All posts filed under: Travel Tips

How To Travel Cheap During A Peak Travel Season

Last month when I was returning from my solo bike jounry to Spiti Valley, I decided to kill a few nights in the town of Vashish, near Manali, in Himachal Pradesh. Looking for a place to sleep, I went to my usual place, where I’d stayed for at least a dozen times before. I like its peaceful ambience and the location which allows you to sit almost at top of the sleepy town of Vashisth, overlooking the mountains. But as I enquired about the price for a room, out of courtesy, despite being very much familiar with it, I went a little flabbergasted. “No, just one bedroom” I repeated with all innocence, before the caretaker repeated, twice, the exact same figure. “It’s 1,200 Rupees a night sir”. The same room which I’d earlier – 3 months ago – owned for about 400 Rupees a night, was now available for a whopping 1,200 Rupees. Then I saw a group of teenagers, seemingly from New Delhi, and I realised that this is the time of the year when Vashisth gets its …

7 Things I’d Tell A New Traveler

Hope. Anxiety. And Excitement. Such emotions are inevitable, when you leave for the first ever grand adventures of your life. When I’d initially quit my job to travel, I had no idea what to expect. No one I knew had ever done it before. I was feeling a bout of jitters. To compensate my unpreparedness, I followed a few guidebooks and hoped for the best. I was an inexperienced and a hopeless wanderer, and my actions spoke about my condition well enough. But now, after travelling for a few years, I know better. And if I could sit my younger self, I’d give him this advice: Don’t Be Scared Walking off the beaten path and travelling places you’re not familiar with, might be a little scary, but you aren’t the first person doing so.  There is a well-worn travel trail and hundreds of online blogs and guidebooks to walk with you along the way. So don’t be scared. And if thousands of people can make their way around to the world, and to the place you’re going, …

Why I Quit My Job To Travel

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, practicing 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 trip. It is always the beginning. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls” Anais Nin It has been more than two years now, since I quit my job and started travelling, 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 I’ve had enough living the same boring 9 …

9 Ways To Travel Smarter And Cheaper

When I tell people that I’ve been travelling for the past two years, without having any source of steady income, they frown upon me, and ask, without sparing a second, “Then how do you fund your travels? You must be rich.” People think travelling is an expensive hobby. They think it is only possible to travel or travel repeatedly if you either earn in an impressive figure, or your father was hopelessly wealthy. In my case, neither were true. Perhaps that’s why, when I’d initially told my friends, two years ago, that I am quitting my job to travel, they couldn’t believe me. A few asked if I’d won a lottery.  Sure travelling costs money. But if you do it the right way, you might not need much of it. For example, three weeks in Cambodia should take no more than US $ 350. Similarly, two weeks in Thailand should be travelled in under US $280. And then travelling cheap doesn’t mean living in bad conditions. If you go for local experiences or look for something beyond the traditional …

The Dilemma Of Leaving Everything Behind And Travel

I remember when I left for the first ever grand solo adventure of my life, after quitting my job, I was feeling a bout of the jitters. Fear, excitement and curiosity – they all were playing their part. I had no idea what to expect. Which guidebook to follow. No one among my friends had ever done it before. In three words: I WAS CONFUSED. I grabbed myself from pondering over this inexperienced moment of past, yesterday, when I received a 700-word long email from one of my readers, mentioning that he has been holding on to a marketing job for the past 10 years, but now he wants to leave his career behind and travel. He wrote to me in search of some kind of assurance. But more than that, as I felt, he needed inspiration. Inspiration to let go, to break free, and experience the world like a free bird. To Travel Is To Find New Opportunities For me, long term independent travel, is like a holy grail. People who haven’t done it …

