Making the Most of a Long Weekend in the Eternal City- Rome

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Rome, the eternal city, is also known as the city of love, meaning that it is not only the perfect place to visit with friends, but also with your loved ones. From its (world famous) gastronomic delights and ancient wonders of art and architecture, to romantic strolls along the Ponte Sisto and the many other bridges of the Tiber, Rome is a cosmopolitan centre yet still infused with the magic ancient civilizations. The only problem once you’re there is figuring out what to see in the short time you’re there. As the city is so full of treasures is absolutely impossible to visit (or even discover) everything, the numerous churches hidden in every alley, the designer shops in Via Veneto or Via del Corso, the restaurants, or the myriad of historic piazzas with their monuments, museums, art exhibits, and cultural events… and the list goes on. Here are my tips on how to make the most out of your short holiday in Rome.


1 )  Book tickets in Advance!- This way you can avoid waiting in long queues as Rome is always bustling with crowds of tourists daily. Buy your flight tickets early and possibly even weeks prior because prices tend to shoot up approaching the holiday seasons. This includes not only hotels or B&Bs but also entry tickets for museums, shows at cultural events, and of course for kids’ activities! Visiting the Colosseum will be a lot of fun for both couples and families, kids can take pictures with Roman Gladiators and even dress up like one (make sure you visit the local shops for toy swords and helmets!). The Vatican is another must, and you can snap up your Vatican Museum tickets long before your holiday to avoid wasting precious time and energy at the back of a long queue under the hot Italian sun! My advice to avoid crowds is to visit the Vatican in the afternoon, particularly on a Thursday or Friday if possible.


2 )Getting around in Rome can be a hassle for locals but if you’re a visitor then you may well enjoy the characteristic and authentic view of Roman life with a nice bus ride or on the metro. The metro is always your best option to get from A to B quickly and easily, but once you are in the historic center (like Trastevere) it is easy to walk to all the major sights; Campo de Fiori, the Pantheon, the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum are all within easy reach.


3 )  If you like to relax and submerge yourself in local city life you might want to visit a piazza, like Piazza Navona with the fantastic mythological statues and fountains of Bernini and the Monuments of Borromini, Piazza Barberini, or the Pantheon Piazza. You can marvel at these ancient wonders while sitting at a cafè and sipping a glass of wine or enjoying an appetizer or an amazing gelato (for kids and adults alike!)


4 )  For the best panoramic experience, climb the Spanish Steps, or even better, the marble staircase of  the Vittorio Emanuele Monument to get the best view of the historical sights. At the top terrace bar you can take in the whole view stretching over the ancient Forum filled with arches and columns from the 6th Century B.C.


5 )  If you are not a first-time visitor and you’d like to see and experience something different, then check out hidden spots like the Romeow Cafe, a Vegan Cat Cafè where you can hang out with all your feline friends that roam around the area while you enjoy a healthy vegan cake! There are also the more mystical elements to Rome and one includes the Egyptian motifs that appear throughout the city (including the Vatican); the Egyptian influence on Roman culture dates to the time of Julius Caesar and a visit to the 2000 year old Pyramid of Cestius will be an unforgettable experience (and you don’t have to go to Egypt to see it!)


Ultimately, you may not get to see everything you had planned for so meticulously, but the important thing is that you have the opportunity to relax. Don’t spend your tome in Rome hurrying from monument to monument forgetting to take a second and just marvel in your surroundings, remember- you can always come back another time to see the things you missed!      

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Exploring the Coastlines & Beaches of Corfu, Greece

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My first trip to Corfu, Greece was back in 2011 when I was working as a guide for a small travel agency based in Italy.  It was our responsibility to take students to this hedonistic party hostel called The Pink Palace.  Each day was filled with Ouzo shots, booze cruises, and toga parties.  It was a wild time, but I never really cared for the chaotic madness of it all, and I never really had the urge to make a return visit to Corfu.

Well, when I was in the Albanian riviera and couldn’t find a cheap flight out, I realized I could just hop on the ferry down to Corfu, and get a budget RyanAir flight back to Belgium.  I knew this was the perfect time to actually explore the island, and discover the REAL corfu.  Besides, I’m obsessed with Greek food, and this was the perfect opportunity to check out the best things to do in Corfu.  So my friend and I rented a car, and spent two full days exploring the island by car.


Kavos

At the south tip of the island you’ll find this charming beach town with beautiful blue water, and a long stretch of beach.  I could tell from walking around that it was definitely geared to a younger age group, as their were ads for weekly party events and bar crawls.


