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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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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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

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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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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.

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

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 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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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

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.

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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

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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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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 skincare tips hydrated skin

Travel tips! Know how you can keep your skin hydrated while travelling

Planning a trip but worried that your skin might act up and spoil your vacay? Here are some travel tips that will help you keep your skin hydrated and supple.

It all starts with the idea of going on a vacation popping in our head. We book tickets, make hotel reservations and wait in anticipation. When the date finally approaches, we excitedly start packing for our trip. But right before our vacation begins, the excitement fizzles because our skin starts acting up. It’s like as soon as we board the flight, our skin dries up like it never had moisture. 

The words written above are relatable, aren’t they? How many times has this happened that you are fine when you leave your hometown, but as you reach the destination, your skin feels dehydrated and starts getting dry and flaky. This results in you looking dull in your vacay photos. 

Not anymore! We have a few super simple travel tips that will help keep your skin hydrated throughout your trip and you will look your glowing self during your holiday. 

Start skincare on flight 

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If you have long flying hours, you fly from one kind of weather to another and many a times, your skin is unable to adapt the sudden change. Not just this, but your skin also gets tired due to the travel time. To save yourself from this, you need to start taking care of your skin as soon as you board the flight. For this, you can simply take a sheet mask and put it on your face while you’re travelling. This will give a hydration boost to your skin, protecting it from getting dry. 

Face mist is bae 

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While travelling, you don’t find enough places where you can wash your face. This leads to collection of dirt on your face, which clogs your pores and your skin is unable to breathe. Always, always, always carry a face mist with you while travelling. This is the simplest way of keeping your skin hydrated while on a vacation. Just a spritz or two will make your skin fresh and supple. 

Don’t depend on hotel toiletries 

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The toiletries that you get with your hotel room are like a small surprise, but you should not depend on them, especially the face wash. You should always carry the face wash you use regularly even during your trip. Changing your face wash suddenly can make your skin act up. Because your skin is already adapting to the new weather, do not experiment with new products. 

Moisturising is a must

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To protect your skin from getting dry and flaky, it is very important that you moisturise it. Now, you can use a variety of products to do this. You can use a cream-based moisturiser or can go for a gel-based one. If you wish to go organic, you can also use extra virgin coconut oil to keep your skin well moisturised.  

Wipe it, wipe it, wipe it 

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When you are on a vacation, you go places. While exploring is fun, it’s not very good for the skin. You get exposed to sun and dirt. All these things make it difficult for your skin to breathe. To avoid this, it is very important that you keep cleaning your skin over and again. For this, you can carry a pack of wet wipes. Now, you must be thinking that this may remove your makeup, but then you will have to compromise makeup for healthy skin. You can always carry loose powder for a quick touchup.

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Travel tips for vacation with bae

First vacay with bae? These travel tips will come in handy

Excited to go on your first trip with bae? These travel tips will prove helpful.

The joy of going on a vacation doubles when we have good company by our side. Sharing fun experiences and special moments with them makes the trip memorable. And the one person with whom we always wish to travel is our special someone. With love in the air, the vacay becomes like a sweet dream. 

But, if you are in a new relationship and are planning to go on a trip with your partner, then you need to prepare for it. It’s no more a casual trip, but this is that one thing that will define the future of your relationship. 

Don’t be too scared. Here, we have mentioned five travel tips that will help make your first trip with your partner a success. 

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Always take your partner’s opinion 

From choosing the destination to picking the hotel, always ask for your partner’s opinion. It’s very important that you make them feel like they are a part of the whole trip planning process. Both of you can sit down and decide where you want to go for your first vacay and make other decisions. 

Budget is important 

When travelling with your friends, you always fix a budget. You need to do the same with your bae. Ask your partner how much they want to spend on the trip. This will help you figure out how much you’ll have in hand to spend on the vacation after doing all the bookings and fixed expenses. 

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ALONE TIME 

No matter how excited you are, you should not forget that this is your first trip with your partner. This is probably the first time that you will be together for so long in one go. So, make sure that you put in alone time for both of you. Staying together 24×7 should not get overwhelming. 

