At one time or another, you are going to have to transport your equipment, even if it's only a half hour away to the local club where you contracted to play. Whether you transport your equipment in a truck, van, or SUV, the important thing is to make sure that everything is protected not only from the weather, but also from any bumps that may occur in the road. To do that, you want to make sure that you have everything protected with either a blanket or an instrument covering. You need to make sure that they don't bump against each other and don't have an opportunity to fall during the drive.If your venue is some distance from where you live, and you need to fly or take the train, you may find that your equipment is not quite as subject to bumping as it is on the highway. That doesn't mean, however, that you should be any less cautious. You still want to protect your equipment, especially on a plane where you may be subject to turbulence. Even if your equipment is insured, you don't want to have to worry about it being damaged before you reach the venue, and have to make arrangements to rent equipment to use for your show.For local venues, a van is much better than a truck or even SUV because of the size the ease of putting instruments into it. An SUV can be somewhat small for transporting a large drum set, and a regular truck offers no protection in case of rain. The latter may be find if you find yourself in a bind, but when it comes time to buy a vehicle for transporting band equipment, a cargo van is your best choice. In fact, you may want to put some cushioning in the back of the van perhaps carpet the sides, especially if you don't plan to use the van for any other purpose. This will save you from having to tote along extra padding when you travel with the equipment. The earlier you learn how to properly transport your equipment, the easier it will be later if you choose to go national with your act and have to move the equipment more frequently and transport it for longer distances.Keeping everything protected and safe means that when you get to your destination, you know that everything will be ready to go right on stage for practice and performance. Take all of the precautions now, and you will reap many benefits later in the time savings and longevity of your instruments' lives. Don't try to cut corners with your protective equipmentbuy the best that is on the market.
If your vacation plans include travel any where in Canada this summer, consider a departure from the everyday and charter a course for the gentle pleasures of Prince Edward Island. Your Canada travel itinerary would not be complete without a stay here.Once on the Island, marvel at miles and miles of beautiful white, champagne, pink or red sand beaches. On Prince Edward Island shorelines your eyes will soar as high as a seabird and beyond to the top of the red sandstone cliffs that overlook the ocean.If fishing is your forte, Prince Edward Island has a wealth of opportunity for the duration of the summer months. Charter a deep sea fishing expedition with friends and you could well wind up with Tuna, marlin or even shark as your reward for a long days work, and well worth it. For something with less adventure, cast into the still waters beyond the bridge or off the end of a pier and Mackerel could soon find its way to the end of your line. For freshwater fishing, Brook or Rainbow trout could make fly-fishing in any one of PEIs winding rivers the perfect day trip.PEI offers not only Canada's birthplace, but also a spectacular seascape and equally stunning landscape, rich and resplendent in rolling dunes, wetlands, lush fertile farmers fields, and the sand and the high pitched cliffs. The diverse habitat of our special Island is home to boundless types of plant and wildlife, including the endangered Piping Plover.Travel to the edge of Canada and from there, continue onwards across the marvel that is the Confederation Bridge and until you find yourself at the sapphire blue of the waters edge, then dip your toes in the warmest ocean waters north of Virginia. This is everything a vacation on this Gentle Island was meant to be. Everything and more.Explore Cavendish, the home of Lucy Maud Montgomerys beloved classic Anne of Green Gables, one of the Islands main attractions. Hike or bike our green rolling hills. Then spend some time visiting craft shops in our quaint Island villages. Our pottery, woodworking, tapestries and quilts are as much a fabric of life on the Island as our rich history.The perfect end to a perfect day should always include watching a magnificent Island sunset as it dips into the ocean. And the perfect night should remain at the waters edge, drinking in the tranquility that abounds. Be sure, however, to savor far, far more than just the ambience. Prince Edward Island is renowned for its seafood as would be expected so take the time to linger over your lobsters, order tons of tuna steaks, or chow down on the fresh baked bread that is certain to accompany your bowl of clam chowder, served piping hot and rich with cream or dairy products from an island farm, and thickened with the natural agent that is the Prince Edward Island potato.All of this awaits you and more on Canadas east-coast jewel, The Gentle Island. All of this, and more.
