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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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When A Sweet Tooth Travels Around North America

We spoke with our colleagues and compiled a list of three of our favorite cities that are chock full of sweets.

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     So, you have a crazy sweet tooth but no one nearby has quite the ideal selection to satisfy your sugar-addicted palette. What are you to do? You might be able to find poor/cheap knock-offs on Amazon or another online candy conglomerate, but we both know your true feelings. You won’t be sweetly satisfied until the real-deal sweetness touches your tongue – sending your dopamines into a frenzy. When the cravings hit, there’s no turning back. 

We talked to our colleagues and compiled a list of our favorite cities that are chock full of sweets so you can satisfy your sweet tooth while on a lovely vacation. I mean really, why can’t you have both?

OCEAN CITY, NEW JERSEY

     Ocean City is known for its historic boardwalk. There are a variety of specialized shops that sell all the sweets you can imagine. From ice cream to fudge to taffy, you will find it all at the Ocean City boardwalk. Bakeries, candy shops, and ice cream parlors will leave you foaming at the mouth and you’ll be in a sugar coma in no time. But don’t worry, if you need to get your salt levels up then just hop in the ocean and take a few swallows. Now your salt and sugar levels are balanced out. Is that how it works? We have no idea, we’re not scientists. Whatever your plans are, Ocean City has you covered when it comes to your east coast needs. 

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO, CANADA

     If you love donuts, then St. Catharines is the place you’ve got to check out. This place has a huge selection of donuts, so bring a big appetite and some waist-expanding pants. You can put down dozen after dozen of donuts and never eat the same one twice. One store alone offers up to 20 different donuts each day. So, expand your donut horizons while stuffing your face. Donuts are heavenly and so is St. Catharines.

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

     The home of Snoop Dogg is also home to the ice cream capital of the US. Residents in this city eat more ice cream than any other city in the country. Now that’s a lot of ice cream! You can find the regular flavors everywhere, or you can experiment with new ones like goat cheese, whiskey fig ice cream, or salted caramel fudge. No matter what kind of ice cream you want, you’ll find mounds of it in the LBC. Now that’s what I call sublime.

Remember, your hometown surely has a secret treat that you’re not really aware of but remember, a vacation can bring you much more than just some R&R. Let it bring with it the sweets of your dreams. 


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Water Sport Resorts Just In Time For Summer

If you are like me then a summer vacation isn’t complete without some awesome water sports.

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     No summer vacation is complete without some soothing and exciting water sports. Temperatures are rising allowing for a perfectly comfortable dip in the ocean or pool or lake. Finding resorts with adequate water activities isn’t easy, so… we sorted through the opportunities and found the best destinations.

CASA MARINA RESORT, FLORIDA

     If perfect weather, calm waters and incredible ocean life sounds like a dream vacation, the Florida Keys should be your choice. Check out Casa Marina resort in the Keys for an amazing vacation adventure. The neighboring coral reefs offer world-class snorkeling and diving and the resort has all the watercraft you could ever want to rent. Sailboats and wave runners await your visit to the Florida Keys.

CLUB MED CANCUN YUCATAN, MEXICO

     Cancun is known for powder sand beaches and all-night parties but did you know it has some of the best water sports in all of the Caribbean? Sitting on a shallow bay, Club Med Cancun Yucatan offers incredible water activities in a very safe environment. Enjoy everything from sailing, scuba and kite surfing to more memorable events like swimming with dolphins.

ANTHONY’S KEY RESORT, HONDURAS

     If nature is calling, check out Anthony’s Key Resort in Honduras for the ultimate marine adventure. The Roatan Institute for Marine Science is located around the corner and offers everything from swimming with dolphins to feeding rare marine life. They offer a kids camp so your children can enjoy an educational experience while you enjoy more adult-friendly activities.

MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE, MINNESOTA

   If oceans aren’t your thing, try a fun lake adventure instead. Try Madden’s on Gull Lake in Minnesota, a sprawling resort on Brainerd Lake. The kids will enjoy the water trampolines and massive blob while the adults will enjoy water skiing and jet skiing. With its close proximity to the major cities in the Midwest, Madden’s is always a popular choice.

THE BITTER END YACHT CLUB, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

     Maybe fancy yachts are more your speed and if that is so, you have to check out The Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands. On this island, luxury takes center stage and adventure awaits the willing. The open ocean is calling all you sailing enthusiasts and they even have a kid’s camp where your children can learn to love sailing.

FOUR SEASONS MAUI, HAWAII

     You can’t have a list of awesome beach resorts and not include Hawaii. The Four Seasons Maui offers every kind of water activity in the luxurious Hawaiian waters. You must try the authentic Hawaiian Outrigger Canoes, they offer free lessons and it’s a blast. Whale watching is also huge here so book a tour and see some huge marine life.

LOEWS CORONADO BAY RESORT, CALIFORNIA

     California is home to some epic surf breaks so why not stay at a resort that offers free lessons. Loews Coronado Bay Resort rents out sailboats, jet skis, kayaks, and paddleboards so all the bases are covered.


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The Lifestyles & Vacations Of The Rich & The Famous

Check out where the richest people vacation and how they spend their money.

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     Where would you go on vacation if money wasn’t an issue and you had all the time in the world? Personally, I would rent a private island and partake in a castaway experience with only the most luxurious amenities. Well, the super-rich have the ability to go anywhere they wish and do literally whatever money can buy, how awesome must that be? Check out the locales where the richest people in the world vacation.

BILL GATES: CROATIA

     Unlike many of the super-rich, Bill Gates likes to mix and mingle with the locals when he vacations. He enjoys Croatia for its old Europe feel and medieval construction. The hot spot in Europe, Croatia is enjoying a tourism boom, which is centered around the countries pleasurable weather and affordable luxury. Bill Gates doesn’t need to save money but who says the super-rich can’t be frugal?

RICHARD BRANSON: BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

     Why not just go all out like Richard Branson and buy your own island. That is some next-level stuff there. The Virgin Mobile/Records/Airlines etc entrepreneur and billionaire owns Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. The private island is an actual resort where rooms rent for a minimum of $5,000 a night. Luminaries such as the Obamas and Mariah Carey have stayed here before. Wow, talk about luxury, a private island where the former president stays. Enjoy all the watersports you can handle while basking in the hot Caribbean sun.

STEVEN SPIELBERG: IRELAND

     Where do the best directors of all time spend their vacations? Well, if you love Steven Spielberg movies, you’ll know he enjoys incredible landscapes and none are grander than Ireland. The Emerald Isle just is so vibrant and lush that it attracts all sorts of travelers, even the mega-rich. Ireland isn’t a vacation that will break your bank, in fact, it’s one of the most affordable trips you could choose. Spielberg loved the countryside, the people, and the food, what’s really not to love?

OPRAH WINFREY: FIJI

     Where does one of the most influential women of all time vacation? Wherever the heck she wants, is the only acceptable answer, she is the queen of entertainment. Oprah recently went on a luxury superyacht called the Rising Sun, where she partied with The Obamas and Bruce Springsteen in Tahiti. When she stays on land she prefers the beaches of Fiji. The island of Fiji features luxury at every turn but when Oprah is there she reserves the entire resort.

WARREN BUFFETT: LAGUNA BEACH

     The man who is in charge of our country’s wealth, Warren Buffett is a billionaire of the most frugal standards. He’s lived in the same modest home in Omaha Nebraska since 1958 and only splurges on vacations, so where does he go? He owned a lavish beach home in Laguna Beach, California where the rich and fabulous play. Laguna Beach is very accessible for the non-rich so check it out for yourself. The steep cliffs and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean will have you coming back for years.


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