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A Day Trip To The Lady Elliot Island From The Gold Coast

Visiting Gold Coast in Queensland? Don’t miss a day trip to The Lady Elliot Island — the most picturesque highlight! As I carefully treaded on what appeared as a million broken shells and conches, with my shorts carefully rolled up, I experienced a soft touch of the residual waves of the Coral Sea caress my feet and playfully slip the sand from underneath my soles. I looked at the chirpy turquoise blue waters before me and suddenly realised why this place is considered as a mecca for snorkels and divers. I was not even 10 steps away from the beach and the beautiful coral life had already started and stretched for as far as I could see. A few dozen colourful, tiny fishes had moreover approached me before suddenly disappearing into nothingness as if almost inviting me to their beautiful world underwater! I remember when an invitation from the Queensland Tourism landed in my inbox, asking me if I would be interested in exploring the Gold Coast region during a few days of an action-packed journey, the first thing …

How To Spend 5 Days In The Gold Coast: An Ideal Itinerary

Planning a trip to the Gold Coast in Queensland and not sure what to see and do? Follow this 5-day see-it-all itinerary and make the most of your Gold Coast Holiday. Recently I had a chance to visit the most frequented place for Indian tourists in the Queensland region of Australia — the Gold Coast, during a blog trip with Queensland Tourism and Scoot Airlines. A nearly 60-km expanse of photogenic beaches, the Gold Coast, that I, before my visit, expected to be no different than any other upcoming beach-destination in Australia (dominated by water sports, traditional cafes, and a laid-back Australian life) started surprising me as soon as I get there. As I explored its one neighbourhood after the other, I realised that the Gold Coast had much more to offer than what I had initially thought it will. It wasn’t just another laid-back beach towns in Australia (which in fact it was) but much more than that. There were nature trails, beaches, crazy unheard-of-before adventure tours, beautiful wildlife, cafes, casinos and everything else you …

My First Hospitality Venture FootlooseCamps: A Campsite In Sethan

From being a full-time nomad to starting my first hospitality venture: A Campsite In Sethan When in 2015 I was facing a lost battle with my corporate life, unsatisfied and wanting more my myself, I had no idea that in just a couple of years I would be exploring countries on media trips. I’d no idea that tourism boards would be inviting me for experiencing what their country has to offer in return for promoting them on my digital channel(s). In short, I didn’t know that I would become a travel influencer! And what I certainly didn’t know, after quitting my job to travel and facing more financial problems than I could ever imagine, during the initial year of travel blogging, that very soon I’ll have my own hospitality business. FootlooseCamps, as I now tell the world with a proud look and a confident face, is my first hospitality venture — a brainchild, a chef-d’œuvre! Long-Term Travelling Made Me A Risk Taker Before I started travelling, I was one of those people who would never take risks …

9 Tips For Planning Any Motorcycle Trip

Motorcycles were invented for the same reason roads were – to travel and tell stories. When I started backpacking full-time, one of my biggest fantasies was going on a long solo motorbiking trip in the Himalayas. And there was a time when I was totally hooked on it, resulting in many motorbiking trips across New Delhi, particularly in the Himalayas. I think people who own a two-wheeler but don’t go on road-trips are unlucky and are definitely missing out a lot. So if you’ve always wanted to do the same and experience a motorcycle road-trip, make 2018 your year and go on that fantasy road-trip across India. But before anything, here are a few tips you need to keep in mind before you hit the road. These are the tips that I learned from my experiences of riding in India. Get yourself a proper luggage system If you think investing in a proper luggage for a trip is a wastage of money, you’re mistaken. A proper luggage system not only improves on your luggage carrying …

Patola & Tangaliya: Two Indigenous Handicrafts of Gujarat You Cannot Afford To Miss

I had already fallen in love with the misunderstood state that is Gujarat last year as I travelled to Kutch and Saurashtra region last year for almost a month. Misunderstood, because you’re often a bit sceptical while planning your trip to Gujarat — due to a limited information available online. But as soon you get there and start exploring the state you fall in love with it — almost hopelessly. From a rich culture to beautiful art & crafts to some of the mind-boggling natural phenomenon Gujarat has something for everyone. During my recent blog trip with Gujarat Tourism, we explored a few more highlights in and around Ahmedabad, other than what I covered the last time. There were centuries old temples, local art forms and some architectural marvels on the list. While all of them were equally beautiful, the two highlights of the trip that I loved the most and recommend to anyone visiting Gujarat, and around Ahmedabad in particular, are the indigenous craft forms of Patola weaving and Tangaliya. Patola Weaving in Patan If ancient art forms are …

