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  1. While all of us sit at our desk jobs and dream of travelling somewhere nice for a holiday, one lucky bastard will soon be travelling the entire world for that job and even earn double, triple of what we earn. This dream job would be with Matthew Lepre, a millionaire from Australia in search of a personal assistant. Basically, he needs someone to assist him and travel the world with him and that too for free. He would be paying for this luxurious lifestyle while also paying about Rs 36 lakhs a year as salary. View this post on Instagram It's crazy, everything I ever visualised is coming to reality. The lifestyle, the business, the ability to give back and inspire people to reach their goals. ã°ï¸ Literally 3 years ago, I made the decision that I wasn't going to be another number in the system that our generation is brought up in. I dropped out of University and was left with a 40k student debt. ã°ï¸ My point is, that a lot can happen in a few years. Don't judge yourself for where you're at or where you've been. Only where you're going! ã°ï¸ And yea, ask more from life because seriously… you can manifest anything you want if you become clear on your dreams and match this with a ridiculous work ethic.â¨ã°ï¸â¨Dream (and eat) bigger. ð A post shared by Matthew Lepre (@matthewlepre) on Feb 27, 2019 at 1:13pm PST But, the competition is already so tough, even Matthew will have a problem picking out someone. The number of applications he's received is more than 40,000 and looks like he needs an assistant to help go through the assistant applications. He said, “I have received over 40,000 applications from people all around the world. I have definitely received far more applications from women (75 per cent) than men (25 per cent) and even a few marriage proposals too.” View this post on Instagram Pullin' up to the club like ð¥ A post shared by Matthew Lepre (@matthewlepre) on Feb 24, 2019 at 7:33pm PST He does know how much people want to escape the 9-5 hellhole and this is literally the exact opposite of that. He said, “A lot of people who are applying say in their application that they are working the 9-5 rat race and want to escape corporate life and are ready to bring the skills they have learnt to this role while travelling the world with me.” View this post on Instagram The good news is that fear is merely an illusion. Fear is something we invent. The only thing that gives it any power is when we listen to it. Train yourself to get rid of the illusion of fear and take calculated risks in life. If you fail, you learn. If you win, you earn. ð¨ð»‍ð»ð¥ A post shared by Matthew Lepre (@matthewlepre) on Mar 6, 2019 at 6:29pm PST He also added, “Travelling while I work has allowed me to live my ideal life and I want to give someone the opportunity to do the same alongside me. I'm looking for someone to join in all my adventures. I love what I do and I love exploring new places.” But what exactly does he do? Well, the college dropout started his business from nothing and now runs four e-commerce stores. And now, according to his Instagram bio, he's 7 Figure E-com Entrepreneur and earns more than $120k a month just 'from his laptop'. View this post on Instagram Chilling with bae and pumping 6 figure months ðð¨ð»‍ð» A post shared by Matthew Lepre (@matthewlepre) on Jan 29, 2019 at 7:11pm PST He posted the 'coolest job ever' on his YouTube account.
  2. If you're traveling with company, your journey could swing either way. For instance, your new camera. You're obsessed with your brand new purchase, but the only way to put your camera to test is to take it out for a spin. Now some cameras might leave you smitten during you short-interactions, like during indoor parties, etc. But traveling is another ball-game altogether. With a little research, we found the best travel buddy for you. It is none other than *drumroll* the Canon EOS RP. Here is why it is the best travel buddy for you: 1. You Get To Travel Light Unsplash If you are a photgraphy enthusiast, you know how heavy the camera gear can get. Not with the Canon EOS RP. The new full-frame mirrorless camera inherits the high-performance in a compact and lighter body that weighs only 485 g! So, pack light and travel tight! 2. Use Your Existing Canon Lenses Unsplash The EOS RP can be coupled with RF mount adapter, allowing users full access to Canon's existing range of more than 70 EF and EF-S lenses. So, if you want to save money, to extend your trip by a few days, you can actually do that! New lenses or old, the EOS RP won't disappoint. 3. Shoot Your Videos In 4K Canon Together with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the EOS RP shoots in 4K resolution at 24p/25p video footage allowing you to focus accurately and shoot smoothly. So whether you're making a video of a car on the highway or a Ferris wheel, it's all going to be an easy task! 4. Hassle-Free Sharing Canon You can share your memories with loves ones and family easily! The EOS RP is wifi-enabled, which means you can directly transfer images to your phone on the go with the Canon Connect Camera App! 5. No Need To Get Your Clothes Dirty Canon The vari-angle touchscreen of EOS RP can help you take shots from different angles where your eyes can't reach! This even helps if you want to take selfies with your mirrorless camera! 6. Easy To Capture In Low Light Canon Its native ISO range of 100-40,000, which can be expanded to ISO range of 50-102,400, produces low-noise images with rich details, even in low light conditions. So, no need to carry extra gear with you. Safe travels!