How To Save Money For Travel: 4 Tips

People often ask me how I make my travel dreams possible. They assume that I am either lucky or independently wealthy. Well, to innocently admit it, I am not independently wealthy. Though you can call me a little lucky, for I’ve been travelling for almost two years now, and without having any steady source of income. But there’s more to it. Before anything,  here’s a little on how I afford my travel. If you’re considering travel more seriously and a little more frequently you need to be smart with your money – and that starts before you hit the road. Here are 4 proven, self-tested and effective ways to save money before you start travelling: 1. Avoid Eating Out Love your local restaurant? Well that local restaurant loves you money. Avoid it. Restaurants and take-aways are a little too expensive now a days, I get sticker shocker every time I get the bill. “You need how much for a meal?” I lose my heart as I hear the figure in reply. As an advantage I …

How I Afford My Travels

After more than two years of uninterrupted travel, the most common question I still get is: “How do you afford traveling all the time?” Well, here’s my answer… Since 2015, I have been living out of my backpack, while exploring an assortment of new places all over the globe. And it is because of that,  the commonest question I get is, “how do I afford to travel so much?”. To most of the people it looks like I am having a blast (which I sure am). But there’s more to it. I’ve worked hard to make this happen. I used different sources to sustain my travel. And interestingly, even after two years of constant travelling, I am still looking for ways to make money out of it. But first things first, here’s how I DON’T fund my travels. My parents, family, and friends don’t give a dime to my globetrotting. And there is no single company sponsoring my ventures. Though I keep finding temporary sponsors, on the way, but I do not have any one organisation, taking care of all my …

How To Overcome Loneliness: Tips For A First Timer Solo Traveler

I woke up confused, almost in Haze, questioning myself, “How the hell did I crack my iPhone’s screen?” “Did I break it while I was sleeping?”  Then a closer look, still half asleep, and I realized that it wasn’t broken. It was the new wallpaper that I’d installed a few days ago. It made the screen looked as if it were cracked.  I was simply being groggy. I couldn’t see clearly, as negative thoughts had held sway over my thinking process. It had been a few long weeks, since I was travelling. Alone! And having no one to speak with, I had become a lone, grumpy traveller.  This is how the gloominess of solo travelling first hit me. And as I remember, it hit me hard. When I’d initially left for my first ever solo trip, I expected a fictional reality – based on my imagination and popular culture. I thought my trip was going to be amazing. Crazy thing were going to happen to me. I’d make friend everywhere. Locals would invite me for dinners. It was just going to …

How To Deal With Money And Travel

What’s that one thing that curbs people from travelling? The near universal answer… Money! I mean, why anyone would want to spend their life sitting in a cubicle or attending boring corporate meetings when they can rather travel, hopping places, seeing the beauty of this world. It is because of money! Though it’s a different thing that some people don’t realise it and end up saying, or perhaps believing, that they have responsibilities. And what responsibilities you ask, “Of earning money”; or “of taking care of their family, by earning money”. So believe it or not, it all comes down to money. Because most of us are not aware of the fact that it does not take overwhelming amount of money to travel. No, travelling is not expensive! Sure, it’s not something that can be done for free. But if you travel a little more carefully, you can bring your travel costs down. And rest assured, you don’t need to be rich to travel. Just be a little aware of your position, plan things ahead, and understand where you …

How Solo Travelling Is Better

A lot has been written about solo travelling. Travelers from around the world are doing this from decades. Chasing the unknown, all under the company of their own solitude. There is some excitement in it. Some addiction. Feeling a bout of the jitters while planning where to head next – is a kind of adventure in itself. I remember the first time I traveled on my own, I had no intention of doing it. I was desperately looking for a partner – calling, texting everyone I knew – hoping someone would tag along. But nope. It seemed everyone was busy, trying to save their holidays for the last month of the year, as if they all wanted to spend them, almost uselessly, struggling to be a part of crowded beaches in Goa, chasing beautiful girls and getting wasted, drinking alcohol. To hell with, I had to go alone. And it was perhaps the best thing that happened. No, I am not saying it out of ego. I am saying it because I got into solo travelling by …