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How to get along with your Travel Companions

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Travelling with companions can be rewarding in most cases and sometimes frustrating too. However there are a few things you can always do to make your journey together smooth and stress-free as planned.  So whether you’re travelling as a group or as a couple or volunteering an overseas trip with your kith and kin, remember the reason why you were there in the first place – you like each other, don’t you?

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Communication is the key

Communication is the key, like anything else. It matters a lot in finding out your co-traveller’s likes and dislikes; intention of the trip; tour itinerary and changes, if any; planned budget, etc. Pre-planning what and what not to see, well in advance, can minimise surprises and heart burns leading to agony and conflicts. Always remember: no two minds are the same. Communication, and more importantly effective communication with a definite gameplan, can keep everyone happy, positive and comfortable throughout the journey.

Magic of Compromise

As we had already discussed, don’t try to impose your viewpoints on others, especially on the kind of activities people wanted to enjoy.  Have an open mind and embrace diversity, not as a condition or a rule, but something you can use to explore hobbies or unravel new passions. ‘Variety is the spice of life’; why not compromise a bit with your travel companion? Consensus is an important element when travelling with others. Give every touring member a fair chance and you will find him/her to be lot more involved and happy.

Similarly, conceding to go along with your travel partner that he/she is excited about is a good idea. Even if you aren’t interested and the other person is well aware of it, you may be appreciated for having agreed to come along.

Do your own spadework

It is OK to drag an unwilling individual or group to a tourist attraction you really want to go – after all it is a matter of compromise as well! But ensure you do the spadework properly: work out the cost involved, how to reach the destination, how long do you need to travel and how long you would be content spending time there. Hopefully, even the most reluctant audience will become curious and join the party; even if they don’t, ensure you stay positive. You can be a soft target if things don’t go well as planned having convinced people to the trip.

Mix & Match

Once the group is done enjoying your choice of activity, take a look around to see if you can halt somewhere else that others may be interested about. If you show genuine interest in the travel needs of others, your travel partner will appreciate your gesture and this will go a long way in making the travel mutually enriching and inclusive.

Caring for the needs of others

Any travel situation may either involve your close acquaintance (not every time, mind you) or a group of total strangers onboard, and how you deal with the known and the unknown is the key. For instance, if you find a chatty and garrulous passenger seated next to you, it can kind of irritate you. But it can be a good ploy to overcome nerves, especially during the first 10 minutes of take off and ensure the next 10 hours of travel is flattering.

Relax!

Finally, you are there to chill out, and don’t forget that. A lot of time and effort goes into the planning a tour and you must try making the most of it. Remember, it isn’t about showing your muscle; it’s about having an open mind and a positive outlook, and it’s about showing humility and empathy with your fellow traveller or travel buddy. Let trivial matters not take centre stage during travelling. Enjoy your personal space. Yes, by all means (of course) and share some space, when required, with others. How often do we complain about not spending quality time with our best pals? Don’t you think travelling can unite hearts, or may be even heal a broken heart?  Finally, the most memorable holiday experiences are those that come unrehearsed, free and easy. Be appreciative, considerate and optimistic, and rest assured, you’re off on the trip of a lifetime.

20 travel blogs any traveller can’t be without – Part 2

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Travel folks, here is another bunch of travel blogs and websites for you to get some insightful and handy info and updates on the world of travel. Go on, keep reading.

 11. Fresh Off The Grid

Website: www.freshoffthegrid.com

Description: Founded by a traveller-couple, this is an excellent cooking resource for outdoor enthusiast.

image001  12. Carnets De Traverse

Website: www.carnets-de-traverse.com/blog/

Description:  Another creative outlet for travel photographers, travel writers and bloggers.

image003  13Meraviglia Paper

Website: www.meravigliapaper.com

Description:  An online travel mag aimed at travellers interested in fascinating, unique places with collection of stories, articles and reviews.

image005  14. Jungles in Paris

Website: www.junglesinparis.com

Description:  Not just another blog on nature and culture. It explores planet Earth in all its glory and diversity covering themes such as culture, craft, wildlife and geography.

image007  15. Roads & Kingdoms

Website: www.roadsandkingdoms.com

Description:  An award winning website, it is an independent journal of food, travel, politics and culture.

image009  16. Petite Passport

Website: www.petitepassport.com

Description:  A collection of some of the nicest (design) places on the earth, according to its founder, to inspire travellers around the world.

