where to find a drink cheap, so during the late hours you can find locals and the type of tourists who don’t mind spending all day in a bar. All around, Arnold’s creates great conversations and interactions!

Montana – The Sip ‘N Dip Lounge

Located in Great Falls, Montana, The Sip ‘N Dip Lounge puts a unique spin on what is traditionally considered a bar. GQ Magazine named it the number one bar on earth worth flying for in 2003, and we can certainly see why! This oceanic themed bar features blowfish decorations and a swimming pool with mermaids, and mermaid shows on select nights. Talk about the full experience! Visitors can also try their luck at different gaming machines, and listen to live piano entertainment.

New Mexico – Sister Bar

Sister Bar is not only a bar, but also an arcade, restaurant, and dancehall all wrapped up into one big party! Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sister Bar features unique art and drinks as cheap as $4. Feeling nostalgic? The arcade features classic video games including Ms. Pac-Man and Guns N’ Roses themed pinball machines. This is the kind of bar where you can go in at 11 am for breakfast, and really never leave until the bar closes at 2 am. Honestly, what more could you ask for? At night, visitors can also dance along to music during one of Sister’s many themed nights. Check out their Facebook page for a full list of events!

Ohio – Mahall’s 20 Lanes

Have you ever been to a bar and felt like something was missing? Maybe you were in the mood to go bowling? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might want to check out Mahall’s in Ohio. Mahall’s is not just any ordinary bar, but it is also a music venue and has a bowling alley. Mahall’s will leave you with little to no chance of ever being bored while visiting. On first glance, this retro bar/bowling alley may be pegged as just another hipster spot that is trying too hard to “fit-in.” But there’s a genuine spirit that makes it the best place to have a good time in Ohio – even if you’re not a bowler!

Washington – Unicorn

This Seattle-based bar not only has a cool name, but is also carnival-themed, and let’s be honest who doesn’t love a carnival? Unicorn is truly legendary in its ability to create a fun, and stimulating bar environment, without sacrificing any sense of friendliness. Visitors can enjoy live shows, karaoke, trivia, and even carnival-themed food. Order “magical” cocktails, such as themed Jell-O shots – their most popular is called My Little Pony! Looking for the full whimsical Unicorn experience? Visitors can also play carnival games, hang out at the pinball arcade, or take photos in the photo booth.

Florida – Flora-Bama

Experience one of America’s most unique bars in Perdido Key, Florida. Flora-Bama gets its name from being right on the dividing line between Florida and Alabama. It’s best experienced at the annual Mullet Toss, where competitors throw fish across the beach to see who can throw the farthest. On other nights, you can find the bar leading to different rooms with a different band playing country music and southern rock. The bar is widely known to attract rednecks, military, and springer breakers drawn by cheap and cold booze. The most interesting aspect of Flora-Bama? Each Sunday Morning, the bar hosts two church services where you can buy a drink and sip it in the pews.

Louisiana – Club Ms. Mae’s

No list about having a good time would be complete without mentioning NOLA! While New Orleans has endless options of hot spots, Club Ms. Mae’s is a more laid-back option for tourists who don’t want to get caught up in the party scene but still know how to have a good time. In a town where there are party bars that live on each corner, a low-key, yet exciting 24/7 dive bar with cheap beer (like, “bottles for $1.50” cheap), and locals-only vibe certainly goes a long way. The doors are literally always open, and the drinks are always strong. What more could you ask for?

Interested in taking a trip around the U.S. to celebrate one of the things America knows best? Give us a call at (215)-886-5200. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 03:00

Valentine’s Day Celebrations Around the World!

Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world to express your appreciation to your significant other. While there are a few different stories of how the holiday began, it’s in celebration of St. Valentine and is believed to have origins in Lupercalia, a Roman festival held in February. The festival included pairing women with men in a lottery but was eventually replaced with St. Valentine’s Day and became a celebration of romance. Looking to switch up your Valentine’s celebrations? Rubinsohn Travel is here to provide you with the best ways to celebrate from around the world!


