Are you looking for love?
Are you single and tired of the lonely prospect of solo travel?
Do you like the idea of meeting other singles with similar interests?
Does the thought of international travel appeal to you?
Whether you’re looking for love, or just like the idea of meeting other singles and sharing some great times, singles vacations and single cruises could be the answer. The good news is that there are many options for you, regardless of your interests and budget.
Single and broke? No worries, solo travel is still a possibility. If you’re willing to take a modest vacation you’ll find many singles vacations that don’t cost a fortune. For example, there are many singles vacations that focus on backpacking and camping. Rather than staying in a 4 star hotel you’ll pitch a tent and sleep in the great outdoors. Gourmet meals will be replaced with delicious comfort foods cooked over an open fire. And excursions offered on singles cruises, such as jet skiing and snorkeling, will be substituted with adventurous activities that may include kayaking, hiking, and canoeing.
No, these options are not extravagant, but they can be incredibly enjoyable. There’s nothing quite like escaping life as we know it, and getting back to basics. Sitting by a campfire at night, gazing at the magnificent star studded sky can be exhilarating. And if you happen to connect with another single while vacationing, this is a perfect recipe for romance!
If the great outdoors is not your thing, and you just can’t wrap your head around the idea of sleeping in a tent, there are singles vacations available that are less expensive than single cruises and resort vacations. If you know where to look, you can find singles vacations that offer accommodations in cabins. And if you’re willing to share in some of the chores such as cooking and cleaning, you can reduce your costs and still have a great time.
Of course, there are a wide variety of choices for singles cruises, singles resorts, and solo travel tours. Would you believe that single cruises can be found for less than two hundred dollars? If you consider the fact that cruise prices include food and accommodations, do you think this could be an affordable vacation for you?
If you’re not fortunate enough to live within driving distance of the departure port, you’ll have to add the cost of airfare. You’re almost always better off to book your airfare yourself, rather than to bundle it with the cost of the cruise. This will give you greater flexibility and usually a better price.
One very popular destination for single cruises from the U.S. is the Bahamas. This tropical Caribbean vacation spot has much to offer. Just picture yourself strolling along gorgeous white sand beaches, listening to the gentle crashing of the waves and looking out onto the beautiful turquoise water. With warm, sunny weather and countless activities available for daytime and nighttime fun, what’s not to love?
Whether you prefer to take advantage of the many water sports available, enjoy duty free shopping in the huge international bazaar, take your chances in the casinos, or relax on an exotic beach while sipping frozen cocktails, your days will never be boring. Once the sun goes down, the nightlife in the Bahamas is hot hot hot! The many dining options, live entertainment, clubs, and casinos will make you wish you never had to sleep. But then, you can always sleep tomorrow on the beach, right?
Your Bahamas cruise is most likely to arrive in Nassau or Freeport. Due to the close proximity of this area to Florida, most cruise lines depart from Miami, Port Canaveral, or Fort Lauderdale, Fla. You can book a cruise for as little as two to four nights, which is a very popular option if you’re interested in singles cruises. Just think, you can actually enjoy an incredible vacation that is affordable, meet other singles, and take little or no time away from work!
Do you get seasick? Don’t like the idea of being confined on a ship? Maybe single cruises aren’t the best idea for you. Don’t despair, there are many singles vacations available that offer hotel and resort vacations. Some are all inclusive. Your options are practically endless, from exotic beach resorts in tropical locations, to bus tours in faraway countries, to backpacking and staying in hostels overseas.
As you can see, there is no reason that solo travel should be counted out of your vacation plans, just because you’re single. Just figure out your budget, carefully decide where you would like to visit, and get on the Internet to book your trip. Whether you’re looking for love, or just want to experience the world with other singles your age, singles vacations and single cruises can be an affordable, exciting way to break free from loneliness and have a great time.
