Friday, June 24, 2016

Things To Remember When Travelling Solo

I recently went on a solo international trip, as cool as it may sound (or not, depending on what you are into) it honestly was a little stressful. I had made sure that I would not take any help from Mom and would seriously handle everything on my own. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when travelling solo, or even when with someone. All these pointers really helped me a lot.

Research, read, make notes

I know it sounds tiring and not everyone is into it, but Google has to be your best friend before you travel. Try to read up as much you can about the place you are visiting. At times you may come across offbeat things that you can do there or get to know about local events that you could have missed otherwise.

I really don’t have to tell you how useful maps are. Google maps have offline features where you can save a map on your phone and use it later even if you don’t have data. Download the map and keep before you leave for your trip, you can also mark places on the map like your hotel, or places you are going to visit etc. just so you don’t have to do the searching bit when you reach there.

Travel Light
Keep the baggage less, it would not only help you get around places faster but would also leave ton of room for the new things that you shop there. Planning outfits for each day helps a lot and can actually save you a lot of space as you won’t be carrying too many outfits.
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Hotel Check
Read up on the hotel and area you are going to stay in. Read the reviews, do a thorough check of their website and read the rules and regulations. At times the reviews tell you about the kind of the place you are going to stay in and reading the rules and regulations will help you avoid any additional charges or confusion that you may have overlooked.

Weather Check
Always do a weather check, it will help you tons while packing clothes or other things that you may need to carry.

Jackets, scarfs and shrugs are my favorite thing to carry. They don’t take much space and you can team it up with various outfits and can also take care of the weather around. You can wrap a scarf around if you are cold, or use it to protect yourself from the sun. If you are carrying T-shirts and jeans and if you add on a jacket over it, you totally transform the look and you have a new outfit by just adding one piece of clothing.
Get Local
Before you visit the place make sure that you read up on the clothing and cultural norms, although this is not that big a deal but when visiting places which are less liberal this could really come in handy. Also check out what the locals eat, you really get to know the place when you eat the food that belongs there. It would also help you save a few bucks as local food is generally not very expensive.

Social Media

Now if want to be active on social media during your travel then you can make a list of hashtags and people to tag on the notepad app and then just copy paste it. You know the usual hashtags that fit your travel and people you are travelling with etc., you just have to edit the hashtags or people when actually posting the post. I use this all the time and it really has saved me a lot of time and also made sure that I don’t miss out on things.
Tourism and safety apps
As most of the countries are getting big on tourism and social media, they generally have a tourism app to guide tourists. Also check out local apps which tell you the bus/train/metro timings or lets you hire a cab etc.Safety app is a must. It could really come in handy in sticky situations.
Carry potable chargers and USB chargers. We all are ruled by our phone and you really don’t want to be stuck in a place without your phone. 

This is all that I do when I am travelling. If you have any more tips, ideas or hack then let me know in the comments box. It would help other readers as well as me :D

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Lion and Tiger Safari – Sanjay Gandhi National Park

The minute I learnt that there is a lion and tiger safari at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali, I knew I had to visit the place. I did my online research and gathered that people were actually able to see a Tiger. That just boosted my wish to go there even more.

I went on a weekend, and I reached around 7.30 am but the place was still crowded. The safari ticket counter opens around 9am so we had ample time to figure out where the place is and for some photo ops.

The ticket and the seating in the bus is on the first come first serve basis, so make sure you reach early so you can get the best seats.

Tip: Do not sit on the seats that are behind the driver. The Tiger is going to be on the opposite side. (Lion Safari is shut for a while)

If you have children with you then please instruct them to be quite and not talk much when you spot the tiger. We had a few kids in my bus and although I love kids these ones just didn’t want to shut up, worse thing was the parents supported that and didn’t even try to keep them silent, that mostly ruined the experience for all the other people in the bus.

The bus has grills all over thus making it safe. The complete ride is for around 15minutes which is quite reasonable for the fee that they charge (I don’t remember how much exactly, but it was within INR 100)

The Starting point of the safari is a good 20 minutes walk from the entrance, so unless you want to walk you can take your car inside.

There are a lot of other things that you can do at the National Park, I am planning to do a few more posts on the same.

Check out the vlog above for more details! J