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Effective ways to make your dream trip

Planning travel on these three days will do the trick too: A tip that we’d rather whisper to you, but here goes. You can save anywhere from 10 to 40 percent on your flight tickets if you travel on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday…writes N. LOTHUGNBENI HUMTSOE

Some say travel is expensive but there are always ways to save a few bucks on travel. All it takes is a bit of determination and a quest to hunt for the right deals. How much will you save by hunting for travel deals – is something that we sure cannot guarantee. To save you from any stress later, Goibibo culls out simple yet effective ways to make your dream vacay easy on the pocket.

First, start with a travel fund. Financial planning never hurt anyone!: Make time your biggest currency. Start planning ahead of time for your vacation and avoid taking loans to fund your holiday. Diligently stash away some money every week into a liquid fund. Saving on a weekly basis instead of a monthly one helps you break down the contribution to smaller accessible amounts that don’t pinch as much.

40-50 per cent deals on hotels are up for grabs, every day: Imagine this: Travel is on the cards, and you have your dream travel list ready, from the type of local cuisine that you are waiting to indulge in to your dreamy stay at a hotel overseeing the majestic hills of Himalayas. While you just cannot help but get excited about this travel pops, the quintessential question, am I on a budget, or is this travel eating into my savings? To your surprise, there are platforms like Goibibo that offer daily steal deals that can make help make your hotel stays cheaper by 40-50 per cent.

Best price guarantee options that offer the assurance of booking at the best available rates: Let’s ask you this. What’s more important? The assurance of best-guaranteed rates or the doing away with a convenience fee for an overpriced holiday package? We bet that you will go for the first option. And that, we say, is the right choice. When looking for travel deals, do keep a watch on once-in-a-lifetime deals that guarantee the best price for every booking and the promise of a 2X refund in case of counter pricing on another travel platform.

Planning travel on these three days will do the trick too: A tip that we’d rather whisper to you, but here goes. You can save anywhere from 10 to 40 percent on your flight tickets if you travel on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday! Usually, people prefer to travel on Fridays or Mondays to get an extended weekend. Traveling in the middle of the week won’t get you an extended break, but it might help you save monies on your plane ticket. Also, choose to fly later in the day if you have the luxury to be flexible on dates. Red eyes (literally and figuratively) are a phenomenon for a reason!

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Must travel Swiss

Switzerland has moderate temperatures throughout the year. In the winters, the lowest is -2 C and the highest goes to 28 C during the summer months…writes N. LOTHUNGBENI HUMTSOE

Switzerland is on the wish list of most global citizens, sometimes for months and years! So, when you do finally get the chance to travel to the land of your dreams, are you prepared enough? Here are 10 things you should tick off on your travel list before you head out for your vacation:

1. Direct Flights by SWISS

Delhi and Mumbai travelers can book direct flights with Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). You get your first taste of the Swiss experience mid-air being pampered with chocolates by an ever-smiling crew.

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2. Swiss Travel Pass

Switzerland’s public transport system is one of the most efficient and seamless experiences in the world. Buy a Swiss Travel Pass (STS) online and travel across over 90 towns and cities in premium panoramic trains with one single ticket! With an STS, you have access to the local buses, cabs, boats, cable cars, and trains, all connecting you to different parts of the country.

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3. Essentials

Switzerland has moderate temperatures throughout the year. In the winters, the lowest is -2 C and the highest goes to 28 C during the summer months. Pack accordingly. Sturdy sneakers, trekking boots if you’re into adventure, sunscreen, swimming essentials, sea shoes as the lakes are full of pebbles, an umbrella and lastly, a socket converter are some essential items you should carry with you.

4. Punctuality

Switzerland is known for its timekeeping for a reason! They value time and hate being late. No surprise that some of the best watchmakers in the world come from this country. When you travel there, you’ll see everything runs like clockwork, be it their public transport or their meetings. So, keep a watch on your watch when you’re there or you’ll have missed plans.

5. When to visit

The answer is anytime! Switzerland is ready when you’re ready. If you’re a winter person and love snow, mid-December to mid-March is perfect for skiing, snow-tubing, snowshoeing, etc. Autumn from September to November is beautiful with its mists, changing colours of foliage, and stunning walking tours. Summer from May through September is the perfect time for outdoor activities with clear blue skies and pleasant weather when you can go hiking, biking, paragliding, boating, etc.

