top travel destinations for music lovers

Top Travel Destinations for Music Lovers

*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog

Most of us love to travel, and in the 21st century it has become easier than ever to plan out a trip. A quick look on Instagram or the forums on tripadvisor is often enough to get our wanderlust going. Where we choose to go on our vacations, whether in the same country or abroad, is so often based upon our interests in life. Planning the vacation of a lifetime is going to probably have some consideration for the things you are passionate about, whether that means cuisine, sports or in this case, music.

You don’t have to be a musician to understand the rich and amazing history music has around the globe. Music cultures have developed separately all over the world from the Jazz clubs of America to the Heavy Metal scene in Scandinavia. Certain locations have become synonymous with the industry.

Liverpool, England – So much of the popular music today can be traced back to one band who changed everything; The Beatles. People flock to their famous home, Liverpool, to see the museums and numerous tributes to the fab four including Strawberry Fields playing field and the Cavern Club. Liverpool’s music scene is still thriving today and there is plenty to see and do for all lovers of rock and roll music.

Memphis, Tennessee – There are few locations where the musical history is so palpable. Beale Street is perhaps the most famous musical street in America, and Memphis is known for gospel, soul and being the birthplace of rock and roll. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis all made their name in the city.

New York – New York is an amazing cultural melting pot, and remains so today. Buskers on the subway and city streets can be seen performing everything from classical medleys to hip hop and beatbox jams with a loop pedal and microphone. The city boasts clubs and bars to suit almost every music taste.

Vienna, Austria – Vienna is the undisputed capital of classical music and has been home to Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Haydn and so many more influential composers. The beautiful city is littered with parks and venues which proudly show the musical history of this stunning city. If you plan to see a classical performance in your lifetime, be sure to make Vienna top of the bucket list.

London, England – It is little surprise that two English cities make the list. Great Britain is a country that is known for a history of influential music movements, from punk rock to electronica. Whether you visit the famous Ronnie Scotts jazz venue, take a trip to Abbey Road studios or just check out some of the best buskers in the world in London’s underground system, there is something in this city for everyone to fall in love with.

Berlin, Germany – For a glimpse of the future in terms of music, Berlin is a city for music lovers, especially those with a love of technology and electronic genres of music. The clubs in Berlin are known all round the world, and whether you like pounding techno music or think that it is the worst thing imaginable, the technology centered music scene is fascinating.

About the Author: Ben is a musician and blogger from the UK who writes about music production, technology and equipment at subreel.com.

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Did Tinder Improve Or Destroy The Dating Scene?

Love it or hate it, you can’t avoid Tinder. It seems like everyone’s using the app – including more than a few A-list celebrities. (We’re looking at you, Katy Perry.) Swiping right and swiping left have become universal, an unavoidable part of dating for seniors and millennials alike.

Tinder is fantastically popular. And why not? Who doesn’t enjoy spending a few minutes flipping through profiles and rating them on a simple left-or-right basis?

The problem is that people have begun to confuse Tinder with actual dating. Tinder’s not a dating app. It’s not even a hook-up app, despite what that annoying guy at your office claims. It’s a social media site: Facebook with a Dislike button and no newsfeed.

There’s nothing wrong with social media. The problem comes when people rely on Tinder to meet potential dates – a strategy that essentially never pays off. Tinder users spend a lot of time swiping left and right that they could spend meeting eligible, interesting singles at a book club or dance classes – thereby condemning themselves to lives as lonely pathetic shut-ins, destined to die alone surrounded by drifting mounds of take-out menus.

Fight back. This doesn’t have to be your future.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH TINDER

One problem with Tinder is that it misrepresents compatibility, boiling it down to a single numeric score based on a few superficial factors.

Before the Internet, people found dates through shared interests. They went to church together or met in college classes. Maybe they were introduced by friends or they met in the workplace. They had things in common.

Online dating websites had the potential to be even better. Users who took the trouble to fill out complete profiles could be reliably matched with others who shared their interests or who found their self-descriptions attractive.

Then Tinder came along and sparked the mobile dating revolution, an industry based on small screens, limited information, and instant decisions.

Smart phones and websites have the potential to handle a staggering amount of information and provide justifiable advice to users. Imagine a dating website that made recommendations as reliable as the “you might also enjoy” books recommended by Amazon.com every time you check out. Computers could take a lot of the guesswork out of dating.

But Tinder isn’t a dating site. It’s not really about finding you a match. It’s intended to entertain you, not to fix you up with a compatible partner.

RATING THE RATINGS

Dr. Gareth Tyson of the Queen Mary University of London set up male and female dummy accounts on Tinder to study the dynamics faced by actual users. He also sent questionnaires to Tinder users to study their strategies when using the app. What he learned is surprising.

Men and women have very different experiences on Tinder, of course. Women receive quite a lot more matches. They are also more likely to send a message to matches identified by the app.

Confronted with low match rates, men respond by swiping right on a higher number of potential matches. This swamps women with even more potential matches, they respond to fewer of them. The app’s dynamics drive men to be less selective and women to be more selective over time. Researchers note that it is only a matter of time until men wind up swiping right on all the women they see, while women will be guaranteed a match every time they swipe right.

