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Top Places to Stay for Coachella

Where to Stay During Coachella  The world’s music fans make the yearly pilgrimage to Indio California in the high desert every April for the festival of all festivals, don’t be left camping like some heathen. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is returning to the Empire Polo Club with back-to-back weekends April 14-16 and […]

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Where to Stay During Coachella 

The world’s music fans make the yearly pilgrimage to Indio California in the high desert every April for the festival of all festivals, don’t be left camping like some heathen. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is returning to the Empire Polo Club with back-to-back weekends April 14-16 and April 21-23. The lineup this year is headlined by Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar so you know the crowds will be flocking to the area.

90 thousand plus people attend the event daily and all those people are looking for places to stay, don’t be left out in the desert nights without a sweet spot to crash. After a long day partying and rocking your hearts out, a quality bed and a hot shower are valuable commodities in the surrounding areas. Camping at a festival can be exhausting in it self let alone in 100-degree temperatures and crowds that large. The key to surviving Coachella is securing your travel accommodations early.

Here are my top 5v places to stay while attending Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

Where else are you going to stay when in Palm Springs, regardless of Coachella? The Ace is the place and is one of the hottest hotel chains appealing to the growing hipster market. The Ace in Downtown LA is a rock star’s second home so you may be sipping cocktails in the pool with some guitar gods. The ambiance at the Ace is hip and glam matched with an air of superiority.

Expect a huge event all weekend as the Ace won’t disappoint with their Coachella party. Great breakfast and a spa session will cure any Coachella hangover.

 

Orbit In

Palm Springs, California

Located in downtown Palm Springs, this hip throwback hotel offers vintage rooms with 1950’s décor, perfect to get you in the swinging mood. Room amenities include vinyl record turntables and wet bars, wonderful for cocktail hour anytime during that weekend. Expect the pools saltwater pool to be packed with festival goers cooling down between acts. Relax like the Rat Pack would’ve in their day and rock out to your day’s rock gods.

 

Desert Riviera Hotel

Palm Spring, California

This hotel’s biggest selling point to me is simple: the pool is open 24 hours baby! No nerd from the front desk telling you to “get out of the pool’ or “keep it down.” This hotel is made for partying and the Coachella weekends are no different. The rooms are fully renovated and modern, which is a nice change of pace on the throwback town of Palm Springs.

 

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

Its name says it all, The Hard Rock is a great place to stay at a music festival. The rooms are large and funky, with modern furniture and bright colors.   Check out the “Sound of Your Stay” program where the hotel will set up a DJ turntable or electric guitar in your room for jamming purposes.   Bang around the hotel’s nightclub for an after, after, after party, yea that’s three afters for the crazy weekend you are in store for.

 

Hicksville Trailer Palace & Artist Retreat

Joshua Tree, California

This is the coolest place on earth, so where else do you stay during the coolest music festival on earth?

Book NOW! This place has limited rooms and is the place to stay during the festival weekend. Hicksville is a collection of mobile homes, trailers and shacks that are all individually themed. The ground is all green Astroturf, the trailers are kitschy and the ambiance is second to none. Highlight of my stay there is the B.B. gun shooting range. Get your mullets ready and book your stay at Hicksville, USA.

 

 Good luck on booking the crash pad of your choice and remember, its never too early to book. Rock on!

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Travel Photography Tip #1 : Vantage Point

Vantage Point: A beautiful and instagramable travel photograph doesn’t just appear out of nowhere, instead, it is created. Photography can make anybody nervous and unsure about your approach, but a good eye is a start. Having a keen eye is crucial to being a photographer, but what about us normal, non-professional picture takers? That’s why […]

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Vantage Point:

A beautiful and instagramable travel photograph doesn’t just appear out of nowhere, instead, it is created. Photography can make anybody nervous and unsure about your approach, but a good eye is a start. Having a keen eye is crucial to being a photographer, but what about us normal, non-professional picture takers? That’s why I made this blog, for people who want amazing pictures but don’t know where to start. Let’s get your Instagram account some hearts and maybe some recognition from your friends and family.

I’m no Ansel Adams or Annie Leibowitz, but I sure as hell can take some cool travel pictures that will turn heads. I take the time to know the proper protocol that a professional may follow and I practice. That’s what is so convenient about digital photography, you can trial and error all day and all you have to do is erase your memory card and start all over again.

 

My first tip for taking amazing travel photography is Vantage point. This is the view that a photograph is taken from. When I speak of vantage point being important to photography, I’m talking about changing up the normal human eye level view. The most common vantage point for travel photography is eye level because it’s the easiest. Sometimes to make an omelet you must crack a few eggs.

A novice photographer will take most pictures from eye level and the results will look average at best. To spice it up here are my 4 keys to changing your vantage point.

 

1- Height

Get above the action to make a photograph memorable. A bird’s eye view is always a crowd pleaser because it’s not our normal view. The higher you get the grander the scale will become. A little work like climbing up a ladder or scaling some stairs will increase the majesty and magnitude of your photos.

 

2- Look Around

When taking a photo from eye level, scan around and see if something up or down takes your attention. A simple scan of your environment will sometimes reveal a very interesting subject and angle. Architecture and statues will benefit from this perspective. Sometimes an unusual perspective will be fascinating for the viewers. 

3- Subject’s Perspective

This is a harder concept to grasp but when shooting a subject, look at the world as it would. Meaning that if you are shooting a dog, try getting low and shoot it as if another dog was taking the picture. Similarly, if you are shooting a stature, try and get up to a higher vantage point to shoot it at eye level.

