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Why I Quit My Job To Travel

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Last week, I took a wee trip to Rishikesh – the land of sadhus and of many people’s spiritual rebirth. I have a personal affection, some attachment to this place. This is where I once spent two months, practising meditation and taking spiritual lessons.

But this time, my arrival was accompanied by a sense of unexpected realization. I wondered, as I grabbed myself walking along its frenzied, confused walkways, that how lucky I am to experience places like Rishikesh again and again. And yet, it is never the climax of my journey. It is always the beginning.

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls” Anais Nin

It has been a few years now since I have been travelling full time, or I should perhaps say a few years since I’ve made travelling my life, and my source of income, yet I never shared here why and how it all happened. It would be nice to say that I wanted to understand myself and find my inner consciousness, but frankly speaking, it’s not true.

The only part which is true is that was bored of the monotonous 9 to 5 corporate job and I didn’t want to keep continue doing it until I turn 60, ready to be retired. I wanted something more than that. I wanted to see the world. Meet new people. Learn better ideas. Find out what’s wrong with this system of corporate culture, that it never made anyone happy – no matter what they achieved in their life. Simply put, I wanted to educate myself in a way that no school, no job ever did before. And I wanted to do that by breaking free.

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But one thing is saying that I want to do this and the other thing is realizing I am actually doing it.

Travelling is no less than a pursuit of happiness for me. Yet, throughout this time, I’ve often stumbled upon questions like “Why I quit my job to travel” or “How did I manage to make such a decision” or “What’s next”. And I think with all these questions, what people actually wanted to ask me was why did I not go for a two-week calculated holiday (or a couple of month’s sabbatical, if I am being pretentiously brazen about it) to quench my thirst of travel, as an averagely sane person would otherwise do.

The truth is, there is no fun in that. I have taken enough of those recreational holidays – as people often term them – in my life. When I was working I found myself escaping the boundaries of New Delhi almost every weekend, with a couple of friends, drinking a bunch of beers and returning with an unsatisfied soul. And I remember, the minute I entered the premises of my office, after completing that sweet, sally trip, it always felt as if it actually never happened.

So I realised that I wanted something more than that. Something bigger. Something permanent. I wanted a life of uninterrupted travelling, of permanent movement.

Further Reading: 6 Reasons To Start Travelling Today

Discontentment Is Good

Discontentment is the very first step to a new beginning. My discontentment towards my job forced me to quit my job and start travelling. I had always loved India, but I never loved my life in India. I always loved my profession (of writing), but I never loved my job. It seemed I was just accepting things as they came because everyone around me told me “this is life and you got to learn to deal with it.”

But I think I wasn’t good at it. Though I tried to suppress my unsatisfied soul the traditional way, by changing jobs and running after money, it was just not enough. My audacious, fertile mind – discontented and grumbling – kept pushing me until I shifted focus.

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The Journey That Changed It All

I took my first solo trip back in 2014 (you can read about it all here), while I was still working, and it was a life-changing experience. Though there was nothing extraordinarily great about the journey, the freedom in travelling solo was, in fact, most addictive. And that was it. I spent the next few months, saving as much money possible from the job I was doing, having a very clear focus in my mind – to leave this lifestyle behind and travel the world.

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world” Mary Anne Radmacher

Though it is true, when I quit my job in 2015, I had no idea that I will soon start blogging, but I had a belief that something good will follow. I remember during the initial few months of travelling and searching for a better life, I tried seeking a way to become a community journalist (I even wrote a few articles addressing social issues but couldn’t find the courage to get them published somewhere) and make it my permanent career, but I couldn’t. And I think it was because I tried and failed that in the end I decided to be a little easy on me, and chose a more freestyle kind of writing – travel blogging.

So the point here is, if you’re discontent, wanting a little shift in your life, there is no harm in quitting what you’re doing and trying to change the present. Because if nothing else, you can always return to the same present and say to yourself “I at least tried!”

Three Years Later Since I Became A Full-Time Blogger In 2016

Update: It has been nearly two years since I wrote this blog (and three years since I have been travel blogging) and I am fortunate to still be able to travel full-time and make money from it. Though my journey as a full-time traveller has had many highs and lows when I look back and think of what travelling has given me during all this time, there’s just one thing that comes to my mind, and it is – the satisfaction and the thrill in waking up every day!

And speaking of what’s next, I think now that I’ve got good riddance of my corporate career and have attained the financial stability, I’ll continue travelling for as long as my heart will desire, and if I ever wanted some stillness in life, I can always go back and resume what I was doing. But this time, I will only do it a little better!

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Camping, Hiking & River-Rafting In Kiulu, Sabah: The Offbeat Malaysia

Visiting Sabah, in Malaysia? How about doing the offbeat and trying some camping, hiking and white river-rafting in Kiulu River.

“Who goes camping in a new country anyway? Don’t you think jungles look the same everywhere?” I remember how my friends initially reacted as I told them about my upcoming trip to Malaysia.

And I understand their disapproval. For most people (and this particularly applies to Indians) visiting a new country, streets and cities remain the biggest fascination. I mean if you are visiting, let’s say, Japan for an instance, would you rather go for hiking, or carefully spend your time planning pretty selfies at the famous Shibuya Station intersection in Tokyo or watching sumo wrestlers choking each other with their majestic butt. Similarly, for Malaysia, exploring Malaysian food, Malaysian streets, or something else that’s more Malaysian in appearance should be high in your bucket list, over hiking a ubiquitous jungle.

So yea, when I shared my 5-day travel itinerary with my friends, over a few drinks in New Delhi, I didn’t get a very positive response. According to my itinerary, 2 days were carefully planned for a blogger’s award function hosted by TravelDotEarth and Sabah Tourism – the very reason why we (a group of 52 travel and lifestyle bloggers from India) were visiting Sabah, in Malaysia at first place, leaving the rest of the two days (at least for me) for camping, hiking, and river-rafting in the Malaysian wilderness.

Hiking In The Jungles In Sabah: Why I Was Excited About It

Before I write any further and tell you how much I loved the entire experience of camping and hiking and river-rafting in Kiulu river, in Sabah, let me tell you why I was excited about it at first place.

Over 50% of Sabah’s land mass is covered under forest reserves and tree cover – making adventure activities relating to nature is its original USP. So just like while visiting Kuala Lumpur, you would visit the famous Petronas Twin Tower and shop till you drop, for someplace like Sabah, that is famous for its natural reserves, staying close to nature is akin to covering its highlight.

Also Read: My First Impression Of Sabah

Additionally, when I was backpacking in Malaysian Peninsular back in 2017, many people told me how Malaysian Borneo has a small-town-like vibe and is full of ethnic tribes. I was told how people there, particularly in the small towns are so friendly that it feels like a different Malaysia altogether. So when I found out about our stay at this offbeat place in a town called Kiulu located at least one hour drive away from Kota Kinabalu, the capital town of Sabah, I couldn’t be more excited. This meant I would, if nothing else, experience the epitome of the friendliness of local Malaysians in Sabah and may just end up learning more about the traditional tribes in Malaysia.

