Trip to keep in mind while heading to the mountains

Things to keep in mind while planning a mountain vacation

Planning to head to the mountains for a vacation? Here, we share with you five travel tips that will come in handy.

We recently shared a few important travel tips for a beach-cation with you, but it got us thinking about the people who love the hills more. One can never really get out of the beach or mountains debate.

So, thinking about our buddies, who can’t wait to go on their next mountain vacation, we decided to share five travel hacks that will prove useful for them. If you, too, are a mountain person, then start taking notes without further delay.

Always check for the weather

If you love the hills but can’t stand the cold waves, then you should always check the weather before planning the trip. This is also important for the people who wish to enjoy the extreme cold or the snow. The season that you pick for your vacation makes a lot of difference.

Don’t save up on the hotel too much

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While getting deals on a hotel is good, but you should not compromise on a good hotel just to save a few bucks. You may not know the value of internal room heating now, but once you end your day after going around the town in the freezing weather, you would know the importance of a good hotel.

One overcoat is enough

We often carry multiple jackets and overcoats on our vacation. But you really just need one. You can pick a jacket or an overcoat that goes with all your outfits. This way you will save yourself from the cold and won’t have a heavy luggage.

Pack right

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The number of clothes that you carry depends on how cold the weather is going to be on the mountains. But instead of taking along heavy cardigans, it is always advised to carry light and thin sweaters. You can always layer the clothes if you feel too cold. This way, you will have more space in your suitcase and will not have to wear the same sweater everyday.

Food bag is a must

Mountains are unpredictable. You never know when the weather will go bad and you might get stuck. So, it is always advised to carry a food bag with you. You can just carry a few packets of everyone’s favourite Maggie and a kettle.

ALSO READ: IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS ALL FOODIES SHOULD KEEP IN MIND

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Bali to open for tourists next year

You might have to shift Bali vacation plans to next year

The government of Bali says that they might not open the gates for foreign tourists at all this year. This is happening because of the spike in coronavirus cases in Indonesia.

The novel coronavirus outbreak has been putting a damper on our travel plans for quite some time now. And, it doesn’t look like things will be getting better anytime soon. Why are we saying that?

Well, because Bali was earlier planning to open its gates for foreign visitors on September 11, but that is not the case anymore. As Indonesia, is unable to control the novel coronavirus cases, Bali will not be allowing any foreign visitors at least till the end of the year.

No dates have been specified as of yet.

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New travel rules for Bali

Because Bali’s economy is dependent on tourism a lot, the initial plan was to welcome foreign guests in three phases. But in a recent interview to The Jakarta Post, Erick Thohir, chairman of Indonesia’s National Economic and COVID-19 Recovery Committee said that they are still scanning the situation.

He said, “We really need foreign tourists, but we don’t want to risk having new clusters. Reopening to foreign tourists is under evaluation. Vaccines may only be available next year.” While the chances of Indonesia welcoming foreign tourists this year are slim, the government is gearing up to boost the domestic travel.

There is also a possibility that you might be able to work from home soon while sitting in Bali. They are planning to make some regulations and rules and work things out like Barbados and Bermuda.

The entire process is still in the planning stage. We won’t say no to working from Bali.

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Spain and Slovakia

Spain and Slovakia to give gratis visa to Indians. What is it?

If you were travelling to Spain and Slovakia and the plan got cancelled because of the novel coronavirus, there is some good news for you. Read on.

The novel coronavirus outbreak did put a damper on everyone’s vacation plans. People had tickets, visas, hotel bookings and all the other requirements for a holiday were in place, but everything went down the drain.

However, if you were one of those people who were all set to visit Spain and Slovakia this year, there is some good news for you. But, this good news is only for the people who had applied for a Schengen visa for these two places and had gotten it.

Were you travelling to Spain and Slovakia?

Due to COVID-19, all international flights were banned. Everyone’s travel plans were cancelled. A lot of people also suffered a loss of money because their bookings were non-refundable. People had questions about what would happen to the visas and hotel bookings.

However, the travellers, who had applied for a Schengen visa, especially for Spain and Slovakia and gotten it, can apply for the visa again. The visa application will not be chargeable and the travellers will for sure get the visa. Once things get back to normal, these people will be able to continue with their travel plans.

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This is not only for people who had tourist visas. Anyone and everyone is applicable for this waiver by these two countries. These special visas are known as gratis visas.

Though international flights are still banned, things seem to be getting better. The destination for the air bubbles from India are expanding. Recently, Maldives was also added to the list. It is yet to be decided, what the rules will be or when the flights will start. But things are getting better.

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Trip tips beach-cation

Things to keep in mind while planning a beach-cation

Can’t wait to go on a beach-cation? Here, we share with you some travel tips that will come in handy during your beach holiday.

With places slowly opening up again, we are all geared up to go on our next trip. Just imagine how amazing it would be to step out of our house after months to enjoy the beautiful views and good food. 

But while thinking about where to go, we got confused between beach and mountain, and then, we thought to ourselves that we need to spend some time on the beach. 

Just like us, if you, too, are planning a beach-cation, then here are some tips that will come in handy. 

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Picking the right month is important 

While planning a vacation to the beach it is of utmost importance that you pick the right visiting time. You can’t go to the beach when it’s too hot or too humid. After all, what’s the point of just sitting in the hotel room and not enjoy the beach. 

Tons and tons of sunscreen 

Not only while sun bathing, putting on sunscreen is very important all the time, even if you are just taking a stroll at the beach. You may not notice, but your skin needs a protective layer to save itself from the harmful UV rays. You can pick a sunblock that has somewhere between SPF 30 to SPF 50. 

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Of bikinis and fancy sunglasses 

Packing the right clothes is very important. Look for flowy cotton dresses or sultry bikinis or chic playsuits. And we all know how the right accessorises can take any look a notch higher. So, don’t forget to pack a chic pair of sunnies and a beach hat. 

Don’t ignore the hotel 

Just because you feel that you are going to spend all your time on the beach, you should not pick a shabby hotel. After a long day at the beach, you would want to come back to a nice place to rest and regain energy. So, it is a must that you book yourself a nice hotel. 

Where should I keep my stuff? 

We all love taking a dip in the sea. But when it comes to it, we always stop ourselves thinking ‘who will take care of our stuff while we are in the water?’ Now, you either carry a  waterproof pouch and carry all your stuff with you or you can take a locker at a shack by the beach. Never leave your stuff unattended thinking ‘who is going to take it?’

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travel tips for germaphobes

Keep germs at bay! Travel tips for germaphobes

The fear of germs is real and for those who experience it, travelling may not be an easy task. Here, we share with you five travel tips for germaphobes.

Germaphobes are the people who have a fear of germs and an obsession with cleanliness. While many may not understand this condition and may tag it as an ‘unnecessary tantrum’, we know how difficult it can be for germaphobes to travel.

Their fear of contracting germs can stop them from enjoying their vacation. But you don’t have to worry anymore. Here, we share with you five travel tips that will help you keep germs at the bay.

Always keep sanitiser handy

Because of the pandemic, we all have started carrying a sanitiser in our bags. But if you are obsessed with cleanliness, a single sanitiser will not suffice. You need to have one in all the bags you carry and a big one.

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Carry your own towels

The towels that you get at the hotels are clean but the fact that they must have been used by someone else is enough to give sleepless nights to a germaphobe. An easy way to tackle this is, always carry your own towels. You can even buy disposable ones just for the trip.

Gloves are a must

Just think of how much you use your hands. From greeting people to picking out stuff, your hands come in contact with germs all day, everyday. Which is why you should always carry gloves.

Always mask it

Wearing a mask has become a necessity now, but a germaphobe should always keep their face masked even at the places where it is not required. This will give you a sense of security.

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Disinfectant wipes are your BFF

For a germaphobe, everything needs to be Monica Geller-level clean. And the only way to do is cleaning it on their own. For this, you can always carry disinfectant wipes.

ALSO READ: 5 TRAVEL MISTAKES ALL HONEYMOONERS SHOULD AVOID

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Vacation in Maldives

Dear Indians, it is time to holiday in Maldives

If you can’t wait to board a flight and go to the beach, we have good news for you. The Maldives is open for travel and you don’t need a prior visa.

Indians, get ready, it’s time to holiday in the Maldives. Earlier, India’s air bubbles were only with the US, UK, France and Germany. However, the air bubble destinations started increasing and the latest addition in this list is the Maldives.

The island nation opened again for tourists in July but the only problem was that there were no international flights from India. But that has been mended now. The flights from India to the Maldives will most probably start from August 18, Tuesday.

The External Affairs Minister of India, Dr S. Jaishankar recently announced the news on Twitter. He wrote, “Connectivity brings prosperity. Happy to announce the start of regular cargo ferry service between India & Maldives to boost trade & commerce. We’re also starting an air travel bubble with the Maldives to sustain & promote the dynamic people-to-people ties between the two countries.”

Do you know what this means? It means it is time for a vacation!

Also, Indians do not need a prior visa to go. You can simply get your visa on arrival.

But of course, there are some rules to travel to the Maldives.

  1. All the tourists are required to wear face masks at the airport and during the domestic travel.
  2. Every tourist will have a temperature screening at the airport arrival.
  3. Every traveller will have to fill a health declaration form once 24 hours before they board a flight and once they are set to depart.

However, it is still not clear that the same rules will apply to Indian citizens or not.

