The Shadow of the Castle That Inspired Dracula Will Be the Site of an Epic Halloween Party


You may not be able to party with Count Dracula himself this Halloween, but a tour company is offering the next best thing. As Lonely Planet reports, G Adventures is giving 1000 travelers the chance to dance the night away beneath Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania at the end of October.

Bran Castle is one of a handful of locations that Bram Stoker is believed to have drawn from when writing his Gothic horror novel (though Stoker never actually visited Transylvania). In the book, Dracula's home is described as sitting "on the very edge of a terrible precipice.” The real-life Bran Castle—which dates back to 1212 and once hosted Vlad the Impaler, another major inspiration for Dracula—fits that image.

Guests attending Dracula’s Halloween Party will begin their trip in Bucharest on October 31. From there, they will drive to Bran Castle in Transylvania and explore the site's eerie interior. The night concludes with a costume party beneath a tent set up in the shadow of the castle, complete with drinks and food trucks.

The next day of the tour will be slightly calmer, with opportunities to explore local museums, churches, and national parks around Brasoc. On day three tourists will be shuttled back to Bucharest for the end of their trip.

Dracula's Halloween Party in Transylvania is currently sold out, though you can always check back to see if any spots have opened up. And that's not the only spooky experience the tour company offers. For $1500, G Adventures will take you on a seven-day tour this October of even more Transylvanian sites connected to Dracula.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture


This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair

- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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A Luxurious Private Island in Fiji Is Heading to Auction

Platinum Luxury Auctions
Platinum Luxury Auctions

There may be less expensive ways to get away from it all, but few are as luxurious as owning your own private island. Soon that dream will become a reality for someone with money to spend on real estate. According to Robb Report, Mai Island off the coast of Fiji is headed to auction.

Mai Island is the picture of isolation. To get there by boat, visitors must take a 90-minute trip from the neighboring island of Vanua Levu. The only other ways to access the island are by helicopter or seaplane.

The secluded location offers plenty to anyone willing to make the trek there. On the southwest side, there's a quarter-mile of sandy beach, and on the opposite end, there's a deep-water anchorage perfect for parking mega-yachts. The 32-acre island also features waterfalls, 300-year-old ruins, and a freshwater lake pristine enough to supply water to the mainland.

After a day of lounging by the ocean, residents can retreat to the cozy one-bedroom villa with its own spacious deck. There are also two separate cottages for any staff members on the island.

When Platinum Luxury Auctions sells Mai Island on Saturday, July 25, it will be one of the rare Fijian properties available for buyers residing outside the island chain to purchase outright. This auction doesn't list a minimum price, but it will likely garner some high bids. Recently, sellers listed the island at $4.2 million.

Villa on private island.

Private island in Fiji.

Beach on private island.

[h/t Robb Report]