Denmark has only celebrated Valentine’s Day since the early 1990s, but they have created their own traditions since. The Danish celebrate by exchanging snowdrops, a white flower given to someone in place of a traditional rose. This tradition is usually one between friends, “lovers cards” are also exchanged between those in relationships instead. Gaekkebrev is also a Danish tradition, which involves younger couples who celebrate their love by writing notes and witty poems.

South Korea:

In South Korea, Valentine’s Day is popular among younger couples. The holiday is celebrated in variations each month from February until April. Celebrations begin on February 14th when women give gifts to men, including candy and flowers. A month later on March 14th, White Day is celebrated by men giving gifts to women. Not in a relationship? South Korea also hold a celebration, known as Black Day. On April 14, singles “mourn” their status by eating jajangmyeon, a bowl of black bean-paste noodles.


Colombians celebrate Love and Friendship Day (Dia de Amor y Amistad), each September 20th. Although the tradition is more about celebrating friendship and tends to be less romantic, friends join for dinner and drinks. The holiday began in 1969 to boost the Colombian economy because there weren’t any established holidays in September!


Valentine’s Day is celebrated in similar traditional ways in Britain, but one custom is a bit different. Children sing songs related to the occasion and are given gifts, like candy or money in exchange. Another tradition involves composing verses and sonnets a month prior to Valentine’s Day. Magazines and tabloids publish these traditions that originated from British poets who created romantic love poems.

South Africa:

In South Africa, Valentine’s Day is celebrated by following an ancient Roman tradition. Young girls pin the names of their significant other on their sleeves, which is part of the Lupercalia tradition. Shops decorate with flowers, love symbols, and other traditional African decorations. Celebrations can last up to a week-long, with parties that highlight South African culture. In some parts of South Africa, citizens attend balls, visit wildlife parks, and even go river rafting!

Interested in taking a Valentine’s trip to celebrate in one of these awesome locations? Give us a call at (215)-886-5200. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 03:00

Gear Up Minneapolis, It’s Almost Game Day!

The Super Bowl LII matchup is just 4 short days away and the Philadelphia Eagles will roll into Minneapolis as underdogs once again vs. the reigning Super Bowl champs. Minneapolis is an extremely active, and vibrant city where visitors can easily choose their own adventure. As football fans across the nation prepare to travel for the big game, Rubinsohn Travel is here with the top five things to do while visiting the Twin Cities – besides watching the Eagles fly!

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Known as Mia, the Minneapolis Institute of Art was founded in 1883 and features more than 89,000 extraordinary pieces. Mia is also one of the finest wide-ranging art collections in the country. From Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, and 40,000-year-old artifacts, Mia links the past to present and enables visitors to immerse themselves into cultures from centuries ago. Looking to relax before you gear up for game day? Take a casual, hour-long public tour and guide yourself through Mia’s seven different areas of pristine visual displays including, Arts of Africa and the Americas; Textiles & Sculpture; Paintings; Photography and New Media; Decorative Arts; Asian Art; and Prints and Drawings. As the largest arts educator in Minnesota, Mia allows access to all at no cost every day!

Stone Arch Bridge

Immerse yourself in Minneapolis history by visiting the Stone Arch Bridge! Measuring 2100-feet long by 28-feet wide, the historic bridge spans the Mississippi River. The bridge was built in 1883 by James J. Hill – 1883 is quite the popular year in Minneapolis – and is made of native granite and limestone. Fun fact! The Stone Arch Bridge is also the only arched bridge made of stone on the Mississippi River. Until 1965, the bridge was the main source for railroad transportation but is widely used today for leisure. Take a bicycle ride or a stroll on your two-feet and enjoy the great views of the Minneapolis skyline and St. Anthony Falls.

St. Paul Winter Carnival  

Looking for a fun, winter wonderland during your visit? The St. Paul Winter Carnival is coming to town just in time for Super Bowl LII! Since 1886, the St. Paul Winter Carnival brings together family and friends for a 17-day winter extravaganza! The carnival attracts over 250,000 people each year and features city-wide special events. This year’s festivities include a live ice carving competition, a dogsled race, and even a Cinco De Mayo Night! Saving your extra funds for Super Bowl LII gear? No worries! Many of the activities at the festival are free or low-cost, so you won’t break the bank!

