If you follow this blog regularly, then by now you know that I’ve developed quite a series on backpacking over the last several weeks – from where you should go to how to backpack like a boss on a college budget to backpacking like a local and fitting in wherever you go. So now we move to a topic that’s not quite as fun, but very practical to discuss as we continue exploring the topic of backpacking.
While many youth from other parts of the world, like the UK, are very familiar with the “gap year” travel concept and work months to save up the funds to travel around the world between high school and college or college and full-time employment, travel unfortunately does not seem to be as high of a priority for many in the US.
There are approximately 21 million college students in the U.S. The vast majority of these future leaders went straight from high school to college. A lot of them will go on to immediately apply to graduate school, or go into full-time employment, once they graduate. While British youth are very familiar with the “gap year travel” concept and work months to save up the funds to travel around the world between high school and college or college and full-time employment, many Americans fear having any gaps in their resume. Coupled with that is the fact that an alarming 62% of Americans do not even hold a passport, according to the U.S. Department of State.
Holi is one of the major festivals in India, which commemorates the victory of good over evil and also marks the arrival of spring, a season of joy and new hopes. Visiting India to celebrate Holi is a great idea – you will have a fun-filled experience with enthusiastic people; but make sure you aren’t scared of getting drenched in colours and water!
I’ve always been one to adapt quickly to my surroundings. This is a fitting ability for an avid traveler, since you may experience a new city of different vibes each day while on the go. However, there’s so much to know about a fresh destination and a fascinating culture to soak up, that I wanted to let you in on some personal travel hacks I discovered while trying to adapt and look as little like a tourist as possible while traveling! Here are some tips to fit in wherever you go and backpack like a local.
So you’re traveling somewhere new. How do you get around? Where’s the best place to get fried dumplings? Why does everyone take a nap at 3:00 pm? We’ve got the best travel guides to help answer all of these questions, and help you navigate your next adventure.
I’ve just returned from two weeks in the Tamil Nadu state of South India—mostly based in the city of Coimbatore. Sometimes you visit new countries and experience new food or see different landscapes and take back a memory or two of a wow experience. Here, nearly everything I saw and did was completely off my radar—in wondrous, interesting and perplexing ways alike. Read More
Are you one of those people who prides themselves on being able to stomach atomic hot foods? Do you think Tabasco is for beginners? Well, get your taste buds ready—and bring some tissues to the table when eating in India.
There’s packing for a trip. Then there’s packing for an adventure to a Southeast India, to part of a developing yet second most populous country in the world where many current customs and traditions date back to 8,000 BCE. Translation: prepare to be culture shocked (more on how to deal with culture shock). But first, here are some practical things to help ease into the whirlwind of colorful sights, sounds, smells and tastes before you go to India.