Uncover India Through Road Trips – 4 Reasons Why!

Not only is India huge, it is extremely rich and diverse when it comes to geography and cultures represented. One of the best ways to uncover India is through road trips, and here are four reasons why –

1. Excellent Connectivity:
India has many excellent road trip routes, that allow you to cover multiple cities and regions in one go, whether it be an expedition throughout the North East, North India from Delhi to Punjab to Himachal, Delhi to Rajasthan, around South India, or along the Konkan-Maharashtrian route. Regardless of whether you have a lot of time or are looking for a quick weekend road trip, the possibilities of routes are endless!

2. Enriching & Interactive:
Road trips allow you to interact with locals and learn about their tradition and customs, adding a whole other dimension to your journey. Furthermore, you get to cover territory hands-on, which isn’t possible through a quick flight. The bottom line – road trips are an enriching and rewarding experience.

3. Don’t Miss Out:
Unlike flights, traveling by road allows you to stop and take notice of change in scenery throughout India’s diverse geography. You don’t have to miss out on the smaller and finer details of traveling, because you are in full control when you decide to hit the road.

4. Adventures of a Lifetime:
Most importantly, road trips are an excellent way to experience adventure and to build memories to last a lifetime and that fuel umpteen stories to share for years to come. Live life like an explorer – hit the road!

~ Amanda Sodhi

(Featured image source: india.com)

Busy With Work? 5 Tips for Efficient Travel 

With more and more people working overtime and work responsibilities often including extensive travel, sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming. Here are five useful tips to make traveling efficient for busy professionals!

1. An App A Day Keeps Stress Away 
Use apps to make travel stress-free, whether it be to book hotels and air tickets, or to keep tabs of all your reservations and itineraries. It is much easier to access everything on-the-go from one mobile device, rather than sifting through multiple sources. Needless to say, regardless of whether you book through an app or not, avoid layovers and connecting flights to ensure no time is wasted through delays while commuting.

2. Your Luggage Should Be Your Precious 
Yes, we had to pull the “My Precious” reference, but, it is true – carrying luggage on-board helps minimize risk of it getting lost and also a long wait time at the baggage carousel. However, IF you must check-in your luggage, label it as “fragile,” so people take extra precaution in handling it, and also because it is more likely your luggage will be returned quickly.

3. Mix Work With Pleasure
If you are out for a business trip, try to extend your stay by a few days to explore local surroundings – this is a cost-effective way to travel, so go ahead and morph your business trip into a vacation at the end. Also, keep a list of friends and potential work contacts to network with during your stay – combine work and leisure.

4. Be Efficient
Setup an out-of-office assistant when required while traveling, so all professional contacts know whom to get in touch with when you are unavailable. Select hotels where there is free WiFi, so you can complete work efficiently. Expect delays, so multitask by finishing pending work while en-route, or read that book you always wanted to but had no time for, or pay those pending bills when you have time to kill. After landing, if you do not have a pick-up arranged prior to arrival, go ahead and book an Uber (or, it’s local equivalent) while exiting the airport, so it arrives by the time you are out of the airport.

5. Stay Healthy
An unhealthy professional is seldom a productive professional. Make sure you get enough rest before flying out so you can stay on top of your work game once you land. Keep a first-aid kit and important medication handy. Try to carry a meal and healthy snacks, to avoid consuming junk food and falling ill. Also, stay hydrated as much as you can.

~Amanda Sodhi

Featured image source: iaig.net