And then, being an adventure enthusiast and more of a camper than a city-dweller, camping, and hiking, as I visited Malaysia this time, made even more sense.

Adventure Camping In Sabah: What’s And Where’s

About one-hour drive southeast of Kota Kinabalu life was rather in a slow lane. Here people were even fewer in number (than they already were in Kota Kinabalu) and the smell of the jungle was more fresh.

We were taken to a place called Kondi’s Point – our home for our next two days.

Though popular for camping, hiking and relaxing, our stay at Kondi’s Point was rather flavored with a few other activities including netting, white river rafting, rubber tapping, cooking and a few traditional dance performances over dinner.

What’s interesting was, we were even given basic survival lessons if ever we found ourselves stranded in a jungle – the chances of which were very slim, given (pretty much) everyone in our group was a fashion blogger, except for me, of course.

Where activities surely added to the experience, I was happy even if we were left on our own, with some food and the refreshing Kiulu river to swim in. The place, in itself, was so complete that we didn’t need much to see and do to have a good time.

Do I Recommend A Similar Experience?

Well, to honestly tell you, if you’re a kind of person who enjoys nature no matter what, Kondi’s point (or perhaps some other place near Kiulu River) is certainly a place to visit, even if you’re visiting Sabah, or say Malaysia, for the first time, and are going to be there for just a few days.

But if you do not want to stay at Kondi’s Point and rather prefer staying in Kota Kinabalu watching the sunset at the waterfront – which certainly makes perfect sense – the fact that you can visit Kiulu on a day trip, do the river-rafting, trek in the jungle for an hour and return, cannot be disregarded.

And then, given that Sabah is known for its rich biodiversity and jungle reserves, the very idea of exploring one of its jungle while still not missing much of the city experience is always a better choice than exploring the town inside out and returning home with an incomplete experience.

Even a day trip to a place like Kondi’s Point will give you a much broader sense of life in and around Sabah than just staying in Kota Kinabalu and only seeing the modern side of Sabah.

Have you tried camping or river-rafting in Sabah or someplace else in Malaysia? How would you rate the experience?

Disclaimer: I visited Sabah on a blog trip with Travel.Earth, Sabah Tourism and Air Asia. While my trip and experiences were sponsored by them, all inputs provided above are solely personal. I only recommend what I personally try, and find worth appreciating.

My First Impression of Sabah, Malaysia

Visiting Sabah, in Malaysia? Read how I liked Sabah, the Malaysian Borneo, during my first visit!

As I gestured to politely ask for her permission to click a picture, she hesitated. But I knew, the hesitance wasn’t out of reluctance but pure shyness. There was nothing unwelcoming about it. I moved a few inches closer, and before I even realized it, my camera was peeking right into her face. She blushed harder. The laugh lines around her eyes dug deeper into her face. Suddenly, the camera felt like an uninvited friend, an obstruction that was no longer needed. The warmth, the friendliness in her eyes was something to be taken home in heart and not just in the mere click of a camera shutter.

Later, as I thanked her, I knew, I was in love again, with her, her people, and the place she was a native of!

I remember when the email to visit Sabah on a blog trip with 50 other travel bloggers from India first landed in my inbox, I wasn’t very excited about it. I had been to Malaysia before, and after spending almost a month backpacking around the Malaysian Peninsular (a fortnight in Kuala Lumpur and about a fortnight in Penang, Langkawi, and other places) I needed a stronger reason to revisit the same country than being on just another Blog Trip.

My first visit to Peninsular Malaysia happened in 2017, and it always felt enough. Though I certainly loved that part of Malaysia for its bountiful tourist destinations and because of the fact that it was a great place for expats to be (in terms of ease of travel to value for money) the kind of warmth that I seek for in local people, was, however, slightly missing.

So yea, I wasn’t very keen on revisiting Malaysia this time until after some research I figured how Sabah was geographically not a part of Peninsular Malaysia, but of Borneo – another island in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago beautifully tucked away from what most people think of as Only Actual Malaysia.

To those who do not know, the island of Borneo is shared by the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan, and the tiny nation of Brunei.

My First Introduction to Sabah, Malaysia

While previously backpacking in Kuala Lumpur, I came across a few locals and expats alike telling me how the Malaysian Borneo is not only less bustling and comparatively greener but is also far more welcoming. It may be because of the Peninsular Malaysia a big, busy and a popular place while Borneo is still pretty unknown and ‘few-friends-good-friends’ like.

And that’s exactly how I perceived it during my quick 6-day (sadly very less, I know!) travel around Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. As soon as our flight landed at Kota Kinabalu, I developed a sense of liking towards it. A small airport perfectly beautified with surrounding hills in the background seemed like an ideal place I wanted to be at. Later as I escaped the airport and with that, continued my way into Kota Kinabalu my love for Sabah only intensified.

Kota Kinabalu’s modern hip vibe, a beautiful harbor, and amazing nightlife make it one of the most orderly and enjoyable cities I have ever visited in Southeast Asia. It felt more like a younger cousin of Hong Kong (minus the crowd of course) than a confusing sibling of Kuala Lumpur. All in all, Kota Kinabalu, and whatever little of Sabah I explored felt safe, assuring, value for money and more inviting than I earlier thought.

And speaking of local people, and the feeling of travelling or holidaying in Sabah, be rest assured that you will only be taking home some happy memories.

Sabah For Its People

Since I quit my job to travel in 2016, I’ve visited over 20 countries, often staying at one place for weeks in an attempt to understand local culture and people. And during all this time, I have developed a fair understanding of the subject.

For example, I have always loved the Southeast Asian backpacking capital Bangkok, but not for its people. For people, my first choice in the region would be Jakarta (or perhaps even Phnom Penh). Though Jakarta and Phnom Penh have some good tourist attractions too, if I ever revisited them, it will be for their people, and not the place (I would rather revisit Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur for tourist attractions and busy itineraries).

Read: Why I Loved Indonesia

Similarly, I adored Sabah for its welcoming locals. There was not a single instance when I smiled at someone and it wasn’t returned to me. I moreover loved how local Malays in Sabah valued family and community, over individualism. They work as one and that’s worth appreciating.

So yea, you just cannot run off a list of reasons to love Sabah (and I am sure it applies to Borneo at large) without including the natives!

Sabah For Its Nature

Sabah is known for some of the world class diving sites and rainforest jungles. During my visit, I, unfortunately, didn’t dive or explored much of its island life (but I’ve seen Google Images and have a fair idea of what Sabah can offer) but I just happened to camp in the wild, try river rafting and went for a day-hike.

Read About It Here: Camping & Hiking In Sabah, Malaysia

According to statistics, the land of Sabah is still covered in over 50% of Sabah’s land mass is covered under forest reserves and tree cover – and that’s its USP. Where places like Kuala Lumpur and Singapore vouch for a rich shopping scene, nightlife, and a great metropolis experience, Sabah is all about nature and wildlife.

