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Hottest Travel Spots of 2017

It’s 2017, a new year so why not expand your travel universe and try some exciting destinations out for the first time.  Let’s try some new spots out in 2017 and see what this planet really has to offer.

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It’s 2017, a new year so why not expand your travel universe and try some exciting destinations out for the first time. Do you ever get tired of the same old vacation over and over again? Me too, let’s try some new spots out in 2017 and see what this planet really has to offer. We found the most radical vacation destinations for you to explore, don’t worry; we checked them all out in advance.

 

Japan

Japan has long been on our list of cool vacation destinations because it’s like visiting the future and the past all at the same time.  Now is an excellent time to visit the land of the rising sun, with the Olympics coming in 2020, Tokyo is more accessible than ever before. There are new non-stop flights from New York and Chicago making Tokyo a much easier landing spot. Because of the Olympics hotels are revamping their style and new, lavish hotels are popping up. Check out the futuristic Tokyo and go back in time at the northern city of Hokkaido.  2017 is the perfect time to visit this beautiful country.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Congo? I know what you’re saying, but they have gone through a lot of changes to make the Democratic Republic of Congo a tourist destination. No longer a militarized zone, the Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the most amazing and under visited wildlife refuges on Earth. You have to check out the Virunga National Park and see some of the endangered mountain gorillas and experience nature in its wildest forms.   You can also hike up Mount Nyirgongo, a 12,000-foot volcano.  This nation has been through a lot but 2017 looks to be an awesome year here.

 

Botswana

Staying in Africa, you have to check out Botswana this year. Botswana is making serious strides to curb poaching as it’s new ivory ban is finally being taken seriously. This country is the best place to go on a safari as it has the most diverse population of large animals in the world. Come to Botswana and see more elephants here than anywhere else and experience where life began.

 

Northern Iceland

Iceland has long been a hot destination, but the under visited Northern region has the most to see. Come for the amazing whale watching in Husavik, or the Dettifoss waterfall or the alien looking terrain of Lake Myvatn. Iceland is the best place to see the Northern Lights in its entire splendor. If you love outdoors and extreme nature, you will love Northern Iceland.

 

Portugal

If you are looking for an amazing and affordable European vacation, you need to look no further than Lisbon in Portugal. This old city has recently gone through major renovations to fix its dilapidated infrastructure and is feeling really fresh. Enjoy some of the best seafood from world-renowned chefs like Jose Avillez and Kiko Martins. Travel is cheap within the country so check out all four corners to get a unique experience.

  

Oregon

Come to Oregon for one reason, the total eclipse of the sun will be fully visible from this region only on August 21. A tour has sprung up to help visitors view the once in a lifetime event. After the eclipse, enjoy a wine tasting event and dinner. If that’s not for you, check out all the amazingness that Oregon has to offer. Portland is a hot city right now but the expansive wilderness should fill your vacation with adventure.  Plus Crater Lake is a place everyone should see at least once. 

 

Check out these hot new vacation destinations in 2017 for some adventure and intrigue.

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Fyre Festival is a Disaster even FEMA Can’t Clean Up

Fyre Festival was supposed to be the luxury answer to mega music festivals like Coachella but it ended up being a dumpster fyre instead. 

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Fyre Festival was supposed to be the luxury answer to mega music festivals like Coachella but it ended up being a dumpster fyre instead. If you haven’t heard of Fyre Festival then you are out of the loop because that’s all anyone seems to be talking about. A music festival claiming to bring luxury amenities to a private island in the Bahamas with top music acts and accommodations fit for royalty. That’s what people were promised when they ditched out up to $10,000 for a ticket, but what they got was described as “the Hunger Games.”

The festival was organized by Ja Rule, yes that same Ja Rule and 25-year-old entrepreneur Billy McFarland who has had a history of promising big things only to fail when it was time to deliver. They promised big music acts, cash free festival experience, with lavish bungalows and a beautiful tropical vacation. Instead of partying on yachts with the celebrity models used to promote the event, festival goers were subject to basically a tent city with cheese sandwiches and no organization at all. People were stranded on this desolate island that was more apt to film a Mad Max sequel than a luxury event.

