MEDICATION YOU NEED TO CARRY WITH YOU
Staying at different locations in India has its own wonders along with different types of bacteria in the water and the food you savour. This, medical travel hack could possibly lead to some digestive disorders for which it is to be better prepared than be found searching for medical help which may not be available at hand. So it is suggested to carry traveler’s diarrhea tablets to cater to any such emergency.
BRUSH UP AND POLISH YOUR BARGAINING SKILLS
Having checked in and surveyed your surroundings it is now time for some gallivanting and while doing so it’s time for purchases. In India when you are recognized as a stranger then rest assured that while purchasing you are bound to be quoted prices that are far beyond being classified as premium, this handy travel hack is sure to get you a reasonably good price for your purchase you will need to go in for some hard bargaining.
AVOID SOUVENIR SHOPS
It is a general practice to buy souvenirs from the places you’ve visited, to carry home with you. The question arises where to pick up some authentic souvenirs, if not from the dedicated souvenir shops? Answer to this is that always tend to pick up souvenirs from the street markets, as they are comparatively much cheaper than those being sold at the shops. Another important secret to know here is that you explore these street markets in the late evenings as this is the time for them to wrap up so things at this time are a real steal.
HAVE CASH HANDY
Although India is moving towards cashless payment status, most of the places are still devoid of this facility especially the street markets etc. So in order to avoid any such eventuality of finding yourself strapped for cash, so ensure that when planning to visit such street markets you always follow this travel hack and have cash handy to pay for your purchases, most important of all while doing this you need to be extra careful and wary of pickpockets.
INFORMATION ON MONUMENTS AND PLACES OF INTEREST
Make sure that the monuments and other places of interest are open on the day/days of your visit to the destination. As closure of any one of these will largely impact your travel plan.
BE WARY OF FAKE TICKET OFFICES
It is quite a frequent happening in the third world countries where an unsuspecting tourist/traveler are swindled by those offering fake train tickets, which you realize only when you go to board your train. This is the main reason for us to recommend that you buy a local SIM for your phone so that you could trace the booking company and find out about their legitimacy.
ISSUE OF BOTTLED MINERAL WATER
This all important travel hack regarding the water quality, barring the hill states, in India is, rather, suspect where ever you go. Not only that there have been some cases where it has been found that the local shops just refill the used plastic water bottles with tap water and resell them. So, buying bottled water too can be dicey. In order to avoid buying bottled water it is recommended that you carry a portable water purifier with you, carrying a number of mineral water bottles would render your luggage unmanageable. You could carry a purifier either in the form of a SteriPen, that comes with a battery charger or LifeStraw filter water bottle, as both these are equivalent to the popular Acquaguard quality. As a result even if you run out of mineral water you have an option of safe drinking water handy with you.
TRAVEL BY TRAIN AS FAR AS POSSIBLE
It is advisable to travel by train to your next destination that is reasonably far from where you are put up. The reason being that, one, it is cheaper as compared to flying to your next destination, two, an overnight journey gives you sufficient time to unwind you’re your previous visit, three, you could prepare for your next destination by utilizing the journey period to study the best destinations to plan out your visit. More over an overnight journey saves you money by staying away from hotels etc. more over by doing so you also get a chance to see the country side and interact with the fellow passengers while travelling.
USE STATE TRANSPORT FOR INTERCITY TRAVEL
In the travel hack for intercity travel it is highly recommended that you use the state transport buses for intercity travel, the reason being that while you could hire a taxi or an Uber or Ola cab they could be comparatively expensive and more over the state transport buses could reach you to places where the taxi or cabs may not. More over while travelling in one of the ST buses you could interact with co passengers and learn about the place you are visiting.
India is a huge country with varied culture and also an ideal example of Unity in Diversity, anywhere in the world, leading to different cities having different cultures within the country. So brace yourself for a cultural shock when travelling from smaller cities and country sides to metros, within India.
Make sure to carry your personal sanitizers and tissue papers as none of these shall be available at any of the public conveniences.
SHOW OF AFFECTION
Couples visiting India are very seriously advised not to demonstrate any kind of show affection anywhere in public. It could lead to unsavoury incidents in some places and cases.
Make sure you get used to eating with your hands when in India, as all the places you visit are not likely to serve you with the knife and fork regulation.
According to experts the travel secret to ensure your safety financially is to ensure that, one, you need to be on guard when exchanging your currency, two, count the change returned after every purchase, carefully.
IDEAL TIME TO EMBARK ON YOUR VACATION/TRIP
Experts and frequent travelers suggest that the best time to start your vacation or trip is on Wednesdays; the reason for this is that Wednesdays see a considerably lower traveler rush as people generally do not start their holiday midweek which also means maximum availability of tickets and that too at cheaper rates.
COPIES OF YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
A very important travel hack is to save scanned copies of your travel documents like tickets, hotel bookings, transportation booking etc. on your mail accounts is highly recommended.
ONLINE MEALS BOOKING
The Indian railways have now come of age and provide you with online booking for your meals while you travel. You can do so through the IRCTC using the PNR number on your ticket and you will have meals delivered at your seat at the desired time.
Discussed above are some of the best travel hacks/secrets drawn up by experts the world over, following which shall ensure an economic and a safe trip for you and your family/friends.
An ardent traveler by heart has encouraged me to pen down my experiences in every way possible. Exploring new places of Himachal & India and trying out new food cuisines are two things that bring Vinod all the happiness.