image011  17. Huckberry Journal

Website: https://huckberry.com/journal/

Description:  Want to buy some of the coolest travel gear at the best prices online, as well as read inspirational stories, at the same time? Then check this site out to find lot more.

image013  18.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Website: www.mrandmrssmith.com

Description:  Excellent resource in the form of hotel guide books and a website that takes one on a virtual tour around the most sizzling hotels in destinations around the globe.

image015  19. Camels and Chocolate

Website: www.camelsandchocolate.com

Description:  A traveller-author chronicles the experiences of her extensive travel around the world, with the best of the lot coming from American South and Latin America.image017  20. Cup of Jo

Website: www.cupofjo.com

Description:  A daily lifestyle site; one of the best blogs for women, you can find everything from fashion, design, beauty, food, travel, motherhood, relationships to lifestyle.

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Did we miss a whole lot of other good travel sites? We strongly feel so. The internet is as a big as an ocean. Why don’t you write to us about your favourite travel site? Also, let us know why you like the site; there, of course, must be a reason to do so. We believe you like our collection of travel sites in this two-part blog series, and don’t forget to bookmark them on your browser, so that you may keep reading and keep coming to those sites for more. We will be adding more blog posts to our site for you to make the most of our writings.

20 travel blogs any traveller can’t be without – Part 1

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As we are approaching the end of another year, we will try to list some of the most popular websites and blogs in the world of travel this year, not in terms of traffic or popular votes, but by offering online audience infotaining and valuable content that would kindle the spirit of travel, adventure and creativity. These travel blogs have inspired travellers around the world to travel safe, smart and with a definite sense of purpose. The experiences shared by the bloggers, mostly hardcore traveller-writers, have proved more than useful in making travel decisions. Here they go… our favourite blogs no traveller can be without.
(Note: We don’t endorse, promote or intend to drive traffic to any of the blogs mentioned below)

1. Scandinavia Standard

Website: scandinaviastandard.com
Description:
A unique blog to understand Scandinavian lifestyle in English.
Tour operators in coimbatore2. Lost with Purpose

Website: lostwithpurpose.com
Description:
Started by a backpacking couple travelling full-time, the site takes you to some of the offbeat world destinations.Tour operators in coimbatore3.This Is The Place I Was Telling You About

Website: thisistheplaceiwastellingyouabout.com
Description:
By far the longest web address any blog would have had, the founder-couples who started this blog share their travel stories, and pretty much endlessly!tour o

4. Landcruising Adventure

Website: landcruisingadventure.com
Description:
A traveller-couple takes you to the various corners of the world on their vintage Land Cruiser, an ongoing, 15-year long journey, to give readers some delightful stories and awesome photos.image0075. Culinary Backstreets

Website: culinarybackstreets.com
Description:
Hear stories of a city’s foodways bent on a more traditional side of urban culinary life. image009

 6. Roam Magazine

Website: roam-magazine.co
Description:
A unique, creative outlet for travellers, photographers and travel writers that inspire readers to seize the fleeting moments of travel through words and photographs and explore the marvels of Mother Nature rich bounties.image011

 7. Melting Butter

Website: meltingbutter.com
Description:
A Pinterest-esque layout capturing some of the coolest and gorgeous spots handpicked by curators with real taste.image013

8. Tiny Atlas Quarterly

Website: tinyatlasquarterly.com
Description:
A photography-based lifestyle travel brand and niche social community for travel that is more than life: in their magazine, through products, events and on immersive adventures. image015

 9. Our Wild Abandon

Website: ourwildabandon.com
Description:
Started by two best pals, it documents their lives on the run and tells stories about the people in their journey.image017

10. Travel Fish

Website: travelfish.org
Description:
An independent travel guide covering Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.image019

Though we have covered a handful of travel blogs and website in this post that we love, we promise to bring you some more in the next part series of the blog. Until then, it is happy travel time from us!

How do you choose the right travel backpack for your next trip?

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Travelling around the world can be one of the finest experiences for most people, be it leisure, business or a combination of business and leisure lately known as ‘bleasure’.  For most people it is all about passion and the thrill that comes out of their travel experience. Whatever, no bit of travel can be an ‘experience’ without planning it out well, and the even the best of the travel requires the right travel backpack, if not a lavishly expensive one.  Here’s a quick few tips of things you should be aware in order to pick the right travel backpack:

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Type:

There are tens of thousands of backpack models and types available in the marketplace to choose from.  Whether you choose a traditional backpack or a travel backpack with wheels for mobility is up to you and your specific travel needs.