6. Language

Most locals are fluent in English but you should know that Switzerland has four national languages – French, German, Italian, and Romansh. You’ll hear these spoken in different regions as you travel across the length and breadth of the country.

7. Must visit locations

The options are endless because everywhere you turn in Switzerland, you’ll see something spectacular. There is something for everyone in this country. A few experiences, however, will take your breath away. Take the view from the Matterhorn in Zermatt which is the world’s most photographed mountain. Zurich’s nightlife, Lucerne’s old-town fairytale vibe, a sunset walk across Montreux Riviera, panoramic views of the perfect powder-snow Alps of Engelberg, an adrenaline rush in Interlaken – Europe’s adventure capital or a splurging spree in the luxurious resort town of St. Moritz – you cannot miss out on these!

8. Swiss Food

The local Rosti, Cheese Fondue, Raclette, wine, and chocolates are must-haves, of course, but if your palate hasn’t taken a fancy to the local food, worry not. There is a multitude of cuisines available such as German, French, Italian, Chinese, and even Indian, to name a few. There are street food, vegan and vegetarian choices, and several fine dining Michelin Star restaurants to choose from.

9. Water

Fun fact – tap water tastes a lot better than most bottled water! It is a lot cheaper too! Carry a glass or steel bottle with you wherever you go, and refill it from anywhere when you’re on the move. You don’t want to spend on bottled water.

10. Activities

Foodies can experience several local and global cuisines. Adventure lovers can trek through some of the most idyllic trails or choose any one of the 199,872 cycling routes. Sports/history buffs can visit world-renowned museums like the FIFA museum in Zurich, The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, the Swiss Museum of transport in Lucerne, or the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva. Wellness enthusiasts will find some of the best spas offering treatments from across the world. When you soak in all these experiences surrounded by the fresh mountain air, you know you’ve lived your Swiss dream right!

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India a true destination for spiritual tourism 

In his Independence speech from Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to visit 15 domestic tourist destinations in India by 2022, to promote tourism…reports Asian Lite News

India’s tourism image abroad is mostly related to 17th century monument Taj Mahal, but with its centuries old civilisation, the country is strewn with historical masterpieces across the length and breadth of it.

From the mountains in the north to seas and an ocean in the south, the country is a treasure trove for natural scenic beauty as well. It is a mystic land where people from all across the globe had converged seeking peace. Its all-embracing nature has offered repose to travellers from across the globe.

Apart from the monuments, there are vast tracts of jungles in various parts of the country, which are house of various flora and fauna. It is frequented by both domestic as well as foreign tourists alike.

According to India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the travel market in India is projected to reach $125 billion by FY27 from an estimated $75 billion in FY20. International tourist arrivals are expected to reach 30.5 million by 2028.

India is a large market for travel and tourism. It offers a diverse portfolio of niche tourism products – cruises, adventure, medical, wellness, sports, MICE, eco-tourism, film, rural and religious tourism. India has been recognised as a destination for spiritual tourism for domestic and international tourists.

In his Independence speech from Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to visit 15 domestic tourist destinations in India by 2022, to promote tourism.

There were 2.74 million foreign tourists who visited India in 2020. Number of non-resident Indians arriving during that period was 3.59 million. But in 2020, tourism took a hit globally due to breakout of coronavirus pandemic.

In April 2021, the percentage share of foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) was highest from the US (26.85 per cent), followed by Bangladesh (15.65 per cent), Afghanistan (6.92 per cent), the UK (5.87 per cent), Nepal (4.59 per cent), Canada (4.27 per cent), Iraq (2.99 per cent), Portugal (2.40 per cent), Germany (1.42 per cent), Russian Fed (1.41 per cent), Maldives (1.39 per cent), France (1.33 per cent), Sudan (1.21 per cent), Korea (Rep.) (1.18 per cent), and Australia (1.02 per cent).

Tourism continues to play an important role as a foreign exchange earner for the country. In 2020, foreign exchange earnings (FEE) from tourism were $6.958 billion as compared to $30.06 billion in 2019 due to the pandemic.

The United Nations World Tourism Organizations elected Pochampally in Telangana as one of the best tourism villages in November 2021.

From November 15, 2021, India allowed fully vaccinated foreign tourists to visit India, to help revive the Indian travel and hospitality sector.

In 2020, the travel and tourism industry’s contribution to the GDP was $121.9 billion; this is expected to reach $512 billion by 2028. In India, the industry’s direct contribution to the GDP is expected to record an annual growth rate of 10.35 per cent between 2019 and 2028, according to IBEF.