Also read: MALDIVES MAY OPEN FOR TOURISTS IN JULY WITHOUT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

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Fly to UAE to watch IPL

Indian cricket lovers might be able to attend IPL in UAE. Here’s how

If you do not want to miss the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches being held in UAE this year, here is how you can attend them.

If there is one thing that we all would agree to is that cricket is treated as a religion in India. So, the fans of the game already know that the delayed Indian Premier League (IPL), that we all have been waiting for so long, is happening in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

But why are we talking about this? Well, there is some good news for the people who want to go watch the matches. There is a possibility that you might be able to go watch the match in the UAE.

Without wasting any more precious time, let us tell you how you can attend IPL

On Monday, the government of India allowed all Indian citizens who have a UAE visa to travel there.

The matches will take place all across the Emirates, including tourist favourite places Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The matches will be held from September 19 to November 10. However, there is one problem. The social distancing norms for the matches have not yet been finalised by the UAE government. Whether people will be allowed inside the stadiums or not or even if a small percentage of the stadiums will be filled, nothing is clear as of yet.

When it comes to travelling to the Emirates, things have gotten a little easier. India and the UAE formed a corridor amongst themselves. With this, any airlines from both the countries can fly an Indian citizen there. This is applicable only if the Indian national has a valid UAE visa.

That was not the case initially, but this comes as great news for cricket lovers.

Of course, similar to other places, the Indian travellers will also have to present a negative PCR test at the UAE airport. These tests cannot be conducted more than 96 hours prior to the departure.

Isn’t this great news?

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Honeymoon travel mistakes to avoid

5 travel mistakes all honeymooners should avoid

For a newlywed couple, honeymoon is the most memorable vacation they will ever go on. Here are five honeymoon travel mistakes that you should always dodge.

That feeling to know that you have found ‘the one’ is truly special and getting to spend your life with them is even more. As soon as a couple decides to get married, the planning for the honeymoon starts. It is the first vacation a couple takes after their wedding.

If you are set to go on your honeymoon and are a bit nervous about it, then we have something that will interest you. Here, we share with you five travel mistakes that you should never make while honeymooning.

Don’t be too clingy in public

While you may feel that everything around you is just about love, others who see you and your partner may not feel the same. So, it is always better that you put hold on the PDA in public. We all have dished at people who were too clingy in public sometime or the other, haven’t we?

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Don’t think of it as a solo trip

Being overly romantic in public should be avoided but this doesn’t mean that you should think of your honeymoon as a solo trip or a trip with your friend. This trip will lay the foundation of your relationship as a married couple, so make sure that you leave no stone unturned to make it special.

Don’t ignore your partner’s interest

If you are planning the activities and making the bookings for the honeymoon, then make sure that you put in the things that your partner likes to do. For this, you can meet up with them prior and decide what all should be there on your travel itinerary.

Don’t miss out on a chance to surprise bae

Who doesn’t love surprises? While on honeymoon, look for chances to surprise your husband/wife. It doesn’t have to be a big one, a small gestures, too, can make them very happy.

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Don’t forget to break the ice on your honeymoon

If you found your special someone through the arranged marriage setup, then there might be awkwardness between you and your partner. The honeymoon is the perfect chance to break the ice and start a happy life together.

ALSO READ: TRAVEL MISTAKES TO AVOID WHILE VACATIONING WITH FAMILY

Anushka Sharma travel photos

Anushka Sharma travel pics that are sheer delight for all globetrotters

Craving for a vacation? Take a virtual tour around the world with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma. Here, we share with you our favourite travel pictures of the actress.

Months have gone by that we have not stepped out of our home, forget going on a vacation. And it’s going to be long time before we could actually travel for leisure. It is true that many places have opened for tourists again, but is it safe to travel yet? We all know the answer to that.

We love travelling and not being able to go out has taken a toll on us. Thanks to our favourite celebrities, we get to go on virtual trips around the world and witness the mesmerising views. And when it comes to travel diaries, Anushka Sharma often makes us green with envy.

Over the past past year, Anushka has travelled to many amazing places with her husband Virat Kohli, from Switzerland and Bhutan to Belgium and New Zealand.

To brighten your boring day, we share with you our favourite travel photos of Anushka Sharma.

Aren’t these photos just stunning? Even though Anushka has been away from the silver screen, she has been ruling our social media feeds with her vacay pics.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the actress is getting to spend a lot of time with her hubby and we often get to see their goofiness on Instagram.

ALSO READ: SARA ALI KHAN’S TRAVEL PICS WILL MAKE YOU CRAVE FOR A VACAY

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New rules make international travel easier

New flying rules make it easier for Indians to travel abroad. Read on

Some new rules and regulations have been applied regarding foreign travel. This will make it easier for Indians to fly abroad.

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak, the rules related to flying are being changed every minute. From a blanket ban on flying to making air bubbles with other nations and bringing stranded Indians back home, things have been changing quite quickly.

Now, there is another set of rules that are applicable for people who are flying out of the country. People who are flying in the country via these air bubbles also have to follow new rules.

If you are flying out of the country

Earlier, you were only allowed to leave India if you were a resident of that country or had long visa approval and needed to go back for some important work. You could also fly if there were some important business decisions to be taken.

However, that is not the case anymore. People who have any kind of visa for either Germany, France and the US can now fly to these locations.

You will also have to make sure about the requirements and the protocols that are being followed at your destination and plan accordingly.

If you are trying to come back to India

If you are trying to come back to India using these air bubbles, the rules have become a little less stringent. Only certain categories of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) were allowed to travel via these air bubbles. But that is not the case anymore. All the OCI’s can now enter India without any problem. The Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the same in a recent tweet.

That is not all. Citizens of the countries that are a part of the air bubbles with India can now apply for Indian visa. They can come here for business, medical and employment purposes.

You can read more about the air bubbles here.

Holiday in Goa

New rules and regulations for entering Goa. Read on

The Goa administration has tweaked the rules and regulations for travellers entering the state. Read on to know about them in detail.

Remember when we told you a few days ago that Goa has opened for tourists? Well, a lot of people headed there to get closer to the beaches and the clam. A lot of celebrities including Sara Ali Khan and her brother Ibrahim Ali Khan are also there relaxing.

However, the rules by the Goa administration have changed now and we are going to tell you what exactly you will need to enter Goa.

People travelling to Goa via road

  1. Earlier, you only needed an interstate permit to enter Goa via road, but now, you require a self-declaration form too.
  2. It is also compulsory for travellers to show that they are safe in the Aarogya Setu app.

People travelling to Goa via train

  1. You will need to have a coronavirus test upon arrival at the station. The test will cost Rs 2,000 and till the results are back, you will have to stay in isolation.
  2. You also need to show your status in the Aarogya Setu app.
  3. Passengers will have to submit a self-declaration form on their arrival.
  4. If your final destination is Goa, you will have to show a valid residential address. You will also have to strictly quarantine at one place for 14 days.
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People travelling via flight

  1. Like the other two modes of travel, you will have to show that you are safe in the Aarogya Setu app.
  2. You will also have to present a negative COVID-19 test at the airport. The test cannot be older than 48 hours from arrival. If they do not have a test, they can get tested at the airport for Rs 2,000.
  3. The travellers should have prior bookings that covers the entire length of their stay.
  4. People who seem sick or exhibit symptoms of coronavirus will have to be tested again and will be taken for testing and will have to stay in isolation until the test results are back. The tourists will have to pay for everything.

ALSO READ | GOA IS CALLING! THE STATE OPENED FOR TOURISTS ON JULY 2, LET’S GO

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Valley of flowers is calling

Time to visit the valley of flowers in Uttarakhand

Well, we have some great news for you. Uttarakhand’s valley of flowers is now open for tourists.

Just imagine, walking in a meadow and looking at some of the most beautiful flowers as far as the eye can see. In Uttarakhand, the valley of flowers turns this dream into a reality. And you know what the best part is? The valley of flowers is now open for tourists again.

Every year, thousands of tourists flock to the valley to enjoy this marvel and witness the surreal beauty of nature. However, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the valley of flowers was closed for tourists until now.

But things are obviously not that simple.

Protocols for going to the valley of flower

Visitors not just from Uttarakhand but all the other states are allowed to visit the valley.

That is not all, the visitors will also have to show a negative COVID-19 certificate that cannot be more than 72 hours prior to the arrival at the valley.

The Uttarakhand tourism page took to their official Twitter handle to announce the amazing news. They tweeted, “The beautiful Valley of Flowers is now open for all tourists – both from within and outside the state. Please refer to state travel guidelines before you plan your visit. #NowOpen #uttarakhandtourism #simplyheaven (sic).”

Some of the flowers that you will see there are daisies, primulas, orchids, poppies, calendulas and other alpine flora. The valley is situated at 14,000 feet at the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The best time to visit the valley of flowers is from June to October. The rest of the year, the mountain is covered with snow.

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Let's go to Paris

France is all set to welcome tourists again. Eiffel Tower, here we come!

France has opened its gates to passengers from 16 more countries. These also include tourists from India and the USA.

Guess what? Paris is all set to welcome tourists, Indians as well. Now, for your next vacation to Paris to actually become a reality, the only thing that you need is an international flight from India. It seems like, there might still be some time to it.

France recently announced that it will be welcoming guests from 16 nations. These include some of the nations that have been badly affected by the novel coronavirus. India and the USA are also on this 16-nation list.

