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We sometimes cover destination-specific travel guides, but every now and then it helps to think of things more generally also. To that point, we’re devoting this post to the actual planning process that goes into travel.
Location is ultimately the most important thing when you plan a trip, and we’ll speak some to that as well. But even once you choose a destination, there are a few things you’ll need to look into and plan for in advance in order to ensure the smoothest and most enjoyable possible getaway.
To that point, here are just a few things to keep in mind the next time you’re planning a trip.
Reserve Events Ahead of Time
When booking a trip, one pitfall too many people fall into is thinking that big attractions and events will be freely available. More often than not, the opposite is true. For instance, when taking a trip to Italy, you’d probably want to head up into the Leaning Tower of Pisa, right? Well, if so, you’d better reserve your tour early, because reservations to go inside can get backed up for months at a time! It’s just one example, but it shows that taking specific events or attractions for granted can lead to a partially wasted vacation.
Have Plans For Everyone Going
If you’re traveling with a group, it’s important to make sure that the location you choose has something for everyone. Consider the ever-alluring Atlantic City as an example. Visiting A.C. to enjoy its bountiful casino scene, recently reinvigorated by the success of online casinos, sounds great for a party of adults. For a whole family though, no number of slots or poker tables would keep everyone happy were it not for the other attractions at Atlantic City/s resorts. Someone in your group is going to want to do something else. Basically, this is to say that even if a destination is known for one particular thing, it pays to make sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Be Open to New Experiences
It’s always a good idea to plan on new experiences. Each and every destination has its own delicacies, traditions, and more that should enrich the travel experience. For instance, if you visit Costa Rica, try zip lining above a rainforest; if you go to Spain, try some local tapas. You should go into every trip prepared to have these kinds of experiences, even if this sort of planning is more about mindset than logistics.
These are just a few simple tips, but if you follow them, we’re betting you’ll truly get the most out of your upcoming trips. Some extra planning up front, or even a small shift in your mindset. will pay off later on. Keeping just these little things in mind can result ini some of the best trips of your life.
Check out some of the best salsa brands in the biz: CHI-CHI’s®, HERDEZ® and LA VICTORIA® and while each is unique in its own way, they’re all perfect for an at-home fiesta. Let’s not forget that May is also National Salsa Month so there’s no better time to “salsabrate!”
As the No. 1 salsa brand in Mexico, HERDEZ has been a staple in Mexican kitchens for over 100 years. Whether as a classic dip for chips or a zesty meat marinade, it delivers authenticity to Cinco celebrations nationwide. If HERDEZ is the responsible older brother, then CHI-CHI’s is the fun, younger brother. With CHI-CHI’s, you don’t need an event to get your salsa on because it brings the fiesta straight to you with its newest lineup of Fiesta Style Salsas. Meanwhile, LA VICTORIA is just as authentic but with a West Coast addition of farm-fresh tomatoes from the Central Valley – think of it as the brother that went away for college and came back a little more “woke.”
Consider making one of these easy-to-prepare recipes for your weekend festivities:
● Ensalada Fresca Con Salsa de Guacamole—Simply pile on the fresh veggies, sprinkle a little cheese, add the dressing, and you’ve got a refreshingly easy chopped Mexican salad that’s perfect for a Cinco appetizer.
● Salsa Verde Shrimp Skewers with Street Corn—These shrimp skewers marinated in HERDEZ® Salsa Verde are the perfect light and easy dish for its flavor and crunch. For the ultimate pairing, don’t forget to pair it with street corn mixed with feta cheese.
● DIY Shredded Chicken Taco Bar—There is nothing better than giving party guests the creativity to build their own tacos! This DIY shredded chicken taco bar is a perfect way to be the hostess with the mostess while still having time to enjoy the Cinco celebration.
● Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos—Treat your party-goers to these colorful shrimp tacos. Perfect for double-fisting with a beer, marg or michelada, these tacos bring the heat along with a cooling sauce to balance it out.
