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Looking For Some Fun In The Sun? Then Head Down To Bradenton Florida

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If you’re looking to escape the cold and spend a few days soaking up some much-needed rays, we’ve got just the place for you.. Bradenton, Florida! Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida just north of Sarasota, this quiet little beach community has lots to offer, something I got to experience firsthand during a recent guys weekend with a few of my #MenWhoBlog buddies, courtesy of Bradenton Gulf Islands.

The folks at Island Real Estate found us a sweet rental house (“Beachy Villa Vista”) that was just a few steps away from the beach, complete with a heated pool, spa, swim up tiki bar, and a propane grill in the backyard. The house itself was super spacious, with all the amentities you could ask for. So whether you’re planning on coming down here for a weekend with your buds or for a week-long vacation with the entire family, a vacation rental house like this is most definitely the way to go.

Beachy Villa Vista

Beachy Villa Vista

Now you might ask yourself, what exactly is there to do down in Bradenton and Anna Maria Island other than kick back, relax, and enjoy their beaches with miles and miles of sugar-white sand and gentle waves?

Plenty! On our first day there, we went fishing with Egmont Key Adventures, and let me tell you, the fish were biting that day! We caught a ton of fish, including mullet, redfish, snook, snapper, and grouper. And if you’re a first time fisher (like me), not to worry, as our trusty captain was only too happy to bait my lures and help me cast them into the water. It was really a lot of fun, and it also made for a nice dinner later that night.

Egmont Key Adventures

Egmont Key Adventures

Thrill-seekers looking for something a bit more extreme need to check out Top Gun Flyboards. This amazing new water sport is like nothing that I’ve ever done before, and it was seriously awesome! While there is a bit of a learning curve involved, within 5-10 minutes I had gotten the hang of it, and I was able to soar a good 6 feet above the water. Due to some technical difficulties with our GoPro, I wasn’t able to capture any footage of me doing this, but these photos give you an idea of what you can expect.

Top Gun Flyboards

Top Gun Flyboards

We were lucky enough to be visiting Brandenton during the Bradenton Blues Fest, where we got to jam out to a diverse lineup of talented blues musicians on the big stage. The music was amazing, and everyone had a blast. The whole lineup was top notch, but my favorite group had to be Chubby Carrier and the Delta Swamp Band, a zydeco band who brought the house down with their New Orleans-style music. If you can’t make it during this event, not to worry, as there’s plenty of live music happening here year-round.

Brandenton Blues Fest

Brandenton Blues Fest

Foodies will be delighted by Anna Maria Island’s impressive restaurant and bar scene, which honestly caught me by surprise. I was expecting a variety of seafood shacks and beach bars (of which there are plenty), not a ZAGAT “Top Restaurant in America”. Beach Bistro has been wowing guests for more than 27 years with truly exceptional meals, and this was easily one of the best meals I ever had. So much food was had, but some of the standouts include the Colorado lamb, butter-poached Nova Scotia lobster and Hudson Valley foie gras, along with the Short Rib Bourguignon entrée, which was just out of this world.

Beach Bistro

Beach Bistro

Beach Bistro

After dinner, we made our way to The Doctor’s Office, a former doctor’s office that’s now a craft cocktail bar. The drinks here are phenomenal, the bartending staff is top-notch, and it’s a great way to cap off the night.

Bradenton also has some great breakfast spots that are worth checking out. Ginny’s and Jane E’s is a quirky bakery café that has some seriously insane (and huge) cinnamon buns. The Anna Maria Oyster Bar has just what you need after a night of drinking, the aptly named Hangover Sandwich (pepper fried chicken, fried egg, cheese & topped with sausage gravy). And the Gulf Drive Cafe offers breakfast on the beach, complete with a guitar player serenading you as you dine.

