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Holiday Celebrations From Around The World

If you are anything like me, you’ve been getting pumped for the holidays since school started. I am already exhibiting the kind of spirit usually reserved for cheer captains at pep rallies. Give me a C! Give me an H! Give me an R! Okay, you get the point. Maybe it’s the romance of the glistening snow, or the gluttonous amounts of sweets, but holidays are just more fun in the winter. Here are some unique traditions from around the world that are certain to delight folks of all ages and denominations. Reserve an affordable car rental from Kemwel, and embark on a holiday road trip through Europe to experience Christmas traditions in Austria, Hanukkah celebrations in Israel, and even pagan ritual ceremonies in England!

Christmas Traditions in Austria

Cheap Car Rental AustriaChristmas in Austria may be more fun and beautiful than Christmas anywhere else in the world, as the month long celebration is infused with Old World tradition. St. Nicholas day falls on the 5th of December, during which the local bishop dons his most regal vestments and plays the role of the saint. The bishop travels from door to door and rewards good children by filling their shoes with loads of sweets. He is accompanied by the Krampus, and I will be honest with you here, the Krampus is absolutely terrifying. The demon-like figure is present to reprimand the naughty children, usually by playfully attacking their legs with a switch.

On Christmas Eve, household trees are lit up for the first time and families often sing Silent Night, which is a favorite among Austrians, as it was written and performed for the very first time on December 24, 1818 in the small village of Oberndorf. Santa doesn’t deliver presents in Austria; instead children believe their gifts come from das Christkind, or the Christ Child. Families then feast on meals of carp, goose, ham, mulled wine, and lots and lots of chocolate treats. Kemwel offers cheap car rentals in Austria, so you can experience the Old World charm for yourself!

Celebrate Hanukkah in Jerusalem, Israel

Cheap Car Rental IsraelHanukkah is the commemoration of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem’s rededication during the Maccabean Revolt and is a national holiday in Israel. Where better to join in on the celebration? Also known as “the Festival of Lights,” a candle on the menorah is lit for each night of the holiday, and you will see the flames flickering from every window illuminating the streets in a soft glow.

Like Christmas in Austria, Hanukkah in Israel offers up some pretty delicious traditional foods. Can’t you just hear the sizzle of a potato latke being flipped on the pan? Breathe in and smell the scent of warm sufganiyot filling the air. This delectable jelly donut is a favorite holiday treat among locals.

Perhaps the most joyful part of traveling to Israel for Hanukkah is the children. As they are free from school, you will find them singing songs, putting on plays, and making the whole holiday much merrier. It is nothing short of delightful to catch them playing with their dreidels in the street or spot them running to the bakery with their Hanukkah gelt. You will find yourself moved if you join locals and pilgrims on their visit to the Temple Mount, the very site of the reclamation we celebrate today. Kemwel offers cheap car rentals in Israel, so you can experience Hanukkah at its root!

Stonehenge Winter Solstice Ceremony

Cheap Car Rental EnglandIf you are seeking a truly unique and mystical holiday experience, a trip to Stonehenge for Yule will not disappoint. The Neolithic monument draws a remarkable number of Pagans from all over the world for the Winter Solstice, and they are given access to the stones to perform their ceremonies. Though people of many paths attend, the rituals are mostly of the Druid tradition. Many of the world’s modern Christmas traditions have their roots in the ancient celebrations of Yule.

It is widely believed that the Winter Solstice was one of the most important events of the year to those who constructed Stonehenge. Though there is still much debate about who built the monument and why, the stones are aligned with the sun on both the Summer and Winter Solstices.

Apart from learning about interesting practices of the old ways, Yule at Stonehenge is just plain fun. The beauty of the snow laden landscape will leave you breathless and the high spirits and positive energy of the revelers will have you feeling uplifted. Just be sure to dress warmly, as a snowball fight is almost inevitable. Join in on the merriment with a cheap car rental in England from Kemwel!

Enjoy a Holiday Vacation with Kemwel

When you’re ready to embark on a holiday vacation in Europe, you can trust Kemwel to provide you all your travel needs at an affordable price – whether you need discount hotel accommodations, international airfare, or cheap car rentals, Kemwel has you covered!

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Top Ten Travel Gifts under $40

This year, you want to get them something fun, something useful, something they’ll love! Oh, and something affordable. These ten travel musts are as practical as they are stylish, and they all ring in at under $40!

Scratch Off Map—$25

Scratch Map

This is like a giant scratch ticket for your wall! Every time you visit a new country, you scratch off the gold coating to mark it. Globe trekkers will love showing off their country count! It comes in World, Europe and USA versions to suit your personal travel goals.

Boomz Audio Portable Mini Speakers—$30

Boomz Mini Speaker

This ultra packable, wee speaker is perfect if you are short on carry-on space. It is compatible with any smart phone, laptop or tablet, but wait—there’s more! It also comes with a 2GB SD card, so you can play your favorite songs straight from the speaker!

Discovery Trekking Ultra Fast Drying Towel—$30

Discovery Trekking Towel

These lightweight, ultra wicking travel towels are perfect for adventure travelers who can’t be bothered with bulky, soggy towels when camping or hostelling. They are UV protective, antimicrobial and come in four sizes.

Eyn iPhone Case—$30

Eyn iPhone Case

Perfect for keeping your ID and credit cards close at hand, these colorful cases click securely shut on the back of your iPhone. A money clip, handy mirror and even slim, exclusive lip balms that slide neatly into the case further sweeten the already ingenious design.