  3. Travelling is said to inspire those who indulge in it. It is also said to open newer horizons for those who look beyond all that meets the eye. So when Ixigo co-founders Aloke Bajpai and Rajnish Kumar set out to discover their professional journey in the scenic locales of South France, their explorations reached beyond the journey to and fro from work, and the hidden gems around the area. © MensXP By the end of it, they ended up discovering more of Europe than the Europeans themselves, and as time passed them by in the flat they shared together in France, they decided to work out a way that would bring them closer to their dream, and most of all job satisfaction. Aloke and Rajnish finally made the move in 2007 and founded Ixigo, one of India's leading travel marketplaces, that has changed how India experiences travel around the country and beyond its borders. It quickly became the first stop for travellers whenever they thought of travelling anywhere on the face of this earth. © MensXP However, apart from helping their users with travel bookings and solving their travel related queries, there is another crucial factor that motivates Aloke and Rajnish to keep pushing and stay on their toes all the time. It is the ever changing space of data and analytics of the travel industry, which plays a vital role in their survival. Talking about the same Rajnish said to MensXP, “data is the oil in this economy. Without data, none of our AI algorithms will work.” © MensXP Ixigo does about 200 million train PNR status checks in a month, and that says a lot about the kind of needs they cater to on a day-to-day basis. People wish to find out if they will get a confirmed seat on the day of their travel, before booking a waitlisted seat. With Ixigo's advanced approach, they can now get an idea of confirmation before booking and save themselves from last minute craziness. Similarly, they meticulously keep track of fare hikes and dips, and share insights with their users, to help them save precious money. It's a tricky thing to do, preventing business transactions on their portal but they are not after that at all. They are looking at earning people's trust and that's their sole purpose, because the rest falls into place afterwards. © MensXP The company thrives on trust, and virality of the benefits their users reap by making use of their services. They work around creating better tools to help users with their experience both on the app and the bookings they make through them. Even their team comprises of handpicked individuals who share the founders' vision and zest to make Ixigo a user-friendly and top-end product. © MensXP So when it comes to sharing their greatest learning from the journey so far, they have these words of wisdom to share with aspiring entrepreneurs. “Dream big, and have faith in yourself. Don't give up on your dream because of present constraints, but take the plunge regardless”, share Aloke and Rajnish. “Finding the right co-founder is also key when it comes to taking the first step and building a team that believes in your dream and vision, just as much as you, that's half the job done”, adds Rajnish. Ixigo has come a long way, and we know these two friends will continue to make travelling even easier and better in the time to come.
  4. In a tremendously hilarious incident involving the Uttar Pradesh police again, a local man did something very bizarre and funnily uncanny. While '100' as a number is always on our speed dial to call the cops in case of any emergency, we usually don't call them unless the need of the hour arises. But this man from UP didn't think twice before dialling their number because he desperately needed a favour. The man dialled 100 and when the cops answered his call they didn't really know what to say. The young man's emergency was that he needed a ride because he didn't have enough money to take the bus. The gutsy youth told the cops that he needed to get to Gunnuar in their vehicle because he didn't have enough money to pay for the bus. He argued that it was wise for him to ask them for a ride since their vehicle is intended for public transport. While the man may have been absolutely correct, his request was still funny and I think the cops saw the humour in it too. The unabashed youth tried to convince the cops that since their vehicle was a government one, he was allowed to use it as public transport too. The cops stumped beyond belief didn't have much to say except capture this funny dialogue with him. Hats off to @Uppolice What all they deal with pic.twitter.com/qBS8qynV6t — Saurabh Dwivedi (@saurabhtop) 16 March 2019 The video shows the cops pretty astounded by the young man's request. So much so that they're compelled to ask him if he's high or does drugs to which the youth said “nasha nahi karta mai, mai chillum pita hun bachpane se.” ( I don't do drugs, I only smoke a chillum), right after which he brandished his chillum right in front of the cops. He also cited that he's well educated. Wait, don't go away just yet, there's part 2 of the video too. 2nd Part pic.twitter.com/Wvb7737XGE — Chowkidar Tushar Chauhan ð®ð³ (@tushrchauhan) 16 March 2019 In the second part the youth is adamant about being taken to Gunnuar and he insists that it shouldn't be an issue since it's a 'sarkari gadi'. The cops seemingly agreed and sounded convinced by the end of it but we're not sure if the youth was taken to Gunnuar. (c)Twitter Well, TBH, the youth does make a debatable point across about using government vehicles for the good of the people but we're not sure if he said it being high on the 'chillum' or because he was actually broke and desperately needed to get to his village. Whatever the reason was, the internet had a mighty good laugh and the UP police were shamelessly trolled for going through such inane things on a daily basis (remember the cop who screamed 'thain thain' when his gun stopped working?). Well, we all had a good laugh and we really hope the lad finally reached his destination safe and sound, with his chillum intact.
