Travel Tips – Packing Light For A Carefree Trip

Travel tips in travel books and on travel websites often advise travelers to “pack light.” In my experience, these sources of travel information don’t go far enough. If you’re a budget traveler you’re unlikely to be relying on hotel porters, taxi drivers, or other people paid to drag your luggage around. You’re more likely to be dragging it yourself – through airports, through subway systems, on and off of buses and airport shuttles, and through city streets.

It cannot be overstated that carrying too much weight around can be the difference between a fantastic, exhilarating travel experience and an exhausting one that you can’t wait to end. If your luggage is heavy, you’re mind will be more on the thought that you can’t bear to drag your luggage down one more street, than it will be on the sights and sounds of that exotic locale. My years of traveling around Europe, primarily by plane, train, bus, subway system and on foot, have taught me several things. The lighter your luggage, the lighter your heart.

Traveling light does not mean hoisting traditional suitcases. The suitcases themselves add extra weight, and suitcases are difficult to carry. I find that holding a large object by its handle, its weight hanging down off the end of my arm is the fastest route to a shoulder and backache. Traveling light also does not mean pulling a suitcase that has tiny wheels on the bottom. Spend a few minutes watching tourists attempting to keep control of that type of unstable suitcase, as they wobble and tip to one side, and you’ll see what I mean.

Traveling light does not mean carrying an over sized, bursting-at-the-seams backpack, either. Unless you plan to do some serious wilderness hiking and camping in the rough, where you’ll have zero access to shops, forget the overloaded backpack. Why lug a heavy backpack through the wilds of London when there are shops on every corner, where you can forage for everything you need?

So, what should savvy budget travelers carry, and how should they carry it? My advice is that you carry one small day-pack style backpack. It can be done, if you think before you pack, and if you make logical decisions as to what you truly can and can’t live without, and what you absolutely must transport to your destination versus what you can easily pick up once you arrive.

For example, if you regularly use a prescription medication, obviously you’ll need to carry an adequate supply with you. Carry a spare as well, and keep it on you, so that you needn’t panic if your pack gets nabbed by a thief. Be sure to also carry the prescription itself, so that you can prove that you’re really transporting a prescription medicine, if you’re stopped by customs or security personnel. It’s even better if you have a prescription that carries not only the commercial name of the medicine, but also its chemical name, in case you need to show it to a pharmacist, doctor, or customs authority, in a country where your own language isn’t spoken.

If you’re traveling to a hot, tropical location, by all means carry a bottle of sunscreen – but buy a bottle that contains the amount you expect to need for the duration of the trip. Don’t burden yourself with a jumbo size container, two thirds of which will be still be with you on the return trip. As a rule of thumb for any type of toiletries, carry (or buy upon arrival) small tubes, bottles and boxes containing just enough for the trip. Don’t drag around weight that you’ll ultimately drag back home with you, or you’ll only end up with a bottle of sunscreen that can boast to its neighbors on the medicine cabinet shelf that it’s been to Tahiti.

If two people are traveling together, whether they’re part of one family or they’re friends sharing the adventure of a lifetime, take only one set of toiletries between you. Carry separate toothbrushes, of course, but pack just one of items such as deodorant and soap and then share them. Half of your toiletry weight will have been eliminated simply by not both carrying duplicate types of items and, believe me, objects like these really contribute to the bulk and weight of your luggage.

Ask yourself if you can live without extras such as cosmetics, perfume and jewelry. Their combined mass and weight can quickly add up. Try a more natural look during your trip. It will save you daily time, as well as saving you daily strain on your arm and back muscles. As an added bonus, the less stylish and flashy you look, the less likely you’ll be to be the target of a mugger.

Forget about electrical appliances and electronic gadgets. You can live without a hairdryer or electric shaver and save not only the weight of these appliances, but also the additional burden of adapters to suit overseas outlets and electrical currents. Carry, instead, a lightweight compact plastic razor, or just let your beard grow. You may later decide that it suits you and decide to keep it ! If you plan to fly, don’t bother packing razor blades or manicure scissors. They are not allowed on planes anymore, anyway, so should be bought locally, if needed, and then properly disposed of before you fly home. I always find it practical to carry a little sewing kit for emergency repairs, but that doesn’t mean an entire kit full of colored spools of thread. It means a single needle plus one little spool of pale thread and one of dark thread together in a little bag.

Keep clothing to an absolute minimum. Stick to one basic outfit that’s comfortable, casual, and not easily wrinkled. Supplement it with a couple of extra lightweight tops and a couple of pairs of socks and underwear that can be repeatedly washed out in hotel rooms. A single sweater or sweatshirt for cool evenings and a thin plastic rain poncho and you should be set.

By sticking to one small backpack per person there are additional advantages that you’ll soon appreciate. You need never check bags at the airport and risk having them lost, you don’t need to endlessly load and unload airport or train station trolleys and count your bags to be sure that none have gone astray, plus everything is close at hand and easily accessible. By carrying just one backpack each, you’ll also look less like affluent tourists, and thus you’ll be less likely to be targeted by a pickpocket or purse snatcher as you move about city streets and in subway systems. Travel light and you can put less of a burden on your muscles, leaving you with more energy and a bigger appetite to truly experience the marvelous places that you are visiting. Travel light and you’ll be more likely to travel happy.