Gardenos

We continued the journey along the western coast of the island and made our first major stop at Gardenos.  This beach was simple but stunning.  The cliffside coastline that runs along it in the distance were breathtaking as well.  Family vibes, and ideal for swimming.


Agios Giorgos

Even though I had visited here once before, it was on our route to the North side of the island, so we decided to make a quick stop.  The dinner and sunset we had on the beach was one of the best meals I’ve ever had, and the views of the beach from up the road really are spectacular.  I can see why this is one of the most popular places to visit in Corfu.  Maybe I never should have quite my job as a travel guide.


Sidari / Canal de Amour

The highlight of my mini-road trip exploring Corfu was definitely visiting the northern beaches and coves of Sidari.  There’s so much to explore, places to swim, and things to do.  The water is blue, beautiful, and so very inviting.  I’d love to get a luxury yacht charter and explore the entire coast!


Cape Drastis

This is probably the most photogenic viewpoint in all of Corfu, and your Instagram feed will be thanking you for making the quick stop!  There’s a small hike you can do down to this secluded beach, but my friend and I unfortunately didn’t have the time to do so.


Logas / The Sunset Beach

Finally, our last stop on this Corfu road-trip was to the cliffside beaches of Logas on the west coast of the island.  The day we visited was unforatunely awful weather, but still managed to get some decent photos.  There were tons of people swimming and frolicking in the ocean, and you could tell this place was filled with good vibes.


It really was an amazing day, and showed me a completely different side of Corfu.  I was traveling during high season (which was a pain) and the weather wasn’t ideal, but I think that Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

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My Top 5 Caribbean Bucket List

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“Aruba.  Jamaica.  Ohh I wanna take you to Bermuda, Bahama…come on pretty mama”

The Caribbean Sea is one of those areas in the world that keeps its visitors coming back for more and more.  When you look at the map of all the amazing countries and islands in this beautiful area of water, you can completely understand why.  I myself have only visited this area once, but am always looking for my next big trips, and this is why I decided to write this post about my top 5 caribbean bucket list!


1 )  Jamaica

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Maybe it’s my love for Jerk Chicken and the sweet sounds of Bob Marley’s music, but Jamaica definitely is the top of the list.  No Jamaican holiday would be complete without exploring it’s beautiful beaches, rich landscape, and vibrant culture.  I’ve had so many friends visit in the past few years, and everyone has said it’s completely amazing.

One of the best times to visit this island is during carnival time as you can get the whole taste of Jamaica.


2 ) Aruba

Alright, so I have to be honest — I’ve actually been here once before with my family when I was a young kid.  So I technically have “crossed this off the bucket list” already, but that’s also the main reason I want to go back.  When you travel as a kid on a family vacation, I feel like you miss out on the culture of destinations.  I was really young, and I remember the beautiful blue water and beaches, but I want to go back and actually experience what Aruba is all about now.  I’d like to try new foods, meet some locals, and maybe even practice my Dutch.  Did you know they speak Dutch in Aruba!?

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3 ) Cuba

Growing up in America, it always seemed like it would be impossible to visit Cuba.  I remember hearing little things like how Cuban cigars were illegal, and just assumed that it wasn’t a feasible travel destination.  

Fortunately, this is no longer an issue, and Americans have been granted travel access to Cuba. From what I’ve heard, it’s an absolutely beautiful country, and Cubans are some of the nicest people in the world.


4 ) Grand Cayman Islands

Fun fact: my sister lived in the Grand Cayman Islands for three years after she finished university, and I still never made it out there to visit her!  Can you believe that…?  Her pictures and stories of living in paradise are truly inspiring, and she still says it is one of the most gorgeous destinations she has ever been.  My sister is a very well-traveled individual, so I’m very much looking forward to taking her advice and visiting these beautiful islands for myself someday.


5 ) Puerto Rico

My urge to visit Puerto Rico all stems from my obsession with Instagram.  In the past year or so, I’ve been seeing a ton of fellow travel bloggers and photographers visit this beautiful island, and have heard it’s absolutely mind-changing.  It will become one of those places that you will find yourself coming back to again and again.  Crystal clear water, blue skies, delicious food, and friendly people.  Sounds pretty good, yeah?

