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6 Ways Your Credit Card Can Help You Travel In Style for Free!

6 Ways Your Credit Card Can Help You Travel In Style for Free!

Ever walk onto a plane and wonder how so many people can afford to fly first class? The answer’s in their wallet:

Miles and miles of miles!

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There’s no easier way to fly free, in style and luxury, than with the right travel credit card. There are a host of rewards and benefits the savviest frequent travelers take advantage of and now it’s your turn.

Free Flight Welcome Bonuses

Loyalty doesn’t pay folks. Stick with your credit card year after year, and you’re playing right into the hands of your credit card company. The best way to get the most from a credit card is through new credit card welcome bonus offers. Whether you’re in the United States or Canada, most sign-up bonuses will offer a free return ticket to almost anywhere in North America, just for getting a new credit card. Don’t be afraid to churn and burn, getting a few new credit cards every year.

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Annual Companion Ticket

Some cards will give you a companion ticket, once a year, for a fee of $120 or so. That means, you buy a ticket to Hawaii, and you can bring your significant other along for the ride at only $120! That’s hundreds of dollars in savings, every year. Here’s the best part, some airlines even match the class of ticket your buying. So if you buy a first class ticket to Hawaii, your companion gets to fly first class with you for only $120. Imagine getting that every year.

Free Airport Lounge Access

We all know what it’s like to have a long layover, a flight delay or missed connection. It’s hours and hours of discomfort, frustration and anxiety: everything you were trying to get away from on your vacation. But there is an alternative. Airport lounges offer travelers comfortable seats, showers, free food, coffee, a business center and a quiet place to relax. Many credit cards will either upgrade your loyalty status so you get free lounge access, or will give you a select number of free lounge passes every year.

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Priority Check-in and Boarding

Ever get to the airport and find a check-in line as long and daunting as waiting for bread in the old Soviet Union? Get the right credit card and you’ll be brushing the proletariat aside, getting the VIP treatment.

Don’t underestimate priority boarding either. Nothing’s worse than your chin getting reacquainted with your knees because you had to tuck your carry-on under the seat in front of you. Get priority boarding and you’ll board first, giving you plenty of space to put your bags where they belong – above your head.

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Passing Through Security Swiftly

Don’t overlook this one. It’s not unheard of to face a security line with a few hundred people. Murphy’s Law states it will happen at the exact time when you’re late for your flight. Enter that credit card that gives you access to the expedited security line.

Free Room Upgrades

This one is simple, with the right travel, rewards or hotel card, you might be able to get an upgrade to a room with a better view or larger suite. Check to see if your loyalty status automatically upgrades your room, or whether you can use your points to upgrade your room. Either way, it’s a great way to make your stay that much more special.

There are plenty of other perks and benefits your credit card might offer to help you travel further and better. From concierge services, to seat upgrades, to discounts at prestigious hotels and restaurants, your card can pack a luxurious punch. The right credit card can also get you complimentary hotel internet, free checked bags, even a complimentary breakfast. Get familiar with your card’s benefits and start travelling smarter and farther today!

Featured photo credit: Richard Moross, Flickr Creative Commons via flickr.com

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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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