The Hangover Sandwich at Anna Maria Oyster Bar

Cinnamon bun at Ginny’s and Jane E’s

Eggs Benedict at Gulf Drive Cafe

Seriously, what more could you ask for? Bradenton and Anna Maria Island have great food, tons of activities, amazing music, and pristine beaches with beautiful turquoise waters. It’s a little slice of heaven, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a taste of Old Florida.

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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This Dream Job Will Pay You $120,000 To Visit Luxury Beach Resorts In Mexico

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Vidanta, Mexico’s leading luxury resort company, has just posted the “World’s Best Job“, and they’re seeking a brand ambassador to leave their office life behind and vacation at some of Mexico’s most impressive resorts in places like Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Acapulco, Los Cabos, Puerto Peñasco, and Puerto Vallarta.

Essentially, you’ll be hanging out at some incredible luxury beach resorts, acting as Vidanta’s on-site social influencer, and gathering content by experiencing all of the comfort, relaxation, adventure and luxury they have to offer.

World's Best Job - Vidanta

“Considering all of Vidanta’s impressive resort amenities including gourmet dining, high-end spas, designer golf courses and our exclusive entertainment partnerships with Cirque du Soleil and Hakkasan Group, it’s an understatement when we say that the ‘perks’ of this position are endless,” said Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President, Grupo Vidanta. “In addition, the lucky applicant will fully immerse themselves in each of our resort destinations; from uncovering ancient Mayan ruins, hidden eateries and underwater cenotes to discovering the hottest new restaurants and nightclubs while attending the biggest shows and entertainment offerings in the area, this is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.”

While there is no ‘typical work day’ for the “World’s Best Job”, the winner will create engaging content and inspire travelers worldwide by experiencing both the local culture and Vidanta resort life including breakfast in bed, getting pampered at the luxurious Spatium spa, enjoying a round of golf at the state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf, fist pumping to the world’s biggest DJs at OMNIA Los Cabos and soaking up the sun poolside, margarita in hand.

World's Best Job - Vidanta

Destination highlights might include starting the day by watching a just-hatched turtle begin their life journey, zip-lining through the Riviera Nayarit jungle, swimming with whale sharks in the Caribbean Sea, soaring sky high above the waves on a parasail, enjoying a culture tour through the San José art walk, admiring the famous Acapulco cliff divers, learning about the El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and ending the night stargazing along the Sea of Cortez or taste-testing amazing new dishes prepared by one of Mexico’s most buzzed-about, culinary superstar chefs.

Sounds pretty amazing, right? But wait, it gets even better. For your trouble, you will be paid a one-year salary of $120,000, plus travel expenses, dining credits, and accommodations.

World's Best Job - Vidanta

To apply for this dream job, visit www.worldsbestjob.com and submit your resume, along with an optional 60-second video telling them why you’re perfect for the job. Applications will be accepted until Sunday, October 21 at 11:50pm CDT.

While no former experience is required to apply, the ideal candidate will have previous sales or hospitality experience, a warmth in interacting with others, be willing to relocating to Mexico and have a genuine love for travel and new experiences.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it looks like I’ve got a job to apply for.. 🙂

Photos courtesy of Vidanta Mexico

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We’ve Got The Ultimate Way To Spend 48 Hours In Las Vegas

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Ever wanted to have the ultimate 48 hours in Las Vegas? Well, here’s the itinerary you need to follow if you want to experience the best Sin City has to offer..

Friday 11:00am – Land in Las Vegas and Check-In

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You’ve landed in McCarran Airport and the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip are drawing you in like a siren. Before you can get started, you need to check-in. Being a place for everyone, Vegas has hotel options for all budgets. At the top, the Wynn, Venetian and Bellagio (approx. $180-$240 per night) are always impressive. If you’re on a smaller budget, the Luxor, LINQ and New York New York (approx. $75-$100 per night) are somewhat more affordable options that are still located on the strip.

