The best headphones for travel

Selecting the best headphones for travel can be a complex task, especially if you spend most of your time travelling on silent trains full of exhausted, irritable people on their way to, or from work. At this point many readers will probably be wondering why we have bothered to write an article directed at the best headphones for travel, if you can just walk into any technology store and purchase the cheapest ones.

Well, unfortunately when it comes to selecting headphones for travel, there are certain factors to take into consideration. Supposing you just go ahead and choose the cheapest pair you can find and you settle down into your seat on the train and put on your favorite Queen song at full volume, one would assume that you can drift off into your own world of music induced bliss.

This is seldom the case and your musical experience will soon be interrupted by the loud tuts of the stern older lady sat next to you, who is complaining about the fact that she can hear the song almost as well as you can, due to the poor quality of the headphones.

 Think About Your End Goal

Music, people, person.This might sound a strange factor to take into consideration when choosing headphones, but if you travel a lot, then pinpointing exactly what you want to achieve with your headphones is important.

For example, perhaps you often fly through different timezones for business and therefore you rely on meditation music to soothe you to sleep. If this is your case, then you want to be sure to select headphones featuring surround sound that also cancel other noise out.

You don’t want your slumber interrupted by the crying baby sat next to you on the flight. Similarly if you are a fan of listening to rock music at full volume- you might enjoy it, but the man sitting next to you on the subway might not. Therefore, it is advisable to choose a set of headphones that allow you to turn the volume right up, whilst not disturbing anyone within close proximity of you.

 Do Your Research

Unless you are amongst the fortunate elite to whom money is no object, then it is likely you will want to get the best value for your budget. If you walk into an electronics store, then understandably the sales assistant will most likely try and sell you the most expensive pair that he can get away with.

To avoid being influenced by an excellent sales pitch, go online and do some research. Websites of some online retailers  are review based, meaning you can trust the judgement of real life customers about a particular product.

 Comfort Is Key

Finally, be sure to choose a pair of headphones that ensure you will be comfortable for the duration of your travel. Don’t choose a bulky, heavy pair as you will find they take up a substantial amount of space in your limited hand luggage allowance. If you decide to get headphones featuring earplugs, then find some that fit into your ears comfortably without irritating you.

How To Practice Singing In Tune


Unfortunately some of us who aspire to be a singer are not blessed with the natural ability to sing in tune. That doesn’t mean that we have to abandon our dreams of becoming the next Beyonce, but rather that we need to dedicate time and practice in order to sing in tune.

Many people incorrectly assume that either you can sing, or you can’t and whilst it is true that it is easier for certain people than others, even the best naturally gifted singers dedicate hours each day to practice.

I’m sure you have seen a famous singer live who has notoriously been slated in the press for singing out of tune, so you can rest assured that with patience, practice and consistency you too can master the art of singing in tune. Here are some basic tips to get you started on your journey to becoming a pitch perfect singer!

Analyze your voice

Oftentimes the secret to doing something right, is being able to first identify what you are doing wrong and then correcting it. The same is true of singing in pitch, or in tune as it is commonly referred to.

Start by singing along to an easy song that you are familiar with and either record yourself or simply be alert to which parts you are not singing in tune. Once you have identified where you are singing flat, or sharp, you can start correcting yourself.

Use the correct breathing techniques

Being a good singer largely stems from using the correct breathing techniques when you sing, which allows you to control your voice better. Make sure you are breathing from your diaphragm as opposed to shallow breathing from your chest, which is instinctive in every day life. This is an excellent free video that will teach you the best breathing exercises for singing in tune.

Don’t force the volume of your voice

Many singers trip up and end up singing out of tune when they try and force their voice to sound louder during certain parts of a song. This is a total mistake, especially when singing higher notes. The sounds will come out flat if you are singing outside your natural vocal range, so it is important that you read these tips from vocal coach Ken Taylor on how to hit the high notes correctly before you try and belt out a song.

Forcing your voice can also result in damage to your vocal chords, which might not be permanent, but it will certainly be a setback to your singing performance.

Expand your vocal range

Practicing singing scales outside your natural vocal range will be a great help to singing in tune.

If you sing scales regularly, then you will get used to stepping out of your comfort zone when you sing and it will also allow you to pinpoint specifically which notes you are having difficulty singing pitch perfect. You should aim to incorporate scales during a vocal warm up every time you set aside time to practice singing in tune.