Like the opera, the ballet provides an excellent opportunity to do something a little different on your next vacation. James Bond movies and television shows give you the impression that in order to enjoy the ballet or opera you need to travel with a formal gown or tuxedo and, well, this quite simply is not the case. From Buenos Aires to Vienna and points between, the majesty of theaters can often be toured during the day, but in order to truly appreciate their accomplishments you should really treat yourself to a performance.
Unless you’re attending the Glyndebourne or a handful of other venues, there is no dress code and you shouldn’t hesitate to go to the ballet in a pair of jeans if that’s all you have available; you won’t be alone. That said, sometimes it’s fun to rent outfits for a special night out especially if there is a dress code. Ask when you buy your tickets.
The ballet tends to give people the impression you’re meant to sit hours in reverential silence, but this simply isn’t the case. If someone does something truly show stopping on stage, feel free to applaud. Russian dancers, in particular, actually expect applause during the more difficult parts of their routines when executed flawlessly.
At the end of the performance if you’re looking to join in the congratulatory shouting, get your genders correct as ballet-goers to adhere to this rule pretty solidly. So, brava! for a woman, bravo! for man and bravi! for everyone. But you can also clap, shout or whistle as you would at a sporting event. Also, feel free to boo if you were unhappy with a dancer, the director or the conductor. While not common in most parts of the world, Italians are notorious for their contempt and, well, when in Rome.
Eat and drink beforehand, both the ballet and the opera can run a little long and concession prices are notoriously expensive.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
If the first word you think of when considering Seattle is “rain,” you’re not to blame—there is plenty of rain in this most famous of Pacific Northwest cities. But there are plenty of other, more enjoyable, quintessentially Seattle experiences to be found in Washington’s largest city, and here are the top five you can pack into any visit, no matter how brief.
The Bwindi Field Tent is one of the most formidable tents for international travelers. Designed to provide safety for travelers and field researchers in remote locations, the tent provides comfort for up to three people at a time. When not used for sleeping, it can convert into a mosquito net to help cover your bed.
Start your day in Groton, Massachusetts, just a short drive outside of Boston, with a late breakfast on Main Street at Salt & Light Cafe. The casual eatery provides loads of light breakfast and lunch options, with lots of gluten-free and health-conscious menu items. A wide array of coffees and teas are available, complemented by the café’s house-made flavor shots. Pastry items and desserts are also a can’t-miss add-on to your meal.