The Indian airline travel market was estimated at $20 billion and is projected to double in size by 2026-27 due to improving airport infrastructure and growing access to passports.

There has been an increase in the demand for luxury stay among Indian consumers, due to rising consumer spend. In line with this, key players are expanding their presence to cater to this demand.

The Indian government is also making serious efforts to boost investment in the tourism sector. In the hotel and tourism sector, 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment is allowed through the automatic route. A five-year tax holiday has been offered for 2, 3 and 4-star category hotels located around UNESCO World Heritage sites (except Delhi and Mumbai).

Government is planning to boost tourism in India by leveraging on the lighthouses in the country. Seventy-one lighthouses have been identified in India, which will be developed as tourist spots.

The lighthouses will feature museums, amphi-theatres, open air theatres, cafeterias, children’s parks, eco-friendly cottages and landscaping according to its capacity. India is often termed as the hotspot for bio-diversity and its rich natural heritage is unparalleled in many ways. As of December 2020, the country comprised 104 national parks and 566 sanctuaries.

The Indian government also announced to develop 17 iconic tourist sites in India into world-class destinations as per Union Budget 2019-20. Ministry of Tourism launched DekhoApnaDesh webinar in April 2020 to provide information on the many destinations and the sheer depth and expanse of the culture and heritage of Incredible India. Until July 2021, 90 webinars have been conducted under the series.

The best tourist destinations in India where the Taj Mahal, the world’s most famous testimony to the power of love — in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra. In the national capital New Delhi, Red Fort is a must see.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar attracts a lot of tourists every year. Founded in 1577 by Ram Das, Amritsar is an important hub of Sikh history and culture, describes Planetware.

Towards the west, Rajasthan is strewn with royal palaces and it is one of the hottest destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists. The places, which are most frequented by tourists are Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Alwar and Ajmer. One of the best know tiger reserves of the country, Ranthambore, is in Rajasthan.

In Uttarakhand, several hill stations are famous like Nainital, Mussoorie and Rishikesh.

Also, people take sojourn in the hill stations of Himachal Pradesh looking for peace and tranquility. Places like Shimla, Dharamsala, Dalhousie and SpitiValley are famous for this. These hill stations are very popular for trekking and river rafting as well.

In Maharashtra, Mumbai is a must visit. It is the financial capital of the country. The 26 metres high Gateway of India overlooking the Arabian Sea is a treat to the eyes of the travellers.

The Ellora Caves in Aurangabad built between the 5th and 10th Centuries by Buddhist, Jain and Hindu monks, make for an excellent excursion from Mumbai, some 300 kilometres to the west.

Khajuraho Temple in Madhya Pradesh is something to marvel at. The extraordinary intricate sculpture on the walls of the temples (no worshipping happens there) will leave one awestruck.

Those who want to get soaked in the sun, Goa beaches are highly recommended. The Calangute beach and the Agonda beach are quite popular among beach-lovers.

Down south, there is bountiful natural scenic beauty. Though there are many palaces also to visit. One of South India’s most popular tourist attractions, Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is centered around a lake in Madurai.

Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey with its backwaters and floating houseboats, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in South India. The backwaters of Kerala are a breathtaking sight, particularly at the break of dawn. Another picturesque destination in Kerala is Munnar hill station.

In Tamil Nadu, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway is an experience to treasure. The Vivekananda Rock Temple is a must visit.

In the eastern part of the country in Bihar, Bodhgaya, considered the world’s holiest Buddhist site, attracts thousands of visitors each year, all drawn to participate with the resident monks in meditation and prayer.

Another remarkable monument is the Victoria Memorial in West Bengal’s Kolkata. The largest contiguous mangrove forest Sundarbans is also located in West Bengal. In the north of the state is Darjeeling Hills known for its world-famous tea.

The seven sisters’ states of the northeastern part of the country are endowed with natural beauty and would provide a strong resemblance with Southeast Asian countries.

India is truly a diverse country in every aspect. A tour around the country will make it more evident as the soil, natural beauty, language everything changes every few miles.

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How to plan a safe, scam-free vacation?

