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Buses and Trains in India Explained w/ Safety Tips

Buses, and more so trains, are the most common method of public transport for visitors to India when flights aren’t available or you just want to experience an Indian train adventure. Trains are a fun, comfortable, and economical way to travel between cities. A smooth train ride through the deserts and villages of Rajasthan is […]

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How to Be Street Smart in India

You gotta be smart when travelling in India – and any other foreign country for that matter. Everything you’ll read below is from my personal experience – yes, even sexual harassment and stalking. Let’s start with some tips for travelling safely in India, then we’ll go over different safety issues I’ve had to deal with […]

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How to Avoid Counterfeit Souvenirs in India

Souvenirs are a great reminder of all the diverse and beautiful places you have been to in India. India also produces some incredible products that they’re known worldwide for. You might want a warm and light cashmere shawl, saffron, a Taj Mahal replica made of marble, a banarasi silk saree, Indian spices, or maybe to […]

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How to Bargain and Get Refunds in India

Bargaining is an integral part of Indian culture. It’s a game that intimidates most but in reality is very simple and just takes practice to acquire. You will be an expert in it after a few goes. I’m going to show you how to give them a run for their money so you get a […]

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How to Avoid Bad Hotels in India

You pay for what you get. Nowhere is this truer than in India. In India, everything, not only accommodation, is available at prices ranging from super budget to super luxury. Sometimes it seems like a competition to see who can sell the cheapest and the worst quality product. You can buy a dirt-cheap pair of […]

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Arriving in India: Getting to Your Hotel & Airport Amenities

For first-time travellers, getting to your hotel is, unfortunately, a challenge to overcome when you land in India. You might already have that nervous feeling as you walk through the airport, but it really hits when you look out the exit door and see the organized chaos of India for the first time. This blog […]

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Pakistan Travel

Which Parts of Pakistan Can Foreign Tourists Visit?

In 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan abolished the need for foreign tourists to get No Objection Certificates (NOC) to travel around Pakistan. And while foreigners can practically travel anywhere in Pakistan, there are still a few restrictions in place. Restrictions when visiting Pakistan as a tourist Balochistan is difficult All provinces of Pakistan are open […]

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How to Blend In While Travelling in India & Pakistan

When I’m travelling alone in India or Pakistan, I don’t want to be that foreigner trying to lug around a big suitcase on the streets, and I don’t want to be sticking out like a sore thumb because of what I’m wearing. It just attracts unwanted attention. If I’m in Pakistan and I stumble into a […]

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Is Pakistan Safe to Travel to?

What do you first think when you hear the word Pakistan? For me, living in New Zealand and India, since 9/11, it’s been synonymous with terrorism. News reports, the movie Zero Dark Thirty, and Mark Owen’s book No Easy Day were, like most, all I knew about Pakistan. I had similar worries about India from […]

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Foreign Woman Beheaded in India

Kerala Police have finally caught the two men who drugged, raped and beheaded a tourist – Liga Skromane from Latvia. Liga had been missing since February when she went to visit a beach in Kovalam. She had come to India in search of ancient Indian Ayurvedic (natural Indian healing) treatment for depression. The suspects are […]