After democracy, the US’ greatest contribution to the world is probably music – think Memphis and New Orleans jazz and blues, to New York’s Broadway hits and Los Angeles’ mainstream pop. The spectrum of sounds also includes the rockabilly rhythm of Nashville. Aptly called the Music City, the neon-lit streets of Tennessee’s capital ooze tunes emanating from every honky-tonk restaurant, such as the famous Tootsies with its raucous hoedowns and guitar-shaped signboards. Is there something in the waters of the Cumberland River that cuts through this city in the Deep South? We’ll never know, but there’s no denying the musical prowess of this city that’s home to crooners like Miley Cyrus, Johnny Cash and Kesha.
Get your groove on this summer with a trip to the city’s musical hotspots such as the Johnny Cash Museum and The Bluebird Cafe (which launched Taylor Swift’s career), and vinyl stores like Grimey’s New & Preloved Music, an institution in itself. Y’all must also savour the city’s famous spicy hot chicken at the legendary Hattie’s B Hot Chicken. Once your heart and stomach are filled, call it a night at the Wyndham Nashville’s lovely country rooms.
The Palace Downtown Dubai
To reap royal benefits this summer, enjoy sleepovers at The Palace Downtown Dubai’s lavish rooms or palatial suites. Spend four nights plus at the breathtaking Arabian property overlooking the Dubai Fountain and earn stay credit of Dh400 for rooms and Dh1,000 for suites, complimentary Wi-Fi and tickets to three Emaar attractions. From Dh799. Until September 30. Call 04 423 8884.
Hosts to the inaugural European Games and the recent Grand Prix, the capital of Azerbaijan is just a three-hour flight away – perfect for an Eid getaway. Explore Old Town’s miniature book and carpet museums and the 13th-century Bibi-Heybat Mosque, then unwind futuristically in the 10,000 LED lights-powered Flame Towers housing the luxe Fairmont Baku. The package includes breakfast, a three-course dinner and 10 per cent off on rooms. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel book of the week
Abandon by Pico Iyer
An intoxicating blend of Sufi poetry, mystery and romance, this magical book by the prolific travel writer is a must-read for every wanderluster as it traverses the Middle East, Europe and India. Dh44, Amazon.com.
Style on the go
STRIPE TEASE This hard-shell acrylic trolley will keep your holiday essentials safe while adding some vibrant streaks of colour and fun to your trip, even if you’re headed to colder climes. Luggage love! Dh349, Parfois stores
WITH GREAT POWER Square plugs in round power points are every traveller’s nightmare, but not anymore! Merlin’s four-in-one portable TravelMate adapter, with dual 3.4A USB ports and a thermal fuse, helps you charge and use laptops, phones, straighteners and cameras anywhere, anytime, all at once. Dh195 at Plug Ins
TURN COAT Travelling to India? Meet the monsoons wrapped in this stylish semi-transparent poncho from Hunter and stay super dry. The draw string hoodie makes umbrellas redundant and the snapped pocket will keep valuables safe. Bring on the rain, we say! Dh497, Stylebop.com