Trekking In The Himalayas – Explore the Adventurer In You

“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” – Anatoli Boukreev

Mountains are places where one comes to terms with nature and praises its marvels that are taken for granted by many. It would melt down your earthly pride and materialistic achievements that define you amidst humans. It would strip you from the comforts of the city and tests your mettle in the wilderness, filling the void with nature that is created and widened by man himself.

With summer coming to an end and winter approaching, now is the last chance to go on that exciting adventure trip in the hills before it gets too cold to bare. Here is a list of some adventurous destinations in the midst of hills and valleys of Himalayan range that you can’t afford to miss out.

Sikkim

The newest member of the north-east family, Sikkim is one of those states in India that is known for its natural scenic view and multiple trekking opportunities, for both lone travellers as well as the group expeditions. Sikkim has a lot to offer to the adventurer in you. Some of the famous treks in this trekking paradise are:

The third highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga
One of the best treks in India, Yuksom and Goecha La
Known for its picturesque trail, Green Lake
One of the most colorful treks in India, Barsey-Rhododendron Trek

For the adventurer in you, these treks would be like dreams come true. It would make you lose in the mountains so that you can find yourself all over again.

Ladakh

Another jewel in the trekking crown of India, Ladakh offers every trekker a life altering experience. Also known as “Trekker’s Paradise”, Ladakh’s rugged terrain and snow covered peaks makes it the most astounding destination of Jammu and Kashmir. This trek is open from the month of June till end October. The classic Tibetan culture further overwhelms the travellers.

Kumaon

Imagine yourself walking rigidly through a picturesque trail. It is surrounded by the thick forest all around. All that you can hear is chirping of birds. The pink glow of sunlight bouncing off the high peaks and are aligned under a sky, dotted with the colourful birds flying freely. Pristine, isn’t it? This is Kumaon.

This beautiful place is situated in Uttarakhand Himalayas. It’s serene beauty attracts thousands of nature lovers every year. A perfect combination of breathtaking beauty of mountains and forests and the cultural heritage, Kumaon has a whole package waiting for you. The major tourist attractions are Kafni glacier, Sunderban base camp trek, Milam glacier trekking, Adi Kailash trekking tour and many more.

Garhwal

It offers one the most meaningful and attractive trekking expeditions on the foothills of Himalayas. Present in the state of Uttarakhand, Garhwal holds the most pious journey of Chardham and is known for the sacred abode of Gods. From trekking, camping, river-rafting, to soft adventures Garhwal has a whole package of fun filled adventures to offer.

Nanda Devi National Park in the trail of Nanda Devi Trek is just an icing on the cake for wildlife lovers. Some of the treks it has to offer you are Chopta trek, Dayara bugyal, Dodital, Gorson bugyal treks etc.

Darjeeling

You are not a mature trekker, if you have not done the heart-pumping trek in Darjeeling. Situated in Indian state of West Bengal, the beautiful tea garden all around make it a must visit place in India. Darjeeling, the enchanting town, is also known as the “Queen of Hills”.

Internationally acclaimed as one of the best hill resorts, Darjeeling is a paradise for adventure seekers and trekkers. If you are a nature lover, you can not afford to miss this trek. It takes one to places where nature is yet in her primeval majesty. The region abounds in rhododendrons, orchids, magnolias, ferns and primulas of numerous varieties. Around 600 various species of birds inhabit its forest on the slopes of the mountains so get ready to enjoy the beautiful sound of birds chirping.

How To Book Cheap Last Minute Flights

Travelling by air was once a luxury, but today, it’s a necessity, which sometimes, becomes difficult for us to afford. Everyone loves the fact that a plane can take you across the world within a few hours. However, the high price tag that comes with this luxury is not something we desire. If you want to book cheap air tickets, your best bet is to watch out for the cheap last minute flights.

Here are some ways in which you can get hold of cheap airline flights.

Subscribe to Emails

Airline companies have mailing lists that send out news about discounts and special offers. It’s quite possible that you might have subscribed to some of these airlines, but are you keeping an eye out on these mails?

Sometimes, if a flight is flying out empty or hasn’t been able to rope in a lot of passengers, they might sell out the flights tickets. Keep checking these mails so that you don’t miss out on that ticket that might save you a lot of money.

Check Out Your Contacts

Do you know someone who works with any airline company? Find out where your friends work not just because they might be able to get you a job because sometimes, it might mean a cheap flight.

They would have some inside information or might even be able to use their employee benefit to give you a cheap ticket. So, put up a post on social media saying you need a cheap ticket from X to Y place and who knows someone might come to your aid.

Follow Airline Companies on Social Media

If you aren’t following social media sites of airline companies, then it’s time you did so. You don’t have to stalk them on all social media platforms but you should definitely keep an eye on them on the most popular ones like Facebook and Twitter. Usually, airline companies too want to sell out all their tickets and wouldn’t want to fly with empty seats. So, if any last minute tickets are available, you might be notified of them on social media.

Be a Little Flexible If You Can

Okay, so here’s the deal. You want to fly to Y airport but there are no cheap flights on this route. Now, what you can do to save a little bit of money is to fly to another nearest airport and take another bus or train ride from there.

Sometimes, airlines work in really weird ways and you would never understand how they price the tickets. So, if you are willing to spend a little more time on travelling, consider changing your route a bit and getting some awesome best flight deals in return.

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