Day 2 of Sunfest 2012 featuring Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dog and Herbie Hancock.

With the weather constantly improving - even though in some places it's far from being as warm as it should be - the time comes to plan our going-outs. May is a great time to travel - in some places it's still "off-season" with friendly rates and no crowd. But the destinations I will list below are better be crowded - they are festivals that are worthy of our attention in May (some of them start in late April, though). So, without further ado, here is the list.

1. AfrikaBurn - Tankwa Karoo National Park, South Africa, April 27 - May 3 2015

AfrikaBurn is said to be what Burning Man used to be a decade and a half ago, with much more art and spirituality, and much fewer burned out festival junkies. Taking place far away from civilization - about 250 miles away from Cape Town to the North - the AfrikaBurn is filled with idealism and ephemeral art against the backdrop of its breathtaking surroundings, and offers a much more active party environment due to the much lower median age of its participants. Expect less dubstep and electro house, and more psytrance and house compared to the Burning Man. One thing you won't likely see is people playing at the royal vegas online casino.

2. SunFest - West Palm Beach, Florida, US, April 29 - May 3 2015

SunFest is marketed as "Florida's largest waterfront music and art festival," but it's more than that - it's a mixture of rock, pop, country, jazz and soul music, people in blue jeans or bikinis, sipping their drinks from plastic cups, big names and local bands - and all this at an affordable price.

3. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, Lousiana, US, April 24 - May 3 2015

The grandfather of all jazz festivals, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival grew out of its humble origins over four decades ago into a major event that attracts over 150,000 visitors. During the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May the Big Easy opens its tap filled with African beats and American music, filling its dozen stages with everything from blues to jazz. The festival is a much better way to get to know the New Orleans culture than the madness of Mardi Gras!

4. Cinco de Mayo in Puebla, Mexico - May 5th 2015

Mexico celebrates 153 years since it has defeated France in the Battle of Puebla. Don't settle for a diluted version of the fiesta, go right to the source - visit Puebla, the culinary capital of Mexico, witness the huge military parade across the city and experience the incredible variety of traditional dishes at the thousands of food stands on the streets. There are restaurants to try out, of course, but there is also the Puebla State Fair, taking place around the same time in the year, and countless other sights to see while you are there. Best Festivals to Visit in May

With the weather constantly improving - even though in some places it's far from being as warm as it should be - the time comes to plan our going-outs. May is a great time to travel - in some places it's still "off-season" with friendly rates and no crowd. But the destinations I will list below are better be crowded - they are festivals that are worthy of our attention in May (some of them start in late April, though). So, without further ado, here is the list.

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As an avid traveler, you’ll probably agree that in order to see the most spectacular sights in the world, you have to work a little harder for your postcard moment. The mind-blowing views from the Blyde River Canyon don’t come handed to you on a plate and breathing in the mountain air of Hua Shan in China doesn’t happen without a grueling trek. That’s why people hike. That’s why people explore. And here, we look at 4 of the most challenging, demanding and dangerous hiking trails in the world; but the rewards will make every moment worth it.

Before you get going, always make sure that you have the necessary outdoor clothing and safety equipment – more info here.

1. Cliffside Plank Path, Mount Hua Shan, China

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This is not for the faint-hearted. Mount Hua, located near the city of Huayin in the Shaanxi province, is known for its long history, cultural and religious significance, and its stunning mountain top temples. But what some trekkers find themselves drawn to is the cliffside plank which resembles something of a death drop. As chilling as it looks, the plank is safe as long as you follow all the safety precautions. It’s the closest to the edge you will ever get on a steep mountain and the panorama will be totally worth it.

2. Vilcabamba Traverse Inca Trail

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The Vilcabamba Traverse is an alternative route for the famous Inca Trail. Designed for those with a serious thirst for off-the-beaten-path exploration, it will lead to some spectacular mountain top views and photo opps – and is much more of a challenge than the well-known Inca Trail. The hike can be anywhere between 5 to 13 days so be prepared with all the right equipment and clothing.

