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Travel to the Best Music Festivals in 2017

Music festivals have long been a way to escape the struggles of day-to-day life and experience something truly unique. Ever since Woodstock, the world has been infatuated with music festivals and their popularity has only grown over time. From humble grassroots beginnings to the full…

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Music festivals have long been a way to escape the struggles of day-to-day life and experience something truly unique. Ever since Woodstock, the world has been infatuated with music festivals and their popularity has only grown over time. From humble grassroots beginnings to the full force advertising and sponsorship driven machines that rule the festival landscape, it’s hard to decide which ones to attend.   It’s rare that you find a festival that isn’t over produced and money driven, but that isn’t stopping us from having a great time.

Today, the festivals are big business, cost a pretty penny and some are creeping towards a week or longer. They only grow in pure size and scale, so eventually we al my just be living in one non-stop music festival, or as I call it, New Orleans. There are literally hundreds of music festival this year but I somehow chose five that I think you should at least try and attend.

 

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Indio, California

April 14-16 and April 21-23

https://www.coachella.com/

Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce

The grand daddy of the current music festival landscape, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a monster, in all aspects. This has become one of the largest gatherings of music fans around, with no signs of slowing down. Coachella continues to murder their competition with incredible lineups of legends, chart toppers and up and comers. The festival has recently gone to a two-weekend format, giving fans two chances to make this trip work. This is a must go if you have never been, and a festival to remember for sure.  Mingle with the Hollywood elite and superstar musicians by betting either a VIP pass or Artists pass for full access.

 

Sasquatch

Quincy, WA

May 26-28

https://www.sasquatchfestival.com/

Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean

Head West my friends and end up at the majestic Gorge in Washington state to check out the surprisingly original Sasquatch Festival. A short 3-hour drive from Seattle, the festival is set in one of nature’s most pristine locations, allowing the environment to create such a wonderful atmosphere. Comedy is huge at this festival and this year is no exception featuring Fred Armisen and local legend Emmett Montgomery. Sasquatch has long been known as the place you find your new favorite band, as it’s been a friend to emerging artists since its inception.  Bask in the wonderful spring weather in Washington, which can change in seconds, so pack accordingly.

 

Bonnaroo

Manchester, TN

June 8-11

https://www.bonnaroo.com/

U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Major Lazer

This year is all abuzz with the news that legendary rockers U2 will perform their album The Joshua Tree in full. For those interested head on down to Tennessee and maybe bring a camper since that’s the best way to stay.    Bonnaroo just celebrated its 15-year and is only getting bigger. It takes place in Great Stage Park in rural Tennessee and is a favorite of college-aged revelers. With early heavy influences in the jam band scene, Bonnaroo has changed to more mainstream acts recently.  The weather in Tennessee in the summer is very warm and humid, so pack shorts, tank tops and be prepared to sweat. 

 

Roskilde Festival

Roskilde, Denmark

June 24-July 1

http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/

Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, The Weekend, Blink-182

Famous for their naked run, where festival goers race through the event completely nude.  Come just to see all the beautiful people of Europe dash through crowds and frolic amongst them. The massive festival has been rocking Denmark since 1971 and this year features nine stages and over 160 acts. This festival has long features Scandinavian acts alongside the world’s heaviest hitters. Come for the music and stay for the charm of Denmark and their incredible people. Roskilde is the festival with a huge heart since they donate all of their proceeds to charities. Attend this festival and don’t feel so bad afterwards and possible deduct the fees from your taxes, since it’s all for a charity anyway. (Don’t take tax advice from a travel blogger)  This festival is legendary and deserves your attention, so make travel plans now and have a blast. 

 

  

Sziget Festival

Budapest, Hungary

August 9-16

http://szigetfestival.com/

Seven-day festival featuring Major Lazer, Mac Demarco and art

This is a must go event, every damn year. Attention, if you are reading this, please book your travel now. Sziget gets its name from the island in the middle of the Danube river where the festival takes place every year. The setting is grandiose, with amazing views of the old world city of Budapest. The seven day long festival is massive and I say that in all sincerity. Attendees can cam on the island to get the surreal experience or stay in many of the lodging options in Budapest.  The vibes here are incredible with a real gypsy, shared economy feeling.  Friendly atmosphere and unbelievable open individuals creates the best festival energy.  This weeklong event will take a toll on your mind and body, so i suggest you take an additional week off from work and visit a beach to really relax. 

 

Hopefully this guide helps you decide which festivals to attend and by that I mean each and everyone. 

 

 

Photos courtesy of StereoGum, BBJ.hu, allevents.in, thefuture.fm, 91x, EDMChicago

 

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Mexico Travel Deals: Win 20 Years’ Worth of Free Caribbean Luxury Vacations

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One of the most affected industries due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is tourism. To offset the heavy financial loss, a few places like Mexico and those in the Caribbean recently reopened their borders to tourists.

Mexico, along with other places in the Caribbean, is a favorite pre-COVID-19 vacation destination for a number of tourists all around the world. So, to enliven the tourism industry once again, they created the trending hashtag, #Come2MexicanCaribbean (and its Spanish equivalent, #VenAlCaribeMexicanoX2) to promote post-COVID-19 tourism in these areas.

To further strengthen this campaign, would-be tourists are encouraged to remember their memorable visits of the Mexican Caribbean region and the different things they might like to do there in the future.

The said contest awards a lucky tourist with a 20 years’ worth of yearly vacation to the Mexican Caribbean area combined with a 5-night, all-inclusive stay in any of the 4- or 5-star coastal resorts there.

Contest Sponsors

The competition is sponsored by several tourist hotspots including those of Cancun, Isla Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. It is also backed by top hospitality developer Atelier Group and the Quintana Roo Tourism Board.

