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Once in a while, a music festival can inspire a road trip. Sure, it’s super-convenient when your favorite bands happen to stop somewhere close to home, but sometimes it’s fun to make the journey to partake in one of the biggest gatherings of music lovers around. So why not take that to a new level? Book a cruise.

Concert cruises aren’t a new idea — there have been the Rock Boat, Jam Cruise and even John Mayer’s Mayercraft — but if you follow travel news like we have, there’s reason to believe that this trend is going to take off.

In fact, the world’s largest passenger ship will set sail for a Beatles tribute cruise next year. Royal Caribbean’s 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas will host the 7-night Cruise for Beatles Fans 2013.A Beatles tribute band will be onboard along with other musicians — all with a Beatles connection — such as Mark Hudson, a producer for the Beatles’ Ringo Starr; Billy J. Kramer, who has recorded songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; Joey Molland, a singer from Badfinger, a band signed by the Beatles’ label.

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Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival
Photography by Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

This weekend, Los Angeles has been taken over by foodies from around the world. Chefs come from near and far to show off their skills in cooking demos, offer their expertise at roundtable discussions and serve their delicious creations to the gourmands who were smart enough to buy a ticket to the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.

This is only the second year of this festival –with venues in Santa Monica, downtown LA, Hollywood and Beverly Hills — and it’s already a big deal. Last year’s festival featured more than 30 restaurants and 200 vineyards, and this year’s tops that with chefs such as Giada de Laurentiis, the Voltaggio brothers and even our own Andrew Zimmern serving the 15,000 people who are expected to attend.

Need another opportunity to fill your stomach with the best food and wine around? Check out our photos of the Best Food & Wine Festivals in the US, see The Lost Girls’ picks for the best destinations for a food and wine-themed girls’ getaway or grab your significant other and take a Wine Tour Weekend.

California Vineyard
Photograph by Ian Shive / Aurora Photos

As always, we’re bringing you our favorite travel posts from the blogosphere this past week. Learn an alternative way to save money while traveling the world, where the most remote places exist and how you can find the best sustainable wines.

The Cultureist offers a tour of the best “green” wineries from France to Greece and beyond. Never heard of biodynamic wine? Neither had we.

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It’s that time of year again! Summer music festival season is in full swing, and festivalgoers are flooding the streets of Chicago for one of the most highly-anticipated concerts of the year: Lollapalooza. Some of this year’s headliners include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Florence + the Machine and Passion Pit … but that’s just the start. If you attend the show, make sure you don’t accidentally miss one of the bands you wanted to see — create a custom schedule online. READ MORE

Lace up your dancin’ shoes and head down to the National Mall tomorrow from 1-4 p.m. for National Dance Day. Is the idea of bustin’ a move in front of the Washington Monument not enough to get you there? What if we told you there’d be appearances by So You Think You Can Dance celebrity guests? And Redskins cheerleaders? Yeah, we thought so. If you’re nowhere near Washington, DC, there are also a few other celebrations going on nationwide. Check out the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s upcoming events to find one near you!

“Are you frightened?”
“No.”
“I don’t know … they’re pretty big girls …”

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Not everyone can travel to Spain to run with the bulls — luckily, New Orleans has you covered! Tomorrow, the “Encierro” takes place at 8 a.m. sharp, but the festival is happening all weekend. Just head to the Big Easy to run with the … bulls. Or rather, roller derby girls decked out in bull horns and brandishing whiffle ball bats. Totally the same.

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The annual Festival of San Fermin is underway, with locals of Pamplona, Spain — along with visitors from all over the world — filling the streets for outrageous parties, parades and, lest we forget, the running of the bulls.

A tradition with a hazy history, the running of the bulls has grown from a convenient way to get the bulls from the corral to the bullring, to an event worthy of any thrill-seeker’s bucket list.

Get your adrenaline pumping — and learn a little, too — with our Festival of San Fermin photo gallery.

Or vicariously run with the bulls with a personal account by one of our writers and learn how you, too, can live the experience of a lifetime in the streets of northern Spain.

Have you been to the Festival of San Fermin? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

Every week we scour the travel blog universe to see where people are going, what they’re seeing and if they know something we don’t about their favorite destinations. From preparing to run with the bulls to capturing breathtaking photos of colorful Panama, travel bloggers have been busy.

Presumably, your local fireworks went off without a hitch this week — not true for San Diego residents. Gadling shares a video of the Big Bay Boom — with all of the city’s fireworks exploding at once.

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Can you believe tomorrow is the Fourth of July already? It’s not too late to make your holiday plans. From Boston to San Francisco, we rounded up the best fireworks the Fourth has to offer. And to make your planning even easier, we even found out which cities will have the best and the worst weather for pyrotechnics. Get out your picnic blankets – it’s time to get patriotic!

Check to see if the weather is going to ruin your fireworks with our friends at WeatherTrends360.com.

Get in the mood with photos of the best fireworks displays in the nation.

Impress your friends when you show them where the best viewing spots are for fireworks  around the country.

Where will you be catching the fireworks this year? Let us know in the comments!

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