Let us tell you a little more about the conditions in France

To get its tourism economy back on track, Paris has opened its gates to visitors from 16 nations. These are India, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Peru, USA, Panama, Algeria, Kuwait, Madagascar, Turkey, Brazil, Israel, South Africa and Serbia.

However, there are obviously some conditions for this welcome.

All the travellers coming from these countries need to present a negative PCR test that cannot be more than 72 hours. They should all also be wearing a face mask on arrival.

The travellers will also have to sign a declaration that says that these people do not have any symptoms and have not been in contact with any person who was coronavirus positive.

The rules are a little more stringent for people travelling from the US, UAE, Panama and Bahrain. According to the French authorities, travellers from these nations will have to present their negative PCR test to the airlines before boarding the plane. If they fail to do so, these passengers will not be allowed to take the flight.

Travellers from the remaining countries will be allowed to take the PCR test at the airports in Paris if they do not have the test with them and will be in isolation till the results come.

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What flying during pandemic looks like

Rules and regulations you need to keep in mind while flying

Though domestic flying is back on and people have started travelling, it is still not how it used to be. Here are some mandatory rules that you need to follow.

Even though domestic flying is somewhat back, things are not how they used to be. To be honest, we cannot even decipher when flying will get back to the pre-corona times or even if it will ever get back to the normal that we knew.

Travelling now is really different. There are some really strict rules that are being followed to maintain the social distancing protocols while keeping everyone’s health in mind.

Let’s see what these rules and regulations are that you need to follow while flying

Before flying

  1. It is mandatory to check-in online on airline’s website. This step has now become a necessity to avoid contact. The check-in portals open 48 hours before the flight and close 60 minutes before boarding.
  2. It is also necessary to declare your health status on the website.
  3. Another thing that has become mandatory now is that the traveller has to declare the check-in baggage online and self generate the baggage tags.
  4. Not just that, to minimise the contact, one has to also carry a printed or a soft copy of the boarding pass along with the baggage tag.
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At the airport

  1. You also need to have the Arogya Setu app in your phone and need to show your status on the app at the airport entry gate.
  2. Only one check-in bag and one cabin bag will be allowed to travellers.
  3. It is now mandatory that you reach the airport two hours before the boarding time.
  4. While at the airport, always wear your mask and follow social distancing.
  5. The baggage drop counter will now close 60 minutes before the flight time. This mandate, however, might be different for various airlines.
  6. The boarding gates will close 25 minutes before the flight time and a personal protective kit will also be provided to everyone for their safety.

In flight

  1. While you are on board, the water bottles will already be on your seat to minimise any contact between the crew and the passengers.
  2. There will be no meals served onboard. You are also not allowed to eat anything of your own while flying. It is advised that you eat at the airport or your home.
  3. There will also be no magazines or newspapers served in the flight.

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Travel tips for foodies

Important travel tips all foodies should keep in mind

If you feel that there is no truer love than the love for food, then you should make a note of these travel tips. All foodies, bookmark this post.

Waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread, spending the day binging on Instagramable dishes and ending the day with delectable desserts, this is how you can describe a foodie’s day. For those who love food, they can’t think of anything else but where to eat next and which new dish to try.

Even when they are vacationing, food holds the top priority. If you can relate to everything written above, then make sure that you make a note of everything written below.

We share with you five very important tips that all foodies should bookmark.

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Always check the food review before making hotel bookings

If food is your utmost priority, then you should always check the quality of food you’ll be getting at the hotel. To do this, you can read up as many reviews as you can and also ask for recommendations from people who have already been there.

Never forget your food bag

There may be chances that the food at the hotel may not impress you. Instead of spoiling your mood and your vacation, you can carry a food bag with you. You can pack things like ready-to-make dishes and everyone’s all-time favourite Maggie.

Pocket snacks for the go

For those small hunger pangs that can make you grumpy, we advise that you carry small pocket snacks. These will prove helpful when you’ll be doing the touristy stuff and the foodie inside you will crave for something delish.

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Separate food budget

While on the go, we know that you would like to eat something interesting at every meal. This is why, we would suggest that while planning for your vacay, you should set a food budget separate from the travel budget.

Never miss a chance to try new dishes

For foodies, there is nothing more exciting than trying new cuisines. So, while travelling, you should never miss a chance to try something new. You can also click photos of the yummy dishes to drool over them later.

ALSO READ: HOW TO TAKE CARE OF SENSITIVE SKIN WHILE TRAVELLING

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travel mistakes to avoid

Travel mistakes to avoid while vacationing with family

Family vacations are fun but they can easily turn into a disaster. Here are four travel mistakes that you should avoid while travelling with your fam. 

When it comes to travelling, we have the most fun when we are with our loved ones. Even though we might have bit of ‘nok jhok’ with them time to time, we never leave an opportunity to go on a vacation with our family. 

But planning a family vacay is no cakewalk. It takes a lot more than convincing everyone to take out time from their busy work schedules. Here, we share with you four mistakes that you should always avoid while vacationing with your family. 

Never pick the destination alone

You and your family members may not have the same interests, which is why it is important that you pick a holiday destination that is suitable to all. If you choose the place alone, your loved ones could feel neglected and they won’t be as happy as they should be. 

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Never make an itinerary which too packed 

Travelling with elderly or even kids is not simple. With them, you can’t go on exploring 24×7. Making a packed itinerary is one of the biggest mistakes that you can easily avoid. While planning the days, make sure that you keep in blank spaces for everyone to rest. If you feel that this may make you miss out on a few activities, then you can extend your trip by a few days. 

Never leave packing to the last minute 

While travelling with our family, we often find ourself in a situation where we have to pay extra money for luggage at the airport. This is because we leave the task of packing to the last minute. Next time while planning a family vacay, tell everyone in advance how much luggage they can take along and weigh all the bags and suitcases before leaving home. 

Never try to pull it off as a one-man thing 

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Let’s be honest, planning a family vacation is a hectic task. From bookings to choosing the activities, there are n number of tasks that one has to do. And one of the biggest mistakes that you can make while doing so is taking everything in your own hands. It is not possible for one person to plan the whole vacation. So, it is better that you delegate the tasks to your family members. This way, all the tasks will get completed and you will not feel too much pressure. 

ALSO READ: 5 TRAVEL MISTAKES THAT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS AVOID

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Kolkata has banned flights from these states

Planning to go to Kolkata? You might have to reschedule

Kolkata has put a blanket ban on incoming flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Nagpur. If you were planning to visit the state soon, you might have to reschedule.

If you were planning to go to Kolkata anytime soon, let us tell you, it might be a little difficult. People, especially, from some of the metropolitan cities including Delhi and Mumbai are facing difficulty while trying to reach Kolkata.

The ban on flights from Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Nagpur has been put in place. This ban initially started on July 3. However, this ban was supposed to be uplifted on July 17, but that did not happen. Instead, the flight ban was extended till August 31. The date was changed again and the authorities have finally said that on August 15, the ban on flights from these cities will be uplifted.

But there is no surety still.

It is not just Kolkata now. In a recent development, the government also banned flights at the Bagdogra airport. If you want to go to Kolkata or Bagdogra, you will have to board a flight from the neighbouring states.

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Lockdown in Kolkata

The state will also be under complete lockdown on seven days during August. Meaning, there will be absolutely no flights, no trains, no offices on these seven days. The lockdown dates are:

  • August 5 (Wednesday)
    August 8 (Saturday)
    August 16 (Sunday)
    August 17 (Monday)
    August 23 (Sunday)
    August 24 (Monday)
    August 31 (Monday)

These steps have been taken because the government wants to decrease the number of people coming in from the affected cities.

However, the blanket ban is only on incoming flights from these six cities. The flights flying passengers out of Kolkata are allowed but somehow those flights are also being cancelled. This is happening because sending empty flights in Kolkata is not viable for the airlines.

On the other hand, Coorg has started welcoming tourists.

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Time to go to Coorg

Time for monsoon vacation in Coorg. Get packing!

Coorg has started welcoming travellers again. It is time to plan your vacation in the marvel of nature that also has the best coffee.

We understand that coffee tastes great everywhere. But just imagine, sitting on the porch, enjoying the monsoon season and having your first sip of warm freshly-grounded coffee in Coorg. Yes, Coorg. The marvel of nature is ready to welcome tourists again.

Coorg has started welcoming tourists again and it is the best news ever. Monsoon and Coorg is a match made in heaven and you can start planning your trip now. The hotels here have started taking bookings again.

Though things are getting better and we are in the third phase of unlocking, the novel coronavirus is still there and still affecting people. Therefore, all the hotels and the tourist attractions in Coorg are taking proper precautions and maintaining the social distancing protocols.

As the rules keep changing every day, it is best to have a hotel booking before you leave for Coorg and you ask them about the requirements prior to crossing the border.

However, there are some permanent quarantine rules that the Karnataka government is following.

Karnataka Protocols

If you stay in Karnataka, you just need an e-pass to travel to Coorg. There is no quarantine or any other protocol, just the basic social distancing measure. Also, check in with your hotel first if they are following any special rules, before arriving.

If you live in any other state apart from Karnataka, you will have to quarantine for 14 days.

There is another possibility too. If you have already been in the state for over 15 days, you can just travel to Coorg without any problems.

You can also read about the things you can do and places you can visit here.

Holiday like a king

Want to feel royal? 5 places that will make you feel like a king

Bored of staying at home? In mood for a royal trip? Start planning your next vacation to feel like a king. Read on to know more about these places.

