Music unites us all. Each year, nearly 40% of the adult population of the United States attends concerts, music festivals, and a slew of other musical performances. From college students, to vacationing families, to golden oldies, music has the power to bring people from all walks of life together. Here are the top five best music cities in America where you’ll always find great performances to spice up your vacation:
As temperatures cool, thoughts naturally turn to Munich and their gala Oktoberfest celebration; this year the world’s most famous beer festival (starting on the 18th September and ending on 4th October) celebrates its 200 year birthday. If it’s too late to organize a trip for this year, then book some days off in 2014, because Oktoberfest is definitely one of those bucket-list events you’ll always be glad you experienced. Just remember to reserve hotels in Munich as early as possible, as they always get fully-booked for the festival.
In late September each year a dozen cavernous beer tents are erected in the Theresienwiese Park, which is located close to the city centre. Over six million beer-lovers attend this festival each year, filling the long tables and consuming more than 6.5 million litres of the specially brewed Oktoberfest Bier over the sixteen days – this is not a festival of moderation!
Berlin is one of the most popular cities in the world at the moment, and for good reason. With a vibrant population of young artists, musicians and trendsetters populating the area, the city is constantly evolving. While days in Berlin are exciting, the nights click things up a notch or two as a tidal wave of eclectic youth splashes through the streets and into the cities numerous clubs, bars and cafes. There is never a dull moment here, but sometimes you need to take a break from the turbulence, and that’s why Sunday morning brunches in Berlin are a must.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, local or international; there’s nothing like an extended brunch spent drinking coffee and fresh juices, filling your plate high with freshly cooked sausages and scrambled eggs, and soaking up the scene.
For many people, a chance to swim with sea turtles is a dream come true. There are seven species existing today that can be found swimming and diving to the depths below seas. Sea turtles have been around for over 110 million years – since the time of the dinosaurs. You can swim with turtles on any continent (except Antarctica). So get your swimming costume on, swap sandals for a pair of flippers and get ready to paddle around with one of Earth’s most ancient creatures.
Cook Island Marine Reserve is a small protected island located on the Gold Coast in the south east of Queensland. With plenty of soft and hard coral gardens it’s the perfect sanctuary for a rich marine life. Visitors can see a variety of tropical sea life the including clown fish, damsel fish, angel fish, the occasional manta rays and of course the resident green sea turtles. The turtles can be spotted all year round in these oceans so you’re guaranteed a chance to swim with some when you visit.
Discover Keoladeo, Ranthambore and Corbett National Parks – India’s Golden Triangle for Wildlife Lovers.
Just as India’s golden triangle is marked by the three well connected beautiful cities – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the golden triangle for wildlife enthusiasts if formed by three prominent national parks – Keoladeo, Ranthambore and Corbett. Each of these wildlife destinations has a tale of success, exotic fauna species and pleasing floral assortment. Nature enthusiasts will not want to miss the opportunity to explore these exotic settings.
For many people, there is no better way to enjoy a vacation than on a boat whether it be sailing, yachting or on a cruise. France is often considered to be the pastime’s epicenter. The French Riviera is home to a multitude of celebrated cities that need to be high on the list of anyone considering taking a boating trip in the area.
If you’re thinking about touring the south of France by sea, here are eight places you can’t miss:
Well known for steel drums, dark rum, white beaches, blue water, and friendly locals, Jamaica is a top Caribbean resort destination. The home of Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, and Marcus Garvey, Jamaica’s natural beauty and remarkable culture have lured vacationers for generations. As the third largest island in the Caribbean, you could spend weeks exploring it’s sandy shores and verdant highlands, and with over 200 hotels to choose from, here’s how to select the your personal Jamaican paradise.
The island is divided into 14 regions, or parishes, each with similar weather, climate, and scenery. Most vacationers choose the north and west coasts. Among the most popular destinations for holiday getaways are Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, and St. Thomas.
Unconditional love – it’s what pets give every single day. If you’re a pet owner, you understand the special place they hold in our hearts. When you’ve had a tough day at work you can be sure a wagging tail (and maybe a happy bark), or a soft purr and a rub are waiting to greet you. Your mood can go from blue to new just by walking through your front door.
When the time comes to leave for a getaway, it’s hard to look into those puppy dog eyes and say good-bye. Fido and Fluffy are like family members, so leaving them behind is especially hard. Luckily, there are many B&Bs that allow pets to accompany you on a getaway, depending on size and behavior. Pet-friendly B&Bs provide amenities for your furry friend, including beds, water dishes, toys and treats.
