The easiest way to ruin a red-eye flight across continents and oceans is to be seated next to a noisy neighbor, in front of a crying baby or adjacent to a loud snorer. Noise-cancelling headphones have become ubiquitous in the travel scene as travelers seek more peaceful ways to zone out during long flights. One such example is a leading set of headphones from Sony that take peace and quiet a few steps further than the standard models.
Sony’s WH1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones employ Ambient Sound control and high-resolution technology to block out sound. The wireless headset drapes over the head and lasts for up to 30 hours. When the battery dies, it can be recharged in just 10 minutes.
Various extra features of the headphones include Sense Engine smart listening that lets the wearer tune in and out of audio, touch-sensor controls to adjust the audio coming through the speakers, a voice assistant that can shut off audio and answer phone calls and Quick Attention Mode that switches off media to allow human conversations.
These Sony headphones, available in silver or black, can be stored in its own travel-friendly carrying case and can be purchased on Sony’s website or through most other online retailers for about $350. While this may seem like a splurge for headphones, you can’t put a price tag on peace.
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.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.