India is a country that has an extremely rich heritage. With so many kings and queens leaving their legacies behind, India is one of the most regal places to holiday in. With the unlock taking place and people starting to venture out, it is time to plan our domestic holidays again.

Today, we are going to talk to you about the five places in India that will make you feel like royalty. So without further ado, let’s dive in.

1. Palace on wheels

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Before jumping to the destinations, let us first talk about the journey. One of the most royal train rides that you will ever experience is on the Palace On Wheels. The cabins look like a 5-star hotel room. The train that runs once every week has a 7D/8N itinerary. Starting from Delhi and travelling to Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and then back to Delhi, it is a great holiday option.

2. The Deccan Odyssey

Another way to travel elegantly is by travelling on the train, The Deccan Odyssey. These two trains have changed the meaning of travelling like royalty in India. The train even has a spa room, a gym and a conference hall. Here as well, you will have a 7D/8N tour. There are six different itineraries to choose from.

3. Udaivilas Palace, Udaipur

How can we not mention the Udaivilas hotel in Udaipur if we are talking about royalty? A celebrity favourite getaway destination, this palace cum hotel can give serious competition to the Buckingham Palace. Though staying here might not be cheap, but it cannot get more royal than this. You are treated like a king here.

4. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

It is one of the most expensive hotels in India and it became extremely famous after Salman Khan’s sister Arpita got married here. It is one of the most beautiful palaces in India and the fact that it is situated at 2,000 feet above a hill overlooking Hyderabad makes it worth it.

5. Rambagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur

This is a one of a kind palace cum hotel. The palace, which was actually built in 1835, was converted into an upscale palace in 1957. This the place that you should go to if you want an extravagant experience.

You can also read about the 5 best beaches in India that one must visit.

Can you fly a

Flights open for New Zealand and Philippines from India. But can you fly?

Vande Bharat Mission will enter into phase 5. With the new phase comes new flights and new destinations from where stranded Indians will be brought back.

The government of India started the Vande Bharat mission in an attempt to bring home the Indians that were stranded away from home. The mission has brought back a lot of people and reunited them with their families. However, now, the Vande Bharat mission is all set to cover larger distances.

Places like New Zealand, Australia, Philippines and Kyrgyzstan have also been added to the list. And now, people, who are stranded in these places, will soon be able to come back home. India’s Minister for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri took to his Twitter and explained in more details about the same. From August 1, when the Vande Bharat Mission enters in its phase 5, these flights will start.

Let’s get in more detail about the Vande Bharat Mission

In this phase, which starts from August 1, the flights will be travelling to Canada, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, USA, UK, UAE, Oman, Singapore, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Australia, Germany and France. This is an extremely good news for people who are not able to come back home.

Hardeep Singh Puri also mentioned why Hong Kong was not in the list in phase 5.

This does not mean that you can actually just take a flight and go on a holiday. The Vande Bharat mission is to bring the people back home.

What is Vande Bharat Mission?

These are special flights to help people stuck in foreign land. There are only few flights. You have to pay for your own ticket, there will be no funding by the government.

You will also have to prove that you are Indian passport holding citizen, who wants to come back to their country. There are a few very strict rules and regulations that you can read about here in more detail.

Taking care of sensitive skin while travelling

How to take care of sensitive skin while travelling

If taking care of your sensitive skin while travelling is a big task for you, then we have a few tips and tricks that will solve your problem.

After months of planning and saving money, you get to go on a trip. But as soon as you reach your destination, your skin starts acting up. And, a rash or an acne burst spoils your dream of clicking the perfect photos. This happens because your sensitive skin is unable to adjust with the change of weather. The long travel hours, too, makes your skin tired.

But there are simple tips and tricks that you can follow to take care of your sensitive skin while travelling. Read about them below.

Keep you face clean during train/plane journey

One of the main reasons why your skin acts up is because your pores get clogged and your skin is unable to breathe. The dirt that sticks to face because of the oil may also cause such reaction. An easy way to avoid this is to keep cleaning your skin regularly while travelling in a train or plane. You can also carry also a sheet mask to get a quick hydration boost during your journey.

Take your skincare kit with you

If you have sensitive skin, then you would know how difficult it is to build a skincare kit. Which is why, it is important that you carry the same skincare products while on a trip. Think of it this way, your skin is hardly managing the change in the weather, so, it is important that you don’t experiment with new products.

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Say no to hotel toiletries

The little toiletries that you get with the hotel room are adorable but they are your skin’s biggest enemies. No matter how cute the packaging is, you should never try any such product without knowing what’s in them. You never know how your skin may react to the product and if the reaction is bad, it can spoil the whole trip.

Damage control

We all have our misses. Sometimes it’s the wrong product and sometimes it’s something we eat. If you are travelling and your skin acts up, you can go for a quick fix by keeping a doctor-recommended antiallergic pill with you. The medicine will reduce the effect of a rash and may even reduce the puffiness if it’s an acne burst.

Minimal makeup

With your skin adjusting to the new environment, it is important that you give it a proper chance to breathe. Covering your face with heavy makeup can be a big mistake. If you want, you can go for a simple eye makeup and a bit of colour on your lips. But you should definitely avoid putting on foundation. You may feel that putting on foundation may cover your blemishes, but instead, it can make them worse.

ALSO READ: 5 TRAVEL MISTAKES THAT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS AVOID

Anushka Sharma-inspired travel essentials

5 travel essentials to steal from Anushka Sharma’s wardrobe

If you are planning to go on a vacation soon, make sure you pack these Anushka Sharma-inspired essentials along. 

Even though she has been away from the silver screen for more than a year now, Anushka Sharma continues to rule our hearts with her goofiness and impeccable sense of style. 

Over the past year, Anushka has got a chance to travel a lot with her husband Virat Kohli and their vacay photos have been an absolute delight. 

Recently, while stalking our favourite celeb, we found out five travel essentials that need to be in your list. 

Printed T-shirt 

Nothing says cool like a printed T-shirt and if you have one in white, you can team it with anything. From your ‘can’t live without’ jeans to maxi skirts to basic jeggings, the options are unlimited. 

Vibrant bikini 

Headed for a beach-cation? Make sure that you pack not one but multiple vibrant swimsuits. Take inspiration from Anushka’s orange two-piece. 

Chic backpack 

While travelling, we have many tid-bits that we always keep with us, be it wet wipes or phone changers. Carry all the necessary items with you in a stylish backpack. You can either opt for a single-toned bag like Anushka or go for a multi-coloured one. 

Denim Jacket

It is always advised to carry a coat or a jacket while travelling. So, what’s better than the good old denim jacket? You can literally layer any outfit with it and it doesn’t take up too much space in the suitcase. 

Where are my sunnies? 

A vacay photo without a pair of quirky sunglasses feels incomplete. If you are looking to buy one for yourself, then go for a round frame just like Anusha. 

ALSO READ: AMRITSAR TO NEW YORK: TAKE A VIRTUAL WORLD TOUR WITH JANHVI KAPOOR

Time to work from beaches

Work from home in Bermuda! Island’s govt to allow people one year stay

Who would mind working while sitting at a beach in Bermuda? The government of Bermuda is now allowing people to work there for a year. Read more about it.

What if we tell you that working from home can also be working from a beach for you? What would you say to that? Sounds great no? We are not kidding, the government of Bermuda is offering one year residential certificate to students and remote workers.

Let’s talk a little more in detail.

Let us paint a picture for you. Imagine sitting on a beach, with your laptop, beer in hand and working hard while looking at the sunset. Sounds really good, doesn’t it? Who would mind working from home with a view like this? Let’s see how we can reach there.

Things to keep in mind before going to bermuda

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The government of Bermuda is allowing college students and digital nomads (people who can work from anywhere) to come and work from their country for one year. This will start happening from August 1. People, who are interested, can work there or study at a cost of Rs 19,652 (USD 263).

The form that needs to be filled is available on the government of Bermuda website.

Bermuda relies a lot on the travel business but since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the island has been suffering from an economic depression. This one year residential certificate plan is to lure travellers back to the island.

Other things that you have to keep in mind are that you should have a health insurance. The people, who are applying for the Bermuda one year certificate, should also be over 18. You will also have to submit a proof of employment or show that you are enrolled in a university.

Barbados has also released a similar offer.

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Fly to India

Protocols you need to follow if you want to come to India during pandemic

If you are a citizen of India stranded abroad and want to come back to your country amid the pandemic, there are a few protocols that need to be followed. Read about them here.

We just spoke to you about air bubbles in our recent post. Air bubbles are the direct flights to and from India that have launched recently. With these bubbles, Indians can travel to and from countries like the USA, UK, France and Germany.

We told you about the very strict rules and we also mentioned the protocols for people who need to fly out of India for some work. However, if people want to fly back to India, the rules and protocols are way stricter. Today, we are going to talk about that.

The travel permission is being given only to the countries that are considered somewhat safe and are on the low-risk list. Meaning that these places have kind of taken care of the pandemic situation.

let’s talk about the people who want to enter India

India launched the Vande Bharat mission bringing home stranded Indians a few months ago. However, if people want to come to India during the pandemic for whatever reason, they will have to register at the Vande Bharat website and state the reason for coming.

If you are an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), there are various cases that you can register yourself for a seat on the plane. A minor (OCI) child can register if his/her parents are in India. People who have medical family emergencies can also apply. Married couples can also register if one of the partners is in India and the other one oversees.

