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The Bible of Budget Travel In India: Top Tips

Looking for budget travel tips for India? You are at the right place. Because this is not your average budget travel guide for India. This is, The Bible Of Budget Travelling!   After living in India for almost my entire life, when I quit my job in 2015 to travel, I decided to initially explore my own country, before stepping out in the world. This was for two reasons: one because I knew if I survived a few months in India and still didn’t give up on travelling, I can handle any place in the world. I wanted to test my endurance. Secondly, because India was among one of the cheapest countries to travel, and given I had no source of regular income at the moment, budget travelling was the only way to afford travelling. So my choice was easy, and I spent the initial 12 months of my travelling stint mapping the length and breadth of my country, before actually stepping abroad (except for travelling Nepal and Bhutan. But they’re more or less India). …

Travel Tips For Long Term Traveling

Since I’ve quit my corporate career in 2015 and became a full-time nomad, I’ve learned that long-term traveling has its own challenges. It is something very different from short weekend trips. When you’re on the road for months, you’ve to think and act differently. From packing travel essentials to maintaining a daily personal routine to keeping a hold of your budget, long-term travel is a different deal altogether. I mean I remember when, before becoming a full-time traveler, my weekend holidays had only one agenda: to relax, unwind, and not care about a thing. I would pack anything (always more than I wanted); spend money (on food and accommodation) carelessly, and plan more than what was necessary. So yea, where long-term travel offers amazing life experience, it does come with its own set of challenges, and these tips will help you maintain your new nomadic lifestyle and avoid chucking it all in after a few weeks. Pack Light When you are planning to stay on road for months, the most important thing to keep in …

Providing A Confirmed Return Flight Ticket For Visa

As an international travel blogger, holding a weak Indian passport in hand, I often deal with providing a confirmed return flight ticket when applying for a visa — or worse, providing a proof of my onward journey while getting a visa-on-arrival or a visa-free entry. I remember the first time it happened to me I was crossing the border into Thailand wanting to continue backpacking into a few other countries in Southeast Asia. Though I was exiting  Thailand in just two weeks (as visa on arrival for Thailand for Indians only allows us to stay in the country for a maximum of 15 days) I didn’t have a flight ticket to my next destination Cambodia. I wanted to travel to Cambodia by land and for that, it was only natural to be entering Thailand and then book a bus/train ticket. However, due to my inexperience with international travel (it was my first ever trip outside of South Asia back in 2016) it never once crossed my mind that this would be a problem. I was asked …

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 too. 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, …

Top Travel Hacks For When You Are Broke

There’s no escaping the fact that travelling needs money but if you know just happen to know your way around and have the knowledge of all the right places to look at, then you can go on amazing vacations despite not being a millionaire. I mean it’s because of budget travelling that I’ve been able to survive the initial days of travel blogging when blogging didn’t generate any revenue and I had to invest all the money for my travels from my pocket. I could have, back then, travelled like an average irrational tourist, spend carelessly in quick flight bookings, expensive hotels and a few taxis here and there, but I didn’t. I knew that I could either travel more by spending less money (and fulfil my travel dreams) or not be travelling at all. So if you too are struggling with a little cash inflow and still want to travel the world, these travel-hacks will help you go a long way. Top Travel Hacks For When You Are Broke Avoid Travelling On Weekends Hotels and …

How To Find A Good Hostel

With more and more people trying solo travelling today, the trend of staying in a hostel, over boring guest-houses, is certainly picking up — but to be honest, good hostels are rare to find! It’s not the physical appearance that makes a hostel good or bad. I’ve stayed in some of the fanciest hostels during my travels (in cities like Perth or Berlin or Bangkok that are considered to be the friendliest backpacking destinations in the world) but the hostel-experience there bored me to death. And then I’ve stayed at some of the most unheard-of places and in hostels that looked untidy and smelled of someone’s last night’s dinner, but I had an amazing time because of the people there. To have a good hostel experience, it is important to have a good social atmosphere. After all, hostels have more to do with people than the physical place itself. So while finding a good hostel, here’s what I always look for! Breakfast: Breakfasts is when you have the most convenient and common time to meet …

Travel Packing Tips For India: All You Need To Know

After travelling across India for years and having frequent visits to other continents, I’ve noticed that travelling in India demands for a different packing list. For example, when in Europe, you may not need to carry a portable power bank with you as finding a charging socket is often easier in most public places. But when it comes to India, and particularly if you’re into budget backpacking — travelling in rickety buses and staying in budget guesthouses facing frequent power cuts — a power bank may just be the most useful thing in you’re carrying. So when planning for a long journey in India, I pack slightly differently. And then again, which part of India I am travelling to also makes a significant difference. So let’s break the geographical regions and understand what you may need where. Also Read: Travel With A Backpack Or Suitcase Travel Packing Tips For India: For The Himalayas Pack enough warm clothes, irrespective of what time of the year you are visiting. This particularly applies if you’re travelling anywhere above 2000 …

Travel With A Backpack Or A Suitcase?

A die-hard budget backpacker rolling a ‘pretty’ suitcase on the wild-west Kuala Lumpurian streets, sounds confusing right? That’s exactly what I was doing — struggling between the hard choices of lifting and rolling an 18 kg suitcase — while making my way from Kuala Lumpur to Penang Island. It all happened when I was invited by Selangor Tourism for a 5-day blogging trip in the Selangor region, in Malaysia, 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. Everybody else was attending the trip like a fancy tourist. 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. Yes, I decided to carry a rolling suitcase than my beloved backpack! An Easy Lesson, Learned The Hard Way As soon as my FAM trip was finished, and …

How To Travel The World Without Spending Too Much Money

Recently, while backpacking in Europe and Australia, I tried a unique way of travelling on a budget by volunteering (in return of free accommodation and food) using a website called WorldPackers — a work/exchange volunteer program, with projects from all over the world. The drill is… as a volunteer, you work for your host for a few hours every day and in return, you get to eat and stay for free. WorldPackers is perfect for those who want to stay at a certain place for a long time in return of doing some work for them and availing free hospitality. But there is more to it than just staying for free. I found volunteering is a better way of travelling because you get to stay with your host like a family member (particularly if you attend someone as an au-pair) and by doing so you get a chance to learn about their culture and the pace more closely. My volunteer experience in Rome and Germany (the first time I experienced WorldPackers) showed me a local way of life. …

Budget Travel Tips For Europe

Even with more and more budget backpackers making it to Europe, discovering their own quirky ways to travel on a cheap, Europe is still considered as a fairly expensive destination (especially among those who are dealing with a big currency difference, as I did, of 1Euro (EUR)= 70 Indian Rupees). During my 2 months of travel in Europe, and especially while travelling across countries like Germany, Austria and Italy, I often get sick to my stomach seeing how expensive everything was — from transportation to food to accommodation. A few things, however, have worked in travellers favour, for example, the dawn of hospitality networks, the rise of sharing economies, and an introduction of cheaper public transport. And all this has contributed to making Europe more affordable than ever. And here are my Budget Travel Tips For Europe: Take Buses more often. And Avoid Trains There’s no denying the fact that in Europe buses are a lot cheaper than trains. And most budget backpackers rely on buses to keep their travel costs low. Speaking of my personal experience, during the recent backpacking trip …