Pop up campers have been a mainstay on campgrounds for decades, and for good reason. Campers offer many advantages that are unique and cannot be had in larger RV's (recreation vehicles) or in traditional tent camping. A pop up camper takes camping to a new level by providing all the comforts of home, such as a kitchen, refrigerator, stove, oven, air conditioning, heat, beds, seating, and bathrooms, to name more than a few. Amenities like these are simply impossible to have when you are confined to a tent. On the other hand, a larger RV has room for all the comforts of a pop up camper with room to spare for more, but they have their drawbacks as well. RVs are extremely large and can be both difficult and intimidating to drive. Further, they can not be parked in conventional parking lots, and city driving is simply out of the question. Add to that their low fuel economy, high price tag, and the space required to store them when they are not in use, and it is no wonder that many campers opt for a different option such as pop up campers. And when it comes to pop up campers, one name has stood out from the rest for decades: Coleman Campers. Coleman Campers known as Fleetwood, or Fleetwood Coleman since a 1989 licensing agreement merged the two brands offer the top of the line in pop up campers. Pop up campers have enjoyed a lasting popularity due to their affordable price, ease of storage (they collapse into a much smaller footprint when not in use), and their ability to be towed by an existing vehicle rather than requiring their own engine, like a full sized RV. But not all pop up campers are created equal, and Coleman Campers have earned their place at the top for good reason. Coleman has long been the top name in camping supplies, and it is their experience in the camping business that helps them deliver a product that meets their customers needs while exceeding expectations. The current line of Coleman Campers has a model for nearly every need and budget. The top of the line Highlander series has a list of features that reads like one you would find on the sticker of a luxury motor home. At over twenty-six feet in length when opened, the highlander models have a full sized galley complete with plenty of counter space, a refrigerator-freezer, stove, oven, microwave, and everything else a galley needs. When you add a fully functioning solid-wall bathroom and shower, and two generous sleeping areas, it becomes obvious why the fleet of Coleman Campers is led by the Highlander.The top selling Americana model offers many of the same highlights as the Highlander, but in a smaller scale, less weight, and lower price tag. Similarly, the Americana model is the most affordable of the offerings in the current fleet of Coleman Campers. Naturally, as the prices go down so does the size of the camper. Further, while many of the amenities and features remain the same, they tend to become more utilitarian and less posh in the lower priced models. The aforementioned models of Coleman Campers are designed for travel on level and paved roads, and they are designed to be towed to campgrounds. Simply put, they aren't designed to handle rough terrain. If your pleasure revolves around remote, off road camping, then the Evolution model has your name written all over it. Designed to be rugged and strong, the Evolution keeps going when the roads stop, and it does so with all the quality and features that you would expect from Coleman Campers. And if motor sports are what draws you to the open spaces, then the Scorpion model can bring you and all your toys to your destination. With a twelve foot cargo area that is part of the camper trailer, there is plenty of room for your motorcycles, quad runners, or whatever else you like to ride. No matter what you look for in a camper, Coleman Campers have a model that is sure to fit your budget and needs. Packed with everything you need to relax and enjoy your time with nature, Coleman Campers prove that they are number one for a reason.