Plan amazing surprises 

Be it a woman or a man, everyone loves surprises. And, if you are taking the reins to plan the trip, then make sure you plan little surprises for your special someone. It doesn’t have to be too grand, you can simply plan a candlelight dinner. 

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Give yourself importance 

It is for sure that you should prioritise the needs of your partner and think about what they would like first. But in all this, you should not forget yourself. You should put in the activities that you like and do things as per your wish as well. It is important that you plan a vacay that will make you happy too. 

Here are some tips that will prove helpful if you are travelling with your pet, girl gang or with your family.

Things to keep in mind while travelling with pets

TRAVEL TIPS! All you need to know about travelling with a furry Pal

Your dream of travelling with your furry friend can now become a reality. Here, we have five important travel tips that you should keep in mind while going on a vacay with your pet.

We all love taking a break from our busy work schedules and unwind. Going on a vacation with our loved ones is absolutely blissful. Imagine chilling on the beachside with a glass of piña colada in your hand, sitting next to your beau, perfect isn’t it? But the most upsetting thing, that makes us want to cancel our trip every time, is leaving our pets at home.

We love our furry friends but taking them with us on a vacation is a rare occasion. While there are restrictions at some places, it’s also our fear that they will not like the new place which forces us to go without them.

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But not anymore! We have five important travel tips that can make your dream of travelling with your furry friend come true.

Prepare a travel kit

One of the most important and hectic things that we do before going on a vacay is packing. From trendy outfits to matching accessories, we spend a lot of time getting it right. This is exactly what you need to do for your pet. From food packets and paper towels to food bowl and collar belt, you need to make sure that you keep anything and everything that your pet might need.

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Practise the trip

This one is very important. Before going on the actual trip, you need to practise it. Take your pet on small rides for a few days, so that it gets used to travelling. Going on a long trip suddenly can get overwhelming for your furry friend.

Never leave them alone

If you are planning a road trip with your pet, then make sure that you don’t leave them alone in a parked car at any given point. It’s not okay to crack the window open and leave them alone ‘just for a little while’. You may not notice but this will scare your little pal.

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Research well

It is very important for you to do the research work before heading for the trip. You need to check if the hotel that you have booked is pet-friendly or not or will you be able to do different activities with your pet at the destination you are heading to.

Take a break and let your furry friend relax

Covering long stretches at once can get stressful for you pet. So, whenever you get a chance, take a break and let your pal relax. This will also give you a break and you won’t get too tired either.

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Father's Day 2020 surprise for your dad

Father’s Day 2020: Treat your dad to a day of home-cation; we tell you how

If your dad loves travelling, then we have figured out the perfect way for you to surprise him this Father’s Day. 

From medical professionals to police officials, everyone has been giving their best in the fight against COVID-19. We, too, have been practising social distancing by staying at home. And we are sure, you must be doing the same. But there are a lot of things that we have been missing during this time. Travelling is one of them. 

We have been spending our days scrolling though our phone gallery up and down, taking virtual trips around the world. Even your parents must be missing going on vacations. So, this Father’s Day, we thought about a very interesting way for you to give a special surprise to your traveller dad. 

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Treat your daddy dearest to a home-cation. We are sure that after reading this, you must be thinking, “How can we go one a vacation to a place we live?” Here, we tell you a simple way to plan a day long vacation for your dad. 

Plan a surprise for your dad this Father’s Day

Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 21. So, on Saturday night, ask your father to pack for a day-long trip but don’t tell him where you’ll be heading. 

On Sunday morning, wear your safety gears and take him on a ride around the block to reach your hotel (your home sweet home). The best part about any hotel stay is their lavish breakfast spread. So, kick-start the celebration by treating your dad to his favourite dishes. Make them yourself and he will be super happy. 

You can then plan and do an activity that your dad likes. This will give you an amazing chance to bond with him. If he likes cooking, you can become his sous chef and prepare lunch together.  

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Spend the evening by watching a movie. Quiz your father a bit and ask him which one he would want to see, after all this day is all about him.