Mall of America

Treat yourself at one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Each year, over 40 million people visit the Mall of America to experience not only shopping, but concerts, celebrity appearances, and even fashion shows! Traveling with the kids? Check out the Crayola Experience to learn how crayons are made and then create your own coloring page. Did the mention the word mall? With over 520 stores and 50 restaurants, the Mall of America has revolutionized the shopping experience. Ranging from luxury retails to budget-friendly options, it’s safe to say you can purchase just about anything at the Mall of America. Another plus! There is no sales tax on clothes or shoes, so you may even find yourself with some extra cash!

NFL Experience

Can’t get enough football? Each year leading up to the Super Bowl, the host city embraces the NFL Experience for an interactive fan experience. Beginning Friday, January 26 and running until Friday, February 2, football fans can meet current NFL players, Hall of Famers, and watch live NFL Network broadcasts. You can also check out the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a premier Super Bowl ring display, and exclusive sports memorabilia. Live out your dream of being in the NFL through a 40-yard dash, participatory games, and a virtual vertical jump against different NFL players. Be sure to represent your favorite team with new gear from the NFL Shop! Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to grab yours before you head to Minneapolis!

St. Paul Super Slide!

Step right up to the hottest (coldest) attraction in Minneapolis! With thousands of football fans coming to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII, St. Paul released the ultimate one-of-a-kind experience. The St. Paul Saints professional baseball team wanted to create a winter wonderland for visitors, so they came up with the clever idea of creating a slide! The St. Paul super slide took a solid three weeks to build and is great for any adventurer. It’s entirely made out of wood and filled with seven truck-loads of snow. The slide is 130 feet long and has a 40-foot drop. Visitors are in for the ride of their lives!

The Super Bowl Zipline

Zipline over the Mississippi River at Super Bowl LII! The Bold North Zip Line is situated in downtown Minneapolis and is the most popular attraction to fans that are visiting the Twin-Cities for the Super Bowl. You may be thinking: who would want to ride a zip line in 5-degree weather? Well, zip lines at Super Bowls are not entirely unusual for wintery host cities. The zip line undoubtedly will be cold, but it’s all about the experience, right? As is the case with high-speed winter activities, and as Minnesotans know well, be sure to bundle up! In fact, the Bold North Zip Line has been sold out weeks before the kick-off to Super Bowl LII.

Stuck on how to plan on short notice? Rubinsohn Travel knows the ins-and-outs of planning in short notice and on a budget. Be sure to give us a call at (215) 886-5200 to start your Super Bowl LII today!

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The Best Destinations to Travel to by Month!

A new year means new opportunities to travel. Whether it’s a family vacation or a weekend getaway with your friends, there are countless destinations that you can choose from, so you can enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. Are you stuck on ideas of where to go, or what time of year is best for traveling? Rubinsohn Travel is here to help you plan your next vacation with a month-by-month guide that could have you traveling all year!

January: Cozumel

An island located in the Caribbean Sea, Cozumel is the perfect winter getaway. Formed over a limestone plateau, Cozumel holds a high elevation of 49-feet above sea level. Its turquoise waters lure visitors away from the cold and allows them to peer 100-200 feet down the ocean floor and view the life under the sea! Cozumel is home to a variety of all-inclusive resorts, featuring staple Mexican foods, and fresh seafood. The best way to travel outside of your resort in Cozumel is on your own two feet. Not interested in walking? Mopeds and cars can be rented to explore the beautiful city!

February: Paris, France

Paris is globally known as the “City of Love,” which makes it the ideal Valentine’s Day getaway! The beauty, the big screen, the food, and the history all contribute to how it got its name of the “City of Love.” Take a stroll to the Eiffel Tower and climb 669 steps to reach the top, or visit Montmartre in northern Paris for views of the entire city. With so many things to see, delicious restaurants to go to and romance at every corner, Paris will not disappoint if you’re looking to impress your loved one. So pack your bags, grab your significant other, and experience one of the most romantic escapes!

