Unlike the mainstream genres of dance music, psytrance distinguished itself by creating its own scene that lives up to its hippie origins in Goa, perhaps best exemplified by the slew of sustainable festivals popular around the world. One such event is Boom Festival, a biennial event held in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal.
The festival is now in its 20th year, continuing its focus on providing a self-sustainable arts and culture gathering that draws on the transformational power of electronic music. Musically, it started out as a psytrance concert (still on the main stage of Dance Temple), but has since branched out with four other stages dedicated to house music (Alchemy Circle), chill-out (Ambient Source), world music (Sacred Fire) and general electronic dance (Groovy Beach). Dance Temple is a particular favorite because it often features natural trance music, the acoustic and indigenous forms that inspired Trance.
Like America’s Burning Man, Boom Festival operates on environmental consciousness. Beginning in 2004, it began implementing a series of sustainability projects like chemical-free toilets, wind and solar energy, recycling and free cleaning kits for participants. If all of that wasn’t enough, Boom’s organizers were recently invited by the United Nations to participate in its Music & Environmental Initiative.
Along Guyana’s Rupununi River, Karanambu Lodge is an oasis of comfort and compassion in a largely wild region undisturbed by commercial tourism. Guyana is a land rich in biodiversity and Karanambu is dedicated to its conservation, operating as both an eco-tourist lodge and a charitable trust devoted to the preservation of the Rupununi, savannah and waters.
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For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Renting a car is one of the best ways to see and familiarize yourself with a destination, but after adding extras like insurance, car seats and taxes, the price can really add up. In order to lessen the potential monetary burden of a rental car, arrive at the rental car counter armed with the tips below.