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Glamping Essentials Every Millennial Needs To Have

Glamping Essentials Every Millennial Needs To Have

What do you get when you pair camping with some glam? Glamping! This is far from being a useless term, invented by chicks who want to stand out on Instagram. At least not these days, when we all stay connected 24/7 and most of us have no idea how to light a fire in the woods. Glamping is the perfect choice when you are planning a family trip, because it will make your life easier and the kids will enjoy the time they spend in nature, without complaining at every step they take.

There are many types of glamping, from the minimal to the most extreme, so you can choose how far to go. When I first tried this new trend, I did it because I was tired to wake up stiff after each night of camping, so I went for the moderate type of glamping.

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Here are the most useful things you need to have to glam up your camping game. Of course, you need to have the basic camping gear first, then add these to it.

1. Lighting gadgets

The lighting gear for basic camping can be reduced to a couple of flashlights, but for glamping you need something better. Go for hanging lights, which can be placed around the camp to provide some light and keep the animals away. If you want to go really posh, pick colored hanging lights or Arab-style ones, which are going to provide soft light and patterns. The more functional version is the bug repellent camping lantern, which lights up your way and repels bugs.

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2. Air mattresses

These are the base of any glamping, so make sure you invest in high-quality air mattresses for your glamping needs. The best are the king size ones, which provide you with all the comfort you need. However, you need to make sure the mattress is going to fit into the tent. You can find a lot of high-quality air mattresses on sale, but if you don’t afford them, try to crowdfund this glamping gear, because it’s essential.

3. High-quality bedding and pillows

It’s glamping, so you need your silk bedding! Bring your best bedding to your glamping trip and you will never want to return to that sleeping bag again. The experience of glamping is all about comfort in the heart of nature and high-quality bedding is a must in order to make you most comfortable.

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Apart from a mattress and bedding, you need pillows: lots of them!

4. Rugs

There is no glamping without rugs. I prefer a large rug, which can be placed inside the tent. This way, you can go barefoot in the tent, provided that you closed the net, so there won’t be any bugs around. You can also get smaller rugs, which can be placed outside the tent, to create a posh entrance.

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5. Smart gadgets for smart glamping

When you go glamping you want to take lots of pictures and have lots of fun, but you also need to be somewhat connected to the world. This means you will have to take some gadgets with you. First, you need a portable phone charger, which ensures you will never run out of phone battery. You can also pair it with a waterproof, self-charging phone case. For the kids and your fishing enthusiast you should take a couple of RC boats, which can allow you to enjoy an engaging game of sailing in nature. Better than Pokemon Go!

6. A portable toilet

When you are glamping you don’t want to go out to the toilet in the woods or at the special station. Luckily, you can bring your own loo, so invest in a portable toilet, which can provide you with the home comfort.

After you set up your camp, which should take about one hour, you can sit back on the pillows and enjoy a glass of wine, along with some tasty glamping snacks. This is how millennials go camping!

Featured photo credit: BlondeAbroad/theblondeabroad via theblondeabroad.com

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

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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