Nashville, Tennessee: New Attractions in the Music City

The Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.

Erase any negative preconceived notions you have about Nashville because this southern city has a lot going on. Whether you’re a fan of music, sports, or great cuisine, the capital of Tennessee holds a variety of new and exciting things to do.

It’s not called “The Music City” for nothing. Country music and rock n’ roll have been a presence in, and perhaps the defining quality of Nashville. The Music City Walk of Fame Park immortalizes musical artists and other members of the music industry in a landmark tribute reminiscent of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Recent inductees include Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Mayor Karl Dean, and many others.

The Ascend Amphitheater’s 2015 opening was celebrated with a two-day performance starring Eric Church. This fairly new music venue hosts a myriad of different musicians throughout its operating season that ends in November. Enjoy an amazing night at the Ascend Amphitheater as you look up into the night sky while simultaneously watching your favorite artists perform!

Music isn’t the only cultural aspect of Nashville. Multiple sports teams have been expanding and improving in the Tennessee capital. The Tennessee Titans of the NFL enjoyed a 9-7 record in the 2016/2017 season. Their Nissan Stadium has almost 70,000 seats so there should be no trouble finding tickets for this growing football franchise.

First Tennessee Park is the home to the Nashville Sounds, an AAA baseball team.
First Tennessee Park is the home to the Nashville Sounds, an AAA baseball team.

The Nashville Sounds, the AAA affiliate of the MLB’s Oakland Athletics, have a new stadium called the First Tennessee Park that opened in 2015. And who could forget the NHL’s Nashville Predators incredible 2017 playoff run that saw the Preds sweep the Blackhawks and earn their first ever Western Conference title?  They might have lost to the Penguins, but they certainly put the city on the world’s hockey map.

After you have seen the musical and sports aspects of the Tennessee capital, try one, or more, of Nashville’s awesome new restaurants. The Hillsboro Village neighborhood is home to the Grilled Cheeserie Melt Shop with the top of the line grilled cheese sandwiches and milkshakes. Slim and Husky’s Pizza Beeria in the Germantown Area has an upbeat vibe along with great pizza and local microbrews.

The Mainstay, a restaurant with plenty of craft beer and TVs, sits in East Nashville. Experience these newly opened eateries and tons of others within the city of Nashville!   If you’re traveling to Nashville, find the best deals on hotel rooms and get points to use on your next trip from Bonwi.

Tips for Renting a Car

car rental

car rental

Renting a car is such a common part of the travel experience that you’d think the car rental process would be straightforward and transparent, yet somehow it is anything but. Among all your options, there are some things you don’t need to do and should do when renting a car. Below are a few tips to get you on your way.

Don’t Purchase Prepaid Gas

car rental

Prepaying for gas may seem convenient but it means you’ll pay for a full tank of gas, even if you return with the tank half full. Most rentals are on a “get it full, return it full” fuel policy. If you return a car with less than a full tank, the rental company refuels it and adds it to your bill at a per-gallon charge that can be double or triple the going rate.

 

Avoid “Extra” Rental Fees

Drop-off charges, additional drivers, and additional extras are what you’re most likely to encounter. Drop-off charges are an extra fee if you drop the car off at a different location from where you picked it up. Adding additional drivers to your rental agreement may result in a surcharge. Some major companies allow a renter’s spouse or domestic partner to drive the vehicle at no extra cost. GPS navigation, child seats, roof racks, and satellite radio are some of the most common additional extra costs that could cost you $3 – $25 a day.

Inspection Checklistcar rental checklist

Always inspect the inside and outside of the rental car before leaving, or dropping off the vehicle. Look for scratches, scuffs, loose parts, working power windows and mirrors, and more. Anything that could potentially be considered damage should be photographed and or recorded. Make the company aware or you might end up paying for it. Never assume that a ding is too small to warrant noting or that the car company already knows about damage. If it’s not listed on the car condition form, speak up.

Feel the Freedom

Renting a car allows you the freedom to gallivant around and enjoy new places. You have the advantage over public transportation with a car that fits the nature of your trip, family members, and travel companions. Enjoy the luxury of making as many stops as you want and follow the route you consider interesting.

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Tips for Flying Like a Pro

flying

Whether for business or pleasure, flying can be stressful. Take note of these expert tips, and you’ll step off the plane feeling relaxed and ready for whatever awaits you at your final destination.

Hydrate

Drink up. Water, that is. Air travel is incredibly dehydrating, so drink water throughout the flight. Pilots and Flight Attendants recommend drinking a quart of water for every hour of flight. Bring an empty reusable water bottle and ask a flight attendant to fill it for you. Avoid drinking too much alcohol. This will lead to dehydration, grogginess and may exacerbate jet lag.

Request a “Special Meal”

Vegetarian, gluten-free or kosher meals are typically served and cleared first, which allow you to relax and get to sleep sooner. These meals are healthier, which is also an added bonus.

Loose Clothing

Comfortable clothing will make a flight more enjoyable. Long flights can mean going from freezing to overheated and back again. Wearing layers will keep your body at a comfortable temperature. Bring a scarf as a fashion accessory, a blanket and even lumbar support.

Sit by the Plane’s Wing

Many experts claim that the seats by a plane’s wing experience less turbulence since they are closer to the plane’s center of gravity.

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Best Practices for Booking Hotels

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Your Bonwi membership grants you access to unlimited savings on thousands of hotel rooms. Follow these booking hotels tips to ensure you and your companions can save even more money and enjoy a delightful getaway.

booking hotels

Look into Business Hotels

Hotels that cater mostly to the traveling business individual can often be slower during the weekends and summer months, which can lead to lower prices.

