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Favourite Travel Experiences of the Month #25 – June 2013

Welcome to June’s edition of Favourite Travel Experiences of the Month. May was a busy month at Not Just A Holiday, members of the team took Euro-city trips to Eindhoven and Berlin as well as canal boating in Worcestershire. More exciting times lay ahead in June as some of us are off to Glastonbury, embracing the festival season in maximum style!

As its June we are embracing the theme of enjoying the sunshine, including; cycling in Cornwall, a yoga retreat in Greece and the vast natural scenery of the USA.

To kick things off as usual, here are our Top 10 Articles of the Month.

cyclingPhoto courtesy of owlnwolf

1. It could be argued that there is no better way to exploit the amount of time spent in the great outdoors than setting off on an epic bike ride. This month The Guardian analyses Cornwall’s finest cycling challenges, all accompanied with outstanding scenery!

2. Although you can’t guarantee the sun, Glastonbury Festival returns for 2013 and there is little more satisfying than sipping a crisp pint of Brother’s Cider in front of the Pyramid Stage. Lonely Planet give their guide on tips for enjoying England’s biggest music festival.

3. Greece’s Silver Island is the true definition of a relaxing break; a yoga retreat on a private island coupled with a Mediterranean climate. Discovering this luxury destination will surely maximise your time in the sun this summer.

4. Soaking up the sun in some of Europe’s outstanding cities doesn’t have to be expensive. Barcelona is an idyllic destination and Hostelworld give you a head start on money saving with their top 15 free things to do in Barcelona this summer.

5. Summer travel in the USA incorporates a wide range of scenery from oceans to desserts, mountains to canyons. The Huffington Post summarise their country into 7 magnificent photos, we are personally hoping to tick a few off our list in the coming months.

Sushi Dai - TokyoPhoto courtesy of kslee.

6. 4.30am, time for sushi? It is in Tokyo. Take a look at Matt Swinden’s video of locals queuing in their numbers for sushi at the crack of dawn! 

7. If you have not yet come across this blogger, then Digital Nomad is something to check out. Blogging for National Geographic, Andrew Evans is described as a Digital Nomad; always travelling, always wired. Browse his recent trips to Texas and Scotland and gain some true inspiration from this serial blogger.

8. Following the release The Great Gatsby, The Guardian reveal their top choices of bars for cocktails and jazz in New York City.

9.Turkey is unfortunately making the news recently for all the wrong reasons with civil unrest in many regions. Don’t let this put you off your travel plans though, The Independent give their FAQ on the recent and developing Turkey situation. Definitely worth a read before you book or cancel a trip.

10. Walking tours that sample the local food, an excellent method of burning the calories off! Feast your eyes on the top 10 walking tours for globetrotting foodies. From Hanoi to Brick Lane there is an eclectic blend from all corners of the world.

Street Food, Hanoi, VietnamPhoto courtesy of Luj Moarf.

Holiday of the Month – Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Whether you are an avid country music fan or just have an interest in ‘the south’ culture, Nashville is an essential stop on any American road-trip. Bar hopping on Lower Broadway you’ll find live music in abundance from mid-afternoon right through to the early hours, there is no escaping it. Wherever you are you’ll also be sure to find aspiring musicians scattered in bars and hostels, looking to get their break here. Some of the real Nashville gems however can be found on the outskirts of the city, former White Stripes front-man Jack White has his Third Man Records label set up just south of the centre and a personal favourite hang-out is ‘The 5 Spot’ bar in East Nashville which feels like stepping back in to the 1950’s.

Nashville is also a great place to sample some of the deep south’s renowned cuisine such as Southern fried chicken or pulled pork and if you have a bit of spare time, the Jack Daniels distillery makes for an insightful day trip. Located in Lynchburg just a 90 minute drive south, the working distillery provides a chance to see behind the scenes of the world’s biggest selling American whiskey.

nashvillePhoto courtesy of munabril

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