How to Join the Competition

If you are interested in the said contest, here are several guidelines for you to follow:

  •  Contestants must be 18 years old;
  • You should be a resident of any of the following countries:
  1. US,
  2. Canada,
  3. Mexico,
  4. Guatemala,
  5. Colombia,
  6. Peru,
  7. Chile,
  8. Brazil, and
  9. Argentina;
  • You must have either a TikTok or Instagram account (or both);
  • Post a video or a photo that features your favorite Mexican Caribbean beach vacation/s;
  •  Include the specific tags, #Come2MexicanCaribbean and @Come2MexicanCaribbean;
  • Follow the said initiative’s TikTok or Instagram profiles, @Come2MexicanCaribbean;
  • Tag their accounts on either of the platforms mentioned; and
  • The post that garners the most likes, plays, comments, and shares gets to be the winner of the competition.

The contest begins on 9 November and ends on 27 November 2020. Entrants should be able to post their entries within the given period.

You can also read the full terms and conditions of the said competition here. You may also visit en.come2mexicancaribbean.com for more information regarding the contest.

Summary

Mexico’s tourism industry comprises 8.5% of the nation’s overall GDP. Last year, an approximate of 24 million tourists visited the North American nation. Despite reopening its borders to visitors in July, the country’s roster of resorts and hotels still find it difficult to alleviate the effects of the lengthy lockdown imposed by the government earlier this year. The rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission is yet to slow down and the government aims to find more effective ways to flatten the curve.

The #Come2MexicanCaribbean aims to remind travellers of the country’s long-held tourist industry and the enticing spots that used to be go-to vacation areas in the region. It is their hope that by doing this initiative, the height of tourism will come alive again once everything goes back to normal.

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How Travel is Ruining our Planet

Travel is a good thing. I’ve encouraged people to do it in countless blog posts. But, in the rush to get people to travel, we often over look the negative impact of it. We talk about how travel can be a force for good- breaking…

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Let me preface this by saying that I’m not against travel, I write a travel blog for Pete’s sake. I have been telling people to drop everything and travel, and in my haste I’ve neglected to mention the possible environmental implications. Travel makes people better for doing it and that is a great thing, but we don’t talk about the repercussions to said travel. So, the question asked is; do we travel too much and is this travel adversely affecting our planet?

If you are a reader of mine, then you know that I constantly push for people to travel, so this will sound out of character but these are my reasons to not travel.

 

Destruction of local customs

The increased technology and constant metaphorical shrinking of our planet, we have created less cultural identities. We used to travel to explore new things and see corners of the planet yet seen by our eyes. But with technology, we have seen the planet from our computer and TV screens, so what are we exploring? Now with traveling to distant cultures we are inevitably bringing our culture with us and in so devaluing others. McDonalds are popping up all over the world so we all can be destroyed together.

 

Travel Trivializes Culture

Tourist traps are ruining our planet one trinket at a time. It’s sad when cultures are simplified down to some terrible stereotype that we have created to sell T-shirts. Originally people traveled to see parts of the world and experience different cultures, and now these experiences are being manufactured for our pleasure.   Children are being forced to accept that their reality is now selling trinkets and playing a part in some traveler’s fantasy of a culture, it’s sad.   It’s more of a problem of our planet’s globalization rather than anything else.

 

Local economy

Travel essentially destroys local economy by taking the tourist dollars and funneling it all to corporations. Locals don’t own the big hotels, huge conglomerates do and they profit form cultural destruction, essentially.

 

Environmental disaster

Travel is terrible for the environment and we don’t seem to care. More people are flying, driving, eating, shopping etc than ever before and our waste is just piling up. We constantly consume and consume but never really stop to think about what our excess usage really does to the environment.

 

Economic Issues

Tourism is centered on striking while the iron is hot, meaning that its not worried about the future, it’s all about the now. You see it in history and its repeating it self now. Towns go boom or bust with tourism and when that bubble burst, the town is left holding the bill. Look at the Salton Sea; it’s a tale that is all too familiar. A small town is suddenly thrust into a feeding frenzy of tourism money, then when the tourists stop coming, the town suddenly dies. The Salton Sea was a California hot spot in the 60s and 70s and now it’s a desolate ghost town.

 

Don’t make this stop you from traveling but allow this to open your mind while traveling and think about the possible repercussions of your actions. Maybe if we travel more consciously, we can fix our planet.

 

Check out the original article at Nomadicmatt

 

 

Photo courtesy of BoredPanda and FoxNews

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Visiting U. S. National Parks For Free

The family road trip is a summer rite of passage for all Americans. The memories made when you pack up the car and stuff the whole family into it to take off on the open road are unforgettable. And there is no better destination than…

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The family road trip is a summer rite of passage for all Americans. The memories made when you pack up the car and stuff the whole family into it to take off on the open road are unforgettable. And there is no better destination than one of the many United States National Parks.

With over 50 National Parks in 27 states it isn’t hard to find one close to home. This year is a great year to visit one you haven’t been to yet because The National Parks Service has announced that in 2017 they will waive fees in all parks on 10 dates. 

On 10 days you will be able to visit, for free admission, any of the National Parks that regularly charge a fee. The dates for free admission are:

January 16 – MLK Jr Day

February 20 – Presidents Day

April 15 & 16 – National Park Week

April 22 & 23 – National Park Week

August 25 – National Parks Service Birthday

September 30 – National Public Lands Day

November 11 & 12 – Veterans Day Weekend

In addition to these free days, the National Parks Service offers other discounts year round. Admission is free year round for active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability. The “Every Kid In A Park” is a program for 4th grade students to get a free pass and U. S. Citizens 62 and older can apply for a $10 lifetime pass. Take advantage of these special offers, and take the family to a National Park you have never seen before. 

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