The Monday following the event the organizers were served a $100 million dollar class-action lawsuit claiming fraud and subjecting guests to dangerous conditions. The lawsuit claims that the organizers were just doing a get-rich-quick scam from the beginning and that they knew the festival would be a failure and even told employees not to attend.

Ja Rule made a statement on Instagram apologizing to guests saying the event was not a scam and things just got out of control. The apology may end up getting Ja Rule into more legal trouble since he takes blame for the disastrous event.

With bands like Blink 182 and Migos cancelling just days before the event claiming that the event wasn’t organized enough should have tipped people off to the upcoming demise.

The event organizers promised to refund everyone’s money and are even saying they will have an event next year on U.S. soil to make up for this event’s disastrous results.

I’m not sure if I would trust these guys to throw a kids birthday party let alone plan another music festival. Billy McFarland has been in trouble before by not delivering what he promised when he started the failed credit card /concierge company Magnises. This company cancelled many trips it booked for college students just days before their international trips were scheduled.

This disaster just goes to show you how our culture has become obsessed with music festivals and opulent, luxurious experiences.

Maybe this goes to show you that being the first isn’t always the best.

This story will continue to evolve as we learn more about the ill-fated luxury music festival.

 

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The Newest Travel Trend: Camping Resorts

There is a new trend, camping resorts, where you can experience camping without having to actually own any of the expensive equipment.

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Camping has changed over the years from the rough and rugged weekend adventures to the ultra luxury glamping phenomenon. Now there is a new trend, camping resorts, where you can experience camping without having to actually own any of the expensive equipment. Just pack your bags like you are going to any regular resort and find yourself immersed in nature for a truly unforgettable experience. Let’s explore the hottest camping resorts all over the globe and maybe you will give it a try.

 

Malaekahana Beach Campground – Oahu, Hawaii

Experience Hawaii’s incredible nature and weather by staying at possibly the most beautiful campground I’ve ever experienced. Spend half the time enjoying Hawaii’s warm waters by snorkeling with sea turtles and the other half enjoying the lush 160-acre wildlife refuge. Truly get back to nature on your vacation with the perfect camping trip to Hawaii. Offering a wide variety of camping experiences from hammocks and tents to yurts and cabins.

 

Boutique Camping – Ireland

This cute resort in the Irish countryside is a great way to enjoy nature at an affordable price. Accommodations range from tents to yurts and cabins, so pick your pleasure and you’ll be happy with it. The yurts are so cute and functional with wood burning stoves and running water. That’s about all you can ask for in a camping situation.

 

Jekyll Island Campground- Georgia

If you want a full on summer camp experience for adults, then Jekyll Island in Georgia may be your best bet. The 18-acre property has 206 campsites and they range from shared bunkhouses to private huts. Even RVs are welcome to experience the joys of summer camp. Eat meals in the cafeteria and drink booze and sing songs by the campfire at night, sounds fun to me.

 

Selinda Canoe Trail – Botswana

If you want a real safari experience that includes sleeping on the savannah with the animals, safely, then Selinda Canoe Trail is for you. You camp along the river banks and amongst the wildlife with exquisite meals prepared by an attentive staff, sounds good so far. You’ll see hippos and giraffes during the day and at nights you’ll enjoy the sounds of nature with a stiff cocktail in hand.

 

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat – Bahamas

This resort is for serious yoga people and for those interested is an awesome experience. This ashram has a 5:30 am wakeup bell, guided meditation classes and all the yoga you can handle. There are all sorts of accommodation situations from tents to beachfront suites so everyone will be happy on the luxury spectrum. All rooms and accommodations have shared bathrooms so there will be sacrifices for some, buts it’s a yoga retreat, what do you expect?

 

Virgin Islands Campground – Water Island

Located a short boat ride from St. Thomas, the campgrounds on the tiny Water Island are the perfect beach camping experience. Enjoy screened in cottages or on a raised camping platform while the staff attends to your every need. This is truly a glamping experience but you are in paradise, so who cares.

  

Get out there and experience camping without having to buy a bunch of tents and such that you may use once a year.

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This Is How to Plan a Destination Wedding

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Are you having a hard time planning a destination wedding?