Poketo Travel Journal—$24

Poketo Travel Journal

A sturdy journal for recording memories and saving ticket stubs is what every intrepid explorer needs. This one does not disappoint with its secure pocket, handy organization tabs and sections dedicated to itineraries, to-do lists and even packing checklists. It stays shut with stout elastic and even accommodates your pen!

Hobo Knife—$24

Best Made Hobo Knife

Invented in the 17th century as the be-all, end-all of utensils, the hobo knife boasts a fold out spoon, knife and fork. This is the perfect outdoorsy gift for your campfire loving friends. They’ll love the quality craftsmanship and the streamlined design.

Social Print Studio Desk Calendar—$40

Printstagram Desk Calendar

Delight your favorite iPhonographer by curating 365 of their best Instagram photos into a tear off desk calendar. Sturdy pages are perfect as decoration, note cards, love letters or albums! Imagine, a photo album with real pages to turn! In the 21st century, that’s hard to find!
Social Print Studio

Pilot and Captain Airport Code Tees—$32

Pilot and Captain Tee

These soft, retro styled tees are a great way to help your jet setting friends show off their hometown pride when they are abroad. They come in distressed colors and boast airport codes from major cities around the world. With shout outs like JFK, LAX, LON, TYO and ZRH on their chest, they’ll be the envy of all.

Shavetech Razor—$40

Shavetech Razor
Every man needs to shave, but traveling with razors and shaving cream can be a hassle. This electric groomer is no bigger than an iPhone, charges by USB and leaves an impeccably shorn face to boot! Your stubbly friends will love this new toy.

IOU Madras Scarf—$40

IOU Madras Scarf

The I Owe You Project is a unique program that sells handmade textiles, but takes things a step further by telling you exactly who crafted your piece and where they are from. You then upload an image of yourself wearing the piece and the circle is complete! These scarves are lusciously soft and will be a great conversation piece for the lucky recipient.

Whether your travels take you to warmer climes or the frost of Europe in winter, Kemwel has the best rates on car rentals in the UKcar rentals in the UK, Italy, Australia and beyond!

Most Exciting New Year’s Celebrations in Europe

New Year’s Eve 2016 & New Year’s Day 2017




In many cultures, turning over a new year represents something larger than simply changing the date on the calendar; it is a time when people want to celebrate being alive with their friends and their families! It is a time when people want to get out, be social, and take part in something larger than themselves. It is a time to experience social traditions and new cultures that they have not experienced before. In Europe, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are times when massive celebrations take place that enterprising individuals can delight in, if they know which ones to look for!


New Year’s Celebrations in Europe

Here are some of the best New Year’s celebrations in Europe:


  • Berlin – The city of Berlin is a hotspot during New Years. The Charlottenburg Palace features a four-course dinner in the west wing which is followed by a fully costumed presentation of the music of Mozart and Strauss. The Spreegallerie offers three dance floors, which burst with glamour and all of the high end food and fashion that one would come to expect from an appropriately sumptuous celebration. There is also a public gathering and jubilation between the Victory Column and the Brandenburg Gate open to all who wish to participate.
  • Iceland – When the sun begins to set, visitors in the city of Rekjavik begin to grow in excitement. Bonfires illuminate individual neighborhoods and the capital begins to light up with the glow of over five hundred tons of fireworks! For food, check out Kolabrautin (Italian and Nordic), Grillid (Icelandic cuisine), and Slipparrin (local flavors). All of these restaurants have their own unique celebrations and show off some of the best things that they city has to offer. With bourbon on ice, Champagne, and local specialties, it is hard to go wrong choosing Iceland for your New Year’s celebrations!
  • London –With huge fireworks detonated over the Thames for the midnight celebration, the displays that are going on in London for the New Year are a sight to behold! With jubilations going on all over the city, London is a great destination for New Years.


  • Amsterdam – The capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam has a unique combination of events going on to ring in the New Year. Everything from champagne and fireworks to the delicious dough concoction, Oliebollen, can be found in the areas of Rembrandtplein, Museumplein, and Leidseplein.
  • Vienna – With a full tour of the city, banquets, and musicals, Vienna has everything you need to have a great New Year. It is also one of the most beautiful destinations that you will find in Europe, regardless of the time of year. The classical style of the area, mixed with the Baroque theme of the music being played, makes Vienna one of the best New Year’s destinations.
  • Rome – Though it may seem a bit more laid back than most other locations, the Italian capital of Rome is the center of a large celebration for the New Year. With a huge population visiting the Pizza del Popolo for fireworks and a musical show, Rome attracts individuals from all walks of life to help ring in the New Year in a classical style.


Discover Your Own European New Year’s Celebration of a Lifetime!

Europe offers travelers an expansive spectrum of cultures and festivities to experience and you’ll have to explore each one to find your favorite. From spectacular fireworks in the city of London to quaint fireside gatherings amongst the villages of beautiful Iceland, everyone has their own special way to bring in the New Year with good will and jovial optimism. Remember, though, that you don’t have to take the journey alone and Kemwel is here to help you find whatever you may need in the way of travel transportation, from low rates on car rentals in Europe to great deals on airfare and more! Feel free to browse our rates online or call us anytime, 24/7 and toll-free at 1-877-820-0668 to speak with one of our knowledgeable reservation agents. The best way to discover Europe is by taking your very own adventure abroad and Kemwel is here to help you to tour the continent at your own pace in comfort and convenience at a price so low you might just decide on a New Year’s resolution you can really commit to; travel more and see the world!



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