One can find rare Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Kingfisher birds, long and short-tailed macaques and other things in its jungles.

Sabah For A Pulse Of Modern Malaysia & Attractions

And then, it doesn’t mean that Sabah is only all about Jungles and wildlife, it’s chock-full of attractions and experiences too. Its capital city of Kota Kinabalu, which thankfully isn’t just another chaotic and improvised SEA city has a modern hip vibe with a great nightlife, a beautiful harbor, and some luxurious hotels to add to the experience.

There is a tea garden to explore, a beautiful Waterfront to laze around, local markets to be amazed at and a rich dining scene to enjoy.

Moreover, being a fan of travelling to offbeat places, I think this part of Malaysia offers a great destination that is far lesser visited and comparatively much unknown to most places in Peninsular Malaysia. And now that I’ve been here once (even if it was a very brief introduction) I’ve been researching about it on the internet and finding so many names that have hardly been mentioned anywhere. From the amazing Gomantong Caves to some of the islands that I cannot even pronounce, there’s enough to explore in Sabah that I am sure is rather offbeat and simply magic!

Disclaimer: I visited Sabah on a blog trip with Travel.Earth, Sabah Tourism and Air Asia. While my trip and experiences were sponsored by them, all inputs provided above are solely personal. I only recommend what I personally try, and find worth appreciating.

Getting Local Village Experience In Kumaon Region In Uttarakhand

Want to experience local Kumao culture and explore village life in Uttarakhand? Visit Naikana village, near Jageshwar Dham… because I have found you a place!

Not very high in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, I happened to hike through dreamy villages, deodar forest, and secret rhododendron trails, where locals would wake up at 4 am to chop wood across daunting terrain, climbing up and down a steep mountain face while I carefully place one foot in front of the other. My two-day stay in this sleepy village called Naikana, that, in fact, was located only 20 minutes away from a well-trodden road, was, in fact, lost deep inside a forest. It remained the most beautiful highlight of the many journeys that I have previously had across in Uttarakhand, for it took me to a world where iPhones, drones, and Instagram still held no value.

While planning for my 20-day road trip across Uttarakhand (and on Delhi-Munsiyari trail to be particular) I decided that for one night, at least, I was to going to have some real Kumaoni experience – where I would stay in a village and dine on local Kumaoni delicacies. But I wasn’t sure when and how! To make it possible, however, I carried a tent, with a plan to camp in a village premise somewhere, befriend some locals (as I often do) and be a part of them as closely as possible. But as far as dining in someone’s house, or trying some local food was concerned, I couldn’t be sure how that was possible.

Since I was motorbiking after a long time, I pre-booked hotels online for the initial week. And the first few days – of my stay in Jim Corbett, Nainital and Almora – turned out to be quite ordinary. I stayed at hotels that guaranteed a comfortable stay, timely breakfast, and satisfactory customer service. But there was nothing local about the experience. Nothing raw. And then village Naikana (near Jageshwar Mandir) happened!

A Little About My Stay At Kot Naikana

While planning for Uttarakhand this time, I happened to find an exclusive stay on booking.com that, at least on their website, guaranteed local experience. “A renovated old house into a boutique homestay” their website read, and I was instantly intrigued – not because it said the term HOMESTAY (that term, I’ve figured, is vaguely misused in the mountains lately) but because it said A Renovated Old House. If nothing, I thought, I was at least going to experience some Kumaoni architecture.

I booked two nights there and it was exactly what I needed.

The property was literally an-old-house equipped with new-age comfort, located right in the middle of a village (with not much intrusion, of course) and apart from other activities, there was one activity that concluded my trip: a lunch in someone’s house in the village.

Sometimes Exception Is Good

If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, you may already know that I do not promote hotels on my blog. Though I often briefly talk about Where To Stay in my usual City Guides, I do not dedicate my entire blog on the subject. But this time, as I spent two nights in Kot Naikana, and explored the place, I knew that there is going to be an exception. And it wasn’t because of the local experience I happened to have there, for I have had more village experiences during my travel-stint than I can remember, but because it’s was a kind of place where any regular tourist, regardless of what they’re seeking, if happened to stay there, will appreciate some local culture and a pahadi life — just like my place FootlooseCamps in Manali.

Lately, I have been on a hunt around the Himalayas to explore offbeat homestays or tourist properties that offer more than just a shallow tourist experience. Places that owe to local culture and give back to the society they earn from. Where guests travel solo but end up being a part of the community and making more friends there than they have back home. And this was certainly one such place.

What To Expect From Village Naikana And Your Stay At Kot Naikana

In short: a true village experience where the air will be fresh, food will be organic and the company, seemingly familiar.

Speaking of my two days stay there, for one day, I was taken by a local guide to the famous Jageshwar Temple, located at only 20-minute walk from Kot Naikana. After spending about an hour exploring the 16th century and soaking in the good vibes, we headed to a short jungle trek that lasted for about a couple of hours.

Once done, I was taken to a local family’s house for an authentic Kumaoni Lunch including Bhang ki Chutney, a few types of lentils, Kandali Saag, rice, some Kumaoni Raita and Mandua ki Roti (made from a cereal called Mandua) — one massive feast that completed my urge to dine in at someone’s house.

In just two days, I spent a fair share of my time exploring the village life and the hardships of the locals — from collecting firewood to walking long distances to go to school. All in all, was an experience to topple my notion of India’s rural-urban divide.

How To Get There

To start with, and make it easier, just Google Map Navigate for Kot Naikana. Now, if you’re driving, you can either park your vehicle at Jageshwar Mandir and trek from there. Or, you can go to the other side of the circle (imagine Kot Naikana as the center of a circle, and you’re on the other side now) at Sankar Jaim Temple (which can also be Google navigated) and follow a more rural and smaller trail to Naikana Village (3-5km from Sankar Jaim temple). From this point, your stay is about 3 minutes walk.

If you’re taking a bus, however, you will have to take a bus that goes from Almora to Pithoragarh (or the other way) and get off at the road that goes towards Sankar Jaim temple. Walk from here will be around 4-6 km.

You can also watch the Youtube video of my Naikana Village:

Top Travel Tips For Almora In Uttarakhand

Planning to visit Almora? Read these top travel tips and make your experience better!

At first glance, Almora appeared as one of those bustling towns in the mountains that are becoming a concrete jungle. There were hotels and shopping complexes being arranged on the narrow ridge. Neighborhoods were quickly getting buried under plastic waste. Local people seemed too busy in their lives to answer any requests.

Honestly speaking, my first impression of Almora wasn’t a pleasing one. It had been only 10 minutes that I had arrived there and every part of me already wanted to escape its madness. I knew my hotel was located some 5km outside of the main town – thankfully far enough from Almora’s maddening Lala Bazaar – yet I needed a stronger reason to console my heart.