Size:

A travel backpack with a capacity of 40-80L will just do the thing if you’re plotting a 3-7 days personal or business trip.

Water-Resistant/Waterproof:

Check if your travel backpack comes with a water-resistant or waterproof material to save your valuable contents from the effects of water, snow, or rain.

Multiple Compartments:

Going for a backpack with multiple compartments helps to keep your contents organized, secure and prevent overflowing during travel.

Front-loading Compartment:

Those who do a lot of travel may well tell you that having a front-loading compartment in your backpack can help you access your contents quickly and easily, especially when you are on the move.

Straps:

Check for backpacks that are provided with chest straps, padded shoulder straps and waist strips for higher level of comfort and greater convenience.

Laptop & Tablet compartment:

Any business traveller or tech-savvy traveller would tell you how important it’s to have a compartment with sufficient padding and foam support for laptop, notebook, tablet PC, chunky smartphones and other electronic devices.

Weight:

Empty backpack that weighs 2-4 pounds is good enough to carry reasonably huge contents. If the weight is too heavy, the backpack can actually pull you backwards, and this isn’t good news.

Raw Materials:

There is a good choice of materials for backpack to choose from depending upon your budget. But Polyester and Nylon are found to be lightweight and highly water-resistant.

Price:

The price of any backpack may depend upon what your choice of brand is, functionality and quality it delivers. Therefore, the price range of an average quality backpack may fall between $50 and $100; if you are looking for premium quality backpacks, you may have to shell out anything between $100 and $300.

You may add a few points to the ones listed above. However, if you consider these factors, then you can get a reasonably priced travel backpack with satisfactory quality. Remember that quality always has a price tag attached and premium quality backpacks may burn your pockets.

How do you choose the right travel backpack for your next trip?

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tour operators in coimbatoreTravelling around the world can be one of the finest experiences for most people, be it leisure, business or a combination of business and leisure lately known as ‘bleasure’. For most people it is all about passion and the thrill that comes out of their travel experience. Whatever, no bit of travel can be an ‘experience’ without planning it out well, and the even the best of the travel requires the right travel backpack, if not a lavishly expensive one. Here’s a quick few tips of things you should be aware in order to pick the right travel backpack:

 

Type:

There are tens of thousands of backpack models and types available in the marketplace
to choose from. Whether you choose a traditional backpack or a travel backpack with
wheels for mobility is up to you and your specific travel needs.

Size:

A travel backpack with a capacity of 40-80L will just do the thing if you’re plotting a 3-7
days personal or business trip.

Water-Resistant/Waterproof:

Check if your travel backpack comes with a water-resistant or waterproof material to
save your valuable contents from the effects of water, snow, or rain.

Multiple Compartments:

Going for a backpack with multiple compartments helps to keep your contents
organized, secure and prevent overflowing during travel.

Front-loading Compartment:

Those who do a lot of travel may well tell you that having a front-loading compartment in
your backpack can help you access your contents quickly and easily, especially when
you are on the move.

Straps:

Check for backpacks that are provided with chest straps, padded shoulder straps and
waist strips for higher level of comfort and greater convenience.

Laptop & Tablet compartment:

Any business traveller or tech-savvy traveller would tell you how important it’s to have a
compartment with sufficient padding and foam support for laptop, notebook, tablet PC,
chunky smartphones and other electronic devices.

Weight:

Empty backpack that weighs 2-4 pounds is good enough to carry reasonably huge
contents. If the weight is too heavy, the backpack can actually pull you backwards, and
this isn’t good news.

Raw Materials:

There is a good choice of materials for backpack to choose from depending upon your
budget. But Polyester and Nylon are found to be lightweight and highly water-resistant.

Price:

The price of any backpack may depend upon what your choice of brand is, functionality
and quality it delivers. Therefore, the price range of an average quality backpack may
fall between $50 and $100; if you are looking for premium quality backpacks, you may
have to shell out anything between $100 and $300.

You may add a few points to the ones listed above. However, if you consider these
factors, then you can get a reasonably priced travel backpack with satisfactory quality.
Remember that quality always has a price tag attached and premium quality backpacks
may burn your pockets.