Even for foreigners, only special cases, will be allowed to enter the Indian borders. Healthcare professionals and medical researchers are also allowed. This will happen only if they have a letter of invitation from a recognised healthcare facility.

You can read about more restrictions here.

Read about the protocols in place for people who want to travel from India using these air bubbles.

Can you fly international yet_

Government announces new international flights, but can you travel?

The air bubbles are opening and new international flights are starting but who can really fly out of the country?

Remember we spoke about air bubbles? The air bubbles are supposed to be the direct flights to and from India to particular countries. The Ministry Of Civil Aviation of India had announced that they were planning to open bilateral travel-bubbles with various countries. These countries include the United State Of America, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

But that was the only information that we have at that point. Now, we know a little more and we are here to tell you all about it.

Rules for international flights

If you thought that you would be able to travel via these air bubbles just like that or leave for a vacation, well, let us burst your bubble. That is not happening. Travel to these counties has opened up but things are not as simple or as straight forward as we hoped.

The travel is being allowed only within safe countries, meaning these countries have somewhat taken care of the pandemic. Another thing that is important here is that these passengers can arrive in the country without showing any medical certificates. They won’t even have to quarantine themselves.

For Indians, who want to travel via these air bubbles, the rules are very strict. Firstly, there are only a few flights that are allowed to carry passengers in these air bubbles. SpiceJet is one of them. The Indian passengers will have to go through checks and will have to quarantine.

People who can fly out of India

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, “only those persons shall be allowed to travel to the destination countries, who are citizens of that country, people who have a green card or Permanent Residency Status or OCI card or any other special status in that country. Those who are stranded in close neighbouring countries and permitted to exit through India will also be allowed. Indian nationals who hold any type of visa of any country (other than visa for tourism purpose), with a minimum residual validity of one month,” will be allowed to travel in these air bubbles.

Seychelles

Seychelles to welcome travellers from August 1. Let’s go

Seychelles is all set to reopen its borders to international travellers. However, there are some guidelines that need to be followed.

Missing the sea, the beach, the tan and the wave? Here’s some good news for you. Seychelles is opening again. From August 1, the African Island nation will start welcoming guests to its picturesque white-sand beaches. Commercial passenger flights will be allowed on Seychelles from August.

For the time being, only Etihad Airways and Ethiopian Airlines are allowed to fly in and out of the nation. But soon other airlines will also join. However, there are only a few countries from where international visitors will be allowed at the moment. There are also certain protocols that need to be followed before entering into Seychelles. Let’s see what they are.

Protocols for Seychelles

At the moment, Seychelles has registered only 100 coronavirus positive cases. Out of these, 27 have recovered. To keep their population of 1,00,000 people safe, the government is only allowing people arriving in private yachts and private jets. But that is going to change from August 1.

Only visitors from ‘low-risk’ or ‘medium-risk’ countries are allowed to enter. The bad news is, India doesn’t fall in either of these lists.

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Visitors from the low-risk countries will have to show a negative PCR test or an antigen test. These should not be older than 72 hours from the time of arrival. The countries that fall in this list are New Zealand, Thailand and Japan among others.

The visitors coming from medium-risk countries, will have to show a negative PCR test, which should not be older than 72 hours from the date of arrival. An antigen test will not be acceptable. These countries include Spain, Greece, Sri Lanka etc.

All the bookings should be done prior to arrival in Seychelles including hotels and liveboards.

Travellers also need to make sure that they have a valid travel insurance giving full medical coverage for the duration of the holiday.

The Maldives is also open for tourists, you can read about the protocols here.

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travel mistakes to dodge

5 travel mistakes that you should always avoid

There are a lot of things that can turn your fun trip into a dud. Here, we share with you five travel mistakes that you should never make.

After planning and saving money for so long, we get to go on a trip. Those fun times not only give us a chance to relax but also reconnect with our loved ones.

However, certain times, you are not as happy during your vacations as you thought you would be. Ever wondered why is that? It happens because you make small mistakes like forgetting to pack your lounge wear or not making advance bookings for the amusement park you always wanted to visit.

These mistakes can be big mood crushers. But not any more. Listed below are five travel mistakes that you should always dodge.

Packing too much or too little

Travel mistakes to avoid
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Packing for a vacay is not only hectic but also very time consuming. One often gets confused as to what to pack and what to leave behind. The trick here is, you need to take along all the essentials but not keep anything extra. If you need more tips on how to pack right, then you should click here.

Not making your bookings in advance

It gets very disappointing when you find out that the hotels are full and you have no place to go with your luggage. This is why, it is always important to make all your bookings in advance. From flight tickets to hotel bookings to even the entry tickets that you would need while doing the touristy things, always make a plan before hand.

Not carrying enough cash

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You may think that you have multiple cards and digital cash, so you don’t need to carry hard cash on your trip. Well, this is one of the biggest travel mistakes that you can make. Always, always, always carry cash with you. If you are going to a different country, then you should also get some currency exchanged.

Stepping out without proper protective gears

We all know how things have changed over the past few months. Now, one cannot go out without a face mask and a sanitiser. And, carrying these protective gears along with you on your trips has also become a necessity. In fact, you should always carry extra protective gears with you. You can also read our dos and don’t of travelling during the pandemic here.

Not researching about the destination before hand

Travel mistakes to avoid
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There are lot of times that you visit an unknown destination for the first time. While it may be your first visit to the place physically, you can always take virtual trips before hand. It is very important to research about your vacay destination.

ALSO READ: 5 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND DURING HOTEL STAY

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Around the world with Sara Ali Khan

Sara Ali Khan’s travel pics will make you crave for a vacay

Sara Ali Khan is a globetrotter! From New York to Maldives, she has been to the most exotic locations around the world. Here, we share with you our favourite travel photos of the actress.

Not just with her on-screen performances, but Sara Ali Khan has also impressed many with her ada and andaaz. Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s beloved daughter, Sara, is also netizens’ favourite and enjoys a massive fan following of 26 million on Instagram. Rightly so, her Insta feed is absolutely LIT.

Apart from being a foodie and a fitness enthusiast, Sara also loves travelling and has vacationed at many amazing locations around the world. From travelling solo to the Big Apple to enjoying a family vacay in the Maldives, the stunner has done it all.

And, we all are aware of Sara’s amazing fashion sense. The diva redefines travelling with style every time she steps out.

Amid the pandemic, we cannot go out. It is not only the need of the hour but also very important for our health. But this doesn’t mean that you should deprive yourself from travelling around the world. You can go on a virtual trip around the globe with Sara.

Check out our fav Sara Ali Khan’s travel photos:

During the lockdown period, Sara had also shared a Bharat darshan video that showed her travelling around the country, being her goofy self.

You can also check out our favourite travel photos of Priyanka Chopra and Janhvi Kapoor.

must-read travel tips for lazy travellers

5 important travel tips for lazy travellers

Love vacationing but too lazy to go out? Here, we share with you five important tips that will make travel a less hectic task. It’s a must-read for lazy travellers.

There are two types of people, those who love going out to try different activities and those who can’t part ways with their bed and enjoy spending all their time with their cosy blanket. Today, we’ll be talking about the latter.

If you are someone who wouldn’t mind missing a Saturday night out for a date with their fluffy pillow and comfy mattress, then you would relate with our words.

Does it happen with you that you crave for a vacation but you feel that you are too lazy to leave your bed? You plan a trip but then stay back thinking that it might get too tiring for you and instead of making you feel relaxed, it might leave you feeling grumpy.

Not anymore! We have five very important tips for lazy travellers that will make vacationing your new favourite task.

Prepare yourself

Before you actually go on a vacation, it is important that you prepare yourself mentally. You can start doing this from the day you book your tickets or a week before your vacay. Talk to yourself, make a travel plan and list down all the activities you will be doing each day. It will prepare you for what lies ahead.

Travel tips for lazy travellers
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Don’t plan too many activities in a day

From staying in your bed 24×7 to exploring a new place for the whole day might get overwhelming for you. To avoid this, plan only a few activities for one day. If need be, you could stay longer but don’t make your schedule too hectic.

Proper rest time is a must for lazy travellers

What’s better than a lavish hotel room? Give yourself proper time to rest and rejuvenate. This way you won’t miss your home and will be able to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Travel tips for lazy travellers
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No fuss, no muss cloths

All lazy travellers would know how difficult a task it is to get ready. So, while you are on a trip, you will have to ditch your jammies. But you can compensate by wearing other comfy clothes that are made of breathable materials like cotton.

Always go for mini trips

For those who can’t stay away from their bed for too long, it is advised that they go on short vacations. This way you won’t get too tired and will be back home before you notice.

ALSO READ: HOW TO PACK RIGHT FOR A VACATION

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Must visit hill stations in india

Mountains calling? These are the hill stations you must visit

Are you a mountain person and cannot wait to go back to nature? Here, we share with you a list of our most favourite hill stations in India.

Because we shared with you the list of our favourite beaches that we would like to visit, we thought we should also talk about the mountains. Is it just us or everybody feels that the taste of Maggi becomes something else when you have it at a hilly station?

The combination of tea and Maggi in a hilly area is something that everyone needs to experience. The feeling cannot be described in words. So here we are, ready to give you a list of five hill stations that are a must-visit if you are a mountain person and love the calm and greenery.

Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Not long ago, Darjeeling opened borders for tourists. The place is on the top of our must-visit hill stations list. As everyone is getting used to the ‘new normal’, people are getting on board with travelling and Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful places that you should visit.

Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Can a list of hill stations be complete without mentioning Jammu and Kashmir? The union territory also opened up for tourists again recently. But obviously, there are some protocols that are being followed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Gulmarg is known as the Switzerland of India and rightly so. Get ready to holiday here.

Himachal Pradesh

The gorgeous greenery, the cold weather and the mountains, this really is heaven on Earth. Himachal Pradesh started welcoming tourists at the beginning of July. Wherever you go in Himachal Pradesh, be it Kullu Manali, Shimla or Dharamshala, you will get to witness the beauty of nature and it is the perfect place to lay back and rejuvenate.

Auli, Uttarakhand

Want to go skiing? Auli has the best ski resorts in India and the best time to visit Auli is from November to March. You can ski, hike or just enjoy the view of the mountains. This is one spot that you will want to visit again and again and again.

Munnar, Kerala

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Kerala is truly a traveller paradise. If you want beaches, they have it, you want mountains, they have that too. So, if ever you are not able to pick between mountains and beaches, you know where you are supposed to travel. Famous for its greenery and tea estates, Munnar is a gorgeous place and you will fall in love with it at the first sight.

Tell us which place you want to jet off to in the comment section.

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Must-visit places for dessert lovers

5 must-visit places around the world for dessert lovers

If you are a true foodie at heart who just loves desserts, then we share with you five must-visit places around the world that have the most delicious and decadent sugary delights.

For a dessert lover, the mornings start with the thought of a crispy waffle and mint chocolate ice cream. The day dreaming is all about a decadent chocolate cake and the final thoughts before going to bed are of a bonoffee pie.

The desserts in your mind might be different, but you get the point, right? If you are someone who loves desserts as much as we do, then you would love reading about five must-visit places and their most delicious treats.

Cheesecake in Beverly Hills, California

The tastiest cheesecake around the world has to be from The Cheesecake Factory. And, what better place to have this delicious dessert at than in Beverly Hills? Recently, we also tried making cheesecake at home. You can watch a video of the same below:

macaroons at Pierre Hermé, Paris

They are round little sugary devils that are crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. They are known to melt in the mouth. We are talking about the decadent macaroons. And, who makes them better than celebrated pastry chef, Pierre Hermé. Imagine eating these sugary deliciousness while enjoying the view in Paris.

Must-visit places for dessert lovers
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Gulab jamun in Indore

While one gets to eat many tasty treats around India, Indore is a sheer bliss for foodies. Here, in Sarafa bazaar, one gets to eat a variety tasty desserts, gulab jamun being one of them. You can never stop at just one.

Sticky toffee pudding at The Abingdon, London

A moist sponge cake covered with a sticky toffee sauce with a side of vanilla ice cream or custard makes for England’s one of most popular desserts. Many food critics suggest that one should never miss a chance of eating sticky toffee pudding at The Abingdon.

Mango sticky rice in Bangkok

Whoever thought rice would be make for an amazing dessert was a genius. Mango sticky rice is one of the most iconic Thai dessert and can be easily found across Thailand. However, Kor Panich in Bangkok is one of the best places to eat this dessert.

We have also tried making many yummy desserts recently. You can scroll through our eat section to read the recipes.

Must-visit beaches in india

5 beaches in India that should be on your must-visit list

As the states reopen for domestic tourists, we bring to you a list of beaches in India that should be on your must-visit list.

While we are in the unlock phase and many states in India have started welcoming domestic tourists again, it is time that you start making a list of holiday spots once again. We know we are. To be honest, if we had to pick between beaches and mountains, we will never be able to make a choice. We love them both, equally.

Both beaches and mountains have a certain calm to them that lets you rejuvenate and recharge. But today, we are specifically going to talk about beaches. And since, Goa is welcoming tourists again, we are going to give you a list of five places in India that have the most happening beaches. These should be in your must-visit list.

GOA Beaches

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Well, this one is a no-brainer. From Calangute to Baga to Anjuna, Goa has been the party spot of India for a very long time now. Renting out scooties or jeeps and just roaming from beach to beach between North Goa and South Goa, this is a must-visit place if you have not already been here.

GOKARNA, KARNATAKA

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Just a 3-hour drive from Goa, you enter Gokarna in Karnataka. Famous for its beaches, Gokarna is calmer and less populated. So, here you go for rejuvenation and to enjoy the surreal beauty of the nature and be laid back. Do not forget to go to Om beach.

ODISHA Beaches

Odisha is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches. Though famous for its temples, there are some beaches that take you away from the hustle-bustle of the world. The sound of water with white sand and a gorgeous sun setting in the background. You can easily find the calmness here. Ramachandi beach is a must-visit when you go to Odisha.

Kerala

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We cannot have a list of beaches and not mention Kerala in it. Kerala is a paradise for anyone who loves to travel. From beaches and backwater to delicious food and amazing coffee, you name it and they have it. Marari and Kovalam are the ones that you must go to.

Pondicherry

Auroville beach! This is one place that you need to head to, if you want to relax. The place is famous for the French hints in its architecture. Pondicherry or Puducherry is the complete holiday destination. The beaches here are clean and some even have water sports if you feel like sitting on a jet ski.

Tell us which is the place that you want to visit next?

You can read more about Goa in detail here.

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Amritsar to New York: Take a virtual world tour with Janhvi Kapoor

If you are so done sitting at home, just like us, then let’s take a virtual tour around the world with Janhvi Kapoor.

We know we can’t really go out anywhere right now. But who is stopping us from taking a virtual tour, that too with our favourite Bollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor?

The travel junkie within us wants to get out, explore new lanes and eat new dishes but is far from reality at the moment. We have gone through all the throwback vacation pictures on our phones and we are now going through the Instagram accounts of our loving celebrities. We recently stumbled upon Janhvi’s Instagram feed and believe us when we say this, we have added new places in our bucket list after looking at her photos.

The daughter of Boney Kapoor and late Sridevi is a true globetrotter. From Golden Temple in Amritsar to the streets of New York City and the French Riviera in Cannes, the actress has explored it all. And mind you, she travels in style.

The Dhadak actress loves travelling and her favourite travel partner is her younger sister, Khushi Kapoor. The two have many pictures together in different corners of the world and it looks like they are having a gala time in all of them.

Travel pictures of Janhvi Kapoor

Another thing that we love in these pictures is Janhvi’s holiday fashion. It is chic, comfy and statement-making, all at the same time. Don’t you agree?

Janhvi made her debut with the 2018 release Dhadak. The film, which was a remake of the critically-acclaimed Marathi film, Sairat, also starred Ishaan Khattar. She was also seen in Netflix’s Ghost Stories.

Her upcoming films include Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Roohi Afzana and Dostana 2.

You can also check out Kiara Advani and Priyanka Chopra’s vacation pictures.

Barbados has somethig special for travellers

Holiday and work together! Barbados allows travellers 12-month visas

Barbados government has started welcoming tourists. They have also introduced a new phenomenon. According to this, you can now apply for a 12-month work visa and stay in the Caribbean.

Today let’s talk about the picturesque Caribbean Island, Barbados. Famous for its right-out-of-a-dream beaches and sunsets, Barbados started welcoming tourists from July 12. But that is not the only great news.

To woo tourists back to the Caribbean, the Barbados government has started a new thing called the ‘Barbados Welcome Stamp’. If you are wondering what it is, let us tell you.

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The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley introduced this new phenomenon. According to this, people can take a 12-month work visa and stay here and work out of the marvel of nature. Suddenly, Work From Home just became exciting for us.

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Imagine sitting at the beach listening to the sound of the water and doing a little bit of work. We wouldn’t mind that. This is one way of tackling the tourism revenue problem that generated after a lockdown was initiated to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

However, the government is also taking measures and there are some rules and protocols in place to ensure there are no new positive COVID-19 cases.

PROTOCOLS followed

All travellers coming from high-risk countries will have to show a negative PCR test, which should not be older than 72 hours.

Travellers coming from low-risk countries can have the test dating back to a week from the entry date in Barbados.

Travellers without the test will be tested upon their arrival. They will also be in quarantine for 48 hours until the results come. If the test results are positive, those travellers will be isolated. The Ministry of Health and Wellness of Barbados will take care of them.

Last week only, the Prime Minister of the island announced that they do not have any more active cases.

You can also read about Sicily and Bali reopening for tourists.

Kashmir welcomes domestic traveller (1)

Jammu and Kashmir now open for tourists. Let’s go

Jammu and Kashmir government has opened the borders for domestic visitors. But there are some rules and protocols that need to be followed.

When you listen to the lyrics, ‘yeh hasten wadiya, yeh khula aasman,’ what comes to your mind? We directly go to Kashmir. The gorgeous houseboats on the Dal Lake and those surreal landscapes. We cannot wait to get back to this marvel of nature.

If you also cannot wait to get back to the Kashmir ki wadiya, there is some good news for you. The heaven on Earth started welcoming tourists from today (July 14). You can read that again. Jammu and Kashmir is open for tourists now. The union territory has been in lockdown for quite a few months in order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

But of course, it is not that simple. Just like other places in India welcoming domestic tourists, there are some rules, regulations and protocols in place that need to be followed before entering the borders of this union territory.

Protocols to be followed before entering Kashmir

This is also being called as the partial opening of the tourism sector as only the tourist coming via air are allowed to enter.

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Before flying to Jammu and Kashmir, you need to have a prior booking of a hotel for the duration of your stay and that is not all. You should also have your return ticket pre-booked.