  5. Travel routines are notoriously hard to nail down, given the time and budget constraints. The compressed air inside planes is famously unhealthy, causing skin and lips to dry. Travel by train and road is no better, and is taxing in its own special way - motion sickness being one of those stressful things that we can never run away from. To combat this nuisance, we, at MensXP, have put together twelve of the best travel kits we could find. These are budget-friendly, easily available in India, and encompass a variety of different products - travel pouches, airplane travel kits and carry-ons. Read On For The Best Travel Kits For Men In India 1. Hk Villa Multifunctional Travel Toiletry Kit © Amazon This happens to be one of the highest rated travel kits on Amazon. It is available via Prime and is waterproof to boot. It has ample, protected storage space to avoid spills and a spiffy handle that allows easy carriage. It has different storage techniques for items of different sizes, such as elastics for toothbrushes and mesh pockets for tubes. A steal of a deal at its affordable price, making this one of the best travel kits for men out there. MRP: Rs. 399 But it here 2. Mufubu Unbarred Mens Travel Kit © Amazon This is a travel kit which happens to be perfect for short day trips. This travel kit will ensure that your luggage will be with you at all times, thereby avoiding any anxiety-inducing thoughts about theft and loss. This is a highly rated kit and happens to be very spacious. It is lightweight and can carry a day's worth of clothing, along with other important essentials like running shoes, sunglasses, and earphones with ease. The bag can also be folded to make it easier to fit into a smaller space. It comes in three different colours, and at a deal of Rs. 1137 for 3, you can actually own all three colours. MRP: Rs. 379 Buy it here 3. Leaderachi Hunter Leather Toiletry Bag © Amazon For the more sartorially inclined, Leaderachi offers this Hunter Leather travel kit. Though it happens to be priced a bit on the higher side, it offers ample storage space and doesn't compromise on quality. The quality also ensures that spillage is avoided, and in case it happens, is easily absorbed. The product comes with six months of warranty against any manufacturing defects and loss. Available in shades of brown, these travel kits make for an indulgent, treat-yo-self buy. MRP: Rs. 1,799 Buy it here 4. HS-Store's Roll-On Travel Kit © Amazon This travel kit offers a multifunctional use and is perfect for storing lotions, serums, and other grooming essentials for men. It has four compartments for storage that can be rolled together and made compact. It can also function as a tool for medicine storage, as finding medication when travelling is always a bit of a pain. For men who indulge in skincare and cosmetics, this is also a convenient and budget-friendly buy. It offers great space and has the added bonus of allowing one to carry multiple products in one hefty travel kit. MRP: Rs. 299 Buy it here 5. Travel Kit by Ustraa © Ustraa This is an eye-catching travel kit for men. Available in a teal blue colour with a dark brown zipper, this kit has a waterproof lining and can store a variety of products. Reviews suggest that it is more spacious than it looks and that it can hold two to three bottles of body wash and shaving cream. Simply put, your vacations are going to be incomplete without this travel kit in your possession. MRP: Rs. 699 But it here 6. Men's Essential Travel Kit by Park Avenue © Flipkart First of all, the fact that you are getting this travel kit from Park Avenue, one that comes equipped with a variety of grooming essentials from Park Avenue's catalogue, for just Rs. 420, makes it a steal of a deal, to begin with. These include shaving cream, a shaving brush, a deodorant, an aftershave, as well as a skin lotion. The number of products provided also attests to the spaciousness of the kit. Available in black and blue, it won't be wrong to state that this is possibly one of the best travel kits for men to own. MRP: Rs. 420 But it here 7. Travel Toiletry bag by Ruby © Pepperfry This brand, available on Pepperfry, provides a spacious toiletry bag for those men who happen to be avid travellers. Available in the pleasing shades of navy blue and orange, this bag is as stylish as it is utilitarian. It is made of polyester and has ample storage, with a mesh covering for smaller products. This is a budget-friendly option that doesn't compromise on quality, making it a value purchase at its price. Pepperfry also offers free shipping for purchases above Rs.999. MRP: Rs. 613 Buy it here 8. Men's Grooming Kit By Axe © BigBasket This kit is tailor-made for Axe enthusiasts. Sleek and spacious, it also has an attached handle which makes for easy carrying. The products available with the kit include a Signature Body Perfume, a Dark Temptation Deodorant Body Spray, a Signature Denim After Shave Lotion, and a Signature Denim Shaving Cream. In short, this is a budget-friendly option that contains a wide range of products that warrant your attention. MRP: Rs. 476 Buy it here 9. Swiss Army Knife By Victorinox © Amazon Swiss army knives are multifunctional and keeping that in mind, Victorinox offers a sleek product that can be assembled and carried around easily. The knife contains a wide range of products: a letter opener, scissors, a stainless steel pin, pressurised ballpoint pen, magnifying lens, ruler, tweezers and screwdrivers - all of which can come in handy during your next vacation. This product is compact and can easily fit into your wallet. Though it's costly, it makes for an efficient investment on your end. MRP: Rs. 2,790 Buy it here 10. AmazonBasics Universal Travel Case © Amazon Carrying electronics when travelling can be quite a daunting task - they're in danger of getting stolen, misplaced, or broken. This travel case ensures that electronics are always kept safe. It has ample space for different kinds of products - tablets, cameras, phone, chargers, and more. The mesh-laden interior prevents scratches, while Amazon also offering a one-year warranty on this case. At a mere Rs. 539, there is simply no reason why you shouldn't be owning this travel case. MRP: Rs. 539 Buy it here 11. Toiletry Bag By Swiss Military © Amazon Swiss Military offers a budget-friendly, quality toilet kit. This kit is water resistant and has special storage for different kinds of products, including a special separate pocket with PVC lining. This is a highly rated product and happens to be an Amazon bestseller. Prime delivery is also available for this toiletry bag, along with additional deals and discounts. MRP: Rs. 850 Buy it here 12. AmazonBasics Hanging Toiletry Kit © Amazon Finally, we have this toiletry kit from AmazonBasics, one which can be hung in the washroom for ease of access, and tucked away when not required. It is made of durable polyester material which enables long term usage. Amazon also offers a one year warranty on this product. There is ample storage space for a wide variety of products, and mesh spaces are present to avoid spillage, making this one of the best travel kits for men. Prime delivers this product in a day, and offers and discounts are available, so you can immediately add to your cart if your vacation happens to be just around the corner. MRP: Rs. 849 Buy it here