3. El Caminito del Rey, El Chorro, Spain

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This is said to be one of Spain’s most dangerous hikes and with some of the most narrow mountain pathways in the world, it’s no wonder. Broken bits of rock, thin metal beams and frightening vertical drops form this adrenaline junkie attracting mountain way. But if you want a view of a lifetime in a remote land, it could be worth the risks. Want to know how it’s done? Visit Expert Vagabond for the lowdown on traversing this treacherous territory.

4. The Maze, Utah

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Walking on your perfectly good two feet is simply not enough for The Maze in Utah; here you have to get down on your hands and knees, scramble around with all limbs in kinesis, squeeze through tight holes and wade through muddy waters. With only 2,000 visitors a year, The Maze is reserved for those with guts and gumption. The red rock labyrinth can be a dangerous place with falling rocks and unmarked paths. To find out more about this incredible destination, visit the Utah.com website.

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A unique and inspiring opportunity awaits you in South Africa that will change your life and the lives of others forever. It’s an experience that will have you coming back year after year, spoiling other trips abroad for you until you only want to travel to South Africa. Other holidays will seem vapid and unnecessary in comparison to your first volunteer vacation. By making a difference to the people and wildlife of South Africa, you’ll never want to travel selfishly again.

Due to the serious epidemic of AIDS and other diseases in the area, South Africa is home to nearly four million orphans. This staggering statistic is heartbreaking, knowing that these children are left alone without the love of their family—many of whom are left to care for their other siblings. As a volunteer, you can be sent to live in a community with these orphans, offering much needed love and attention. With the help of other community members and your volunteer colleagues, you’ll create loving relationships with these wonderful children, making a lasting difference in their lives.

There are other packages available that aim to help the wildlife that call South Africa its home. In 2013, some 20 000 elephants were killed by poachers for their ivory.  Animal welfare programs allow you to live on reserves with animals like elephants, supporting the daily operation of the sanctuary. Your work will go towards rehabilitating their rapidly dwindling numbers, offering protection from cruel hunters.

Whether you choose to work with children or with animals, a professional volunteer tourism company will arrange for you all the necessities. You’ll have a safe place to stay, delicious meals, transportation to and from the airport, and the opportunity to participate in day excursions, so you’ll have a secure and wonderful time while you make a difference. Through their services, you will be given extensive training and orientations that ensure you’ll perform your duties safely and enthusiastically.

Some of you may have already started researching how you can volunteer in South Africa, but perhaps some of you fear for your safety. Make sure to check out Volunteersa.com to see how a reliable tourism company will ensure your safety during your entire time in the country. Their expert guides are experienced and well-prepared to deal with anything that comes their way. With a proper company facilitating your trip, everything is considered. All you have to do is give your time generously to the cause, helping the children and wildlife of South Africa where they need it most.

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France is divided into 27 administrative regions, each offering something unique for the seasoned traveler. Depending on your preferred climate and interests, take a look at the following three charming regions in France, just waiting to be explored.

Brittany

Brittany, in the north-west of France, boasts 2,860 kilometers of coastline and is therefore an ideal destination for those who enjoy exploring the coast but don’t necessarily want too much heat and sun; it is an excellent place to pursue a love of sailing and fishing.

You can visit the art museums, or follow one of the tourist art trails across the countryside or along the coast; find out about the customs, myths, legends and stories of the region, explore the castles and forts, and visit a traditional festival.

Brittany is famous for crepes, which are served with cider, and galettes (round, buttery biscuits). However, the best thing about Brittany is their wonderful seafood, including oysters from Cancale and Riec-sur-Belon, and mussels from the bay of Mont Saint-Michel, served in restaurants with sea views. La Paix Hôtel Contemporain is a four-stars hotel in the town center of Brest, ideally located for shopping and the Château de Brest, which dates back as far as the 3rd century.

