Guest BlogPost – 7 Pro Tips for A Budgeted Tour of India

India is visited by many foreign tourists, as well locals wishing to explore this precious land. Everyone wants to get the best out of a holiday, and make it easy on their pocket, and why not, it is after all a sensible thing to do. Air fares, decent railway tickets can be quite pricey, and so are the hotel reservations. And to add to it all, the food in most places is priced quite heftily, and the taxes make it worse! Nevertheless, there is always a frugal way to travel through which you can save quite a sum of money, if not a fortune. Therefore, do not hesitate to take a budget your next trip to India and the tips bellow will ensure that you spend within it!

1. Scourge for Coupons

A lot of sites offer coupons and promising discounts on air prices, hotel bookings and eateries/restaurants. These coupons are free, but do require a bit of hunting! Most of them are legitimate, and offer tickets at astonishingly slashed prices! Although there are a few terms and conditions, if they can be met, most of the work is done for you, and is oh so light on your wallet!

2. Opt for An Airbnb, Or A Guest House Instead!

If you are travelling with a large group of people, look for a home stay guest house instead! Airbnb is becoming quite popular these days, and are extremely cheap to stay in! You do not have to pay extra for room services and maintenance charges, unlike hotels. You get to stay in a place which feels like home, interact with the locals, live their lives and become a part of it. What better an experience could you get?

3. Decide on A Hotel Based on Its Location

If you do not wish to opt for a guest house, you can still get a hotel, but do make sure that it is well placed and easy for you to reach. Also make sure that it is close to the places you want to visit, thus reducing your travel expenditure and travel time! You could also opt for one which is away from the main roads, where all the traffic is, so that your stay is as peaceful as you want it to be!

4. Travel at Night

Choose to travel at night, and save a whole day’s expense on hotel bookings. Check in times are in the morning, so if you travel during the day and reach the hotel in the evening, you have lost an entire day looking and booking hotels. Also, given that India is a hot country, one would find it more comfortable to travel at night! Kill two birds with one stone, as they say!

5. Prefer Eating at Restaurants Outside the Hotel

Hotels have their own bars and restaurants, but these are heavily taxed and too expensive. Even aerated drinks are priced more than maximum retail price! Do not make such a mistake, do go outside to famous eateries and have a bite of the local lip-smacking foods- these popular places tend to be cheap! Again, the important thing to do is choose a hotel where these eateries are in the vicinity and easily accessible!

6. Carry You Own Food for The Journey

One must always make it a point to carry eatables while on the journey. Food served on air is extremely expensive, and although railways isn’t so, one may be paranoid of how hygienic the food offered may be- you certainly do not want to be sick at the entirety of the trip! Also make sure to carry as many bottles of water that you can, not only for the journey, but to every place you visit! You will certainly need it in this tropical country! Also carry hats and caps, while you’re at it!

7. Shop at The Street Markets

Instead of opting for boring malls where all the clothes are pricey and the same as at the malls back home, visit the roadside markets for exciting trinkets and local material, fashion, shoes and souvenirs! It is one experience you must not miss out on!

 

Author’s Bio:

A travel guru and wanderlust, Himanshu has a knack for finding beauty in every little bit of nature, travelling to make memories, and leaving footprints. Tales of his travel adventures are available at pearlsindiatour.com where he shares about his passion to all!

How to pack like a pro

Travel has become more complicated today. Numerous airlines have placed restrictions on the number of luggage pieces a single traveler can check and take onboard, as well as size and weight limitations for each piece of luggage.

This has put a lot of pressure on travellers to pack lighter and simpler, often making difficult and wrong choices to pack what is wanted versus what is needed.

Today, you can no longer borrow your father’s suitcase he brought with him on his honeymoon 30 years ago. Excessive fees and limitations placed on luggage will deter travellers from bringing that heavy, bulky suitcase.

Travellers are forced to be more conservative with space as well as how much luggage they can take with them on their trips, travellers must now get a little creative and crafty in how they pack.

My advice on how to pack like a pro is that you should always make a packing list of what items you need for your trip considering the destination, weather conditions, duration of the trip and purpose of the trip. To help you more with your list, here is my own packing list for a short business trip last month.

Clothes

  • Underwear and socks
  • Light jacket or a hoodie 
  • Heavier jacket
  • 3 casual shirts
  • 3 pairs of pants
  • Formal outfit
  • Comfortable shoes

Medication

  • Allergy medicine
  • Eye drops
  • Aspirin
  • Band-Aids
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Sleep medication

Snacks

  • Snack bar
  • Bottled water

Electronics

  • Power converter
  • Phone charger
  • Camera charger
  • Camera
  • iPhone

Toiletries

  • Travel-sized lotion, shampoo, and body wash
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Make up bag

Miscellaneous

  • Umbrella
  • Passport 
  • Wallet

Tips to pack like a pro: mix & match with your clothes so that everything matches with everything else and always bring enough clean underwear (for instance, if you pack for a 4 day trip, you should pack 6 underwear). Also, you should bring the proper shoes and  in general 3 pair of shoes are more than enough – yes I am a girl & I love shoes but I know exactly what I need in every occasion and you will too if you follow my tips-. If you really want to travel light, bring 1 really good quality pair of shoes that won’t fail you, and save the space/weight of spare items. Last but not least, pack toiletries right – always have a small bag of travel size toiletries and a small make-up bag.

2. Consider to buy a  professional cabin luggage. After years of struggling to find the best luggage, I can tell that the Eastpak cabin luggage is the perfect size for either short or long trips on all airlines. It is also easy to carry on as it has 4 wheels.

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3. The last innovative solution for packing is using packing cubes to help you organise your items while also conserve space. Packing cubes are small, ultra lightweight bags of various shapes and sizes that are the perfect selection for your traveling and packing needs and they are made with durable Rip-Stop Nylon as well as pull zippers and reinforced seams..

Packing cubes allow travellers to pack more while also taking up less space in your luggage without sacrificing organisation or damaging any items.

Is there anything worse than that bottle of lotion bursting and getting all over your other items – even your clothes? By using one small packing cube for all of your toiletries, medications, and toothbrush, and a larger, separate packing cube for all of your clothing, you can avoid this small disaster from happening.

Many travellers have used plastic Zip-lock bags to separate their items, such as toiletries and medications. However, packing cubes were born based on this idea, but they are more durable, practical, and even come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours for travel needs.

Packing cubes also have mesh windows in order to help you see the items that are packed inside and are designed to compress, organise, and pack clothing as well as other items. They fit perfectly into most carry-on suitcases, tote bags, backpacks and even duffel bags. Packing cubes are also machine washable.

Packing cubes will change the way you travel. In fact, many travellers who have used packing cubes have claimed they will never go anywhere without packing cubes again.

One great tip on how to creatively use packing cubes to maximise space and organisation is to plan on what goes in each cube and how each cube fits in your luggage.

For example, for someone who is traveling to unknown climates or areas with inconsistent or spontaneous changes in weather conditions, packing cubes can come in handy. Smaller packing cubes can be used for lighter clothing, such as shorts, tank tops, and so on, and the larger packing cubes can be reserved for sweaters, jackets, sweatpants, and so on.

This approach alone will likely surprise you as to how much space you can save in your luggage. In fact, when used creatively, packing cubes can allow travellers to travel carry-on only!!!

 

 

 

 !Happy packing & happy travelling!