All travellers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.

All transportation bookings including taxis from the airport will have to be made prior either with the help of the hotel or travel agents.

Visitors over 65 years of age should avoid coming to J&K for a holiday.

Every visitor should also have the Aarogya Setu app installed in their phones.

Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Darjeeling have also opened for tourists again.

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Things to keep in mind during hotel stay

5 things to keep in mind during hotel stay

There are some etiquettes that one must follow during their hotel stay. Here, we share with you a few things that you should always remember before checking in.

Think about it, what’s the best part of going on a relax-cation. It’s the hotel stay. Getting yourself a cosy room with amazing room service and lots of sleep. We all love staying at hotels.

But have you ever thought how do you actually stay at that hotel room and how do you leave it? Have you ever thought what the hotel staff must be thinking about you once you check out?

While staying at a hotel means to unwind yourself completely, however, there are some etiquettes that one must remember before checking in.

Here are five things that you should keep in mind during a hotel stay:

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It’s your second home

The most important thing is that you should adapt to the place. You should prepare yourself that you will be staying in a place for a long time, so, it is vital that you think as if it is your home. If you don’t do that, you may notice that you are unable to sleep properly.

Keep it clean

Even though you have the hotel staff to come and clean the room any time you want, you should make a conscious effort to keep the room clean yourself. Do not litter unnecessarily and put the garbage only in the dustbin. You will realise that doing this will fill you with positivity.

Get things that make you comfy

In order to be comfortable at the hotel, you can carry something that reminds you of your home. It can be your favourite blanket or a toy or even scented candle. You can carry a few things that will not occupy too much space but will help you in getting comfortable.

Never take away anything

You must have heard anecdotes from people about how they got towels or sheets from the hotels. You should never do that. Always think that someone else will come and stay in the very same room after you and you would not want to hamper their stay. You can use the amenities and goodies provided by the hotel as much as you like, but taking away their property is a big no-no.

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Leave it at it’s best

You are not going to stay at a hotel just once and you are not the only person who will be staying in that room. So, make sure that you don’t do any damage in any away. If you are with your kids, make sure that they don’t write on the walls or you don’t wipe off anything on the curtains. Such things cannot be replaced again and again. How would you feel if you book a hotel room only to find dirty walls and torn curtains? It’s something we all should care about.

ALSO READ: HOW TO PACK RIGHT FOR A VACATION

Dos and Don'ts from travelling

Dos and don’ts for travelling during the pandemic

While the world stands united in the battle against COVID-19, people are adjusting to the ‘new normal’. Here are a few important dos and don’ts that you should follow while stepping out.

Months have gone by but the situation doesn’t seem to get any better. During this time, everyone is adjusting to the ‘new normal’. From wearing masks to carrying hand sanitisers, we are taking as many precautions as we can to keep ourselves and others safe.

Meanwhile, tourism industry is trying to get back on its feet again as many places are opening to welcome travellers after a break. People have even started travelling for business.

But there is one thing that we all need to keep in our minds, things will not go back to how they were for a long time. So, there are a few dos and don’ts that one needs to follow while travelling in the current situation. Read them below…

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Dos

Always step out of your home with a mask and a face shield.

Apart from carrying a small bottle of hand sanitiser in your bag, keep a bigger bottle to sanitise your vehicle.

While travelling to a different city, make sure all your bookings are done in advance.

Make it a point to carry a recently-done COVID-19 test while travelling.

Apart from maintaining distance, make sure you don’t eat too much outside. You can carry small meals for yourself in a separate bag.

Don’t

Never forget your safety gears at home. If you do and there is no provision for you to go back, then buy new ones from the market.

Don’t socialise too much. While going on a trip, don’t get too friendly with your co-passengers.

If you are travelling and have decided to grab a meal, then do not indulge in a conversation while eating. Talk only after you are done eating and have put your mask on.

Do not use too much sanitiser. While at your hotel, make sure that you wash your hands using a soap. Use sanitiser only when there is no provision of washing hands.

Do not fiddle with things you buy. If you go on a shopping spree while on a trip, then keep the things you purchase untouched at least for 24 hours.

These simple tips will not only save you from the deadly disease but will also protect others.

ALSO READ: BALI TO WELCOME INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS FROM SEPTEMBER 11

Morocco to reopen soon

After one of world’s strictest lockdowns, Morocco to reopen borders

After places like Bali, Thailand and Turkey, Morocco is all set to open its borders again on July 14.

Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, many countries around the world had enforced lockdowns, shutting down local and international travel. However, over the past couple of days, we have witnessed relaxation in the lockdown restrictions as many countries have opened their borders again. A few will also be starting welcoming back tourists in the near future.

Morocco, which saw one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, is all set to open its borders on July 14, 2020. Because of the strict lockdown, many tourists got trapped in the country. Many Moroccans were stranded abroad.

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Morocco borders to open again

However, from July 14, only Moroccan citizens and expatriates living in Morocco will be allowed to travel. The government had shared the same in a statement. This is their first stage of reopening borders. The lockdown in Morocco began on March 15.

To make this process a success, the national airlines will be scheduling flights for the travellers. However, the passengers will require to present a PCR virus test, which is not older than 48 hours along with an antibody test.

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Apart from the airlines, ferries from the French port Sete and Italian port Genoa will be resuming service. Other ports will not be functional as of now.

While the mosques in Morocco will also open next week, the country has not shared its plans of welcoming the tourists again.

Talking about India, places like Goa, Darjeeling and Himachal Pradesh have also opened their borders to domestic tourists.

Bali to welcome tourists soon

Bali to welcome international tourists from September 11

Can’t wait to go on a beach-cation? Good news, Bali will be welcoming international tourists from September 11. Let’s get packing.

When we think of a holiday destination outside India with picturesque beaches, old temples and crystal clear water, we think of Bali. The island in Indonesia is all set to welcome international tourists from September 11, 2020. It is official!

But of course, there are rules in place that the visitors will have to follow. It is being called the ‘New Era of Life Protocol’. This is a three-part protocol to bring back Bali’s economy to its normal level.

Let’s see what the three phases are.

First phase

Yesterday (July 9), the Bali government allowed various small businesses to open. Small scale health services, modern markets, fishing services including others. Before the markets were allowed to open, a mass prayer was held at the Besakih Hindu temple in Bali. The prayer was attended by thousands of natives and it was to seek blessings before Bali reopened. There are strict protocols that will be followed as Bali reopens amid the pandemic.

Second Phase

After the markets open in the first phase, the natives from other Islands in Indonesia will be allowed to enter Bali on July 31, 2020.

Third Phase

Once the economy becomes a little better with the first two phases, the government will allow international visitors to enter the island by September 11. However, the basic details are yet to be announced. It is still not sure if visitors from all across the world will be allowed to holiday or just from a few countries.

No details about the COVID-19 testing have been mentioned till now.

We cannot wait to go and holiday in Bali. Thailand and Maldives are also set to welcome tourists soon.

Himachal Pradesh

Time to pack and go to the hills! Himachal Pradesh opens for tourists

If you are a hills person, then we have some good news for you. Himachal Pradesh is welcoming tourists again but with some rules and regulations.

After Goa and Darjeeling, Himachal Pradesh has now opened its doors for tourists. If beaches are not your thing, then the mountains are surely calling you now.

Enjoy the surreal greenery and the cold weather of the mountains. Imagine having Maggi on the hills of Kulu Manali with a hot cup of tea, that will not just be a dream anymore. But of course, just like other places, Himachal Pradesh government also has some protocols that need to be followed.

Let’s see what all you need to take care of before planning a vacation in the lap of nature.

Protocols to enter Himachal Predesh

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Travellers will now require a hotel booking before entering the state. That is not all, you need to also have a minimum of a five-day booking in your hotel.

Just like the other states, you also need a recent COVID-19 test proving that you have not contracted the novel coronavirus. The test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to the entry in Himachal Pradesh.

Before planning your visit, the travellers will also have to register for an e-pass, which will allow them to travel interstates and cross borders.

However, the Manali Hoteliers Association was not at par with the government’s decision of opening the state borders and welcoming tourists. This was because of the high number of novel coronavirus positive cases across the country. As a result, many hotels have decided to stay shut until the month of September. This is another reason that you need to have an advance hotel booking before entering the state.

Himachal Pradesh is another state in India which is highly dependant on tourism revenue. The government has opened the borders after four months of being shut.

Get packing.

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Travel tips! How to pack right

How to pack right for a vacation

Going on a vacation is fun, but packing is what troubles us the most, doesn’t it? Fret not, we share with you five simple travel tips that will help you pack right.

We love taking a break from our busy work schedules to unwind with our loved ones. Travelling around the world, exploring new places, going on vacations is something we all enjoy. But before we go on a trip, there is something that gives us sleepless nights. It is the fear of packing.

What if we forget keeping the clothes we have kept ‘safe’ in our closet for so long? What if we miss keeping the toiletries? What if we forget keeping the belt that keeps the whole outfit together? There are many such questions that concern us.

Not anymore! To solve all your travel-related problems, we bring to you five simple tips that will help you pack right for your next trip. Read on…

Pre-plan before planning

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Before you pick out your clothes and other essentials to pack, sit down and make a list of all the things you would need on your trip. By doing this, you will not forget any necessary item. It may be taxing but this will prove very useful in the end.

