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From Top Travel Destinations To Top Learnings: This Is My 2018 In A Flashback

To be honest, 2018 has been the most productive year for me since I’ve started travel blogging. It has provided me with opportunities and took me to places that I thought I won’t come across so soon in life, at least not within the initial three years of my blogging stint. I mean I remember when I got a call from India’s Ministry of Tourism — the office of Incredible India — that I’ve been selected as one of the only four Indian travel bloggers (and with it, the first few ones they’ve ever worked with) to experience and talk about a 7 day luxury train ride in India The Golden Chariot, I couldn’t believe myself. And then, just next month, Germany Tourism invited me as their India Travel Influencer for the second time, because they loved my work, and despite already been to Germany twice and having a dozen blog posts on Germany on my blog, they still wanted me to write a few more. And that wasn’t all, there were other highlights in store …

Top Solo Travel Destinations For Indians

Solo travelling is certainly more mentally tormenting than travelling in a group. As a solo traveller, we are more inclined to visit destinations we have already visited before or the ones that, at least, qualify the list of “most solo travel-friendly destinations around the world”. For me, for example, if I am travelling to a new place, and I am travelling alone, a place tends to stifle my solo adventure spirit if I find a few backpacker hostels there. Because hostels not only help me save money on accommodation (as paying for a double-bed room without having someone to share the cost with, is a lost deal) but it also assures that I will find few fellow-travellers and double the fun. Other factors that encourage me to travel solo to a new destination, includes… A good public transport system, because paying for the entire taxi is painful and drains out my budget as a solo traveller. A friendly local community, with local people speaking a little English. Plenty to do alone, on a budget. A general …

Essential Holiday Packing Tips

Packing for a holiday divides people into two schools. The first leaves everything to the last minute, throwing in as much as possible; the second packs early and systematically, but often has to unpack again because they need something already stowed away in the suitcase. Well, I happen to be the first case (as most backpackers do) but believe me, if you want to pack for a holiday better, you don’t want to do that. For most of my journeys, I end up leaving something or the other behind and later regretting it. But whichever side of the packing divide you fall on, don’t worry – there is a middle ground. And this middle ground, my friends, will help you back better and more efficiently. Related Read: What I Pack For My Travels Essential Holiday Packing Tip 1: Make A List Without a packing list, you can so easily forget something, especially if it’s not something you use every day, such as suncream, sunglasses, or even a swimming costume. The essentials such as your passport, ticket …

My Cathay Pacific Economy Class Experience: India To Hong Kong

Off late I’ve started noticing the little dissimilarities that different flight operators offer. And I’ve noticed that it may just be the same class (say economy or business) with pretty much the same fare but the way different flight carriers operate — right from the check-in counter to in-flight experience to baggage collection — vaguely vary. And I think this habit, that I’ve recently inherited, happened because I’ve taken just too many flights recently — speaking of the last three months itself, about 15 flights in total. So this time as I was contacted by Cathay Pacific to try their India-Hong Kong operations, I thought, why not! Though unlike my previous airline’s collaboration with Flysoot from India to The Gold Coast, in Australia, where I was particularly asked to write a blog post for them, this time there were no deliverables involved. It was a personal choice, totally, whether I wanted to write and promote them on my blog and Instagram Page and other social media channels. I think Cathay Pacific played it smart by playing …

Review Nissan Sunny: A Perfect Sedan For Family Road-Trips

When you’ve been driving your own car for long it’s hard to instantly feel comfortable behind the wheel of an unfamiliar vehicle, and so was the case with me as I received the Nissan Sunny to test-drive and review it during a few days long family road trip in the Himalayas. I mean, I am one of those people who have to do a lot of finagling and manoeuvring of buttons, seats, not to mention adjusting a few things that are fairly critical, such as side rear-view mirrors and the programmed radio station selection. But with the kind of technology that Nissan Sunny offered (from its automatic CVT transmission to electrically adjustable mirrors), things become a lot easier right from the beginning. My First Impression Of Nissan Sunny A road trip really allows you to get to know a vehicle. You get to know the drivability and the comfort level of a vehicle when you spend hours in it. Does it have plenty of cupholders? Are the seats comfortable? Do you have plenty of room to stretch …