8,000 Km Motorbike Trip Across The Balkans [Video + Interview]

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Let me introduce you to Jacob Laukaitis

He’s a digital nomad from Lithuania, and has a passion for travel.  Up until recently though, he had never visited the neighboring Balkan countries in Eastern Europe.

That’s when he thought of the brilliant idea to buy a motorbike, and explore this region of the world on two wheels.  He shaved his head, and embarked on this epic adventure across the balkans completely alone…without a map.  He documented his journey, and created this epic video.

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AMAZING RIGHT!?

I love when people can take their travel videos, and create something amazingly inspiring out of it.  I don’t know about you, but this makes me want to follow in his footsteps, and embark on my own adventure through the Balkans.

I also got the opportunity to send Jacob a few questions, and learn more about his journey.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, and what inspired you to do this project!

I was born and raised in Eastern Europe, Lithuania, but have never been to any of the Balkan states. So since I wanted to spend my last Summer in Europe, I decided it’d be interesting to drive all across them.

  1. I know this is a difficult question, but could you pick 1 or 2 favorite highlights of the trip?  

Difficult to say, but I really enjoyed driving down the coast of Croatia; doing the best mountain passes in Europe – Transfagarasan and Transalpina in Romania; exploring the ancient town of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina; checking out the the UNESCO heritage site Meteora in Greece; and so much more!

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  1. Favorite country visited?  

I thought culture-wise the most interesting ones were Greece, Albania and Romania.

  1. Favorite food ?

I’m a vegetarian, so finding food in the Balkans proved to be very tricky! Because all of their national dishes are non-veg, I didn’t try any of them.

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  1. Since I blog a lot about budget travel, how much money did you have saved up before you left for this trip?  

I’m a digital nomad, meaning I can work from anywhere as long as I have my computer and a Wi-Fi so I never lose my income which allows me to travel all the time (that’s why I went to ~35 countries in the past 2 years). So, briefly, I didn’t have any money saved up! I’m currently trying to help more and more people become digital nomads with my free newsletter.

  1. What did you do for accommodations during your trip?  Did you use mostly use Hostels & Hotels?  Or were you able to find locals to stay with?  

I usually try to get hosted by locals, but this time it was nearly impossible since I didn’t know where I was going to sleep myself and didn’t have the energy to arrange anything. So I’d use hostels and hotels.

7.What did you use to film and edit the video?

I used my GoPro Hero 4 to film it and hired an editor to edit the video, since doing it yourself requires a lot of skill.

  1. Finally, can you tell us what you have in mind for your next epic adventure?  

I’m currently on an 8 month long trip around Asia, where I’ll spend 2 months traveling around Japan, 2 in India (which includes exploring the slums), drive all around Taiwan, spend 3 months traveling around China and more.

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Thanks to Jacob for making such an amazing travel video, and I think I speak for many when I say I can’t wait to see your next completed project!

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Work & Play In Australia Contest

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Ever dreamed of heading down under to the beautiful country of Australia, or as the cool people say, “Oz”.  Well it’s actually not that hard.  It’s probably one of the best ways for people who love traveling to begin a nomadic lifestyle.

If you haven’t heard before…if you are between the ages of 18-30, you can apply for a working holiday visa.  This basically entitles you to live and work in Australia, open up a bank account, and live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

It’s an incredible opportunity, and I’ve had several friends complete a working holiday visa in Oz, and no one has ever said a bad thing about it.

The minimum wage in Australia is pretty high at $17.29 AUD per hour.  So if you’re working, you can SAVE a lot of money if you want.  Rent prices, alcohol, and food are much more expensive as well, but if you are smart, you can definitely figure out ways to cut costs.

THE CONTEST

The great people at Go Overseas have partnered with Tourism Australia and have created an amazing contest with over $25,000 worth in prizes.

First Prize — Gets free round-trip airfare to Australia, working holiday visas covered, program fees covered or discounted, and free travel insurance.

12 Runner-Up Prizes —  Working holiday visas covered, program fees covered or discounted, free travel insurance, and bonus prize possibilities.

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HOW TO ENTER

This is a free-contest to enter, and does not take TOO much time — although for a great submission you should spend a bit more time on it.  Check out the entire application process on the contest entry page.

You’ll enter in your personal information, and answer questions about the type of activities and programs you are most interested in.  There are 12 different programs to choose from — with something that would interest anyone.  The 12 program providers will decide on their own winner who will have their program fees waived (or heavily discounted).

You are given an option to add a Creative Photo & Personal Essay.  This is your time to show why you are the perfect candidate.  

