Aug, 28 || 1 Comment | Tags: Cool Travel Ideas, Events This Summer, Travel Europe, Travel Tips
Most of us are now global citizens, free to travel to most places without too much trouble. With the availability of cheap air travel and modern digital communications, roaming this wonderful planet of ours gets easier by the day. Whether you’re heading north, south, east, or west this summer, you can guarantee there will be an event close by worth checking out. Summer is a time of kicking back and relaxing, enjoying the slower pace, and appreciating the good things in life – so here are some ideas for fun things you can do, no matter where you end up in the world.
Thinking of making the trip to Europe? If you are a fan of live music, festivals, and beer, then early September is a fantastic time to hit up Europe. Dropping in on the green and pleasant land of the UK makes perfect sense if you’re a fan of live music. From the country that gave us mega-music festival Glastonbury, you can choose from a variety of big gigs around this time.
The first weekend in September offers a bumper crop of possibilities. Bestival, a fun and frantic festival with a hardcore party attitude in the scenic Isle of Wight has live music from Chic, Beck, London Grammar, Busta Rhymes, Sam Smith, and many more all taking to the stage. Or why not immerse yourself in another world at Festival No 6, which takes place at the fantasy land of Portmeirion in Wales? With a focus on more alternative acts and cultural themes, the magical setting adds to the event’s impact. See legendary soul act Martha and the Vandellas or catch Beck and London Grammar again, as well as hundreds of other acts and attractions. If you are a big one for retro beats, check out the Reload Festival, packed with a line-up of 80s and 90s pop icons such as The Human League, Sister Sledge, Soul II Soul, Kool and The Gang, Rick Astley, and others at this Norfolk nostalgia-fest.
After all that dancing you’ll be needing some refreshment, so hop on a plane east to Germany to quench your thirst for adventure…and beer. Yes, it’s the 2014 Oktoberfest, which kicks off in Munich and takes place between September 20 and October 5. Sample hundreds of different beers and immerse yourself in unique German culture. Sample delicious local food specialties such as sauerkraut and bratwurst set out on endless trestle tables in huge tents – and wash it all down with enormous tankards of beer. Sound like your kind of thing? Get in early to avoid the rush at the bar.
Okay, time to sober up and hop on a plane further east for the Bangkok 16th International Festival of Dance and Music, happening between September 13 and October 26. Enjoy high culture events such as performances of The Magic Flute, La Boheme and The Nutcracker amidst a festival that celebrates all that is good about ballet, opera, music, and dance in this most vibrant and exciting of Thai cities. If you have been hunting for a reason to see Bangkok, here it is!
If your vacation allowance prevents long, open-ended trips to Europe, you’ll probably want to stick closer to home. No need to worry, there’s more than enough to keep you busy in summer in North America and Canada, simply pick a city and work outwards from there. Indecisive souls will find Expedia’s interactive infographic a useful tool in weighing up the good points of different city destinations. Compare and contrast a variety of locations according to your preferences. Not only will it save you time, but it will also give you some great ideas for cool things to do and places to go.
Here are a few ideas for must-see events in late summer that won’t mean so much traveling…
Canada in late summer is a total charmer. Make a note in your diary for the beginning of September when Toronto International Film Festival hits the ground running. This is the world’s largest public film festival, attracting thousands of movie fans as well as big names from the Hollywood firmament. If you like catching new releases and keeping up with the exciting world of the silver screen, this is the festival to hit up. It’s friendly, diverse, and takes place in the most cosmopolitan city the world has to offer, glorious Toronto.
Or head west back to the US for a city that’s just as arty and laid back, but probably has a few more coffee shops. Seattle sees the return of the Bumbershoot arts festival in Washington State from August 30 to September 1. For a winning blend of urban arts, comedy, music, and food, this family festival attracts over a hundred thousand visitors from across the world. Set in one of the coolest cities the US has to offer, you shouldn’t really need any excuses to visit Seattle, but if you do, Bumbershoot will do just fine.
You may be one of those people who like to escape the summer heat and head indoors. There are some superb exhibitions to check out this summer in cities all over the US. The city of Baltimore hosts the important and fascinating For Whom it stands: The Flag and the American People exhibition at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. The show examines the use of the American flag as an icon and contains fascinating artwork, documents, photographs, and artifacts in this rich and interesting collection.
Or maybe you see yourself as a bit of an Easy Rider? If so, motor along to The American Road Exhibit at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Investigating the role of the great American road trip in the country’s DNA, this enjoyable expo runs until September 1, so you better step on the gas!
If you have dinosaur-crazy children on vacation with you, there are two great museum exhibitions to bear in mind if you have a rainy day or just crave something of substance – dinosaur lovers in Dallas should head for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science until September 1 to check out the World’s Largest Dinosaurs, or if you are in the Minnesota region, be sure to visit St. Paul’s Ultimate Dinosaurs expo at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Summer is generous with her pleasures and you should take them while they’re on offer, because soon enough winter will come rushing in. Squeeze the most out of what’s left of the season by trying out a few of these events and travel ideas for size.
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