March: Dublin, Ireland

What better place to celebrate Irish pride, and heritage than in Ireland? Each year, Dublin hosts its St. Patrick’s Festival to celebrate the Irish culture. The St. Patrick’s Festival was established in November 1995, and visitors can enjoy live music, comedy shows, and even top-tier street performances. Not interested in the party scene? Take a stroll and uncover Dublin’s historic cathedrals and churches. Dublin is described as Europe’s largest village and offers something for everyone. Take the scenic route of the city’s vibrant streets buzzing with performers, and pit stop along the way in a traditional pub. Visitors can immerse themselves in the sounds of the city, savor the local grub, or take guided tours to learn the real history of St. Patrick.

April: Punta Cana

Looking for a Spring Break getaway? Say hello to Punta Cana! Where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean, Punta Cana offers a land of rest and relaxation. The city is full of all-inclusive resorts at reasonable prices. Visitors can partake in a number of excursions, including safari tours and parasailing. For a day of pure relaxation, you can enjoy the panoramic view of sandy beaches, and turquoise blue waters with not a worry in the world.

May: Belize

When May rolls around, the warmer months are on the horizon, and we dedicate some time to celebrating our mothers. Why not take a vacation to show your appreciation to Mom? Have yourselves a girls weekend, enjoy a spa day, or go above and beyond and snorkel in the Barrier Reef in Belize. Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the world and the home to over 500 different species of fish. If you want to have a day of bliss, take your mom on a relaxing trip to one of the many beaches in Belize, including Ambergris Caye, which is known for its very low-key, laid-back vibe. This beach has earned a devout following of regular travelers who continue to return, and in some cases, never leave.

June: Portland, Oregon

Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer! With baseball games and barbeques, June is the ideal month to enjoy the outdoors. Looking to take Dad on a getaway to celebrate Father’s Day? Portland, Oregon is known in the United States for its amazing food and beer scene. With over 600 food carts, known as pods in Portland, the city has drawn global acclaim for having some of the world’s best street food. If Dad’s a baseball lover, don’t miss a Portland Pickles game! This collegiate wood bat baseball team was founded in 2015 and is special to Portland locals. Pump your own gas? Don’t do it! You will be fined $500! To keep it safe, explore the city on two wheels; Portland is recognized as the second most bike-friendly place in the country.

July: Tristate Area

Celebrate the birth of America in the tri-state area! There’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than where our nation started. Philadelphia is home to Wawa’s Annual Welcome America! Party on the Parkway celebration, where locals and visitors alike celebrate the birth of our country. Guests gather for live music, firework shows, games and activities, all in honor of our homeland. The City of Brotherly Love bleeds red, white, and blue and celebrates Independence Day like no place else.

August: Cartagena, Colombia

Looking for a last-minute end of summer vacay but are on a tight budget? Travel to Cartagena, Colombia! Due to its affordability, Cartagena has been named the top wallet-friendly destination. From January – March, Cartagena is known for its dry and warm weather, making it one of the most visited cities in the country. Visitors can travel to the city’s beaches during the day, and end the night with salsa dancing at the top nightclub, Alquimico. Cartagena is known for its blazing bright colors, featured on the vividly painted Spanish Colonial houses that lend a little glamour to the streets. Relax on the beach, while sipping Limonada de Coco, Cartagena’s favorite beverage, and soak up the sun in Colombia!

September: Orlando, Florida

Orlando is home to one of the top family vacation destinations in the world. Can you guess what it is? Not only is it the perfect getaway before the back to school rush, but it is known for its famous theme park, Disney World. The most magical place on earth offers four theme parks, and 2 water parks, never leaving you without something to do. Visitors come from all over the world, to experience the fun and excitement that Walt Disney has created. The resort encompasses 30,500 acres of land, making it approximately the same size as San Fransisco!

October: Salem, Massachusetts

Known for the 1692 witch trials, Salem is the perfect spooky getaway for Halloween lovers. The witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The Salem Witch Museum is great for tourists who want to learn more about the history of the trials and witchcraft. Each October, a Halloween festival is also held, that includes ghost tours and trick-or-treaters. Salem is the perfect getaway for the mischievous individuals out there, and the perfect destination to get in the “spooky” mood just in time for Halloween.