This is an incredible opportunity, and there will definitely be thousands of applications, so if this is something you feel strongly about — try to make your application shine, and stand out from the rest.

Application Due Date: July 30, 2015.

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7 REASON WHY YOU SHOULD ENTER

  1. If you want to live and work abroad, Australia is one of the best places to do it.  The country is full of amazing cities filled with backpackers, and it’ll be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.
  2. The earning potential in Australia is phenomenal.  Even if you just work at a restaurant or bar, you’ll be making great money.
  3. Australian people are awesome.
  4. There are going to be 13 prize winners!
  5. Australia is a massive country, with so many incredible places to visit.
  6. Working and living abroad during a young age will give you a whole new perspective on life.
  7. There are a lot of awesome music festivals in Australia.

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If you’re looking for an exciting new opportunity, then this contest should definitely be something you enter.  Even if you don’t win one of the prizes, start looking at the working holiday visa, and start planning your adventure down under.

ENTER NOW

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Batu Batong: The Best Snorkeling of My Entire Life!

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Just a couple days ago I encountered hands down — the best snorkeling of my entire life.  I joined Uber Scuba in Labuan Bajo, Flores on one of their dive trips.  The entire experience was really great, and I would highly recommend diving with them.

I still don’t have my PADI certifications to go scuba-diving (hearing problems), so I only could free-dive, but it was still amazing.  I saw turtles, sharks, a manta ray, and so many different types of fish I can’t even count.  If you’re coming to Indonesia, you NEED to make sure you plan a scuba or snorkeling trip to this dive spot — Batu Balong, Flores, Indonesia!

WELCOME TO BATU BATONG..

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IT MIGHT JUST LOOK LIKE A ROCK…BUT LET’S TAKE A LOOK UNDERNEATH

I had to hold my breath for the longest I think I ever have in my entire life to catch up to this turtle to get the perfect selfie with it.  You can’t really tell, but this is actually pretty damn deep.   

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I DO LIKE THESE PHOTOS, BUT IT HONESTLY DOES NOT EVEN DO IT JUSTICE FOR HOW AMAZING IT WAS.  IF YOU FIND YOURSELF AROUND KOMODO…MAKE SURE YOU SNORKEL / DIVE AT BATU BATONG…


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Video: High Fives Around The World

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I came across this video today and it’s too good not to share.  The guy’s name is Craig Lewis, and he saved up enough money, quit his job, and traveled the world for a little bit over a year.  He went to 36+ countries in that time, and compiled this compilation video.  I’ve always respected people who figure out cool ways to document their travels.  Well done Craig.  It’s a great video!

Check out the video below, and follow Craig on Instagram and Facebook

Video: 3 Years of Travel in 3 Minutes (Lessons and Adventures)

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Awhile ago I discovered this awesome company called High On Life.  I found my way over to their youtube channel, and must have watched at least a dozen of their videos.  These guys are truly an inspiration.  What started out as just some friends who started out making youtube videos, has turned into a successful travel, music, video, and clothing company.  Check out their full story here.

3 Years of Travel in 3 Minutes easily one of their most popular videos, and once you watch it — you’ll understand why.

“What does it feel like to be present? To be here in the now and fully experiencing this moment. Free from any weight of the past or any anticipation of the future. Just free. Free to realize that only you can control how you feel. About anything. Free to see things for what they are and free to give your time and energy to what really matters.
Accept the fact that everything that makes up your world is there because you attracted it with your own thoughts. Realize that you can control your thoughts and emotions. There’s no big secret. Just choose to think better feeling thoughts. Listen to your emotions and chose to feel good. You can decide to be in a place of attraction and abundance.
What do you want to do in your life? What makes you tick? What makes you feel awe? Don’t be misled into thinking that you’re supposed to do anything. You are supposed to do only what you chose to do. The world is vast and full of possibilities. Follow your bliss. Get out of your comfort zone. Stop looking for reasons why you can’t and look for reasons why you can.”  [divider]

This is just one of their videos.  If you liked it (which I’m sure you did), then make sure to check out more of their stuff on their youtube channel.

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25 Music Festivals In America To Experience Before You Die

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It’s hard to explain the atmosphere that’s created at music festivals.  They’re an absolute perfect place to a party, hang out with friends, meet new people, and listen to some amazing music (obviously).  When it comes to the the America, there is not shortage of quality music festivals.  I’ve compiled this list of what I would call the 25 best music festivals in America, and would encourage everyone to try and experience all of these before you die.  How many have you been to already?

