How To Dress When Traveling – A DIY Approach

Posted on 08 March 2018 (0)

Don’t experiment with your clothing whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, because clothing is directly associated with your comfort and if done wrong, you will end up being frustrated and uncomfortable. The internet is full of articles about complete how-to-pack guidelines but doesn’t provide much information on what to actually wear during your travel adventures.

Deciding about your clothes can sometimes be a bit tricky if you don’t give it proper thought and planning. In fact, it is the final and most vital step before packing and leaving on your journey.

As every travel experience is unique as per your chosen destination and presents its own set of challenges, therefore there isn’t one chosen way to go about selecting your clothes. But I have compiled some do’s and don’ts rules which will make clothing selection a breeze for you.


Weather Forecast:

You must first consider the time of the year you will be traveling to your destination. Is it a summer vacation or a winter one ? or maybe you are traveling during the spring season. Whichever time you have chosen to travel, a simple Google search can give you complete information about the weather at any particular time of the year for any place around the world.

Dress Code:

They say, “While in Rome, do as the Romans do!” and there is obviously a reason behind it. Although it is not compulsory to follow a country’s dress code, this consideration will help you to realize what you have and should you need to buy more. If you do need to go shopping, make it a vacation shopping activity.

Your comfort comes first:

Remember, these are just guidelines. Don’t forget to consider your own comfort level when choosing clothes. Select attire that is easy to wear and easy to manage.


Let’s look at clothes selection from a different perspective. You can simplify your selection further by considering what not to wear during your travels. There are certain wearables that you must avoid when traveling abroad. Here are some examples:

Sweatpants, PJs, and Shorts:

Comfort is a priority but it doesn’t mean you should throw decency completely out of the window. Avoid wearing sweatpants and PJ’s while traveling. They are designed to be worn at home PERIOD.

Shorts must also be avoided as airports tend to be cool places and you don’t want to catch a cold during a trip.

Strong fragrance:

Be respectful of your fellow travelers, they might have allergies to certain fragrances or your perfume’s strong scent may be bothering them.

Provocative dressing:


Simple rule; don’t wear anything that makes parents cover their children’s eyes and hinder them from looking at you. The provocative dressing includes revealing clothes or attire with offensive logos and artwork.

Complicated shoes:

It is advisable to wear something relaxing and comfortable in which you can walk for longer periods of time if you have to. Airports or the place you are visiting might require a lot of walking so you must be prepared.

Loud and exclusive jewelry:

You can attract the unwanted attention of prying eyes by wearing exclusive jewelry. You are also taking the chance to make metal detectors go off resulting in a thorough security checking which takes some time. Why would you want to add unwanted waiting time on your journey, right ?

Oversized and tight clothing:

Oversized coats take space and slow you down in carrying and managing them; it’s best to avoid them. Similarly, jeans are a great wear for traveling, but tight jeans are not. They stop you from walking freely. And might give you blood clots from prolonged sittings.

Use eyeglasses, not contact-lenses

Airplanes have a dry environment. Avoid wearing contact lenses and use comfortable (not trendy or delicate) glasses for eyesight requirement if you are near or far-sighted.

Religiously offensive attire:

I don’t want to get into the religious stuff here, but do your research about your selected destination and don’t wear attire which is religiously forbidden or frowned upon to avoid provoked reactions.

People often mistake extra and useless items as travel essentials and end up carrying out half of the house if not full during their travels. Use these simplified guidelines to make necessary clothing selections during your next travel adventure and take only what you need and nothing more.

9 Hacks For Minimalistic Packing – And Traveling Light.

Posted on 28 February 2018 (0)


While traveling you might have seen people on airports, train stations, bus stops, and thought to yourself; why some carry light bags while others are loaded with multiple carry bags and still seem to need more? You might have also wondered, are they carrying different stuff from each other? Maybe you are confused with this dilemma that is it possible to travel light. Don’t worry, I have good news for you, it is not a rocket science and it can be done. So are you ready to get rid of overstuffed suitcases and travel light? Well, all you need to do is take simple actions and you can come up with a functional packing system that allows you to experience the freedom of traveling light.

The simple rule you need to follow when trying to achieve light packing is: “Keep the things you need and get rid of the ones you think you want but can actually survive without them.” Let’s get started:

Selecting the right bag:

The selection of carrying bag should be made according to the place you are visiting. Rolling suitcases are good for cities with paved roads and where your luggage will spend most of the time in the back of the taxi or your hotel room. While backpacks are really practical for places with crowded buses and dirty streets. Dress for the occasion, but choose the bag for the destination.

Your wallet needs to lose weight:

No, there aren’t any dieting plans that your wallet needs to follow. All you have to do is clean it. Get rid of old receipts, currencies from previous travels, any business cards, any additional things such local grocery points cards, and extra credit cards that you won’t be needing on this current trip. Consider getting a neck wallet which you can use to securely carry money, bank cards, and travel documents with ease.

