India is an extensive country. People from all across the world come to this beautiful country and travel the length and breadth and yet theres always something left to be explored. It’s the yoga capital of the world. But being such a hugely populated country with so many religious and political faiths has its own disadvatnages. One needs to take care of a few important things when travelling in this beautiful country:
Don’t oppose Religions
India is a sacred country. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that there are more temples than human beings. Every state has its own religion, language, rituals etc. You need to take care of so many things while travelling in India. You should not oppose any religion because you don’t know the person sitting next to you belongs to which Religion. India is a country where you will find Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christians and a lot of other Communities also. Not surprising for a country so different and so exotic there are some huge differences in culture here from what you might expect in First World countries like USA, UK or Australia. Many travellers experience a dose of culture shock and unknowingly make some cultural faux pas.
Don’t Oppose Political Parties.
India is Democratic country. Many political leaders have risen to ranks that make them powerful by not just their contribution in terms of development but also through their alliances and contacts with other powerful people. Political parties have their youth leaders, who support them during Elections, Festive seasons also. While travelling you should take care of this thing also. If you are favouring one political party and opposing the other this may turn into a debate. Every political party has played their own role and worked at their levels. India may seem united and secular but there are many cracks and crevices and it is best you avoid discussing sensitive topics like Kashmir, religious divide and political affiliation while in India, chances are you’ll enrage someone.
Don’t carry Jewels.
India is a country where unemployment is higher than any other developed country. People are either lazy and don’t want to work or are not qualified enough to get jobs.. They may earn 1 time food from any of the unethical sources but not though respectable means of employment. . Most of the uneducated people indulge in robbery . They earn their living from this. Public places are their main point of attraction where they get most of their targets. Its advisable not to carry jewels and other important accessories or gadgets which may cause a great loss. Artificial jewelry is a good option to wear in place of real jewelery. You can use lockers of the hotels or hostels where you are staying and for money, instead of carrying bundles of cash, you could carry credit cards or rely upon ATMS.
Don’t Carry Original ID proofs.
Yu should not carry original id poofs while travelling. Due to multiple cases of theft with travellers, I would like to suggest that colour copies will work. Due to any reason if you may lose your passport, then this will lead to police case. You will not be able to recover your passport soon. This may leave a hole in your pocket too, as this would mean long procedures for passport recovery , bribing officials for the same and this will add up to your Staying Cost also. In case of Emergencies, note the local numbers like 100, 101 and others numbers also which can come in handy.
Avoid oily food.
While travelling in India you will taste a lot of street food which is lifeline of common man and of the youth. Bombay Vadapav, Gujrati thali, Punjabi Cholle kulche are one of the many delicious cuisines of India. But every one can’t have this kind of food. This may lead to stomach problems. Digestive problems can have you hitting the rest stop, gas station bathroom, or airplane lavatory more than you care to. Significant changes in your eating habits, not drinking enough fluids, and even just the stress of traveling can result in digestive problems from constipation to traveler’s diarrhea, heartburn, and gas.
Don’t Carry Heavy Luggage.
While travelling you should not carry lot of luggage. You can’t carry those heavy bags to each and every place and if you want to travel in India then you need to change your hotels according to the place you want to visit. Choose a light weight bag or a suitcase with wheels. Carrying a heavy luggage may cause strain and sprains. This will ruin your whole trip and you may go back with unhappy and sad memories. Bag packs are an essential part of a travellers life. They are easy to carry and are strong enough to rely upon.
Don’t wear Heels
Heels are one of the basic needs of a Woman but be careful in case of travelling. You may need to walk whole day to visit all different places, which needs perfect shoes. Walking in heels can be painful. Covered Fleets are one of the most comfortable foot wears and are easy to carry as they take less space in your bags. Sport shoes are best partners for travellers. Carry more than one pair of footwear. They are helpful because you dont know much about the weather of India. You may travel in winter, then you will need shoes and if its rainy season then you will need Slippers .
Don’t wear skinny and Bright clothes.
Indians are conservative by nature and customs are still given priority over comfort. It doesn’t matter, if it’s sweltering hot outside, if women or men (for that matter) have not much to cover them, they will be stared at. Bikinis have found their way to the beaches of Goa and metro cities are gradually opening up to the right to dress, however these are only a handful of places and it is always better to take precautionary measures . If you are “dressed up” in short or tight clothes, make sure you are travelling in a group of trusted people at all times, better safe than sorry.
Don’t carry large Denominations
While travelling you will need currency in small denominations. ATMs are usually the best way to get money in India, the networks on islands or in remote places can go down for days at a time. Machines often do capture cards; many banks won’t mail them to international addresses. For peace of mind, you need backup forms of currency.
Your choices for getting money while traveling in India , usually limited to these options,
-Using local ATMs
-Exchanging money from home for local currency
-Using a credit card for cash advances
-Cashing in traveler’s cheques.