 

4- Get Dirty

This may be the most important and most overlooked tip for taking a great travel photograph. Sometimes you have to get dirty to get the job done. We all know you are wearing your new outfit but if you want a lasting pic, maybe you’ll have to ruin that shirt if you want the shot. If you aren’t totally prepared to lie on the ground or stand in a puddle to get the angle that makes the subject look epic, you will fail. Don’t be afraid to look odd, twist your body to contortionist levels to snap the most impressive picture.

Good luck out there and hopefully changing your vantage point will start you on the road to taking professional level pictures and ramping up your Instagram account.

 

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Britons Get Stuck Abroad Due to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

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Britons get stuck offshore as they await the lifting of the recently imposed travel ban to and from the UK.

Many Britons get stuck abroad due to the recent travel bans imposed. Worries related to taxes, jobs, and Brexit get exacerbated as UK residents are forced to have lengthier stays in their current locations.

As more and more nations start imposing travel restrictions to and from the United Kingdom, more and more Britons get stuck in their present locations offshore. To halt the spread of the recently pinpointed highly communicable strain of COVID-19 virus, UK travel has come into a standstill.

23-year-old Heather Alder, a resident of Edinburg, went to Aarhus, Denmark with her fiancé last week. They had to visit her fiancé’s father and take him to do several tests for cancer. Alder and her fiancé were planning to go back to the UK this week but are now stuck in a farmhouse in Denmark due to the recent travel ban. “Even if the travel ban is lifted in a few days or weeks, we don’t know whether we can leave and we don’t know whether we can get back in easily,” Alder mentions.

Alder was able to secure a new job last month and she is grateful that her new boss has been so kind as to allow her to travel to Denmark. “My father-in-law’s house is about as remote as Denmark gets, so we’ve had to install new WIFI in order to be able to work from here. My boss has been wonderful about it all, but my partner is studying and working part-time for a Danish company, but pays tax in the UK. If we get stuck here for longer, we might have to report it, and he could end up having to pay tax in Denmark, where income tax is at 48%. This would have a big impact on our finances. It’s very stressful,” she shares.

The Brexit deadline is on 31 December 2020 and Alder does not know whether or not she will have to apply for a Denmark visa in case she will be forced to stay in the country for a longer period of time. “It’s very concerning that on top of everything, I now need to sort out my status here before Brexit. Due to Christmas closures, that means submitting documentation so I can apply as an EU citizen for the right to stay by 23 December. Nobody seems to have an answer as to what Britons in Denmark should do in the new year. Obviously, all our documents are in the UK, where we can’t return, which is making the whole process maddening and extremely worrying. The combination of Brexit and coronavirus has turned what was already a difficult situation into an unmanageable one,” Alder says.

The recent travel bans have caused further strain on many UK residents who are presently out of the country. Many of them complain about the need to go back to the UK in time for the resumption of work after the holidays. Nonetheless, Britons get stuck abroad and have to deal with the necessity of securing extended visas in their present locations and seek ways to do virtual ‘work-from-home’ arrangements while awaiting the lifting of the said travel ban.

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Tim Duncan Steps Up When The Virgin Islands Needs Him Most

NBA great Tim Duncan is really putting his money where his mouth is, as he returns to his homeland of the Virgin Islands to help in hurricane relief. 

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NBA great Tim Duncan is really putting his money where his mouth is, as he returns to his homeland of the Virgin Islands to help in hurricane relief. This is Duncan’s third trip back to the U.S. Birgin Islands since September when two category 5 hurricanes decimated the island. Back to back storms Irma and Maria ravaged the small island nation with heavy rain, 150 mph winds and devastating storm surges. Now Tim has dedicated his time, money and resources to rebuild his home islands.

 

Immediately following the first hurricane, Duncan started an online crowdsourcing campaign aimed at reaching a million dollars and he even pledged to match the first million. What a bold and thoughtful move, especially since no nations were stepping up.
Duncan was 13 when hurricane Hugo ravaged his island nation, so he knows first hand how difficult it is to rebuild after this sort of tragedy. He vowed to help his former home and he actually is doing it. Many times when celebrities offer their help, its all show, not with Tim, he’s the real deal.

 

16 months after he retired from the NBA, Tim is surrounded by fellow volunteers as he sets up tables for food distribution. SOme of the people ask for pictures and autographs, but that doesn’t bother him, as long as the line keeps moving and the people get fed.
This trip Duncan personally delivered an entire plane full of supplies, food, and medicine. The kind of stuff these people need the most, so he knows just how important this really is.

 

 

On this day, they originally planned to feed 500 people but ended up feeding 2200.
Duncan grew angry over the US government’s lack of urgency with relief efforts, even though the Virgin Islands are an American territory. That’s why he started the crowdsourcing fund which to date has raised over $2.6 million.

 

Duncan said, “I don’t have a Facebook or a Twitter or anything, but holy s–t if social media isn’t the way to go.” None of this incredible relief effort would’ve even happened without Tim’s initial push.
Duncan didn’t just rush into this because he wanted to do it right. We have all heard horror stories about charities trying to help but end up failing miserably. He wouldn’t let this happen so he got help from his trusted advisor Wendy Kowalik.

 

Wendy interviewed San Antonio food banks to figure out the best ways to get bulk food and she researched airplane charters to get the food and supplies to the Virgin Islands.
So far Duncan alone has helped feed 10,000 of the islands’ 50,000 inhabitants and he has only gotten started. He said, “Sh*t happens, and you fix it…”

 

Duncan went on to say, “It’s only been a month and already people are forgetting about Harvey and what happened to Houston.” He continued, “Six months from now, people will forget about what happened here, even if there’s still no power on the islands. People have lost their homes and they’ve lost their shops. They’ve lost everything. Buildings are damaged and roads are ruined. I don’t know how to fix those things, but I didn’t know how to raise money or do food distribution or charter jets, and we figured all that out. We’ll figure this out, too. We’ll figure out how to rebuild the islands.”

 

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