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CRAZY AIRBNB AND HOSTEL EXPERIENCES

CRAZY AIRBNB AND HOSTEL EXPERIENCES

I have been traveling for 6 years and have managed to cover 23 countries (and counting). My first experience outside the comfort of a regular hotel was in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This was the first of many many many more. Sure, hotels give you a standard experience. But do you really seek a standard experience when you travel? I sure don’t. However, that’s me. Hostels / Airbnb aren’t a cakewalk always. Sometimes you room with an obnoxious host and sometimes…

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A day of history in Bandra

A day of history in Bandra

I have often wondered what do tourists see in Mumbai? I have lived here for over 6 years now and the daily grind has left me unable to look beyond the city as a corporate mothership into what it offers as a destination. So yesterday I packed my backpack and decided to explore Bandra – a suburb in Mumbai as I would explore Vienna or St. Petersburg or Madrid. After reading a bunch of articles about the place, I zeroed…

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THE THREE TRAVEL SEASONS

THE THREE TRAVEL SEASONS

There are three types of travel seasons – high, shoulder and low. Knowing the right time to travel can save a lot of cash. If you haven’t seen my video about these three seasons and their implications, here you go:   Here are countries that attract a lot of tourists with their low, shoulder and high seasons: GREECE Low: Nov – Mar Shoulder: April, Sept and Oct High: Easter & May – Aug FRANCE Low: Oct – March Shoulder: April…

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WHAT IS IT WITH GERMANY AND BEER?

WHAT IS IT WITH GERMANY AND BEER?

Germany, especially Bavaria has been in a lifelong affair with beer. And it’s still going strong. I spent a week in Bavaria this December making my way through Christmas markets. While mulled wine (hot and spiced wine) was the drink of the hour, cold beer had its place in spite of the freezing temperature. Till death do us part This relationship dates all the way back to the 16th century. A purity law known as Reinheitsgebot governs German breweries. Introduced…

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Vienna’s quirky New Year traditions

Vienna’s quirky New Year traditions

This year I brought in 2017 at Vienna watching people waltz their way into the New Year. Decades ago, I dreamed of becoming a pianist and trained in western classical for 6 years. That dream quickly faded away when academics took precedence over everything else. Being in Vienna reminded me of what could have been. After reading about folks waltzing to The Blue Danube on the streets and Philharmonics New Year performance at the Vienna State Opera, this place seemed…

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Neuschwanstein castle, Bavaria

Neuschwanstein castle, Bavaria

  The #neuschwanstein castle built by Ludwig II 👑in Bavaria, Germany. Walt Disney’s logo is inspired by this castle. Gorgeous views and a crazy history lesson to go with it. Ludwig II was so eccentric that he was and is still referred to as the mad king. In his short life of 40 years he went about building castles and castles. This one in particular was the most dramatic. Unfortunately his death came before completion of this castle. Right opposite…

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Turning thirty

Turning thirty

On Jan 2, 2017 I turned thirty. And this so-called-milestone-crossing thing happened with me doing what I truly love — traveling. I got to spend some time in Germany and Austria for Christmas and New Year with travelers from around the world. This gave me some time to reflect on lessons and habits I picked up on the way to thirty.   I’M AN INTROVERT. AND IT’S OKAY TO BE ONE. I work in the extroverted world of advertising. And…

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Gibraltar DIY guide

Gibraltar DIY guide

Gibraltar is a history buff’s paradise. Located right in between Morocco and Spain, this is the gateway to Europe from Africa. And Gibraltar is tiny. So much so that you literally see Tangier (Morocco) on one side and walk into Spain from the other without binoculars or squinting your eyes! Gibraltar is a British territory. You will see a lot of “God save the Queen” tattoos and memorabilia. They are a bunch of proud, super helpful, lovely people and you…

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Le Jardin du Roi, Seychelles

Le Jardin du Roi, Seychelles

In my 5 years of traveling, Le Jardin du Roi tops the list of world’s most interesting places. This place is a spice garden in Seychelles modeled after 18th century France. The garden itself makes for a wonderful self-guided walk amongst greens like vanilla vines, citronella, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and other spices. Not only is this place one fabulous sight, it smells delicious too. HISTORY The original jardin was curated in 1772 at Anse Royale, Mahe. By the way, Anse…

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SUOMENLINNA – A FINNISH PARADISE

SUOMENLINNA – A FINNISH PARADISE

Suomenlinna is a Finnish sea fortress built on six islands and is what dreams are made of 🌴. This very scenic island is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites as a monument of military architecture. Unfortunately for most visitors, the beauty of this island supersedes it’s significance in World history. Today it’s one awesome picnic spot for the Finnish. A short ferry ride away from #Helsinki, Suomenlinna should be part of your #Finland travel. 💰💰The restaurant on this island is…

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