Travelling to Music Festivals in 2017

Do you like going to concerts  or music festivals?

While I like going to concerts, I have not yet taken one step forward that others would do — travel to another city or even country just to enjoy the live music of their favorite artists in a concert or in a music festival. Speaking of music festivals, here are some which are scheduled to run this year:

    • Exit in Novi Sad, Serbia.  If you’re into electronic, hiphop, punk, metal, reggae and rock music, then this can be the festival for you. Organized yearly since 2000, it is scheduled to run July 6-19, 2017.
    • Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium. If dancing and electronic music is your thing, then you might enjoy this July 21-30 festival. It would be likely that electronic music DJ’s taking the stage will be geared with the best headphones, hdj might even be their choice for the night.
    •  Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay, Australia. The “land down under” also has its own music festival which will run this coming July 21-23. This annual event has been held since 2001 and features alternative, electronic, hip hop and indie rock music. 
  • Fuji Rock in Yuzawa, Niigata Perfecture, Japan. Reportedly one of the largest music festivals not just in Asia but the world, this will fill the air with rock and electronic music on July 28-30.
  • Rock in Rio, Brazil. This music festival traces its first one back in 1985. Other than in Brazil, it has also been held in different locations including in Portugal, Spain and the USA. This year, it is set on September 15-17 and 21-24 in Rio.

So how about you, would you be travelling for a concert or music festival this year?

World’s Safest Cities

Is safety a major concern for you when you travel? After all, no one wants to come home after a trip with a slashed bag (minus your cash and credit cards) or worse, a broken limb.

Below is a list we have culled from CNN International as to the safest cities in the world as of 2015 to set your foot on:

    1. Tokyo
    2. Singapore
    3. Osaka, Japan
    4. Stockholm
    5. Amsterdam
    6. Sydney
    7. Zurich
    8. Toronto
    9. Melbourne, Australia
    10. New York
    11. Hong Kong
    12. San Francisco

So which of these cities is your next travel destination? 🙂

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Singapore ranks 2nd in the safest cities of the world.

Snorkeling at the GREAT BARRIER REEF

The first time that I was properly introduced to the wonders under the waters, I was hooked right then. I snorkeled for the first time at the Great Barrier Reef. It was a wonderful experienced, but at the same time it kinda set me up for future disappointment. Because now wherever I go snorkeling, I always compare it to the colors and beauty I saw when I snorkeled for the first time.

The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 miles) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers (133,000 sq mi).

There are plenty of day tours to choose from at the Great Barrier Reef that offer snorkeling; we opted to try a smaller boat with about 30 passengers, less people means not-so-crowded. We started off early morning when the mist of dawn is still in the air. We walked towards the marina in Cairns. It was the start of a fantastic day. Here are some photos of what we saw.

 

A parrot fish amidst colorful corals

 

Under the sea with these creatures!

 

This is a Black anenome fish –a.k.a the cousin of Nemo

The Great Barrier Reef (located in the Coral Sea, off the east coast of Queensland, Australia) is home to thousands of species of marine life; some are not found anywhere else in the world. It is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China, and the only living structure on earth visible from space.

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Text & Photos by Alicia Davis