Importance of Planning before you travel

Being a traveller you would definitely like to plan for your vacation and about your dream destination beforehand. Whether you are travelling alone or in a group, planning in advance is the best way to save time and make the experience unforgettable. Some say travel planning is time-consuming because it includes a lot of factors such as where to go, how to go, what to see and many more. From packing your bags to get visas, innumerable things are there. If you are wondering about all these, relax… we have prepared a list below, only for you.

1. Choose the destination

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You must consider all the factors, i.e., who are you travelling with, how much time do you have, what are your preferences, when to go and what season do you prefer. All the above factors will help you fix your destination for your next vacation. You must choose the destination that allows you to gather a sweet memory.

2. Choose the mode of transport and book the tickets

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After deciding on the destination, you have to choose the mode of transportation and book the tickets in advance. Flights or trains or car whatever you prefer, just do your research and book it according to your budget. If you have a narrow time span for your vacation, it’s better to book a flight paying a little bit extra.

3. Book cozy accommodation

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Accommodation is one of the major expenses to consider. The place where you spend your night is really important. You can find the cheapest accommodation by getting the best value for money. Several hotels, apartments, guesthouses and luxury resorts are easily available. Most of the accommodations provide free cancellation.

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4. Checking of Passport

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For an overseas trip, you’ll need a passport. If you don’t have it apply 2 months before the trip and if you already have it checked for the expiry date. Most of the countries require six months of validity.

5. Visa Requirements

 

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Knowing the visa entry requirements is another great step. Every country requires a different criterion. It may take some time for the visa, so it’s good to think of it in advance.

6. What to see

 

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You’ll never try to miss the must-visit attractions. The best way is to google or to read the blogs or you can ask someone who had been there. You can make a list of things to do or to see. A planned trip will help you to save time.

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7. What to eat and drink

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Food is another main attraction to travel. If you’re a foodie you’ll never dare to miss the research about local dishes. Exploring foods in Cafes, Restaurants, Bars, Pubs and especially the street foods will please you.

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8. Health and Fitness

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Health is really important while travelling. You may talk to your doctor for necessary vaccinations for a particular region. Visiting your doctor before 2 months of departure is fine.

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9. Internet access

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While travelling, access to the internet becomes really important. You’d like to share your updates with friends or family. So, you can carry a mobile data device. Otherwise, you’ll need to buy a local data plan or access the free wifi of Cafes or hotels.

10. Accessing money

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Money is an important factor. The more money you keep, the more you can spend. International transaction fees are comparatively high and it takes a lot to perform bank transfer. You can use a credit card, debit card and cash of course.

If you consider all the above points it will be easier to pack your bags. So, enjoy your vacation and stay fit.

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This article is written by Anwesha Karmakar. Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.

7 Myths about Travelling

No matter which country you set foot in, you will be bombarded with a plethora of opinions, some good, some bad and some that sound so unreal that you want to pack your bags and flee home. But take from them what you can, and sometimes, when you least expect it, that tidbit of information will be your knight in shining armor. However, scattered among the useful advice are many long-suffering myths, which are still passing around today, just because they sound so believable.

1. Travel is expensive

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Everything in this world costs some money. Nothing is free, travel is also included there. Yet, the notion that travel is impossible for anyone without a trust fund is false. A little bit of planning and some time-tested hacks can ensure that everyone has a shot at adventure.

2. Couch surfing is unsafe

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There is a general fear of staying with strangers, but veteran travellers stand by the opinion that people on couch surfing are kind and helpful. While some incidents do occur, there are multiple options available. A website which connects with local travellers are well reviewed and trusted, can be chosen without thinking further.

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3. You’ll die while hitchhiking

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Not everyone ends up in a ditch on the side of a road. Being well equipped and well prepared will almost always guarantee that you will reach your destination safely and not end up being eaten by a bear. Although exceptions do exist!

4. Women shouldn’t travel alone

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Men and women both face risks while travelling, while women have to deal with additional obstacles. While some countries should be avoided by women, others are perfectly safe to explore. Everyday millions of women travel the world alone, and that’s enough to say to prove that it’s doable.

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5. Only the young can be travellers, old can be tourists

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Much too many people that I’ve come across believe that travel is only something that you can do in your twenties. This cannot be further away from the truth. Age doesn’t matter. Although older people may require more planning and less spontaneity, it is certainly possible.

6. Package deals are the best

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This is certainly not the case. Planning ahead and research goes a long way in your travel being more affordable, and tour companies are almost always more expensive. If you think you’re about to book a great deal, separate out the components and check the individual pricing. You will be amazed to see how you can cut the prices and can have an amazing travel experience without seeking any of those expensive package deals.

