With the summer vacations looming up, everyone is busy making travel plans. Here's how to make the most of your trip.
When traveling, focus on enjoying the experience and not just on seeing as much as is possible. Travel like an adventurer and try to discover the place.
When visiting another country, do you generally opt for tours that advertise travel with a cook, so you can continue eating regular food throughout your holiday?
One of the best parts about visiting a foreign country is sampling their cuisine. It would be a shame to return from Mexico without sampling the Tapas, or a trip to France is incomplete without trying the baguette! Similarly, would you think a foreigner's trip to South India is complete if he doesn't try an idli? Or if he doesn.t eat naan or chola bhatura in Delhi?
It is understandable if you are vegetarian, but even so, most countries
today serve a variety of vegetarian fare, so you don.t have to convert
to enjoy the cuisine.
In any case, if you are traveling in a group, chances are, not all
members of the group are vegetarian. You will surely have some
non-vegetarians with you. So although there may not be a lot for you to
eat, stick to salad, but do make the trip to the restaurant.
Even the very act of going to a restaurant abroad, ordering food,
scanning the menu, observing the service and partaking in the ambience
adds to your experience of the country as a whole.
Eating at fast food chain restaurants doesn't really give you an insight into the country's cuisine,
so even if you are short of time, do make it a point to at least visit
two or three restaurants. If you are on a budget, you can still afford
to eat sensibly at low-cost eating joints. Not every meal will cost a
fortune. Instead of skimping on food, its better if you skimp on a
typically tourist attraction.
However, if money is no object then needless to say, enjoy wining and dining at the best of places.
Use local transport as far as possible. Even if you are on a
group, conducted tour, you will have time off to yourself where you
will have a chance to explore the place on your own. Seeing a place
from the comfort of an airconditioned bus, and actually traveling in
the local train or bus will offer you two completely different
perspectives of the place.
Don't spend all your time shopping at the mall. The same
stores are available in almost every place in the world, and will soon
be present in India. Instead, spend more time doing things. Sitting at
an outdoor cafe watching the people go buy and sipping a cup of
cappuccino is time better spent than running around in a mall.
You will definitely want to shop when traveling. But instead of
shopping at chain stores at large malls, try and pick up small stores
which sell items that are typical of the region you are visiting.
Quality is always better than quantity, and instead of buying
a dozen tiny items that will only find their way into a drawer in your
cupboard, pick up a single, beautiful item that will occupy the pride
of place in your home.
Travel smart, and you will enjoy your travel that much more.
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