Year: 2017

How To Create A Media Kit For Your Travel Blog

When I started blogging in 2015, I had no idea what a media kit is, and how crucial it is to have one for my travel blog, particularly if I wanted to travel the world scoring sponsorships. I remember for the initial 4 months of blogging, I contacted about a hundred travel companies, and wrote them emails without my media kit — resulting in no positive response, and often, no response at all. Though initially, I thought it was because of the fact that I was new at blogging and my readership wasn’t impressive enough, I think now that I  look back at it, I can assure myself that it was because my email spoke highly of my inexperienced blogger-self. A 500-word long email with no media kit attached was, in fact, the reason (consider sending a 500-word email to an employer with no attached resume). So, having a media kit is important — particularly if you’re looking at blogging as a long-term plan and want to gain travel sponsorships and make money from blogging. …

How To Find Travel Blogging Sponsorships And Travel The World For Free

Finding sponsorships for your travel blog and thus travel the world for free isn’t a tough thing to do. You just need to work for it! When people come across my blog and find out that I’ve been travelling the world for years without having any permanent source of income (no, my dad isn’t supporting my travels anymore!) first thing they ask me is how I fund myself. Those familiar with the business of travel blogging, more closely, rather ask: how I find sponsors for my travels. So first things first: unlike as a fashion or a tech-blogger, surviving as a travel blogger requires a combination of two things: one, making money from blogging, and two, finding sponsors and travelling the world for free. Because unlike with other forms of blogging (take tech-blogging, again, for instance) in travel blogging, every story requires a bit of money invested. For example, a blog post on the latest Android version may not require you to pay for anything to get the content but just an update in your phone, …

My Biggest Solo Travelling Lessons

When you’ve been travelling for long enough, you start calculating the benefits. You wonder whether your solo travels have made you a better and stronger person and whether all these journeys, that you’ve so far taken, have given you a deeper understanding of yourself – from within, and without. You wonder if you want to keep continue travelling, or is it about time to find some stillness in life and look for a purpose in another direction. I’ve been wondering the same thing, repeatedly asking myself the same question – what is it that I’ve gained through all these years of solo travelling. Has it made me a better person and perhaps a bit stronger too from within. Do I want to keep continue doing it? And the answer that came to me was a sure “Yes!” Solo Travelling Has Made Me A Decision Maker Before I started travelling solo I was a team player and not a leader. My decisions would wait for others. But when you’ve travelled for long, having no one but yourself to …

How To Travel From Kuala Lumpur To Penang

Penang is one of those rare frozen-in-time places which connects centuries-old history with today’s modern lifestyle. It caters for the history buff and travel photographer but also nature-lovers. It’s one of those offbeat, yet popular places in southeast Asia, and Malaysia in particular, that has still maintained its laid-back vibe and an old town charm. In short… Penang is Amazing. And with that fact, comes the hard reality — soaring popularity and increasing tourist inflow. More and more tourists are travelling to Penang every day. The good thing is, however, getting to Penang is easier than one can imagine. You have options to choose from. The basis of time it takes to how much it costs, here’s my way of understanding how to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang. If You Want To Travel Superquick, Pay Not So Much But Miss The Journey — FLY  Costs around 700 Indian Rupees (nearly 10 USD) — somewhere between what a bus and train costs. Quicker than both bus and train — total three hour travel time, with one hours flight journey and two hours for check-in and check-out. Unlike the …

Offbeat Destinations Near Manali For A Peaceful Holiday

The town of Manali, in Himachal Pradesh, is one of the top tourist destinations in Indian Himalayas. Its close proximity to New Delhi and Chandigarh is moreover continuously making it easier for the crowds to break away from the usual city-madness and experience the peaceful Himalayas. And with the upcoming 4-way highway, all the way from Chandigarh to Manali (with New Delhi to Chandigarh already having one) it is going to be easier than ever for people to reach Manali — meaning, Manali is going to get more crowded, more smokey and bustling with life in the coming years. Recently while travelling to Manali (long story short: I visit Manali and surrounding a few dozen times a year, while staying for a few dozen weeks. I know the place better than my home New Delhi) I realised that Manali isn’t a place I would want to travel to. And it also isn’t a place I would write a Travel Guide for — Things To See And Do In Manali! Not anymore! The idea of having a …

Travel With A Backpack Or A Suitcase?