Survey usually ends with a request to distribute the site among friends to receive the prize. In such cases, cybercriminals are using the victims themselves as a tool for spreading the scam further…reports Asian Lite News

Vacation season is well and truly upon us, and travelers around the world are looking for interesting places to go, cheap places to stay and reasonably priced flights. And scammers are here to give them what they need — well, sort of. Kaspersky researchers have observed intensified scamming activities, with numerous phishing pages distributed under the guise of airline and booking services. To help travelers avoid scams, company researchers share some of the most widespread fraud schemes used to lure victims as well as helpful tips on how to plan a safe, scam-free, vacation.

Fake ticket aggregators

Most trips start with a plane or train ticket, and travel enthusiasts are often interested in getting their hands on a bargain. Kaspersky experts have seen numerous fake websites claiming to offer users the chance to buy airplane tickets at cheaper costs. Such websites are usually well-made phishing pages that mimic famous airline services and air ticket aggregators. Some of these websites even display the details of real flights, with experienced phishers sending search requests to flight aggregators and displaying the information received from them. However, instead of delivering on promised flight tickets they keep your money and use your personal information for malicious purposes (e.g. selling your bank details and identifying information on the dark web).

Fake lotteries for discounted tickets

There are also plenty of fake pages attempting to lure travelers with airplane ticket draws, lotteries and gift cards. Users are offered the opportunity to take a small survey and enter their personal details in exchange for a generous discount on a flight ticket. As with many other offers that seems to be too good to be true, such websites end up being phishing sites, collecting victims’ personal information and card details.

On top of this, the survey usually ends with a request to distribute the site among friends to receive the prize. In such cases, cybercriminals are using the victims themselves as a tool for spreading the scam further. A link sent by people you know seems more trustworthy than one received from a stranger. If the user then follows the link and tries to get their prize, they often find they need to pay a commission or fee first. After this money is paid, the cybercriminals disappear – without rewarding the user.

Fake rentals

Another popular tactic used to scam travelers is fake rental services. One example includes the offer of a luxury two-bedroom apartment close to the center of a European capital for just €500 a month. Another seemingly appealing offer is for the rental of an entire four-bedroom house with a pool and fireplace for only €1,000 for the whole month. The reviews describe an amazing vacation and hospitable hosts. This encourages users to pay for their month-long stay, but in reality they end up sending their money to fraudsters.

“Planning a vacation is not easy. People can spend weeks, even months, looking for the perfect place to stay and the tickets to get them there. Fraudsters use this to lure users that have grown tired of searching for great deals. After two years of flight restrictions imposed by the pandemic, travelling is back. But so are travel scams – with intensified scamming activity targeting users through fake booking and rental services. Such attacks are totally preventable, which is why we urge users to be skeptical about overly generous offers. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is,” comments Mikhail Sytnik, security expert at Kaspersky.

To keep yourself protected while planning a vacation, Kaspersky experts recommend:

  • Carefully looking at the address bar before entering any sensitive information, such as your login details and password. If something is wrong with the URL (i.e. spelling, it doesn’t look like the original or it uses some special symbols instead of letters) don’t enter anything on the site. If in doubt, check the certificate of the site by clicking on the lock icon to the left of the URL.
  • Only booking your stay and tickets through the trusted websites of trusted providers. Ideally, type the address of their website manually in the address bar.
  • Not clicking on links that come from unknown sources (either through e-mails, messaging apps or social networks).
  • Visiting the business’ official website if you see a giveaway offered in e-mail or on social media by a travel company or an airline to confirm the giveaway exists. You should also carefully check the links the giveaway ad leads you to.
  • Using a good security solution that can protect you from spam emails and phishing attacks. We recommend Kaspersky Security Cloud.

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Away from the capital city’s hustle and bustle

Pataudi Palace is also known as Ibrahim Kothi. Recently started serving as a luxury heritage hotel, it is very well known for various reasons. The magnificent white colonial mansion is spread over 25 acres and makes for a great view…writes N. LOTHUNGBENI HUMTSOE

With the sudden change in the Delhi NCR weather and a significant drop in temperature, it is time to succumb to the temptation of a quick relaxing weekend trip. To make the most of this incredible change in weather, choose a location that is a perfect mix of comfort and outdoor spaces where one can unwind in the cool mornings and evenings.

Here are a few suggestions that are only a short drive from the city but will transport you to another world away from the city’s hustle and bustle. And are ideal for relaxing in this weather to bring more life to the moments you spend.

