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5 things to get off your bucket list at the end of the year

It’s November, again! The one before the last month of the year. Soon we will say goodbye to one more year. How do you rate 2021? Have you managed to accomplish your plans? Could you make some ticks on your bucket list? Anyway, you still have some weeks to make your list shorter! American Escape Rooms have found 5 special activities suggested to be done in 2021 to help you escape from your comfort zone this year. Let’s follow these tips!

A day of flying

Have you ever tried to fly? It’s said that without wings, it is impossible! However, at the Fort Lauderdale Indoor Skydiving, it is feasible! A vertical wind tunnel in a flight chamber makes you fly without wings or any other equipment. You are in total safety in the flight chamber due to the protective clothing, the helmet, and the safety conditions. 

Moreover, skydiving at the Fort Lauderdale Indoor Skydiving is not a self-service, so you won’t be left alone! A highly-trained instructor will support you while doing your first “flaps.” Before the flying, basic flying training is held by an expert flight instructor. Flyers have 2 opportunities to enjoy skydiving: one group and a one-on-one session alone with the instructor.  No previous experience is required, and the age limit is 3 years.

One time visit at the Fort Lauderdale Indoor Skydiving takes about 75 minutes (training is involved). After skydiving, you will obtain a certificate of flight achievement. 

It’s time to learn a new skill: skydiving! Become the lord of the air this year!

Escape from the routine

If it is about learning new skills, you should not miss escape games! Usually, you play them on the ground, not in the air, sorry to say. However, it is so complex and requires a wide range of your abilities, skills that even your hidden, unknown talents should come forward. At American Escape Rooms, there are 4 different escape rooms with unique themes, meaning that you can visit all of them before Christmas!

Escape games are cooperative, 3D strategy games where you should turn on all of your senses to find the way out! You will feel like in a Sherlock Holmes’ story or at one episode of Mission Impossible. The time limit puts extra pressure on each player, raising their adrenaline level.

Playing in an escape room is excellent teambuilding, self-learning training, and a place where you can finally leave your comfort zone! Try it once still in this year and become the fun of it!

Back to the sky!

The end of this year should be spent in the air, anyway! Actually, with mechanical support in the shape of a helicopter. The Helicopter Night Tour Over Orlando’s Theme Parks guarantees an unforgettable city sightseeing tour from bird’s view in Orlando’s magical, colourful lights. The professional pilot will be your guide drawing attention to every must-see detail of the city. Inside the helicopter, there you can be 3 of you. No previous experiences are needed. The equipment will be ensured and included in the fee. The length of the helicopter night tour is according to your wish. Are you ready for this illuminating adventure?

From the sky into the water!

Maybe not straight ahead, but finally, yes! Do you know Florida’s returning winter guest, the Manatees? These sweet but giant marine mammals usually spend their winter vacation in the waters of Florida. You can meet with them at several places throughout the state from November until March. Despite their seasonality, at Kings Bay, you can meet with them all year-round. You can experience direct contact with these gentle giants at the Crystal River while diving, which is very special because it is not allowed at every Manatee visit center. 

Is it your first time as a diver? Don’t be afraid, a pre-tour education and all the equipment are provided by the Crystal River and included in the fee. Moreover, an in-water guide will take photos and videos of your manatee experience.

Are you still dry?

Blood donation

Last but not least, a special, bloody experience that is partly about you, partly for the others. Have you ever donated blood? Christmas is approaching. The most popular time to present people. What could be a more significant gift than life itself? With blood donation, we can save lives or advance them.

Furthermore, it is a win-win project! Via blood donation, you contribute to life-saving, and, at the same time, your blood is going to check as well. So you can enjoy Christmas time knowing that your health status is fine. As you become a regular blood-donator, further “presents” and discounts are likely to be forwarded. Of course, there are some excluding factors (very low BMI, very low level of blood cells, etc.). Anyway, remember, if you can donate blood, it means that you are in excellent health! Do you need any more for Christmas?

The end of the year is closing; however, your bucket list has just been enriched! Let’s tick these missions in the following weeks to make 2021 more memorable!

Tet, The Biggest Festival in Vietnam

Tet, regarded as the international New Year, is the biggest celebration in Vietnam. Tet is held to celebrate the arrival of Spring and the begin of a new Year. It lasts from between the months of January to February.

Just like other countries, Vietnamese are eager to welcome this celebration. They say goodbye to the past year and look forward a new one. During this festival, the movement of life seems to be more active and faster. from the noisiest city to the untouched coutrysides, most roads are decorated with plenty of colorful lights, slogan and great greetings. Offices are off from work instead of entertainment activities. Streets are cleared and houses are repainted or renewed. Many beautiful things such as flowers, ornamentals, Tet calendars, trendy clothing…are displayed with aim of selling and exchanging for those who demand.

Traditional Food of Vietnam

If you drop by Vietnam on this special occasion, you can immerse yourself into the eager atmosphere. They do lots of works to prepare for a perfect celebration. Vietnamese has the custom of making Banh Chung or sticky rice cake. It contains sticky rice, pork meat, green bean and various other ingredients. All of them are wrapped inside a special leaf called Dong. This is common and traditional food of Vietnam. Try to enjoy this food and you can easily feel its special taste.

Most people tend to buy new clothes, go out and meet others to send best wishes for a new year. Adults will prepare some red envelopes filled with lucky money and give them away to young people with their wishes of best luck, good health and success for receivers. This custom is called Mung Tuoi or Li Xi. That is used to encourage the young people to learn well and live in harmony with others.

Chung Cake

There are many interesting activities for visitors to enjoy. From the 23rd day of the last Lunar month, you can gain a wide understanding of a ritual worshiping Kitchen Gods. People say that in that day, Kitchen Gods go to the heaven by driving a healthy carp to tell Jade Emperor about the activities of households on earth. After finish this custom, you together Vietnamese can release it to nature. Furthermore, On the New Year’s Eve, Vietnamese people has the plate of five fruits and some foods to worship the ancestors and start enjoying a spectacular celebration. They can gather on TV , watch the Tao Quan show and wait for a feast of fireworks which is directly broadcasted on most channels.

Some other celebrations such as bullfighting festival in Do Son, Giong festival in Soc Son, Hung Temple Festival in Phu Tho, Tran Temple Festival in Ninh Binh are popular and attractive to other visitors from every corner in the world. They are important elements to make an unique cultural identity of Vietnam.

In brief, Tet celebration is really so special event that tourists shouldn’t miss. Try to visit Vietnam on this occasion to understanding more about the culture and people of this historical and once turbulent land.