Buying gift items or indulging yourself in shopping while you are travelling can be a great challenge at times. You either have limited choices or too many choices to select from and of course the right budget is also important. Many times it happens that you are not at all prepared to buy anything but eventually when you see something attractive and that’s where you start recollecting your friends and family members and think to whom to gift that lovely shawl? Or may be pretty coral colored lipstick for your girlfriend or your little sissy!
Here are 7 classic smart shopping tips while travelling which will make your shopping experience much easy and pleasant on your next trip.
1) Think of your budget.
Though we plan trips with great details, many of us always tend to forget to take out that trivial amount of money for buying gifts for our loved ones. Shopping for yourself and buying gifts are two different things. So I would always suggest keeping separate budgets for this and when it is needed you can do some plus and minus calculations.
2) Plan it well before.
Also make sure, you add this point in your checklist while you are going for a trip so that you can also do a bit search on what are the good items before you visit your destination. Which are the famous markets around, what are the choices you have? Is there any market which offers same products at lesser prices. For example if you go to malls in Mumbai, India; you will find very expensive stuff but if you got to markets like ALFA market you get all international brand items at much cheaper rates without hampering on quality. Continue reading
So you are all set for that wonderful vacation with your partner! You have taken up final glance at your checklist, all seems great and now you are just about to head to your destination. What a great feeling, isn’t it?
But, wait a minute! Do you really think that mere visiting to your favorite destination is going to be a real fun? When I travel, I come across many lovely and cute couples around. However, interestingly, I also observed that many of these couples do not match their travel adrenaline at a same level. One partner is sitting on a chair looking blankly at the crowd, while other partner is super excited about paragliding adventure. One is enjoying simply relaxing on a beach while other wants to go for a banana boat ride. And yes, a typical scene where husband is completely engrossed in laptop and office issues while wife is waiting for his task to over. Continue reading
Are you a great fan of music? Oh, not just music but of travel also… Yes, for some people music is their world and I also belong to this category of music lovers. It is really impossible to imagine my life without music. I believe that music plays important role in everyone’s life as it gels with every emotion that a human can exhibit and when it comes to the travel I feel without music my trip would be somewhere incomplete. It’s like a savior for me on my “Solo” trips, long journeys and especially when I am stuck in traffic. All you need to do is put on some good music to make your mood. I think 90% of us already have great deal of songs on their cell phones/iPod or on laptop playlists; however today I am going to share a list of tracks that will make your road trip experience more alive for sure…
Let’s begin with our Bollywood song to kick of the journey:
1) Dil Chahta Hai (Dil Chahta Hai _DCH)
2) Ilahii (Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani_YJHD)
3) Kabira (YJHD)
4) Dil Dhadakne Do ( Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara_ZNMD)
5) Ik Junoon (Pain it Red)_ (ZNMD)
6) Ude Khwabon Ke Parinde (ZNMD)
(Just a note: These three films (DCH, ZNMD and YJHD) have been shot at some of the best and exotic locations in the world and watching them is simply a visual delight! Both, movie scripts and songs win over our hidden desire to see and travel thru this beautiful planet called “Earth”. ) Continue reading
The month of August is a part of a monsoon quarter in India. Rains are heavy in some states like Goa , Assam; while places like Rajasthan, Delhi or Agra are still very pleasant to visit and make trip to India more enjoyable in August. Though one has to be very picky about the places to visit in August because the monsoon gets pretty unpredictable by this time; there is a way to enjoy your trip to India if we look at a word “travel” in a different perspective! Here is the list of festivals in August in India. Choose and visit as many that interests you and become a part of these magnificent and lavish celebrations…
1) Osho Monsoon Festival: This festival aims at teaching modern mediation techniques. This festival is famous at international level mainly because it gives an opportunity for global participants to come together and learn contemporary techniques under one roof. Along with it, this five day festival includes many dance and live music shows, art exhibitions which are accompanied by International Food festival to please your taste buds.
Date: 11-15 Aug 2015
Location: Pune, Osho International Meditation Resort , Maharashtra Continue reading
When you think of places to visit in monsoon, in Maharashtra; you will find a long list of places. However, these will either include Lonavala, Khandala, Mahableshwar, Pachgani, Matheran or Alibaug. Okay, not to miss- Amboli or Tahmini Ghat! But have you ever imagined yourself wandering beyond these regular monsoons destinations? The reason why I am asking is because; these are the places where people have been visiting since ages resulting into overcrowding and overpricing of food and/or accommodations.
This monsoon, “Rendezvous with Travel “ brings you 11 offbeat monsoon destinations which will not only enrich you with unconventional experience but will also allow to enjoy monsoon trip with less crowd and at affordable price!
- Ellora Caves:
The first place I would like to mention is Ellora caves, near Aurangabad. The rock cut city nestled in the western Ghat mountain of Sahyadri really looks killer with waterfalls and green vegetation around. The fascinating carvings will take you back to the golden era of AD 600 to 1000. These caves represent three religions (Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism) which were prevalent during that time and will add up to your cultural experience. Climbing up to these caves is most enjoyable in monsoon owing to scenic views everywhere.