Best travel tips while travelling with a baby
Travelling is probably the best way to rejuvenate yourself and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and the mundane routine. But travelling with a baby in your arms isn’t an easy task. It needs a lot of planning, preparation and patience. Otherwise, this break can turn into a chaos and stress you out more. To have a smooth and peaceful break, here are 10 travel tips to help you with a smooth holiday:
- Plan ahead: When travelling with toddlers, it is important to start planning in advance. Gone are the days when you could just pack your bags and go on an impromptu adventure with your partner, friends or alone. With toddlers being by your side, you need to plan well in advance about when can you take off on a trip and what place would suit them the best. Its best to list down places that have lots of parks, wild life sanctuary or similar places that would keep your baby interested. List down options and choose the best option for your baby.
- Book in advance: Ofcorse, needless to say, you do not want to arrive unannounced at a hotel or a homestay only to find no accommodation available and hit the road again. Its best that once you have finalised your destination, book your travel tickets and accommodation in advance. Choose a hotel or homestay that is kid-friendly and has all necessary facilities for a comfortable stay with your child. In case of a hotel accommodation, choose one which has activities and medical facilities available.
- Be prepared for the weather conditions: Travelling with your little one may be something you might be looking forward to and excited about, but there’s a lot of care that needs to be taken care of babies. Babies are sensitive to weather changes and hence, you need to choose your travel destination very carefully. Check up about what the weather condition would be like of the place during your time of travel and be prepared for any unexpected change in the weather. Carry woollens, if you are going to a cold place. And read up about the usual climatic condition of that place and be prepared well before you travel.
- Pack the medicines: You should always be ready for anything and everything when travel with a baby. Kids are sensitive and a slight change in the weather or food or anything can make them sick. Its always advisable to take up accommodation at a place close to a medical clinic or hospital but its not always possible. Hence, pack all necessary medicines that you think your child might need. If your baby is prone to allergy or asthama or any reaction, but hasn’t had them in a long time, still carry those medicines. Its always better to be precautious.
- Pack light: While travelling with kids, it is important to keep your baggage to the minimum possible. Depending on how young your little one is, carry essentials for them like diapers, clothes to be changed before/after food, and a baby sling. But make sure to pack light. It is suggested that you try and take 2 bags only. One which can have all your and your partner’s clothes and one for your baby. You do not want to be tugging luggage around, with a baby in your hand.
- Keep them involved: Kids are not easy to handle and when travelling, you do not want to spend most of your time pacifying them if they get cranky or throw a fit or just get bored. Its best to keep them involved. You can divide spending your day doing things that would relax you like sightseeing, shopping, sipping coffee at the best cafes and trying out the local food. But at the same time, keep in mind to keep your child involved. Take them to zoos, park, keep family games ready in mind in case you feel your child is getting bored and about to throw a tantrum.
- Don’t rush them: The best way to keep your child happy and completely trouble-free is to not rush them. While this holds true for every day, but this needs to be taken care of specially when on a holiday. You do not want to torture your little one by rushing them into eating food or fussing that he is giving you a tough time. Remember, this is a much-needed change for you and it’s a change for your baby as well. Keep things as peaceful and smooth with your baby as possible.
- Baby Meals: While you do not need to give up on your love for exploring and trying as many local foods that you can, it is your toddler you need to be careful about. Carrying healthy snacks, formula and mineral water bottles from back home will make sure your baby sticks to home food and doesn’t catch any stomach infections. Make sure to carry healthy snacks, formula, and mineral water bottles for your little one. And make sure to feed your baby well before leaving the hotel room and at regular intervals.
- Stick to routine: You are at a new place which is a big change from the monotonous, mundane routine back home. It is a much needed break for u but for your toddler, it is a new place, one he isn’t familiar with and hence, its not home. To make sure your kiddo doesn’t create a fuss, stick to routines that you would back home. If your baby cannot sleep in a new place, and you are planning to carry a portable travel bed, make sure you make him habituated to sleeping in it a few days before your travel, to make it familiar to him. If your baby’s sleep time routine includes a bath, bottle, and lullabies, stick to it.
- Plan romantic dinners earlier: While the idea of a romantic date usually brings the image of night set-ups, candle light dinners and everything else that you can imagine, but the important thing to remember here is that you are travelling with a toddler in your arms. And hence, you need to plan your romantic date accordingly. Instead of the usual 8pm dinner, plan it early at 6pm. This way, you will get an empty restaurant and a helpful staff that may help keep the baby entertained while you can enjoy your romantic time with your spouse.
- Unpack and set up the hotel room: Now that you are in a new place, it might be difficult for your baby to sleep or adjust to the set up. Hence, its good to unpack as soon as you arrive at the hotel room and set up things as they are usually back home. If you have a portable travel cot for your little one and it is usually filled with toys for him, do that. Arrange your clothes in the wardrobe and keep the room temperature and light as it is back home.
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