To make it even worse, Google navigated me to a dead-end, forcing me to now ask for directions. “The Himalayan Woods” I enquired a few random faces, but no one had a clue. Then a sudden realization and I recalled that my hotel was located near Mata Kesar Devi Temple – a popular landmark in Almora that even a 5-year-old can guide you to. To my frustration, it took me almost 30 minutes to find my way to the hotel and fight through the narrow bustling lanes of Almora, but at last, I ended up in a kind of Almora I was long hoping for!

The Two Faces Of Almora

To tell you the truth, Almora can vaguely be divided into two geographies – the crowded and bustling Almora, and the comparatively quiet and greener Almora. The bustling part is where you will find Almora’s main bus station, a few crowded markets and a handful of budget guesthouses (the kind that still sells offline in today’s digital age). And then there is this other part that is located near Mata Kesar Devi Temple (located some 5km away from the center) where you will find more green spaces and better hotels/resorts/backpack-hostels.

So if you will ask me, the first travel tip on Almora would be… look for a place that is near Mata Kesar Devi Temple. If you’re travelling in a bus, you can find regularly shared taxis running between Almora main town and the Mata Kesar Devi Temple area.

Speaking of my experience, however, I stayed at The Himalayan Woods and can recommend it to those looking for a medium-budget hotel.

What To See And Do In Almora

I understand Almora isn’t a kind of place where a regular Indian tourist would want to spend more than a weekend. And to be honest, two days are actually enough to spend in Almora and get a hang of it.

Mata Kesar Devi Temple remains a usual highlight for those visiting Almora.

To be honest, I found Mata Kesar Devi Temple holding charm for not only those who fancy visiting temples but also those who appreciate beautiful sunsets and wide-open views.

Located on a hilltop, Mata Kesar Devi Temple offers a nearly 360-degree view of Almora and surrounding. Spend a few hours meditating and soaking in the magnetic hill power or just relax in the area and appreciate the beautiful nature.

Another highlight near Almora, is, of course, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary that is popular for its Zero Point. It is located around 25km from the Almora and costs 150 Rupees per person for Indians as entry fee. A half-day trip to Binsar Wildlife century can be a fun solo or group activity. Remember, if you’re driving, you will have to pay for your car (motorbikes get free entry though!).

On a fine day, you can catch glimpse of Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trisul and Nanda Devi from Binsar’s Zero Point. The Zero Point is located 2km from the nearest parking inside the Binsar Wildlife Century.

Also, when in Almora, don’t miss the unusual combination of Pakora, Cholley and Raita. It may sound like a complete weird combination of food ever, but it is will prove to be a treat. Also try some local season fruits.

Should Almora Be High On Your List?

If you’re more of a bucked-lister who enjoys doing too much in too little time, then Almora may disappoint you. Because honestly speaking, there isn’t much to do there, apart from visiting Mata Kesar Devi Temple and Binsar Wildlife Century. Additionally, if you compare Almora with places like Shimla and Nainital, the former has never been a very exciting choice for travellers.

But if you’re looking for a place to spend a good time relaxing and not doing much, Almora may just be a great destination to travel to. The landscape near Kesar Devi Mata temple is quite beautiful. The place isn’t frequented with regular hippy tourists or party-mongers.

So yea, if the idea of holidaying for you is to relax and unwind, and ending up in a place that is rather offbeat, Almora may just be a perfect destination!

And here’s a quick video of my Almora Trip:

Got more travel tips for Almora? Please share in comments below!

Kalagarh: A perfect Weekend Getaway From Delhi

Looking for a quick weekend getaway from New Delhi? Visit Kalagarh, near Jim Corbett!

As I left New Delhi, and with that, the imposing concrete buildings behind me, I could already smell fresh air. The beautiful countryside of Uttar Pradesh with periodic glimpses of green pastures and lush foliage were enough to keep me going even on a hot summer day. It had been less than 4 hours since I left home and a part of me already wanted to go astray, ride aimlessly on quaint walkways, spotting friendly locals and some rare wildlife. This was certainly one of the most picturesque (though equally confusing) drives I’ve ever experienced near New Delhi – the kind that makes you introspect at each turn, as you listen to the tunes of rusting winds, connecting trees, and distant chirping birds!

I remember when I was planning my 20-day motorbiking trip across Uttarakhand (towards Munisyari) I wanted to keep my first day’s ride as easy and unchallenging as possible. I mean during a summer day, of 40-degree Celsius temperature, even a 6-hour ride can feel tiring. And when you’re riding a motorcycle, with all the safety gear, every sense of TIREDNESS becomes even more TIRING. Naturally, I wanted to ride as less as possible.

This left me with a simple choice – ride nowhere beyond Jim Corbett. The only problem was, however, I never heard good things about the place. “Jim Corbett is a tourist trap bro, with almost no wildlife, and super-expensive resorts” I remember a friend once told me. So, one thing was clear, if I am staying in or around Jim Corbett, I am staying nowhere close to where tourists often frequent – the popular Ramnagar. Though it was true that the place I finally ended up staying was equally disappointing when it came to ‘spotting any wildlife’ the fact that it was closest to New Delhi (even closer than Jim Corbett) peaceful, offbeat, and serene, made it up to me.

Kalagarh Or Jim Corbett?

Before anything, let’s understand the geography of the two places: Kalagarh and Jim Corbett. Kalagarh, or the Kalagarh Tiger Reserve, is located towards the western end (making it closest to New Delhi). It is located 80km from Ramnagar and Kotdwar, but if you’re coming from New Delhi, you do not need to go to Ramnagar. Additionally, Kalagarh remains open throughout the year, making it more suitable for the masses from New Delhi to flock to Kalagarh whenever they want.

Does that mean I am suggesting Kalagarh over Jim Corbett, given its easy location and year-long accessibility? Well, not really!

Speaking of the wildlife, and as per the statistics, Jim Corbett is more popular and offers better chances of spotting wildlife. Wildlife zones in Corbett including Sitabani and Bijrani have always been considered better for spotting wildlife than any other place in the region. But if spotting wildlife isn’t the only reason for you to be holidaying there, then Kalagarh can be a great option.

Kalagarh: For Its Beautiful Mornings and Sunsets

One thing I particularly loved about Kalagarh was the morning freshness. Home to more than 500 species of birds, including kingfishers, wagtails, forktails, pheasants, hornbills, eagles, vultures, no matter where you stay in Kalagarh you’re only going to wake to birds’ chirping. Starting 4 in the morning, birds would sing to the sunrise adding a dramatic freshness in the air.

Another interesting thing I loved about Kalagarh was the beautiful Himalayan range in the backdrop. Where Kalagarh (and Jim Corbett, in fact) is located on the plains, the fact that they connect the mountains to the plainland make its entire geography quite charming – on one side you find a flat horizon, while on the other side, the might Himalayas rising from the ground.

You can also visit Ramganga river for sunset, or to watch local villagers taking a dip in it during hot summer days.

Kalagarh: For A Friendly Locale & Picturesque Villages

The entire Kalagarh region is home to many small villages – most of whom reflect a very strong Punjabi culture. Just meander in the area connecting many alleyways and experience an intense village culture.

