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7 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Road- Trip

How to save money on travel is something we get asked a lot. Like us, most of our friends have traveling on their list of priorities, as they want to get away from life’s  mundane schedules and experience the outdoors. The other question that we come across a lot is how do we get out of debt so that we can travel more? If you want to travel cheaper and more frequently, you need to make your money last during your trips. One of the biggest lessons we learnt from driving around the country is that the food you think will be cheap…

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Green Shades of Simlipal

Located at a distance of 190 kms from Kolkata, Simlipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha has its own reasons to attract itinerants all around the world. Spreading over an area of almost 3000 Kilometre Square, this national park hosts a wide range of flora and fauna. Being one among the 18 biospheres in India, Simlipal is a home to white tigers, leopards, sambar, barking deers, elephants and wild boars. Along with a variety of orchids, jungle fowl, hill mynah and Indian hornbill are some of the most commonly found species of birds in the green wood. Apart from…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Travelling Solo

If you are reading this, I’m sure that by now you have decided to take the first plunge into solo travelling or are at least contemplating whether you should do one or not. From my first solo travel I learnt a lot of things about myself and started feeling more comfortable with myself. “I traveled alone far enough and met myself.” — Nimish Jaitapkar It can be argued that solo travel pushes you out of your comfort zone in a way like no other. Language barrier, getting lost or falling ill can initially be terrifying by yourself; however, it soon becomes apparent…

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My Fascinating Encounter with the King of the Jungle in the Wild Allures of Gir Forest

The sun hadn’t dawned bright, but it wasn’t dark. Early morning hours and four of us packed into our car, set out for the much awaited road trip covering Saurashtra. The entire route had been planned and by the end of it, well orchestrated. Having covered Dwarkadhish, Porbandar, Somnath and Diu, charting a total distance of 760 km already, we were all set to hit Sasan Girand say hello to our next adventure. Sasan Gir spelled excitement. As the destination approached closer, anticipation and hope got the better of me. Although I had heard stories of people getting lucky with lion spotting in Gir, I couldn’t help wonder if…

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Three Reasons to Go Hyper-Local on Your Next Vacation

Thinking about your various travels from the previous year, you’re kind of proud of yourself. You went to Paris, and visited the Eiffel Tower. You also spent 10 days in New York City, and you made sure to take that perfect picture in front of the Statue of Liberty, for the Instagram likes of course! Oh, and you went to South America for the first time of your life, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! The day after getting there, you went to see that statue everybody’s talking about, Christ the Redeemer! This is great, not many people can brag about…

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When a Pet Parent Travels

When you have an incurable case of wanderlust but are also a pet parent, things do tend to get a little complicated, whether we like to accept this or not. I am writing this particular blog piece because this is a topic that I feel strongly about and do realize that many possibly struggle with guilt, uncertainty of what to do and a lack of understanding that one needn’t be compromised for the other.  Firstly let’s acknowledge that choosing to have a pet is a big responsibility. Pets are dependent on you, they need to be cared for, have their…

Visually Impaired, Will Travel

The visually impaired also need a holiday. A holiday that treats them as equals. Disability tour or disability travel may not be the answer. Inclusive travel, most likely, may be. The lesser conversation we have about how different the disabled people are from able-bodied, the better it is. In fact, the conversation should be, how alike we all are, disabled or able-bodied. And therefore the need to go to a new destination, unwind in the new vibe, and come back learning a thing or two about an earlier unknown place, is universal. Also is the need to take a break…

4 Great Reasons to Not Visit Bali

Your Facebook feed can get annoying when most of your friends are shameless travellers. They have little regard for you, rotting in your air-conditioned cubicle at work. Their photos are specifically targeted to make you tap the “Like” button with your lips tightly distorted in an ugly line. You scroll away. And a couple of posts later, there are another one of their photos. Some cliched photo where they’re in mid-jump on a beach. You roll your eyes, refusing to acknowledge the gorgeous blue of the sea behind them. The next photograph is them standing on a mountain ledge with…