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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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Why You Should Visit Hawaii

 I break down each island in the chain and tell you why you should visit each one

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Hawaii is paradise on Earth and one of the most traveled to destinations on the planet, so why all the hype? I break down each island in the chain and tell you why you should visit each one. Check out paradise in each of its unique forms from the laid back vibes of Molokai to the big city by the beach in Oahu’s Honolulu.

 

Oahu

Oahu is home to the largest city in all the Hawaiian Islands and is the most populated. There is a huge military population on Oahu as the Navy has its base, Pearl Harbor. Honolulu is the island’s only “big” city and Waikiki is the party destination if you are into that sort of thing. Not all of Oahu is a party destination, as many parts of the island operate at a much slower pace. Check out the North Shore for bohemian beach towns and world-class surfing.

For some interesting attractions, check out the Polynesian Cultural Center or the sunken remains of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. The beaches are world-class and the resorts are massive.

 

Hawaii (Big Island)

The largest of the Hawaiian Islands by far is Hawaii or “the Big Island.” This massive island features almost every climate in its rich ecosystems. There is often snow on top of the mountain peaks that are surrounded by rainforests and deserts. The big island features a wide variety of terrain and activities. Check out some of the best surfing, snorkeling and hiking the world has to offer. The island is split into two main sides, the leeward side, which is very dry and arid, and the wayward side, which is the wettest region in America.

Make sure you check out Mauna Kea, the world’s tallest mountain, measured from the sea floor up. There are also two active volcanoes to check out where you can see lava flows.

 

Maui

The most all-around island in the chain, Maui has a little bit of everything. Every major resort has a luau and we recommend checking one out for some culture and unlimited mai tais. This island has all the outdoor activities you could ever want with some incredible hiking, surfing and snorkeling. The weather is perfect and the sun is usually shining.   Take a hike to the crater of a volcano at the Haleakala National Park.  

 

Kauai

Known as the garden island, Kauai is easily the most beautiful of the main islands. This is also known as the lovers’ island and the retirement island as most guests are on their honeymoon or well, old. There aren’t too many spots open past 8pm and the island’s nightlife is almost non-existent. There is some of the best hiking and outdoor activities in the world.

Check out the Na Pali Coast, a rocky, 20-mile section of the island that is unreachable by car and where you’ll recognize the beginning of Jurassic Park. Take a helicopter tour of amazing waterfalls and secret beaches galore.

The most impressive feature is the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, the Waimea Canyon.

 

 

Lanai

The smallest of the Hawaiian Islands that are open to the public, Lanai is mostly owned privately by billionaire Larry Ellison (Oracle). This island used to be a huge pineapple plantation and is now home to two Four Seasons resorts. Golf is god here as two of the best courses in the US are located here.

 

Molokai

The most remote Hawaiian Island is Molokai, which has hardly any infrastructure and has very few visitors each year. The pace is slow here and they only operate on island time. Come here if you want to chill hardcore and not do many touristy activities, as they don’t really exist here.

 

Find which version of paradise you like the most and check it out. Hawaii has a little of something for everyone; you just have to find it.

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Airplane Bathroom Hacks

We talked to some flight attendants who shared with us their awesome airplane bathroom hacks.

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An airplane bathroom may be the worst possible place to do your business but when you are 25,000 feet up in the sky, what are your other options?  They are small, inconvenient and not the most sanitary places, but when nature calls and you have nowhere else to go.

We talked to some flight attendants who shared with us their awesome airplane bathroom hacks. When is the best time to go, what you should bring, how to deal with the smell and when are the worst times to use the airplane restroom. Don’t be stuck thousands of feet in the sky with nowhere to go number 2 because there is a huge line, follow our airplane bathroom guide.

 

When to go

Flight attendants told us that there are two perfect times to use the airplane bathroom with having people lined up outside waiting. First is right after the pilot turns off the seatbelt signs. This window closes fast so be ready. Once the plane takes off, it usually takes about 5 minutes to reach cruising altitude, this is the height that the plane levels off and becomes flatter in the air. This is your opportunity so don’t let it slip away. Be prepared to get up the second the seatbelt sign goes off. You would have about 10 minutes to do your business without people lined up outside.   Flight attendants will be just getting up from their jump seats so you won’t have anyone in the aisles to block your path.