Friday 1:00pm – Grab a Snack

Gordon Ramsay BurGR

Grabbing a quick bite to eat in Las Vegas couldn’t be easier. The U.S. is famous for fast food restaurants and Sin City is no exception. Alongside the more familiar McDonald’s et al, you’ll find In and Out Burger, which is essentially McDonald’s but better. This is the perfect spot to fill a hole and fuel you up for a session on the gaming floor. Pro tip: Get the Double-Double – Two 100% American beef patties, cheese, freshly baked buns and all the fixings.

If you want something a bit fancier, head over to Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood and order one of his signature burgers. They’re definitely on the pricey side, but in my opinion they’re worth every penny!

Friday 2:30pm – Hit the Casinos

To really get the most out of your 48 hours in Sin City, we would suggest doing some research before you arrive. By using some of the information out there, you can get a handle on what games are available and which ones will suit your playing preferences. As a general rule, slots are the most popular game online and live. When you scroll through a typical best slots sites list, you’ll see two main types of game: three-reel and five-reel. Put simply, the leading online slot sites boast a range of games with themes and dynamics designed to suit all players.

The Venetian, Caesars and the Bellagio all have slot machines. However, the loosest slots are Downtown. When you play online, you can expect return rates of up to 99%. On the strip, the RTP is more like 90%. However, if you head Downtown to the more affordable Fremont Street, you’ll find better payouts. El Cortez is often touted as the place with the loosest slots, but the Golden Nugget also has spinners with RTPs topping 95%.

Friday 6:00pm – Become a High Roller

Linq High Roller

To start your evening session, take a ride on the LINQ High Roller. A giant observation wheel, this ride will give you a spectacular bird’s eye view of the strip and, if you choose the drinks package, you’ll get an open bar as you circle the skyline. Once you’ve had a few drinks, head over to a buffet and fuel up for the night ahead.

For an all-round experience, the buffets at the Wynn, Bellagio and Caesars are a must. The famed Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars is spread over 25,000 square feet and has an average of 500 dishes on offer each day. What’s great about this place is that there’s just as much focus on quality as there is quantity. The Chinese BBQ and dim sum often receive rave reviews, while the freshly made tortillas and endless piles of seafood are always a hit.

Saturday 11:30am – Monkeying Around

Axe Monkeys

When you’re all spun out on slots, it’s time to delve into Vegas’s extracurricular activities. For the active, Axe Monkeys is a great way to get out your anger. Located about 15 minutes from the strip, this unassuming warehouse is where you can play darts with a twist. For $25, you’ll have an hour to throw axes at wooden targets. If you need a bit more to hold your interest, you can pay more to throw everything from ninja stars to mini swords. For those that still need to get out some aggression, Axe Monkeys also has a rage room where you can smash bottles and mirrors until you’re all out of anger.

Saturday 2:00pm – The Desert Dash

Sunbuggy

Once you’ve thrown some axes, a trip into the desert will see you arrive at the Vegas Mini Baja Chase. With prices start at $89, you’ll be able to suit up and race through the Nellis Dunes in specially modified dune buggies. Hitting speeds in excess of 20mph (trust us, that’s fast) as you race up and down almost vertical sand dunes, this is an experience you won’t soon forget.

If you’re on your own, you can join other drivers and follow in the tracks of an experienced guide. For groups, you can set up your own little race under the supervision of an expert. Of course, you could stick to the more traditional type of racing and drive some muscle cars. However, we think Baja racing is a unique experience that will suit drivers of all skill levels.

Saturday 7:00pm – Take in a Show

Michael Jackson ONE

If there’s one thing Vegas does just as well as gaming, it’s shows. Cirque do Soleil’s O and Ka are must-watches, while recent creations such as The Beatles Love and One Michael Jackson are fantastic. In addition to Cirque, you’ve got visiting international artists, singers, Terry Fator, Penn and Teller and more.