From where I stayed (V Resorts Upvan Corbett) I visited a few nearby villages, including Bhogpur, Parbatpur and loved the friendliness of the locals. Though it may not be a charming thing for most tourists visiting this area, I think exploring the village culture may just be an ideal thing to practically understand the idea of slowing down in life.

Where Did I Stay In Kalagarh

Unlike Jim Corbett, Kalagarh region does not offer a rich accommodation scene. But it certainly doesn’t mean that there is a dearth of hotels.

Speaking of my experience, I stayed at ‘V Resorts Upvan’ and particularly loved how it was located at only a 10-minute walk from the national park that you can access anytime (even on your own) for a quick stroll. Just walk past the security gate, take a walk in the national park, and return. And if you’re not much of a doer, just relax in the resort premises, enjoy the pool, some indoor games, or just eat and eat more.

Where most people would visit such a place for spotting wildlife, I found it equally charming for relaxing and unwinding, or just spending a good weekend with a bunch of friends, partying or otherwise.

And here’s a quick video of my Delhi to Kalagarh trip…

Goa Travel Tips

When it comes to a travel destination like Goa, writing a travel guide or a few backpacking tips become literally challenging. I mean there is so much to see and do in Goa that compiling it all in a list can be a tough task. And then, there are all those striking dissimilarities between different parts of Goa (yes, I am comparing North Goa and South Goa) to add to the struggle. So yea, writing a few travel tips for Goa, and claiming them to work throughout Goa is nearly impossible.

But attempting the impossible, here are a few useful Travel Tips for Goa that I carefully gathered during my one-month long journey across north and south Goa. See if you agree…

When In Goa, Rent A Scooter

As I said in one of my previous articles on Goa where I have talked about Different Beaches Of Goa – Goa is massive. So, to make sure you don’t miss out much and see most of Goa in the least possible time, you need to have your own vehicle. Hence, rent a scooter.

Renting a Scooter in Goa is neither expensive nor a challenging task. You can find one at nearly every corner of the city. Just ask any local around you and they will either direct you to a shop 100m away or hand over their own scooter to make a few quick bucks. Speaking of the cost, however, at most places in Goa you can find an automatic 150cc scooter for about 300 Rupees a day.

Having your own vehicle will give you more freedom than you can imagine. I remember when I stayed in South Goa, at Agonda beach, I rented a scooter for only 3 days, and I explored more places during those 3 days than my entire 2 weeks at Agona put together. Though my idea of holidaying in Goa was to only laze around and relax, I didn’t need a scooter for most of the time, but if you’re in Goa for just a few days, and want to explore more in less time, having your own rented scooter (or a rented car) is must.

If You Want Peace Avoid North Goa

Goa can vaguely be classified into two territories: the crowded North Goa and the peaceful South Goa. Though it doesn’t mean that the entire northern Goa is crowded and bustling, most of it, in fact, is. Similarly, most of the southern Goa is peaceful.

Having said that, if you’re one of those people who are looking for a peaceful beach in Goa, head to South Goa, as that part of the town is more likely to offer you a peaceful holiday experience. I had personally spent most of my time staying at one of Southern Goa beaches or exploring more of it. I particularly loved Cola beach, Kakolem beach, and Agonda beach.

If you’re, however, looking for an intense party scene and a vibrant and louder surrounding, Baga, Candolim, and Calangute would be my top three suggestions.

Preplan Your Stay In Goa

I know I rarely advice booking a hotel in advance, but Goa is an exception. Because Goa is so massive in size that booking a place in advance may help you decide which area you want to stay at, better. For example, if you’re looking for an exceptionally quiet beach or a surrounding that is literally isolated, Kakolem beach in South Goa is your place. If, however, you want something more happening, head to Palolem Beach in South Goa. Similarly, if you will do a little research before you actually end up in Goa, it will help you find a locale best suiting your taste.

Out of my previous experience, I can particularly suggest hotel Sonho Do Mar located at Agonda beach and Baga River Villa that offers a luxury stay in Baga beach. Baga beach and Agonda beach are two real gems of North and South Goa.

Visit During Monsoon To Save Money

Goa can be an expensive destination during the winter months of December, January, and February because of the peak tourist season. And perfect weather is the reason behind it.

Winter months invite waves upon waves of tourists wanting to experience Goa. Naturally, prices for everything – from food to accommodation to local taxis – surge. Summer months (when a 40-degree Celsius temperature, coupled with 80% humidity) on the other hand, are just too brutal to travel Goa. So, what is your best option for visiting Goa, when the weather is not too harsh and the prices are not too brutal – the time of monsoon.

The average high temperature in Goa’s monsoon season is between 28.8°C and 30.3°C, while the average low is between 24°C and 24.7°C, making it ideal to step outside and enjoy the town. And because not many people visit Goa during monsoon, hotel and flights are also not at their peak price range.

Another reason to be visiting Goa during monsoon is the lushness. Goa is at its greenest during the monsoon. The rivers are all full, and so are the lakes and ponds. The waterfalls look all mighty and alive. Dudhsagar falls, a famous landmark is simply breath-taking during the monsoon.

So, if you will ask me, monsoon time remains my personal favorite for Goa.

Don’t Keep Drinking Beer

Most people (particularly if I talk about North Indians) who visit Goa spend their entire holiday visiting the same beach-shack and drinking the same beer. I remember when I visited Goa a few years ago with a bunch of college friends we did the same. We spent almost a week in Goa and did not see anything beyond the beach we stayed at. We would go to the same place every evening, get super drunk, only to spend the following day sleeping and resting in our hostel. But during my previous solo-trip to Goa, I found that Goa has more to offer than what it is otherwise popular for.

Apart from exploring different beaches and a few historic forts, there are adventure activities like scuba diving, parasailing, jet-ski and more. I was surprised to know that one can even try Hot Air Ballooning in Goa.

I mean I understand that partying and experiencing nightlife is a thing to do in Goa but the fact that there is so much more to see and do there cannot be disregarded. So experience Goa beyond just getting drunk every evening, and you can thank me later!

So, these are the top tips I tell people out of my one-month trip in Goa. And for the rest, be known that Goa is an easy place to get to and to be in as long as you don’t mess it up with overdrinking. There isn’t a lot of “must do” things in Goa. It’s a chilled out place. Just go with the flow!

Jawa 42 Owner Experience: From Mileage To Performance

Booked a Jawa 42 or a Jawa Classic? Wondering how’s its mileage and performance? Read this detailed Jawa 42 owner review, and find your answers!

I understand, for a travel blogger, whose focus area always remained documenting people and cultures and destinations, writing a few simultaneous stories featuring a motorbike can sound a bit fishy. So, before you make any assumptions, first things first… I am not being paid to promote Jawa. And neither am I expecting some unsolicited favors by the company by doing so.

I have noticed there is fairly limited information about Jawa motorcycles on the internet at the moment, and since the company has reappeared in the Indian market after being discontinued a few decades ago, the craze is even bigger. By writing a few articles on Jawa, I am just bridging the information gap.