Tablet is better than a laptop:

You ask why? Well, because its lighter (reduced weight), small (covers less space) and yet offers the same functionality as that of a laptop. You can access your email, social networks and search for better local deals from the palm of your hands.

Ditch Books:

When I say books, I mean all the reading materials you need either for pleasure or travel guides etc.

No, I don’t mean to get rid of them, get rid of the printed versions. And download the digital copies to your tablet; EBooks and PDFs. Your tablet can carry all your books for you and yet you don’t have to carry any extra weight.

Get a better tablet bag:

Getting a custom tablet bag instead of the default one can be very beneficial. It offers extra space for carrying your documents, phone, and cards along with your tablet. Its lockable zipper allows you to walk securely through crowded metros.

Buy toiletries locally:

It’s better not to carry any toiletries and buy them locally after reaching your destination. It allows you to travel light while offering you the opportunity to experience local culture by using their products. If you are worried you might run out of toilet products then its best to carry the minimum quantities that will give you enough time to get more from the local place.

Selecting the right shoes:

As they say, “You can wear anything as long as you put a nice pair of shoes with it”, make your selection as per your destination; for example, wear your heavy shoes if your destination is a cold place and for warm places, get comfortable but stylish looking shoes.

Failing to meet destination shoe requirement can sometimes be a great pain. For example, heels are not good for cobblestone streets.

Bringing the right clothes:

The bag choice had to be made as per the destination, but the clothes must be chosen as per the occasion. If you are traveling for a work dinner one dress/dress-shirt is enough instead of bringing three and a single swimsuit is enough for a beach day.

Also, don’t forget to roll your clothes, this doesn’t reduce any weight but it sure does save you a lot of space and as a result, you can carry a small bag, instead of a big suitcase.

Embrace your natural hair.

Don’t carry hair dryers, curlers, and straighteners along with their chargers.

That’s just useless weight and hinders you from enjoying your trip. Don’t worry about the hair too much and just wash them by night during your trip and they will be dry by morning.

Voila! there you have it. Simple and easy to follow steps that will help you to travel light, not carry over-weight luggage, and have fun on your trip to the fullest.

How To Find The Cheapest Accommodations While Traveling?

Posted on 22 February 2018 (0)

Finding out a place to crash can be a huge stress-inducing aspect of traveling abroad. Most people are scared of the big myth that you need to be rich and wealthy if you want to travel, don’t worry – It’s not true. In fact, traveling can be very affordable and cost effective if you have done your research properly. After deciding when and where to go, the next sensible step is to plan for an accommodation at your desired destination. Planning ahead will result in you being anxiety free in knowing you have a place to crash when you arrive. Look at it this way, it’s a fixed cost and you have to pay for it no matter what but you can significantly reduce these costs and save a lot of money (which you can spend on other activities) by doing some beforehand research.

As a matter of fact, last year, during my visit to Cleveland (Ohio, USA), with a bit of research I saved enough to rent a limo to the place where I had booked our anniversary dinner. Look at the benefits of a few-minutes simple search:

  • My wife was really happy, surprised and very thankful for making the day so special.
  • We got to experience some luxurious traveling. (These guys provided excellent service, do check them out at if you happen to visit Cleveland).
  • We did something special within the same amount of money without spending any extra.

Regardless of your taste in living, one thing is common among everyone; nobody wants to spend too much on living. Let’s discuss the available options and you can decide what suits you best.


This is the first option that comes to mind. Hotels offer private serviced rooms with prices starting from the cheaper end towards the most expensive ranges depending on the level of luxury offered and your own personal tastes.

Hostels ($5-$20 per night):

Also known as “Youth Hostels” and “Backpackers”, they offer cheap dorm-style rooms along with great opportunity to meet new people. Common areas such as a lounge with a TV and kitchen for self-catering are also included in most hostels. Although they have a young vibe to them, they offer options for single rooms as well for solo and couple travelers of all ages. They can be an ideal choice for living as hostels of today provide a clean and comfortable environment to students, families, tour groups and older travelers.

Guesthouses (Costs around $5-$50 per night):

Guest houses can be considered as something in between the hotels and hostels. They offer affordable rooms with no hotel-like service but the room sizes are quite decent as compared to hostels and come with privacy if you are a quite-liking person. Usually, kitchen and breakfasts are included in the cost.

Farm Houses (~$40 per night):

Staying at a farm is another great cost-effective accommodation option offering some in-house adventures. You can get involved and find out how the farm works and you might even get to milk the cow! These farmhouses can be very basic or offer luxurious stay as well, depending on their size and cost $40 on average per night.