Aquitaine

Aquitaine is in the south-west of France on the border with Spain. On the west side is the Atlantic Ocean, so the region benefits from the influence of the Gulf Stream and has a mild climate. Along with the amount of sunshine hours, a holiday here can feel like a stay in the Mediterranean, and it makes a perfect destination for those who enjoy the outdoors. There are 250 kilometers of coastline, and huge sand dunes, including the 104 meters high Dune du Pilat at the Bay of Arcachon.

Perhaps you would prefer to walk in the mountains or the wooded valleys, or the Pyrenees. Visit one of the many nature reserves, or get active and go surfing, sailing or canoeing. Cycle along the network of cycling tracks or go horse riding. Bordeaux is perfect for history and wine lovers – visit the gothic cathedrals and 17th century mansions, as well as a vineyard where you can learn about the famous Bordeaux wines.

Pays de la Loire

Pays de la Loire is famous for its spectacular castles, or “châteaux” – there are over 100 in the region. The châteaux of the Loire Valley are located along the Loire River from Nantes, Angers, Tours, Blois, and Orléans to Gien in north-central France. The beautiful historical castles were where the French royalty liked to spend most of their time in the 16th century. Visit the fairy tale Château du Rivau, which was visited by Joan of Arc in 1429. Château du Rivau is a genuine medieval castle and has beautiful gardens, art, sculpture, and Renaissance stables.

The medieval fortress of Amboise overlooks the Loire River, and was originally built by Charles VIII in the 15th century. Visit churches, abbeys and cathedrals, or take a hot air balloon flight over the Loire Valley. You could even sleep in a real French château; conveniently located near Blois, the three-stars hotel Château De La Rozelle is a restored 17th century château for visitors who want an authentic, historical experience.

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Whether you or your spouse lost hours at work, or money just got tight, you can still afford to take a trip together or head off on a family vacation with the kids. The cost of your trip varies based on where you stay and when you depart, but you might find that a trip to a popular amusement park can set you back a few thousand dollars. There are a few ways that you can save and end your trip with more money leftover.

Timeshare Stays

Timeshares sometimes get a bad reputation but timeshares do have some great benefits. When you invest in a timeshare, you pay a set fee. The company then lets you spend two or more days and nights at one of its timeshares. You can stay right in the heart or Orlando, in a villa that overlooks the ocean or in almost any major city or country. Some timeshares let you purchase additional points that you can use when staying in a timeshare other than the one you bought. You can save even more money when you cook some of your meals in your timeshare instead of eating out.

Package Trips

Package trips, also known as bundle trips and bundle vacations, let you pay one low fee for almost everything you need. Instead of booking a flight, paying for a hotel room and then purchasing tickets for amusement parks and other attractions, you bundle everything together for a lower fee than you would otherwise pay. Some companies will even let you put your travel arrangements on layaway. You put down a percentage of the total amount due when you buy the package, and you make smaller payments throughout the year to pay off the balance due.

Travel Clubs

Travel clubs are similar to timeshare organizations. The main difference is that instead of buying a stay in a specific timeshare, you buy points that you can use at any resort that belongs to that club. Your points reset at the beginning of each new year. Staying in each resort costs a different number of points, and you can add more points to your account when needed. Visit sites like the Bluegreen Resorts wiki to learn more about travel clubs and whether joining a club is the right fit for you and your family.

State Parks

If you truly want to save on a family vacation, consider booking a few days or a week in a state park. A state park offers plenty of activities for the whole family. You can swim, fish and boat in the lake or river, hike through the mountains and look for birds and other wild animals. Some state parks offer additional activities, including horseback riding, nature trails and museums. Even if you don't have a camper or a tent and camping equipment, you can still enjoy a vacation at a state park. Most parks have cabin rentals available that come with air conditioning, indoor bathrooms, kitchens and one or more bedrooms.

Family vacations shouldn't cost thousands of dollars, but you might find yourself spending that much or more on a summer vacation. With travel clubs, timeshares, package trips and vacations to state parks, you can find more affordable options for you and your loved ones.

