5 Down South Country Travel Spots

If you still don’t know where to go for the July 4th weekend or for your big summer trip, allow me to help you out. From my cross country trips I think I found some of the best spot to travel to in the United States if you’re looking for more of a country, down south, barbecue type vacation. Below you will find my top picks for your not so average vacation. Enjoy and have a great time on your travels.

Nashville:

gregory-gopman-nashvilleHome of blues, and known as the all encompassing “Music City”, Nashville is amazing. The weather is darn near perfect year round and the people couldnt be nicer. There are tons of attractions in Nashville if you’re looking to view a couple touristy things. You’ll find the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium (the world famous performance theatre), and more bars serving whiskey inspired cocktails in mason jars than you can count.

While you’re in Nashville you must check out the Hatch Show Print. Hatch show Print in now located in the Country Music Hall of Fame and was originally founded in 1879. It was and still is a legendary letterpress print shop that lead the “brash” style of music that embodied classic country music.

For lunch there are no other options that the critically acclaimed Pepperfire. If you love hot chicken that crispy, juicy, and served with homemade potato salad, this place is your haven.

New Orleans:

gregory-gopman-new-orleansCommonly known as “Nola” or “N’awlins”, New Orleans is a travel destination for everyone. Whether you are looking for a boozed crazed time at Mardi Gras or a relaxed vacation where you can order all the gumbo and oysters you can eat, New Orleans has it all. The southern hospitality defines this city as music fills the streets and everyone is curtious.

The southern/french inspired food fusions truly awake the pallet. One of the most classic delicacies in New Orleans is the Po Boy. There are tons of restaurants serving up the city’s most eaten dish but there is only 1 Killer Poboys. This restaurant is nestled behind the Erin Rose Bar and is the crowned jewel when it comes to New Orleans traditional cusine. They by far serve up the meanest seared gulf shrimp, meatloaf, and other fresh ingredients to make you keep coming back year after year to visit.

For something of slightly slower pace and more relaxed I would suggest visiting the Louis Armstrong Park. The park is located in the Tremé neighborhood and offers visitors a more quiet time and a step into the past. The park was named after the world famous Louis Armstrong, a New Orleans native. Be sure to visit the Congo Square which was the site of 19th century slave dances. Blues, Jazz, and Rock n’ roll can all base their roots in these slaves dances.

Austin:

gregory-gopman-austinAustin has become all the rage lately, hosting food fairs, music festivals, and start-up community events. Austin is extremely affordable to live in and is the ideal spot for young adults from 21-35. Texas is known for a lot of things, but one in particular could be the reason you book a trip to Austin today. Texas barbecue is widely regarded as having one of the best barbecues in the world. If you love barbecue like I do then you need to visit La Barbecue and Micklethwait. Serving up barbecue staples like brisket and mouth-watering steak, these two restaurants are dishing out massive portions because as you know, “everything is bigger in Texas.”

What better way to wash down all that barbecue and soak up that southern sun than tasting a few craft beers. Do yourself a favor and visit the Jester King Brewery for all your hoppy desires. Formerly a farmhouse, the Jester King is one of the most popular breweries in the area, complete with their own tasting room, brewery tours, outdoor seating, and one of a kind beer.

Thank you for reading,

Gregory Gopman

When In New York City

gregory-gopman-ny-nycNew York City is widely known as one of the best cities not only in the United States but in the world. It’s no wonder why despite it being just under 470 square miles, it is still heavily populated at just under 8.5 million people. Many call it “the city that never sleeps” and why would it? There is so much to do in New York City and so much to see. Bars and restaurants will stay open late to accommodate as many people as possible.

When it comes to tourist attractions, New York City certainly doesn’t lack it. Located in the Financial District you have the Freedom Tower. The Freedom Tower is a new beautiful building which holds a lot of history dating back to the Twin Tower era. If you’re traveling from France, you can visit a gift that France gave the United States, the Statue of Liberty. Located on Liberty Island in Manhattan, enjoy a nice ferry ride to the large statue in which you can explore the history of Ellis Island and even go inside the Statue of Liberty. Take a trip in the evening to Times Square, also located in Manhattan. Here you will see many cool large lit up buildings where one of the most famous arenas, Madison Square Garden, resides.

There are endless option of things to do in New York City. You can eat in Little Italy or China Town, visit prominent parks like Central Park, or even visit landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. When visiting NYC, you’re most certainly in for a fun filled and action packed time.

Thanks for visiting my site!

-Gregory Gopman

Travel in Luxury Around the World…For Free!

gregory-gopman-travel-advisorDo wish to see the world? Do you not have millions of dollars? That is perfectly alright. How are these two questions related you may ask. Traveling the world without spending all the money in your family’s bank account is as simple as becoming a travel advisor.

Becoming a travel advisor is hard work and not for everyone but it has countless perks and priceless positives. Luxury travel advisors traverse the world attending meetings, expositions, events, and more on a regular basis. This is not becoming a travel agent and being transactional and sales oriented, but instead working directly with other travelers on a more personal basis and sharing your experiences to enhance their vacation.

Virtuoso CEO, Matthew Upchurch has been quoted in saying “Travel advisors manage your most valuable, non-renewable asset: your leisure time,” and “I’ve never seen people go from zero dollars to a million-dollar book of business in such a short amount of time.” Upchurch went on to say that travel advisors bridge the often overwhelming gap between a salesperson and the vacationing party.

Although you will be able to attend ritzy parties, swim in areas considered uncharted to most, and eat foreign delicacies from around the globe, being a travel advisor is a full time occupation. The position comes with a lot of responsibility and work but is rewarding, exciting, and educational at the same time.

I have labeled a few points below to better inform you on becoming a travel advisor:

Step One:

Contact a host agency close to where you currently live. Also feel free to reach out to companies like Virtuoso for an informational interview. Stay up to date on travel publications to stay informed on the industry. Travel Pulse, Travel Weekly, and Luxury Travel Advisor are great picks.

Don’t Expect Immediate Financial Returns:

Becoming the best in the field may take some time. Over the course of your first year you will grow your business as much as you want to put into it. Most advisors see their work really paying off in their second year.

Understand You’re In Sales:

You must be willing to put yourself out there in front of people and sell yourself. You must be able to deliver all the right information to clients and be able to blow them away with your knowledge and experiences. You will also develop personal bonds with clients to have them coming back time and time again.

Create Your Niche:

There are tons of people who have been to Paris or Tokyo but how many can say they’ve been to a rare private island in the South Pacific? Find where you can make the biggest impact and attract the best clientele. Become a guru for your specific field and you’ll be sure to be successful for anyone looking for specific trips.

Be Perfect:

Planning trips properly isn’t always easy. Sometimes problems come up and you need to readjust. Becoming a successful travel advisor is about knowing all the details. One must know all the little things and be able to change their plans on a dime. Having all the information will show to your clients and they’ll have a smooth vacation.

If becoming a luxury travel advisor sounds like the job for you check out some more information online and do your research. Thanks for visiting my page and check back soon for more updates.

-Gregory Gopman

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