Monday, April 20, 2015

SPONSORED POST: Tips to save money on travel using coupons

We are all aware of online shopping and its advantages. And with the use of coupons, offers and promo codes, one can easily find ways to save money on online transactions. But these offers are not limited to just shopping for clothes and accessories anymore. With the number of people booking trips and purchasing travel essentials online, these offers can help you save on travel too.

From air tickets to hotel reservations, you can book anything and everything online. Websites like MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip, Yatra and RedBus are popular favourites for travellers looking for a convenient and quick way to secure online bookings. Plus, most often the prices are relatively cheaper on websites like these than doing a conventional booking via a travel agent/agency. This is one of the many reasons, not many people know that you can avail of discount coupons and promo codes for these websites too. Seeing how expensive it is to travel in today’s flailing economy, you could certainly use these tips to ensure go on your next trip without the stress of an empty wallet. 
  1. First of all, you must be aware of how to hunt the right coupons that can complement your need. If you want to look for bus tickets, then opt to book through RedBus as they have the most number of buses with over 1500+ bus operators. Look for these coupons on popular coupon sites like CouponRani, which has all their latest coupons listed on their site.
  2. Don’t be quick to select an offer. Browse around and look for all the offers or promotional codes available before zeroing in on one. Sometimes there are provisions to apply more than one code on CouponRani, which will help you save more.
  3. Use wallet transactions as well for additional savings. Make your payment through your Paytm, MobiQwik or PayUmoney wallets. You can even get cash back offers up to 50% or more through such transactions.
  4. To get the best offer on flight tickets, look for MakeMyTrip flight coupons or Yatra flight coupons for the cheapest offer. Compare these popular sites prior to booking to ensure you have selected the best deal.
  5. If you have a set itinerary, book your accommodation via these sites as well. They offer complete packages that might work better for you. You can also opt to book a hotel individually.
So don’t wait anymore and plan your trip now!
















Friday, March 20, 2015

Travel rules no one tells you

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If you haven’t heard of Robert Reid, do it now! A super awesome travel writer who has been published in so many prominent publications, I have lost count. From Lonely Planet to National Geographic Traveler to The New York Times... as I said he is super awesome. I LOVE his witty writing and his blog is full of inspiring anecdotes from his myriad travels. While reading one of his recent posts on 44 Little Travel Rules No One Tells You, I thought of writing a few of my own. They aren't as great as Robert's, but I hope you enjoy them anyway!

Have any tips you would like to add? Email them to me on ruchika@travellerstories.com and I will post them on my blog and on my Facebook page with your name and your website link.

  • It’s okay to watch TV in your hotel room.
  • It’s not silly to want to do touristy things. I giggled like a little girl out of sheer excitement when I sat in an ancient tram in Kolkata. Okay, that was silly. But it’s OKAY to be silly.
Yes. I clicked random people on the tram in Kolkata!
  • Be safe, but don’t be over cautious. Often the most memorable experiences are those that happen unexpectedly and often involve strangers.
  • It is good to get lost. Some of the best stories are about the times you got lost and all the things that went wrong. If you don’t like getting lost, sit at home.
  • Don’t judge people or places if they don’t uphold your values and beliefs. There is no right or wrong when you’re travelling. Travel is all about finding yourself in unfamiliar territory. Smile and enjoy it. That IS what travel is all about.
  • Accept kindness from strangers as often as you can. Yes, your mom told you not to speak to strangers. And there are plenty of evil people in this world, and shit happens all the time. But there are some insanely nice people out there too who you would regret not knowing just because you were too fearful.
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  • You don’t HAVE to follow the must-do checklist of a destination. You CAN visit Amsterdam and NOT smoke up or drink. There are other things to see and do. This is what I did.
  • It’s okay to visit a destination without knowing anything about it. I know how valuable it can be to know the place you’re planning to visit, to read about it or prepare a list of things you shouldn’t miss on your visit. But every once in a while, it can be fun not to plan anything at all. That is, if you like surprises. Although, if you don’t, why are you travelling at all?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

PHOTO FEATURE: Hotel Zilwa Attitude, Mauritius

Much like its cousin, Zilwa Attitude is quite the luxurious hotel. I particularly love the d├ęcor and the use of natural resources like bamboo and wood. The artwork in the room was exceptional; things I wish I could have taken home! There were paintings bearing short poems, driftwood mirrors and unique light fixtures. One of the walls bear a riddle written in the local Creole language. I managed to solve it only after some easy clues thrown my way from the hotel manager! I also liked the colour scheme in the rooms; mine was replete with red, grey and white, while other rooms replaced the red with yellow and orange. Just like Blumarine Attitude, the bathroom here was a screen separation away from the bed. The room opened out to a garden. Walk a few metres ahead and there is a pool and adjacent bar; all with a view of the beach.

Here are some photographs from my stay:

LOVED this artwork!























The sitting area in my room
 
The open bathroom

Poetry on canvas

Such a gorgeous mirror

Can you solve this riddle?

The subtle play of colours

This is the surface of a small table kept in the sitting area; love the texture
I love the way this lamp reflected light all around the room