1.  Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

  • When:  Mid-April
  • Where:  Indio, California
  • Website:  www.coachella.com
  • Why:  Have you been living under a rock?  Coachella is one of the biggest and most famous festivals in the entire world.  Set in the beautiful desert of California, and bringing in some of the biggest acts from a wide variety of genres, Coachella will be an experience you never forget.  It might be expensive as hell, but it’s definitely worth every penny!

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2.  Electric Daisy Carnival

  • When:  June (Dates Change )
  • Where:  Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Website:  www.electricdaisycarnival.com
  • Why:  Raver’s Paradise.  Hands down of the most massive raves in the world.  Ever since getting kicked out of L.A in 2010, every year hundreds of thousands of people flock to Sin City and party from dusk till dawn under the electric sky.

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3.  Bonnaroo

  • When:  Mid-June
  • Where:  Manchester, Tennessee
  • Website:  www.bonnaroo.com
  • Why:  This 3 day camping festival in the great state of Tennessee always brings a stellar and diverse line-up, and doesn’t shut down early compared to many other festivals.  Get yourself to TN for some amazing food, but an even better festival experience.

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4.  Ultra Music Festival

  • When:  Mid-March
  • Where:  Miami, Florida
  • Website: www.ultramusicfestival.com
  • Why:  Boasting the World’s best DJs, unparalleled production, and location in the beautiful city of Miami, ULTRA Music Festival is the world’s premier electronic music festival.

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5.  Burning Man

  • When:  End of August / Early September
  • Where:  Black Rock City, Nevada
  • Website: http://burningman.org/
  • Why:  Guaranteed to be one of the most unique festival experiences on this list, Burning Man isn’t just a festival, it’s its own city.  A place of art, music, and self expression; you’ll come back a different person after becoming a citizen of Black Rock City.

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6.  Holy Ship

  • When:  January & February Each Year
  • Where: Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Bahamas
  • Websitehttp://holyship.com/
  • Why:  Mix 3 days of partying on a cruise ship with some of the best electronic acts, and a private island party in the Bahamas, Holy Ship is one festival that everyone needs to experience at least once.

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7.  Electric Forest

  • When:  End of June
  • Where:  Rothbury, Michigan
  • Website:  http://www.electricforestfestival.com/
  • Why:  Take the journey deep into the forest of Michigan for one of the most beautiful settings, incredible production, and bass heavy line-ups.

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8.  Sasquatch

  • When: Mid-May
  • Where:  The Gorge, Washington
  • Website:  http://www.sasquatchfestival.com/
  • Why:  Just look at that venue.  Listening to incredible music in such a beautiful landscape is guaranteed to be filled with moments you’ll never forget.

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9.  Lollapalooza

  • When:  End of July / Early August
  • Where:  Chicago, Illinois
  • Website:  http://www.lollapalooza.com/
  • Why:  Perfectly located in downtown Chicago, and bringing in some amazing talent every year, Lollapalooza has really made a name for itself as one of the best festivals in America.

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10.  Movement Electronic

  • When:  Mid/End of May
  • Where:  Detroit, Michigan
  • Website:  http://movement.us/
  • Why:  The birthplace of techno.  For underground music lovers, Movement Electronic is one of the best festivals out there for hearing nothing but quality techno tracks from some of the biggest names in the industry.

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11.  TomorrowWorld

  • When:  End of September
  • Where:  Atlanta, Georgia
  • Websitehttp://www.tomorrowworld.com/
  • Why:  When Tomorrowland (arguably the most popular electronic music festival in the world) chose it’s location for expansion, they chose America.  From creating an amazing Dreamville camping experience, top-notch production value, and bringing some of the best DJ’s in the world; TomorrowWorld has definitely earned it’s spot on this list.

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12.  Lightning In A Bottle

  • When:  Mid/ End of May
  • Where:  Bradley, California
  • Website:  http://lightninginabottle.org/
  • Why:  LIB has had some issues in the past securing a location, but it seems they have found their new home in Central California.  A 3-day camping festival unlike any other the state has to offer, LIB is filled with nothing but quality music in an amazing atmosphere.  Complete with yoga workshops, meditation, art installations, and much more; LIB is a festival you definitely want to experience.

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13.  Outside Lands

  • When:  August
  • Where:  San Francisco, California
  • Website:  http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/
  • Why:  Thrown at the beautiful location of Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands is one festival experience you definitely need to check out.