November: Jamaica

If you’re looking to escape the cold climates in November, head over to Jamaica. Jamaica is known for its “healing waters,” that are believed to have therapeutic properties. In the month of November, the average temperatures are between the 70s and 80s and visitors can catch discounted resort rates at this time, as well. Explore the Jamaican jungle, experience the excitement and thrill, and take a jump into the famous Blue Hole! When you’re there, don’t miss out on Dunn’s River Falls, a major attraction visited by thousands of visitors each year!

December: Aspen, Colorado

December is all about getting into the holiday spirit! Aspen, Colorado is the perfect place to do so. There is so much to do across the 3.66 square mile town. Tourists can head to Cooper Avenue, to find cookie exchanges or head to the St.Regis Aspen for public Menorah lightings. Hitting up the slopes is an essential part of visiting this world, but for the nonskiers, ice-skating is offered at the base of Aspen Mountain. If the holidays are your thing, there are few better places to celebrate than a ski town!

Interested in visiting one – or all – destinations this year? Rubinsohn Travel has you covered. Give us a call at (215) 886-5200 to start your planning today!

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New Year’s Eve is a universal holiday that folks across the world celebrate together. There are a plethora of big bashes and local traditions that are unique to each city across the globe. Let’s take a quick trip around the world and see what some of the most famous cities have to offer, and how they’re celebrating the beginning of 2018.

New York, New York

The most renowned celebration in the United States is in the Big Apple. Are you even surprised? Times Square – New York’s busiest attraction at all times of the year – is a global legend. Thousands of people gather together from around the world to catch a glimpse of the sparkly, lit sphere drop as the clock strikes midnight. With events for all budgets, and ages and tastes, you are sure to find the perfect New York City New Years experience for you and your loved ones. Located on the roof of One Times Square, the Ball Drop is the most prominent New Year’s Eve tradition. With live entertainment, including performances by your favorite artists and musicians, NYC will not disappoint.

Madrid, Spain

Folks in Spain squeeze into the overcrowded Puerta del Sol Square and anticipate the surface of the New Year. Puerto del Sol is Madrid’s most famous and most central square. Originally, it was the site of the site of the city’s gates, but over time it has become the central place to gather. When the clock tower chimes 12 in the center of the square, attendees swallow 12 lucky grapes and shout “Feliz Año Nuevo,” which translates to “Happy New Year.” For most, New Year’s Eve is spent in the comfort of one’s own home. Following a large feast, families gather around their living room televisions and swallow their lucky grapes in unison. Bottles of cava are uncorked and everyone toasts to a happy and healthy new year.

Tokyo, Japan

Don’t expect massive parties or fireworks displays when spending New Years in Tokyo. Tokyo chooses to celebrate with a more introspective vibe and stays loyal to their traditions. Residents will spend the early evening with loved ones, enjoying buckwheat noodles, prior to heading out to pay their first shrine or temple visit of the year. Here, they pray for good fortune, and buy 12 lucky charms for the months ahead.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney relishes in being the first city in the world to ring in the New Year. Always attempting to out-do itself, Sydney presents its annual fireworks display on the harbor. At the stroke of midnight, Australians celebrate the start of the new year in fashion. The 12-minute display features a range of pyrotechnic effects launched from firing points on the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and the famous Sydney Opera House. Other families use the New Year as a good excuse to stay in, cook a delicious meal, and enjoy the quality time spent with their loved ones. A televised test run of the fireworks show is presented at 9:00 p.m. for those who prefer being nestled in bed before midnight.

Rome, Italy

If you’re looking for a unique place to ring in the New Year, Rome is the place to go. The celebrations are very sentimental and provide a touch of history. Tourists and natives gather in the Colosseum to enjoy spectacular fireworks displays and musical performances that bring the venue to life. Along with the Colosseum, Rome’s famous monuments and statues are incorporated into the Colosseum’s magnificent fireworks display, allowing viewers to enjoy the show with a backdrop of some of the most beautiful structures in the world.

There are New Year traditions that are both unique to specific countries, and universal across the globe. Consider experiencing this holiday in a different atmosphere, and let Rubinsohn Travel assist in selecting the perfect place for you. Give us a call at (215)-886-5200, and we will start booking your vacation right away!

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