Why I Suggest Flying From India To Gold Coast With FlyScoot Airlines

Flying from India to the Gold Coast in Australia? I suggest you check for FlyScoot Airlines! You know what is that one thing that has always curbed me (and I think most people reading this article fall into the same category) from travelling abroad? It’s MONEY! The money that was required to invest in hefty airfares. I mean you plan a one-week holiday to Australia and you end up losing just as much cash in just flying from India to Australia, as in everything else put together. I remember how last year when I planned a one-month backpacking trip in and around Perth in Western Australia (and I planned Perth because flights to Perth were the cheapest from India) I couldn’t visit Sydney and Melbourne because flights to both the cities would have cost me a fortune. So, expensive airfares have curbed me much from travelling in life. And unlike with Europe, where you always find a cheap deal, with Australia it’s not so the reality, especially if you’re planning for the eastern coast of …

Travel Photography Tips: Learning Composition

Though my Instagram account has always maintained a fairly good engagement, my photographs periodically appear in mainstream travel magazines in India, a couple of travel cafes in India have even framed my pictures on their walls, I still believe that I am still learning more of travel photography every day. Photography is a skill that can only be learned over time. And the more you practice it, the better you become. Its theory is unbelievably simple, however. Learn the basics of how four things — shutter speed, ISO, aperture and the focus work and you will technically accredit yourself as any other photographer out there. The only problem is, you will have to learn the composition, and that, my friend, is a skill that will come to you with time, and as you’ll practice. Composition And Travel Photography The key to impressive travel photography is ‘telling stories’. Your pictures, whether or not look professional, or give an impressive bokeh effect, must look aesthetically good. In other words, they must tell a story. An easier way to …

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Driving In Nagaland: With Datsun redi-GO

Those having even a little idea about how I like to travel may well know that I have never been a group traveller, and when my travels are complimented with the comfort of exploring places in a guided tour and in a private car, things become even more uninteresting. But ever since I had a motorbike ride in Jammu with 60 other riders, I’ve discovered a completely different part of me — a part that occasionally enjoys the company of fellow-travellers, a part that sometimes appreciates the comfort of having a private vehicle. Overpowered with ‘that other me’ when an invitation with Datsun India, for a few days of drive in an around Kohima, in Nagaland, landed in my inbox, I said ‘why not’. And the next thing I knew was I was flying from New Delhi to Dimapur, with three other bloggers to explore Kohima, and the popular Hornbill Festival. Driving In Nagaland As I discovered, Nagaland is a part of India, yet vastly different from the rest of India in many ways. And the biggest of …

Farewells: My Biggest Travel Enemy

As I left the dinner table and entered my room — a normal daily routine I was consciously repeating for the past couple of weeks, I wondered why it was the toughest, to leave and wishing THE FAMILY, I was staying with, in Italy, for the last 2 weeks, a ‘pleasant sleep’ tonight. As I slammed my room’s door behind me and started typing a set of careful words, I realized that I may be feeling an overwhelming set of emotions, under the influence of some wine, but no, there’s nothing unusual in today’s circumstances; I always feel the same. Bidding farewells and saying final goodbyes have always been the toughest part of my travels. They make my life so much difficult, and a lot more unsettling. I always thought that after travelling for some time, living more experiences, and bidding adieu to all the people I’ll meet on the road, I would somehow, almost naturally, master the art of saying farewells, without being driven by the moment. But this time as I departed, I realised that I’m pathetically failing in what …

How To Do Southeast Asia In 1 Month

Disclaimer: Before you make any opinions, please note that this post was written keeping two things in mind: one, travelling a maximum number of southeast Asian countries on a minimum budget. And two, doing it all quickly and still not hurrying too much between places. If Southeast Asia is world’s top backpacking location then there’s a reason for it. It is perfect for millennials, who neither have money, nor time. The kind of people falling in my category. Here, the visas are cheaper, or not required at all, travelling through one country and another is possible by land (even for the unfortunate Indians with their weak Indian passport), and flights to a few major airports cost as low as flying domestically in your country! And if you just happen to be someone who needs visas for Southeast Asia, please note that right now is even better to do so, because to increase the tourist inflow, Malaysia and Thailand have just cut slashed their visa costs, and they’re particularly focusing on the Indian market. [I’ve just grabbed …