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14.  The Groove Cruise

  • When:  End of January / End of October
  • Where:  Miami – Jamaica / Los Angeles – Mexico
  • Website:  http://thegroovecruise.com/
  • Why:  What some people call the original festival + cruise experience, the Groove Cruise boasts an impressive line-up every year of some of the best electronic music.  Having two departures from two different cities is also a plus!

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15.  HARD Summer

  • When:  Early August
  • Where:  Los Angeles, California
  • Websitehttp://www.hardfest.com/
  • Why:  This annual 2-day festival in Los Angeles always has a stacked line-up, ranging from heavy electro-house and bass music, to the deeper sounds of the underground.  HARD Summer is a west coast favorite among party goers.

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16.  The Governor’s Ball

  • When:  Early June
  • Where:  Randall’s Park, New York City
  • Website:  http://governorsballmusicfestival.com/
  • Why:  Set in the great city of New York, The Governor’s Ball is guaranteed to be an absolute blast.  Randall’s Island Park is the perfect setting for a music festival, and with such a massive and diverse line-up, there’s definitely something for everyone.

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17.  Mysteryland U.S.A

  • When:  Mid/End of May
  • Where:  Bethel Woods, New York
  • Website:  http://www.mysteryland.us/en/
  • Why: Originally from the Netherlands, Mysteryland is another festival that has made it’s journey across the Atlantic and set-up shop in America.  A 3-day camping festival in upstate New York, with a line-up that will make any electronic music fan drool.  Oh, and one thing — it’s held on the same grounds the legendary Woodstock Festival was held!

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18.  Firefly Music Festival

  • When:  Mid/End of June
  • Where:  The Woodlands, Dover, Delaware
  • Website:  http://www.fireflyfestival.com/
  • Why:  This 4-day camping festival is music experience set among lush wooded landscapes, featuring a massive line-up covering practically every genre.  Do yourself a favor, and get yourself to Delaware for this incredible festival.

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19.  Electric Zoo

  • When:  Early September
  • Where:  New York City, New York
  • Website:  http://electriczoofestival.com/
  • Why:  Although having some recent bad luck with cancellations because due to deaths at the festival, Electric Zoo is a must experience for ravers in America.  Boasting several impressive stages that cover practically every genre of electronica, Electric Zoo will not disappoint.  Head over to the Sunday School stage for the best in underground house and techno.

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20.  The Hangout Beach Music Festival

  • When:  Mid-May
  • Where:  The Gulf Shores, Alabama
  • Website:  http://hangoutmusicfest.com/
  • Why:  3 Days of partying on the beach while listening to top notch music.  You might not think of Alabama when you think of amazing beach parties, but Hangout might just change that.

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21.  Camp Bisco

  • When:  Mid July
  • Where:  Albany, New York
  • Website: http://campbisco.net/
  • Why:  Three Days of non-stop Music, Arts, Entertainment, and Camping in upstate New York.  This is a favorite among east-coast ravers, and will be an experience you need to check out for yourself.

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22.  Paradiso Festival

  • When:  End of June
  • Where:  The Gorge Amphitheater – Quincy, Washington
  • Websitehttp://www.uscevents.com/
  • Why:  A 2-day party in one of the world’s most beautiful venues (See Sasquatch above) with some of the biggest headlining acts in the electronic music industry.    

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23.  Summerfest

  • When:  June & July
  • Where:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Website:  http://summerfest.com/
  • Why:  With over 11 days, 11 stages, and 800 performances, it is definitely one of the world’s largest music festivals.  This is the festival lacks a strong electronic music presence, but still boats one of the most impressive line-ups you’ll witness when it comes to live performances.     10407732_10152877347652480_7328629869681085000_n  

24.  CRSSED

  • When:  Beginning of October
  • Where:  San Diego, California
  • Website:  http://crssdfest.com/
  • Why:  You really don’t need many reasons to check out CRSSD Festival other than the incredible line-up.  Yes, the venue is gorgeous, San Diego is one of the best cities in California, and the vibe is amazing — but forget all about that — the line-up is simply stacked.  Bringing the best names in electronic music, this is a party that will satisfy all your festival needs.

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25. Made In America Festival

  • When:  End of August
  • Where:  Los Angeles / Philadelphia
  • Websitehttp://a.madeinamericafest.com/landing/
  • Why:  To finish off this list, I had to mention Made in America!  Budweiser might just be a beer company, but they do a pretty damn good job at throwing festivals as well.