The Internet has changed this sphere completely, where cash once ruled all we know have a variety of ways we can store our money. Of all these methods there is one fairly new player that has been touted to takeover completely – crptocurrency.
This new way of using money has only been around for a decade, yet its popularity has skyrocketed, especially with young investors seeking to ride the wave of the next big thing. Alongside this more and more online gamblers are using cryptocurrencies to make deposits at online casinos. Click here now if you want to learn more about the online gambling industry and how people make their deposits. Cryptocurrencies often offer added security and can be easier to set aside in a gambling pot.
In many respects the 21st Century has completely reshaped the way that many of us live our day-to-day lives, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the realm of money and banking.
One of the main crytocurrency payment benefits for depositing at online casinos is the added security associated with this ultra secure way of making payments. Indeed, the driving factor behind the development of this technology was to make financial transactions online much safer – hence the “crypto” in its name. One thing to remember here is that crptocurrencies are just as liable to hacking as something like conventional online banking, however due to their makeup it is a lot harder.
Something else that makes crytocurrency payments more safe than your average is that they offer complete and utter anonymity. You would be surprised at how much personal information is divulged through normal deposit techniques such as regular card payment. Now, a dependable online casino site could surely be trusted to keep such details private and confidential, however they are always liable to being hacked, and if that happens your personal data could fall into the wrong hands.
Another benefit to using cryptocurrencies to make your deposit at online casinos is that this method can go a long way in ensuring you stay financially responsible. It is incredibly easy to deposit some additional money from your card if you’re having a bad spell on the slots and need a monetary pick-me-up to keep going. Whilst this may seem good at the time it is actually something that has been instrumental in the rise of problem gambling.
On the other hand, with cryptocurrencies the deposit you make will often be a very strictly rigid amount because of the complexities of obtaining more. It can enable gamblers with financial control problems to set aside a pot of money for gambling and stick to it with absolute rigidity.
Many experts hail the use of crpyocurrencies across the board, they see them as the next development of money used across the world – we may as well get acquainted with it sooner rather than later. In a few decades time it will be the first users of cryptocurrencies that stand to gain the most, something as simple as making your online casino deposits with crypto could pay off handsomely in the future.
Do Lab is one of Coachella’s top activations and is best known for its throbbing electronic beats, explosive water gun fights and fist-pumping festival-goers which dance their night away. It has become a major component of the festival over the last 15 years. In 2019, the venue surprised fans with a completely different ambience. The colorful cascading canopy tent at the Do Lab is one of the most beautiful and photogenic spots at the fete.
For additional information on lineup go here.
Get creative this National Cocktail Day with GEM&BOLT’s selection of tasty, fun craft cocktails that will leave you wanting more.
2 OZ GEM&BOLT MEZCAL
3 DASH TIKI BITTERS
1 OZ FRESH LEMON
0.5 OZ FRESH ORANGE JUICE
0.75 OZ SIMPLE SYRUP
1 BAR SPOON BLACK CURRANT PUREE
GARNISH WITH ORANGE SLICE
VENUS DE NYLON
1.5 OZ GEM&BOLT MEZCAL
0.75 OZ FRESH LEMON JUICE
0.75 OZ PEPPERED APRICOT HONEY
0.5 OZ GRAN CLASSICO LIQUEUR
TOP WITH COINTREAU FOAM FLOAT
Things are heating up this summer in Detroit. Events like the Ford Fireworks, Woodward Dream Cruise and Detroit Jazz Fest draw visitors from across the country. Need inspiration for your next travel story? You’ve come to the right place. Summer Sports
Gentleman, start your engines! The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear races into the Motor City for its 30th year May 31-June 2. New this year–paddock access for all ticketholder, so you can get close to teams and drivers in the garage area and experience the excitement of the winner’s circle.
There are few better ways to spend a summer afternoon than at the ballpark. Root for the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, with games April through October. At Jimmy John’s Field in Utica, Mich., the United Shore Professional Baseball League delivers a fun family entertainment experience and great value.
The PGA comes to Detroit for the first time this June 24-30 for the PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club. Related attractions and festivities are planned throughout the city.