Did you know that the wedding industry has a value of 55.1 billion USD despite the pandemic? This means that you’re still going to spend a lot when you opt for a traditional wedding. This is often the number one hurdle for most couples as it means that they need to have a high budget to get married.

If you go for a destination wedding, though, you forgo most of the costs of a traditional wedding. How to plan a destination wedding, though? Check what we have below to learn how you can plan a destination wedding and get married in the most scenic way possible.

Choose a Meaningful Destination

The first thing that you should plan when going for a destination wedding is the destination itself. Deciding on this will help you plan out the rest of the event with ease. What’s great is that there are tons of locations for you to choose from.

The best destination weddings are amazing because the bride and groom choose a location that’s meaningful to them. So, to make your as enjoyable and successful, make sure your venue has a meaning behind it. Select a special location from your childhood memories if you want it to add more memories to the venue.

You can also pick among the best destination wedding locations if you’re strapped for ideas. These are sure to give you and your guests a good time before, during, and after the wedding.

Set a Budget

Now that you have a destination in mind, use that as a reference to what your budget will be. Make sure that you include the cost of the accommodation and the fees for travel in your budget to know how much you have left.

Use that budget to plan out the rest of the event. A great way to cut on costs and extend your budget is by forgoing traditional wedding decor. Replace them with local flora, instead, as they’re likely cheaper than cloth and fabrics.

You can also choose local delicacies to make all the investments going towards food friendlier to your budget. Doing all these things should help you with your budget for the wedding.

Create an Invite List

With your budget in mind, you should now choose who you’ll invite to your wedding. A good rule of thumb is to invite the people who matter the most to you first. Once you complete that list, consider how much you’ll need to pay for each of them and if it fits in your budget.

If you still have room for more, consider who can and will go abroad to celebrate your special day with you. Including these people is sure to help you fill the seat count for your big day.

Ensure You Have All Necessary Documents

Once you have the destination nailed down, prepare all the documents you need. This goes beyond a marriage certificate and license. Traveling abroad for a wedding means you must also have a Visa and passport at the ready.

Make sure to prepare the change of name documents, birth certificates, and death certificates for divorcees. You never know when you’ll need them, and it’s a pain to get those documents if you’re in another country.

Make sure to include written authorization letters for your guests, too. Anyone under 18 will need this to travel abroad if they don’t have their parents with them.

Choose Someone to Officiate Your Wedding

Next, you need to choose someone who will officiate the wedding for you. If the country you’re traveling to shares the same religious beliefs as you, it should be easy to find one. If not, though, it can be a pain to find someone who will.

Check the local laws to see who they allow to wed people in destination weddings. If you see that they allow anyone who’s gotten ordained before, you can have your friends officiate for you. Doing this makes your wedding one of a kind and is a great way to save on money.

Pick a Theme

Now that you have most worries out of the way, it’s time to pick the theme of your wedding. You’ll want to pick a theme that suits your destination for the wedding. If you’re doing the wedding at a beach, going for a tropical theme is a good idea.

If you don’t want to pick a theme, pick a color scheme, instead. Pick colors that will benefit you and the guests at the destination. Dark colors for cold environments, and lighter ones for hotter environments.

Notify Your Guestlist In Advance

With most of the items on your checklist done, it’s about time for you to notify your guests. Doing this will help them know how much they have to set aside for their fare. Most guests have no idea until a short time before the wedding, making them miss the event.

Doing this also helps your guests pack for the location. They will know what to wear for their leisure time and what they should wear for the wedding itself.

Handpick Your Vendors

Before it’s too late, visit the location and handpick your vendors. It’s better to do this early on so that you can consider your budget and scout the local talent. One way to do this is to ask the locals for referrals.

They’re more familiar with the people in the location and can point you towards the best of the best. This will give you time to negotiate the prices and secure their services for the day.

Learn How to Plan a Destination Wedding Today

Planning a destination wedding shouldn’t be a stressful thing to do. It should be as relaxing as the venue you’ll set for the event. Check our guide and learn how to plan a destination wedding today!

Do you want to learn more about weddings and event planning? Check out more of our posts and guides to learn all you can about event planning today!

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