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There’s plenty more music festivals in America, but I would have to say that these are the absolute best ones to choose from!  Crossing all these off your festival bucket list might take some time, but you’ll definitely have a blast in the process.  Cheers to all my fellow festival junkies.


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So What’s Your Next Festival…?

25 Music Festivals in America To Experience Before You Die

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Eat, Move, Learn: 3 Videos That Will Cause Serious Wanderlust

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STA Travel is one of my favorite airline companies for finding cheap flights for students and people under the age of 26.  In the past couple years, I’ve found a few other resources that I like a little bit more now, but it’s still an amazing company.  I remember seeing these youtube videos awhile ago, and thought I would share them for those who haven’t seen them.  Each of them is only a minute long, and will make you want to pack your bags and MOVE, EAT, and LEARN = WANDERLUST

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Amazing Timelapse! “Time Is Nothing – Around The World in 343 Days”

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I was browsing through some youtube videos yesterday, and came across this timelapse.  Now that I just bought a new DSLR, and have a GoPro, I’m trying to figure out more ways to be creative while I travel.  Not saying that this is the most creative travel project I’ve seen on YT, but this guy does an excellent job of showcasing his travel to the world.  Check it out.

17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs. One incredible journey.  Amazing Timelapse  

Pretty cool yeah?  Well, the first video was such a success he decided to make another one, which was just as awesome!

15 countries, 3 years, 6286 Photographs.  “Time and Again”

13 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

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Traveling is easily my biggest passion in life.  There’s no way to analyze how much of a difference it has made, but I know that I have become a much better person from living and traveling abroad for the past several years.  Traveling is so rewarding, and I want to inspire others to get of your comfort zones, find adventure, and explore the world.  Here are my 13 reasons why you should travel as much as possible when you are young.

1.  The People

I’m starting this list with what I believe to be best part about traveling; the people from all over the world you are guaranteed to meet.  While I write this I can’t help but think about the incredible people I have been lucky to spend some time with on the road.     Whether it’s the friends I only spent one night with on the Koh Tao pub crawl, or the friends I spent an entire weekend with in Halong Bay.  There’s something special that happens when you travel.  Everyone is more open to new experiences and opportunities.  People are friendly and welcoming.  You never know when a person you meet on the road can become a lifelong friend.  It’s hard to explain, but people connect much faster when they are traveling.  I believe it to be because we all are searching for a similar thing.  We seek adventure.  We seek new experiences.  We seek new friendships.  We are travelers.

Halong Bay Castaway Island Group Photo

2.  The Freedom

Now, this one is probably the most obvious, but also one of the most important! This is the time of our lives to explore the world, to make connections, learn new languages, and become better people.  Why?  Because we have the freedom to do so.  We have the rest of our lives to work.  I mean, if we’re not going to retire until were 65, why not take some time off in your 20’s to travel before you settle down, get married, build a career, have kids,  etc.  Why spend so much time in a cubicle at this age when there is so much to explore?  Honestly, I feel that a lot of people want to travel more, they are just scared to make the first step.  I met a girl in Koh Phangan who moved to Australia with $150 in her bank account, and ended up traveling for the next 2 years.  This is the time of our lives when we can get away these drastic changes, and  I guarantee that it will make a amazing impact on your life.

Sunset in Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

3.  The Hangovers Get Worse With Age

Alright, so I had to put this one on the list.  Because let’s face it…we’re not getting any younger.  Do you remember being 18 and were able to drink all night and wake up with basically zero hangover?  Well, things change.  I can already tell that being 25, the hangovers are getting exponentially worse.  And from what my older friends tell me, these things get don’t get better with age.  Damn….I know you don’t really have to drink while you travel.  But, I must say.  Experiencing the madness of the Full Moon Party in Thailand, or going to Oktoberfest in Germany won’t be quite as fun without throwing back a few beers.  We’re young.  Let’s celebrate our health and go on that pub crawl in Siem Reap, and jump on that 3-hour booze cruise in Barcelona!

