5 Life lessons that solo traveling has re-taught me in all these years

I have had the opportunity to travel solo to about 10 countries now. And I still remember the first day of my South America trip – I had heard all about how unsafe South America was and I felt that I had to be on my guard at all times no matter what, or I ‘d be kidnapped and God knows what would happen to me.

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7 foods in Thailand that you can’t miss

Thailand – floating markets, street bazaars, super-markets – all buzzing with mouth watering foods. One thing I will never understand about the Thais, is that despite having the most mind blowing and high calorie food in the whole wide world, how are these people so fit. Continue reading “7 foods in Thailand that you can’t miss”

5 offbeat things to do in Thailand

Thailand is among the top 10 tourist countries in the world. Beautiful beaches, limestone rocks, amazing street food, beautiful temples AND all of this for so damn cheap. I was in Thailand for about 5 days in the summer of 2018 and I was literally running around like a headless chicken, because there was so much that I wanted to see and so little time. Continue reading “5 offbeat things to do in Thailand”

How expensive is Zurich?

Switzerland is one of those expensive countries where you are forced to think HARD before spending. I mean 14 Francs for a mc donalds burger without sauce and coke – na..haaa. not happening. We were in Zurich for just a day to take our flight back home and this one day was more expensive than 3 days in Prague. Here’s how:

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5 of my all time favourite beach reads

A perfect beach day for me is when I am basking in the sun on a beach chair with a book, gorging on nachos, fries and beer, toning down crazy cheers from volleyball teams, waves crashing and a slight wind that threatens to fly away the food menu. Continue reading “5 of my all time favourite beach reads”

6 places in Bangalore to visit with your parents

Aah – that time of the year when your parents tell you that they are coming over. I am not going to lie, I was pretty kicked about my parents in law coming over. Apart from the huge inconvenience of cleaning my house spic and span, I was excited about the home made cake that my mother in law was going to bring, the amazing kheer (rice pudding) that she’d make for us , ofcourse not to forget the awesome evening chatter with them and ping pong matches with my father in law. Continue reading “6 places in Bangalore to visit with your parents”

6 things I learnt at my first ever homestay experience

As a solo female traveler, I am always wary of home-stays – living at someone’s house without knowing them, just never sounded safe to me. But I did try it out when I was traveling with a group of friends to Kerela, India. We lived with an elderly family in their beautiful ancestral farmhouse. It is called the Aditi home-stay at Wayanad. They had extended their house with some new rooms to accommodate more families and even had a dorm for backpackers. The rooms were great as they ensured privacy and were pretty comfy. Continue reading “6 things I learnt at my first ever homestay experience”

Pretty little things in Goa!

Relive the beautiful things in Goa that don’t deserve to be missed! Continue reading “Pretty little things in Goa!”

Best places to stay, while backpacking in Peru

Peru is set up well for tourism when it comes to accommodation and transport. With a decent accommodation (that includes wifi, hot showers and breakfast) and good food and traveling around in local buses you can easily survive at 30$/day. Although I will tell you where to find cheaper accommodation too, and what all you you will have to trade for low costs. Continue reading “Best places to stay, while backpacking in Peru”

Choosing the perfect Goan beach for your vacation

Wake up early, rush to work, crawl from one meeting to another, follow up on tasks, get stuck in traffic for 2 hours, come home, get tired and doze off: if this sounds like your daily routine, it’s time to take some time off and head straight to GOA! Continue reading “Choosing the perfect Goan beach for your vacation”

Trolls or Art: hilarious portraits of famous people

Botero is one of the most popular artist in Colombia. Located right in downtown and free to visit, his museum is a must go-to if you are in Bogota! He is known for his depiction and “obsession” for exaggeratedly overweight people. So, if you are fit, you can forget about featuring in his art!! haha, anyway I just found his art exceptionally cute, so here is a photo-blog post of pictures from his museum. Continue reading “Trolls or Art: hilarious portraits of famous people”

How I trekked Macchu Pichu in less than 15$

Previously, I wrote about the top 6 routes to Macchu Pichu, the Incan ruins in Peru. The most popular trek, the Inca Trail, is a guided trek and costs a massive 600 USD. And in this post, I am going to tell you how you can save all that money, take the off-beaten path and explore Macchu Pichu in less than 15$.

