Five of the Summer’s Hottest Music Festivals that Are Great for Both Couples and Singles

BY: - 24 Mar '15 | Travel

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Spring has finally arrived and that means summer is close behind.  Along with vacations to exotic destinations, summer is known for fabulous music festivals.  To help you plan your summer, here are our top picks for summer’s hottest festivals in great destinations.

Here are our top festival picks for Summer 2015:

  • Soul Beach Music Festival May 20th-25th. Named one of the top 5 Caribbean celebrations by USA Today, the Soul Beach Music Festival hosts a fabulous musical lineup with Aruba’s beautiful beaches as a back drop.  This years’ artist lineup includes Estelle, Charlie Wilson, Dru Hill and Trey Songz.  For more information please visit soulbeach.net  Great music and the gorgeous Aruba make a fabulous vacation/couples getaway. top
  • Montreal Jazz Festival June 26th-July 5th. The Montreal Jazz Festival is a legendary summer event.  Past performers have included Sade, John Legend, Esperanza Spaulding, the Roots and Prince.  Montreal is a great city with wonderful restaurants, museums, shopping and night clubs/lounges.  This festival is a family event with fun street entertainment for kids, interactive fountains and more.  This years’ lineup is still building but already includes Stanley Clarke and Chris Botti.  Visit montrealjazzfest.com often to see which fabulous artists have been added. abdullah_ibrahim_en
  • Essence Festival July 2nd 5 One of our favorite festivals, the Essence Music Festival is another legendary summer event.  Everyone attended last year to see Prince rock the stage. This years’ artist lineup is also a winner including BMWK Standard Award Winners Kindred the Family Soul, Missy Elliott, Kem, Common, Elle Varner, Mary J. Blige and Usher.  Kevin Hart’s ‘What Now?!’ comedy tour also stops at Essence Festival on Thursday July 2nd @ 7pm.  For more information including the fabulous list of empowerment speakers, visit www.essencefestival.com Don’t wait to book your hotel or show tickets, Essence Festival concerts are known to sell out fast. Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 2.17.51 PM

It’s shaping up to be a great summer of music and fun.  Also check out these great festivals:  St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival April 30 – May 10th www.Stluciajazz.org and the Capital Jazz Festival in Maryland June 5th-7th featuring Chrisette Michelle, Deborah Cox and Amel Larrieux.  For the complete artist lineup, please visit www.capitaljazz.com

BMWK family what’s your favorite summer festival?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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4 Must Have Travel Apps for Summer Vacations!

BY: - 31 Mar '15 | Travel

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The bright light at the end of winter is the thought of summer vacations and getaways. After you book that fabulous vacation/getaway, download a  great travel app that will make your vacation fun and fabulous.  Here are our picks for three must have travel apps for your upcoming vacations.

  • Are we there yet?! Described as the ‘superhero’ of navigation apps, ‘Waze’ has evolved into a favorite app for parents.  The app gives you a quick main route but also gives users alternate routes based on real-time information from other drivers. ‘Waze’ also provides warnings of upcoming police and road hazards.  The apps’ most popular feature is the ability to share your trip status with friends and family members via messages.  To learn more about this popular navigation app, please visit waze.com
  • Gogobot.  This app is great for booking hotel deals and vacation rentals.  The apps most popular feature is the ‘attractions’ feature.  This feature lists the most popular touristy and trendy things to do based on your travel tribe (community of fellow travelers with similar travel likes)  The app also includes weather forecasting for your destination.  For more information, please visit www.gogobot.com.
  • I have a taste for gelato! This one is a food lovers’ dream app. ‘Foodspotting’ is based on the concept that food is meant to be shared visually.  Type in the particular food you are craving and recommendations pop-up through visually stunning images of the dish.  It is a local food guide based on dishes not restaurants.  For more information, please visit foodspotting.com.
  • Sunscreen.  No this app doesn’t list the most popular sunscreens available.  It detects the UVI levels/rating of the sun in your current location and sets a timer to tell you when you’re due for another application of sunscreen.  ‘Sunscreen’ is a must have for trips to the beach, theme parks, pool side visits and a day of sight-seeing/touring.  For more information, please visit www.sunscreenreapplyingreminderapp.com

All of these apps are our favorite kind of app, they’re all FREE! Download them today.

BMWK family what is your all-time favorite travel app?

Happy travels!

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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