  6. They say love is one-dimensional. But when you look at it blossom, you will find dimensions you've never envisioned before in life. Love grows in spectacular ways and you can only experience it if you meet the right companion along the way. You may ask what a 'right companion' truly is. Well, in very simple terms, someone who is true to you and understands your needs and wants, most given times. © Instagram But according to Kristina and Eugene, companionship is a very different concept. It's to familiarise each other with what their respective needs and wants are and use that as an advantage to have an absolutely fun relationship. Yes, you read that right. When was the last time you met someone who piqued your interests and matched it with theirs? Some of you may have found some likeminded people, but have you ever unanimously decided to give up the regular life and travel the world instead? That's what Kristina and Eugene's story is all about and it doesn't end there! It ends with a happy family indeed. © Instagram The First Time They Met Both of them met while they were still in university in Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine. While figuring out their mutual interests on their check-list, the two bonded over common musical interests and hangout sessions post classes, following which they liked each other's company so much, they became best friends. Pretty soon their friendship transcended into a love interest and everything else made more sense than before. But the most astounding part was that their basics were not stamped on just romance, passion or love. The reason they were together was that they felt the most comfortable with each other, and we seldom forget that being yourself and comfortable around someone is the first rule of a good relationship. © Instagram "Our romance started from the point of perception that we don't irritate each other! Not a passion, desire or love! It doesn't sound very romantic, I know! But our affection increased each day and in 4 more years, we decided to become a family. 10 years have passed since we started our romantic relationship, but we are still the happiest couple and we are harmonious partners in all life spheres." - Kristina After all, love blossoms through an avalanche of comfort and familiarity, doesn't it! If you're in a state of absolute comfort with someone, wherein you don't have to pretend otherwise and you disseminate all your fears and tribulations equally among each other, real love truly sprouts from there. Couples today fret about long-lasting companionships or the lack of passion, but they forget that the ultimate companionship rule to live by comes from the premise of being yourself with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. © Instagram What Made Them Stay Together? Apart from the easier quirks between two people, there are other things that make a relationship really challenging and workable. And this is where sharing mutual interests comes handy. Couples who share mutuality in ways that make sense, last longer. And by mutuality, I mean sharing similar interests that can change lives. Both Kristina and Eugene love to travel and that's the one thing that has bound them together tightly ever since they met. In college, the only thing that decided their fate was a 4-day trip that they took together, following which realised they've evolved from being just friends to something more transcendental! Since then, they have been travelling across the globe for over 10 years. © Instagram About two years ago, the couple decided to take their travels a bit more seriously and decided on travelling across Asia. And that's when their real journey as a 'family' began! "All 10 years of being together we travel – at least once a year. But two years ago we decided to have even a bigger adventure. We were not quite happy with our professions and wanted to reload ourselves. A long-time journey through Asia seemed a good way to do that. We had to give our apartment for rent and sell some stuff in order to have enough money for that. So we quit our jobs and were ready for a journey. By now, as a couple, we've visited 24 countries." - Eugene. © Instagram That's the thing about taking risky decisions in a relationship. They always go through because the support for it to work is so strong, it overpowers any hardship they may face. Just like how Kristina and Eugene did when they both decided to quit their jobs and take a stand on what to do next. © Instagram The Chapati Sojourn "We had started this journey in January 2017 from Fort Kochi and planned to stay there for only a few days. However, destiny had other plans, and on the second night, we came across a tiny, dehydrated puppy in the darkness, all alone." - Kristina © Instagram Chapati came into their lives like a surge of happiness and positivity during grim times. They found her scattering away, unfed and unwell and took her in their care to nourish her and bring her to life. "We found that we want to name her like our favourite Indian bread because she had the same tan colour and was very thin." - Kristina © Instagram The minute they named the dog, there was no looking back. They found a home in her and she in them, and she became a part of their travels and their family from that very moment! "Chapati brought many changes to our lives. She influenced our travel-philosophy: now we don't chase visiting all sightseeing places or try to see as many countries as possible. We learned how to relax and easily take deviations to our plans. Her own attitude to life often teaches us to be more flexible, readily get acquainted with people and even to communicate with those, who speak languages we don't understand." - Eugene © Instagram Bringing an animal into your life changes you as a person. The change is noticeable slowly and steadily. They teach you resilience, certain ways of triumphs, patience and the most important one- unconditional love. That's what Chapati taught the two after she came into their lives. She taught them to slow things down and recognise things for what they are, to see the ethereal beauty in things, to savour moments that are important and precious. © Instagram Their travel philosophy also changed trajectory. They learnt how it's not always necessary to travel to every place, soak in every bit of space or scramble around in a hurry just sightseeing or divulge their energy in agreeing upon what to do, what to see or what to understand. Chapati made it easier for them to relax and absorb only as much as they could. © Instagram "Many people believe (and we did before) that saving one dog's life will not defeat the global problem and will not change the world. Our revelation is that it actually changes the world. At first, it changes the 'universe' of the one saved, and then it changes your own 'world'. Her own attitude to life often teaches us to be more flexible, readily get acquainted with people and even to communicate with those, who speak languages we don't understand."