Always carry extra clothes

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While you will pack clothes for all the days you’ll be vacationing, it is important that you keep a couple of extra clothes as well. You never know when you might spill something on your outfit and need a quick change. For extras, you may pick out clothes that are not too heavy so that they don’t take too much space.

Just a pair of shoes, may be

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We all love to team up our outfits with different pairs of footwear, but while on a vacay, you should just carry one pair of shoes. This saves a lot of space in your suitcase. You can just wear a pair of shoes and pack bathroom slippers along.

Accessorising is a must, one of the most vital travel tips

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Be it a guy or a girl, accessorising is important for all. Just a sleek watch or blingy studs can amp up the look in an instant. If you wish to rock all your vacay looks to the T, then don’t forget to make a small jewellery or accessory kit.

For the last of travel tips, Make sets

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Instead of randomly putting a couple of shirts or random neckpieces, make sets for each day of your vacation. Plan out what you will be wearing on which day. This will have two benefits, first, you will get to know how much stuff you’ll need to carry along and second, you will get a completely different look everyday.

Need more travel tips? Read on to know simple things that will make your trip with your bae and your family a success.

Priyanka Chopra travel photos

10 Priyanka Chopra vacay pics that are sheer treat for travel lovers

Priyanka Chopra is a globetrotter and her Instagram feed proves the same. Here, we share our favourite vacay photos of the actress.

About two decades ago, Priyanka Chopra entered the world of entertainment and left everyone floored as she won the Miss World pageant. Since then, there has been no looking back for the actress. The global icon is also social media’s favourite and is one of the most followed Bollywood celebs on Instagram.

Rightly so, PeeCee never fails to share glimpses of her personal life with her over 54 million followers. Scroll through her Insta feed and you will get to see many aspects of her life, from her passion for films to her love for travel.

Talking about the latter, Priyanka is a globetrotter and is often seen vacationing at exquisite locations with her hubby Nick Jonas.

While we can’t really plan a vacation right now, owing to the pandemic, we, for sure, can take a virtual tour around the world with the diva.

Here, we have shared our fav travel pics of Priyanka Chopra

Aren’t these photos an absolute treat for travel lovers?

Currently, the stunner is stationed at her LA home with her hubby and their family. She often gives fans a peek into what she is up to and how she has been spending her days.

With the help of social media, the actress has also been spreading awareness and has been informing people about the importance of social distancing.

Need to see more travel pics? Check out Kiara Advani’s vacation diaries here.

It is time to fly in private planes

Have to travel but scared? It’s time to fly in private planes

Indian aviation companies have started catering to the need of the hour and are giving out the option of booking private planes to people. Read on to find out which companies you can fly with.

Can you imagine being socially-distanced when you are flying? The close-by seats and the congested leg space, there is no scope for social distancing. That is why flying during this time while wearing PPE suits, face masks and face shields is being avoided by a lot of people. Only the ones who have to travel for business or have urgent requirement are flying at this time.

However, there is now an option of flying and maintaining social distance at the same time. Yes, you are thinking right, Priuvate/Charter planes. A lot of airlines, at this time, are running streamlined private jet services. From planes for a small family to a group of associates flying, these airlines are catering to all the needs while maintaining the hygiene and taking utmost care of the flyers.

Let us see which all airlines are letting people fly in private jets at the moment.

SPICE JET

Spice Jet has planes for a group as small as six people. When you go to the website, you have to fill a form giving details about all your needs and in accordance with that, Spice Jet reverts to you with the money details and the availability. This seems like a great way to travel safely to your destination.

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INDIGO

Indigo also has two options for you if you want to fly private with them – passenger charter and cargo charter. Similar to the process of Spice Jet, to book a private plane with Indigo, you will have to go to their website and fill a form according to your requirements and they will revert back within 24 hours with all the details.

Vistara

Vistara has some lavish charter planes for you. On Vistara’s website, you can select if you need the flight for one way, for a round trip or even a multi-city trip. You also have the option of picking between business and personal travel.

So, now that domestic travel within India is open and places like Goa and Darjeeling are welcoming guests, are you planning to fly off to someplace? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Thailand to reopen for tourists

Thailand to welcome international tourists from August – let’s go

If you can’t wait to enjoy the clear blue water and white sand beaches of Thailand, we have some good news for you. The country is all set to welcome tourists soon.

Guess which is the latest place getting all ready to welcome back tourists? Let us give you a hint. It is in the top five holiday spots of the world. It is none other than Thailand.

Thailand is opening five of its islands for the travellers. These islands include Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. These places are opening up after a three-month ban, which was enforced to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The gorgeous country has finally allowed the incoming of necessary international flights.

Thailand is another country whose income is majorly dependant on tourism, domestic and international both. Therefore, these steps are being taken. So, your plans of enjoying the clear blue water and white sand beaches are about to become true.

The government of the country has also opened domestic travel and the hotels and airlines are luring customers by giving them discounts. Depending on how the things go with domestic travellers in these islands, there is a chance of more islands opening up for the international travellers.

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Current conditions in thailand

Bars, restaurants and hotels are open across the country. However, alcohol sale is allowed only till midnight.

The malls, saunas, shopping centres and other public places have to be shut every night by 10 pm.

International travel in Thailand has been open for only for skilled labour, business travellers and relatives of people staying in Thailand. But travel for leisure purposes is set to open from August.

Are you gearing up for your next vacation in Thailand? Maldives, too, is welcoming tourists.

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Travel tips - travelling with a baby

5 things to keep in mind while travelling with a baby – travel tips

If you are a new parent and are planning to go on a trip with your little munchkin, then we have a few travel tips that will prove helpful.

There is no happier feeling than becoming a parent, they say. But it is also true that a person’s life turns upside down after becoming a parent. It’s no more about you, it’s all about the baby and parents happily put their kids before them.

However, if you are a globetrotter, then travelling must have changed for you following your kid’s arrival. For new parents, one thing that worries them a lot is going on a trip with their kid for the first time.

Is this very same thought giving you sleepless nights? Not anymore! Here, we have listed five travel tips that will help make your first trip with your baby a success.

Pack right, here’s how

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Picking out multiple outfits with matching accessories for each day of the vacation. It’s all in the past now! While planning a trip with your little munchkin, you need to pack light for yourself but heavy for the baby. Make a list and keep everything that the baby might need during the vacation.

Always carry extra clothes (Write down the travel tips and underline this)

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For kids, their clothes are their canvas and they love to colour them over and again. You get it, right? Make sure that you keep lots and lots of extra pairs of clothes for your baby otherwise you’ll just spend your vacay washing and drying clothes.

Snack time? Always

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Their tummies are small and they get empty often. You’ll for sure eat amazing food during your vacation but don’t forget to pack little snack time treats for your kid. Kids tend to get cranky when they get hungry. To avoid this, you can prepare a food bag for them.

Don’t forget a baby carrier, one of the most important travel tips

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Going to new places means being all touristy. While you may have the stamina to walk for hours, your kid doesn’t. Babies get tired easily and if you are travelling with an infant, he/she will always be in your arms. For your comfort, you can take along a baby carrier. This way your baby will always be with you and your hands will also be free.

Where are the toys?

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Babies get bored easily. You may think something has caught their attention and they will be busy for a while, but you are wrong. Just a blink of the eye and your kid needs something new. To keep them busy during the vacay and for you to sneak in a bit of me time, you can always carry their favourite toys along.

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Travel to goa

Goa is calling! The state opened for tourists on July 2, let’s go

If you are more of a beach person than a mountain person, there is some good news for you. Goa opened again for tourists yesterday.

Guess what, which state started welcoming traveller again from yesterday? It is none other than the party capital of India, Goa. If you also cannot wait to go to the beaches, its time. It was announced on July 1 by the government of Goa.

The beaches are open and calling you. Time to get back to Calangute and Baga and enjoy the fresh seafood. We have already started dreaming about the prawn curry and those king crabs.

But obviously, there are some new rules and some protocols that need to be followed. Let’s see what they are.

Protocols for entering goa

Every person entering the state will have to show a recently taken COVID-19 test and if they don’t have one, the tourist will have to get one while entering Goa. The tourists will also have to quarantine in a hotel room till the time the result is out.

The government is also making arrangements to get the results in a 24-hour span.

Approximately 250 hotels have been allowed to reopen. And, all these hotels have to follow strict hygiene measures.

The visitor needs a prior hotel booking before entering Goa.

Tourists from all over India are welcome in the state. You can come via a flight or drive in your own car. If you live in Bombay or nearby areas and are planning to drive to Goa, you won’t require an inter-state permit anymore. Just a self-declaration is sufficient to cross the borders.

Quite a few restaurants have also opened and they have to follow strict social distancing policies. However, the bars are not functional at the moment.

Darjeeling is another city that is welcoming guests now.

Our fav Kiara Advani vacation photos

After stalking our favourite actress Kiara Advani for hours, we have picked out 10 of her travel photos that are our favourite. Check them out below!

Scroll through Kiara Advani’s Instagram feed and you will get to know a lot about the Bollywood actress. From posing in her stunning sartorial picks to sharing her unfiltered moments, the stunner’s Insta feed is LIT. Kiara also loves to travel, and she often shares sneak peeks from her vacations with her over 12 million followers.

Even though places like Darjeeling and Goa have opened for tourists again, it will be long before we could think about taking a vacation. Till then, we’ll just have to take virtual tours by stalking our favourite celebs.

And, in today’s edition, we have picked out 10 of our favourite Kiara’s travel photos.

Kiara Advani’s amazing travel photos: