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5 Cool Places To Jet Away This Summer With Your Buddies

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Summer is finally here, and I’m sure many of you are planning on taking a vacation in the next few months, a chance to get away for a little fun in the sun. Picking the right destination is an absolute must to ensure maximum enjoyment and relaxation. Luckily, we’re here to help!

If you haven’t already booked your summer vacation yet… what were you thinking? But not to worry, you’ve still got time to get away. If you’re planning a vacation with your buddies, your summer is shaping up pretty nicely already. But to make sure everyone has a great time while they’re out there, you need to pick a destination that suits all your friends.

From music festivals to clubland resorts, we’ve rounded up five top ideas that could make this summer vacation one you’ll never forget:

Ibiza

Sunny, and jam packed with partying, music, beaches and babes, Ibiza is the ultimate holiday destination for you and the boys. Sunbathing the hangover off during the day before getting back into action as the sun is setting is what Ibiza is all about. Plus, there isn’t really anywhere else on Earth where you can see superstar DJs playing in cozy little bars as well as huge clubs that attract music fans from around the world.

Summer in Ibiza is always a class act, and 2018 looks no different, with pretty much every electronic and dance act under the sun flocking to the island this year. Whether it’s you and a few mates, a big group, or just a solo trip to see the sights, Ibiza is absolutely packed with guy-friendly activities that will make your trip one to remember. If you’ve been working sculpting your summer body in the gym, here’s where you can show it off. With year-round incredible weather, Ibiza is a tough holiday destination to beat.

Las Vegas

Sun, sand, gambling and pool parties. Find a better mix than that and we’ll be impressed. Las Vegas can easily rival Ibiza as the party capital of the world. This city of sin is slowly changing from a haven for retirees who want to watch Celine Dion back to the raucous party destination that it was back in the golden age.

Book a room at any major casino resort, from Mandalay Bay to the Wynn, and you’re sure to have a good time. From the endless free food and drinks if you’re gambling enough, to the 24-hour party atmosphere and endless amounts of people having fun, you’re guaranteed to be talking to new people, overindulging and possibly winning some extra cash.

If you’re not prepared, you’ll almost certainly be losing cash, though. Plus, throw in all the cocktails and beers you’ll be throwing back at the gaming tables, and you could be in for some heavy losses. However, there is a way you can avoid this – by getting some practice in. Of course, you could do this at your local casino, but gambling at an online casino is a much more convenient way – as you can play from the comfort of your own home, or if you’re on the move, using any device.

Online casinos these days have all the charm and excitement as reguular casinos, thanks to their increasingly engaging gameplay graphics. On top of this, you can actually chat to dealers and play along with competitors in real time, thanks to the emergence of Live Casinos. From poker, to blackjack, to roulette, here you’ll find an impressive selection of casino games to help you sharpen your skills before going up against the pros in Vegas. You could even end up winning enough to pay for your trip before its even begun!

The Vegas pool party has become something of a staple in recent years, with EDM planting their flag in the desert at the end of the 2000s, and you’ll easily see Calvin Harris or David Guetta playing a set almost any day of the week.

Moscow, Russia

Moscow wouldn’t usually top the holiday destination list, but there’s the small matter of the biggest international sports competition on the planet that’s taking place all across Russia this summer. If you’re quick, you can still book flights to Moscow just in time for the World Cup final taking place next month at the Luzhniki Stadium, where you can soak up the atmosphere and watch the game at a fan park when you can’t afford the $13,000+ tickets the touts are selling online. What would make a better guys trip than going to the World Cup?

Beyond the football, Moscow is actually something of a party city, and a growing music scene is allowing more bars, nightclubs and venues to open than ever before. This summer however, it’s all about music festivals and Moscow is hosting everyone from System of a Down to Lana Del Rey this summer, providing something for pretty much every taste. Oh, and there’s the fact that vodka is sometimes cheaper to buy than water in some Moscow shops, so you’ll no doubt have a great time as you stand listening to some obscure Russian band in the sun.

