The Play Harder Tours “BeerQuest 2018 Munich to Prague” trip is just a few months away. Dates are set, air and accommodations have been booked, all that’s left is a bit of fine tuning. Within 2 months of our trip we will book tours with local guides, buy train tickets and make reservations for special things we might want to do. The trip runs 16 days including our 2 departure days.
“Alaska is for Beer Lovers” and that is a lesser known fact. While Alaska tourism is driven by individuals in search of soaring mountains, pristine waters, calving glaciers, and teaming wildlife including moose, bear and bald eagle, other visitors are on a quest for craft beer. Thirty years ago the Alaskan Craft Beer industry was non existent. Today Alaska boasts over 50 breweries scattered from Fairbanks to Anchorage down the panhandle to Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Certainly a staggering area to explore as Alaska is over twice the size of Texas measuring better than 660,000 square miles with most towns only accessible by boat or plane. The Alaska Railroad provides service between Fairbanks and Anchorage and on to the ports of Whittier and Seward, beyond that exploration of the pan handle is best served via cruise ship.
This Emerald City may not be Oz but it’s pretty darn close for six months of the year. Seattle, located on the Puget Sound is surrounded by water, mountains and lush evergreen forests. Inside the city you’ll find an abundance of parks filled with trees and flowers making this urban space feel like a suburban utopia. From May to October you’ll find beautiful weather which contrasts the typically rainy winter months, so plan your visit accordingly.
It’s called The Land of Fire & Ice for good reason, this island country is dotted with 130 volcanoes with 30 of them active! Even though much of the island is covered with a permanent ice cap, the Summer months are intensely green with fields filled with purple flowers thanks to the warm Gulf Stream waters that moderate the countries climate with average winter temperatures of 32 degrees. Iceland has more than 10,000 waterfalls, more than any other country in Europe. You’ll experience some of the most dramatic, goose bump generating cascades you could ever imagine. This dramatic landscape makes Iceland a Hollywood favorite with “location” shoots for Game of Thrones and Vikings, and in the movies with Batman, Star Wars, James Bond, and Lara Croft to name a few. This is the most spectacular scenery I have seen in my travels and most definitely bucket list material.
It just doesn’t get any better than Boston! My favorite U.S. East Coast destination checks off all the boxes, it’s easy to navigate, has a major airport, has year round sports, has established beer culture, has diverse lodging options, and a wide selection of restaurants. The downtown area is walkable, with the top notch public transit that makes it easy to get from the city center to the burbs.
Travelers are buzzing about IcelandAir! (you should be too)
Take the time to discover IcelandAir, it will be well worth your effort. Keflavik Airport, the IcelandAir hub is located on the Southwest coast of Iceland just 40 minutes outside of Reykjavik. Iceland, situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is just 5 hours flying time from Boston or New York and only 7 hours from Seattle or Portland.
Travel With a Purpose, 3 Festivals to Include in your travel Itinerary.
Most people today seem to travel without purpose, and on short notice to boot. Once getting to their destination they fly by the seat of their pants fumbling through guide books visiting everything touristy and totally missing the heart and soul of the countries they visit. Proper travel planning requires months of preparation and careful consideration of your travel dates. With a bit of flexibility, and advance planning a vacation can become an experience. Find an event or festival and build your trip around it, embracing the adventure of different cultures, foods, and languages.