I have lived 10 minutes from the Belmont Stakes for 13 years and have never gone there. I would never have thought to take my family there because it’s a racetrack, and I had no idea that they would have attractions geared towards families and children. I was checking one of my usual go-to sites for things to do, MommyPoppins.com and they had Belmont Stakes listed as one of the things to do on the weekends. We decided to take our toddler for the day and we all had a surprisingly great time. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Sunday is Family Fun Day At The Park
About The Guaranteed Performance Golf School
The first thing you should know about Bethel Inn’s golf school is that the student/instructor ratio is 3:1, meaning everyone gets lots of personal attention and the coach and students can actually play a round of golf together. I knew straight away that I was going to like golf pro, Mark Mallory, when he scolded husbands about shouting “Keep Your Head Down!” to their wives – explaining that was not the true problem. Golf pros Mark and Niko escorted us to the dedicated golf training range where they put us through our paces and reveled all kinds of wonderful golf tips…. Wondering how much to bend your knees? Simple, “Imagine you’re standing in your ski boots.” – brilliant!
If you’re venturing to the southern region of the UK on vacation, no trip would be complete without exploring some of the quaint English towns in the county of Cornwall. In particular, the town of Newquay is an excellent holiday destination for all ages; from parents with young children, senior holidaymakers or teenagers looking to unwind after a hard year at school or university.
While coastal beaches and historic landmarks are in abundance in Cornwall, it is Newquay that boasts some of the finest coastal areas in the UK. It is far from just a lovely seaside town in the south-west however; it also has a number of attractions to keep all ages entertained throughout their break.
Traveling across the world means you will experience many iconic places, but in our personal experience there is certainly no other place in the world like Istanbul. The hustle and bustle of the crowds, the ancient and modern architecture wrought together in a strange harmony is compelling. It is certainly a place of great variety, the strange and the beautiful intertwining together in a one-of-a-kind way. In many ways the Orient can look like another planet if you’re used to the western world, the crowded and loud markets, the call to prayer by the local muezzin that echoes through the streets, the colorful and unforgettable stores and traditional goods: all of these contribute to what makes Istanbul unique and beautiful for us and undoubtedly part of the experience you’ll see, hear and sense for yourself as well.
I’ve been nibbling my way through a recently published book on the fascinating history of cheese in France. The Whole Fromage is an entertaining journey through the French countryside by Author, Kathe Lison, who brings the reader along on her pursuit of the world’s most delectable cheeses.
Born and raised in the cheese-centric state of Wisconsin, you might think that Kathe had a pallet for exotic cheeses from an early age. But like you and me, she was raised on Kraft Mac and Cheese, and considered Babybell rounds in the red mesh bag to be exotic fare. That all changed on a fateful trip to Paris where the world of delectable French cheeses revealed itself.
The State of Connecticut recently ran a “Fan Favorite” campaign for residents and visitors to vote for their favorite town in Connecticut. The winner was the charming town of Niantic, a village of East Lyme, located a short distance from Mystic. I had never been to the Connecticut shore, so just had to see what everyone was raving about. My visit just so happened to coincide with a visit by Governor Malloy who was presenting the town with a video. It all started with a video the town submitted to the Fan Favorite contest, have a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM0tROLWfVY . After one day in Niantic I knew exactly why this wonderful small town was voted Connecticut’s favorite town.
Jamaica is the land of Reggae, Rasta, and Radiance. While it’s one of the best Caribbean Islands for those who want to be a part of the intoxicating nightlife, the island also has a high crime rate. This fact really scared me as I was planning my trip to Jamaica in 2010. I had already bought my tickets and booked my hotels, so I did a little research and decided I would not let myself be a victim.
Before embarking on any Jamaican adventure, you will need to know where to stay safe and still have a blast. My month long vacation to Jamaica was probably the best month of my life and it all started in….
Meandering through the lovely village of Historic Deerfield reveals a fascinating glimpse at life in colonial America that is amazing, beautiful and extremely educational.
Approaching Old Main Street, we immediately became time-travelers dropping in to peer at life from 1673 to the 1800’s in the Pioneer Valley. We strolled narrow streets and experienced the sights, smells and hospitality of yea olde New England. English settlers traveled to this incredibly fertile land to farm, establish a settlement at the edge of civilization and raise their families.
When traveling for business as well as for pleasure, the wide variety of foods that you can taste and enjoy is often one of the most exciting aspects of the entire trip. Regardless of where in the world you find yourself awaking or how tired you may feel, a hearty breakfast is a great way to start the day, lift your spirits and make you feel like a local.
Western-influenced breakfasts have crept their way onto menus around the world, but be adventurous and tempt your taste buds with the following hotel breakfasts from countries across the globe during your travels.
The Algarve is located in the southernmost region of Portugal and is the most popular tourist destination in the country. Almost ten million people visit the Algarve every year and many of them vacation there for the extensive choice of popular water sports.
In addition to being attracted to the fantastic golden sand beaches, the Algarve also offers a wide variety of water sports, including snorkeling, scuba diving and water-skiing. Depending on the time of year the Atlantic Ocean can generate some huge waves, making it ideal for surfing and wind-surfing. On days when the water is calmer, wakeboarding is the sport of choice.