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Dubai is one of the most visited destinations in the world. Every year, thousands of travellers flock into the city to have a taste of what the city has to offer. The city is blessed with some top attractions together with plenty of things to see and do. No one would have ever imagined that what was once a desert would be transformed to one of the hippest places in the world.

There are all sorts of hotels available in the city offering exquisite services to the travellers. Most of the hotels offer world class services to match the international standards of the visitors. This article will attempt to look at some of the cheap hotels Dubai and try to look at what they offer.

Marmara Deluxe Hotel Apartments

The importance of locations can never be overemphasised in as far as accommodation goes. The Marmara Deluxe Hotel Apartments are strategically located for their own good. Situated just a few minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road, you can easily access the hotel. The hotel has over 102 spacious one, two and three bedroom suites all of which brag of being extremely comfortable. A stay in the Marmara Deluxe Hotel Apartments will most definitely trigger that ''home away from home'' feeling that we always yearn for whenever we go out.

Arabian Dreams Deluxe Hotel Apartments

The hotel is centrally located at the center of Dubai just 8 km away from Dubai International Airport. The three star hotel boasts of having a rooftop pool which guarantees you an awesome view of the city. The Arabian Dreams Deluxe Hotel Apartments are known for offering self-catering accommodations. There is a studio dubbed as the Arabian Dream studio and some beautiful apartments which feature marble floors and balconies to guarantee you an exquisite panoramic view. Other amenities you are likely to enjoy while in the hotel include: satellite TV, fully equipped kitchen, on-site coffee shop, out-door pool and gym facilities.

Ambassador Hotel Dubai

One of the hotel's strong attractions is its prime location. The hotel is located at the Ambassador Hotel Dubai in Bur Dubai. The hotel is rated as a three star hotel equipped with about 81 guestrooms. There is a swimming pool and a fitness center which provide visitors with a way to relax and stay healthy. Other amazing facilities offered at the Ambassador Hotel Dubai include, internet access, round the clock room service, and cable/satellite TV among others.

La Villa Najd Hotel Apartments

The hotel is located behind the mall of Emirates just a few minutes away from the Sheikh Zayed Road and Burj Al Arab. The hotel is popularly known for having plenty of leisure, sports and business facilities. The modern art work that is featured in the hotel together with the spacious rooms make La Villa Najd Hotel Apartments one of the best affordable hotels in Dubai. Amenities that can be enjoyed while at the hotel include: an interactive TV systems with movies and music that is played on demand.

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Luxury hotels have always provided people with a unique and cool ambience that enables travellers to make the most out of their trips. These trips are all about living large and are gaged by how one lavishly spent their finances. You cannot be thinking about your budget and planning for a luxury trip.

Paddington district is within the city of Westminster that hosts a number of luxury hotels. The area is very popular for a number of top attractions in London including the Paddington station and the Kensington Gardens. The hotels open you up to what the district and the city as a whole has to offer the visitors. This piece highlights some of the best luxury hotels that are found around Paddington:

Park Grand London Paddington

The contemporary property is superbly located in close proximity to both the Paddington and the Lancaster Gate stations. This makes accessibility to the hotel and other attractions within the district excellent. Besides being ideal for luxury travellers, Park Grand London Paddington also plays host to business travellers who visit. Just like their living rooms, all the other rooms are uniquely designed with a much emphasis placed on comfort and style. Facilities that one can enjoy here include: LCD TV with satellite channels, complementary broadband, Wi-Fi, coffee making facilities, club rooms and in-room safe.

The Caesar Hotel

Rated as a 4 star hotel, The Caesar Hotel is situated in a leafy though visible residential area that overlooks the Hyde Park. It is easy to access the hotel due to the hotel's proximity to the Paddington Station. Labeled as a boutique hotel, The Caesar Hotel has been known to be frequented by both leisure and business travellers. For business purposes, the hotel has a conference space that is well furnished with some of the very latest technology to make it easier for business to be carried out.

The guestrooms are fitted with sleek and natural materials, plush fabrics and warm color schemes. Facilities that can be enjoyed here include: high speed Wi-Fi, stylish bathrooms, and LCD TV among others.

