Unplanned Travel: What To Expect

A while back I was frantically reading everything I could find on the internet about solo unplanned travel and I constantly encountered the same kind of safety advice everywhere. Things you need to keep in mind as a solo traveler. How to be safe etc. Not that it wasn’t  useful – here’s one that really…

How To Last 2 Days In A Sleeper Class Train (In India)

I almost forgot to add that last bit but then realized this post would hardly make any sense without the mention of the country. I’m not quite sure if trains of other nations require survival skills. The struggle with Indian railways starts from irctc.co.in. Where the session keeps logging out every five minutes, where the…

How To Pack And What To Take #Backpacking

I blundered in the previous trip. I packed half my home in that backpack. My alibi was that I didn’t know for how long I’d be gone. But that’s nonsense. Rule 1 of packing as a backpacker is to let go of hang ups. That’s the central idea of backpacking. Daring to live with only…

Day 2 – The plan ahead

  Sometimes, I’m immensely lazy. So lazy that I fail to be proactive. Even when it really matters. I’m so lazy that I choose not to go to office on random whim. I wake up on time. Get ready, have some tea and then message my boss – I’m not coming today. I’m so lazy that I’ve…

5 Tips For How To Find Really Cheap Accommodation

If you are backpacking on a shoe string budget, you might be interested in these five tricks to save money on accommodation by getting the cheapest deals (even in peak season). Never book in advance: You’ll never get the best deal online or from an agent. And you’ll have no way of comparing what the…

Cold Feet

This was the day I almost left. The ticket had been booked. An RC sleeper class berth had been promised by IRCTC for Rs. 620. I had rolled a bare minimum number of clothes into my rucksack the previous night. Downloaded travel music into my phone, printed out the ticket and neatly folded it into…

A Train Journey On The Cards

Sikkim. It’s been alluring me for the longest time now. Particularly North Sikkim. I had planned to head to the state 2 years back when there was a beautiful long weekend where everything starting from Gandhi Jayanti to Dussehra had lined up delightfully like a ripe glistening gift to all frustrated office goers around India. But…