A third of global population is on lockdown today – travel restrictions are in force, national & international flights are cancelled, local transportation is limited or not available. While many of us are at home, others are stranded on the way. During Covid-19 or beyond, we might face such challenges. How do we handle such a situation or what we do while making our way to our destination? Remember, being responsible traveller, we take care of ourselves, others around us and mother earth. Recently, I planned to travel to Thailand, but ended up reaching India (from Yangon) – here is how I managed it in the midst of Covid-19 and a guide that might be useful to others.
The thought of travelling Africa for the first time, evoked in me mixed feelings. While I was excited about visiting a new country, the thoughts of its difficult past, of war and conflict, poverty, disease and other stories that I often read, kept me guessing what the travel had to offer. So, a week before I embarked on my Journey to Rwanda and Uganda, I kept reading as much as I can about these countries, their history, economic order and culture. While information helped, I won’t deny a sense of unease while boarding my plane from New Delhi. Continue reading “It Was Love At First Sight In Rwanda…”
Russia has the dubious distinction of being the most unfriendly country in the world. But it is also the land of Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and this year’s Football World Cup. So I set out for ‘the land of no smiles’, armed with a solemn expression and a Russian speaking friend.
The latter was most useful but the first was absolutely unnecessary.
Heavily inspired by the movie Lunchbox, as most of my wisdom comes from Bollywood, I set out for Bhutan – The Land of Happiness. Also, my friend Madhur Upadhyay and owner of Avani Earth Journeys, enticed me with photos of Bhutan birds and a super-customised itinerary focused on nature.
I do not like mountains. And it doesn’t get more mountainous than Bhutan.
Not all who wander are considered lost; and sometimes a journey into the unknown can take us to interesting finds that make for a memory worth writing home about. My recent visit to Vietnam with a friend proved to be all the endorsement to that fact I needed. Continue reading “A Secret Café In Vietnam That Offers Tea, Coffee And Perspective”
While the craze for football has eternally popularized the Latin American countries of Brazil and Argentina among us Indians, its other illustrious neighbours have not attracted us as much till now. Peru – the emerging destination (international) at the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2016 – happens to be one of those neighbours biding its time for our attention.
India and Peru has historically had healthy trade relations; and is currently in negotiations over a free trade agreement. It might be time for us to consider exploring this country with a history that dates back to approximately 9,000 B.C. Here’s the experience of a Nigerian friend who spent sometime in the country, to get you started… Continue reading “Lima, Peru: Personal Transformation through Travel”
It was strange to find how many people expressed shock, surprise, dismay and discouragement at the idea of a female solo traveller, when I shared the idea of visiting Bhutan by myself. Despite the discouragement all around, I was not ready to lose the opportunity to experience the thrill of travelling by myself for the first time. I had made up my mind, packed my bags, and looked forward to boarding that jet plane. So, on January 29, I headed to Kolkata from Ho Chi Minh City, hopped onto a Druk Air flight to the lovely town of Paro. Continue reading “Bhutan – My First Experience As A Solo Female Traveller”