La Suite West Hotel

The four star hotel is located just a few steps from Hyde Park and within walking distance to Notting Hill Gate, Marble Arch and Oxford Street. These are some of the things that attract people to the La Suite West Hotel.

The hotel has an exquisite design with grand Victorian exterior and minimal and modern interiors. Get treated to marble bathrooms, flat screen TVs and complementary Wi-Fi.

Hilton London Paddington

The lavish four star hotel is located 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport which means that international travellers can access the hotel conveniently. Hilton London Paddington is also connected by a footbridge to the Paddington Station guaranteeing convenience to and from the hotel.

The hotels location is one of its major strengths. If you book accommodation with the hotel, besides the exquisite services you are likely to receive, you also get to see some of the best London's premier attractions such as the unique shopping experience provided in the Oxford Street.

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When it comes to five star hotel suites, the city of London has been identified to having some of the world's most expensive hotel suites and luxury serviced apartments. The fact that both the land prices and the strength of the pound have skyrocketed, lavish rooms within the city have become more expensive.

In today's market, you can imagine lavish rooms in Mayfair go for about £11,700 a night! You can also choose to rent five star London luxury suites at £2,050 per night. Ideally, that represents eight times more as compared to renting a furnished apartment. This just shows you how over the years the industry has evolved. In this piece we'll try to go through some of the most expensive hotel suites in the city of London.

The Dorchester, Park Lane, London

In as much as the name Dorchester sound more of a classic English thing, expect to find a mix of international guests occupying the 250 rooms and suites.  The hotel is conveniently located to the southern end of Park Lane by Tilney Street. While at the hotel you can take a walk to the Hyde Park Corner to explore the shops and other attractions. Everything about the hotel has feels luxurious, expensive and of a certain high pedigree. One thing you cannot take away from the hotel is that it guarantees you value for your money.

Royal Suite, The Savoy Hotel, London

The hotel has been recognized as a British icon ever since 1889. In 2010, the hotel was renovated and reopened again to the public. The renovation costs were projected at £100 million but the final outcome was awesome. While at the hotel you can enjoy a magnificent view of the River Thames together with other attractions found within the vicinity. The bedrooms are well equipped with king-sized bed that overlooks the river to give you a one of a kindview.

The suites are also furnished with service kitchen which makes them perfect for those travellers who have a tendency of travelling with their personal chefs. Other amenities provided to customers include: high speed internet, complimentary shoeshine, private bar, iPod docking station and Loewe flat screen TV. To enjoy everything that the hotel has to offer you should be willing to part with $16,000 per night.

The Infinity Suite at The Langham

Throughout London, these two bedroom hotel suites that are found at The Langham are without a doubt the finest and largest suites. Beyond the window panes, you get to enjoy the glorious All Souls Church and other London's best kept secret sights. The suites feature master bedrooms with inviting 4 poster bed and two dressing rooms.

Within your suite, you can also take a magnificent infinity bath that will leave you with the relaxation of a spa. Ideally, the infinity bath is supposed to cleanse you, revitalise and harness the powerful effects of colors to provide for the ultimate chromatherapy experience.

Amenities available include: a complementary bottle of champagne, Wi-Fi, complementary breakfast, canapés, evening drinks and afternoon refreshments.

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The pulsing heart of the UK, London is home to a wide variety of characters. The city is famous for its serious business quarter and its chic high streets. When you travel to London, you will likely know what you want to see. Make sure that you plan your trip before you get to the city. There are many great places to visit in London, and you will want to see them all.

Getting around in London

Finding your way around the vast city streets will be tricky, but you will soon get the hang of it. Make sure that you buy yourself a map before your visit or download Google Maps for your smartphone. The underground is the best way to get around in the city. You will need to buy an Oyster card when you get to London. You can put money on the card so that you can travel on public transport. Buses and the underground no longer accept cash, so getting a card is vital.

