The Check-In: Prepping for festival season, a train trip back in time, and more

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France on track to become the most visited country by 2025

The siren song of brie and champagne is strong. New data released this week by GlobalData says that France will become the most visited country in the world by 2025, with 93.7 million visitors annually. There will be a return to this form as France holds the pre-pandemic title before being overtaken by Spain in 2021. Considering that Paris is hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, that also makes sense.

“Visiting France and Spain will continue to be strong in the coming years, with festivals, culture and gastronomy being a huge attraction for tourists,” said Hannah Free, a travel and tourism analyst at GlobalData.

Eiffel Tower.

GlobalData predicts that the number of international arrivals in France will increase at a compound annual rate of 12.1 percent between 2022 and 2025. The country is particularly popular with British, German and Belgian tourists, and one reason for this is the high-speed trains. Getting to Paris and other major cities in France is easy for these travelers.

Everyone aboard! Take a retro ride on the rails in New York

The glittering days of train travel are back. Operated by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ, Hudson River Rail Excursions offers day trips along the route the 20th Century Limited modern cruise ship used from New York City to Chicago between 1902 and 1967. Manhattan, where riders will board one of two historic trains – Hickory Creek, luxury class and once the most exclusive car in the 20th Century Limited, or Tavern-Lounge No. 43. Guests heading to Albany will enjoy lunch and drinks in their car, as well as stunning views of the Hudson River from the windows.

48 flights are planned, with dates in February, April, May, September, October and November. Tickets on sale: Tavern-Lounge No. $149 for 43 and $349 for Hickory Creek.

Restaurants on the 20th Century Limited train in 1948.

From Bonnaroo to Shaky Knees, how to prepare for the festive season?

One way to get through these dreary winter days is to dream of spring and the music festivals it will bring. The excitement of listening to live performances of your favorite bands cannot be beat, but to be Making overwhelming planning for these multi-day events. Here are a few planning tips.

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After purchasing your tickets, find out how to get there. If it’s too far to drive, book your flight and hotel as soon as possible – as tens of thousands of people flock to an area, rooms will fill up quickly. Make sure you book directly through the hotel as you will get the best deals this way and if you need to make changes to your bookings it will be much easier to call reception rather than dealing with a third party.

When it’s time to gather, check out your festival’s rules and see what’s allowed on the field – some allow people to bring their own water bottles, while others don’t. During the day, sunscreen is essential, as are lip balm and sunglasses (don’t forget to reapply!). You’ll be taking lots of videos and photos, so bring an external phone charger and earplugs if the volume gets a little too loud. Bring your tiniest wallet (and keep some cash near the credit card to be safe) and don’t use a heavy shoulder bag or handbag – use a waist bag, crossbody or fanny pack that makes it easy to move around and it won’t burden you.


Clothing wise, aim for comfort – you can still look trendy with sneakers. you will be walking too much and dance too much and you may need to run between stages to catch up on performances, your feet will thank you if you choose shoes that are cushioned and non-slippery. Dress in layers because even if the weather is warm during the day, temperatures will follow after the sun goes down.

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At this point, you’re familiar with the lineup, but check to see if the set times are running. Often at a big festival there is overlap between the bands you really want to see and it’s good to know what you want to prioritize in advance. Many festivals have apps that you can download with maps showing the different stages and food and beverage vendors.

When you finally get to the venue, make sure you drink, drink, drink water – you spent a lot of money getting here and getting sick from not drinking enough water is not on the agenda. If you came with a group, designate a place to meet if you leave and note the exit doors and the medical tent. Pay attention to your surroundings and if you feel that the crowd around you is thickening, move to a larger area.

Yes Yes Yes from Karen O.

Music festivals are not only a great way to listen to your favorite bands and discover new ones, but also a great way to see other parts of the country. Here are some of the festivals that will take place in the USA in the next few months:

Coachella, April 14-16 and April 21-23, Indio, California. The series features Frank Ocean, Bad Bunny, Gorillaz, The Chemical Brothers, Blondie, Rosalía, Charli XCX, Björk and Calvin Harris.

stagecoach, April 28-30, Indio, California. The series features Luke Bryan, ZZ Top, Kane Brown, Melissa Etheridge, Bryan Adams, Chris Stapleton and Brooks & Dunn.

Shaking Knees, 5-7 May, Antalya. The series includes The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Placebo, Digible Planets, Muse, The Mars Volta, The Flaming Lips, and The Lumineers.

just like heaven May 13, Pasadena, California. The series features the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Hot Chip, The Faint, Empire of the Sun, and Future Islands.

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sick New World, May 13, Las Vegas. The series includes System of a Down, Korn, Deftones, Incubus, Evanescence, Papa Roach and Stabbing Westward.

boston call, May 26-28, Boston. The series features Foo Fighters, Alanis Morissette, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, The Lumineers, Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Flaming Lips.

Governors Ball, June 9-11, New York. The series includes Lizzo, Lil Uzi Vert, Haim, Odesza, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, Girl in Red and Lil Baby.

bonnaroo, June 15-18, Manchester, Tennessee. The series features Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Lil Nas X, My Morning Jacket, Sheryl Crow and Jenny Lewis.

Plan accordingly: upcoming events to add to your calendar

Lunar New Year – Year of the Rabbit! — It starts on Sunday and there are events planned to celebrate across the United States. In New York City, festivities begin with the 25th Annual Lunar New Year Fireworks and Cultural Festival held at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. During the Lunar New Year, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits, and hundreds of thousands explode at this event. The party continues on February 12, when the 25th Annual Lunar New Year Parade will wind through Manhattan’s Chinatown with lion and dragon dancers, floats, and live entertainment.

dragon dancers

Houston will celebrate the Lunar New Year January 28-29 at the Viet Hoa Center with music, martial arts performances, lion and dragon dances, fireworks, and red envelope ceremonies. The Lunar New Year celebration will be held in Seattle on February 4, and during the Food Walk in Chinatown, visitors can sample delicious meals at local restaurants. neighborhood organizations. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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