End the day with a lovely meal 

For dinner, if you have a restaurant delivering at your house, you can order a few dishes or better, make a meal yourself. It might get tiring if you cook the food yourself, but that smile on your dad’s face will make it worthwhile. 

Once you are done with the dinner, ask your dad to leave a little feedback note for the ‘hotel’, sharing his experience. We are sure, he will write the best words for you. And every time you see the note, you will find yourself smiling. Finish the trip by coming back to your home just the way you left in the morning. 

Isn’t it the most unique and interesting way to spend Father’s Day? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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Tips for people travelling on budget

Travelling on a budget? 5 things you should keep in mind

Thinking about where all you will be travelling to after successfully surpassing the pandemic? Here, we have listed five important tips for those travelling on a budget.

For those who love travelling, taking a vacation after every few months is a necessity. It is important for them to take a break in order to continue with their daily mundane tasks, otherwise their mind keeps wandering off to distant places. But for such people, luxury trips are not always an option. Relatable, isn’t it? 

Once or twice we use our savings to get ourself a five star hotel stay and a first class air ticket, but more often than that, we travel on a budget. 

Although keeping in mind the global pandemic, the only trip we have been taking is from our bedroom to our living room (imagine a very grumpy face here). 

But we are hopeful that the crisis will get over soon and we will get a chance to explore this beautiful world again. Coming back to our topic, if you are someone who is looking for tips to plan and manage a budgeted trip, then we have five very important and useful pointers below. Read on! 

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Never say no to a deal while travelling on a budget

The first thing you need to do while travelling on a budget is to fix a budget. Once you know how much money you are willing to spend on the trip, you should start booking your air tickets, do hotel bookings and buy other tickets that you may require. 

Just scan though the Internet and find as many deals and combo offers as possible. Don’t shy away from using all your discount coupons. This can save you a lot of money. 

Pick the right hotel location 

When you are away from home, you usually take a cab to travel from one place to another, and the collective cab fare can be too much sometimes. You can save a lot on that by picking a hotel that is near by all the touristy destinations, so, you won’t have to travel too much by cab. 

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PLAN YOUR EXPENSES IN ADVANCE 

While planning a trip, there are a few expenses that you know would definitely happen and there is no way you can get out of those. So, as soon as you start planning for the trip, maintain a diary and write down all the expenses that are bound to happen. This will give you a rough idea as to how much money you have already spent and how much is left. 

Take your munchies with you 

Every now and then, your tummy makes noises and tells you that it needs something. These little hunger pangs can cost you a lot. An easy way out of this is to carry some snacks with you. You wouldn’t want to binge on overpriced hotel munchies now, would you?

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Get at least one souvenir

While on a trip, the most important thing is to make memories. We are sure that you will click hundreds of photos, but you should also get yourself one souvenir each from all the places you visit. These will remind you of the good times once your trip is over. 

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Tips for planning family vacation

5 things to keep in mind while planning a family vacation

Waiting for the crisis to get over so that you can take a trip with your loved ones? Plan ahead! Here are five pointers you should keep in mind while you think about your next family vacation.

They are the people we love the most, but let’s be honest, being with them for too long can be a little overwhelming. But isn’t that what a family is all about, pulling each other’s legs constantly yet sticking together all the time? And, it won’t be wrong to say that we have the most fun when we are with our family members, which is why we always crave to go on a vacation with them. 

Talking about family vacations, planning one is no cakewalk. For starters, everyone won’t agree to one destination and even if they do, the dates won’t match. There are zillion things one needs to take care of while planning a family vacay. 

So, while you wait for the government to relax the travel restrictions, you can make a note of these pointers below and start planning your next family vacation. 

Pick the right destination 

When you are with your friends, your interests usually match. But with your family members, everyone likes different things. So, it becomes important that you pick a destination that caters to everyone’s needs. A simple way to do this is by asking everyone which place they would like to go to and then contemplate which amongst them will be suitable for all. 

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How to coordinate dates ?

One thing that will surely give you sleepless nights is picking dates for the vacation. An easy way out of this is to plan ahead, way ahead. As soon as the first thought of going on a vacation comes in your mind, tell all your family members a rough time period during which you’ll be taking the trip. This will help them clear their schedules in advance and there won’t be any problem later. 