Neemrana Fort Palace

Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel is a popular destination which is close to Delhi NCR because it retains its charm as a getaway that gives you a satisfying experience. A mix of luxury stay at a palace property and modern luxury; is a good option to spend a weekend. The grand structure makes for one of the most picturesque properties within a short distance from Delhi, Neemrana Fort Palace is a great place to spend a fun-filled weekend. There are enough outdoor and indoor experiences to keep your weekend engaged. It also offers great food to make the experience holistic. It is one of the best places to venture out to during good weather. Neemrana Fort Palace is a 3-hour drive from Delhi.

Pataudi Palace

Built in 1935, Pataudi Palace is also known as Ibrahim Kothi. Recently started serving as a luxury heritage hotel, it is very well known for various reasons. The magnificent white colonial mansion is spread over 25 acres and makes for a great view. It offers stylish interior decorations, artistically furnished rooms, classic verandahs, old model furniture, and modern amenities. The manicured lawns, gardens and open spaces are perfect hangouts during pleasant weather. One can easily lose track of time walking around admiring the beauty of the place. Just a 2-hour drive from Delhi, the Pataudi Palace is in Haryana.

Lohagarh Fort Resort

This luxury resort is conveniently located on the Delhi Jaipur Highway. A great place to spend a good weekend with family or friends, this place offers a luxurious stay with lots of activities to keep you engaged throughout the weekend. The tastefully done layout and ambience of the resort in itself is an attraction. One can easily sail through a whole weekend without feeling the need for leaving the resort. The open layout of the resort gives ample space to relish good weather and go around the property for walks. They offer amazing options for luxurious accommodations and scrumptious food. Lohagarh Fort Resort is a 5-hour drive from Delhi.

Dusit Devarana

Very different from any other resort, Dusit Devarana stands out from the crowd like its name. A 5-star resort just 31 km from Delhi, offers an escape from the hustle-bustle of the city. They have a very interesting modern landscape and architecture, with beautiful grounds that can offer you the pleasure to stroll in amicable weather. Or dive into the pool for a cool experience. The great amenities and luxuries of the resort will ensure the utmost comfort during the stay. Overall, a very uncommon and differentiated experience for a weekend getaway.

Noor Mahal, Karnal

Noor Mahal is a majestic 5-star hotel in the rustic backdrop of Karnal. The grandeur of Noor Mahal has been brought to life with Rajputana and Mughal Architecture. Walking among the wide corridors, admiring the beautiful arches and intricately decorated walls, one feels like royalty. They offer luxurious chambers with modern comforts that ensure the ultimate experience during your stay. A destination in itself, one can spend almost unbelievably amazing mornings and evenings outdoors in the lovely weather. Evening by their mesmerising pool side is highly recommended.

So, make your plans for the weekend to visit one of these splendid places to make most of the turned weather for a fortunately cool experience in the middle of harsh summers.

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Choose a pet-friendly vacation spot

Doesn’t it sound surreal? All you need to do is select a pet-friendly location and a reputable pet relocation company…writes N. LOTHUNGBENI HUMTSOE

Previously, when planning a vacation, pet parents had three options: leave their furry friends with family or friends, have someone else come to your house to care for them, or place them in a pet boarding facility.

What if we you can take your furry friends on holiday and have a great time without having to worry about their travel?

So why not use these relocation services to transport your pets to their desired vacation locations? They’ll be comfortable and safe, and you won’t have to worry about leaving them at home alone. Furthermore, you will be able to spend time with your pets without constantly worrying about their well-being. Doesn’t it sound surreal? All you need to do is select a pet-friendly location and a reputable pet relocation company.

Faisal Islam, co-founder, Carry My Pet said: “A common misconception about pet relocation or pet travel companies is that people only use their services when moving abroad, shifting bases, or relocating due to a job change or Covid-19-induced shifting. A pet travel company, on the other hand, is all about transporting your pet from one location to another, regardless of the reason for travel.

“Before planning a vacation with your furry friend, ensure that you choose a pet-friendly vacation spot. While it might sound difficult, it’s much easier than you think. Six out of ten Indians have a pet today, and thanks to the increasing number of pet lovers across the country, several tourist destinations have become pet-friendly. Cities like Kerala, Mussoorie, Goa, Ooty, Manali, and Puducherry, among others, have many hotels/homestays and cafes where pets are welcome. You just need to check the hotel’s restriction policies as some of them do not permit all breeds”.

Moving a pet can be tough, but good management can help you relax and spend paw-some time with your baby without having to leave them at home or with someone else. Next time you plan a trip, don’t hesitate. The pet-friendly hotels and accommodations love your pets as much as you do, and relocating your pets using professional pet relocation services will further remove your apprehensions about taking a trip with your babies. So, are you planning the vacation already?

