The folks at Kia recently flew me out to San Diego to drive the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage, and being that I’d never been to San Diego before, me and a few of the other guys decided to stay for a few extra days so that we could check out the city for ourselves.
Now I’m no stranger to California, having visited Los Angeles and San Francisco dozens of times in the past. But somehow I’d never made it down to San Diego before, so I was excited to see what it was all about. My buddy James from ManTripping lives in SD, so he offered to play tour guide for the weekend.
San Diego has an awesome nightlife scene, with more than 40 nightclubs and bars in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. So we decided to stay right in the heart of all the action, at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. The staff there was great, the bed in my room was incredibly plush, and I could not stop eating those delicious Marriott cookies! It’s a great place to stay when visiting San Diego.
Did you know that San Diego is home to some of the finest hand crafted breweries? The craft brew scene out here is pretty crazy, with more than 100 craft breweries in the region. In fact, The New York Times called it “a sunny heaven for suds lovers”. So we decided to check out some of the local brews, including . And since we were planning on getting our drink on, we had Aall In Limo & Party Bus drive us around in a dope party bus.
Over the course of the next 3+ hours, we visited a number of different breweries, including Green Flash, Hess Brewing, White Labs, Duck Foot Brewing and Intergalactic Brew. It was pretty awesome, and by the end of it I had one hell of a buzz going on! Good call on the party bus James..
Afterwards, we headed over to the Hard Rock Cafe San Diego (just a short walk from our hotel) to try out their new Guinness & Jameson bacon cheeseburger, which was freaking OUT OF THIS WORLD! Imagine a certified Angus Beef patty topped with Jameson Irish Whiskey bacon jam, a Guinness Stout cheese sauce, tomatoes and seasoned arugula. My stomach is growling just thinking about it.
Later that evening, we all hopped into the Sportage (our friends at Kia let us borrow one for the weekend) and drove out to the world-famous Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island for some delicious s’mores and cold beers. Roast is a private beach bonfire and s’mores experience that they offer, and it was a really great way to close out the night.
The following morning, we decided to meet up at Mary Jane’s at the Hard Rock Hotel for breakfast, since no one got up in time for the complimentary breakfast at the Marriott. I’d eaten here a few days earlier really enjoyed the Eggs Benedict, so I was more than happy to get them again.
Properly fueled up for the day ahead, we jumped into the car and headed to Navy Pier to check out the USS Midway Museum, the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. There were exhibits ranging from the crew’s sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room, the ship jail, post office, machine shops, and pilots’ ready rooms, as well as primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck. Definitely set aside a few hours to check this out!
The Maritime Museum of San Diego was nearby, so we stopped to check out some of the historic vessels they had on display, including the Star of India, HMS Surprise (used in Master and Commander), and a B-39 Submarine. Pretty cool stuff if you’re into old ships like these.
Afterwards, we were supposed to meet up with some friends who were coming down from LA, but they were stuck in traffic. So we stopped at Rubio’s to get some lunch. James kept going on and on about how great their fish tacos were, and he was right. Really good stuff!
Our friends FINALLY made it to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and we made our way into the park. This was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to, and my only regret was not getting here sooner, as the park closed at 5pm. The amount of wildlife, activities, and experiences are just out of this world, and it’s definitely worth setting aside a day to explore the entire park. Pricey, but well worth it.
Everyone was starving by the time we left the park, so we went to Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks for dinner, where I chowed down on nachos, wings, and a delicious Pipeline Burger that was overflowing with chili. Yum!
By the time we got back to the hotel, I was ready to call it a night. But the long line of people waiting to go up to Altitude Sky Lounge piqued my curiosity, so we took the elevator up to the 22nd floor to check it out. The scene was something else, with great music, beautiful people, and breathtaking views. We grabbed some seats by the fire pit, ordered up a round of drinks, and enjoyed our last night in San Diego.
We had a great time in San Diego, and it was a real eye opener, as I always thought SD was just a laid back surf town. But as you can see, the city has a lot to offer, and I’ll definitely be coming back.
Who’s Ready To Set Sail On A 245-Day Luxury Cruise Around The World?
When MSC Cruises announced their 119 day “World Cruise” last year, we didn’t think it could get any better. After all, this amazing cruise boasted an itinerary of 49 destinations across 32 countries spanning six continents. Talk about a bucket list trip!
But no so fast, said Viking Cruises, who recently introduced their Ultimate World Cruise, an insane cruise around the world that spans 245 days, 6 continents, 59 countries and 113 ports, with 22 port overnights. As the name suggests, it’s the ultimate way to see the world, and Viking’s luxury accommodations ensure that you do it in style.
The eight-month voyage kicks off in London on August 31th, 2019 on Viking Sun, with guests visiting dozens of legendary cities, charming ports and idyllic islands along the way as they circumnavigation of the globe. And unlike other cruises where excursions cost extra, they are included in the fare, allowing you to take part in 113 guided tours of ports such as Reykjavik, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Bora Bora, Sydney, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Algiers and immerse themselves in the world’s cultures.
Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises – For more than 20 years, we have been offering guests the most culturally immersive journeys available in the industry and we are pleased to announce the most extensive itinerary in our history. Our World Cruises offer guests the rare opportunity to unpack once and explore dozens of the best destinations on earth — at a value that is unprecedented in the travel industry.
