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Where to Stay in Lisbon

Well, we talked to our staff who is absolutely nuts about Lisbon and they gave us their favorite neighborhoods where they have stayed and they highly recommend that you stay there as well.

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So you bought a ticket to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, but other than knowing it’s the capital of Portugal, you really don’t know much about the city. Well, we talked to our staff who is absolutely nuts about Lisbon and they gave us their favorite neighborhoods where they have stayed and they highly recommend that you stay there as well.

 

 

Baixa & Rossio

When you stay in either Baxia or Rossio, you are staying in the heart of downtown amongst many of Lisbon’s best-known landmarks, so these neighborhoods are a great choice because they are just so dang convenient. But the benefits of staying in Baixa and Rossio don’t end there. These streets are littered with delectable restaurants and the shopping of a lifetime.

 

Bairro Alto

If you’re looking to spend your nights out then the buzzing Bairro Alto is for you. Around here there are a ton of super fun bars where you can spend your nights dancing the night away. But not just bars, you will also find fantastic food, coffee, and even some tattoo parlors if you’re looking for a way to memorialize your epic Lisbon trip.

This neighborhood is hilly and has a very authentic bohemian vibe, if you’re looking for some fun weekends then Bairro Alto is for you.

 

 

Alfama

Alfama is actually the oldest part of Lisbon and it is the most traditional, as well. If you want to get a feel for old Lisbon then staying here is your best bet. While the streets around here might be a bit confusing, this is one part of town you don’t mind getting lost in. Pop into a restaurant for a traditional meal. Listen to fado, which is as old as Lisbon itself. Come see Lisbon at its most romantic.

 

Alcântara  

This river side neighborhood is absolutely gorgeous. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars right alongside the river in what is known as Docas. Also, you can experience the artsy side of Lisbon when you see amazing converted factories that now house awesome stores and even more great restaurants.

 

 

Príncipe Real

Do Portugal in style in Príncipe Real, a super hip neighborhood that is full of class and definitely hifalutin. You will love the beautiful gardens and the fun stores. This is a quieter neighborhood as it is more residential than the others, but the vibe makes it super cool and fun.

 

Parque das Nações

Lisbon of the future, Parque das Nações is a fun modern place you will love to stay. This neighborhood was actually built for the World Exposition of 1998. You will be right on the water here and will have a bunch of fun bars and restaurants everywhere.

It doesn’t matter if you go to the Lisbon of the past in Alfama or the Lisbon of the future in Parque das Nacoes because anytime you’re in Lisbon you’re having a good time.

 

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Best Time to Vacation in Vietnam

Asia’s not so little secret, Vietnam is one of the most beautiful and cheap places to visit. There are definitely better seasons than others, so here is a simple guide to Vietnam.

 

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Asia’s not so little secret, Vietnam is one of the most beautiful and cheap places to visit. Land of exotic beaches, dense and plentiful jungles and vast vistas, Vietnam has it all. With good weather almost all year round, you can visit this Southeast Asian country anytime. Vietnam is a long country ranging from north to south, so the weather can be very different in separate sections. There are definitely better seasons than others, so here is a simple guide to Vietnam.

 

Winter

Visit in the winter to beat the incredible summer heat. Also, you want to check out the Vietnamese New Year, Tet, and the country’s biggest party. The best time to visit is the dry season, ranging from October to March. The wet season can be crazy with typhoons wreaking havoc.   The temps range from 60s to 70s (Fahrenheit) so its great for backpackers and explorers.

Central Vietnam is monsoon season until December, so steer clear until then. No one wants to be wet their entire vacation, unless you are snorkeling. The temperatures will drop into the 60s so make sure you have a light jacket. The warm weather is there by February, so pack a swimsuit.

The southern tip of Vietnam is beach central, so bring sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher. Temps down south will sour to the upper 80s in the winter.

 

Spring

 

March through April in the north is dry and cool, great for venturing into the vast rice patties. Lower humidity makes the jungles accessible..

Central Vietnam is rainy in the spring, so pack a jacket and good shoes. Keep the materials light, as it is humid in the central parts.

You will see locals wearing thin plastic ponchos, which are great. Pick one up for cheap and save you gear from being damp. Down South, the weather is perfect, beach babes galore and beach parties into the night.

Summer

 

Think humidity is fun, try summer in southern Vietnam. You will sweat through any article of clothing, so tank tops, shorts and flip-flops are recommended. May to June is the most consistent weather in the North and Central regions. Rains constantly up north, so steer clear and the central areas are dry as a bone. You can visit the amazing cave systems in this area. Home to the largest caves in the world. Spelunkers unite here to explore and team up for safety.

 

Fall

This is the perfect time to visit all parts of Vietnam. It’s not to dry and not to wet, you get a little of everything in the fall.

Check out the Mid-Autumn Festival where thousands of lanterns are released into the air and paper lions dance in the streets. Best time to eat traditional Vietnamese food is at this festival.. dates change every year so check that out when planning.

 

Vietnam has a little something for everyone. The weather changes a lot so map out your trip accordingly. The food is incredible, people are all so nice and the scenery is exquisite.

 

Photos courtesy of ap.org, beautiful, vivid, travel and living

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5 Ways to Make Your Band’s Tour A Success

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Heading out on the road is always a fun and exciting time for a band. You get to visit new cities, discover new artists and play to new audiences all over the country. While it may be fun and new for the most part, there are some stressful events that could occur while being on the road.