- Kristina © Instagram What Is It Like To Travel With A Dog? "Travelling with a dog is definitely not easy. Each country and city have their own rules and attitude to dogs, which sometimes is impossible to Google in advance. You need to make a lot of 'paper work', you are always limited in places for eating and staying, transportation could also be an issue. It is hard, it is a bit costly, but it worth that. As we have to spend money on Chapati we always try to save when it's possible. So we prefer cheap hotels, we use trains and buses as long as it is possible." - Eugene © Instagram The biggest challenge Kristina and Eugene faced was the 'paperwork' that most countries implement to transport dogs. Financially they were still figuring their way but more than anything else, it was the documentation and the fact that a dog can't be a part of their lives unless she's legally bound to them, that was becoming a challenge. That took time and apart from that, facing challenges in nooks and corners of every street and every city wasn't easy. Sometimes they'd be stranded because no public transport would want to carry a dog and sometimes, they'd come across places that weren't too pet-friendly, so they wouldn't have the option to spend a quiet peaceful night at a hotel. © Instagram But most places accepted Chapati and made her travels with the couple favourable. Since she is so well-mannered and intelligent, even most non-pet friendly places allowed her inside and turned their whole philosophy on animals around. © Instagram "Still, travelling with a dog is a big adventure. We had so many escapades, touchy moments and movie-worth adventures together, like falling in love with Chapati, overcoming barriers on the way to adopt her, finding ourselves in the middle of nowhere at night, getting stuck in a town because no public transport allowed dogs there and it was impossible to leave, saving other dogs and being stressed whether those will survive, sleeping with cockroaches or at freezing temperatures, and even some illegal border-crossings and transportations. All these now seems a thrilling dream, yet we miss those times." - Eugene © Instagram Their favourite memory so far is trekking over San Fruttuoso in Italy and walking the rocky terrain in unfavourable weather conditions as all modes of transport were cancelled due to heavy rains! The three of them walked determined all through the trip, thinking about their future together and eventually making it back home to live it. They had no raincoats or umbrellas and braved the harsh rains. Chapati, with her might to stay strong and grounded, didn't pose as any trouble at all and she was a super trooper! "Drenched, I and Eugene felt ourselves to be the luckiest people in the world to have such a smart and attached dog, who was also all wet. Nevertheless, love was soaring in that wet air and the whole way we spent dreaming about our future. It actually looked like a happy end of a very tense movie. However, it wasn't, and many more adventures are waiting for us." -Kristina © Instagram Bringing Chapati into their lives is like a dream come true and they're solemnly grateful for each day as it passes. The Biggest Lesson Ever Having a dog in your life is the biggest blessing in disguise, according to Kristina and Eugene. If Chapati has reaffirmed anything it's the fact that their faith in communication shouldn't deter, because that's what keeps them strong and grounded. And by them, I mean Chapati as well. Communicating with a dog makes you more susceptible to understanding all sorts of needs and emotions between people and animals and it makes any bond way stronger. Staying together for almost 2 years now, Chapati's presence has made sure that their relationship surrenders its premise on pure communication between a man woman and an animal. © Instagram "Communication is also a clue to the mutual understanding with a dog. Try to perceive what a dog wants to transmit to you, do your best to talk in its language (a language of intonations, eye-contact and gestures) and you will never face any problems!"- Kristina A dog is a man's best friend. Up until now at least, I believed that this was just an idiom that was trying to transforms our instinctive animal behaviour to a more refined human one. But the meaning is way more literal and deeper than that. A dog is in all actuality a man's best friend and we have Chapati as proof, who took her saviours for family and gave them a lot to accept and ruminate about. We think any relationship that needs nourishing and strengthening doesn't need as much counselling as it needs some 'fur intervention'! Here's to 'Travelling Chapati' and her beautiful family. © Instagram "In 2017, we spent the whole year being together 24 hours a day. During these time we didn't leave each other even for a moment, Chapati included. We faced many difficulties, including financial ones. We had lots of challenges on the way. But we remained a team, a loving team. And even now, after 10 years of being together as a couple, we still never irritate each other". - Eugene
  7. Your twenties really are the best time to travel. You don't have as many liabilities, all your friends aren't married yet and travelling to the different corners of the world changes your perspective towards life in more ways than you can imagine. Also, let's be honest, you gotta keep up with those #travelgoals on social media! And what better place than Phuket to kick off your 2019 travel bucket list! We'll tell you why. © GettyImages Bangkok is passé. Phuket is not-so-slowly and very steadily becoming the next big destination, especially for Indians. Direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru by airlines like GoAir have actually made it possible to reach Phuket in just four hours! This is the easiest international travel could ever get to a place that offers beaches most definitely cleaner than the ones you find in India, and at such an affordable price! © GettyImages If you live for food, Phuket is paradise. Thai cuisine offers some of the most exquisite seafood out in the world and it's going to be a drool-worthy affair. We're talking shrimp pad Thai and Nasi Goreng! © GettyImages Sunsets at Phuket are magical. The sea changes colour every passing second and the sky is unlike any other place in the whole world! Watching the sun set into the horizon in Phuket is an experience in itself. There are a lot of beaches and hotels in Phuket that offer some of the most stunning views that just cannot be missed! © GettyImages Phuket is a place for everyone. The affordability is what is attracting the young Indian crowd to Thailand but if you're a fan of luxury, Phuket has some of the most interesting opportunities. In the last few months, there has been an influx of Indian buyers that have shown great interest in buying some of the most luxurious homes at Royal Phuket Marina that are also rented out for people who want to spend some time in a beautiful home, away from home, taking in the best of Phuket before they get back to their mundane lives. © GettyImages Let's not forget that while Phuket is serene, calm and picturesque, it also offers nightlife you won't find anywhere else in the whole of Asia! No vacation is complete without partying and letting go, and Phuket really is one place you've got to hit with your best friends! © GettyImages Talking of luxury, Koh Rang Noi, Phuket is a private island in Phuket, owned by John Baldwin and it's safe to call it a goldmine of everything expensive and fancy! This sun-soaked tropical paradise with its landscaped villas and infinity pools and breathtaking views will make you want to spend the rest of your life there! And that's just one of the many islands in Phuket! A lot of others boast of popular restaurants, quaint beaches for nature enthusiasts. © GettyImages Phuket is as much about the vast, calm sea as it is about the party culture. And lately, it has been attracting a lot of boating enthusiasts because buying a boat in Thailand is duty-free. That means it is way cheaper than you would expect it to be! Owned by the British Indian businessman Gulu Lalvani, Royal Phuket Marina not only has residential quarters but is also a marina which offers all parking services you can think of to promote that fancy, waterfront lifestyle. It also hosted the Thailand Yacht Show recently that showcased some insanely luxurious boats and yachts and you'd surprised to know how much popularity it has been gaining recently amongst Indians! © GettyImages Of course, there's the Thai culture that people from all around the world love exploring! When it comes to hospitality and welcoming tourists, the Thais have no match. From Wat Chalong to the Big Buddha to Weekend Night Markets to the elephant sanctuary, your itinerary is always going to be an exciting mix! © GettyImages So, cancel that Goa trip and head over to Phuket! Coz travel makes memories.