Leeds Festival

If you’ve always dreamt of visiting the UK, and the line-up at Glastonbury isn’t worth your hard-earned cash, then head to the less-expensive-than-Glasto-but-still-great Leeds Festival.

While we can’t guarantee the weather, you’ll have access to three solid days of partying in the great outdoors, along with a superb soundtrack to top it off. Leeds is hosting Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, Dua Lipa and numerous other famous and up-and-coming bands that fill out 3 full days over the weekend, and you’ll be spoiled for choice with three stages.

Contrary to what you might expect, the festival isn’t exclusive to music obsessives. In fact, it’s suitable for anyone who fancies a party in a campsite – just ask the organizer of any bachelor parties that have taken place at the festival in recent years.

If you only fancy one day at the festival, then we can’t recommend Leeds enough for a party before or after. With hundreds of great bars and restaurants and some of the best nightlife in the UK, you can enjoy a great weekend away that won’t cost you the Earth.

Krakow, Poland

If you and your group of friends fancy somewhere that’s easy to get to and offers something a bit different than just lying on the beach all day, Krakow is a great option. Located in southern Poland, the local airport is served by tons of British airports and you’ll be there in just over two hours.

Alongside some incredible historic sites and stunning architecture, Krakow has got one of the best reputations for a night out in Europe. With plenty of bachelor parties rolling into town every weekend and even the locals getting in on the (strong) Polish lager, Krakow is one of those great unsung destinations that offers plenty of things to do in between trips to the pub.

This summer, why not head there in August so you can check out Krakow Live? With Kendrick Lamar and Martin Garrix headlining, it’s sure to add some more spice to your trip.

So there you have it. Check out any of these spots this summer and you won’t be disappointed. However, you will be if you don’t book them fast – so get on with it, there’s no time to lose!

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The 5 Best Shows To See In Las Vegas

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While most people come to Las Vegas for a weekend of gambling, the city has so much more to offer visitor. We’re talking five-star restaurants, desert adventures (ATVs, ziplining, helicopter tours), sports, and over-the-top Las Vegas shows that you’ve got to see to believe.

If you’re heading to Vegas soon, I would highly recommend checking out any of these shows:

Absinthe in Las Vegas

1) Absinthe, Caesars Palace

Absinthe is a fantastical blend of carnival and spectacle, featuring an assortment of incredible specialty acts of old-world burlesque, daring feats of strength and agility and not-so-common routines, performed in a 100-year old circus tent that holds a mere 640 seats, giving you a very intimate experience and putting you as close to the action as possible. This adults-only show delivers that “only in Vegas” experience, and it’s by far my favorite show in town.

Michael Jackson ONE

2) Michael Jackson ONE, Mandalay Bay

In a word.. Wow! Michael Jackson ONE is an immersive journey that brings the King of Pop’s iconic hits to life, with riveting acrobatics, dance and visuals performed by the ultra-talented dancers and performers. This show is a heartfelt tribute to Michael Jackson’s work, innovative spirit, and legacy. If you can only see one (of the eight) Cirque du Soleil show while in town, this is the one to get tickets for. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

Carrot Top

3) Carrot Top, Luxor

Carrot Top has been a staple of Las Vegas entertainment for nearly 20 years now, and I’ve seen him perform probably half a dozen times over the years, because he’s just that good. His crazy props and wacky inventions keep audiences in stiches as he pokes fun at pop culture, politics, music and whatever the real world has to offer. And unlike other comics who recycle jokes for years on end, his material is VERY current, often talking about things that happened just a few days ago! It’s a wildly entertaining show you just can’t miss.