Since I have started making videos about my Jawa 42 experiences and learning (yes, I am vlogging too now, since last week) on My Youtube Channel, I have realized people are, in fact, craving for some first-hand owner information about Jawa motorbikes. In just about 10 days, I have crossed 3000 subscribers, with almost all my videos – as soon as they go live – getting a few hundred comments.

(Update: As of July 2019, I’ve crossed 14,000 followers. So a big cheers to all you lovely people who are following my journey! CLICK HERE to go to my Youtube channel!!)

How much mileage Jawa 42 offers? What accessories does the bike come with? How’s the bike performance? How do I rate it? Should they buy one? Do I recommend it… they ask all kind of questions.

A long waiting time (due to an overwhelming number of bookings) and very few Jawa 42 and Jawa Classics on the road has, moreover, made the suspense bothersome. So here’s an attempt of bridging the information gap (in the form of a more explanatory article) and bringing to you some first-hand Jawa 42 owner experiences.

Here’s a quick video about removing the DB Killer from the exhaust and increasing the exhaust note to maximum…

Jawa 42: Mileage, Performance, And Everything Else In Between

Before we get into details, let’s get into a bit of specification.

Jawa and Jawa 42 come with exactly identical technical specifications. Both are powered with a 4 Stroke, Single-Cylinder, Liquid Cooled, Spark Ignition, DOCH; and offer an impressive 28 N.m @5000 rpm of torque, guaranteeing a much quicker acceleration, compared to other competitors in the retro segment.

Here’s an easy compilation of some other useful Technical Specifications & Dimensions:

  1. Engine Oil Capacity (service fill): 1.25 Litre
  2. Fuel System: Electronic Fuel Injection
  3. Gear Box: Constant Mesh 6 Speed
  4. Fuel Tank Capacity 13.2 Litre (3.0 Litre reserve)
  5. Battery: 12V, (9Ah)
  6. Weight: 179 Kg (with 90% Fuel, Tools, etc.)
  7. Overall Length: 2071 mm
  8. Overall Width: 833 mm
  9. Overall Height: 1090 (Jawa) | 1065 (Jawa 42)
  10. Minimum Ground Clearance: 165 mm
  11. Seat Height: 765 mm

With that said, the company also claims that the above dimensions are subjective to change for further improvements.

The Pride Behind Owning A Jawa

There is no denying the fact that both the Jawa models are designed to impress. Where Jawa is more retro and classic in its appearance, Jawa 42 is trendy and new-age (I prefer Jawa 42 to be honest!). And since it’s not the first time for Jawa to sell its motorbikes in India, the company already has a powerful fan-base and a legacy associated with it. Having said that, there is a certain degree of pride associated with owning a Jawa.

It happens to me that every time I ride my Jawa 42 in my city, people notice. And their reactions, if nothing else, are assuring this motorbike is at least not letting me down because of its appearance. From its price to specifications to the waiting time, people inquire about all kind of questions. Many even shared stories about how they, or someone in their family, owned a Jawa back in the days and how eagerly they’re waiting for market reaction to finally book a Jawa for themselves.

Jawa 42 Mileage

Though the company is claiming for Jawa and Jawa 42 to have a mileage of 37.5 kmpl when I tested the mileage on my Jawa 42 I got nearly 34 kmpl. The second mileage test, however, gave an improved result of 36 kmpl. Having said that, the mileage is improving, as it happens before the first service.

Update (July 2019): After my first service, I am getting an average of 42kmpl. I even did a mileage test in mountains and got an average of over 40kmpl which is pretty impressive. Here’s a quick video of my mileage test in mountains:

Jawa classic will have an exact same mileage since Jawa and Jawa 42 are identical in all specifications.

Jawa 42 Heating Issues

For some reason, people have been noticing a bit of heating issue during a few minutes of demo ride. But Jawa 42 comes with a liquid cool engine, with a powerful radiator and coolant doing their work at the backend.

So rest assured, the heating mechanism has been well placed by the company and there should be no reason to be worried about it. Speaking of the heating mechanism, as soon as the engine temperature hits the mark of 98 degrees Fahrenheit, the radiator starts functioning its effort to cool it down to 92 degrees. There is moreover an overheating indication given in the odometer that signals RED ALERT as soon as the temperature hits a certain level.

I will be better able to comment on heating issues after the first service.

Update (July 2019): After the first service, and riding it for almost 3000km in the previous 3 months, I am pretty satisfied with the heating issue. The radiator works when it has to, the engine does not feel as if it’s about to blast. Heating of the engine, after the first service, has certainly improved.

How Good Is The Handling

Thanks to a great riding posture, light-weighted body, and the overall design, Jawa 42 and Jawa offer great handling/maneuvering – especially if we compare them with their most common competitor Royal Enfield Classic 350.

A low seating (of 765mm) makes the riding posture more confident for me, as unlike with higher seating motorbikes (even if I compare it with my previous Bajaj Pulsar 200) it’s not just my toes that touch the ground now but my entire feet do. This moreover makes taking U-turns exceptionally easy. Speaking of my height, I am 5’7”. For people over 6 feet, Jawa 42 may feel a little tiny, but that is a minority in India.

How Is Jawa 42’s Ground Clearance?

To be honest, Jawa 42 does feel a little disappointing when it comes to its ground clearance, especially if we position it as an off-roader. For a street-tourer, however, Jawa 42’s ground clearance should be okay.

It happened to me a few times that I scratched its exhausts on bumps (exceptionally bigger ones though) and regretted not slowing down a bit more.

However, if you compare Jawa with Royal Enfield Classic 350, you will be happy to know that Jawa and Jawa 42 offer better ground clearance than Royal Enfield Classic 350 (as per their user manuals).

About Jawa 42’s Service Interval

I am really happy that Jawa offers a good service interval of every 6000 km, allowing people like me to stay on the road and not worrying about servicing every few thousand kilometers.

Speaking of the numbers, the first service will be due at 1000 km, followed by a service interval of every 6000 km thereafter.

Also Read: Details About The Delivery Time & Company Fitted Accessories

About Company Fitted Accessories

This is where Jawa disappoints a little as they’ve really kept everything as an add-on accessory – a trick to take every little buck out of its customers. Even the essentials like crash guards and backrest are paid add-on accessories. Their rates aren’t available at my Faridabad dealership at the moment. But as soon as they have more details to share I will update the information.

Jawa: An Urban Scrambler

Before anything, I would like to claim that my knowledge of motorcycles is still very limited. The technical jargon makes little to no sense to me, and I understand a machine with its feel and emotions. Having said that, though Jawa 42 can be well classified as a retro motorbike, I found it as a perfect urban scrambler – if only, of course, you install dual-purpose tires and install a higher exhaust (to improve the ground clearance).

Jawa 42’s quick acceleration, impressive power, and a light-weight body make it a perfect street motorbike with great off-roading abilities. Unlike its most obvious competitor (Royal Enfield Classic 350) Jawa offers an impressive in-traffic-handling and maneuvering. And this remained a fairly significant reason why I chose Jawa over a Royal Enfield.

