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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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5 Camping Resorts Every Camper Should Visit At Least Once: Scenic Campgrounds Across America

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Camping is one of the most popular outdoor activities in America. According to a study by the Outdoor Foundation, camping ranks as the third most popular outdoor activity, with more than 31 million people participating each year. If you’re one of those people who love to camp or are just getting into it and looking for some great camping spots, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll discuss five excellent camping resorts every camper should visit at least once.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular campgrounds in the United States for travel experts like Victoria Gerrard La Crosse, and it’s easy to see why. The park is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, offering stunning views of the mountains and valleys. There are also plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping, and fishing. The mild climate makes it a great place to visit any time of year. In addition, the park is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk, bighorn sheep, and mule deer. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that Rocky Mountain National Park is a campground that everyone should visit at least once.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park is one of the most popular campgrounds in Virginia. The park offers various camping options, from primitive sites to developed campgrounds with electrical hookups. There are also many activities to enjoy in the park, including hiking, biking, fishing, and canoeing. Shenandoah is also home to various wildlife, including deer, black bears, and wild turkeys. One of the best things about Shenandoah National Park is its proximity to Washington, D.C. The park is just a short drive from the nation’s capital, making it an ideal destination for a weekend getaway.

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful and unique campgrounds in the United States. Situated on the border of Montana and Canada, the park is home to more than 1,000 glaciers and an abundance of wildlife, including bears, wolves, and bighorn sheep. Travel experts like Victoria Gerrard La Crosse visiting Glacier National Park can enjoy various activities such as hiking, camping, and kayaking. The scenery is truly breathtaking, and there is no better place to experience the beauty of nature. In addition to its natural beauty, Glacier National Park also offers a sense of peace and tranquility that can be hard to find in today’s busy world.

Yosemite National Park

Few places on Earth are as naturally stunning as Yosemite National Park. Located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, the park is home to towering waterfalls, pristine meadows, and some of the tallest trees in the world. Visitors can experience Yosemite’s natural beauty by hiking through its many trails, camping under the stars, or simply driving through the park to take in the sights. There is truly something for everyone at Yosemite, making it one of the most popular national parks in the country. However, what sets Yosemite apart from other campgrounds is its accessibility. Although it is located in a remote corner of California, the park is easily reachable by car, making it an excellent destination for a weekend getaway. Yosemite should be at the top of your list whether you’re looking for a short day trip or a more extended vacation.

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is a campground everyone should visit at least once. The park is located in Texas and boasts more than 8,000 feet of elevation. Big Bend is also one of the largest national parks in the contiguous united states. The park has more than 1,200 hiking trails, passing through various landscapes, including deserts, mountains, and canyons. In addition, the park is home to a variety of wildlife, including javelinas, black bears, and mountain lions. Campers can also enjoy stargazing, bird watching, and horseback riding. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that Big Bend National Park is one of the most popular camping destinations in the country.

Conclusion

There are many beautiful and unique campgrounds located throughout the United States. However, there are five that stand out above the rest. Rocky Mountain National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Glacier National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Big Bend National Park are all must-see destinations for anyone who loves camping. Each park offers unique scenery and activities, making it a great place to spend a weekend or longer. Pack your camping gear and head to one of these five scenic campgrounds today.

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How To Manage Various Areas Of A Business Trip

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How To Leverage Technology To Make Your Vacation Great

Heading out of town for a business trip can be something that adds a bit of variety to your month. Not all professionals enjoy traveling as some do not like staying in hotels and do not sleep well there. Being the point person for a company to travel to meet with big clients can allow you to climb the corporate ladder. Travel is going to be a bit stressful as there is always a chance weather or a flight cancellation due to understaffing impacts your trip. There are going to be those things out of your control that you should not stress about. A flight being delayed is not something within your control and a client will likely forgive you for being a bit late due to travel delays. The following are tips to manage different aspects of your next business trip.