Blue Man Group

4) Blue Man Group, Luxor

Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirt. Watch as these three bald and blue men put on a musical extravaganza like no other, combining innovative technology, heart-thumping music and well executed humor to create one grand performance. And the Vegas show has even more music, theatrics, audience participation, and sensory overload than ever before. Blue Man Group is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

Fantasy - The Strip's Biggest Tease

5) Fantasy, Luxor

In a town known for countless topless revues, Fantasy rises to the top, with the Strip’s sexiest dancers delivering your wildest fantasies in a variety of titillating costumes. This sultry show keeps guests engaged with a great soundtrack (sung live), sizzling performances, and when the costumes hit the floor, your jaws will drop to the same level. This is one show where you want to sit as close to the stage as possible, trust me on that.

There’s no question about it, Las Vegas has some world-class entertainment, with something for everyone, and new acts constantly hitting the Strip. So make sure you set aside some time on your next trip to take in a show or two. You’ll be glad you did!

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The Ultimate Way To Explore Johannesburg Without Spending A Fortune

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The anxiety of exploring a new city comes with its own set of expectations. Where should you stay, what should you see, and did you bring enough money with you? Lucky for you, if you’re planning on visiting the South African city of Johannesburg, you need not worry about that last one, as they’ve got favorable exchange rates and incredibly affordable facilities.

Here are some of the top things you can do in Johannesburg that won’t break the bank:

Get A Taste Of Nature At Mantecasino Bird Garden (R70)

If you’re a nature enthusiast who isn’t afraid to take your wild side in a new environment, then Montecasino Bird Garden is the place to be. Best of all, this place isn’t usually that crowded, so you can take your time strolling through here and capturing those lifetime memories on your camera. The walkways are simply incredible and the animals exotic. You will get a first-hand view of the world’s longest snake, rare mammals like lemurs and sloth, and more than 60 bird species. Who’s ready to feed some birds and take part in an unforgettable experience?

Cool Off At The Zoo Lake Swimming Pool (R12)

Looking for a way to cool off after spending a day in the sun? Then you’ll want to head over to the historic Zoo Lake Swimming Pool, a local favorite. Go swimming in the 30 x 30 meter pool, a popular attraction during the hot summer months. You can even host parties (anniversaries, birthdays) in the picnic area and have so much fun. Take advantage of the affordable Kulula flights from your nearest city and get to enjoy this well-maintained public pool.

Have Relaxing Moments At The Living Room (R60: Weekends, Free: Weekdays)

The Living Room is a fantastic rooftop venue in the heart of Maboneng that gives a delightful view of the city. It’s like you’re sitting in your own backyard surrounded by beautiful plants and a touch of fresh air. Enjoy amazing local delicacies and sip glasses of wine long into the night. And on Sundays, you can enjoy the mixes of hosted DJs.

Feed Your Sense Of Smell At MultiFlora Flower Market (Free)

The flowers here are simply beautiful, instantly bringing life where there is boredom. So if you want a little bit of mood-lifting or want to surprise that special someone with some flowers, the MultiFlora Flower Market should be on your to-do list. The flowers here are of world-class standards and the scents are incredibly sweet. This place could make the best pass-by spot on your way back home.

Breath In The Sunrise Glory At Mountain Sanctuary Park (R155/adult, R40/car)

One of the best ways to start a day is soaking in the warm sweet morning sun. This park is full of beautiful natural rocks that you can use to grasp some air after your hiking trip. The place gets even better after the summer rains as the generous rainwater form amazing rock pools. And if you feel like taking a dip, you can do so at the well-kept pool after which, you can enjoy your picnic snacks in the tall grass with a viewing deck. Just make sure that you book this in advance, as they limit how many visitors can come through the park each day.

Go Shopping At 27 Boxes (Free)

27 Boxes is an amazing shopping center made entirely from shipping containers. Here you can stroll around and check out some of the most affordable home-made stuff by the locals. The primary priority of this place is to support the community by uplifting their entrepreneurship ideas. You can easily source unique gifts for your loved ones over here and get to enjoy the taste of locally made fresh juices and cakes. Call it a one-stop-shop.