The third annual Detroit Cycling Championship rolls into town July 13. Top cyclists from across the country race through a downtown course to compete for top prize.
The Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic, hosted August 29-31 at Wayne State University in Detroit, is Michigan’s season-opening high school football event. This event showcases some of the Midwest’s top student-athletes, with multiple games happening on a single day.
Detroit Music Weekend happens June 7-9 in the city’s entertainment district and nearby cultural organizations, restaurants and retail establishments. Free music, dance and theater performances showcase up-and-coming artists.
Detroit’s own Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band bring their farewell tour to DTE Energy Music Theater June 6, 8 and 12. The hits keep on coming all summer long, with tour stops by Thomas Rhett, June 20; Rascal Flats, Sept. 19 and Jason Aldean, Sept. 28. Rob Thomas plays Meadow Brook Amphitheater June 1. Stadium concerts at the new Little Caesar’s Arena this summer include Jennifer Lopez, July 5; Queen & Adam Lambert, July 27 and Shawn Mendes, Aug. 5.
Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak this Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 2) is heavy on the beats, with performances by local and national acts from a variety of music genres. Stroll through rows of paintings, sculptures and photography by talented artisans and grab some grub in a food tent or one of several local restaurants.
The Detroit Jazz Festival on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 2) is the perfect way to close out the summer. Hundreds of international and local jazz acts perform on multiple stages throughout several city blocks in downtown Detroit. Best of all, it’s FREE.
The Ovation Yacht’s 8-date Summer Cruise Series returns, starting with A Night in Havannah-themed cruise of the Detroit River June 4.
The Motor City Pride Festival draws 40,000 participants to Hart Plaza to celebrate LGBTQ pride June 8-9, with a parade through downtown on Sunday.
GM River Days—an annual celebration of Detroit’s Riverwalk taking place June 21-23, with activities on both land and water offers fun for all ages.
The Ford Fireworks light up the night sky over the Detroit River June 24. This awesome international display dazzles thousands of families in both Detroit and Windsor.
Hydroplane racing has been a summer tradition on the Detroit River for more than 100 years. This year’s Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest, Aug. 23-25, will feature H1 Unlimited hydroplanes reaching 200 mph along with automotive powered HRL Grand Prix hydroplanes topping speeds of 150 mph. This new format has not been seen in the modern era of the sport, bringing an additional level of excitement to this year’s event. Free Friday testing and qualifying, with race days Saturday and Sunday.
The Michigan State Fair mixes rides, games, agriculture and farm animals for a whole lot of family fun Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
No visit to the Motor City would be complete without a taste of The D’s automotive heritage. Events like Eyes on Design Automotive Design Exhibition, June 16 at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores; Concours d’ Elegance of America, at Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, July 26-28 or the nostalgic Woodward Dream Cruise, Aug. 17 in Oakland County are some of the most popular ways to immerse yourself in the local car culture.
The Detroit Zoo is one of Detroit’s most visited attractions. Major exhibits include the Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure, Great Apes of Harambee, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Polk Penguin Conservation Center and Butterfly Garden.
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation inspires year-round with stories of America’s greatest inventors. See the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit May 11 – Sept. 2. The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village, 80-acres of immersive American history, opens for the season April 14. While exploring seven historic districts, visitors can ride in a Model T or a real steam-powered locomotive, watch 1867 baseball or enjoy a meal from an 1830s lunch menu. Catch the Motor Muster, June 15-16.
Time travel to a 16th century English village, where you’ll meet knights, fire jugglers and sword swallowers at the Michigan Renaissance Fest, weekends mid-August through September.
Sure, any mom would be happy with flowers and a nice dinner, but some moms deserve a bit more this year. People are switching it up and taking their mothers on an unforgettable trip-of-a-lifetime – an ecotourism adventure.
While ecotourism – travel intended to support conservation efforts while enjoying nature – has been around since the 1970s, the resurgence comes with 21st-century buzzwords of “sustainability” and “green living.”