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Checking into this hostel, taught me one of the most overlooked lessons in solo female traveling

I was not the kind of person who would read reviews on hostels/hotels/hospidajes before booking them. “Its only for a nightttt, who cares” I  say to my husband while he carefully reads through hundreds of reviews on Expedia and Hostelworld.com. But sometimes, you learn things the hard way. And this is what happened to me. Continue reading “Checking into this hostel, taught me one of the most overlooked lessons in solo female traveling”

For Indian citizens: How to apply for Colombian visa

When I applied for my Colombian visa in Canada, it took me 1 painful week – because everything had to be done by personally visiting the embassy. But things have changed now and for good. Today if you have a multiple entry schengen visa or any kind of US visa (tourist/business/student), you can get a visa on arrival in Colombia too. Continue reading “For Indian citizens: How to apply for Colombian visa”

For Indian citizens: How to apply for Peruvian visa

So, you are going to Peru!! First things first, do you have a plan? Or are you going to take one step at a time. Regardless, do go through my cheatsheet of things to do in Peru. Continue reading “For Indian citizens: How to apply for Peruvian visa”

For Indian citizens: How to apply for Bolivian visa

Do Indians need a visa to travel to Bolivia? Contrary to what the Wikipedia post (Visa requirements for Indian citizens) suggests, Indians do need a visa for Bolivia in advance if they are doing a land crossing. Continue reading “For Indian citizens: How to apply for Bolivian visa”

Bolivia’s coolness coefficient: Does it live up?

Known for the largest salt flats in the world, Bolivia is fast emerging as a travel destination. Right from visiting the wild life in Amazon jungle, dinosaur footprints on a vertical wall to the largest salt flats in the world, one thing is crystal clear: Bolivia is not “conventional”, if you know what I mean. Like I said in my previous blogpost, it is not the most beautiful country in the world. But it is different. How different? Let’s calculate Bolivia’s coolness factor: Continue reading “Bolivia’s coolness coefficient: Does it live up?”

Ecuador’s coolness coefficient: Does it live up?

Sandwiched between Peru and Colombia, Ecuador is a small country in the north west of South America. I discovered a lot about this beautiful country when I visited the capital city this year (2015). Let’s calculate Ecuador’s coolness factor: Continue reading “Ecuador’s coolness coefficient: Does it live up?”

Backpacker’s secret: How to not get robbed in South America

There are two things, in my opinion, that keeps people from traveling – safety and expenses. Lets talk about the former! Continue reading “Backpacker’s secret: How to not get robbed in South America”

Backpacker’s secret: How to prepare for your first backpacking trip

This is a welcome post – for first time backpackers. There is no doubt in the fact that you are going to be a part of an exhilarating experience (some bitter some better ;)). First things first, lets “Cheers” – to making bad decisions and to adventurous times ahead!  Continue reading “Backpacker’s secret: How to prepare for your first backpacking trip”

Birds of a feather flocking together -2

This post is a continuation of Part 1 of this series: Birds of a feather flocking together. Continue reading “Birds of a feather flocking together -2”

Birds of a feather flocking together -1

In April/May-2015, I made my first backpacking trip. To South America. Solo – Wohooooo! No doubt, it was scary until I reached Peru. But, the moment I landed, I just knew it was going to be the first of many more. There was so much that I explored, experienced and embibed! South America, especially Peru, is one of the favorite destinations among backpackers and tourists! From Machu Picchu in the mighty Andes and the dense Amazon Jungle, to deep canyons and a beautiful coast, it has it all and no one wants to miss it. Continue reading “Birds of a feather flocking together -1”