Keeping Expenses Organized

Keeping the expenses you incur during a trip is very important. You might have a company credit card which makes this far easier. You do not want to lose money by being sent on the trip. You should ask to be reimbursed with the receipts to prove you paid if you have to spend your own money. There are apps that you can use to take pictures of receipts that automatically categorize them for you. If you own your own business, you should have a credit card for just business. With this being said, it can be hard to differentiate personal and professional costs so getting a small business accounting specialist is imperative. 

Scheduling Time To Decompress 

A long business trip can be something that completely drains you emotionally and physically. Pitching clients and building rapport can be something that tires you out after a period of time. You should look for various opportunities to have a bit of fun or to relax during your trip. You want to rejuvenate so you can be your best each day of the trip. You should not constantly be doing something that you still have personal time that you have free. Too many professionals use the entire trip for work which results in them more tired than when they left for the trip. 

Keeping Up With Work In The Office

A great way to consistently be selected to travel for business is to hit deadlines for the work you have in the office. Use the time that you are on the plane to work as this can be a good time to get things done. Most travelers want to avoid talking to the person next to them as it can be uncomfortable. You should ask for extensions on deadlines if the trip simply made it too difficult to maintain your usual quality of work. Plan certain tasks for various legs of your trip as a long flight can allow you to complete quite a bit of work.

A business trip can be something that can take your career to the next level. You should also be able to enjoy yourself as traveling on your company’s dime can be a nice little treat.

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Helicopter Tours That Raise Hairs

Imagine flying amongst the clouds as you glide through the sky in a helicopter as your mind is blown by the incredible views.

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     If adventure is what you seek, there is no greater way to see your vacation destinations than by helicopter. Imagine yourself flying amongst the clouds as you glide through the sky in a helicopter – the mind blown by the incredible views. There is no better way to enjoy attractions then up a couple of thousand feet in a rotary-winged machine. They may be loud but a helicopter ride will easily be the most memorable experience from any vacation. Check out the best destinations to take a helicopter ride and see things from a truly unique vantage point. 

Las Vegas

     Las Vegas is one of the busiest helicopter tour destinations, with plenty to see in a short ride. From the Vegas strip to the Hoover Dam to the granddaddy of them all, the Grand Canyon. A helicopter is the only way to see the Grand Canyon in all its glory and majesty. The Grand Canyon is over 270 miles long and can be 15 miles across; something that grand needs a copter to see it fully.

Niagara Falls

     Most people will tell you the best view of Niagara Falls is from a boat in the water beneath the falls, but that’s not true, obviously, the best view is from a helicopter. Niagara Falls is just a massive sight to see and with all the tourists that jam the site, it can be difficult to have a perfect vantage point. If you really want an amazing view that is unforgettable, you must see the falls from a helicopter. Imagine the immense beauty of something so powerful as Niagara Falls seen from above in the peace of a smoothly flying helicopter.

Kauai, Hawaii

     If you have seen the beginning scene of Jurassic Park then you know that in Kauai there are waterfalls only accessible by helicopter. Kauai is known as the garden island because it’s so lush and only 20% of the island is accessible by car. The island has many amazing sights that have to be seen by helicopter to understand how massive they are. The Na Pali Coast is the Western side of the Island and is characterized by the huge, steep mountains covered in green ferns. The entire side of the island is unreachable by car and a helicopter is the only way to see it or you can traverse the 17 miles up and down over a two-day hike. The Waimea Canyon is called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific as its massive and beautiful. Plus there are a dozen or so mega waterfalls you have to see from a helicopter.

New York City

     New York City is the mega-metropolis city that we all love and never have enough time to see it all when we visit. If you want to really understand how huge NYC is, you have to see it from a helicopter. Imagine flying between the skyscrapers, above the central park and around the Statue of Liberty. New York is such an expansive city it’s nearly impossible to catch it all in one trip, but a great way to check it out is a few hundred feet up, in a whirlybird.


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