Travel plan 

If you are travelling with your parents or have kids in your family, then one thing is for sure, you will have to put in a lot of thought while planning the itinerary. You will have to put in lots of empty spaces for the elderly to rest. Even those who will be taking care of the kids, will need some time to relax. The best way to sort this out is that you can plan one activity per day or plan half a day of sight seeing. 

Equal luggage distribution 

From vacay outfits to shoes to gadgets, in today’s era, everyone has too much stuff they ‘need to carry’ while travelling, no matter what age. Most of the time, it ends up with you paying extra money for baggage at the airport. A simple way to get out of this is, you tell everyone in advance how much luggage they can carry and weigh all the bags before leaving the house. 

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Everyone should pitch in 

Planning a family vacay is a tough task and it is nearly impossible to do it alone. So, going by ‘we are all in this together’, delegate your family members the tasks you think they’ll be able to do perfectly. And in no time everything will be done. 

Share your experience of planning a family trip with us in the comment section below. 

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Kareena Kapoor travel destinations

From Maldives to Switzerland: Kareena Kapoor’s perfect vacation photos

For all those who miss travelling, we have five destinations that Kareena Kapoor Khan has visited in the recent years and some of her amazing photos from her vacays.

By the end of 2019, all of us were certain that 2020 will be amazing. But it turned out to be the opposite. The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down and has forced all of us to cancel our plans of travelling around the world, confining us to the four walls of our house. 

Things are getting better and the lockdown restrictions have also been relaxed, but it will be a long time before we could pack our bags for a holiday. 

So, how do we travel the world then? All thanks to our beloved celebrities, we can take virtual tours of many spectacular places just by stalking their Instagram feeds. 

Talking about celebs, it won’t be wrong to say that no one does vacation like Kareena Kapoor Khan. 

Here, we have listed five destinations that Kareena visited in the last few years. Not just this, we have also shared some amazing photos of the actress chilling during her vacations. 

Maldives 

This beautiful island nation is very popular amid Bollywood celebrities. The lavish resorts and crystal clear water makes it a perfect place for a relax-cation.  

Gstaad, Switzerland

One of Kareena’s favourite vacation destinations, Gastaad is an upscale resort town in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps. It’s just the perfect place for those who love to ski. 

London 

A modern city with its history stretching back to Roman times, London tops every traveller’s list. From popular tourist spots to amazing food, this place is a must-visit for more reasons than one. 

Paris, France 

The most romantic place in the world, Paris is where you should go if you have a special someone in your life. It is also the place where all fashion and food enthusiasts should head to. 

Tuscany, Italy 

Known for its picturesque landscapes, rich history, revolutionary artistic legacy, Tuscany is an amazing place for explorers. Florence, capital of the region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture.

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Head to Cambodia for your next vacay

Of nature and architecture! Cambodia should be on your list

Taking a trip down memory lane, I share with you insights from my trip to Cambodia.

I have always been fascinated by the mythical stories my grandparents told me as a kid, that is why a weekend getaway to Cambodia was a dream come true. Much to my surprise, as I stood at the point claimed to be the centre of the universe, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the marvellous ruin that is the AngkorWat temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Mount Meru, better known as Sumeru Parbat, is said to be the house of the Gods. Represented in ancient texts with five peaks, the Angkor Wat temple is a living manifestation of Mount Meru. Build in the 12th century and thereon constantly changing hands between Buddhist and Hindu leaders, it still stands as the largest temple complex in the world.

A quick trip to Cambodia

My trip to Cambodia was a quick weekend getaway. I, along with a very reluctant friend caught a red eye flight to Cambodia from Singapore. Cambodia is Visa On Arrival for people with an Indian Passport. It costs about 30 USD to get the VOA. Almost everywhere in Cambodia, the US Dollar is easily accepted. One can also opt for card payments in major operators like Visa and MasterCard. But it is advisable to carry cash for most things and purposes.

