It’s good to be frugal, especially when times are tough. But sometimes, a bit of luxury every now and then is a nice change and it makes life definitely sweeter.
Can you imagine living on nothing but greens and gluten free, sugar free, fat free foods, without even a slice of cake to break the monotony every once in a while? I don’t know about you, but I sure can’t. That’s why whenever I have some extra cash to spend for myself, I treat little old me to a luxurious vacation, and I do it in style.
I pack my classiest clothes, pick all the locations where I can wear them, make reservations at the best gourmet restaurants, and stay at the nicest hotel that I can afford.
And since I don’t do this all the time, I make sure that I do this kind of vacations right. And I start by picking the right hotel to stay in.
India is one of the places that any seasoned traveler has to visit at least once. It’s beautiful, mysterious, and overwhelming at times, but one thing’s for sure—you’ll never get bored here. It’s also a traveler’s paradise, due to the low cost of living, inexpensive places to stay in, and cheap food. India’s changing landscape offers a backpacker a variety of sights and sounds, and the vastness of the country calls for a longer stay here. All of these things contribute to why so many backpackers from the West trek across India for an experience of a lifetime.
But India is not a walk in the park. This is not a country wherein you just pack your bags and head here without taking the time to know what to expect. If you’ve decided to come here and you’ve heard the rumors, well, it’s true. This is not the place for the faint of heart. While it has been rated as one of the top destinations of travelers, the country can push you to your limits at times. For women, the country can be stressful as men often stare, and some of them will also try to cop a feel. That’s why it pays to be prepared before visiting the country to truly enjoy your stay. Continue reading “The Best Backpacker Hostels in India”→
A visit to a city like Mumbai, which has a reputation for lively music and beautiful people, is never complete without a turn on the dance floor at any of the night clubs or a bar crawl at the swanky bars that can be found throughout the metro. From the romantic, to the trendy, to the truly sophisticated, Mumbai has some world class bars and clubs that will leave you with memories of an unforgettable night out. Continue reading “How to Have a Fun Night Out in Mumbai”→
Part of the fun of any trip is shopping for bargain finds, souvenirs, and things that can only be found in that particular country. And if you happen to be in India, then you absolutely have to do a bit of shopping, as there are so many special things that you can get here that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
India is a shopper’s paradise. The incredible variety of gorgeous items at temptingly low prices make for amazing gifts to loved ones back home and a nice treat for yourself. Most of the beautiful items you’ll find are handmade, and were executed with tradition in mind along with excellent craftsmanship. In India, you’ll find everything from clothes to ceramics, and metal work to musical instruments. The only problem is how to get all of your purchases back home! Here are the places that you should check out to discover what to buy and where to shop ‘til you drop. Continue reading “Shopping in India”→
Sure, having the latest phone with all the bells and whistles is great. Some people take pleasure in pulling out their newly acquired iPhone (insert number here) or Samsung Galaxy (insert capital letter here) and having their friends ooh and aah over it, just like most moms do when they see newborn babies.
I for one am a sucker for the Android tablets, and can’t wait until the ultimate version comes out, and when that day comes, I may have to retire my battered Samsung Galaxy Tablet for good.
But just like making the perfect pie wherein the filling should be as substantial as the crust, what’s inside your phone has to count too. What good is the most state-of-the-art phone if your mobile service provider doesn’t offer you options to make that shiny phone of yours even more special and functional, or provide you with services that cater to your lifestyle?
Mumbai can bring on a lot of strong feelings in travelers—some of them good, some of them bad, some of them bewildering at best.
But one thing is for sure, there’s no other city on this earth like it. It’s home to fifteen million people, with industrialists, film stars, artists, workers and clerks all living and working cheek-to-jowl in soaring skyscrapers or sprawling slums.
They come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and speak over a dozen tongues, adding color and flavor to this great melting pot.
Also called India’s Maximum City, Mumbai is known for its extreme standards of living, fast-paced lifestyle, and the making of dreams. It’s a cosmopolitan and very westernized city that’s an important base for industry and foreign trade.
Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no doubt about it, you can’t resist its pull due to its charms and oddities. Let’s take a closer look at what makes Mumbai one of a kind. Continue reading “A Closer Look at Mumbai”→
As an avid traveler and an independent woman, I have always thought that there’s no place on this earth that is so strange and foreboding that I might have to skip visiting it at one point or another.
From the lush French countryside, to the mysterious and historically-rich China, to the jungles of the Amazon, and even to the mountains of Machu Picchu, I have visited all of these places by myself, and though these were all unfamiliar territory to me, I have enjoyed every minute of my past trips. So far, the worst that has happened to me was getting an upset stomach from eating questionable-looking brie, getting lost in the alleyways of Beijing, and going into a mild panic attack when I had some difficulty breathing due to the high altitudes of the mountains.
Compared to the stories of other travelers, what I experienced were minor inconveniences, while other women had some experiences that were truly disturbing, and sometimes I wonder if traveling alone is such a good thing nowadays.
One news report that haunts me is that of the Danish traveler who was attacked, mugged and raped at knife point in New Delhi last year. This was not the only documented case of assault on foreign women in India that I have heard of. In fact, there are numerous cases that have been widely reported in the media, not only of assault on female tourists but on the women of India as well. I have always wanted to go and visit India, but fear for my safety and well-being makes me want to think twice about going solo. Friends have urged me to cross out India on my bucket list, telling me that it’s better to be safe than sorry. In fact, many women have expressed concerns about traveling there, and many more have opted not to go at all. Continue reading “Should Women Travel to India Alone?”→
So you finally did it, you walked down the aisle and married the person of your dreams.
Now, before your life together can truly begin, you must consider one of the most important things that you can do as a new couple—your honeymoon. You could go to a travel agency and check out all the brochures, go online and surf the net for ideas, or you could consider spending a romantic getaway in India.
India is a travel destination like nowhere else in the planet. It is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries in the world. It has a lot to offer travelers, adventurers, and couples who want to experience a magical time in their lives. Whether you’re looking to spend time lolling around on the beach or thinking of discovering the mystique of former royal dwellings, India is the place to be. Continue reading “The Best Honeymoon Destinations in India”→
Airtel, India’s leading postpaid and prepaid mobile network provider is certainly on the forefront when it comes to being innovative. Through the years, the company has been ever reliable and has grown to expand its reach across the globe, operating in countries in South East Asia, Africa and the Channel Islands. Airtel holds the record for being the world’s second largest mobile telecommunications company, with over 275 million subscribers across 20 countries as surveyed in July 2013.
Part of the company’s success is due to its unfailing efforts to provide their subscribers with features and promos that are relevant to today’s fast-paced lifestyle. From communication to entertainment to special services, Airtel has it all and still continues to innovate and update. Here are some of my favorite new features and promos of Airtel. Continue reading “The Newest Promos and Features of Airtel”→
It’s probably an understatement to say that it’s hot in Mumbai. The heat can be so intense that within a few minutes of walking around the city, you’ll feel your shirt sticking to your back, and rivulets of sweat will be trickling down your face. If you thought the climate is scorching, wait ‘til you get a taste of the food.
Indian cuisine is best known for its spices, and to the uninitiated, some of them are so hot that you’ll be tempted to stick your mouth under a faucet to relieve the burning sensation in your mouth. If you want to ease into Indian cuisine, you should definitely look into trying the snacks first. Most Indian snacks are subtly spiced, cheap yet filling at the same time. Continue reading “The Best Snacks to Try While You’re in Mumbai”→