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Spectacular spots for a rainy season getaway

StayVista is dedicated to providing you with the best villas to rent for various events, parties, or getaways. Available in a variety of locations, including Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Manali, Goa, and many others…reports Asian Lite News

A quick vacation in the monsoons is a great way to recharge those batteries and indulge in some R&R. Here are some places which make for a spectacular getaway through the rainy season.

Munjoh Island House, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Imagine a hillside resort surrounded by coconut palms, betel leaves, mango, banyan, and even jackfruit trees, with elegant villas and unique room configurations. If this sounds like a place you’d like to visit for a vacation, look no further than Munjoh Island House.

Sterling, Ooty

Fern Hill, nestled among Ooty’s mountain peaks, offers views of terraced farms and distant pine forests. Blankets of tea estates, silvery streams, incredible flora and fauna, stretches of thick forests, and, most importantly, a culture influenced by many influences make this a must-see destination. There are numerous activities available, including paintball, foosball, a library, and many others.

StayVista, Lonavala

StayVista is dedicated to providing you with the best villas to rent for various events, parties, or getaways. Available in a variety of locations, including Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Manali, Goa, and many others.

Fazlani Natures Nest, Maharashtra

Fazlani Natures Nest, located in Maharashtra, is a great place to unwind and reconnect with nature. Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditation, Physiotherapy, and Animal Assisted Therapy are some of the health and spiritual programmes available. If you want to get close to nature and relax, this is the place for you.

Club Mahindra Emerald Palms, Goa

If you have children, Goa is a popular tourist destination, so Club Mahindra has created a resort inspired by the Portuguese architecture of Goa. It provides fascinating heritage tours, relaxing wellness treatments, and delectable food.

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Travel tips for millennials

With so many options, it’s best to plan your trip around the cheapest times. Even if it’s off-season or at an odd hour of the week, it may be worthwhile. Do your research before deciding on a time and date…writes Husain Khatumdi

Travelling refreshes both the soul and the mind. These days, whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a first-timer, any day or time you decide to travel is an excellent time to begin planning your next adventure. It doesn’t have to be a long journey; a weekend trip to a different location can satisfy your wanderlust!

Because millennials enjoy travelling but may not want to splurge, it’s critical to take advantage of all opportunities to save money with these travel tips before you start packing your suitcases:

Plan in advance

Plan ahead of time. You are possibly the most liberated you have ever been in your life. You are not constrained by the responsibilities of maturity, such as children, spouses, and other obligations. While the world is your playground, and packing up and leaving sounds appealing, you should think about organising. With so many options, it’s best to plan your trip around the cheapest times. Even if it’s off-season or at an odd hour of the week, it may be worthwhile. Do your research before deciding on a time and date.

Draw up a budget

Planning and budgeting are typically tedious tasks, but this isn’t just any budget; it’s a travel goal budget for an adventure you’d like to embark on. After you’ve determined where you want to go, it’s time to figure out how to get there. Learn more about the destination to which you intend to travel, calculate your expenses according to your budget, and look for deals online to compare and cut costs throughout your stay.

A road trip

Booking alternative modes of transportation can be time-consuming and expensive. Getting in the car with all of your friends for a few hours may be the most enjoyable part of your journey. A road trip can be a great way to save money while still having a fun holiday. Stopping along the way at camp sites or homestays, for example, eliminates the cost of luxurious hotels and resorts, allowing you to truly experience the journey on your own terms.

Travel during the Off-season

The time of year you travel may have a significant impact on your expenses. Off-season travel, on the other hand, usually results in lower airfares and hotel savings. Travelling during the off-season may result in less-than-ideal weather, but the savings usually outweigh the inconvenience. As you plan your next vacation, play around with different travel and lodging options. You might be surprised at how much the rates fluctuate.

Rent a vacation homestay instead of staying in a hotel

The costs are usually lower, and you get the opportunity to ‘live like a local.’ It usually includes amenities such as a kitchen and a washer, which can help you save even more money. You won’t be charged extra luggage fees, for example, because you can do laundry. Alternatively, instead of eating out, cook a couple of meals at home.

Travel like a local

Explore destinations other than the usual tourist traps. Don’t be afraid to explore your neighbourhood and interact with new people! This will enrich you with new experiences and create a journey that you will remember for the rest of your life.