See the main sights

Whilst in London, you will want to see the main sights. You should set aside around a day to see some of the main attractions that the city has to offer. London Bridge and Tower Bridge are must-see places as they make fantastic photo opportunities.

Take the Tate Boat

If you are an art lover, you must take the Tate Boat to see the two Tate galleries in London. The boat takes you on a trip up the river between the two galleries. The Tate Modern is home to many of the weirdest examples of art the world has to offer, whilst the Tate Britain has classic art pieces. Seeing both will allow you to sample the two main fields of art in the UK. Plus, the boat ride itself means you will get to see the skyline from the river.

Find the perfect accommodation

Knowing where to stay in London is difficult. The city has a wide variety of regions from which to choose. You might find that it is cheap to stay on the outskirts of the city, rather than dead in the center. Look for accommodation outside of the city center to get the best deals. For example, you might find that staying in Kensington Town is a cheap alternative to staying in the center of London.

Look out for pop-up stores

London is full of young, creative people. As such, you will often find a range of pop-up stores in the city center. These stores will sell anything from original artwork to designer clothes. The stores are open for a limited time, meaning that you can buy some individual pieces from them. Make sure you look out for adverts or flyers about pop-up stores so that you can find some great deals.

Drink coffee in an abandoned toilet

One hidden treasure, just off Oxford Street, sounds a little odd but is wonderful. The Attendant is a small cafe in what used to be a gentlemen's public toilet. The converted coffee shop is below street level; you have to walk down some stairs on the street to find it. Once inside the cafe looks... Well, it still looks like a toilet, only much cleaner. You can enjoy a latte underground whilst in the center of London.

Visit the British Library

While you are in London, you must visit the British Library. The library is home to plenty of incredible books and individual pieces. You might even get to see some of Shakespeare's original pieces or marvel at some of the drafts of the Magna Carta. The building itself is quite stunning as well, and so the library is worth visiting.

Perth's Swimsuit World Record Attempt April 2010

Last month, I had the opportunity to fly out to Perth to visit one of my best friends. Given that we live on two different continents nowadays, I don't get to see my buddy that often anymore. That's why when I grabbed my plane tickets and headed out to Perth, I knew it was going to be a weekend to remember.

I arrived in Perth on a Friday night, and from the moment I stepped out of the airplane, it was time to party. My best friend picked me up, with a bunch of his friends from the area, and we headed out to a local bar in the area. However, this wasn't your average bar, as this one featured topless waitresses, and boy, was Cassie a stunner! The guys had warned me that these waitresses were really something else, and they weren't kidding. These were some of the most beautiful women I had ever seen in my life. When our waitress, Jenny, made her way to our table, she immediately took drink and food orders. She had given us some suggestions on what the best meals on the menu were for a Perth newbie like me.

Shortly after she took down our order, she arrived at our table with some complementary fireball whiskey shots. Jenny said she really wanted to make the night one to remember. After stuffing our faces with everything from nachos to hamburgers, it was time to walk over to the center of the room. Like I already mentioned, this wasn't your average bar, as there was also a pole section in the middle with bikini girls dancing their hearts out courtesy of our mates hook up with Covergirl. The guys and I all gathered around to watch the girls do their thing. Naturally, we had to tip them for their hard work, throwing around all the dollars we could find in our pockets.

The next thing I knew, it was 1 in the morning. Normally, I'd be heading to bed, but that was definitely not going to be the case while out in Perth. We quickly gathered our belongings and decided to head to another hot spot to finish out the night. This time around, though, we were going to check out a local club. We stumbled upon one on the same block as the bar, with beautiful ladies lined up outside waiting to get in. It was then that we knew that was where we wanted to end our night. After a half hour of standing on that same line, we finally got into the club and danced the night away. This club was blasting all our favorite jams, while delivering us one drink after the next. By the time 4 in the morning rolled around, it was time to call it a night. We then headed back to my buddy's house to sleep it all off.

The rest of my weekend in Perth was full of fun times exploring the nightlife in this great city. However, I'll never forget that first night. Plain and simple, it was legendary.