Do I Recommend It: The Conclusion

To cut things short: I am super happy with the performance of my Jawa 42 and I will certainly recommend it (if you’re considering buying a Jawa at all). Until now, I have done nearly 500 km in Delhi and there seems no problem with my motorbike. Given its aesthetics and design, Jawa 42 offers good handling, making it easy to filter through traffic.

It offers all the new-age technology: a BS6 engine, Fuel Injection, liquid cooled, 6-speed gearbox and torque to challenge other competitors in the class. As said above, Jawa 42 attracts those who are looking for a retro motorbike with the perks of a scrambler. It is light-weight, easy to maneuver, quick, powerful, with looks to die for.

So knowing how my bike performs, coupled with all the things I like or dislike about Jawa, would I buy it again? Hell yes. A hundred times!

Do you own a Jawa or a Jawa 42? How has been your experience? Let’s share in comments below!

Jawa: The Delivery Time, Company Fitted Accessories & Other Ownership Details

Booked a Jawa? Wondering what’s the delivery time? What accessories your Jawa motorcycle comes with? Read my ownership experience so far, and the delivery details!

After more than four months of waiting time, Jawa has finally delivered my motorbike on 7th April. And as soon as I got it, I realized one thing “the wait was worth it”. The looks, the technical specifications, and the emotion behind riding a legendary motorbike, coupled with the fact that I was among the first few customers in India owning a Jawa was a great feeling altogether. Call me a fool prejudiced Jawa owner, and I will take no shame!

But let’s be honest, when I booked my Jawa 42 on the first day of its launch, on November 15, I had no idea about what to expect out of it. Though I knew that Jawa has a fair understanding of the Indian market, for it was a popular choice back in the days (I am talking about the time of Yezdi). To make the decision even tougher, there were no company dealerships in the entire country. All I had was a website, an official video and a few pictures to decide. But then, I knew that Jawa is at least working with a name that has a long history and a work culture that we, at least in India, cannot disregard. Yes, I am talking about Mahindra (those who don’t know, Jawa is operating with a joint venture with Mahindra this time). And if you think Mahindra had failed in the motorbiking segment because its previous motorbike Mahindra Mojo didn’t do well in the market, I advise you ask a Mahindra mojo owner for a review and not believe what the news has to say about it.

Also, read the more recent article I wrote after testing the motorbike for a few weeks: Jawa 42 Owner Experience

So yea, that was what I was dealing with at the time of booking the new Jawa. And I booked a Jawa 42, in comet red color.

How Long Did It Take For Jawa To Deliver My Motorbike

In three words: SURPRISINGLY LONG ENOUGH!

The company promised that they will start the delivery of Jawa classic and Jawa 42 in March and their dealerships will be open by December 15. Both the things got delayed. Dealerships in Delhi NCR were still opening in the month of February, and the delivery of motorbikes never happened in March, at least not in Delhi NCR. In short, everything worked with an Indian sense of time and commitment.

When March came, I was assured (at least thrice in that month) that being the first customer of my dealership in Delhi NCR region, I will get my bike in the month of March itself. But March turned out into April and I, at last, got it on 7th April (it was ready on 6th, but I picked it on 7th).

But a regular touch with the company’s marketing team was a regular assurance. See, the lively in-store team of Jawa Faridabad Ownership below (lol!).

Update (July 2019): As per July 2019, most of the cities across India now have about 8 months of waiting time!

My Experience Of Getting A Jawa

Since it’s a new company I understand that ‘cutting the red tape’ can become challenging. There are government norms especially when we have the Indian government to deal with.

So as far as my Jawa ownership experience is concerned (being the first few customers in India, and the first one from my dealership in Delhi NCR) I have no complaints. Of course, the ever-delaying delivery time was a little agitating at times, but in the end, if I am getting a product that makes my heart smile, I am happy. I mean I would prefer a few weeks of extra waiting time (even if it’s tiring) and get the right product then get it early and regret forever.

And so far from what I’ve experienced, out of the 150km ride that I’ve done in the previous three days, I know that this motorbike is here to stay. It is meant to impress!!!

When Are You Going To Get Your Jawa Motorcycle

As a journalist (of a different kind) I cannot help my habit of gaining insider news. Though this isn’t something unique or undercover, but useful for those who are still waiting for their Jawa motorcycle’s delivery. So let’s get into technicalities…

Speaking of the delivery time for Jawa motorcycles, the company is following the First-In-First-Out method of inventory (also known as FIFO system). According to this, every delivery will be decided as per its booking date. Those who booked early are going to get it first than those who booked later, following a fair sequence order. Having said that, one thing is sure, those who have booked their Jawa online are going to get it first before those who booked through a dealership.

And so far (by the first week of April) some dealerships have delivered one motorbike, and some have delivered nothing. It will, moreover, be hard to guess the confirmed delivery date, but for an idea, let me tell you that some dealerships have as long as 8 months as their waiting time. Speaking of mine, I got the delivery of Jawa42 in  4 months and 23 days to be precise. This was when the company had just a few bookings ahead of mine (as I booked it on day 1 of its launch and in just a few hours after the payment link on their website went live!).

The Response So Far: How Many Jawa Bikes Have Been Booked

Well, that’s a personal question you are asking about Jawa, but my journalist self has an answer for you. According to one dealership, their figures had already reached over 500 bookings (most of which happen to be the Jawa 42) until April 5. And that’s just one out of 100+ dealerships across the country.

Naturally, the number is going to escalate now that the motorbikes are on the road and people like me are super happy to own one, excited to write more about their Jawa experience. And speaking of my two days of experience riding JAWA in and around New Delhi area, I don’t think there could be a better investment. I won’t swap my Jawa 42 with anything else out there, at least for now! Let’s see what I’ll have to say about it in a few weeks or months as I will take it to the mountains.

Ownership Details: What Accessories You Are Getting

To be honest, if you always thought that Royal Enfield was good with marketing and selling their merchandise, be warned that Jawa is better!

Below is the picture of the Jawa 42 with ex-showroom accessories. It has an engine, a seat and a side-stand, and that’s all. Well, not literally, but you get the idea!

When I saw my Jawa 42 the first time my biggest disappointment was that it didn’t come with the handle-bar side mirrors (whatever you call them) – the ones that are shown on Jawa’s website and all official promotional videos. Having said that, you are getting the same old boring traditional mirrors mounted in the center of the handlebar. If, however, you want the fancy ones, you need to buy them. It’s an add-on accessory.

If this surprises you, what can be more surprising is the fact that your new Jawa won’t even have crash-guards or the center-stand. Did you say, crash-guards is a basic necessity you may need to protect your legs? Well then buy it. You aren’t getting it for free!

Other add on accessories and merchandise that you will find in your Jawa store includes T-shirts, helmets, backrest, saddlebags and so on. Please contact your local dealership for accurate prices of each merchandise and accessory.

