In a world where reports of millions of dying of hunger, disease, farmers committing suicides by the thousands, floods and cyclones ravaging and uprooting villages, refugees in war ridden countries having nowhere to go are as frequent as a status update on social media , the biggest fund-raising worthy cause we’ve decided to go with is, traveling?
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Holidays on Fridays or Mondays make for great long weekends. Add another day of leave, and they’re the stuff that dreams are made of for any corporate slave hanging on the 20 day vacation a year rule. The itch to travel is strong. Take off to Goa maybe? Or cool off in Ooty?
But the reasons you should travel on long weekends are the exact reasons you should not.
25 flights, 100+ buses, trains, and the countless local transport from KSRTC buses to autos to ferries doesn’t begin to cover it!
From unplanned weekend trips to sometimes unknown destinations in India, to impulsively booked but heavily researched vacation abroad, 2014 has seen its share of travel craziness and now.
Being a traveller and an ardent music buff, if there’s one event that gets me excited every time, it is music festivals. Live music, the best of talents, that happy, vibrant festival vibe and those 2 days of being away close to nature, what’s not to love?
Thanks to a travel content to win a free trip that we ultimately didn’t, we got stirred into action, and created all this content out of virtually scraps of photos we had, honed and developed my video making skills, and bonded so much in the process.
After all, that’s what the purpose of traveling too is.
It can be said, that every traveler worth their weight in luggage dreams of backpacking to Europe at least once in their lifetime. The folklore, the pop culture associations and the movies glorifying Europe have only heightened the charm of this beautiful continent. But more often than not, the Indian passport (and associated VISA formalities) and the dismally low rupee vis a vis the Euro ( €1= ₹81) doesn’t hold too well for such lofty travel ambitions for us Indian folk.
Sometimes greatest things are discovered by accident. Having just about 5 days on hand, and having covered most of the weekend getaways in this part of the country, we might as well have rolled a dice. The outcome was an impromptu trip to Kochi, a major city in Kerala, about 600kms south of Bangalore, and later another shortish detour to Varkala, Kerala’s Goa.
While accidents do happen, and nothing is completely fail safe, just having an awareness about the different scams that are prevalent around the world and keeping your wits and general caution about you could go a long way in ensuring a safe and mishapfree trip, as much as possible.
For a dose of South Indian heritage, and an architectural marvel in all its lost glory, do visit the Badami Caves, but just for a day or two.
Chances are, you haven’t heard of Araku Valley. Tucked away on the eastern edge of the state of Andhra Pradesh, is this little quaint hill station (elevated about 900 mts ~) in the Vishakhapatnam (Vizag) district, famous for its coffee plantations and home to a large number of South Indian Tribals.