Just as we got out of the airport, we met with our luxurious ride, which was a tuk-tuk. Cambodia is one of the few countries in Asia where people still drive on the left. It may be partly due to the French American Colonial hangover. It’s hard not to notice so many Land Rovers and Toyotas here. It doesn’t cost much to travel around in Cambodia, and one can easily negotiate the price of a tuk-tuk ride.

Angkor Wat Temple

After sleeping for a good three hours, we were picked up by our friendly multilingual tour guide. The guide wanted us to reach the temple at 5 AM to avoid traffic and enjoy the majestic sunrise. However, we were greeted by the clouds, spoiling the view of the sunrise. Even then, the peaks of Mount Sumeru shining under a blood orange sky was pretty spectacular.

As I strolled through the temple, I found similar sculptures, figurines, and drawings as are found in places like Mohenjo Daro or Ajanta and Elora caves. The temple represented a rich and vibrant civilisation of a bygone time.

The temple is laced with carvings telling the stories of the epic Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Samudra Manthan. And, it would make anyone, even with infinitesimally small interest in these texts, stand in wonder of the story telling capabilities of the ancient people.

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At this point, I had to ask my tour guide to tell the actual story behind the mural above. This is apparently the most accurate depiction of Lord Gardua trying to steal the pot of Amrut (immortality potion) in order to save it from the Asurs as they, along with the Devtas churn the sea. The entire story behind this scripture lays the foundation stone of Hindu mythology.

Angkor Thom and Bayon temple

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The Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom was an attempt by the then ruler to unite Hindu and Buddhist cultures.

Bayon Temple is home to 54 such towers each with four smiling Buddha faces. They represent the 54 districts in the town.To show respect towards the Hindu population, right below each tower, the King had built 54 Shiva Lingas. Most of them were either defaced or destroyed. This happened over time due to the colonial rulers and regimes exchanging hands.

King Jayavarman VII built Angkor Thom as the capital of his empire. An inscription here depicts the king as the groom and the city as his bride. There are four entrances to this walled city each with its own majestic gate. Another cool thing about these gates, is a 3 faced elephant present in almost all of the entrances.

Ta Prohm

*Cue suspenseful Tomb Raider music with Angeline Jolie running around looking for something*

Better known as the tomb raider temple, the temple of Ta Prohm was build as a tomb for the King’s mother. This temple was lost for centuries. It was later discovered by French archaeologists in the 18th century. By that time, it was overtaken by tree roots.

The trees are as much a part of Ta Prohm as are the stones used to build it. A lot of the structure is held in place by these roots.

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PHnom kulen waterfall

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To end our very well spent weekend in Cambodia, we took a dip in the Phnom Kueln waterfall, which is a must visit.

Visiting

Most people visiting Cambodia try to cover Vietnam and Laos in the same trip. The two major cities to visit in Cambodia are Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

You can have a calm trip or a crazy one, that is absolutely your call. If you want to party, there are plenty of OG cafes serving cuisines from all over and night clubs, including a pretty rad Hard Rock cafe, where you can dance the night away.

For people belonging to the other group who don’t really want to experiment and have a peaceful vacation with good Indian food, you could try one of the best-rated Indian restaurants, Dakshin.

But if you’re feeling adventurous, you could also try fried lizards, scorpions or even beetles.

Getting a good 4 to 5 star hotel is quite cheap, I got one executive room in a 4-starer for 80 SGD (4,000 INR) for the entire weekend, which included an amazing breakfast.

I highly recommend getting a chauffeured car to drive you around the city, it doesn’t cost much and brings with it a lot of convenience.

Cambodia should be on the GoTo list of everyone who’s interested in mythology, ancient architecture structures, sunrise and waterfall chasers. Cambodia packs within itself a lot of surprises and if you’re open to adventure, you’ll meet a lot of interesting people with a lot of interesting stories.

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Free hotel nights in Mexico's Cancun

Mexico’s Cancun offers free hotel nights to revive tourism

If you are looking for places to travel to after the crisis is over, then you should add Mexico’s Cancun to your list. Here, we tell you why.