The second perfect window is right before the flight attendants start their drink service. Flight attendants don’t like when people are up during the drink service since the carts take up the entire walkway. Getting up right before their drink service takes some timing and situational awareness. Pay attention to the flight attendants, they should all be in the galley area prepping their drink carts, so this is your chance. Pop up quickly before they have a chance to tell you to sit down. Now you’ll have up to 10 minutes all alone in the bathroom. Also the best time to join the “mile-High Club,” if you know what I mean! Don’t stay more than 10 minutes or a flight attendant may come knock on the door and ruin the moment.

 

What to bring

I always travel with bathroom wipes because we all know how cheap airplane bathroom toilet paper is. Something to read is always a nice touch, but don’t be obvious, we don’t need the whole plane to know what’s going on.

 

Smell?

The smell can get you in trouble, not literally, just embarrassing. The flight attendant we spoke with told us a great hack. She brings a packet of coffee grounds into the lavatory to soak up the odor. Ask the flight attendant; they will happily give you one, because everyone will suffer if not. They will be trapped in the same sardine can as everyone else, so they want a no stink situation too.

 

Times to avoid

Right before landing is a terrible time to go to the bathroom. The flight attendants will be upset and the bathroom can be a little bumpy during landings.

The worst time to go is about 15 minutes after the seatbelt sign is taken away. This gives people time to realize they have to use the restroom so the line can be ridiculous.

 

Good luck and use the airplane restroom at these optimum times.

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Get The Best Deals On Rental Cars

Let’s examine the best ways to save big on car rentals and certain times when renting a car isn’t even needed.

 

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Rental cars can be quite pricey and vacations are already wallet suckers, so let’s try and find the best deals around. Like anything in travel, timing can be everything, especially when booking a rental car. We spoke with some industry insiders and got the lowdown on the car rental business so you won’t get overcharged for a crappy rental car.

Let’s examine the best ways to save big on car rentals and certain times when renting a car isn’t even needed.

 

Rental Car Yes or No?

First lets determine if you even need a rental car or if you can get around on public transportation alone. Avoiding a rental car all together will save you some scratch and make your vacation much easier. Dealing with rental cars, parking and driving in foreign countries can all be nightmares that can be avoided by not renting a car in the first place.

What kind of vacation are you going on? Are you staying in one location or traveling around to multiple destinations? How close are you staying to town and does your hotel offer free shuttles?

If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort, you won’t need a rental car. Same if your hotel offers free shuttles to attractions. Your best bet is to do some research and figure this one out first.

Sometimes renting a car is your best bet so in that case, follow these simple few hacks to get the best deals.

 

Smaller Sites

The actual site of a car rental site will never have the best deals; instead look at aggregator sites like Costco travel or AAA.com. These sites offer great deals because you already pay for their services so you are getting an inside deal. You are paying for the memberships already so why not take advantage of their deals. I almost exclusively book through these two sites and constantly save big on bookings.

Smaller sites and companies will offer lower prices to compete with the big dogs of the industry. Hertz will never have the same deals as a small service like Fox rental cars has. You may not get the frills with these small companies but you won’t pay a premium either.

 

Get the compact

Stop acting like a nice rental car will make or break your vacation. Rental car companies make their money on upselling you, so stop it and chose the cheapest car. Think about how often you will be in this car, now think about if paying upwards of $50 more a day is worth it, most likely its not.

  

Insurance?

Stop buying the rental car’s insurance. If you have your own car or book with a major credit card, you are already insured. This is the biggest scam in all of car rentals. Stop paying upwards of $25-50 a day in insurance when you are already covered. Just say no!

 

Fees to avoid

Other than insurance, there are countless other bullshit fees they try and charge you. Toll transponders can cost a few dollars a day, same as GPS devices. Stop it, your smart phone has a better map system anyway, so use that and save big. Satellite radio? Are you serious, bring an IPod or some CDs and call it a day.

Save huge by renting off airport property and avoid the stupid fees they charge. Never rent on-site again. I find the site that is at least 20 minutes form the airport and you will have zero lines and pay close to half the price of on-site rental places.

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