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7. English is spoken everywhere

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While it’s becoming increasingly common, it primarily depends on where you’re travelling. In some places where most of us assume that English would be widespread, like France and Japan, it really isn’t. Using gestures can often work wonders while trying to overcome the language barrier. Alternatively, pointing to a map and looking lost can also help! 😉

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This article is written by Aarushi Bhardwaj.  Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.

Pros and Cons of being Selfish on a lone trip

Travelling holds different meanings for each individual; while for some it celebrates the spirit of spending quality time with people close to their hearts, for some other’s it is food to the soul. Every trip has its own benefits and setbacks. Let’s explore what being selfish on a lone trip can lead you into.

Pros of being selfish on a lone trip-

  •  Travelling into “over- friendly” countries like India and some other Middle-Eastern countries, make many travellers wary. Seeing a lone traveller, people tend to offer help, suggestions, company etc, but you need to be precautious; not everyone reflects what’s in their head. Thus, being selfish you can avoid falling prey to such people, thus saving yourself from falling into trouble.
  • Travelling acknowledges the spirit of freedom, the carefreeness, the rawness and an escape from the schedule of the daily life. Thus being selfish on lone trips add a shot of whiskey to your cocktail of life. You can live your freedom, make your own decisions without giving a second thought to it, set your own timings; you are the boss of your life (maybe just temporarily but why not?)
  • YOUR SPEAKERS, YOUR PLAYLIST- Not everyone enjoys the same taste in music, thus in order to avoid listening, “no bro this song ain’t that good” while you play your favorite song. Being selfish lone traveller makes you your DJ!

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Cons of being selfish on a lone trip-

  • If you land up yourself into some trouble like some medical emergency, missing your trains/ flights and being in a totally unknown place, being selfish would only make things worse.
  • As the saying goes, the more the merrier, the true fun in travelling is by being social, meeting new people, getting to know them and explore their lives.
  • Being in a totally new location, unaware of the places, directions, restaurants, hotels; you are very likely to fall into the trap of people trying to fool you by telling you prices higher than the original. Thus, in order to avoid ending up being fooled by such people interacting with the local people of that place and asking them suggestions regarding the same can help you from being tricked.
  • Not being able to split bills is possibly the biggest set back under this category. If you are social and friendly during a lone trip, you may find other groups of travellers or maybe another lone traveller to divide your expenses.

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This article is written by Shivani Gothwal.  Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.

Top 7 Beautiful Islands in the World

Whatever you wish to indulge in: culture, adventure, cuisine or simply kicking back on a beach under the sun, at least one of these tropical beauties are sure to tick all the checkpoints in your list.

It’s time to redo your summer bucket list with these ideal destinations. From the majestic shores of the eastern United States to teeming jungles in Asia, these places are miracles on earth. These breath-taking places have one thing common: vast stretches of landscapes to explore in the mornings and a place by the seas to view the stars at night. Suffice to say, whatever your pleasure, you will find it there.

7. Crete, Greece

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Quite simply put, Crete has on display all that attracts travellers to Greece. While some parts of this islands may be filled with sun-seeking crowds and boat hopping tourists, much of its charm still remains unexplored. From rustic trails dotted with wildflowers or visiting the mythical birthplace of Zeus, one has plenty to be kept occupied for days.

6. Hvar, Croatia

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Widely known as the most glamorous destination of Croatia, this island celebrated 150 years of becoming a tourist’s paradise this year. This pinprick of an island is littered with swanky hotels, top restaurants with a side of a lively nightlife. Trail and swim running contests are held here yearly giving the athletes a chance to experience rocky peaks and lavender vineyards.

5. Yaeyama Islands, Japan

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Top 10 Travel Books You Must Read

Reading while travelling is one of the most common habits seen in people these days. But isn’t it a good idea to pick up a book about travelling and read it while you travel? So here are top 10 travel books you must read,

1. Turn Right at Machu Pichu by Mark Adams

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Travel writer Mark Adams begin a quest of rediscovering Machu Pichu just like Hiram Bingham did 100 years ago. A good mix of historical facts, timelines, and humour, this book follows the story of Mark Adams and his son following the regular tourist trail, he decided to hike, camp and explore the way to gain information about it.

2. On The Road by Jack Kerouac

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No list on best Travel book will be completed without this book. The unique way of telling the story in this book will automatically transport you to post-World-War America. A mix of Travel, poetry, jazz, and drugs will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions.

3. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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