At that point, Tinder will need to reinvent itself or simply shut down.

THE END OF DATING

Critics say that Tinder is lousy at helping you meet someone you’d like to settle down with, but it’s pretty good at introducing you to an attractive stranger who is looking for no-strings-attached sex. “It’s not a dating app, it’s a hook-ups app,” they say.

The criticism isn’t fair but it isn’t entirely unfounded either. By boiling down compatibility to a quick look at a profile picture, Tinder embodies a uniquely cynical superficiality in matchmaking. Predators who measure their self-worth according to the number of attractive people they bed in a month or a year find Tinder just what the doctor ordered.

That’s not necessarily bad. If that’s your thing, go for it. The problem is when people think of that kind of superficial hook-up as dating, and when they dismiss all dating sites as variations on Tinder.

“There is no dating. There’s no relationships,” a Tinder user named Amanda told a Vanity Fair writer. “You can have a fling that could last like seven, eight months and you could never actually call someone your ‘boyfriend.’ [Hooking up] is a lot easier. No one gets hurt – well, not on the surface.”

Dating without relationships. Perhaps that explains why a 2015 survey of Tinder users revealed that 30 percent are married, most of them describing themselves as “risk takers.”

Tinder is great technology for having a fling. But don’t call it a dating app. It is in many ways the Internet’s preeminent anti-dating app.

*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog

First time in Koh Samui: All You Need To Know

This is a first timer’s guide to the journey to Koh Samui. All you need to know about this cool destination and Thai island will be founded right here. Keep on reading to learn some simple tips and discover the most common secrets about one of the most relaxing and meditating places on the planet.

Weather

Perhaps the first thing that interests foreigners about another country is the weather. The nature in Koh Samui is fantastic. It’s reminds of a real fairy-tale full of surprises and wonders. Here the weather is mostly dry and the air is clean. You’ll fall in love with the tender sunny mornings and mysterious evening sunsets.

It’s an exotic destination with long sandy beaches, huge palm trees all around, deep jungles and woods as well as green mountains and rocks. For those who dream of an unforgettable rest and peaceful vacation Koh Samui has everything to offer.

1 weather

Thanks to the variety of activities, everyone finds something really cool according to their interests. It’s warm in Koh Samui all year round. The best months for holidays are of course, summer months but you can travel there whenever you want. Late December to April is generally accompanied by little rain.

From May to September there’s plenty of sun with little rain.  October and November are the rainiest months. The time you choose to spend there, depends on the type of your vacation and expectations.

Prices and Rentals in Koh Samui

The second important thing for you to know is the price tag and rentals in Koh Samui. Compared to the north of Thailand here the prices are more expensive and local food here is more limited. You can find many vegetarian and organic restaurants as well as European/American eateries.

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Many places charged a premium for the lovely views that’s why both hotels and restaurants are more expensive than in other parts of Thailand. Prices can vary according to your choice. Of course, there are affordable hotels, hostels and resorts but one may stay breathless seeing some of the most luxurious villas.

Locals and Transport

They say that Thai people are smiley and very warm. Here you meet smiles everywhere that’s why some call is a smiley country. However, according to many visitors locals in Koh Samui are not that friendly, but the services offered by hotels are just great. You can learn a lot from locals about their culture, traditional and cuisine, which is a fantastic experience for anyone who visits an Asian country for the first time. As for the transportation, you will need a vehicle wherever you stay in Koh Samui.

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There isn’t much of a public transport system. Instead you may find only taxis but be careful with those taxi drivers as the majority is liars. The most convenient means of transportation in Thailand is a scooter. It’s recommended to carefully consider the information about the villages and beaches of the island before booking a hotel. Take into account not only facilities but also the service and your plan of activities.

Beaches

Between the most popular beaches in Koh Samui you’ll get the opportunity to spend your time on MaeNam Beach, Bophut Beach, the Fishing village, Big Buddha Beach, Choeng Mon Beach, Chaweng Beach, Crystal Bay / Tongtakian, Lamai Beach etc. Although MaeNam Beach is a popular beach but it’s not going to impress you much.

The water is usually very cloudy, making snorkelling impossible. Bophut Beach, on the other hand is a beautiful place but not the most beautiful beach you can see in Koh Samui. Big Buddha Beach is very similar to Bophut. It’s also close to one of the most important attractions of Koh Samui – Big Buddha, which surely worth a visit. Choeng Mon Beach is breathtaking place with lots of restaurants and shops. Chaweng is the most popular and attractive beach.

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It’s an ideal place for lovers of nightlife and active day life. Lamai is the second most popular beach. Not far from Lamai you will enjoy the stunning view of waterfalls, and take part in a variety of activities. Finally, Crystal Bay / Tongtakian is considered as the most beautiful beach on this island.

Author Bio

Sandra is a travel addictive that loves writing about the places she is exploring. Her bucket list includes to visit all the continents and as many unique places as possible around the world.

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