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India Survival Guide

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 of product. You can buy a dirt-cheap pair […]

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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 […]

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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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Pakistan Travel

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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India Travel Safety

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 […]

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India Travel Safety

How to Keep Your Belongings Safe in Your Room in India

The only time I’ve ever had things stolen from my hotel room was when I was in New York. I was sharing a bunk bed with a German tourist. I remember thinking when I met him that he wasn’t very friendly. That should’ve been a sign. There were no lockers for luggage in the tiny room, […]

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India Travel Safety

The Time I Was Nearly Kidnapped in India (& How to Avoid Stalking)

Stalking. It’s only ever happened to me once in India, that I know of. Once is enough to give you that sickening feeling in your stomach and ask yourself, “What could have happened?” The sun was setting in Ranchi, the capital of one of the poorest states in India, Jharkhand. I’d just left my hotel […]

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India Travel Safety

How to Avoid the 3 Most Common Shopping Scams in India

Being overcharged, given wrong change, and high-pressure sales tactics are the 3 most common shopping scams for tourists to India. The first two I still deal with every week being a foreigner living in India. Here’s how to avoid these scams. Being Overcharged When I first worked this scam out, I realised that two stores […]

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India Rickshaw Scams Exposed & How to Get the Best Price [Exclusive Video]

After dealing with scammers who’ll approach you on foot in India, you need to know how to bargain and deal with Indian rickshaw (tuk-tuk) and taxi drivers so you can avoid massive foreigner price markups, lies, and scams. Watch my new hidden camera adventure to see tourist drivers attempt to lie, scam, and rip me […]