Dracula’s castle in Transylvania is throwing the ultimate Halloween party, A spectacular African country now has a ‘digital nomad’ visa and more in top stories of the day.
Dracula’s castle is throwing the ultimate Halloween party
Of all the spooky places you could think of to spend Halloween, it’s hard to get more bone-chilling than Dracula’s castle in Transylvania. And you’re in luck: it exists, and it throws one hell of a Halloween party. The fortress popularly known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ is actually called Bran Castle and certainly lives up to the eerie vibe of the world’s most famous vampire. And at Halloween, it really comes into its own, holding a spectacular annual party to make the most of its peerlessly scary credentials.
The Castle is open with its usual tours throughout the day and until midnight, with guests free to explore its intimidating towers, winding corridors and scary AF dungeons. There’s also the option to go down a ‘Magic Time Tunnel’: an interactive experience with fancy lighting and sound effects, set in an abandoned gallery 100 feet down an old well. After that, guests can join the party in the park next to the castle, which lasts from 9pm until 5am.
This spectacular African country now has a ‘digital nomad’ visa
The latest country to offer a ‘digital nomad’ visa is Namibia, making it the first country on the continent of Africa to offer a visa specifically targeted at remote workers. Digital nomads can now live and work in the southwest African country for up to six months. Namibia is spectacular and has a huge range of stuff to explore, from the salt pans of Etosha (one of the country’s five epic national parks) to the post-colonial seaside town of Swakopmund.
To qualify for Namibia’s digital nomad scheme, you’ll need a minimum income of $2,000 (£1,780) per month, plus more if you’re bringing any dependents. You’ll also need proof of income, health insurance and the usual travel documents. The visa itself costs $62 (£55).
These Italian towns will pay you €30,000 to move there
If you, like so many others, are dreaming of a change of scenery right now – maybe somewhere a little warmer, and less stupidly expensive? – then listen up. A dreamy part of southern Italy is setting up a scheme that will see people given a whopping €30,000 to move there.
The settlement in question is Presicce-Acquarica, and it’s in Salento – the bit on a map that makes up the ‘heel’ to Italy’s ‘boot’. The scheme is part of a huge effort to combat depopulation, which is currently a big problem in lots of rural Italian towns. There are plenty of like-minded schemes aiming to combat depopulation across Europe, from Sardinian villages offering you €15,000 (£13,100, $14,800) to live there to Spanish towns offering really, really cheap rent.
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