Monastery ($0-50$):

Monasteries offer modest living; the rooms usually contain just a bed and a desk and the simple meals are cooked by the monks and nuns. They tend to be family-friendly places. The cost of living varies from monastery to monastery. Some monasteries offer you a place to stay for free and you can make some donation if you want to while others can charge up to $50 per night. They can be a really peaceful place to stay. Even if you can afford expensive places to stay, be sure to check them out just for the sake of trying them out.

Short-term apartment ($10-$50 per night):

The short-term apartment can be a regular home away from home as it offers a proper neighborhood and pool of local activities. It comprises of fully furnished rooms on weekly/monthly basis and includes a kitchen too. The cost of living diminishes greatly depending on the number of people staying in a single unit. It’s a very stable living option for both work and travel programs.

Host families ($10-$50 per night):

Local people with a room to spare in their homes offer it for a rental income. What better way to learn about the locality than staying with local family, Right?

After all, they are the experts of the local culture and the language. They also omit the need and cost of a travel guide. Make sure to build a strong relationship with them by participating in some of the daily house activities and off-course by keeping your place tidy and they in return will help you by providing you with all the cost cutting tricks and shortcuts to enjoy your stay to the fullest.

Camping ($0-$10 per night):

Have you ever slept under the stars? Well if you haven’t, you must try it. Camping has some great advantages; you can go anywhere you want to and aren’t tied up to a single place. But before you try selecting this option for your accommodation, some precautions are advisable:

  • Inform some friend or family member, that where you intend to go and for how long you will stay.
  • Make sure to check out, camping is legal at the site you have chosen to stay.
  • Keep noise to the minimum at night.
  • Clear your trash before leaving and leave the place spotless.

Camping can be really fun but find out if its possible in the climate of your chosen destination.

Methods for making reservations:

Walk up and book:

It is pretty straightforward to walk in and book a place to stay but this method is limited to hotels, guest houses, and other similar options. You can get a feel for the environment then and there to see if it suits your taste and needs. Along with the ease it offers, at times it can be risky too in an event of no availability in a busy season (which results in frustration when arriving at a new destination) or be priced too high for your set budget.

Phone Ahead:

It’s ideal to call and confirm before you arrive at your desired destination. You can still run into no availability but if you are sure to stay and like the costs, make a reservation to avoid it altogether. Get a local sim card for calling or you can enable international dialing on your home-country number. Don’t forget, it can be expensive sometimes so be sure to check out the tariffs.

Book Online:

This is the most convenient option for booking your accommodation. You can browse through hundreds (if not thousands) of accommodation options and compare prices to get the best deals. Make sure that you are using a secure internet connection to avoid any personal information and identity theft.

Canceling a Reservation:

Don’t forget to change or cancel your reservation if your bus or train is delayed and results in you arriving late at your destination. Reviewing the cancelation policy during booking will help you greatly to use the information should the need arise. Depending on how you booked, call/contact online the hotel or appropriate body to make the necessary changes or cancelations.

So, there you have it; a complete guideline on how to select your accommodation when traveling abroad. As everybody has their own unique experiences, therefore some options might work better for you than others. But you can’t find out unless you try, that is the only way to find out what works best for you. Remember, variety is the spice of life.

I wish you best of luck with all your travels!

Traveling Secrets: How I Plan Vacations – No Travel Agents Involved.

Posted on 21 February 2018 (0)

If you are reading this post,  I reckon you are soon traveling somewhere and being a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) type of person like me, you can’t/don’t want to get involved with a travel agent in planning out this trip. But you are completely overwhelmed with this overflow of information ranging from apps, web portals and travel guides on the internet.

Don’t worry, I’m here to help you by breaking down this planning process into easy steps so that you can devour it without any stress and have some fun while you are at it. This will not only help you to have a wonderful and relaxed traveling experience by avoiding any last-minute hassles but also result in saving you time and money.

So, let’s jump straight into it:

The first and most important step is to decide when and where you want to go?  Maybe it’s a work trip during this weekend, 

maybe you want to go celebrate the new year in Dubai ? or maybe you want to spend a well-deserved vacation in Hawaii after hectic working year.

I would recommend you that even if you are going for a business/work trip make sure to include some fun time in it as well. This helps to accomplish your work goals and keeps your mind fresh and energetic with an enjoyable and a refreshing traveling experience.

If you want to go for a vacation, start by deciding a destination. Being vague will result in wastage of time and research efforts. For example, planning to visit Rome or Venice is quite easy as compared to planning to visit Europe. Select destination according to the purpose of the visit. For example, visiting a busy metropolitan on a honeymoon is not a sensible way to go about it.

The next step is to decide the duration of the stay. Is it a short trip (a week or few weeks) or a long trip (more than 6 months) ? Deciding the duration of the stay will help you to calculate and minimize costs. This will also enable you to set a budget for your trip and make estimates about what you have and what you need to save.