It’s been over two months since none of us stepped out of our houses, unless it was absolutely necessary. We have been practising social distancing by staying indoors to protect ourselves and others from the deadly novel coronavirus. All this while, there has been just one thing that has kept us going, which has proved to be a silver lining amid the crisis. It is the hope that after things go back to normal, we’ll be able to travel again and we’ll be able to explore more of this beautiful world. 

Recently, the Indian government relaxed some of the restrictions that were initially enforced in March. In Unlock 1.0, people have started travelling across states. Things are getting better and we are hopeful that we will be able to go on our next vacation soon. 

Just like us, have you started making plans too? If yes, then we might have found your next holiday destination. You should head to Cancun, a beautiful city in Mexico. In Cancun, you will have to pay for only half of your hotel stay. 

It seems like Cancun is following Sicily’s footsteps to lure the tourists.

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Cancun’s new campaign

#Come2MexicanCaribbean campaign is reportedly being launched by the Hotel Associations of Cancun, Puerto Morelos & Isla Mujeres, the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, and the Grand Costa Maya. The campaign is set to take off from June 15, 2020. It is being called ‘destination reactivation’. This campaign will be promoted across different destinations in Mexico. 

It is hoped that with this campaign the tourists will pick Mexico as their next destination. 

The tourists will be getting many amazing discount offers under this campaign. These include two free nights for every two nights paid for by guests and two free days of car rentals for every two days paid for. Free stay for up to two children is also being offered on adult bookings. Not just this, 20 per cent discount on different recreational activities will also be given as reported by Insider

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Bookings to get these discounts can be made till August 15, 2020. 

Cancun recently reopened for tourists after months of lockdown and precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the travellers here. 

Know more about Cancun 

Popular for its beaches, luxurious resorts and nightlife, Cancun is located on the Yucatan Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea. The white sand beaches and the clear water here will give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is an amazing place for nature lovers and also for those who love water sports. However, due to the ongoing crisis, one cannot say how many activities are functional currently. 

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE PLANNING A TREK-CATION

5 things to keep in mind while planning a trek-cation

If you are the one for trekking, then we have listed out a few important points that will help you plan for you next trek-cation.

Let’s start by saying that nothing can compensate for the lives we have lost in the battle against COVID-19. But as we practise social distancing by restricting our movement, all we can think about is the lush greenery of the hills. Under the guidance of the bright sun when we used to walk on the path less taken to discover the unknown, ah! the good old days. For those who can relate, would have gotten an idea that we are talking about our trekking trips and how much we miss them.

While for some people, trekking is more of a one-day activity that they take part in during a vacation, for some trekking is the whole vacation. Here, we are talking about a trek-cation.

For the uninitiated, this is a type of vacation where the only purpose is to go on different treks. They can be a combination of several small routes or just one long route.

Now, if you are intrigued, and are planning to go on a trek-cation after we surpass the crisis, then here are some points that you should keep in mind.

GRAB A BACKPACK

When it’s about nature, you can never be too sure. So, first thing that you need to do is prepare a utility bag. From extra pair of clothes to flash light to even a nail cutter, this bag should have everything you might need during the trek.

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ALWAYS BETTER WITH A PARTNER

While it’s true that there is no better partner for trekking than the nature itself, it is always better to go on the trip with someone. You not only get someone to depend upon, but it also is a great chance for bonding.

Pre-trek prep

You might think, “I walk everyday, so, I don’t need to do any preparation for trekking.” Well, that is one big mistake which you should avoid. If the only purpose of your trip is to trek, then you need to prepare your body to walk long distances.

Good old gadegets

Because you’ll be in the lap of nature, you can’t be too sure about the phone and internet connectivity. So, it is better to go old school and carry a map and a compass with you.

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Mind over matter

Let’s be honest, trekking is no cakewalk. Apart from prepping you body, you also need to prepare your mind for the tough situations you might face while trekking. For this, you can practice meditation, as it will help you keep your mind calm once you go on the trip.

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Go on a chilled out vacation to Coorg

Take a relax-cation to Coorg; rejuvenate in the lap of nature

For all those who are planning to go on a long vacation, just to relax, after the coronavirus crisis gets over, Coorg is the place you should head to.