Oceanic Society, America’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation remains at the forefront of the trend, and is hosting an exclusive ecotourism trip to Trinidad where travelers can explore the island’s beaches and experience the amazing mother leatherback turtle at one of the world’s most important nesting sites. The trip is timed to coincide with the peak of the turtle’s nesting season and Mother’s Day.
This fun and educational trip could create a one in a lifetime bonding opportunity for any mother and child. The expedition is from May 11 – 15, 2019 and is $3,600 per person. For more information about the trip to Trinidad, click here.
A Culinary Immersion Vacation Experience
Have you ever wanted to learn to cook in Italy, to participate in Tuscan cooking classes? And return home with recipes handed down over generations and collected by us since 2000? Each spring and fall, Coleen Kirnan and Rhonda Vilardo welcome guests from around the world to live, breath and cook as Italians do. Taking advantage of their years of business experience and knowledge, as master event planners, they create an insider’s Tuscan itinerary filled friendly, knowledgeable tour guides, translators, drivers and private cooking classes that only a local resident could access.
Indulge yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and wine in a small group of 18 people or less. The best cooks in all of Tuscany, the local women, or “nonnas,” teach their classes. They’ll share regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries. Put on your apron, gather around the old farmhouse table, get wrist-deep in pasta dough and learn Tuscan cooking from the source. You’ll learn first-hand how to make gnocchi, tagliatelli, and pici— thick strings of handmade eggless pasta made originally in Montefollonico.
Your week with Tuscan Women Cook includes six night’s accommodation at Agriturismo Belagaggio, a restored farmhouse in Montefollonico, breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, cooking classes, daily sightseeing, visits to local artisans, cheese and wine tastings. Full day sight- seeing in Siena with a private guide who has a doctorate in Sienese history. Full translation is provided at all classes. Transportation to all activities is in a Mercedes minibus with private driver.
For wine lovers, Tuscan Women Cook is situated in the heart of Brunello de Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano country, and border on the Chianti wine region. This is the center of the new Italian wine renaissance and a dream locale for your next getaway with family and friends. Wine connoisseurs plan the ultimate Bucket List trip here to sample new wines and visit the spectacular vineyards. Tuscan Women Cook hosts will provide you with exclusive introductions to renowned Tuscan vintners and opportunities to purchase their award-winning wines for their personal cellars.
To learn more about Tuscan Women Cook and view beautiful photos and videos, visit www.TuscanWomenCook.com.
THE NIGHT LEAGUE REVEAL LINE-UP FOR ‘ODYSSEY’ – THE 24-HOUR OPENING PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA AT USHUAÏA AND HÏ IBIZA
ADAM PORT, ADRIATIQUE, ANDREA OLIVA, ANII, ANNA, CHRIS LIEBING, DAMIAN LAZARUS, DENIS HORVAT, FJAAK, KEVIN DE VRIES, MATHEW JONSON (LIVE) , PAUL KALKBRENNER (LIVE), PEGGY GOU, REZNIK, RICHIE HAWTIN, STEPHAN BODZIN (LIVE), TALE OF US
18 May 2019 | Midday Saturday to Midday Sunday
Midday to 12am at Ushuaïa Ibiza | 12am to Midday at Hï Ibiza
24 Hour Passes on sale now.
The Night League, the team behind the award-winning Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza, today reveals the line-up for Odyssey, a 24-hour opening party extravaganza taking place at Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza on 18 May. This will be the first time two Ibiza superclubs have come together to throw an unforgettable 24-hour, outdoor-indoor opening party and have brought together a world-class roster of some of the most sought after underground acts to celebrate.
Taking the reigns at the iconic Ushuaïa Ibiza from midday to midnight will be revered Italian production partnership Tale Of Us, joined by German techno don Stephan Bodzin (live), international techno superstar Paul Kalkbrenner (live), rising icon Peggy Gou along with Copenhagen based DJ & producer Denis Horvat, rising Kompakt selector Anni and Keinemusik collective’s Reznik (who soundtracked the Odyssey teaser video). Clubbers will be able to party through the daytime and sunset at Ushuaïa for the first instalment of what promises to be the most epic opening party to date.