For those days when you’re not visiting a port, you can enjoy world-class amenities aboard the Viking Sun. The award-winning vessel offers spacious rooms, each with its own veranda, king-size bed, spacious bathroom, and flat-screen TV, as well as eight restaurants, multiple pools, spa, theater, and an Explorer’s Lounge serving craft beer and Scandinavian fare.
So how much will this once-in-a-lifetime cruise set you back? Tickets for the Ultimate World Cruise start at $92,990 per person. But keep in mind that that price includes Business Class international air, transfers to/from the ship, all gratuities and fees, three complimentary visa services, free luggage shipping services for embarkation and Viking’s Silver Spirits beverage package, along with complimentary shore excursions in each port and free unlimited Wi-Fi.
If that’s too rich for your blood, Viking offers the option of two shorter segments – The Viking World Treasures ($47,995) is a 127-day sailing from London to Los Angeles that visits 33 countries and 61 ports, while the Viking World Wonders ($45,995) is a 119-day journey from Los Angeles to London that visits 29 countries and 55 ports.
All in all, this is the ultimate cruise for someone that has a serious case of wanderlust and wants to check off a bunch of countries off of their bucket list.
So what do you say, who’s ready to set sail on Viking Cruises’ Ultimate World Cruise?
Photo credit: Viking Cruises
5 Cool Places To Jet Away This Summer With Your Buddies
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
9 Reasons You Must Visit Italy This Summer
Italy is a great place to visit if you plan on vacationing abroad this summer. But what do you really know about it besides that it’s shaped like a boot and it’s the birthplace of pizza? We’re here to help with that. Italy is just full of beautiful places and wonderful people, with a long and rich history known throughout the world. To do it right, I suggest skipping the hotels and instead renting luxury homes in Italy.
There are so many great cities in Italy that are worth visiting, including Rome, Venice, Naples, Florence, and Milan, to name a few. Here are some of the top places and attractions that we recommend you should check out when you come to Italy:
You’ve seen Pompeii in the movies. It’s the famous Roman city that was buried under several feet of volcanic ash for nearly 1,700 years after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It is a moment frozen in time. It’s a fascinating sight that you can’t witness anywhere else. Even though the excavation of Pompeii started in 1748, the site is still not yet totally unearthed today. You can walk along the ancient streets and actually see what remains of ancient businesses like bakeries and brothels. Don’t miss Pompeii.
When you think of Venice, what do you think of? I bet you think of gondola rides. A gondola ride at night in the city of Venice can be very romantic. This is one of those “must do” items. How often to you get to take a gondola ride throughout any city? In Venice it is a must. These are obviously big tourist attractions though, so the waters may or may not be crowded, but it will still be a sweet experience. especially if it is a gondola ride for newlyweds or others celebrating an anniversary.
The Last Supper
Why not visit the Last Supper? When in Rome, right? More specifically, in Milan. It is the only place where you can see Leonardo Davinci’s The Last Supper. Just be aware that they only let you spend 15-minutes with it. Just plan ahead and buy your tickets in advance. That way you can make it part of your schedule. How many people can say that they have seen a masterpiece by Leonardo Davinci in person?
The Vatican Museums
The Vatican museums are most definitely worth checking out. Whether you are a hardcore art historian nerd or just someone who wants to take in the culture, there is plenty to see and experience. The Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze di Raffaello decorated by Raphael, are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. Most tours will also give you a guided visit to St. Peter’s Basilica too. This will keep you busy and immersed in the culture all day long.
We have already mentioned pizza. What would a trip to Italy be if you didn’t stop to sample the local pizza? For that you want to go to Naples, the birthplace of pizza and one of the most vibrant cities in all of Italy. Take some time out from the museums and gondola rides and see what pizza tastes like from the source. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, and we suggest trying as many as you can while you’re there, because pizza doesn’t get any more authentic than this.
Sample The Local Gelato
Much like the pizza, this is where you will find authentic gelato, not the generic grocery store kind that you can buy at home. Take some time out of your busy schedule to sample how the locals make it. Don’t worry, you’ll find it all over Italy. But be warned, once you get a taste of this delicious Italian-style ice cream, you won’t be able to get enough of it!
Climb A Tower
Climb to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa. The freestanding bell tower is located on the grounds of a historic cathedral and is the third oldest landmark in the Pisa Cathedral Square in Italy. It was built in 1173, but due to an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight, it got it’s famous lean. The lean increased in the decades for years to come, until the tower was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the early 1990s. Visitors can take a tour, climb the staircase inside, and take photos as they pose to look like they’re either holding up or pushing over the tower.
Climb Mount Vesuvius
Remember Pompeii? What id I told you that you could actually climb Mount Vesuvius? You can. And don’t worry, these days Vesuvius is mostly considered safe to climb. Once you get up there you are going to be treated to a stunning view from the top. They say that when you reach the crater, it looks like the surface of the moon.
Stand On Juliet’s Balcony
Believe it or not, Verona has what is said to be the balcony of Juliet, from Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Yeah, it’s just a tourist trap and not really her balcony, but still, this is a fun thing to visit if you are young and in love and you want a fun way to declare that love to one another. “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”
And that is just the tip of Italy’s boot, so to speak. There is so much to see and do that you will have to come back again.