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4 Best Places for Camping in Manali

I remember when I first visited Manali, it was some 5 years ago. Dreading the summer heat in Delhi and wanting a quick escape, Manali, at 2800m above the sea level, seemed like a perfect option. Here, in Manali, I had heard, it’s not just the weather that stays pleasant throughout the year (below 30 degrees even during the warm summer days) but the experiences are always great too, for there are enough local tourist attractions in Manali. In about 30 or 40 km of radius from Manali, you have Buddhist monasteries to visit, adventure activities like camping and paragliding and river-rafting to try, some of the highest motorable passes to conquer, and nature parks to explore. And if you’re still not sure, you always have an impressive Himachali hospitality to make your experience better. But if you just happen to be a nature’s lover and the reason for you to be visiting the Himalayas is unwinding your daily life in the city, then I can’t suggest going for camping in Manali more. There are various …

5 Must Visit Places In Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s capital is a vibrant hub of cutting-edge tech, lush green parkland, bustling shopping spaces and a reverential love of its past. Visitors to this stunning city, in the heart of the country’s mainland, can expect a heady mix of good food, stunning sights and stories to take back home with them. While any city has tons to see and do, Kuala Lumpur can be savoured over the course of a 48-hour stay, with plenty of highlights, not least the Batu Caves north of the city, or any number of natural wonders beyond its borders. Here are a few recommended places to visit during a fleeting Kuala Lumpur love affair. The PetronasTowers While it’s an obvious choice, what many visitors don’t realise is that the Petronas Towers are much more than a looming ode to Malaysia’s business savvy. Not only are they handsome and photogenic, but they’re also surrounded by immaculately kept parkland. Thoughtfully, that park’s been laid out with vantage points clearly signposting the best angles for snaps of the towers, while glittering Lake Symphony makes for joyous …

A Road Trip Across The Coastal Maharashtra: The beauty Unexplored  

“We think of travel and we look to far-flung places. We don’t think of stopping to view what’s on offer in our own streets, or neighbouring towns” I never expected this statement being valid on me until very recently, as I explored the beauty of coastal Maharashtra on a four-day road trip. So far I believed that India has everything to offer but a scenic coastal ride, and to get the best of a road trip in India your options are limited to the Himalayas, with Spiti Valley and Leh Ladakh topping the list. To make it even ironic, every time someone asked me about my favourite coastal route the first thing that came to my mind was the Great Indian Ocean Drive in Western Australia, or someplace in Italy. Though I am certainly not comparing the coastal roads of Australia or Italy with those of Maharashtra, in India, the fact that I never explored my own backyard that I didn’t know what beauty it had to offer. 4 Days | 600km | Unbounded Beauty For …

Experiencing Luxury Train Travel In India: With The Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot — an absolute luxury train travel in India! For a country like India that is so diverse and distinct, train-travel remains a beautiful highlight. Hopping from one place to the other while noticing small differences in the culture, traditions and landscapes, is a delight of a different kind. And when you get to do it under the luxury of having your own private room, some world-class food and a whole lot of other perks that came along with you — say a gym or a spa — things become even more interesting. Yes, I am talking about one of the five Maharaja Trains that run across India: The Golden Chariot. I happened to experience The Golden Chariot during a blog trip with the Ministry of Tourism in India. A part of 15 other bloggers, representing 6 different continents from across the world, we travelled across the parts of Karnataka and Goa, visiting some of the highlighted gems in the region. Despite personally repeating most of the places (as I’d visited them in the previous years) …

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Planning Camping In Manali? Try Footloose Camps!

After exploring three continents and much of India in the previous two years when the idea of starting a new venture — of opening a tourist facility — struck my mind, the Himalayas felt like the best option. But where in the Himalayas was the question! From the vainglorious far-out valleys in the East to some of the most splendid and frequent in the West, the Indian Himalayas offer a great deal of natural bounty and experiences and basis on where you end up staying (unless you’ve spent years exploring it, just like I did) you shape a picture of your own version of the Himalayas, and its people. Imagine if you stayed at only one place in the Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, and that happened to be Darma Valley in the Pithoragarh district — you’d consider Uttarakhand as a land of meat-eaters, and a place where animal sacrifice is still blatantly practised. Now those who are familiar with Uttarakhand, very well know that Uttarakhand is majorly a dry district, where in most parts serving any meat and …