All posts tagged: Travel Tips

It’s Never A Perfect Time To Travel

It has been three years now, since I’m living out of my backpack, without a permanent source of income, owning no more than a handful of belongings, yet I am happier more than ever. We’re caught up in the clutter of day-to-day existence, of paying bills, of buying this and selling that, that taking some time out only to realise that there is a wide world outside has become so difficult. And not only are we forgetting about the free world out there, but we are also moving farther away from it, suffocating our precious lives around the tiny corners of our home, and our workplace. We’ve all read plenty of books, heard dozens of real-life accounts, about happy travellers and blissful nomads, and they always leave us in a complete awe. And within us all, there is a part that wants us to break free and become that rolling stone again that we once were when we were a kid. The good thing is, it really isn’t a fantasy anymore. People are living that life today more …

6 Biggest Travel Mistakes To Avoid

Going for a long vacation or becoming a long term nomad? Make sure you avoid these self-destructing travel mistakes! Travel writers always give useful travel tips that talk about what to do when you travel. They are all must-see and must-do lists. Go there, eat this and try that. But what about those tiny mistakes that sometimes create a momentary disappointment, and at other time, big-time blunders. From avoiding currency exchange at the airport to avoiding carrying a traveller’s cheques, there are so many insignificant decisions that can lead to a regret a later stage. But the good thing is, with a little planning ahead, it’s easy to avoid the common travel mistakes and enjoy your vacation a little more. I’ve made all these mistakes too, and it is by doing them wrong in the past, I’ve learned how to make them right today. Hence, from my experiences, I’m sharing some of the common travel mistakes you should. These tips will make you a savvy traveller. Never Eat Near A Major Tourist Site The food near any …

40 Travel Tips To Become A Savvy Traveller

Some people are born savvy travellers. They are street-smart and know how to be prepared for bad travel experiences. However, others learn from their travel experiences, and I was one of them. My travel savviness was a process born out of missed flights and countless tiny errors. From what to carry for while travels, to how to make friends while on the road, I slowly learned it all, as I completed my journeys, one after the other. I remember when I left home with a one-way ticket to Bhutan, after quitting my corporate career out of frustration, I had no idea what to expect. My face clearly spoke of an inexperienced traveller self. But after a few years of nomadism, I can say that I’ve learned a bit of it. And the basis of my experiences, if I were to counsel anyone in reaching them their travel ninja potential, these are the 40 travel tips to becoming a savvy traveller: Book a flight only 2 to 4 months in advance. Because that’s when flight carriers …

Travel Packing Tips: What’s In My Backpack?

The ease and convenience of any backpacking trip depend on what you pack and carry in your backpack. It is important to carry everything necessary, yet not overpacking. I remember the first time during my initial few journeys, my backpack always looked like a 70L trash-bag. Obviously, overwhelmed with the idea of long-term travel, I always shoved in everything that I thought can be useful. This is one of the common mistakes that newbie backpackers do, and I was no different. But now, after years of full-time travelling, if there’s one thing that I’ve learned it is to Travel Light! And that’s pretty much the mantra I use while packing for my travels. Take as little as possible, perhaps half the clothes and other things you think you will need, and you’ll realize that it was the best thing you did. I take only what is necessary, and if I really need something, I buy it on the way. It’s not hard to find medicine, toiletries, clothes or even an umbrella, anywhere in the world – …

Fear of Unknown. How To Deal With It As A Solo Traveller

The most common reply I get every time I talk to someone about my nomadic lifestyle is that they wish they could do it too. People tell me about their solo travelling dreams and share the fantasies of being a solo backpacker somewhere in Amsterdam, then they come up with common excuses as to why they can’t realise them: They fear they will feel bored alone. They fear if solo travelling is safer for them as a woman. They fear their parents won’t allow. Fear! It’s always the fear that keeps us from living our dreams and doing what we always wanted to do. I remember when I’d initially decided to quit my job to travel I was as scared as I was while leaving for my first ever indefinite backpacking trip to Bhutan. And two years later, even today, when I plan a solo trip I feel equally scared. Fear of the unknown has always remained there. It has always accompanied me and proved to be more loyal than any friend, any habit, I’ve …