Must-have travel apps for people on the go – Part 2

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Folks, we promised last time to bring you another post on the most sought-after travel apps across the world to maximise your travel experience. Here are they, waiting to get downloaded or shared by users based on their experience:

 6. Google Translate

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The Google Translate, as the name implies, helps you to translate mostly used phrases during travel: using it as a language training tool for serious learning is beyond its scope. Well, nothing can match the practicality of a language learning classroom. As with this app, if you hold your camera up to a text, for example, such as a menu or a sign, it will translate what is required in a flash, making it a much sought-after app for any traveller. Free, iOS and Android

 7. LiveTrekker

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If you want to maintain a complete log of your travel details, this is it. You can maintain a detailed track record of your route, where you captured images or recorded a video,  where you were put up or create a micro blog for every trip of yours. Web: livetrekker.com; Free, iOS and Android.

 8. Wolfram Sun Exposure


image3 Are you exposed to the sun’s harmful rays and excessive heat during travel? This app for iOS is just the thing for you to calculate how much sun is too much, with recommendations on which SPF level to apply. It can also help you in calculating the UV forecast based on where you are, or offer useful info on the UV levels for a five-day period. Paid, iOS

 9. Time Out

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This is a fabulous directory of ideas of things you’d want to do in cities around the globe. This app covers almost everything you’d require to hang out from hotels, restaurants, bars, events and local attractions, whether you’re in Amsterdam, Accra, Edinburgh or Singapore. This means you don’t have to run around searching for the most popular concerts, cultural fests or one-off events going on around you in a particular place.  Want to tailor make a travel guide for your holiday or book a concert ticket or a restaurant table? This app is for you. Free; iOS and Android

10. Splittr

Are you someone using complicated spreadsheets to jot down and calculate travel expenses? Worse, you must be having a hard time splitting split group expenses on vacations with your friends, roommates or any other activity that involves a group. With Splittr App, you can go on adding your travel expenses that will tell you who is next in line to pay and who owes how much to whom. This app, which can also work offline, allows you to invite your friends, and anybody can enter his or her expenses using a Smartphone device.

We believe the aforementioned travel-related apps covered in this post and the previous one would help you make well-informed travel related decisions and plan your next trip perfectly. Happy travel; the sun is shining down.

Must-have travel apps for people on the go – Part 1

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Would anyone ever want a smartphone that is just full of flashy apps of no real utility and high on eating up space? Emperor Traveline brings you a selection of the best travel app tools that are really light on your phone, powerful and easy on-the-go for the digital-savvy traveller, in a two-part series:

 1. Citymapper

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This app is quite popular for what it is intended to do: easy to use, playful and all-inclusive.  App users rate the app higher than the Google maps for its detailed journey/trip planner information, disruption alerts, real-time departures and incorporation of Uber and cycle routes. Currently available in over 30 cities globally, it covers all the popular city-break destinations you’d look for. This app can even tell you the time it would take if you happen to travel by jetpack – not worthy of information, actually, but hopefully, there is something to cheer about in the event of your train or flight cancellation. Web: citymapper.com; Free, iOS and Android.

 2. Duolingo

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This free app is a well-designed language learning app and has about 70 million+ users. Though the app cannot be used for foreign language learning or training, it can well teach you a couple of language basics, refresh your grammar skills and vocabulary you may require on a foreign soil. And that’s it. Similar to a computer game, it has various levels with experience points that can guide you through the basics of any foreign language step-by-step.  Web: duolingo.com; Free, iOS and Android.

 3. XE Currency

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 This app is the most popular one when it comes to currency conversions on the web; therefore, its addition here comes as no surprise with more than 20 million app downloads since its start. You can find a whole lot of info concerning historic currency charts and rates for precious metals, but it is the ability of the app to convert every world currency that accounts for its huge popularity.  Even if you are offline or with limited connectivity or looking to save on mobile data, you can easily check the last updated currency exchange rates. Web: xe.com; Free, iOS and Android.

4. Tripit

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This app is similar to a pocket travel agent. It is an aggregate of various travel related information such as ticket bookings, confirmation status, travel itinerary, etc. All you need to do is forward your emails to the app for it to do the rest. Sharing your travel plan is quite a cinch with the app if you are travelling in group, making it a highly sought-after App for coordinating group travel. Web: tripit.com; Free, iOS and Android.

 

5. App in the Air

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The name of the App may not sound ‘chic’. No, not at all. But this app is highly sleek when it comes to performance. A flight tracking app that is pretty much straightforward, it gives you exhaustive coverage of airlines and airports and keeps you alert on flight status – even without internet connection. This app is a perfect ploy to managing time at the airport, as it breaks down each flight into four chunks: check-in, boarding, takeoff and landing times. If you want to integrate the app with Tripit, do as you may to display flight details import. Web: appintheair.mobi; Free, iOS and Android.