Finally, when you’ve seen some of the best performers in the world doing their thing, a late meal will bring your trip to a glittering conclusion. For something truly special, Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand is a treat. A Three Michelin Star restaurant, this place brings a taste of French gastronomy to the desert. The tasting menu features lobster, frog legs and, of course, fine wine. Put simply, if you’re a fan of fine food, this is the place to eat.

Sunday 10:00am – Wave Goodbye

Las Vegas Sign

Before you can bring your 48 hours in Vegas to an end, you need to have a photo at the famous sign. Situated at the end of the strip, you’ll need a taxi to get there, which is why it’s not a bad idea to visit it on your way to the airport. Slip the driver an extra $10 to wait as you strike a pose before heading off for a well earned rest on the flight back home.

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Glamping: A Luxury Travel Trend Your Girlfriend Will Love

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When you think of camping, you immediately associate it with things like tents, sleeping bags, camp fires, backpacks, and soup tins. In other words, roughing it. But lets face it, this type of vacation is definitely not for everyone. Sure, it’s fun when you’re young and broke, but once you grow up and start making good money, these types of trips just won’t cut it anymore.

So what to do if you love nature but don’t necessarily want to “rough it”? You should probably try glamping (glamorous camping). This is a perfect option for those who need to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city but don’t want to sleep on the ground, eat tinned food, and get bitten up by mosquitoes. The question of comfort usually arises when you travel with your girlfriend. Not all women easily adapt to any conditions, like Russian women do.

In a nutshell, glamping is 5-star camping. This form of camping is meant for those people who want to experience nature without sacrificing their own comfort: live in a cozy room, sleep in a soft bed, have access to the bathroom, and eat restaurant quality food. Budget travel it’s not. It’s for people who can afford a luxurious getaway in the pristine nature. A tent, a yurt, a tree house, or a hut with all amenities and facilities can cost a round sum, comparable with a price for a luxury suite. Prices for one night vary from $60 to several thousand dollars.

The origins of glamping

The first prototypes of this format were safari camps in Africa in the 1920’s, in which the well-to-do American and British travelers lived. Yet even in the Middle Ages, traveling kings stayed in their own marquees that were more like their chambers.

But the real glamping boom took place in 2017. After Brexit, more and more citizens of Great Britain began to choose outings to some beautiful corners of their country over trips abroad. In general, over the last several years, the number of glamping zones around Europe has grown significantly, with 1,200 premium-class camping resorts opened.

Why is it becoming so popular?

Glamping totally fits into another popular trend – eco-tourism. Many people have grown tired of traditional hotel-beach-bar vacations. Green tourism is something different, with glamping offering them the chance to stay close to nature and do it in a comfortable for them way.

Living in the big city and enjoying all the comforts of modern life and technology, people feel the need to be face to face with nature sometimes. However, they don’t want to experience any inconveniences. That’s why they are ready to pay for their comfort being in the wild and contemplating beautiful scenery from a cozy tent or hut.

Many travel analysts are critical about this new trend. They believe glamping is another way to fleece affluent tourists. In fact, luxury travelers pay for some basic things (bed and breakfast). But the price is too high.

While travel experts criticize glamping, a lot of people find it to be the best way to escape from the city chaos. Wealthy tourists consider the rates quite reasonable, as they pay for unique experiences.

Popular glamping resorts

If the idea of luxury camping appeals to you, you should visit the official site dedicated to this travel trend. There you will find a lot of options in the most scenic places around the world. Usually, people want to have their cozy camp dwelling at the beach or in some national park.

Glamping accommodations come in a variety of forms: tree houses, pods, yurts, bungalows, etc. Here are some of the more popular glamping properties:

  • Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel, Switzerland
  • Dome Garden, England
  • Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Tanzania
  • The Resort At Paws Up, Montana
  • Bubble Tree, France
  • Maui Eco Retreat, Hawaii
  • Tree Hotel, Harads, Sweden

Enjoy!

Photo credit: @glampingdotcom on Instagram

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