Carnival: Get your hips swaying to samba time

Carnival in Sao Paolo. Pic: Sergio Savares, CC.

Carnival in Sao Paolo. Pic: Sergio Savares, CC.

Hey hey it’s Carnival time and that means it’s time to get your hips swinging to the samba beats in festival hot spots in Europe, Asia, North America, Central America and South America. The Carnival season runs roughly from 15 February to 3 March with events cultivating on Shrove Tuesday, which in 2014 falls on 4 March. There are plenty of places you can to and enjoy the last let your hair down before the solemn season of Lent. Here are some highlights featuring VIP Backpacker accommodation and packages you can take advantage of:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Officially the party central of the Carnival, Rio is literally hopping during the Carnival season so book as far ahead as possible. This is because both locals and tourists alike don costumes, join a Samba school and strut and dance their wares in the parade through the Sambaddome. Small, informal groups also join to form similar parades in the neighbourhoods meaning there’s always a Carnival party somewhere to enjoy. VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Rio de Janeiro, but also in Forteleza and São-Paulo.

Pousada Colinas de Copacabana
437_5– Colinas Residencia Hotel offers 26 ample private suites and also 29 small private rooms in Colinas Hostel.

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Dorm (6) from $24.37

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10 of the best road trips downunder

Car caked in mudBirdsville, QueenslandAustraliaby Joanne LaneIn our August newsletter we detailed the incredible East Coast overland route from Sydney to Brisbane that is so popular with backpackers, particularly those with their own vehicle. It’s not the only amazing overland route however should you wish to tackle such a journey downunder. Here’s a list of some other routes to consider.
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10 September events to get to downunder

With winter over and spring now on our doorstep, it’s time to let your hair down. Festivities are getting ready to explode around the country throughout September. The 10 events listed below feature racing action, jazz, performance, food and the arts. And with VIP Backpacker accommodation and tours also on offer in these places, they make for excellent holiday destinations this spring.

Noosa Jazz Festival (29 – 1 September) QLD
Music lovers should head to Noosa at the end of August and beginning of September for several days of excellent music and food by the sea. The festival features both outdoor concerts and restaurant shows.
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What’s on downunder over summer

The summer is heating up in Australia and so are the events. Here’s some that are happening in the next few months.


Blowing kisses, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Blowing kisses, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Sydney Festival (Jan 5 – 27)
It’s already begun but there’s still time to catch more than 1,000 performances happening in the city include song, dance and DJ.

Flickerfest (Jan 11 – 20)
The nation’s short-film festival Flickerfest brings fun and excitement to a superb setting on Bondi Beach with domestic and international productions.

Tamworth Country Music Festival (Jan 18 – 27)
This country town, 420 clicks north of Sydney, boasts belts, buckles, boots and jeans every January when bluegrass, rock, folk and country singers come to town.

Sydney Mardis Gras (Feb 12 – Mar 4)
This is the 35th year of the Sydney Mardis Gras and it’s going to be a big one. The event celebrates gay and lesbian culture in a number of events including dance parties, music and the parade of floats, glam and glitter through the CBD.

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