How To Find A Cheap Flight Ticket

Travelling would be much easier if we could just travel anywhere we wanted by road, and not have to worry about buying cheap flight tickets! If there’s one thing that makes travelling difficult – especially for budget travellers like me – it is the expensive flight tickets. I mean look at it this way: you plan a one week trip to Australia from New Delhi, and you end up spending more money on flights than on everything else put together. It’s, therefore, more important to find the hidden cheap flight tickets than finding the right destination to travel to or the right place to stay. Because if a flight is too expensive for you to afford, you aren’t going anywhere. But thankfully the odds are not all against us. Every day, airlines around the world release thousands of killer deals – from mistakenly published cheap fares to intentionally provided discounts. Yes, cheap fares are out there, if only you know how to find them. And today I am going to help you master how to master …

How To Choose The Best Travel Backpack

Over the past few years, my mode of transport has fluctuated between flights, buses, overnight train, motorbikes, walking, you name it. And this has forced me to change my travel backpack quite a few times – sometimes because I was unsatisfied with the product, and sometimes because it no longer served my needs well. When it comes to travelling I’m totally okay to adjust to the situation. I can sleep at an airport or travel on a rickety bus. But while buying the travel gear, and more importantly, a backpack, I make no compromises. A superior travel gear makes travelling easier and more enjoyable. But I wasn’t always like that! I remember the first time I bought a backpack, I bought it without a single thought. It had no padded straps, no hand rest, no waterproofing, and it was only a top loader. What’s worse is that it came with no warranty (I’ll tell you why the warranty is important for your backpack later in the article). Though I used it for many months, or …

11 Travel Tips For Varanasi

Varanasi turned out to be such a lovely town that I had to write at least 3 posts about it. I recently shared an introduction to Varanasi about where to stay and how to best experience the town. I also told you what to expect from the Ghats, which are famous for cremation ceremonies. But then I realised that none of them addresses the basic etiquette you must follow while you’re here. Being the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi can be confusing. Right from “can we click pictures of burning pyres” to “how to deal with touts” – people have their doubts. In an effort to answer those random but important questions, here are the 11 most important tips you need to know: 1) Come to Varanasi, but don’t come here first. Varanasi is wild, particularly for those who are new to Indian culture. Watching dead bodies lit on fire, and naked sadhus whitewashed in ash, can scary you to a degree that you would not want to leave your hotel room. So before coming here, …

Thailand Visa On Arrival: Not A Great Thing Anymore

Earlier this year I decided to travel Thailand on Visa on Arrival as it appeared like a good deal – cheaper and quicker. You land in the country whenever you wanted, avoiding the long embassy applications. Just pay 1000 Baht (INR 2000) at the airport (as the Visa fee) and be done with it. You’re free to wander across the country for 15 happy days. Well, it’s not as good and convenient as it seems! And I realised that as soon as I landed at the airport in Bangkok. After having a terrible 3 hours layover in Chennai, in India, starting 1 in the night, I reached Suvarnabhumi Airport around 7 in the morning. I was already pretty much cracked up, due to lack of sleep, and I realised that the application process, at Suvarnabhumi, might take another few good hours, before I can take any rest. Long Queues For Thai Visa On Arrival Before I travelled to Thailand, the internet said that Visa on Arrival (VOA) counters can have long queues, but odd morning/evening can be different. My experience – …

Solo Female Travel Tips – Getting Started

This is a guest post by Neetole Mitra of Living Unplanned, who quit her job 4 months ago and has been travelling ever since, alone. Encouraging more females to follow the league, this is what she has to say… It’s surprising that so many of us love to travel yet so few actually do it. It almost makes one wonder if travel is ultimately as coveted as everyone would have you believe. I mean, if people really want to travel, why don’t they? Travel has become a benchmark of sorts for ‘freedom’. It’s what we say/think every day. I wish I could be free. Just get the hell out of here. Go where I want to. But we are free. As long as there’s no physical chain holding us back, we are all free. Yet, most of us create alibis for ourselves. I can’t travel because there’s no money. I can’t travel because I have to take care of the family. Because it’s not safe. All of them completely sound barriers that hold us back from …