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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Ready to fly with Hello Kitty

Dying to go on a plane? Travel with Hello Kitty to nowhere

Hello Kitty-themed flight in Taiwan is flying people for three hours and bringing them back to the same spot. Read more about it.

Quite a few times, during this lockdown, whenever we felt like going for a ride, we sat in our car and well, took a small ride and came back. This seemed like the perfect solution, right? However, Taiwanese carrier EVA Air thought this would be the perfect solution for the people who miss flying as well.

Yes, it is actually what you are thinking. A flight to nowhere.

Let’s learn a little more about the Hello Kitty flight

The Hello Kitty-themed flight of EVA Air will fly on August 8 in order to celebrate Father’s Day. Once you enter the flight, you will have Hello Kitty and all her friends greeting you. From food to the interior and even to napkin, everything in the flight is Hello Kitty-themed.

The flight will leave from Taipei Taoyuan Airport at 10.30 am and return to the same spot after 2 hours and 45 minutes. It will fly over Taiwan’s eastern coastline, pass through Guishan Island and the east coast of Hua, heading south to Eluanbi and Xiaoliuqiu before returning north on the original route.

Food

The meal that will be served to you will be a selection of seafood chirashi-sushi rice designed by Michelin three-star chef Motoke Nakamura, along with beef sambal noodles.

Tickets

You will have to shell out 5,288 yuan (Rs 56,978) for the economy class seat. However, if you wish to travel business class and have more leg space and comfort, you will have to pay an additional 1,000 yuan making the total to 6,288 yuan (Rs 67,755).

Will you be flying with Hello Kitty this father’s day? You can read about it more on their website.

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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.

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

Spiti valley
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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.

Vacation tips: Home into hotel

Can’t go out for a vacation? Turn your home into a hotel; here’s how

Going on a vacation seems like a distant dream, doesn’t it? Not anymore. You can now have the fun of a hotel stay at your home. Read on to know how.

We are in a tough situation and things seem to be getting worse by the day. The constant rise in the number of novel coronavirus cases is only making us concerned and has restricted our movement further. Even though the government has relaxed the lockdown restrictions, we are stepping out only if there is an urgent requirement. At a time like this, going on a vacation seems to be a distant dream. 

But as I sit on my comfy couch, writing this article, I couldn’t help but wonder if there is a way we can take a mini vacation in our home. 

Are you wondering the same? Think how exciting it will be to glam up for a vacay again. Getting excited, aren’t you? Just by following the five pointers given below, you will be able to enjoy your home like a hotel. Read on! 

Pack a bag 

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Even before our actual vacation starts, we get in the vacay mode when we pack our bags for the trip. From picking out stunning outfits to finding matching accessories, we put in a lot of thought while packing for our trip. This is exactly what you need to do now. Pack your bag for 2-3 days, depending on how long you want your trip to be. 

Dress up during your stay 

For all the fashionistas, one of the most exciting things, when on a vacay, is dressing up. But at home, we have just been sitting in our jammies. Make it a point that when you turn your home into a hotel, you dress up every day from head to toe and fill your phone’s gallery with amazing photos. 

Decorate your room like a hotel 

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Fresh bed sheet, fluffy pillows and potpourri on the side table, a good hotel room acts as a mood buster. So, one of the most important things in this little plan is to decorate your room like a hotel. Clean it nicely, put on fresh bed sheet and spritz air freshener all over. Your room should give you happy vibes. 

Food level – MasterChef 

Ah! The buffet. How we miss eating a variety of delicious food and let’s not even start about those decadent desserts. You can enjoy the same deliciousness at your home just by putting in some effort. Scroll through the EAT section of our website and you will find many simple recipes for several yummy dishes. 

Plan activities 

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Before you start your home-cation, take some time out to make a list of the activities you wish to do during this time period. You can include fun board games, make a painting or just binge watch Netflix. Do what makes you happy. 

For the coming future, if you plan a vacation with your family, these tips will prove helpful.

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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Maldives opening for tourists in July

Maldives may open for tourists in July without Covid-19 restrictions

The Maldives is reopening for tourists but without any COVID-19 restrictions.

If we make a list of the all-time favourite holiday destinations of Indians, then Maldives would surely be in the top five. The white-sand beaches with the crystal clear water and the picturesque sunsets, it is the most stunning holiday one can have. 

Now, if you are wondering why we are going on-and-on about the island nation in the Indian Ocean, we have some good news for you. The Maldives is reopening for tourists in July. And wait, there is more, there are no COVID-19 restrictions either.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

This means that you won’t have to get a COVID-19 test done before travelling to the Maldives. You won’t even have to quarantine for 14 days in your hotel after arriving at your resort. The Maldives Ministry of Tourism tweeted the same recently, announcing these new regulations.

Every tourist will get a visa on arrival and they can come and go as they like. These regulations are absolutely diametrical from what the Ministry of Tourism had announced a few weeks ago. According to those rules, the tourists had to get a prior visa approved, which would have costed them somewhere around Rs 7,000 – Rs 8,000. The tourists also had to stay in the resort for a minimum of 14 days.

That is not all, they even had to present a COVID-19 test, which was not more than a week old and had to get one done after arriving.

But now, nothing of that sort is required anymore. Your holiday in the marvel of nature is going to be the same again, given that the airlines start working.

The major source of income for the Maldives is tourism and it has closed for them since March. However, in June, Maldives reopened for the tourists, who arrived on private jets and yacht. 

