My flight from Delhi to Kolkata was originally supposed to depart at 9.20am, but I got a message airline couple of days before saying it would now fly at 10.40am. Continue reading When I landed in Kolkata but my bag didn’t
This is the second of a two-part series by Jayeeta Ghorai on books inspiring budget travel
The word “narcotic” jumps up at me about ten pages into Vagabonding. There was no doubt from this point on that this book would be finished. A nasty flu, ensuring bed rest and paracetamol-induced crazy wake-up cycles, made continuous reading possible. For once, I am thankful to a virus because the book was, to repeat a cliché, simply unputdownable. Continue reading That narcotic call of the road
This is the first of a two-part series by Jayeeta Ghorai on books inspiring budget travel
I recently read Tom Chesshyre’s How Low Can You Go? Round Europe for 1p Each Way (Plus Tax). The title leaves the reader in no ambiguity what the book is about. Tom has been a travel correspondent with The Times since 1997. Besides writing posh columns on amazingly luxurious (and heartbreaking expensive) hotels in the UK and Europe, the kind we shoe-stringers wouldn’t bother giving second glances to, he takes himself off on quirky journeys. Continue reading How low can you go and why you should
I had joined Instagram in the middle of 2014, shortly before my trip to Japan. Consequently, it was no surprise that I did some extensive picture posting during that particular trip.
This post is a flashback of the year gone by through some of the pictures I had shared on Instagram.
No gyan here, just reliving some memories. Continue reading Flashback 2014: My Instagram journey
A hostel is a wonderful thing for travellers. They add to the travel stories.
One thing I find interesting about hostels is that, good or bad, each is unique with its own set of traditions and weird rules. Continue reading Hostels add to your travel stories
It was in the middle of 2011 when I got on that plane to Thailand all by myself. There wasn’t anyone I know around me to share my excitement.
To be honest, I was more scared than excited because it was my first trip alone and I hadn’t taken help from any kind of travel agent. I had booked the flight tickets, contacted people on Couchsurfing and planned everything on my own.
At the end of the trip, I was glad that I had been able to take that plunge because not only was the trip a big success, but it was the first of many bigger and better trips, all of them without the help of travel agents, of course! Here are 10 lessons from my more-than-three-years of travels without travel agents. Continue reading 10 lessons from 3 years of travel sans travel agents
Grant Notification: [My passport number]
That was the subject of the email I received from the department of immigration and border protection of the Australian government.
I did a heels-click jump in my mind. That was pretty quick. Eight days, to be precise when they had told me it would take around 15 working days for them to process my visa. Continue reading Australia tourist visa guide for Indians
A brand new year is here and I’m very excited about it. I am looking forward to several things in 2015 and I am sure, you are too! But of all things I am looking forward to, topping the list is travelling more.
At the risk of sounding like a pessimist (which I definitely am not), the completion of a year means you have one year less on the planet. And I’m sure there’s a lot that you want to see and do. Continue reading Why you should travel more in 2015
Budget travellers not only balance the books, but also their outlook. The savings account needs to shape up, but so does one’s attitude. If you’ve always admired those who can pull it off, but were not sure how, here’s a ready reckoner. The entry into this merrily growing club isn’t exclusive, the keys lie within each of us.
Here are five essential personality traits of a budget traveller. Continue reading Five things a budget traveller should be
I used to have that quite frequently and learning from my mistakes, I started making a packing list before trips. I start the list quite a few days before the trip and keep on adding to it as I remember stuff over the following days. That way, I am less likely to forget something.
With time, I’ve become quite the expert and I pack light but right! Continue reading 10 things you should always pack
Rajasthan usually forms an integral part of the itineraries of most travellers visiting India. With its vibrant culture, grand palaces and forts and breathtaking sand dunes, it deserves every bit of the attention it gets.
But the one event that attracts the largest number of visitors to this desert state is Pushkar Camel Fair, which takes place over five days during October-November on the banks of the Pushkar Lake. Continue reading Ten reasons to visit Pushkar Camel Fair
To those who did not buy travel insurance before your last trip, had an awesome time exploring new places, and came back with great experiences, I will tell you this — you may not be so lucky next time.
I am no pessimist or sadist, just a practical person. Make no mistake, travel insurance should be on the top of your to-do things before any trip to a foreign country.