There would hardly be any person who would say that they don’t like to travel. We all love going to new places to explore the unknown. Now, if you think carefully, you’ll find out that there are two types of vacations that people take. One is the ‘explorer’ kind, where as soon as we reach the destination, we start thinking about all the tourist spots we want to cover all the activities we wish to do. The second one, which we are going to talk about in this web post, is the ‘chiller’ kind, where all we do is relax and rejuvenate. 

Talking about places in India where one can go for a relax-cation, Coorg has always been on top of our list. This small town in Southern Karnataka is known for its natural beauty, varied wildlife and world-class coffee. The best time to visit Coorg is between September to June and the best route to reach this place is via Bangalore. 

tips for planning a trip to coorg

Now, while planning a vacation to Coorg, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. First of all, you should look for a good resort, which will have the amenities to keep you entertained throughout the stay if you don’t wish to step out. This will depend on how much you wish to spend on the stay. 

When in Coorg, you can explore a lot by taking the road less taken. If you are the one for trekking, then this place can give you many such adventures. So, when you pack for the trip, don’t forget to put a pair of sneakers. 

Things to do in Coorg

Not just this, here you’ll also get a chance to reboot amid the nature. There is so much greenery here that it will make your mood pleasant and take away all the stress. The increased level of oxygen is also very good for your health. Nature lovers will get to see different varieties of flora here. There are a few waterfalls in Coorg as well, Abbey Falls being the most popular amongst them. Don’t forget to pack a camera to capture all the natural beauty. 

Things to do in Coorg

Coming to a very important point for coffee lovers, Coorg is known for its coffee plantations. Apart from witnessing the plantations, you can also get oodles of coffee beans and ground coffee for yourself and your loved ones. Don’t go all ‘I can get this back home’ because there is a reason why the coffee here is so famous. 

Things to do in Coorg

Coorg doesn’t have many tourists spots, but one that you should definitely visit is the Dubare Elephant Camp. This camp provides interacting sessions with the elephants along with safari. Feeding and bathing the elephants are some of the activities you can do here. 

A vacation to this place can help you reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. It also makes for a perfect spiritual retreat in the lap of nature. 

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Tips for solo travellers

5 things solo backpackers should keep in mind

Hey there, traveller, going solo for the first time? These five tips will prove useful for your trip. All solo backpackers should bookmark them.

Who doesn’t love to take a break from their busy work schedule and travel to new places to explore the unknown? We, for one, are suckers for adventure, and all of us would agree that nothing compares to the thrill of a solo trip. 

While everyone loves to stay in five-star hotels and enjoy chauffeur-driven rides, it’s not always we can afford them. And when we are on a tight budget, backpacking always comes to our rescue. 

So, if you are a solo traveller on a budget, you should think to go down the backpacking route. And, when you do, these tips will help you plan the trip. 

Important tips for solo backpackers 

Know the place

To plan any trip, you need to first decide the destination. While when you are travelling with your family and friends, you can get to know the place after you reach there, the most important thing, when it comes to backpacking, is planning ahead. You’ll have to take many virtual tours of the place before you actually go there. Imagine how bad it would be to get lost in an unknown destination. 

All essentials in a bag

Because you are going low on the budget, you would have to suffice with an average hotel, which might not have a lot of facilities. So, you’ll need to take all the things you might need, from bed covers to extension cord, along with you. 

Make a list

Going solo is uber cool but because of this, you won’t have your parents or your partner to remind you if you have your tickets in place or if you have kept enough pairs of socks. You’ll have to do it all by yourself. So, before you start packing, sit back and make a list of all the things that you’ll need to take along. 

Go local

Though it is important to thoroughly know the destination you are heading to, you should also prepare yourself for some adventure, to take the road less taken. No one can tell you about a place more than the locals, so, interact with them and make friends. 

Heavy on technology

Going to a place where there might be a language barrier and the ways will definitely be unknown, it is a bit risky. In a situation like this, you should definitely depend on technology. Apart from the phone’s GPS, you should also get an old school compass. If you love taking photographs, you can also carry a DSLR or a Polaroid camera. Keeping a power bank is of utmost importance.

