Wanderlust: Events, Places & Culture

Travel is something everyone experiences in life. Whether it be moving to a new town or going on an adventure.

For those of you that love to travel, you may be familiar with the word WANDERLUST. For those of you that are not…

Wanderlust is a feeling. It is a strong desire to travel and explore the world.

There have been a few places & events that I have been wanting to see. I figured….Why not share with you?

Lets take a trip

The Color Run

This fun & colorful 5k run is currently the single LARGEST event series in the WORLD! The Color Run events are held in 50+ countries. If you’re not big on running, that is perfectly ok. This event is about having a great time! The best part is that this race has no time limit!

How does the race work? 

Ticket prices are broken up into two categories: Team Runners & Individual Runners.

Prices for Team Runners are as low as $35.00/person and can reach almost $60.00/person.

Prices for Individual Runners are as low as $39.50/person and can reach almost $60.00/person.

The sooner the purchase | The cheaper the ticket!


Participants start the race in a white shirt (Please do not show up in any other color). This is obvious because the colors will show up much better this way!

At each kilometer, participants are doused in crazy & vivid colors that can range from hot pink to aqua blue.

Once you are finished with the race…it’s not over! The Color Run hosts a Finish Festival. This is a huge party that includes music, dancing, food & color throws (You get one color throw of your own at the beginning of the race, and additional color throws can be purchased at the festival).


The Color Run is all about:

  • Healthiness: Promotion of a healthier lifestyle.
  • Happiness: This race is known as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet“.
  • Individuality: Everyone is welcome, & everyone runs for their own reasons.
  • Giving back: Millions of profits gained from Color Run events have been donated to charities (HandsOn Jacksonville, Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, Maui United Way & the Cool Kids Campaign are just to name a few!)

To check out their site & possibly register to participate in a Color Run event CLICK HERE! >>>> SHINE TOUR 2015!


Coachella: The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Annual Festival

This festival is so massive that it is broken up into TWO WEEKENDS! Coachella is held at Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. This event is in April, and the lineups are identical, so if you miss the first weekend…just go to the second one. You really can’t lose!

Not just one genre of music is showcased at this festival. They have branched out to cover  rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music! Some of the artists that performed at this years festival are: The Weeknd,Tyler the Creator, Azealia Banks, Drake and David Guetta.

When you enter Coachella, the set times for performances are posted everywhere, but if you forget a time just check the site. On the official site you can build your own schedule as well!


Art will be everywhere, and you can not miss most of the pieces because some of them are just….HUGE!

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Lightweaver by STEREO-BOT (Coachella 2014)
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Escape Velocity by POETIC KINETICS (Coachella 2014)

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Pulp Pavilion by BALL-NOGUES STUDIO (Coachella 2015)

Are you an artist that is interested in showcasing your large scale artwork at Coachella? Email low resolution images of your past work & your proposal to INFO@COACHELLA.COM.


Now, let’s get back to business!

To get to Coachella, you can either drive (if you are going with friends, carpooling is best) or you can ride the shuttle. Tickets can be purchased alone or you can purchase your Coachella ticket and shuttle ticket in a bundle package. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO! >>>> Valley Music Travel

I did mention that Coachella is in the desert right? Well just in case I didn’t (I did), IT’S IN THE HOT…SCORCHING…DESERT! There I think I got my point across. Please stay hydrated. Wear clothes that are light and airy…don’t go almost naked though…unless you are into that kind of thing. The weather at night is a completely different case! Bring a few layers with you because it could get a bit cool.


Coachella does have a long list of restricted items! Please make sure you look over this before you start packing your bags. Some of these restricted items are: drugs of any kind (This includes medical marijuana.), recorders, chains, flags, pets (Leave little scruffy at home!), professional cameras, sharpies/markers, hula hoops ( Don’t look at me crazy…I don’t know why either!), selfie sticks, fireworks, umbrellas, tents, laser pointers, outside food/drinks, etc. For the rest of the list CLICK HERE! >>>> Festival Info!

There will be vendors everywhere selling food, clothes and all kinds of things! As of 2015, credit cards are accepted, but if you feel the need to carry cash…there are ATM machines available. There are also cell phone charging stations for those that bring them, and DAY parking is free!

Venue gates open at 11:00 AM each day and the last set generally ends around 12:30/1:00 AM.

Check out the official Coachella site for more information! CLICK HERE! >>>> The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Annual Festival


Rio Carnival

This week long event is held in February every year, and is known for its explosive showcase of culture! There will be a massive parade, beautiful costumes, food, music and all of Rio to see!


Rio Carnival is generally broken up into many parts, but there are two types that are a “Must See“: Street Parties & The Parade!

Street Parties are literally the parties that just don’t stop. They occur every day… all day…for 1394413485-block-party-and-street-carnival-in-porto-alegre_4145152the entire week practically. There will be dancing, food and live music! The individuals who organize these street parties are called Blocos. This is the time to enjoy the city, and all that it has to offer. Just make sure you wear comfortable shoes and carry some form of identification on you. Many of these parties are on the Rio Carnival event list. The party located on Avenida Rio Branco, Downtown is a musical competition like no other. It starts on Saturday and ends on Tuesday. The largest and most organized party is on Cinelândia Square! Did I mention that street parties are free?


The Parade is something that you will always remember! The parade is located at the Sambadrome. This is where the beautiful costumes and amazing floats come in!

Warning: There will probably be some form of nudity…I’m just saying. The parade happens each night during the week of Carnival. The show is LONG! (Ends around 5:00 AM). I promise that it is completely worth it! The parade is a competition of Samba schools, and the schools are judged at the end of the week. It is beautiful to those who are watching, but these dance teams are giving it all down this half a mile runway! I am sure those costumes & bright lights are no joke.1424052197484

 If you are interested in the history of Rio Carnival, the Samba Museum is located inside the Sambadrome at the very end of the runway. It is directly under the arches of Apotheosis Square.(You couldn’t miss them if you tried!) 

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Costs & Fees

You knew this was coming….Don’t act like you didn’t.

Now in the grand scheme of things, it’s not bad at all. It just depends on where you are coming from. (Expedia anyone?) Once you are in Rio for Carnival, the only tickets you will need are for the parade and any clubs that you may decide to attend after certain events.

GET YOUR PARADE TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME!

I can not stress this enough! The tickets for the parade go fast, and the prices go up even faster. They start at $47.00/person and shoot up after that! The end is somewhere around $771.00/person. The VIP Boxes are much..MUCH different. To find information for Rio Carnival VIP Boxes CLICK HERE! >>>>Tickets & Prices

Golden Rule: Travel in groups!

We travel not because we want to escape life, but so that we can experience it.


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