  8. Let these neck pillows be your most comfy travel partner, while you head out on your next adventure. No matter what kind of transport you decide to take to your destination, it can never hurt to be a bit more comfortable. So let's make your next trip better, with the best travel pillows that are available on Amazon right now. These are the best travel pillows you need for your next journey: 1. Skylofts Imported Memory Foam Neck Pillow © Amazon India This memory foam pillow is perfect for any kind of journey, providing you with much needed support to the neck, head, spine, and back. It's made of imported premium quality memory foam, which makes it a very good deal at its price. The memory foam moulds to the shape of your neck while you use it, regaining its shape once the pressure is relieved. It provides you with not only a lot of comfort but also the right support on long journeys. The pillow is super soft, and the fact that it moulds itself to the shape of your body is a huge advantage. It prevents head, neck and shoulder pain that can result from sleeping in any weird position while you travel. MRP: Rs 599 Buy it here 2.Travel Blue Blue Tranquility Memory Foam Foldable Travel Pillow © Amazon India This is super comfy neck pillow is made out of memory foam, without compromising on quality or comfort. It's a good quality pillow that it feels easy and comfortable on the skin when in use. This pillow is the perfect choice for anyone who has a especially loves being comfortable, no matter where they are. MRP: Rs 1,915 Buy it here 3. Hanumex Electric U-shaped Massage Neck Pillow © Amazon India If you tend to end up with a pain thanks to some very bad posture on your part, you are not the only one. Most of us tend to do that, and it is even worse for people who are taller. A way to fix that, especially while traveling, is to use the best travel pillow you can get. It not only gives you the support you need, but generally helps you relax and get some much needed rest. This one also has an in-built massager, that uses vibrations to get your blood pulsing around the neck, and eases away the pain. MRP: Rs 999 Buy it here 4. Ole Baby Cat Face Neck Pillow © Amazon India Looking for a pillow for your younger sibling? Or maybe a little one? Then this pillow is quite an ideal option. The pillow is comfortable to use for for kids, giving them the right supporting, without being too large for them. And the adorable design is a an added bonus. MRP: Rs 279 Buy it here 5. Lushomes Blue Microbeads Neck Pillow © Amazon India This pillow is made with 100% premium microbeads, making it uber comfortable. The tube pillow works wonders for travelers of any age, as it takes pretty malleable. So when you use it, the pillow moulds to your neck, making it a really comfortable experience. And you have a total of eight colour options to choose from. Thanks to the premium beans, this pillow is advisable for those who have vertigo. MRP: Rs 569 Buy it here 6. SKYLOFTS Foam Neck Pillow with Hat Cushions © Amazon India Made out of soft foam material, this travel pillow from pillow with a hoodie gives proper support to your neck. It also provides overall comfort not only to your neck, but actually to your whole torso, from your head to waist. It does so by making sure your posture is effective and does not take a toll. MRP: Rs 735 Buy it here 7. Spungee Microbeads Travel Neck Pillow With Eye Mask & Ear Plugs © Amazon India Stuffed with microbeads, this a soft and comfortable travel pillow to get. It's made of comfortable warm fleece on one side and a cool spandex on the other side, giving you the choice of what kind of feel you want. It also has two loops with buttons to hang the pillow from luggage, hooks, rods or any other places. As an added benefit, this pillow comes with an eye Mask and a pair of foam earplugs. MRP: Rs 699 Buy it here
  9. “Senorita, bade bade deshon mein aesi choti choti baate hoti rehti hai…” via GIPHY An iconic dialogue from the movie 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', immortalized on screen with the scenic backdrop of Europe. And all I wanted to do was go on a Euro trip; see the scenic Swiss Alps, soak in the culture of France or roam through the legendary Roman streets. What was at the top of my list? Paris! There's something truly charming and dreamy about Paris, which is considered the romantic capital of the world. via GIPHY All my delusions were disillusioned when I saw the cost of travelling and staying there; romantic dreams be damned. It seems like the perfect romantic destination (if you overlook the cost :P); pretty, quaint sidewalks littered with cafés, everyone speaking in French, sharing a soufflé with your S.O. while enjoying the view of the scenic Eiffel Tower. © Thinkstock/Getty Images © Thinkstock/Getty Images Or walking down the spectacular Champs Elysées or being teased by Mona Lisa's beatific smile at the Louvre Museum. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Or being mesmerized by the gorgeous and elegant architecture. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Unfortunately, every one of us is not that lucky (read rich) to go and spend an insane amount of money on a trip to Paris, which is also one of the most expensive cities to live in. Well, we are happy to tell you that now you can get the feel of Europe in Asia itself. Yes, you heard it right. The beautiful City of Lights has been replicated in China (where else :P) and by God, it is an unbelievable doppelgänger of Paris. Right from the quaint walkways, the old school charm, the quintessential arc lamps and the monumental Eiffel Tower; an incredulous feat in itself. All this in a neighbouring country, which is known for its cheap products and a knack for knock-offs! This time they have gone big and replicated a whole part of another country. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Situated in a town called Tianducheng, located in the suburb of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China, the town boasts of a replica of the Eiffel Tower. Standing tall at 354 feet, nearly one-third the length of the original, the tower rivals the one in Paris in its grandeur and grace. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Quite near to Shanghai, Tianducheng is an hour away via train. A framed Champs Elysées, a version of the Versailles Neptune Fountain, various statues exactly like the ones in Paris, other fountains, the beautiful gardens, Haussmannian buildings, the avenues, the walkways and the graceful Parisian architecture which has charmed everyone for centuries. With meticulous detailing, the town is set to give one the feeling of being in Paris or at the very least, make you think of it. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Just look at it! Can you differentiate between the real and the fake? © Thinkstock/Getty Images © Thinkstock/Getty Images The real one is the first image. Could you tell? (I couldn't, at first glance!) Its uncanny resemblance is easy to fool even the stringent of observers. Interestingly, French photographer Francois Prost has an entire photo series, aptly titled “Paris Syndrome” which compares the photographs of both cities; their architecture, the people and the entire vibe of both cities. He has tried to capture the essence of the overlapping cultures. He says, that even though he is French, he was enamoured and pleasantly surprised by the eerie similarities between the two cities and was impressed with the attention to detail given to the buildings in Tianducheng. You can check out his work here: Unbelievable, isn't it? Though the original will always remain the best thing to behold, as is the case with originals every time, this dwarfed twin is a great example of imitation being the best form of flattery. China is notorious for copying other places around the world and providing people with an alternative travel destination, an Eastern variation of cities of the West if you will. Unfortunately, most of the cities turn to ghost towns; Tianducheng being one of them. © Pinterest What was anticipated to be a famous tourist destination and a bustling metropolis buzzing with people did not turn out to live up to its potential; its projected population density was never fulfilled. It was created in 2007 with hopes of turning it into a multi-million-dollar housing estate. Nearly empty, it hardly saw any tourists; a city which was Parisian in its appearance but wasn't good enough for people to inhabit. With hardly 2.000 occupants as of 2013, the city was thought of to be a massive failure. But it seems to be changing now, as per new reports of 2017; owing to the mounting curiosity among travellers across the world for ghost cities. The count of inhabitants has come to be around 30,000, giving its real estate a chance to see growth in a long time. The upliftment can also be a result of the growing economy of China (though it may be at a slow pace). © Thinkstock/Getty Images Most tourists come here to take a picture with the Eiffel Tower in the background, living the dream of seeing it firsthand (even though it is a fake), just for the novelty of it or for fooling people back home (:P). © Thinkstock/Getty Images Wedding photography is quite prevalent with the famed city tower in the backdrop. Who wouldn't want to be married in Paris and have a photoshoot under the beautiful sculpture? In fact, musician Jamie XX used the city's ghost town status to his advantage by shooting his music video for “GOSH” here; where else would you get a deserted Eiffel tower or an empty Paris? :P Why you should visit? For the thrill of seeing one of the most magnificent monuments in the world in a place which you couldn't have imagined it to be. And a cheaper trip to see the fascinating Eiffel Tower without travelling all the way to Europe! So, what's stopping you? Go, travel to China, say Ni hao to the Eiffel Tower, click pictures and make your friends jealous! Till then, au revoir! The Eiffel Tower awaits!