A die-hard budget backpacker rolling a ‘pretty’ suitcase on the wild-west Kuala Lumpur-ian streets, sounds confusing right? That’s exactly how you’d have found me — struggling between the hard choices of lifting and rolling an 18 kg suitcase — had we met a month ago. It all happened when I was invited by Selangor Tourism for a 5-day blogging trip in the Selangor region, in Malaysia, back in July, and an idea struck my mind that ‘I don’t want to look the odd one in the group, carrying a backpack.’ A quick phone call to another blogger, who was accompanying me on the trip, and my fear turned into reality. At least everybody else was attending the trip like a behaving gentleman. Reluctantly, I decided to put my hard-earned respect at stake, ditched my backpack behind, for the first time in my previous 2-year travel stint, and carried along a nice-looking suitcase. An Easy Lesson, Learned The Hard Way As soon as my FAM trip got finished, and I was left on my own, like a helpless solo …

How To See Berlin In Less Than 6 Hours

Berlin is one of those few European towns that nobody should miss, especially if someone’s visiting Germany. There is art, history, culture, nightlife, an old town charm, fancy pubs — in short, something for everyone. In fact, there is so much to travel for in Berlin that you at least need a few days to explore it all. During my recent blogging trip with Germany Tourism, I ended up having less than 6 hours in the town, before I had to catch a flight to New Delhi. The good thing was, I had a Germany Tourism official (and I’d thank Mr Jens Becker again for this) travelling with me, who, before leaving, not only helped me locate the lockers in the central train station in Berlin, and buy a day pass for the public transport to save me time, but also created a personalised travel guide to cover the highlights of Berlin on a fast track. In less than 6 hours, I covered most of the highlights that Berlin had to offer. Though of course I still only skimmed through its skin, …

Places To See In Rügen, Germany

I’ve never been a big fan of beaches and coastlines. The open spaces around them and a dearth of activities — other than a few relating to water, and of a millennial romantic odyssey — scare me. So during my recent blog trip with Germany Tourism, when we were told that we are going to spend almost two days exploring the German island of Rügen, I was feeling more hopeless than ever. But as we escaped from the mainland Germany and made our way to Rügen, after quickly scanning through the Hanseatic town of Stralsund, I realised that Rügen was unlike any other island I’d visited before. There was more to see and do here than I could ever imagine. Other than a few white sand beaches, Rügen offered its own national park, historical towns and uncountable walking trails. No wonder, Rügen had something for everyone. Rügen For Everyone With its white-sand beaches; ghost-towns; canopies of oak, elm and poplar trees; charming architecture; and national parks, Rügen offers myriad options to enjoy your holiday. In its southeast, lies a …

Kühlungsborn: Germany’s Hidden Gem On The Baltic Coastline

Standing next to the azure sea and on a beach full of white sand, as I heard a continuous laughter of people in the background, I said to myself, “this is the kind of moment I would want myself to be locked in”… And no, I did not have to travel halfway around the world to get to such apparently relaxing location — just two hours from Hamburg. As I landed at Hamburg airport and greeted other bloggers and journalists whom I was going to travel with for the next few days, on a blog trip with Germany Tourism, I was excited more than ever. We were going to explore the highlights along the little-visited German Baltic coast — a part of Germany that promises beautiful architecture and some of the best beaches in Western Europe. And the resort town of Kühlungsborn, was our first destination. If you will look at a map, the coastline of Kühlungsborn, looks pretty jagged and rough, as though forcibly ripped from the sea. But when you reach there you realise that the water, in fact, cannot appear more serene and …

Hiking In The Darss Forest Of Pomerania Boddenlandschaft National Park

The forest was so eerily silent that I could only hear the periodic rustle of the needle grass under my feet. As we hit the first viewing point, the white and colourless birch tree at a distance held my gaze for a while, before the sun’s golden rays shone it, and turned everything around it, into a glittering yellow. The Pomeranian Boddenlandschaft National Park is the largest nature reserve on the Baltic coast. A landscape of cliffs, dunes, and lagoons stretching from the Darss-Zingst peninsula up towards the west coast of Rügen, the national park offers a perfect destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts interested in exploring some of the best beaches and wetlands that Germany has to offer. To get to the starting point of the hike, you’re required to reach the town of Prerow, Born, Wieck or Ahreenshoop. We, however, started from Prerow. After quickly making our way to the town of Prerow, during the early morning hours on a wet Friday morning, we took a toy train (otherwise known as the …