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30 Trips Everyone Should Take At Least Once In Their Lives

30 Trips Everyone Should Take At Least Once In Their Lives

Modern life can become quite repetitive and may cause a person to feel trapped and stifled by the repetitive routines we tend to slide into. There are few things that can effectively break your routine, like taking trips and spending time somewhere new and wonderful. We tend to forget how beautiful and full of wonders our world really is. Breaking away from our place of residence for a while can make us reexamine our habits and break the pattern that we have grown accustomed to. Furthermore, witnessing a culture vastly different than the one that surrounds you will give you a different perspective and help you grow as a person.

We are going to attempt to bring you the ultimate list of places you can choose to visit and experience. These locations and events are going to take your breath away, inspire you, and bring out a better version of you upon the journey’s end.

1. Find out why all roads lead to Rome, Italy

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    Italy is one of the biggest cultural centers in human history, with breathtaking architecture, great museums, art, performers, and an atmosphere you can’t get anywhere else. Nobody leaves Rome with a sense of indifference. Merely walking its streets will be a feast for your senses.

    2. See the mystical beauty of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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      The temple of Angkor Wat is a UNESCO protected world heritage site, and for a good reason too. This architectural wonder was built between 802 and 1220 AD by the Khmer civilization. It is one of the most enduring architectural achievements of humankind.

      3. Discover the comfort and relaxation aboard The Orient Express

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        Although the route of the Orient Express has changed many times in the past, it is still as luxurious and beautiful as ever. Even though it doesn’t take you all the way to Istanbul, you can still see a big chunk of Europe riding on this classic train.

        4. Stand in awe of the magnificent Fuji mountain in Japan

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          If you are feeling adventurous you can book an overnight stay and climb the mountain. If not, you can easily take a train to one of the many sightseeing spots. We wholeheartedly recommend the Five Lakes of Fuji.

          5. Witness the magnificence of the prides on a Botswana safari

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            You can go for a public safari or, if you prefer to have more exclusivity, you can opt for a private one. The Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve are the two most popular parks. They feature a wide range of wild animals that include lions, elephants, leopards, black rhinos, and many other not-so-popular, but no less exotic animals.

            6. Climb the Alps and witness Europe’s beauty from a different perspective

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              Being that three very unique and very powerful countries; Italy, Switzerland and Germany, hold the Alps, the experience you can get can vary significantly. Also, the Alps have a lot of different options for tourists, so you can really find the type of vacation that suits you best.

              7. Find your way through the Devil’s Town in Serbia

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                A nominee for the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Devil’s Town is a very impressive rock formation that has two natural springs located within, called the Devil’s Water and the Red Well. These rocks are between 4 and 15 meters high and were created by erosion.

                8. Get familiar with Petra, the rock city in Jordan

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                  A miraculous and truly unique rock city located in southern Jordan, Petra stands as one of the great historical and architectural wonders, with parts that were built more than 2000 years ago. While the site has suffered from the elements, and has been target practice to the Bedouin of the Arabian Desert, it is still absolutely astonishing to behold.

                  9. Enjoy classical music performed at the magnificent Aspendos, Turkey

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                    For those that are fans of classical music, travel, and history, we recommend traveling to Aspenodos in spring or early summer. The Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival offer annual events, which are worth preparing for in advance. This Greco-Roman city is believed to have been built somewhere around 2000 B.C. It is a true historic site.

                    10. Feast your eyes on the beautiful Grand Canyon

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                      It is hardly even worth introducing the Grand Canyon, since it has become such a large part of popular culture, including movies, music videos, album covers, and a variety of other forms. It is more than obvious why it would be an awe-inspiring experience gazing across the magnificence of its landscape.

                      11. See the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt

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                        Egypt, one of the dominant empires in early human history, has left an abundance of archaeological wonders from various eras of its existence. Of course, the most famous one is the Great Pyramid of Giza, located in contemporary El Giza.

                        12. Take a bite out of the Big Apple

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                          New York is a pop icon all by itself. It is the setting for a sea of sitcoms, the Avengers movie, and a whole lot more. It is also the scene which brought us Hip-Hop, NYHC, and the Wu-Tang Clan. Broadway theaters are another good reason for spending a week (or a month) in NYC.

                          13. Experience the scorching heat of the Sahara desert

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                            With camels and the scorching desert, this isn’t an adventure for everyone. However, if you consider yourself an adventurous spirit, you should definitely set out on this journey. It is filled with historical sites, fun activities, and really leaves a lasting impression.

                            14. Bask in the beauty and cultural achievements of Paris

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                              The City of Lights is a must visit travel destination for anyone. It has something for everyone: museums, architecture, music, theatre, architecture, and Disney World. This is an oversimplification of one of the most famous cultural centers in Europe, but it’s the most I can do in these few lines.

                              15. Get to know the Medieval charm of Kathmandu, Nepal

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                                Established in the 900s BC, the capital (as well as the largest city of Nepal) is one of the places that really takes your breath away. As a place where Indian and Tibetan cultures mix and coexist, and a place with rich and well-preserved cityscapes, it really is a unique location to visit and explore.