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Travel to Dubai

Dubai – the land for one and all

Looking for a place to travel post the COVID-19 crisis? Dubai is where you should head to.

Let’s start by saying that there must have been instances when all of us would have said ‘ah! I can’t deal with my family anymore’, but it is also true that we have the most fun when we are with our loved ones. From a picnic in the park to a vacation overseas, we look for chances to spend quality time with our family, no matter how much we crib while holidaying with them. So, when I took the rein to plan my family holiday, I started to wonder what place would be good enough to cater to all our needs – some fun, some adventure and lots of shopping. And, the first place that came to my mind was Dubai. 

Things you need to know while planning YOUR Dubai trip

As soon as I booked the tickets, I started the research work. From places to visit, to finding a good stay, I was on a virtual trip for a long time. While at it, the first thing I found to be different than our country was that the check-in time of the hotels was 3 PM. After adjusting the time difference, we would have to wait for 4-5 hours to get the room after we land, which was a big issue.  

Taking the unusual route, I booked our stay at an Airbnb. Almost in the price of a hotel room, I got myself a 2 BHK apartment at a prime location, which was just a 3 minutes walk from the Burj Khalifa. Though the check-in times there was also 3 PM, the person managing the apartment was happy to adjust. 

Hacks to save tons of money

If you, too, are planning a trip to Dubai after the coronavirus pandemic, then you should know that the cab service there is pretty costly. But you can save tons of money by dividing your stay in two places, which is exactly what I did. I booked one apartment in Downtown Dubai and the other one near Palm Jumeirah. By doing this, I was able to cover all the tourists spots in both the places and saved a lot of time on the commute. 

Talking about the places to visit, keep two days only for the Dubai mall, trust me it’s bigger than you think it is. Apart from all the amazing branded stores you would dream to shop at and the delicious food joints where you would enjoy feasting, there is so much more to do at the Dubai mall. The aquarium is a must-visit, and even though you can see the fountain show from a lot of places, you’ll get the best experience by taking a boat ride or a walk on the bridge, both of them have reasonable prices. Near the fountain you also get a great view of the Burj Khalifa. 

Burj Khalifa at top
At the top, Burj Khalifa

Seeing the Burj Khalifa from the outside is totally a different experience than being inside, trust me, it is a one-of-a-kind experience you wouldn’t want to miss. Don’t think of the cost, just go for it.

Another important travel hack 

Another thing that you should take a note of is that you should make as many bookings in advance as you can. There are many sites that give you combo offers, which will help you save a lot of money. It is definitely way cheaper than buying tickets on the spot. 

During the visit, while it was obvious for us to cover popular spots such as the gold market, there was this one newly open place that I couldn’t read much about online, but it was a lovely visit. It was called La Mer. By the side of a beach, it had many amazing restaurants and a beautiful pathway where one could walk and explore the whole place. 

The beautiful La Mer, Dubai
The beautiful La Mer

After we were done with Downtown Dubai, we shifted to our second apartment, which was in Dubai Marina by Emaar. The place was drastically different from the pervious one as it had more of a beachy vibe. From there we took the desert safari tour and visited the Ferrari world, both of which you should definitely do. Because I was travelling with my parents, I had planned the trip in such a way that it doesn’t get too exhausting for them. So, I had spread out the activities and had kept empty spaces in between for us to do on-the-spot activities. One such activity was the yacht ride. It was excatly like they show in the movies. 

During my stay there, I also visited the Burj Al Arab and the Atlantis. There are many activities that you can do at Atlantis, The Palm. 

Plan the trip yourself

In the end, I would say that instead of getting a tour package from a travel agent, I planned the whole trip myself and because of this, I was able to include all the activities I wanted to and most importantly, when I wanted to. I personally feel that even though it’s more of a headache, it’s a better way to plan the trip. Talking about the currency, you can either get the money converted before your trip or you can easily get it at the Dubai airport. 

Ferrari World, a must-visit
Ferrari World, a must-visit

Lastly, while you are there make sure that you make lots of memories, click oodles of photos and collect several souvenirs, so that once the trip is over, you have amazing memories to look back at.

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