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Nashville is one of the most underrated cities in America. And you don’t have to be a lover or even a casual fan of country music to enjoy this great city. So if you’re looking for a simple and fun vacation in an American city you’ve probably never been to before, look no further than Nashville. And when you do get there, be sure to check out all these awesome activities!

THE FOOD… EAT THE FOOD

You could absolutely hate music (which is truly insane) and still love Nashville. Why? Because they have some absolutely amazing food there! And who doesn’t love delicious food? They have just about anything and everything too. They’re most famous for their Nashville hot chicken, but if that’s not your culinary bag there’s something for everyone, from tapas to Italian to plenty of great Mexican and Tex-Mex food.

STOP BY JACK WHITE’S RECORDING STUDIO

Jack White, famously of The White Stripes, started his own record company in 2001 called Third Man Records. But it’s so much more than just your average recording studio. They all have a record store and an actual concert venue in the building! So it’s a great place to take in all the great music Nashville has to offer. And don’t you dare think that’s specific to country music. There is so much other great music being played and created in Nashville. It really is the hub of American music.

GET YOUR DRINK ON

Naturally, a city with a great music scene will also have a great drinking scene. And while you should always drink responsibly and safely, Nashville is a great city to drink as much as you can. Obviously, they have countless places making and service top-notch bourbon and whiskey. But there’s also plenty of amazing breweries. Some of the best include Jackalope Brewing Company, Black Abbey, and if beer’s not your thing, swing by Diskin Cider.

CHECK OUT HATCH SHOW PRINT

Hatch Show Print is a Nashville institution. You can’t walk a block in Nashville without catching a few promotional posters that were made at this print shop that’s been in business since 1879. Even in recent years as more digital and advanced techniques have crept up, Hatch Show has stuck by their traditional letterpress technique and the community has loved them for it. Today, visitors can take tours of the factory and pick up a beautiful poster of their own. Because wall art doesn’t get much better than obscure concert promotions!

MAKE YOUR OWN CANDLES AT THE CANDLE BAR

At this point, if you don’t like great music, don’t care much about food, and aren’t a drinker, I guess I just don’t understand you at all. But! There are still other great activities for you to enjoy in Nashville. And making your own scented candles at The Candle Bar is most certainly one of them. Candle making may not sound all that exciting, but just ask anyone that’s ever checked it out and they’ll tell you it’s definitely worth it. Did I mention you get to pick your own scent?!


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Hop Aboard The Napa Wine Train and Choo-Choo-Chug

Check out America’s greatest vineyards in style as you ride the Napa Valley Wine Train from Napa to St. Helena.

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Check out America’s greatest vineyards in style as you ride and drink aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train from Napa to St. Helena.  Let’s face it, there’s no wrong way to tour the Napa Valley, but there is a really right way. This train is the right way and it is sure to leave you stupefied either from the picturesque views or the amount of wine you drink, regardless of the reason it will be a trip to remember. This train actually rides on a rail that is 150 years old. The rail, of course, has been updated, but it still very much has an older feel and harkens back to the time when train travel was more necessary. The only difference is that you’ll have a bunch of delicious wine to drink alongside high-class meals.

 

 

There is nothing better than a beautiful train ride with beautiful scenery, delectable wine, and exquisite fine dining. But if that’s not enough for you then you will delight in the fact that there are also visits made to historic castles for you to check out and feel like royalty. The train even offers a murder-mystery package where you try your best to solve a scary, rail-riding murder mystery, all while dressed in your best vintage clothes, so yes, this package means that you will have to leave your cargo shorts at home, sorry. Unless you have vintage cargo shorts, then maybe you can get away with it, but I don’t know how vintage cargo shorts can really get.

 

 

The actual train is one that was built in 1915 and is full of first-class rail coaches from that time period, so you’ll feel high class in an old school kind of way. The rail line was built by Samuel Brannan to give paying customers a stress-free route up to his day spa in beautiful Calistoga, California. This may sound unnecessary now, but the west in the 1915s was very wild. Robberies, gunfire, and vigilantism ran rampant back in those days, so safe passage to Calistoga was of huge importance to California’s first millionaire. Nothing ruins a relaxing trip to the spa quite like being robbed and shot.

Eventually, Samuel sold his beloved railroad due to personal issues. Once sold, the railroad sold again and again until it eventually opened up as the Napa Valley Wine Train in 1989.

 

 

The tickets only cost a few hundred dollars, which is well worth it considering you’ll be traveling the gorgeous Napa Valley in style. Sip wine and stare at all the majestic vineyards all while in the romantic setting of a train. There are dining cars as well with vista windows so that you can get a better view so you can capture beautiful pictures in your mind and on your camera.

Some of the wineries you visit are the Charles Krug Winery, the Palmaz Vineyards Winery, the Vine Cliff Winery as well as several others. If you’re looking to delve a little further into your winery tour then you can even buy a private dinner with the vintners themselves to eat a meal and drink some exquisitely paired wine.

 Napa Valley is an extremely special place, so why not tour it in a special way, aboard the amazing Napa Valley Wine Train.

 

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Today’s Hippest Tokyo Neighborhoods

Our staff has compiled a list of our favorite Tokyo neighborhoods that are quickly coming to prominence in 2017 that you should definitely check out.

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Tokyo is a magnificent city that is huge and has great influence on the rest of the world. Everyone wants to come to Tokyo. But we’ve all been to or heard about Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Harajuku, are they really still the hippest neighborhoods to stay in while visiting Tokyo in 2017?

Just like the city you live in, Tokyo has some hip, up-and-coming neighborhoods that you should give some serious thought to when planning your next visit to Japan’s capital.

Our staff has compiled a list of our favorite Tokyo neighborhoods that are quickly coming to prominence in 2017 that you should definitely check out.

Shoin Jinja-Mae

Hit up the Setagaya Ward to find this hip new neighborhood that is just starting to become noticed.

There are great restaurants and bakeries, amazing bookshops and right next to the train station.

The Shoin Jinja-Mae neighborhood is great for those who love traditional Tokyo but also embrace the future in which Tokyo is headed.

 

Kiyosumi-Shirakawa

If you’re a coffee head then this is the district for you. You can tell how hip Kiyosumi-Shirakawa is by all of the trendy coffee shops that have popped up all over.

But it’s not just coffee here, there are also beautiful boutique bakeries and crazy stores. This neighborhood is now being called the Brooklyn of Tokyo, just in case you needed proof that people consider Kiyosumi-Shirakawa cool.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo resides here, so you will be able to get there bright and early and avoid the crowds.

 

Tomigaya

Tomigaya is right next to Shibuya, so it makes sense that it was oft-overlooked. But lately, the once quiet neighborhood has seen an influx of stores and restaurants. Hipsters flock to Tomigaya for its ancient appeal amongst its modern feel.

Daikanyama

If you’re looking to get lit then Daikanyama is a place you should check out. At night this place is home to some of the best electronic music in the entire city.

Even if raving all night isn’t what you consider fun, this neighborhood has a bunch of international restaurants and boutiques that are sure to keep you busy.

If Shibuya seems like too much, then Daikanyama is probably a good alternative place for you to stay.

 

Kuramae

On Tokyo’s east side is the beautiful Kuramae. Thanks to cheap rent, this neighborhood is becoming very popular with the locals. There is an abundance of fabric stores, which even if you’re not trying to buy a bunch of fabric, it is a highly enjoyable scene to take in.

 

Of course, you can’t go wrong staying in the neighborhoods everyone knows about in Tokyo, but if you’ve already done that, or the traditional neighborhoods don’t hold any appeal to you, give these hip new neighborhoods a trip and do Tokyo in your own unique style.

 

 

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7 Day Trip Ideas to Make at Least Once in Your Life

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Are you trying to plan a great day out? A day trip with friends, family, and loved ones is a great way to make lasting memories. But how can you plan a trip that everyone will enjoy?