                                16. Witness the stunning wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

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                                  The Galapagos Island national park and biological marine reserve is home to many endemic species of animals. It is considered to be crucial for Darwin’s theory of evolution. The island is a sight to behold! You will definitely enjoy your stay.

                                  17. Marvel at the architectural brilliance of the Great Wall in China

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                                    Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space. However, it is well worth seeing up close and personal. This architectural wonder was built as a defense against the powerful Mongols, and has stood the test of time quite admirably.

                                    18. Experience the stunning beauty of the Himalayas

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                                      Here’s another one for the true adventurers. Braving the journey to see the Himalayas is a daunting task and takes some preparation. This mountain range didn’t earn its nickname, The Roof of The World, for nothing.

                                      19. Marvel at the lush beauty of Taj Mahal, India

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                                        If your goal is to visit all the prominent cultures around the world, you can’t miss India. The great Taj Mahal stands as an architectural monument to Indian culture, originally envisioned as a mausoleum for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s favourite wife, Mumtaz mahal.

                                        20. Find peace in the temples and gardens of Kyoto, Japan

                                          Back to Japan we go, and this time we are visiting its former capital, Kyoto. The zen gardens in Kyoto have been praised through literature, paintings, and other arts. However, no amount of praise is equal to the experience of walking through them.

                                          21. Get lost in the beautiful landscape of Iceland

                                            Iceland is a small and weird island country that gave us Bjork, Sigur Ros, and a lot of other talented musicians. It has beautiful landscapes and a unique culture impacted primarily by the Norse Viking culture, which is also reflected by its language.

                                            22. Feel the music at Tomorrowland, Belgium

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                                              Tomorrowland is scheduled to open on September 27th. You can probably still manage to find tickets if you are willing to make an effort. It is an electronic music festival with top-notch reviews, and for good reason too.

                                              23. Walk the ancient streets of Athens, Greece

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                                                Don’t let recent political developments scare you. If there is one thing modern Greeks are good at it’s tourism. No matter the state their country is in, they always find a way to be hospitable to tourists. Previously a city state, Athens is considered to be the cradle of modern democracy. It has a lot of historical sites you can visit in order to witness the power of ancient Greek culture.

                                                24. Find your spirituality in Jerusalem, Israel

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                                                  Even if you are not a religious person, Jerusalem is more than worth the visit. It has been a religious and cultural crossroads for centuries. Much of that can be seen in the legacy left behind by different cultures in its architecture, religious buildings, museums, and so on.

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                                                  25. Experience the ancient Incan culture in Machu Picchu, Peru

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                                                    An ancient citadel located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is an astonishing architectural achievement of a powerful culture, which was destroyed by the European conquistadors. You can take a magnificent train ride to Machu Picchu, as I already mentioned in a previous article.

                                                    26. Party hard during the festival in Rio, Brazil
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                                                      This is one of those festivals that hardly needs an introduction. It is known as one of the greatest parties in the world. Each year, people from various corners of the globe gather to enjoy the festivities. It hosts somewhere around 2 million people per day, just to put things into perspective.

                                                      27. Get stunned by the cultural riches of Barcelona, Spain

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                                                        Well, it is quite challenging to try and sell Barcelona to you in a couple of sentences. Let’s just say it has everything. The seaside? Yup. Culture? You better believe it! Nightlife? Oh, yes! I mean, the work of Antoni Gaudi alone makes the trip worth it, let alone the entire package.

                                                        28. Enjoy the 24/7 parties in Ibiza, Spain

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                                                          A music scene sprouted on the Ibiza Island and never actually left it. This is one of the best places to go partying, and arguably one of the more beautiful. The Ibiza Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip to Ibiza will surely remain one of the more memorable events in your lifetime.

                                                          29. Find your way around Hong Kong, China
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                                                            Hong Kong has a very unique cultural environment with a lot to offer. It has a beautiful cityscape, a magnificent harbour, you can go hiking, and much more. This small paragraph doesn’t do this great city justice. You should definitely inquire more about its great culture.

                                                            30. Find out why the Nile is the cradle of Egyptian culture

                                                              The Egyptian empire spanned across three millennia. It was built around the Nile river – its greatest source of resources and wealth. There are tons of cruises that you can take to get close and personal with the ancient Egyptian culture while witnessing some of the best sites along the way.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Whew! The world really has a lot to offer. If you are seriously considering starting a journey as ambitious as this one, it would be a shame not to leave some record of it. Travel blogging is quite fun and can also earn you more than a few bucks along the way if you know how to do it right. Make sure to plan ahead, since bad planning can destroy even the best of journeys. Research the places you decided to visit before you set out, so you know what to expect and how to find your way around.

                                                              Happy traveling!

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                                                              Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                                              Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                                              There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                                                              More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                                                              Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                                                              You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                                                              During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                                                              Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                                                              Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                                                              The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                                                              This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                                                              Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                                                              The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                                                              This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                                                              This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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