A lot of places are opening back for tourists and are luring back customers with innovative measures. Sicily in Italy and Cancun in Mexico are even funding part of the trip to bring tourists back.

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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Here is why Sicily should be your next vacation spot

Sicily is luring back tourist by funding part of tickets and hotel stay

Sicily tourism department will be paying half of your flight tickets and one-third of your hotel stay cost if you plan your next vacation there.

You must have been planning your holiday by now, jotting down places you can visit and making a list of things that you are going to do while you are there. What if we say that we also have a suggestion for you? Head to Sicily. For this beach vacation, you will have to pay only half of your flight fare.

The tourism department of the island will also cover one-third of your hotel cost. Meaning your third night in the hotel would be free.

That is not all, free entry to most museums and archaeological sites will also be available for you. This is not a hypothetical situation, Sicily is really giving all of this to the tourists.

Tourism

This gorgeous island in the South of Italy is doing all of this to lure back tourists. Once things go back to normal and borders are reopened, Sicily is planning to implement all of this. Tourism is one of the major income sources for the island, which is full of lush beaches and the most delectable food.

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As Italy is one of the countries that was hit the hardest by the novel coronavirus, it reportedly lost over USD one billion in tourism earnings after the borders were closed on March 10.

The government of Sicily has apparently kept aside over USD 5 million for the scheme.

How to get the voucher

Now, talking about how you can avail the offer, Manlio Messina, Sicily’s tourism director, announced that there are 40,000 vouchers that can be availed. For this you will have to go to the Visit Sicily website.

Though no final dates have been announced yet, this plan will come into action as soon as Italy opens its borders for tourism.

It is time to start prepping for your next beach vacation in the marvel of nature that is Sicily. This vacation will have the most appetising food and wine that you will remember for a long-long time.

(Visit Sicily website – https://visitsicily.com/)

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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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Tips on how to plan your next holiday

Travel Hacks: Things to keep in mind before planning your next trip abroad

Going on a trip takes weeks of planning and making a lot of bookings. Here are some travel hacks for you that will help you have a safe trip without any hiccups.

However interesting and adventurous it might sound to leave spontaneously for a trip, but it generally does not work out while you are travelling abroad. There are a lot of things that need to be considered, thought about and be prepared for, before you set out on an adventure on an unfamiliar land and in a totally different country.

So, if you are one of those people who are planning a trip in the near future, here are some pointers that will help you. These pointers will make sure that your trip goes smoothly, without any hiccups.

Travel hacks for your next adventure

The first and foremost thing that you need to do is think of the place that you will be going to and who you will be going with. Once you have your next holiday location sorted, you need to figure out the number of days you will be spending in that place and the activities that you will be doing there.

This involves taking a lot of help from Google.

Once all of those things are finalised, you need to do the bookings which include – accommodations, flight or train tickets during the trip and places such as amusement parks or other events, which you will be attending. 

Read some more recommendations for your next adventure

Another extremely important thing to do is to check the weather forecast of the place that you’ll be visiting and pack accordingly. Carrying a small umbrella with you during the trip at all times is highly recommended.

Plan each day of your trip diligently and take a travel insurance. It is a must.

Another pro tip is, check the plug sockets that are used at your destination and carry a converter with yourself if they are different from the plugs that you use in your homeland.

If you are one of those people who believe in swiping cards during vacations and not carry a lot of money, it is still advisable to convert and carry some currency for emergency purposes.

Plan thoroughly and have an amazing trip.

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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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Places Indian passport holders can travel to without pre-approved visa

Planning a trip SOON? Places Indian passport holders can visit without visa

If you are one of those people who are planning a trip abroad as soon as the restrictions are lifted and hold an Indian Passport, then here’s a list of places you can visit without visa.

Every year a Henley Passport Index is released that talks about the strength of 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. India, however, stands at the 84th position in the list, which was released in February 2020.

Meaning, there are quite a few countries that all Indian passport holders can travel to without a pre-approved visa. That is, they are applicable for visa-on-arrival or just an e-visa. Because, who wants to stand in those long visa lines anyway.

So, for all the travel junkies out there who are done sitting at their home, are over the virtual tours and are absolutely bored of reminiscing throwback vacation pictures, here is a list of places that you can leave for as soon as the lockdown gets over. We sure are hoping that it is soon.

check out the places Indian passport holders can visit without visa

If you are planning a trip to the Asian continent itself, Thailand, Bhutan, Maldives, Cambodia, Macau, Indonesia, Iraq, Nepal, Laos, Jordan and Timor Leste are the places that you can fly to.

Now, if you wish to go to a different continent altogether for your holiday, there are a few places in Africa as well. The places that you can holiday at are Mauritius, Seychelles, Togo, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Uganda, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, and Comoros Islands.

If even that doesn’t satiate your desires and want to go further, say somewhere in the United States of America, your Indian passport will let you travel to a few places. Some of those destinations are, Ecuador, Dominica, Bolivia, Guyana, British Virgin Islands, Haiti, St Lucia, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Turks and Caicos.

Other gorgeous and picturesque spots where the Indian passport holders can go to without a pre-approved visa or can get visa-on-arrival are Cook Islands, El Salvador, Fiji, Micronesia, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tuvalu, Nieu, and Palau.

However, no places in Europe allow Indian passport holders to enter the continent without a pre-approved visa.

So where will be your next holiday? If you are planning a family trip, think about Dubai.

(You can check the Henley Passport Index here.)