Primus and the Chocolate Factory: Theres no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are goingby Benjy EisenIn the summer of 1971, Primus Les Claypool was a couple months shy of his eighth birthday when David L. Wolpers Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory debuted in movie theaters; based on the Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like many people of a certain age and temperament, the movie became a perennial favorite that Claypool would come back to repeatedly, throughout different stages of his life, taking something different away from it each time.So it seemed equal parts genius and obvious when he decided to throw a Willy Wonka-themed Primus show on New Years Eve last year. During the second set, Primus performed the soundtrack in its entirety. Of the 23 or so New Years shows, I dont think weve ever had a better combination of elements, Claypool reflects, seven months later. It felt good. It felt like we needed to be doing this.It felt so good, in fact, that he decided to take Primus into the studio to prepare the soundtrack for an album release. Claypool admits that hes always, in some way, wanted to be Willy Wonka, and, also, that hes always wanted to work a cover of The Candyman — a memorable number from the films soundtrack — into Primus sets. Hell, Ive been doing the line from the boat ride on stage since the 80s, then Les sings, Theres no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going Larry Lalonde and I were discussing the next project for the band and one thought I had was to take on some kind of sacred cow and twist it into something of our own. Being that the whole Wonka thing was a massive part of my childhood, Claypool explains, It just seemed like the perfect thing for us to sink our teeth into, in part because those tunes are all so strong.The project wouldve worked with almost any of Claypools diverse musical ventures, but he knew from the start that he wanted to bring Wonka straight to his flagship band. Theres excitement right now in the Primus world, he explains. Two years after releasing an album of new material, Green Naugahyde, the Primus machine has a full tank and is running hot. Theres this reinvigoration here, says Claypool. Beginning on New Years, drummer Tim Herb Alexander returned to the lineup, following a three-year hiatus (during which the baton was passed to Jay Lane). Reunited with Claypool and guitarist Larry Ler LaLonde, the trio was able to capture the classic Primus sound and honor the spirit of Willy Wonka as seen through Claypools H.G. Wells style, creative-vision goggles.The recording is about my early perception of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film, says Claypool. The notion wasnt so much to go in and redo the soundtrack note for note as much as it was to utilize the classic elements of the music yet try to reflect some of the darker undertones of the Roald Dahl books, because when you read those books, there is an eerie and somewhat menacing aspect implied. In order to get the full depth that he envisioned for the music, Claypool called up two celebrated players from his multi-band roster — Mike Dillon and Sam Bass. Otherwise, it wouldve been the Wynonas Big Brown Beaver version of Willy Wonka, he says. I dont think it wouldve carried as well. With the added ingredients of marimba, vibraphone, tabla and various strings, we were able to bring some depth to the sonic landscape and really shift the mood around. It gets dark and creepy yet maintains that notion of innocence. This reinforced version of Primus (featuring the Fungi Ensemble after Less last solo band) set about recording what would become Primus and the Chocolate Factory at Claypools home studio, Rancho Relaxo, in Sonoma County, California, during the early months of 2014.The whole thing just unfolded, says Claypool, who produced the album himself. It was a very easy and pleasant project. It wasnt like we sat and scratched our heads… Every song was all wrapped around how I would interpret the vocals, for the most part, because that was the most challenging thing. For example, Claypool took on the character of Grandpa Joe on the song, Golden Ticket. But rather than try to emulate the voice of Jack Albertson, (Grandpa Joe from the original film), he affected an almost comical, deep vibrato that brings to mind an aging Elvis impersonator lounge singer… with a wobble. And then it just fell into place, he says.Some of the albums finest moments were inspired by the same motivation that has driven Primus entire career: I spent the last 20-some odd years just trying to make Larry LaLonde laugh, says Claypool. The majority of Primus music is me trying to crack him up and him trying to crack me up. So when LaLonde humorously captured a Rockmaninoff melody that Wonka briefly performs in the movie, Claypool rebranded the track Lermaninoff in Larrys honor and even snuck in a surprise vocal… without informing the guitarist. Thats been the foundation of most of our career, says Claypool. Just trying to one-up and impress each other, and if I can make Ler piss with laughter, I win.The result is an album that Claypool enjoys listening to, as a fan. One of the things that Im most impressed with and that Im most drawn into, on the recording, is Tims percussion, he says. In order to achieve the effect he was going for, Alexander built a drum station that Claypool describes as both a pile of percussion and a huge circle of things to bang on so dense that Alexander then had to create a door just to enter and exit the thing. Tim was able to produce these amazing sounds and he does these things that weve all loved about him over the years, says Claypool. But its not your traditional drum kit or rock playing. Its very orchestral.With the album drop scheduled for October 21, Primus plans to tour the Chocolate Factory beginning the very next day. Were going to do some touring with it and we put together this pretty abstract stage production, says Claypool, Were going to take it out there, around the planet, and see what happens. And, in light of the record business being gutted by the internet, weve made some PRIMUS brand chocolate bars to peddle as well. Of course, Claypool realized that it was risky business to adapt a cinematic classic that is so close to so many peoples hearts. And, naturally, he realized that it was dangerous waters to swim in the wake of Gene Wilder, who portrays Willy Wonka in the original film. The band pulls it off by making something that is truly their own, without taking anything away from the movie. When asked about the fairly recent Tim Burton attempt at bringing the Roald Dahl story to the screen Claypool comments, Look, I love me some Tim Burton, when he writes his own stuff, and I respect what Johnny Depp has done over the years. Hell, Ed Wood is one of my favorite films, but that (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is just unwatchable and believe me Ive triedtwice as a matter of fact, Les continues, Even my kids hated it. Our project is an homage to Gene Wilder and David L. Wolpers, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the effect it had on me in my youth, spouts Les, Now we get to sell PRIMUS bars and hang out with demented Oompa Loompas. Plus to top it off, it gives me an excuse to wear a purple, velvet waistcoat and brown top hat for the next 18 months.