Visit at Less Popular Times

Research your destination’s peak seasons and days. Summer in the Caribbean, winter in Europe, weekends near convention areas and weekdays in resort areas are considered peak traffic times. It’s simple demand and supply economics. Avoiding these dates will save you money and a potential headache.

Tell the Hotel of Any Issues

Issues like noisy neighbors or a messy room can ruin your hotel experience. If this happens, speak up. They could upgrade you for the rest of your stay or provide you with drink vouchers for the bar.

Double Dip Reward Points

Most credit cards offer travelers everything from cash back to bonus points or miles. Booking your next hotel stay with one of these credit cards will give you the most bang for your buck.

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Plan Your Best Summer Vacation

As summer fast approaches, now is the time to plan the best vacation ever. Whether you just decided to book a trip and are beginning to dive into the planning process, or you already have the basics of your vacation taken care of and need help sorting out the rest, we are here to help.

Define Your Intentions

Setting an intention for your trip will give you focus and meaning during your travels. Deciding beforehand the purpose of your vacation – such as rest and relaxation, sun and beach, or exhilaration and adventure – will help the planning process. Make sure to finish this step and begin booking your trip at least 2-3 months ahead of time for the best hotel stays and airfare.

Plan And Let Go

Our time off from work and school is precious, and though it may seem necessary to plan each day of your trip down to the minute, the fun of adventure comes from leaving some aspects to chance. Plan the important logistical items and then let your feet be your guide through the city, stopping whenever something grabs your attention.

Fly Early

Nothing puts a damper on the start to your vacation like a delayed or canceled flight. While that is out of your control, there is one surefire way to help you avoid such stress and anxiety: fly early. Airports are less congested in the early mornings and bad weather typically surfaces later in the day. This will also get you to your destination earlier, and in some instances, help alleviate the side effects of time changes and jet lag.

Find Some Nature

Find Nature

Connecting with nature by walking along a river, camping, or sitting on the beach, will help you slow down and enjoy life at a slower pace. If you end up somewhere without cell phone coverage, use that time as an excuse to do a digital detox. Technology is a common comfort which often consumes much of our time and diverts our attention away from our surroundings. Don’t forget to soak in the beauty of the world around you.

 

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America’s Most Beautiful Hikes

Beautiful hikes

This Travel Tuesday we are highlighting some of the most beautiful hikes right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Of all the modes of travel available to us today, walking is still the best for experiencing the wonders of the world. North America offers some of the best hiking in the world because of the many national parks and protected areas. Whether you prefer a brisk walk, a casual saunter, or a stroll, here are the best hikes to get the legs moving.

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a long-distance route that spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. Being such a long trail, it’s extremely diverse. You’ll walk through arid deserts, glaciated valleys and thick forests as you take in the most stunning landscapes the West has to offer.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is an impressive 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep. This beauty comes with an exhausting downhill and uphill round-trip hike.

Great Smokey Mountains

Great Smokey Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountain range straddles the Tennessee-North Carolina border. The name derives from the natural fog that rolls over the range and looks like large smoke plumes. Hikers will see the most beautiful waterfalls along each trial that flow year round.

Precipice Trail, Maine

Precipice Trail Maine

Experienced hikers say the ocean views atop the Precipice Trail is something you need to experience. The short and steep 1.6-mile round-trip hike provides hikers with a dramatic view of the rugged coast.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier Park Montana

Huge mountains, active glaciers, colorful lakes, variety of hiking trails and abundant wildlife make this place a hiker’s dream come true. You will find something for each type of hiker. There are more than 730 miles of marked trails ranging in difficulty.

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is approximately 2,200 miles and runs up the East Coast from Georgia to Maine. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions traverse towns, roads and cross rivers. Hikers of all skill can jump on anywhere along the trail.

John Muir Trail, California

John Muir Trail California

The John Muir Trail is a 210 mile trail that cuts through the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. You don’t have to trek the entire trail to experience the finest mountain scenery in the U.S.

 

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The Ultimate Travel Packing Guide

Bonwi.com provides you with packing tips.

Bonwi.com provides you with packing tips.

What to pack is as important as what not to pack. This packing guide is to lighten your load and make your trip easier!

What to Pack

Travel Documents, Cash, and Credit Cards: Collect all of your important documents into a travel document organizer. This will help ensure everything you need to get from one place to another is easily accessible.

Technology: Mobile device and its charger, headphones, and electrical converters/adapters to ensure you stay connected on the go.

Health Items: Make sure all prescriptions are in their original packaging and in your carry-on to make sure it stays with you at all times. Carrying hand sanitizer or wet wipes is a good way to keep clean while traveling.

Basic Clothing Options: The option to do laundry will be available most everywhere you go so there is no need to bring duplicates of clothing items. Here is a list of bare essential clothing pieces: Shirts, Socks, Pants/Shorts, Belt, Underwear, and Comfortable Walking Shoes.

What Not to Pack

Toiletries: Pack just the bare essentials and buy as you go. Most major hotels offer complimentary soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Picking up toiletries on the road is easy and often cheaper than buying them at home.

Valuables: The risk of losing or having valuables stolen greatly increases when traveling. If you can’t image yourself without your expensive diamond ring/earrings/necklace/Rolex watch, it’s better you leave them home since tourists are targets for thieves. Also, if you’re looking to save money by bargaining, it’s best to not wear items that project wealth.

By using these tips as a guideline, you can better organize and prepare for your trip. And if you are looking for more in-depth information about planning a trip, explore our tips section

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