After deciding the location and duration, continue your planning by finding out Visa requirements for the destinat

ion you have chosen to visit along with checking out the validity of your travel documents (passports usually). Almost all countries have online web portals that provide detailed information about visa acquisition process, requirements, costs and general timeframes about the visa processing durations. As far as your passports are concerned, make sure they have a validity of at least 6 months.

There are also certain countries that require you to get proper vaccinations or tests before entering their territories. For example, the UK requires that people coming from sub-continent get tested for Tuberculosis and attach the test report along with the visa application. Make sure you don’t miss any country-specific requirements when applying for a certain visa.

Now comes the boring part, the cost calculations. Don’t worry it doesn’t take much time and actually helps you to cut costs and you may use that money for savings or spend them on extra fun activities. Cost calculations help you to get a clear idea about how much you will spend and where will you spend it. It also enables you to select your travel destination. Not everywhere costs the same, there are places in the world you can survive for not more than $5-10 a day and then there are those where you need $200-300 per day. Therefore cost calculations help you to decide where to go and  set up the required budget for the trip.

You can also reap huge benefits and cut costs by looking out for great deals such as travel discounts on new routes, free withdrawal ATM cards, and travel reward cards (sign-up bonuses to redeem miles and points that add up to give free flights).

It is very advisable to book your flights 2 months in advance. Many airlines offer great discounts for booking this much ahead of time (more savings for you, eh?).

Knowing you have an accommodation at the place where you will land is a huge peace of mind. Use Google to search through unlimited numbers of online portals that offer a variety of accommodation options depending upon your budget. Always book a hotel room in advance for a few days so that if you plan an extended stay, you can always look for more cost-effective alternates while you are there. For example, maybe you can rent a travel van if you are planning to travel continuously through a country on an eco-tour and don’t want to stay in one place.


Depending on your destination, search out for fun activities the place has to offer. It is best to plan for them beforehand as it would be very unfortunate to reach a place and find out, you can’t afford it.

The last step is to pack for the occasion. Everybody packs according to their own needs but I can list out few essential items here:

  • Clothes:
  • A dress shirt
  • Pair of jeans
  • Pair of shorts
  • Some T-Shirts and Casual Shirts.
  • Socks.
  • Boxer shorts
  • Towel etc.
  • Medication:
  • Band-Aid
  • Anti-biotics
  • Prescribed Anti-bacterials etc.
  • Gear:
  • Camera
  • Laptop or tablet.
  • Mobile Phone
  • Chargers etc.
  • Misc:
  • Small travel docs carry bag
  • Lock keys etc.

Don’t leave anything to chance by rechecking your documents and luggage before starting your trip.

So, there you have it, a complete and simple guideline for planning a trip. Now, get out there and have some fun.

Tips for health fanatics that are traveling all the time

Posted on 03 February 2018 (0)

In our country, we know what is healthy and what not. We know when we can drink tap water and when we should rather purchase bottled water. However, when we are traveling this can be hard to know how to keep healthy and not putting yourself and your family at risk of getting sick. These are some of the tips for health fanatics to keep healthy when they are traveling:

Don’t just drink tap water

If you don’t know for sure that the water is safe to drink from the tap, this is something that you should avoid. This is the only way that you can make sure that you don’t get any health risks from drinking dirty water.

Countries that are serving only safe tap water, don’t really realize the number of risks they are taking by drinking tap water in other countries. If you aren’t sure if the water is safe, then you should rather purchase water than drinking right from the tap.

Be aware of ordering smoothies that are made from tap water

If you are drinking pure water, you will know whether you want to purchase the water and if you can drink it from the tap. But, something that people don’t realize is that there are some of the smoothies in certain countries that are made with a basis of water. And, for sure they aren’t going to purchase quality water. They are going to use tap water.

And, this is why many people are getting water-related illnesses without drinking water from the tap. They didn’t realize that the smoothie has water as well.

It is better to eat cooked meals instead of raw meals

When you aren’t sure that the raw meals are really fresh and without any chemicals, it might be better to eat the meal cooked instead of raw.

There are many cuisines in the world that are serving raw food, and if the food isn’t clean correctly it can cause you to get sick. If you aren’t sure if the meals are safe to eat raw, rather cook it and know for sure that all bacteria are dead.

Chili sauce can kill bacteria if you can consume chili sauce

One thing that you should know is that those that are eating chili sauce on all their meals, will have less chance of getting sick because of bacteria. This is because the chili sauce is killing all the bacteria and is going to ensure that you are eating healthy meals.

For health fanatics, it can be hard to eat in another, a foreign country. This is mostly because they don’t know what is going to be safe and what isn’t. Now, you will know what to look for and which option you should rather choose to ensure that you are staying healthy at all times.