It’s important to remember that travelling does not have to be as expensive as some people make it out to be. Don’t let others tell you that you’re too young and inexperienced to see the world. If you are adaptable and open to new experiences, it could be the experience of a lifetime. Choose a destination, plan ahead of time, and go have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Roam around for a cup of tea

The Cameron Highlands, steeped in rich tea-making traditions, is famous for its impressive emerald tea estates and breathtaking mountain views…reports Asian Lite News

Tea, tea, tea! Most people can’t get enough of this soothing brew. On May 21st, International Tea Day celebrates the cultural and economic significance of tea around the world, emphasizing how much joy and comfort this beverage can bring. commemorates the occasion by compiling a list of five tea-themed destinations from around the world. With 44 percent of Indian travellers eager to try the best places for food and drink on their next trip, International Tea Day is the ideal excuse to visit historic and scenic locations.

Tea is a global phenomenon, and every country, from Argentina to Malaysia, has its own way of drinking it. Discover the exciting destinations behind the drinks, from the rich flavourful tea leaves of Darjeeling to the vibrant mint leaves of Morocco.

Darjeeling, India

The West Bengal district of Darjeeling is known for its abundance of tea gardens, with over 80 stretching across acres of land. The emerald-green Darjeeling Tea Garden, located in the foothills of the mountains, produces tea with such an intense aroma and spicy flavour that it’s often referred to as the ‘champagne of teas.’ When not admiring the majestic Khangchendzonga, the world’s third highest peak, visitors can visit Buddhist monasteries and ride the 140-year-old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

Where to stay: The blissful hill resort Mayfair Darjeeling, with spectacular views overlooking the valley, is a tranquil spot with easy access to the Darjeeling Tea Garden. Classic Indian rooms exude old world charm and elegance with carved wooden furnishings and colourful prints. The hotel features a spa, state-of-the-art gym, pool and tea boutique. Wake up to birdsong and spend the day exploring the stunning tea gardens.

Harrogate, United Kingdom

English breakfast tea is a British tradition that has evolved over time to include a variety of brews such as decaf and gold standard. Harrogate is home to one of the UK’s most popular Yorkshire tea brands, which blends tea leaves from Assam and East Africa to create unique, flavorful combinations. Visit York and enjoy a delightful Afternoon Tea Boat Cruise along the picturesque River Ouse, where visitors will learn about the city’s mediaeval history. York Minster, one of the world’s largest and most beautiful Gothic cathedrals, is a must-see.

Where to stay: The Chapel Boutique Bed and Breakfast, situated in the heart of the town, is ideally located near local sites including the Harrogate Turkish Baths, Royal Hall Theatre and Royal Pump Room Museum as well as the famous Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, serving delicious afternoon teas in Harrogate since 1919. The unique grade II listed chapel conversion boasts luxe rooms with an eccentric and eclectic mix of styles. Following a day of sightseeing and tea tasting, relax on the large balcony overlooking the lush gardens.

Meknes, Morocco

Morocco’s favourite beverage is refreshing mint tea. Various blends are produced throughout the country, but the vibrant mint leaves from the picturesque hilltop city of Meknes are said to be the best. A UNESCO-listed ancient medina, meander around the old town to find everything from specialist souks selling beautiful crafts and textiles to teahouses in hidden courtyards and even the occasional donkey strolling around.

Where to stay: Stay in the heart of Meknes at the impressive Riad Mama H&K. Traditionally decorated with the authentic architecture of Morocco including hand-carved wood and geometric tiles, the hotel also features a pretty outdoor terrace. Discover local dishes from tangines to seafood in all their richness and variety at the on-site restaurant or relax by the fireplace with a soothing mint tea.

Misiones, Argentina

The herbal tea Yerba Mate is Argentina’s national drink, and is enjoyed for its energy-boosting qualities. It is said to have the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the joy of chocolate. The leaves are grown in the lush rainforests of Misiones, a northeastern province known for its red earth and papaya fields. The Iguaz National Park is located in Misiones and is home to the magical Iguaz Falls, the world’s largest waterfall, where visitors can see bright-billed toucans and colourful butterflies.

Where to stay: Self-catering bungalows Cabanas Doralia in the city of Obera feature a well-equipped kitchen, BBQ terrace, outdoor pool and exquisite garden views. The comfortable accommodation is located near La Ruta Del Te, an Argentinian tea house where travellers can learn from fourth generation tea producers and try Yerba Mate sweetened with agave and served with pastries for an afternoon treat.

