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Top 5 Luxury Travel Destinations

Top 5 Luxury Travel Destinations

Sometimes we all need to escape the realities of day-to-day life and relax. A holiday is a perfect opportunity to unwind, so picking a destination that is full of luxury is key to having a holiday to remember. We have the top five luxurious travel destinations to help make the decision on where to create your memorable holiday a little easier.

Colombia

    Columbia was voted the top luxury destination, based on the percentage 5-star hotels. It’s easy to see why. Situated in the northwest of South America, the country is full of a rich history and culture that is just ready to be explored.

    If activities are your definition of relaxation, then there are plenty of activities to do. The Rosario Islands are ideal for diving, and divers can explore and admire the beautiful coral reef and marine life the Caribbean Sea has to offer. There are plenty of other sightseeing trips and day visits to various cities if you’re an explorer at heart.

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    The Maldives

      The Maldives is known for its luxury, so it’s clear to see why it’s in the top five. A popular destination for honeymoons, the Maldives is made up of more than 1,000 coral islands scattered across the Indian Ocean.

      The cuisine in the Maldives is as luxurious and exotic as the country. The cuisine is a mixture of influences of different cuisines, such as Arabic, Sri Lankan, Indian and Oriental. Coconuts are another staple in the Maldives and are served either grated, as oil or as milk. This lovely tropical food is included in the majority of the meals.

      Singapore

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        Singapore is the world’s only island city-state and is ranked the third most luxurious destination in a study. There are lots of luxury and boutique hotels that offer a contemporary and affluent holiday. Despite being known for its commerce and finance, there is plenty to do in the city. If you’re an explorer, take a trip to the Gardens by the Bay. This stunning 250-acre nature park in central Singapore consists of 3 waterfront gardens. All are aimed to improve the quality of life by enhancing the natural greenery.

        If you’d like to relax a little more, then there are plenty of decadent spas where you can be pampered with the top luxury spa treatments. Singaporean cuisine is a delicious mix of different culture-inspired foods and is often a mix of the native Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and more.

        United Arab Emirates

          The United Arab Emirates is one of the key countries when you think of luxury destinations. Home to the opulent Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates is the king of relaxation and luxury. Visit one of the many spas, where you can treat yourself to a 24-carat gold facial or a Turkish bath.

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          You’ll also be able to try the delicious cuisine that’s as diverse as the country, with food that is a mixture of both Arab and European foods. The specialities include lamb, goat, beef, rice and fish.

          New Zealand

            New Zealand has the perfect mixture of glorious beaches and breathtaking mountain views. So whether you prefer relaxing on a beach or breathing in the fresh air surrounded by a natural landscape, New Zealand really has the perfect level of relaxation for you.

            Kiwis love their food in New Zealand and freshness is the key to delicious cuisine. Seafood is one of the key staple ingredients to most meals and with over 14,000 kilometres of coastline, it’s no surprise they make the most of the rich supply of seafood available.

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            Many say luxury is about five-star hotels, more say it’s about the feel and experience of a place. Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that choosing the perfect luxurious getaway is a truly personal choice so doing your research is the best way to make sure you make the right decision. Wherever you go, if you’ve selected one of the above places, you’ll definitely be in for a great holiday.

            Image Sources: Colombia, The Maldives, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand

            Featured photo credit: Romance Travel Concierge via romancetravelconcierge.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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