My Experience: How Do I Rate The Product

As I said it earlier, I won’t change my Jawa 42 for anything else in the world (at least not now) because I am that impressed by it. Its looks, its specifications, everything is better than its much-hyped Indian competitor, as I’ve personally found. Its engine and technical specifications are also comparatively much impressive and reliable, and since all that information available abundantly online, we aren’t talking about the specifications here.

What’s better is, it’s lightweight, easy to maneuver and comes with 6000 Km service window – giving a good time frame to people like me who often like redefining the definition of Wanderer.

And here’s a short video I made during my 20-day road trip across Uttarakhand talking about Jawa’s performance in mountains.

Speaking of the wanderer, have I mentioned that Jawa’s WA suffix stands for the word Wanderer? Well, that’s another reason to buy a Jawa. If only, of course, you fit in the description!

For more about Jawa ownership and performance reviews, find me on Youtube (as ‘Footloose Dev’) for almost daily videos.

How to Earn Money While Traveling

Isn’t traveling an amazing experience? It allows you to explore exotic locations, meet some of the most fun people, and enjoy outdoor activities with friends and family. However, to make the most of your journey, you need a lot of money. So, what if I told you that you can make money even when you are traveling? If you will read this blog in its entirety, then you will see that not only it’s possible, but it’s also actually quite easy.

The following are some of the best ways to earn money when traveling:

Freelancing

Did you know that you can get paid to travel if you become a travel writer? That’s actually the dream of millions of people and many have succeeded too. That said, it’s not easy to make it a reality as you need tons of inspiration and grit. So, instead, you can just do freelancing to make some money in your free time when you travel.

There are various ways you can earn money by freelancing. For instance, you can be a freelance blogger, video editor, eBook writer, etc. There are many platforms like Upwork and Fiverr where you can find well-paying gigs in different domains. All you have to do is create an account, share samples of your work, and start applying for the projects. Depending on your skills and experience, you can easily make enough money to cover 20% to 30% of your travel expenses.

Play Online Casino Games

The mobile gaming industry is thriving in today’s era and it’s largely on the back of the online casino industry. This is because only a limited number of people have access to land-based casinos, especially in India. However, online casinos can be accessed with any smartphone in any location.

If you want to make money while having fun, then you can go a website like leovegas.com/en-in/ which offers a slew of interesting games like video poker, slots, and even live casino games. Again, I don’t endorse gambling, but a friend of mine has literally made a lot of money playing casino games online. So why not! And if nothing else, these games can certainly help you kill time on a flight or a bus ride.

Earning by Saving Money

The money you save when you are on a vacation is the money that you earn. In fact, you will be surprised by the amount of money that you can save by just being a smart traveler. For instance, there are many ways to save money on accommodation which include staying in a hostel or a guest house, traveling overnight, staying at the homes of locals, etc. Similarly, you can use special travel credit cards to get discounts or cashback offers for your purchases at select restaurants, retail stores, etc. So, by simply shopping smartly and choosing alternative accommodations, you can save a lot of money which you can use on some of the more interesting aspects of your trips.

Photography

Many travelers are also avid photographers. If you are one yourself, then you can capture some of the best photos of the places that you visiting and sell them on platforms like Shutterstock. If you have a decent DSLR camera and enough creativity, then you can easily earn thousands of bucks by selling the photos alone.

You can also use your photography skills to make money directly by setting up a travel blog. There are thousands of well-earning travel bloggers who are funding their trips with the money generated by the blogs. In the same way, there are many popular YouTubers who create and share their travel videos with their fans on the platform to generate revenue through ads, affiliate marketing, etc.

So, as you can see, earning money and traveling can go hand in hand if you are willing to put in some effort and have a skill or two. There are many options to choose from too all of which are discussed above. So, be sure to test them when you set off for your next dream destination. Good luck!

7 Ways To Kill Time On A Flight

Traveling is one of the most fun things that you can do in your life. This is because visiting new and interesting places broadens your mind and gives opportunities for making new friends. If you are traveling solo, then it can also be the best self-development tool that can make you more confident and equip you with communication and problem-solving skills.  However, when your trips involve long flights, then killing time can become difficult. The following are a few tips for that:

  1. Watch Movies/ TV Shows/Read a Book

It would be a terrible idea to board a plane with your laptop or tablet. This is because you may need it for a variety of reasons, one of which is killing time. For instance, you can use it to watch a movie or two (depending on the duration of the flight) or even a new TV series. Just be sure to pack your headphones in your carry-on luggage unless you want to irritate you co-passengers with loud studio laughs or action movie sound effects. And if you’re a bit of a reader, you always have in-flight magazines to give them a read.

  1. Listen to Audiobooks

Nothing can beat the experience of reading a classic book lying on a comfortable couch on a Sunday. However, when you are traveling, then audiobooks come close to the second-best experience. In fact, they can be quite relaxing and keep you busy for hours easily. If you don’t know which audiobooks you should download, then you can check out the top 10 books of 2018 here.

  1. Play Online Casino Games

Did you know that you can earn money even when you are traveling? I don’t recommend this, as its gambling, but as long as they’re openly available online, they cannot be, at least, illegal. So why not! The online casino industry is flooded with all kinds of games like poker, slots, roulette, etc. For instance, you can check out 7 jackpots in India, if you’re looking for a casino game. If you have some experience with gambling, then the sky is the limit for the amount of money that you can win on these platforms! One of my friends has changed his fortune by playing this game.

  1. Doze Off

Traveling can be quite tiring even if you are in an air-conditioned aircraft with comfortable seats. So, it can be a good idea to take a nap before you land. If anything, you will feel refreshed and energetic by the time you will reach the destination. One piece of advice though- you may want to carry a good pair of noise-canceling headphones to get some quality sleep. Think of them as a one-time investment for uninterrupted periods of sleep in all your future flights.

  1. Use Your Social Skills

Some travelers don’t like to socialize with others and prefer staying in their private zone. However, you won’t know unless you say “hi” and see how they respond. If you are a particularly chatty person, then you can easily pass hours getting to know your co-passenger. If they are an attractive individual, then you have all the more reason to strike a conversation 😉.

  1. Plan Your Trip

If you are the type of person who plans everything last minute, then you can certainly use your time in the flight to figure out how you want to take your trip forward. For instance, you may want to create a basic route that you want to follow to visit all the places that you want to go in the least amount of time possible. You can also crunch the numbers while you are at it i.e. the amount of money you have spent so far and how much you have in your bank account that can be used for the trip, etc.

  1. Put Your Thinking Cap on

Are you a songwriter or a novelist? If your answer is yes, then you can use your time in the plane writing a new chapter of your novel or experiment with the lyrics of your new hit song. You can even start something totally new. Believe it or not, you can get some of the most creative ideas when you are traveling. So, don’t let this time go to waste and make something valuable out of it.

As you can see, there are many ways to enjoy your time when you’re flying. So, don’t let your journey become dull at any moment and make the most of your time no matter where you are. Happy traveling!