Read more about Ellora Caves_ Connecting yourself in the offline world of rocks!
The next place of interest is a village from Raigad district, Kolad. It is located at 117 km from Mumbai (on national highway NH-17_ Mumbai Goa). This village sits on the bank of River Kundalika and gaining popularity due activities like river rafting, rappelling, jungle camping and kayaking. Not only this, but this place is also surrounded by beautiful lake, fort and waterfalls; so for an adventure traveler it’s a win win situation from each aspect. Continue reading
Monsoon is one of the most awaited seasons for many of us; while few of us are redundant about stepping out of their comfort zone and make travel plans! There are many good reasons why one should travel in monsoon and you will be surprised to read ahead that the monsoon is not just about visiting waterfalls or green fields, but it can be the most enjoyable season with lot of activities involved.
Here are 7 best travel tips for your monsoon travel which can be practically applied anywhere in the world. Continue reading
When it comes to the tourist places to visit in summers; I feel India is blessed with some of the great exotic summer destinations that will beat up the heat of any summer. I have listed out 7 best summer destinations in India to quench your thirst for summer travel.
Himachal Pradesh, no doubt has to stand amongst number one summer destination in India. The list of places to visit is long and every place is equally beautiful and charming than other. Some of the famous places include Dharmashala, Dalhousie, Shimla, Kullu and lovely town Khajjiar. I would call this state as a state of adventures activities. You can enjoy rafting, trekking, forest campaigning, paragliding, ice skating, boating, horse riding, and hot balloon ride at this place. Good place for shopping; famous for heritage handicrafts. Continue reading
In continuation with my visit to Fatehpur Sikri , here I am exploring the other part of this city known as Fatehpur Fort! This place way beyond beautiful and it has many great looking architectural elements spread all over the fort. If you are a history bluff then you can immediately connect with the various parts of this palace, but if you are not then I would suggest you to hire a guide or rent those audio guides who can walk you thru the fascinating stories behind each of these elements.
Entry fees: Indian Rs 20/- and Foreigners Rs 260/-
Things to see at Fatehpur Sikri/Fort:
Summers are here! Kids and teenagers are looking forward for their holidays and many of us have already stated thinking about vacations. In India, tours and trips are at the peak in this season. To make your vacations one of the coolest and happening trip here are few tips that you should take into consideration for your summer travel… Continue reading
Goa is colorful, vibrant and rich in its culture; famous for shopping and loveliest beaches. The food here is super delicious and filled with spices and coconut. People here are generous and welcome you wide open. I believe every travel lover has either been to this place or dream of being at this place at least once in a lifetime!
Even my love for this place has grown over the years where I actually dream of having my second home in Goa; where the sky blue water touches the white sand porch of my beautiful wooden made house which is surrounded by lash green coconut and palm trees, and of course not to miss- one hammock to swing in the happy mode with the breeze, the place where the day stars with bright sunlight and ends with the music , wine , a good book and silent gossips with the waves. Oh God, somebody stop me from falling in love with this place over and again. Continue reading
Always select the color of your outfits matching to the theme of the place you are going to visit. For example you are totally in love with green color and have most outfits of that shade. Now you are visiting Kerala with green sights at the backdrop and imagine yourself posing in that green outfit with the greenery around you. Din’t you laugh for a second? It may sound funny but we never realize until we are brought attention to it. You will lose the entire essence of your photographs. Instead try wearing white, pink, yellow which will go in contrast to the background and see the difference in your snaps. You will love them more. 🙂
I would always suggest going for a light weighted bags – with the correct bag size. Many times under the misconception of buying a sturdy bag we end up buying a bag which weighs more than our cloths. Ask, are you visiting a shopping destination like Delhi or Dubai? Will your bag hold that extra weight? These day’s lots of folding bags have come in the market which fit into a pocket size space, so use them whenever required. And don’t carry to many bags loading you with unnecessary burden. Travel light!!!
Okay, so finally you have arrived at a place where you always wanted to be. It is a one week trip and in the end you start realizing that you are falling short of clothes for that perfect evening party or may be for an adventures boat ride. So what’s the solution? – Try new clothes before you travel. Keep in mind what will go with that blue shirt or with that pink pant? What could be the possible combinations I can make out of mix and matches? Pack only those clothes which you are sure of wearing and don’t stuff your bag with unnecessary clothes.
Always check the open and close timings of the monuments. It may happen that you have noted down the timings long back when you were simply deciding whether to or not to visit this place and in real scenario, when you visit this place, you see a “CLOSED” board – which I am sure you do not want to see. Another possibility is that renovation work is going on and the monuments are closed for visit. So to avoid this, confirm the visit duration and timings with your tour operators, hotel staff or the localites beforehand.