Wherever you are, some outings will always work a treat. To help you, we have collected 7 amazing day trip ideas that you must consider before your next outing. 

1. Take a Rafting Trip

Rafting is a great activity, either as a family, with friends or as a couple. It is wet, wild, and a lot of fun as you cruise down a rapid river, working as a team to avoid those wet ravines. Yes, you will get soaked, but that is all part of the fun. 

Many companies have different levels of challenge, often including a beginners course. This means you don’t have to worry about going overboard and enjoying the scenery a little more, instead of strapping in for an extreme ride. Some can even include children aged four and upwards.

Most companies can offer full or half-day trips. You can find out more about service providers by clicking here.

2. Visit a Zoo

The Zoo is fun for all ages, from families with young children to couples on dates. Who would not want to spend a day trip looking at animals and the wonders of nature? Luckily, most places have a zoo within driving distance of their home, though sizes and the animals they have may vary.

If you don’t have a zoo close by, try to find other nature centers. You may have an aquatic life or ocean center you can visit. Many places have botanical gardens that can be used, so you can look at the flora and fauna from around the world. 

3. Visit a Local Farm

Once you get out of the city and into the countryside, the rolling farmland is something that can really be enjoyed by you and your family. While many farmers may be mad if you start trampling over their land unannounced, many farmers have side businesses and schemes that are inviting you for fun on their land. 

Try to find a farm that has fruit picking schemes. You could be selecting strawberries and cherries, which you can later use to cook delicious meals in the evening. 

Other farms offer camping and accommodation. You could stay on the farm and watch the daily goings-on, or head off to a local town for lunch. 

4. Day Trip Ideas at the Beach

This is a classic day trip that never gets old. Sun, sea, and sand are a winning combination, even if you do not go into the waves. Get set up with a beach towel and some beach activities likes football or volleyball, for fun and games. 

If you are brave and venture into the waves, then you can try surfing or bodyboarding. If you are looking for something a bit more relaxing, hire some fishing equipment. A day at the beach really does have something for everyone. 

Even if you avoid the promenade entirely, you can indulge in the ocean scene. Book a restaurant looking out into the ocean for an evening meal, so you can dine as the sunsets. 

5. Visit a Sports Game

Many people love to visit sporting events. Everyone has their favorite, from a classic ball game to a football showdown. But have you ever taken your family, or gone to see a sport you know nothing about?

If you look, you will see hundreds of sports you have never watched, going on live in your area. From pro wrestling to water polo, something weird and wonderful will be happening. Give it a go, push yourself, and you may even end the day with a favorite new sport.

6. The Fun of the Fairground

When the fairground comes to town, you should definitely take up the call. The lights, attractions, rides, and of course the mountains of sugar, can always make for a great day trip out. If going with children, you could provide them with some spending money so they can learn how to regulate their spending. 

If the fair is not in town, then try to locate your nearest theme park. Although many can be pricy if you turn up on the day, you can often see offers and coupons offering discounts if you plan in advance. It is standard that you must push yourself to go on the biggest ride possible. 

If the fairground and theme parks are not your thing, then consider the circus. Many circuses are modern affairs that treat animals well or don’t use them at all. You can experience acrobatics, magic, and gymnastics all under one roof.  

7. Find an Arcade

It is becoming increasingly popular to visit an old school, video games arcade. Many have started to appear in towns and cities, and they often have bars, cafes, and restaurants attached. They often have lots of classic games ready for you to play in really cool looking old arcade cabinets. 

If you take your family, you can challenge your children to games you used to play when you were younger. It is a great halfway house because it gets them away from gaming on the home console, yet combines their favorite activity with the interactions and socializing you want. Just be very careful they don’t beat you.

Do It All Again

Once you have the perfect day trip ideas and you find one you love, don’t be afraid to do it again. You may find a new hobby, or have an even greater day the second time around. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

If you enjoyed our handy article, then visit the rest of our blog. We can help you with everything, from planning your next holiday to saving money when you were there. Let us help you get the most from your travels, starting today!

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