Although most visitors to Hawaii go for the beaches, there is plenty other things to see. If you are looking for another side of Hawaii, why not go on a tour of some to the many volcano sites.There are many ways to do things. Some people make it a day trip. There are guided tours available to show you sites of interest. Others make the volcanoes the focus of their holiday and find accommodations near by. Others still, take a ride in a helicopter over the sites for a first rate view of the volcanoes.These are a few of the most interesting sites you might want to check out.Mauna Loa or (Long Mountain) is the largest volcano in the world. It is four km above sea level. It spans more than half of Hawaii and is still very active. In fact, since 1843, it has erupted thirty three times. Currently, Mauna Loa is being monitored from signs of eruption.To see a volcano in eruption you should visit Kilauea. This volcano is smaller than Mauna Loa but is still very active. Kilaueas current eruption started in 1983 and hasnt stopped yet.Hualapai is another volcano to see, although it isnt as active as Kilauea or Mauna Loa. For almost one hundred years, starting in 1701, this volcano erupted six times and twice its lava flowed into the sea below. The volcano hasnt been as active recently. Experts think that in the next one hundred years, it will do so again.Because volcano sites require a lot of hiking to get to them, make sure you do your research. Small children, pregnant women and the elderly are advised not to participate. The shell on fresh lava is breakable and can end up being dangerous. Before you get to Hawaii and all the way up to the day before you start your hike, keep your self informed of the lava activity. Experts recommend you plan in advance and start the day early.The weather conditions as you climb can change drastically. Carry some sunscreen and sunglasses along with the necessary attire for rainy and windy conditions. As you go higher, you may need a warm jacket. Even though they are concession stands along the way, there is a bit of a distance between them, so bring snacks with you.If you are going to Hawaii, try to make time to see these fascinating volcanoes for yourself, you wont regret it.
With the advent of the World Wide Web, it's easier than ever to do research into those vacation spots that you've longed to visit. With the cost of travel these days, it's important that you do as much research as possible so that you can pack as much into your vacation as possible.However, even though you want to experience as much as possible on your vacation, one of the major mistakes that the vacationer makes is to try to do too much. You end up returning home needing a vacation from your vacation!The best thing to do is make plans to visit one or at most two tourists spots each day. Have a backup site you'd like to visit in case something happens to one of your first two choices.Well, what's to see in Italy?That all depends on your interests. There is indeed something for everyone.All roads lead to Rome, as the saying goes, so let your feet take you in that direction. There are so many museums, churches, art galleries, and other places of interest there that you could spend your entire vacation in the capital city of Italy quite easily. The Colosseum, located in the center of Rome, is over 2000 years old. Pictures in books do not do this ruined edifice justice, it must be seen to be believed. During its heyday it could seat 50,000 people, gathered together to watch the famous 'circuses' of gladiatorial combat. Nearby is the Forum, where Julius Caesar was killed by his Senators on the Ides of March.After Rome its on to Naples. Well, Naples is just the starting point to get to Pompeii, and nearby Herculaneum. These are the cities buried under the ash of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the 1st century AD, and forgotten about for 1600 years. Excavations began in the 1700s and are still going on today. You'll travel first to Naples, and from there go on to these famous cities frozen in time.It's possible to make a daytrip from Rome to Pompeii, so don't miss out.All Roads Lead To Rome, And Away From RomeWhere to go from Rome? Well, you could go north east, up to Venice. Venice, the city of canals. Indeed, Venice is surrounded by water - the best way to get there is by boat or train. This unique city is located on the southern coast of Italy, with far above it the country of Austria and to the west, Slovakia. Known as the city of canals, it's also the city of bridges. Venice actually covers 117 small islands, with 409 bridges traversing 150 canals. You have never seen any city like it. If you don't want to go north you can go south, to Tuscany.Are you a wine enthusiast? Or an oenologist, to put it technically. (That's pronounced een-ol-o-gist, by the way.) If you are, you'll want to visit the region of Tuscany, famous for its winemaking. There are fourteen "wine roads" throughout the region. Each road identifies the type of grape grown in that area, and has signs pointing to the various vineyards and other businesses open to the touring public. You might want to start your tour in the city of Florence, as you'll be able to get in a little culture as well, by visiting the famous Uffizi Gallery.The island of Elba, famous for its wine, is also a renowned tourist resort. And it's the place where Napolean Bonaparte was first imprisoned (before escaping, regathering his army, losing at Waterloo, and ending up at St. Helena.) You can visit the two villas that Napolean occupied there.