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5 Ways To Holiday On A Budget

5 Ways To Holiday On A Budget

After 9 months of being locked inside our houses and daydreaming of the beaches in Goa, mountains of Manali or the food of Rajasthan, people are finally on the move!

While we already know what precautions to take to save ourselves from the virus, precautions with regards to spending your money can be of great help too!

Here are some tips to save enough money while travelling to also buy the outfit or sneakers you’ve been dreaming of :

1. Get There Smartly

Booking flights is a hassle and let’s be honest, expensive too. Flight tickets sometimes cost a fortune and leave us with not much money to spend on our trip. Websites like Skyscanner and EaseMyTrip give you the best deals on flights so that you always fly high!

Pro-tip: Set the departure date as the whole month. It will show you the prices of flight tickets on all days! You can easily compare the fares and choose the best day to travel accordingly!

If you are a person who likes to enjoy the picturesque view of the country, then train travel is for you! Yatra.com and IXIGO affiliated with IRCTC have an easy-to-use interface where you can easily book train tickets, check your PNR status and even cancel your booking with no extra cost(except standard charges). So board that next train to nowhere! For a truer road trip experience, you could try buses with affordable fares on Redbus.

From genius to indigenous

2. Live In Hostels

From staying on bunk beds to sharing a cool common area, play area, common kitchen and doing fun activities throughout the week, living in a hostel is an unforgettable experience. Hostels are a junction for people from all around the world. You meet people from different cultures, regions and countries altogether! But the best part about staying in hostels is that it is pocket friendly!

Brands like ZostelMoustacheBackpacker Panda have a chain of hostels around the country. There are a variety of options to choose from. The interiors are lively and fun which makes it more fun than ever.

Booking.comAgoda and Hostelworld have a variety of hostels listed and reviewed by genuine travellers hence, you can make an informed decision to find the perfect fit for you!

The world is your oyster

3. Credit All The Way

People often overlook the perks of credit cards and miss out on some great opportunities to save their money! Credit card companies reward their customers with reward points which can later be redeemed to get heavy discounts on travel bookings, merchandise, restaurants, groceries and much more. If you are a college student, we know that you are always on the lookout for discounts and coupons. GrabOnCouponDunia and CouponMoto have coupons and gift cards ranging from travel to food to accommodation and  entertainment and much more! Browse their website and don’t pay the full price for anything, ever!

Get your money’s worth

4. Eat Local

While thinking about our trip, we take into consideration everything but food. Food is one place where you cannot be stingy. But instead of eating at restaurants, you can try the local street food! It’s delicious, authentic and fills your tummy when you are short on budget.

Youtubers like The Food RangerVeggie PaajiPriyanka Tiwari travel around the country and make mouth-watering street food videos! When travelling with friends and eating out, it’s always a hassle to keep track of the expenses and sometimes you end up paying for your friend who never seems to pay you back but that problem can be solved with goDutch – a bill splitting app where you can split bills with friends, track your expenses and settle them via UPI.

While eating local is pocket-friendly, it’s not always healthy. You can always cook your own food in the hostel you are staying in. Buy groceries, coffee sachets, snacks from the local market and stores, go in the kitchen and become the next Gordon Ramsay! And you can keep track of all of these expenses on goDutch too with just the click of a button!

Food for thought

5. Be Your Own Guide

Before going to a place, watch YouTube videos or read blogs of travellers like The Shooting StarTravel Tales from India and Abroad to find out about the hidden gems of the city/country that often go unnoticed. Make an itinerary of your trip to avoid last minute bookings so that you don’t miss out on sights!

Locals are what makes us fall in love with places. They are friendly, they give the best food recommendations, tell you about the city and it’s secrets and often leave you with a heavy heart when you come back home. Ask them to guide you around the city.

Travel in local trains/metros/buses instead of cars/cabs, go on foot if the place you are visiting is nearby. Apps like Moovit and Ridlr provide you information about real-time traffic, local trains, buses of virtually any city you go in!

Saving money is an extremely useful habit (especially for young people) which has its own perks! It makes you smarter in managing your money and in a pandemic where many people lost their jobs or had their incomes slashed, saving money for the future is a smart choice instead of mindlessly spending it on things which you don’t even need.

Go solo

Travelling doesn’t necessarily mean draining your savings, if you’re smart about it.

So feed that wanderlust and travel away!
But also use these tips and your savings will be here to stay.

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Vacationing During A Pandemic

Vacationing During A Pandemic

This year has truly turned our lives upside down. From wanting to be lazy and stay in, now everybody wants to get out. But now that the pandemic has become a way of life, there are ways to have fun and still be corona-free!

Here are some ways you can holiday during doomsday:

1. Choosing The Right Place

Suspense Mein Mat Raho

Do not pick a place willy-nilly. Check reviews and more importantly, safety standards. Or else you’ll bring an extra return gift on your way home. Make sure they’re taking covid precautions like social distancing and sanitisation among many.

Finally, do see if it’s going to be a fun stay. You don’t want to go from one indoors to the other. Staycation places like VistaRooms and EkoStay are perfect for this! You get isolated villas and even pools and other amenities. So, time to upgrade your work from home location!

2. Contact-less Money

Paisa Hi Paisa Hoga

Contact is now a thing of the past with social distancing being the new viral necessity. Hence, it’s time to take our transactions on the digital route. Opt for Google Pay or Paytm for quick payments whereas when it comes to group bills that are much more complicated, there’s always goDutch. A bill splitting app where you can split bills with friends, track expenses and settle via UPI, all in one place.

Most places for a stay are much cheaper now. Hence, one can get a more luxurious experience while keeping it under budget. Here’s to living in the moment rather than being buried in bills.

3. Stocking Up On Essentials

Safety First

The apocalypse is a better reminder than ever that it always helps to stay prepared. Many of us have gotten so used to having a sanitiser around that it might still be in our daily routine even after the virus is long gone. But since you’ll be travelling, the stakes are much higher. So, be sure to double check your travel essentials like carrying linens and blankets if travelling by train as the IRCTC won’t provide for them.

You can check out other travel essentials using sources like CurlyTales and other sites. Be sure to get health insurance to prepare for the worst. Also, do keep track of covid cases in the area you’re visiting. Just a little extra caution could help in a super safe vacation.

4. Having Fun While Social Distancing

Dooriyan Bhi Hai Zaroori

While the vacation mode is on, don’t forget that so is the pandemic mode. But do try to find avenues of fun activities while being safe. You can opt for treks, swimming in private pools or even go on a food crawl. Check innovative travel sites like Thrillophilia and take your pick.

Many holiday destinations like Rishikesh that conduct adventure sports have opened up after months this year. Make the trip count for it’s staying indoors for a while post that.

5. Figuring Mode Of Travel

Ab Teleport Toh Nahi Kar Sakte Na

The kind of travel too brings its challenges. For example, there are many new rules with regards to flights during the pandemic whereas when driving, there are a lot more precautions like when taking pit stops for meals that one has to take for themselves. Check out the guidelines for both and prepare accordingly. Then it’s up up and away to your ideal vacay!

While the times seem extremely bleak, our world is much more accessible today. For unlike previous pandemics or dire situations like these, there has never been a ray of hope like there is now. For we live in the age of technology and innovation and even covid can’t bring us down. Hence, since we are getting the opportunity to find some respite during these hard times, let’s make sure that it counts.

Make sure that we feel good till the vaccine arrives in our hood.

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