Electronic music isn’t as widespread in the Middle East and Africa, but it’s a growing scene. Just last year, Marrakech hosted its first festival dedicated solely to underground dance music, Oasis Festival. Billed as “the first of its kind,” the event is the brainchild of Marjana Jaidi, the half-Moroccan founder who visited Marrakech as a child and wanted to bring some of America’s festival culture to Morocco.
Inspired by Mexico’s BPM festival, Darren James Thomas, who focused on cutting-edge artists rather than going down a checklist of superstars, curated 2015’s lineup. Jaidi also makes an effort to incorporate the local culture, partnering with local businesses to provide food and an on-site souk at The Source, a luxurious resort complete with recording studio located just 20 minutes from the center of Marrakech.
Last year’s festival was a success with 2,000 people attending from more than 25 countries. While the numbers don’t match the arena festivals of America, Oasis succeeds in providing an intimate festival that focuses more on the sounds than the spectacle. Highlights from this year’s lineup include Bicep, Dusky, Maya Jane Coles, Tale of Us, Booka Shade and even techno pioneer Derrick May.
Santa Monica, California, has such an incredible array of restaurants and bars, it can be difficult to choose one. Rustic Canyon on Wilshire Boulevard makes it easy to decide; the restaurant manages to clearly set itself apart from the rest.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Many travelers are exchanging their regular home lives for a more exciting life abroad. However, no matter where in the world you visit, money is needed to live a comfortable life. Gaining work experience abroad can diversity a resume and open opportunities worldwide. For travelers who wish to live a more nomadic lifestyle, getting a short-term job in a country is also a great option. This will ensure travelers have enough money to get by and give them experience. Before leaving for a country or while in a foreign land, travelers can use the internet to find jobs or local resources.
One of the best ways to experience and learn more about a culture is by looking for and picking through the local markets. Depending on the destination, markets can be found in the out-of-the-way nooks and crannies of larger cities or can function as attractions on their own merit.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.