We’ll follow this post up with another one soon comprising more travel apps for you to make the most of, but until then, it is sayonara!

Emperor Traveline’s selection of 20 best inspiring quotes on Travel

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Quotes inspire us; they lift our spirits and keep the ball rolling. They let us fall gracefully and make a strong comeback. Emperor Traveline has selected and presented 20 most inspiring quotes on Travel for you:

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20. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”  – Gustav Flaubert

19. “Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

18. “To Travel is to Live”  – Hans Christian Andersen

17.  “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T.S. Eliot

16. “Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.” – Seneca

15. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

14. ” Travel makes a wise man better but a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

13. “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.”  – Paolo Coelho

12. “Two roads diverged in a wood and  – I took the one less travelled by.” – Robert Frost

11. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

10. “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

09. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

08. “I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations.” – Nyssa P. Chopra

07. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor

06. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart!”  – Confucius

05. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

04. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

03. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

02. “A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

01. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo

We sincerely believe that these quotes will inspire you to travel more and more, chart out new territories, carve out routes and explore the traveller in you.  Happy Travel!

Are you travelling with Diabetes? Check out these quick tips.

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There is a golden rule for diabetes patients who want to travel:

‘Diabetics can go on their vacation and have fun, but they can’t forget they have diabetes.’

That is because when diabetics travel, either the travel schedule or the effort can break them out of their routine diabetes care; the problem starts there. If they aren’t careful, blood sugar spikes can create quite a quandary leading to increased complications and health emergencies.

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There are a few tips that diabetics can incorporate into their travel plan. It becomes all the more important they follow these tips to reduce risk of sudden sugar spike:

The first step will be to visit a diabetes specialist and get documentation about their present condition and the required treatment methods. Insulin users that need to travel for a long time should seek the advice on the timing and doses.

It is recommended that diabetics buy a travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, protects them from a variety of unexpected circumstances and go on their trips without any worries. Diabetics should pack twice as many supplies, and back up pump is essential if they use insulin pump. Keep all supplies close as it may be required anytime in case of contingencies. Pack supplies in carry case, if flying.

It is important that diabetics carry their own food and drink with them in case of travel delay. Another point to be noted here is that carbohydrate quantities in the food supplied may vary when travelling by air.

Avoid walking barefoot, particularly on hot sand or spiky, rough, rocky, coarse surfaces. This can cause a blister and needs to be covered with a plaster. Keep it absolutely clean and stay out of the sea. Check your feet regularly throughout the day to check the presence of any blisters. High altitude, humidity and heat can, at times, affect test strips and metres, and therefore diabetics shouldn’t take the readings too serious.

Diabetics should keep insulin in a cool place that’s away from direct sunlight. Too much heat or cold can degrade them. If prone to hypoglycaemia, diabetics should always carry glucose gel, blood glucose tablets, or even plain chocolates or candies may come in handy to raise blood sugar levels. Informing the airport security authorities beforehand that you have diabetes can help.  Keeping time zone changes in mind is equally important. Testing your blood sugar levels often can keep things under control and less panicky.

All said and done, Diabetes can still prove a barrier to long-travel. If you are a diabetic, only proper planning and adequate medication administration can make a trip really enjoyable and safe for you.

 

 

 

10 Best English songs to listen while travelling

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Music defines life and this is no different for a traveller in his or her pursuit of reaching
destination. This week, we decided to put together 10 English songs that will continue to
reverberate through time and distance. Now take your keys, call up your favourite travel
buddies, roll down the windows, and let the music begin!

1. Song: Cherry Wine

Artist: Hozier

2. Song: Life is a Highway

Artist: Rascal Flatts

3. Song: All Summer Long

Artist: Kid Rock

4. Song: Paradise

Artist: Coldplay

5. Song: Home
Artist: Phillip Phillips

6. Song: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

Artist: Green Day

7. Song: Life’s For The Living

Artist: Passenger

8. Song: You’re Beautiful

Artist: James Blunt

9. Song: The Nights

Artist: Avicii

10. Song: Hotel California

Artist: Eagles

That’s definitely music to your ears. Isn’t it? These road trip songs will definitely make your next trip an unforgettable one. This is why you are here, right now, to get some inspiration around these epic travel songs, right?