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Heading for a Vacation This Festive Season? Explore These Smart Travel Tips Before You Go

The joy of escaping from mundane city life (especially if you’re living in a metropolitan city like Mumbai) to a faraway place with our loved ones can be exhilarating. But most of us are tied to a 9 to 5 job. So, we have to wait for the holidays to kick-start an adventure. Speaking of holidays, the latter part of the year is here and with it come a host of festivals. We are sure you must have already started plotting your travel plans with utmost enthusiasm. That is an adventure in itself, we bet!

While we know you wouldn’t leave any stone unturned to make this the best holiday of your life, we have a list of travel tips to suggest. And we insist you go through these tips as they will better your travel experience. So, let’s have a look at them.

Follow Travel Bloggers

It’s time to put your social media accounts to use. Follow travel bloggers on different platforms, such as Instagram or Facebook. Or just read travel blogs to get varied perspectives and insights about different places they’re exploring. This might help you choose your destination, figure out which mode to travel by, and list down the must-dos once you’re there.

Take Flights from Smaller Airports

Traveling from class A airports can add up a lot to your overall travel expense. Contrarily, smaller airports can help you save a decent amount, thereby cutting down on your total trip cost significantly. If you’re going by flight and are on a stringent budget, this tip might come in handy.

Secure Your Trip with a Travel Plan

There have been several incidents where accidents, theft, and other losses have cost people more than their overall travel budget. Expenses incurred on such unforeseen incidents can be avoided by using a travel insurance plan that covers a number of things, such as flight delay and cancellation, loss of baggage or passport, hospitalization, and much more. A simple travel plan for an amount as low as INR 700 can cover you for a minimum of USD 50,000.

Can I buy travel insurance at the last minute?

While you can buy travel insurance online even at the eleventh hour, we suggest you buy it well in advance. Buying at the last minute may not give you enough time to explore plans and their benefits before you select the plan that absolutely meets your requirements.

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Carry Only the Essentials

As Indians, we have been trained to stuff as much as we can into our bags when going for holidays – because you may never know what you might need. Besides, the fear of forgetting something important can be overpowering. Nevertheless, overstuffing can be avoided by making a list of essential items that you will need during your trip. To make this task easier, we have compiled a list of essential items that you need to carry. Check out our lists.

Always Handy (Backpack/Purse)

  • Passport (when traveling abroad)
  • Tickets
  • Identity cards
  • Debit/Credit cards
  • Travel insurance

In the Luggage

  • Shirts, pants, undergarments, nightwear, socks, and shoes
  • Warm clothes (if traveling to places colder than your home city)
  • Hat and sunglasses (if traveling to a tropical location)
  • Travel pillows and eye masks
  • Phone charger
  • (Install some) travel apps
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoos, moisturizers

Things You Might Have to Carry Depending on Where You are Travelling To

  • Maps and guidebooks
  • Foreign currency
  • Hotel accommodation proof


It’s easier said than done, but do try to keep away from technology as much as you can while you’re traveling with your friends and family. Smartphones have surely become an inseparable part of our lives. We always need them to look up something or the other. Besides, the constant urge to keep abreast with all that is going on around the world can override the subtler joys of experiencing a new culture, exploring new places, and taking back memories for life. Do remember that vacations are a time to relax and let your usual behaviors drop by the wayside. So, unplug for a few days. We assure you, the Earth will continue to go round and round while you're offline!

With that, we come to an end to our list of smart travel tips. Do you have more to share? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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