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It’s a well-established fact that the Scottish love a party, and nowhere else is this more apparent than the capital during New Year. No one is quite sure where the word ‘Hogmanay’ comes from or what it originally meant – but one thing’s for sure, the fun starts in one year and continues well into the next.

There are so many individual New Years’ traditions throughout Scotland, it would take all day to list them all, but Edinburgh always strives to throw the biggest party. The celebrations start with a huge concert in front of Edinburgh Castle, featuring a line-up of A-list performers from Scotland and around the world. There’s a street party, a torchlight procession and a New Year’s Ball… and if you’re feeling strong enough the next day, you can always join hundreds of revellers for a swim in the freezing waters of the River Forth – known (quite rightly) as the ‘Loony Dook’.

New Year in Edinburgh is an experience you won’t want to miss – and one that you’ll certainly wish to share and there’s no better way to do this than with a GO-SIM international SIM card. It comes with a UK number, making it easier to coordinate with friends in the crowd, and with rates of 56c to call Australia and 47c per MB for data, sharing your adventures with the folks back home couldn’t be easier.

So should auld acquaintances be forgot… remember to give them a call on your international SIM card!

Have you been naughty this year, or nice?

Sometimes it is hard to keep track, which is why thousands of visitors flock to Rovaniemi in Lapland (actually part of Finland) every year – to meet the man himself, Santa Claus. As well as being Father Christmas’s official home, you’ll also find Santa’s Christmas Village and Santapark, where you can go to elf school, take a sleigh ride and visit the Mrs Claus Gingerbread Kitchen.

If things are getting a bit too Christmassy, there’s plenty more to see and do in Roveniemi. There’s skiing, just down the road at Ounasvaara, which also boasts evidence of the earliest human settlements ever discovered. And being just 5km south of the Arctic Circle, it is one of the best places in the world to see the Auroura Borealis, or Northern Lights.

With calling rates of 37c per minute to Australia, you’ll think that Christmas has come early with a GO-SIM international SIM card.

You can upload your festive photos (and Christmas present wishlists) cheaply and easily with data roaming rates from 47c per MB. And if you don’t have one yet, maybe you’ll find one under the tree on Christmas morning.

December is a nervous time for turkeys around the world, what with Christmas just around the corner. However, there’s one town just 25km south of Calais where the turkey is given centre stage, without first having to see the inside of an oven. Liques has been holding its annual turkey festival since the 17th Century.

Every year, approximately 100 turkeys are paraded through the town, herded (or in some cases, chased) by farmers, dignitaries and locals. As well as the turkey parade, there is a huge market showcasing the best local produce and delicacies from the area. And should the December chill get the best of you, be sure to sample the local liquor,  Licquoise, which is brewed in a huge cauldron in the centre of town.

If you’re there, you’ll want to talk turkey with your family and friends, and what better way to do it than with a GO-SIM international SIM card. With a UK and US number, and call rates from just 56c per minute, we think that it’s such a good deal, you’ll want to immediately gobble one up.

November 1989 was a landmark time in eastern European history. The Berlin Wall came down at the beginning of that month, and ten days later, an extraordinary revolution took place in Czechoslovakia. It started on the 17th of November with a student protest and clashes with riot police. The next day, a movement of theatre employees and students agreed to go on general strike.

The demonstrations, sometimes attracting up to 800,000 participants, continued, until the Communist Party were forced to resign en masse, and a new, democratic parliament was elected. This Velvet Revolution, so-called for the remarkably bloodless transition of power, was just one of many remarkable changes during the fall of Communism. Last year saw the death of Vaclav Havel, the former playwright who was seen by many as the leader of the revolution, and who became Prime Minister in its wake. 75,000 people lined the streets of Prague to pay their respects at his funeral, and the anniversary this year will, as a consequence, be particularly poignant.

If you are visiting Prague – either to commemorate this remarkable event or just to enjoy all that this historic city has to offer – you will find that a GO-SIM international SIM card is a travel essential. With call rates to Australia from just 56c per minute and data rates of 47c per MB, you can share the experience with friends and family at home.

This annual festival of art, literature and music has been going for almost 20 years now, and continues to attract the very best in contemporary talent.

With previous guests including bands such as The Black Keys, Ed Sheeran and Rufus Wainwright, as well as world-renowned authors such as Elmore Leonard, DBC Pierre and Louis Theroux, this year’s Crossing Borders event is shaping up to be just as incredible as the others. Authors such as the Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael Chabon, Orange Fiction Prize winner Madeline Miller and Man Booker nominee Jeet Thayil will all be there, along with critically acclaimed bands The Civil Wars, Spiritualised and Beth Orton.

Whether you’ve just seen a literary favourite read from their latest novel, or had your hair blown back by some amazing poetry, you’ll want to share the sights and sounds of this incredible festival. With a GO-SIM international SIM card, you can do just that, with calling rates of 56c per minute from the Netherlands to Australia.

Sharing photos isn’t a problem either, with data rates at 47c per MB. In fact, we believe the GO-SIM international SIM is so good, you’ll probably want to write a novel about it.

One of our favourite blogs, Escape Artistes, recently held a competition to celebrate 1000 consecutive days of travel.

We were happy to supply some SIMs as runners-up prizes and the great news is that the winners have been announced! Head over to www.escapeartistes.com immediately to see if you’ve won, and while you’re there, take a moment to read about Theodora and Zac’s amazing adventures.

And if you find yourself inspired to take a trip somewhere amazing as a consequence, don’t forget to order your GO-SIM International SIM Card before you leave – you’ll save a packet on your roamed calls and data use!

Since 2001, no one has done a better job of putting New Zealand on the map than film-maker Peter Jackson. His Lord Of The Rings trilogy took just about every award going, became one of the most successful movie franchises in history, and charmed millions of cinema-goers around the world. With the upcoming release of An Unexpected Journey, the first film in a new trilogy based on The Hobbit, Air New Zealand seem to be dropping a few gentle hints that it is their country where all this happens.

Regular travellers will know that the in-flight safety video is usually one of the driest parts of the journey (if you can be bothered to pay attention at all). However, Air New Zealand have teamed up with the makers of The Hobbit to create a video that is so watchable, it has become a viral video hit around the world. Those of you with sharp eyes will even spot Jackson himself in what must surely be his strangest cameo yet (see the video here: www.airnzcode.com).

If you’re travelling to New Zealand, you’ll want to be carrying a GO-SIM international SIM card with you for when you get there. With calling rates of just 67c per minute and data at a pleasingly low 48c per MB, you’ll be able to talk for hours about the sights and sounds of New Zealand, and share photos and video with the folks back home, whether you’re there to see the sights of Middle-earth of for any other reason. But don’t get carried away – just because you’re in the land of the hobbits doesn’t mean that your calls will be answered after (ahem) one ring.