Below are 5 tips to remember when you hit the road for your next tour.

Have Plenty of Merch Printed Beforehand

One of the most important things to do before hitting the road is to have plenty of merch. Your band merch is what will help you make money while on tour. Be sure to print shirts, hats, stickers and anything else that your fans may want.

If you don’t have much merchandise, be sure to create a few designs that will be popular among your fans. You can also sell LPs, flags and other unique items that showgoers will want to take home.

Create a Setlist Ahead of Time

It’s always important to have a setlist ready before each show. This will ensure that you know what songs you’re going to play and in what order. Having a setlist will also help with the flow of your show.

If you’re not sure what songs to play, consider your audience and the venue. You want to make sure that you’re playing songs that everyone will enjoy.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Before heading out on tour, it’s important to practice as a band. This will help ensure that you’re tight as a unit and ready to take on any challenges that may come your way.

Practicing also gives you a chance to work out any kinks in your songs and have a smooth set. You don’t want to be caught off guard by a song that doesn’t sound right. Seasoned audience members will be quick to know when something is off, so practice as much as you can before hitting the road.

Know Where You’re Going

You never want to be the band that shows up to the gig late. For this reason,  it’s important to know where you’re going ahead of time. Be sure to map out the route and plan for any traffic or construction delays. You’ll probably come across some long stretches of road, so leave each city with plenty of time for driving and stops along the way.

It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan in case something happens and you can’t make it to the gig on time. Have an alternate route mapped out and be sure to communicate with the venue ahead of time. They’ll appreciate the effort and may even give you a chance to play a longer set.

Be Professional

When you’re out on tour, it’s important to remember that you’re representing your band. Be sure to be professional at all times, both on and off stage. This means being respectful to your fans, the venue staff and everyone you come in contact with.

You want people to remember your band in a positive light, so be sure to leave a good impression. People will be more likely to come see you play again if they had a good time the first time around.

By following these tips, you’re sure to have a successful tour. Be sure to enjoy the time on the road and make the most of it. These memories will last a lifetime.

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Top 8 Hikes to Free Your Soul in the U.S.

Hiking is a great way to see nature and get a workout, but don’t forget to hike while on vacation. Many people travel to beautiful locations only to sit in a resort or stay in the confines of a city. Not me, I enjoy being…

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Hiking is a great way to see nature and get a workout, but don’t forget to hike while on vacation. Many people travel to beautiful locations only to sit in a resort or stay in the confines of a city. Not me, I enjoy being in nature and seeing parts of our great country not on the beaten path and instead forge my own trail. If you are like me then this list of the top 5 hikes to travel to in the U.S is just up your alley. I scoured the internet and used my personal experiences to figure out which spots are the best and worth your trip.

 

Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii

Beginning with the most spectacular hike I’ve ever been on is an obvious jumping off point. The Kalalau trail in Kauai is just spectacular and divine. The 2-mile hike ends at a beautiful beach, which is only accessible by boat or the hike. Pack lots of water as this hike ventures up mountains, through a rain forest and finishes off at a pristine beach. The trail blazes through boulders and across a river multiple times, so be prepared to get wet.

 

Grand Canyon North Rim, Arizona

One of the eight wonders of the world, the grand canyon is grandiose in every aspect of the word. The North Rim is harder to access and more difficult of a hike, but the views and sunset/sunrises are worth the trouble. No list of best hikes can be written without including the Grand Canyon, well worth any trip.

 

Pacific Crest Trail, Western Coast of US

The Pacific Crest Trail stretches from Mexico all the way to Canada, along the Western Coast of the US. The entire hike is 2,650 miles long and ventures through three states. Traverse through the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains while exploring the beautiful scenery. The entire trail is ridiculously long, so pick a small portion a try it out.

 

Paint Mines, Colorado

This 3.6-mile loop trail is one of Colorado’s prettiest and a hidden gem in the Rockies. The beautifully highlighted clay set this hike apart from others, as I’ve never seen a collection of colors in nature. There are also human made mines that date back over 9,00 years.

 

Angels Landing, Utah

Getting its name from the 1,500 ft rock formation in Zion National Park, this hike is incredible. Only a 2.5-mile trek to the top of the Angels Landing, gives you outstanding views of Zion Canyon and its entirely carved out of solid rock.

 

John Muir Trail – California

Named after famed naturalist, John Muir, this hiker’s heaven is the ultimate trek. A 210-mile hike that takes adventurers weeks to accomplish is the bar that all hikes are measured on. Starting out in Yosemite National Park, this trail takes you to Mount Whitney, Continental United States, tallest peak. Not for the weary or novice, this hike is intense but completely worth the trouble.

 

Mt Heavenly Overlook Trek, Alaska

This is one of Alaska’s easiest mountains to summit and great for hikers of all levels. The Overlook trail begins in thick forest and traverses tundra and finally comes out on top. The views of Alaska are huge and vast, making this one of my favorite hikes of all time.

 

Many Glacier Area, Montana

Located in the center of Montana’s Glacier National Park, Many Glacier is a hike to see the ancient world. Active glacier and beautiful mountain lakes dot this hike and make it a dream come true. Check out the way the world looked in the ice ages with this spectacular glacier hike.

 

Explore our world one step at a time with these wonderful hikes that vary in difficulty and will leave you speechless. Our world is bigger and more beautiful than you could ever imagine.

 

Photos Courtesy of NewYorkTimes, Hawaii-Guides, electricreflections, squamlakes.org

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