Then on to the award-winning Hï Ibiza when the sun goes down from midnight to midday, for the second installment, where Germany’s finest Adam Port will take the baton at 12pm in the ‘Theatre’ (main room). He will be followed by one of techno’s most sought after duos Adriatique and Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus, before the incomparable Richie Hawtin steps up to the plate to play his Hï Ibiza debut. Tale Of Us will then return to bring the 24-hour extravaganza to an epic close, a true celebration of underground techno at its best.
Looking after proceedings in the ‘Club’ (room 2) Kevin de Vries will kick things off, handing over to one of Brazil’s finest exports ANNA, followed by Ibiza favourite Andrea Oliva, Canadian prodigy Mathew Jonson (live), Berlin techno duo FJAAK and deep techno stalwart Chris Liebing who will close the room. All these acts will provide the perfect soundtrack for an unforgettable opening, keeping the dancefloor moving right through until midday on Sunday.
Marking the official opening of both clubs and heralding the start to the 2019 Ibiza season, Odyssey is set to be a ground-breaking start to the summer. For the ultimate opening party experience, clubbers can opt for a 24-hour pass which gives access to both venues for the duration of the event, or individual day or night passes.
Tickets are now on sale at www.odyssey.art – grab yours now before they fly.
Ushuaïa Ibiza | Midday to Midnight
Tale Of Us, Stephan Bodzin (live) Paul Kalkbrenner (live), Peggy Gou, Denis Horvat, Anni, Reznik
Hï Ibiza | Midnight to Midday
Theatre: Tale Of Us, Richie Hawtin, Damian Lazarus, Adriatique & Adam Port
Club: Chris Liebing, FJAAK, Mathew Jonson (live), Andrea Oliva, ANNA & Kevin de Vries
Get ready for a truly groundbreaking opening for the Ibiza season. Both 24 Hour Passes and individual tickets can be bought here.
ABOUT HÏ IBIZA
Since opening its doors for the very first time in 2017, the multi-award-winning Hï Ibiza has played host to many of the biggest names on the electronic music scene. Welcoming thousands of party revellers from all around the world each week throughout the season, Hï Ibiza has fast become one of the most sought-after tickets on the island. With world-class residents, state-of-the-art design and sound, plus a commitment to putting the clubber at the centre of the experience, the groundbreaking club has proved itself a force to be reckoned with.
ABOUT USHUAÏA IBIZA BEACH HOTEL
Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel is a luxurious 417-room hotel comprised of two buildings: The Ushuaïa Club, featuring an amazing poolside stage, and The Ushuaïa Tower, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Ushuaïa is dedicated to providing the best outdoor entertainment venue coupled with a modern, cutting-edge hotel experience. Designed for the discerning traveller seeking the fun and entertainment associated with Ibiza, Ushuaïa continuously raises the bar –from Swim-Up room options, daytime parties hosted by celebrated DJs, to “chromotherapy,” the ability to set the mood to their rooms with LED lights, ensuring that the party never stops. Its collection of dining options is unrivalled, from Ibiza’s first premier steakhouse Montauk and Minami serving sushi and other Japanese delicacies, to The Oyster and Caviar Bar beside the pool and the relaxed Ushuaïa Beach Club providing the perfect fuel for Ibiza party-goers.
ABOUT THE NIGHT LEAGUE
Founded in 2001 by events entrepreneur Yann Pissenem, The Night League is a 360 music and entertainment company, dedicated to every facet of event and venue management. For almost two decades, we have created and delivered world-class music experiences through our globally-renowned in-house brands Ushuaïa Ibiza, Hï Ibiza, ANTS and Children of the 80’s, as well as collaborating with some of the world’s most influential artists, festivals and events to create bespoke, pioneering concepts, such as GangStar and DYSTOPIA. From our event producers, venue operators, booking managers, artist management, marketing and design teams, TNL consistently goes beyond expectations, fusing music and art to deliver profound experiences that invigorate audiences around the world