So there you have it. Sure, vacations can be expensive. But as you can see, there are plenty of things you can do in Johannesburg without spending a fortune. All you need is to focus on the little-known places and you will be surprised at what people are missing out. Enjoy!

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4 Cities In Northern England With The Best Nightlife

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London, the capital of England, is one of the most iconic cities in the world. But when it comes to nightlife, there are many places outside of London which put the small country on the map, especially up north. So if you’re looking for a good time, make sure to visit one of these cities:

Liverpool

Liverpool is as famous for it’s nightlife as it is for being the birthplace of the Beatles.  Whether you want to drink and dance until dawn, catch epic live bands and new music, or simply enjoy a quite drink in a traditional English pub, Liverpool has it all.

The once empty warehouse spaces of The Baltic Triangle have now become the cultural hub of the city. Visit Camp and Furnace or 24 Kitchen Street for trendy club nights, or head over to District or Constellations for more intimate, live music events.

Those that want to enjoy a pint or two should visit the Ropewalks District with plenty of hip and happening hostelries on offer including The Peacock, Salt Dog Slims, Santa Chupitos, La’gos and Red Door. Whether you are visiting the city as a large group, or just here to party, Matthew Street is not just the home of the Cavern Club, it is also the place to find large bars and nightclubs that are popular with the younger crowd.

More affordable than its southern counterparts, you can find reasonably priced places to stay throughout the city of Liverpool, making it perfect for those looking to spend a weekend partying in and around the nightspots mentioned above.

Newcastle

Newcastle is a former industrial stronghold that now boasts a plethora of epic nightclubs and happening bars as well as traditional English pubs and microbreweries.

This city can offer something for partygoers regardless of their budget. Their thriving student nightlife scene means there are many venues offering unbeatable drinks deals whilst on the other end of the scale, Newcastle is also home to some top quality cocktail bars that offer a more premium experience. The locals of Newcastle love clubbing, and here you will find some of the best clubs to enjoy a drink and dance right into the wee hours of the morning.

Newcastle has established itself as a firm favorite amongst bachelor parties (or stag groups as they are called in England) due to its fantastic nightlife and wide selection of other fun group activities to partake in. If this is your main reason for a visit to the city, then be sure to check out this in depth guide by Last Night of Freedom.

Manchester

Without question, Manchester has one of the strongest nightlife scenes in the UK.

From the bohemian bars of the Northern Quarter like The Mint Lounge, The Soup Kitchen and Jimmys, to the big traditional pubs like The Grafton Arms, O’Shea’s Irish Bar and The Britons Protection in Oxford Road, you will always get a great pint in Manchester.

Want to experience the city’s vibrant music scene firsthand? Venues like The Deaf Institute, Sound Control and Matt & Phreds showcase some of the best live bands from around the north of England and beyond.

Looking to dance the night away? There are a huge selection of late night drinking haunts and nightclubs. Fashionable clubbers should check out Lola Lo, Liv or Bijou in Deansgate, while the more discerning raving enthusiast should pay a visit to FAC251, the South Club or Viva.

Leeds

This northern city offers visitors a warm welcome, cheap pints and an affordable lifestyle with a wealth of budget accommodation, and a great public transport system. The city is even small enough to navigate on foot – You can walk from one side to the other in less than an hour!

Those coming to Leeds looking for a night out will find a slew of drinking establishments and late night venues all packed into that compact city center.  Pubs like Whitelocks, The Brewery Tap and The Adelphi are institutions within the city, while places like the Stew & Oyster and the Midnight Bell offer riverside views or large beer gardens for laid back evenings.

When it comes to dancing the night away, the city has a lot to offer. You can sample some first class jazz, soul, funk and hip-hop tunes at Hi-Fi, dance along to the indie disco at Wire or experience the flavor of internationals DJ’s at the legendary Leeds dance club, The Warehouse.

Partying Up North

So there you have it, four of England’s best cities for nightlife. It just goes to show you that there is much more to offer outside of London, and that when it comes to partying, no one does it better than the northerners.

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