When music makes your travel awesome

A song that played constantly through a trip to Europe still unleashes a flood of memories. I spent a fortnight eating lavish pizzas in hole-in-the-wall diners in Venice, traveling by train through the breath-taking Bavarian countryside and walking along the Champs Elysee. And Green Day was my constant companion. 21st-century breakdown was a song I liked, grew to hate and then learners to love, because listening to it now brings back inescapable memories from the European holiday. I can just put it on and be transported to our hotel room in Paris, feasting on a box of Macarons and planning how to spend the next couple of days.

Music and travel go together like sun-kissed beaches and Pina Coladas; like fish chips; like warm jackets and hot chocolate- and you probably get the picture. Basically, travel is incomplete without music. Music, in all its forms, is an essential part of the travel experience, whether it be coming from the local radio, burnt CDs or even background music in an elevator.

As a solo traveller, music can be as important to you as a good read or even a new found friend. Music litters travel moments with wonder, as the Backstreet Boys did for me as the makers of the backing track to hours of gushing ravines and peeping castles on a train from Munich to Slovenia. Music can often feel like it’s everywhere, playing hundreds of times on the same radio station, or MTV or even in your hotel lobby, but listening to that particular beat years later triggers a flow of memories you cherish. When you may come across a mundane moment during your travels, which may sound rare but isn’t, music can give you the energy to persevere, to explore and to take on the unexpected.

Listening to a particular song, for me, is often more evocative than going through the gallery of my phone or flipping through a dusty photo album. A picture may say a thousand words, but the right song triggers a million feelings. Hearing a particular song takes me back to a certain time and place.

When I hear Alan Walker’s faded, I get immediately transported to a roadside restaurant in Bangkok. It’s powerful enough that I can almost smell the scent of a bowl of pho and the mint in a mojito. One of the most deceitful moments of my trip last year was when I got stuck on a six-hour bus to Kumarakom with seven percent battery on my iPod and no charger in my bag.

I have found that music and travel are the two things which people find utterly irresistible, and I am no exception.

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This article is written by Aarushi Bhardwaj.

7 Myths about Travelling

No matter which country you set foot in, you will be bombarded with a plethora of opinions, some good, some bad and some that sound so unreal that you want to pack your bags and flee home. But take from them what you can, and sometimes, when you least expect it, that tidbit of information will be your knight in shining armor. However, scattered among the useful advice are many long-suffering myths, which are still passing around today, just because they sound so believable.

1. Travel is expensive

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Everything in this world costs some money. Nothing is free, travel is also included there. Yet, the notion that travel is impossible for anyone without a trust fund is false. A little bit of planning and some time-tested hacks can ensure that everyone has a shot at adventure.

2. Couch surfing is unsafe

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There is a general fear of staying with strangers, but veteran travellers stand by the opinion that people on couch surfing are kind and helpful. While some incidents do occur, there are multiple options available. A website which connects with local travellers are well reviewed and trusted, can be chosen without thinking further.

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3. You’ll die while hitchhiking

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Not everyone ends up in a ditch on the side of a road. Being well equipped and well prepared will almost always guarantee that you will reach your destination safely and not end up being eaten by a bear. Although exceptions do exist!

4. Women shouldn’t travel alone

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Men and women both face risks while travelling, while women have to deal with additional obstacles. While some countries should be avoided by women, others are perfectly safe to explore. Everyday millions of women travel the world alone, and that’s enough to say to prove that it’s doable.

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5. Only the young can be travellers, old can be tourists

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Much too many people that I’ve come across believe that travel is only something that you can do in your twenties. This cannot be further away from the truth. Age doesn’t matter. Although older people may require more planning and less spontaneity, it is certainly possible.

6. Package deals are the best

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This is certainly not the case. Planning ahead and research goes a long way in your travel being more affordable, and tour companies are almost always more expensive. If you think you’re about to book a great deal, separate out the components and check the individual pricing. You will be amazed to see how you can cut the prices and can have an amazing travel experience without seeking any of those expensive package deals.

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7. English is spoken everywhere

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While it’s becoming increasingly common, it primarily depends on where you’re travelling. In some places where most of us assume that English would be widespread, like France and Japan, it really isn’t. Using gestures can often work wonders while trying to overcome the language barrier. Alternatively, pointing to a map and looking lost can also help! 😉

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Top 7 Beautiful Islands in the World

Whatever you wish to indulge in: culture, adventure, cuisine or simply kicking back on a beach under the sun, at least one of these tropical beauties are sure to tick all the checkpoints in your list.

It’s time to redo your summer bucket list with these ideal destinations. From the majestic shores of the eastern United States to teeming jungles in Asia, these places are miracles on earth. These breath-taking places have one thing common: vast stretches of landscapes to explore in the mornings and a place by the seas to view the stars at night. Suffice to say, whatever your pleasure, you will find it there.

7. Crete, Greece

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Quite simply put, Crete has on display all that attracts travellers to Greece. While some parts of this islands may be filled with sun-seeking crowds and boat hopping tourists, much of its charm still remains unexplored. From rustic trails dotted with wildflowers or visiting the mythical birthplace of Zeus, one has plenty to be kept occupied for days.

6. Hvar, Croatia

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Widely known as the most glamorous destination of Croatia, this island celebrated 150 years of becoming a tourist’s paradise this year. This pinprick of an island is littered with swanky hotels, top restaurants with a side of a lively nightlife. Trail and swim running contests are held here yearly giving the athletes a chance to experience rocky peaks and lavender vineyards.

5. Yaeyama Islands, Japan

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The Inexplicable Delhi

From the colonial-era parliament buildings to the bustling streets of Old Delhi,  India’s capital is a city so full of intrigue, thrill, tranquillity, and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travellers for millennia. Delhi is a fascinating mixture of old and new where towering minarets rub shoulders with bustling metropolises.

Long before you set foot in Delhi, you know it like the back of your hand, which more often than not is due to sheer necessity as opposed to mere curiosity. You’ve seen the photographs, devoured the films and have been fed innumerable stories from media channels across the world.

 

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Delhi offers a smorgasbord of treats for travellers from across the world, but even veteran travellers have difficulty in grasping the magnitude of chaos that surrounds this historic city. But don’t be put off.

Underneath the glass and concrete of New Delhi’s urban facade is a pulsating cultural community where its traditional roots, colonial connections and the contributions of its home-grown expertise become entwined. Here you’re just as likely to find yourself mesmerized by one of its many monuments as joining in kite flying or reading the couplets of a local poet to the sounds of a local mosque. Culture could also mean Bollywood music by the musicians or ghazals in a street corner, not to mention the  thousands of shows staged year-round at the city’s many museums and concert halls.

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Eating here can be both a buoyant and tumultuous affair: spoons are abandoned in favor of fingers and food is enjoyed with unparalleled glee. Whether it is eating in a world-class restaurant or pulling up a stool in Karol Bagh, hungry travellers will never be bored by the diversity of Delhi’s cuisines.

Delhi is a city that has been repeatedly demolished and reborn, with memories of past empires in every neighbourhood.

Delhi embraces everyone with iconic landmarks, an unforgettable cuisine and ancient, protected streets where colorful traditions flourish.

 

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