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

The Cameron Highlands, steeped in rich tea-making traditions, is famous for its impressive emerald tea estates and breathtaking mountain views. The Bharat Tea Estate is home to some of the world’s most popular tea brands, including Cameroon Valley, which draws flavour inspiration from Sri Lanka and South India. Visitors can quench their thirst with a special high tea at the estate’s Tea House before exploring the lush hilly terrain with moss-covered trees, rich wildlife, and exotic plants.

Where to stay: Located a short drive away from the Bharat Tea Estate is Heahtitude, a kitsch vintage guest house with modern amenities. Visitors can enjoy activities around the Cameron Highlands, including hiking and cycling in the Mossy Forest, where Rafflesia, the biggest flowers in the world, can be found. Between trekking and tea culture, it’s easy to unwind in the evenings on the beautiful riverside terrace.

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Check out these int’l holiday destinations to fly in Summer

Bali is finally open for business after a long wait. With unrivalled scenic beauty and pristine beaches, as well as low prices, it is the next dream destination for anyone who hasn’t travelled internationally yet…reports Asian Lite News

It’s summer, and travellers are ready to go on vacation after more than two years of staying at home. With international skies now open, this appears to be the best time for Indians to take their dream vacation.

Whether it’s a ‘dreamcation’, a ‘staycation’, or a ‘wellcation’, if the desire to travel this summer outpaces one’s finances, TNPL (travel now, pay later) service providers are making immediate vacations possible.

Travel bookings have always been stressful for travellers, especially for large-ticket trips where the entire amount is paid upfront for a vacation. Following the pandemic outbreak, travellers plan shorter trips closer to their departure date rather than months in advance. This makes their financial situation even worse.

However, by using the ‘travel now, pay later’ option available at POS with travel merchants, travellers can pay overtime and enjoy a vacation they never thought possible.

Given the ease of purchase, many international destinations are gaining popularity in the summer of 2022:


Why settle for Goa when you can relax on a Thai beach? Travellers are choosing Thailand for its tranquility and thrill after the Thai government removed restrictions and given the benefit of being able to repay for the trip over three to six months. It’s no surprise that Thailand is always at the top of the list of travel destinations. Furthermore, Thailand’s vibrant nightlife attracts partygoers from all over the world.


This summer, the popular honeymoon destination for Indians is no longer only visited by honeymooners. Aside from being a popular destination for water sports and beaches, the Maldives is also a seafood lover’s paradise.


While Kashmir and Himachal have their own distinct charms, why pass up the opportunity to experience Iceland’s breath-taking scenery, waterfalls, and glacier lagoons when one can spread the cost? Previously thought to be only for wealthy visitors, the destination is now seeing an increase in bookings from non-wealthy visitors as well.


This summer, Scandinavia, particularly Norway, is gaining popularity as a tourist destination for Indians. The allure stems in large part from the diverse landscape of forests, mountains, fjords, and fields, which are a visual treat. Furthermore, their mouth-watering seafood, fresh vegetables, and organic dairy products are popular with restaurants all over the world.


Malaysia, a melting pot of Asian cultures, ethnicities, and languages, is the most sought-after destination in Southeast Asia this year, trailing only Thailand. Malaysia is carving a niche among Asians this season with pocket-friendly packages made even more affordable by TNPL.


Bookings made through TNPL increased the allure of this chic tourist destination in 2022. Switzerland has breath-taking landscapes, a plethora of cultural experiences, and a plethora of sightseeing opportunities.


Bali is finally open for business after a long wait. With unrivalled scenic beauty and pristine beaches, as well as low prices, it is the next dream destination for anyone who hasn’t travelled internationally yet. Furthermore, the annual Bali Arts Festival and Kite Festival, held in June and July, have elevated it to the top of the list for most first-time Southeast Asia visitors.


Travellers planning their first trip to Europe this year are booking for Greece through the TNPL service. Apart from the delectable cuisine, Greece’s immaculate beaches and Greek mythology make it an irresistible summer travel destination.


Whether it’s the wonderful theatrical performances, art and heritage, or the welcoming nature of the locals, Italy is gradually becoming a must-visit destination for tourists this year.


This summer, visitors are eager to sample vintage wine and delectable cheese right in the heart of the city of love! For most tourists, experiencing everything spectacular in France’s metropolitan city is a dream come true. With so many couples visiting Paris this season, ‘travel now, pay later’ bookings have reached an all-time high for the city.

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