A few days ago, I was binging videos on YouTube when I came across a channel, Matt D’Avella. He had a video with the title ‘Things I Wish I Knew In My 20s’. Needless to say, I clicked on it and one of the things on his list was travelling.
He goes on to explain why he wishes that he had travelled more during his high school and college days because as a working adult, he doesn’t have the time anymore.
This got me thinking about my life and I realised how caught up I am with college, assignments and deadlines. I barely have the time for myself. And I am sure it is the same for many of you out there.
So, keeping that mind, I am writing this article after quite some research so that we all can manage our education, internships and everything else, along with a healthy dose of travelling.
Planning and Budgeting
First things first. Since we all are unemployed people with loads of assignments hanging over our heads, we probably don’t have loads to spend. We gotta save up that travel money from whatever our parents give us.
Hence, it is important to budget and frame a plan carefully. So how do we go about it? First, choose a place. Now choosing the place will need some brainstorming as well. With a limited budget, it is always better to travel somewhere closer.
Yeah yeah, I know this just screwed up your Goa plan. But don’t worry, you can always responsibly plan for Goa (I can hear the whining already).
Back to where I was, choosing a nearby place will have two advantages. One, your travelling cost will be reduced. Two, You will get a better idea about the state you are living in.
I know that budgeting can be a pain if you are not someone who likes to research and lack patience. But you wanna save that penny, don’t you? So read on!
- Understand your priorities– This is something you must be doing before you start budgeting in the first place. You need to understand where your priorities lie. Some people love a fancy hotel room while others would want to crash at an Airbnb or even a tent. Someone wants to spend a considerable amount on collecting souvenirs while another wants to spend that money scuba diving. Make sure you know what you want and what defines travelling for you.
- Identify the big expenditure first– Now this usually the cost of transportation, especially if you choose to travel by air. However, if you are going somewhere nearby by road or even rail, then this usually reduced. In that case, something else will become your big expenditure. Maybe the food, or the accommodation. Identify that. Budget around it.
- Estimate the transportation and accommodation charges– One ought to be smart when it comes to transportation and accommodation. These days, there are loads of options that are cheaper when it comes to both of these. Airbnbs are a great alternative especially if you are travelling in a group and want space for cooking and privacy.
- Start saving as early as possible– This one is a no-brainer am I right? Especially for us, we need to be very careful about saving. limit your expenditure only to essential items. Try eating out less and save that money early on.
- Set apart a bit for emergencies- Life is unpredictable fellow millennials. You must always be ready in case of any emergency that might come your way. Same goes for travelling. If something unfortunate happens (touch wood), make sure you are ready to deal with it financially.
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Pocket-friendly places to escape
India has loads of places that you can visit without burning a hole in your pockets. These places perfect for two or three nights so that you can recharge and come back to the same old routine. Hopefully with some great memories.
Since I am probably the nicest person on earth, I am listing out a few places that you lovely potatoes can visit because I know no one enjoys researching. These places top my list. However, f you want more you can always download the PDF at the end of the article.
- Pondicherry (The French Town)
Why spend big bucks and travel across the world to when you can get the flair of French culture right on Indian soil? Take a walk on the beach, relax in one of the cafes and let your taste buds experience the exquisite French cuisine.
The ideal time to visit Pondicherry is from October to March for two or three nights. You can stay in comfortable cottages at ₹ 300 or the hotels starting at ₹ 500 per night.
- Gokarna (Goa’s cousin who couldn’t make it to stardom)
Kenny Sebastian, in one of his videos, had referred to Gokarna as ‘Goa when it wasn’t commercialised’. And I cannot find a better way to describe it.
Do you want to get that Goa feels but with fewer people? This is the place for you. Immerse yourself into the tranquillity of the beaches or participate in all the water activities you were dying to experience.
Visit this place in June and July for two or three days and take back with some amazing memories. If you are in Bangalore, shell out ₹ 800 and you’ll get a bus to Gokarna.
- Nainital (The City of Lakes)
Just as the name suggests, Nainital is a perfect getaway for anyone who finds peace in hill stations. The main attraction is the Naini lake which is beautiful and surrounded by hills. Perfect for couples (wink).
The best time to visit is during February. You can stay at hotels and apartments starting low as ₹ 150 per night. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags now! (By ‘now’ I mean after the pandemic gets over).
- Sikkim (Can’t think of a nickname, sorry)
With some strategic planning, you can tour the best places in this state in one week or less. Remember what I said before? That’s right. PLANNING!
I think it is safe to say that Sikkim is one of the cheapest holiday destinations in the country. Sikkim is a place that welcomes friends, families and couples alike. The long treks can get tiring but I assure you, the sight you will get to see from the top of any mountain is all the reward you’ll ever need.
- Udaipur (The White City)
Without a doubt one of the most exotic locations in India, Udaipur will mesmerize you.
Adding to that, the city has Vintage Car Museum! And the street food is a must-try. Forget about the fact that you are on a diet, just let yourself go for a moment and you will never regret it.
You can share dormitories at ₹ 400 and the best time to visit is November to March.
These were just a few from the many places you can choose to visit in the country. Do your fair share of research, find the place your hearts longs to visit and hit the road.
If you want more suggestions, we have a downloadable list at the end of this article, make sure you check that out.
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Tips for Solo Travelling
Now, I know a lot of you love travelling solo. The freedom of solo travelling can be like a drug. Once you enjoy it, the idea of travelling in a group will terrify you. So keeping that in mind, here are some solo travelling tips for the ones interested.
- Plan in advance. I cannot stress this enough
- Pack light. According to Sadia from Pick Up Limes, she felt most satisfied when she had a bag pack to travel the world.
- Be friendly and mix with the locals
- Observe the culture and people around you
- Learn something new, you have all the time in the world
- Take the road less taken
- Carry the essential items always
- Learn how to read the map if you don’t wanna get lost!
- Please please please stay sober
Food while travelling
I am someone who will strongly advise you to taste the local food because that is one of the best experiences of travelling. However, it is always advisable to carry some food with you so that in case you get hungry or you are stuck on the way, you don’t starve.
Wait guys, don’t groan. I know how everyone would rather starve than have fruits. But fruits are one of the best, if not the best snacking item. It is healthy, hydrating and will keep you full. So try to carry apples, kiwis, bananas or any other fruit that you like.
- Dry fruits
Almonds, cashews, apricots, pistachios, raisins; make a mixture of all the dry fruits that you can get and occasionally munch on them. Dry fruits are great for your health and that trail mix tastes damn good.
- Buns and bread
Buns come in a variety of flavours and they taste amazing. You can keep them for a longer period of time especially if you are travelling to a hill station.
- Lentils Salad
It is amazing how lentils added with some cucumber, onion, salt and pepper can taste so damn good. Just soak the lentils overnight, add the things you want to and pack it in a box. A big box of protein on your way to your destination. Can it get better than this?
- Chickpeas, green peas and gram seeds
I am sure you all enjoy this combination as a chakna with drinks. But guess what? They taste amazing as a snack too. So, just like the lentils, you can make a salad. Or if you want them to last longer, lightly fry them and you are good to go.
Travelling can be amazing whether you like it solo or in a group. Everyone needs a break from their lives and time to recharge and it cannot get better than travelling. It can heal the soul, make you aware and change your perspective.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”- Saint Augustine
“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world”- Gustave Flaubert
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