Afternoon beers in Malta

4.  The Stories

You know what people enjoy hearing?  A great story.  Traveling is going to give you a whole new selection of those to choose from.  Traveling will also teach how to you become a story teller, which is very important.  You’ll sit around the hostel bar, chat it up with some people, and exchange your various travel shenanigans.  I think it’s vital to know how to be able to interact with people, and swap stories.  Also, you’ll go home after traveling and have some fun things to share with your friends and family.  Hopefully, to inspire them to start planning their next trip.  If you ever hang out with me, you know I’m always down to share one of my many travel stories.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

5.  The Resume

You know what looks great on a resume?  International travel experience.  When people are interviewing candidates, they are also interviewing people that will be working alongside them.  Traveling shows a lot about a person, and can definitely help you stand out in the interview process.  Traveling is not about going on a one-week vacation in Hawaii or weekend trips to Vegas.  Traveling teaches you so many valuable life lessons that can greatly help when applying for your next job.  Learn how to make traveling look good on a resume here.

View from my Bungalow in Malaysia

6.  The Languages

This could just be me, but I really want to learn four languages conversationally fluent before I die.  Growing up in America, we really don’t put an emphasis on languages, and I wish that were different.  I love going to new countries and learning different phrases.  Even if you just learn how to say “Hello”, “Please”, “Thank-you”, and “Good-bye”, that will go a long way.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll most likely want to learn how to say “cheers”, which is equally as important.  As well, being in a country where English is not prevalent can teach you patience and how to communicate to others in other ways.

Street Vendors in Bangkok, Thailand

7.  The Education

“I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.” – David Rockefeller.  I could not agree more.  Traveling teaches you so much about the world.  You become more responsible.  You become more tolerant.  You learn how to interact with people from different countries.  You learn to respect other cultures, religions, and ways of life.  Traveling is easily one of the best forms of education.

On Top Of The World – Mount Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

8.  The Value of Money

This one definitely hits home for me, and I’m glad I figured this out now.  Traveling has given me a whole new appreciation of money, and how LITTLE I NEED to be happy.  I used to care about having nice clothes, wanted a fancy car, and a rolex to match.  Now, I honestly could not care less about owning anything expensive.  I know that makes some people happy, but those material possessions don’t interest me anymore.  I look at how some people spend their money, and my mind instantly goes to, “Wow, I could live off that in Thailand for 3 months”.  Traveling has taught me how to budget and how to stick to it.  Traveling to certain countries will also make you realize how much money you actually have, and how fortunate we really are.  Traveling will definitely make you re-think your spending habits, and make you want to start saving your money for your next trip, instead of purchasing that expensive new outfit or pricey dinner.

Baht, Baht, Baby…

9.  The Personal Growth

I’m pretty sure most people who have traveled with me can agree on this one.  You learn a lot about yourself while you are traveling.  I think if you look at the first 8 reasons, you can see how all of those can play a part of personal growth and development.  Personally, it made me realize what is important to me in life, and gave me completely new goals and  life aspirations.  I’ve met incredible people who have given me ideas and inspired me.  I’ve also made mistakes, but have learned from them.  Traveling makes you a better person.

Tree Pose – Gili Air, Indonesia

10.  The Australians

Oh, you didn’t know?  Australians are absolutely everywhere, and they are the best.  I’ve said this before, and I stand by it; I believe Australians to be the coolest people in the world.  When I ever I meet and spend time with people from Oz, I have the time of my life.  They bring so much energy and life wherever they go.  They love to travel, they love to drink, and they are always up for an adventure.  I’m definitely looking forward to moving there for one year during my working holiday visa.

Full Moon Party – Koh Phangan, Thailand

11.  The Food

One of the best part about traveling around the world is trying different countries cuisine.  It always makes me a little mad when I see a big line at McDonald’s in Thailand, or people getting Subway in Malaysia.  Yes, sometimes a little taste of home can be nice when you are on the road for awhile.  But if you really want to understand other cultures, eat like the locals!  One of my favorite meals in Thailand was just done the street from my apartment, and cost 35 baht, and was truly amazing.  Street food is where it’s at.

Street Food in Bangkok, Thailand

12.  The Cultures

This has been touched on a bit already, but it needs to be it’s own separate reason.  Traveling and learning about other walks of life can be so eye-opening.  It gives you a new outlook on the world, and you quickly realize that there is so much to discover.  You become appreciative for the differences of your culture and the countries you visit.  You embrace them.

Jones the Buddhist.

13.  The Carpe Diem Factor

Finally, because we’re all going to die one day.  None of us know how much time we have left on this beautiful planet, and we need to make the most of our time.  Get out of your comfort zone.  Buy a one-way plane-ticket.  Explore.  Meet people.  Embrace other countries cultures and languages.  CARPE DIEM!

Contemplating life.

“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain

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