  10. When you set out to explore the unknown, the first thing on your mind is to get away from the hectic city life, an overdose of social media, and the unnecessary stress we often end up taking. The second thing is, finding the right companion. No, we don't mean going through WhatsApp and trying to get friends on board. What we mean, is having the perfect trip companion, that will quite literally, have your back; the right backpack. The right backpack is a combination of many factors, including space, being lightweight but sturdy, able to keep off rainwater, giving good shoulder and back support. So, we have curated some of the best backpacks for travel, so you can go on your next adventure without a second thought. These are the best backpacks for travel we recommend: 1. Impulse Inverse 65 Ltrs Blue Rucksack © Amazon With a camera compartment, and enough space to store camping gear, this bag is perfect for any trekking or camping trip you might take. The bag is 15 inches on the shoulder, 24 inches high, and 13 inches wide. It also comes with a shoe pocket, and a rain cover. It has adjustable straps and breathable padded shoulders for more comfort. MRP: Rs 1,399 Buy it here 2. Quechua Forclaz 70 Backpack © Amazon This is a super performer backpack. With a 70L capacity, it has multiple compartments that are zippered. It also has side panels and mesh pockets to stow and stack away small things you need to keep handy. The bag has ergonomically designed shoulder straps, which makes it really comfortable to carry. There are five pockets, three nets and one water compartment. The bag also has thumb loops, load adjuster straps, compression straps, chest straps, and a pole holder. It will make sure you stay prepared every trek you go on. MRP: Rs 5,799 Buy it here 3. Wildcraft 45 Ltrs Grey and orange Rucksack © Amazon This is a great mid-size option for any traveller. The bag is made of nylon, comes in a bright orange colour. The material is water resistant, and the bag itself measures 56.8 cm by 33.6 cm by 5.4 cm, making it a nice compact choice. It has a top loading pack and comes with a drawstring opening that makes for quick and easy access when on treks and hikes. The bag also has a strengthened haul loop, that lets you carry heavier loads more comfortably. MRP: Rs 1,815 Buy it here 4. Pole Star Trek 44 Lt Blue grey Rucksack I Hiking backpack © Amazon This Pole Star trekking and travelling backpack is made from premium water-resistant polyester fabric, and is a great bag that not only provides a good size and convenience but is also sturdy, and has been known for its long-lasting performance. The colours are a simple but aesthetic blue and grey. It comes with adjustable straps, and has a drawstring to close off the top. The volume of the bag is 44 litres, and since the product is on heavy discounts on Amazon, it is a super affordable option for such a bag. MRP: Rs 790 Buy it here 5. Quechua Trekking Backpacks (Light Grey) - 50 L © Amazon This is a super compact backpack. It is a great option for the days when you just want to throw a backpack over your shoulders (a really comfortable one) and head out on the roads unknown. It's perfect for one person, and with a capacity of 50L, it packs quite the punch. It makes for the best companion for a solo tour or a four to a five-day backpacking trip. Weighing about 1-1.5 kg, it is a little on the heavy side, but it comes with a metal support inside, which makes it a very comfortable, even for long treks. The compact size means that it can easily fit in the overhead luggage bin when travelling on flights. MRP: Rs 4,078 Buy it here 6. AmazonBasics Internal Frame (Hardback) Hiking Backpack with Raincover © Amazon This 65L backpack from AmazonBasics is from their own in-house brand. It has an extra capacity of 5L, because of an extension collar that has been designed into it. It is made of durable polyester and is an ideal option for treks, hikes camps and any other adventure you may embark up to. Thanks to its extensive storage, with lots of pockets and compartments, convenience and ease are what this bag is all about. It has a large sleeping-bag compartment and even multi-directional compression adjustable straps, and padded shoulder straps. MRP: Rs 2,999 Buy it here 7. The Clownfish Synthetic 28 Ltrs Brown Laptop Travel Backpack Made of vegan Leatherette, this backpack is ideal for anyone who has style on their minds while travelling. From looking suave and classy at any trip to looking right on point at a formal or business tour, this bag packs quite a punch, especially since it can comfortably fit even a 15.6-inch laptop. It comes with two separate compartments with a laptop sleeve, one front pocket, one inside zipper pocket and two side pockets that help you store away a water bottle or something like an umbrella. It also has specially designed spaces to keep your phone, pens, mouse, and iPod safely. It is padded and has adjustable shoulder straps. © Amazon MRP: Rs 1,338 Buy it here
  11. There are some people who get trolled, even when they don't do anything. Chetan Bhagat is one of those unfortunate souls. Once again, the author of 'Half Girlfriend', 'Five Point Someone', and 'The 3 Mistakes Of My Life' became the butt of all jokes when Ola launched a campaign in collaboration with him. © Instagram If you follow Ola on Twitter, then you must have come across their latest campaign called 'Ride With Chetan'. Basically, they are giving a chance to some lucky people to travel with the author and the offer ends on September 25. Reportedly, this campaign is to promote Bhagat's latest book 'Girl In Room 105'. Let an Ola take you to your destination today and your next ride could be with me! Book your Ola today. Offer lasts till 25th September. #RideWithChetan#TheGirlInRoom105 pic.twitter.com/CnYQwmHDfz — Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) September 18, 2018 Chetan Bhagat is a renowned author, and several of his books have been turned into movies that have been a commercial success. So, sharing a car with him sounds like a lucrative deal, right? Or so we thought and so did Ola too. But, if you have already seen the campaign, then you must have seen people's reaction as well. While Ola was hopeful that people will jump on to this opportunity, folks instead trolled Bhagat and joked that they would rather take an Uber to avoid this offer. Thnks for the warning in advance. Time to avoid @Olacabs and use @Uber_India till the 25th Sep.. ð¸ð¸ — Vinay Kumar Dokania (@VinayDokania) September 18, 2018 Thanks for the warning… OLA App deleted until further notice — Raj Malpekar (@malpekar) September 18, 2018 This looks like a conspiracy by @Uber_India to run @Olacabs out of business. I will not get into my own car if Chetan Bhagat is with me. A ride in mumbai local in peak hours is sounds better than riding an Ola with Greatest porn writer from IITs and IIMs. — AJ (@aj0007777) September 18, 2018 ð±ð±Scary. Till 25th it's Uber for me! — Rajan Alexander (@devconsultgroup) September 18, 2018 If I take this ride, it will be one of 'The 3 Mistakes of my life'. — Waseem Ahmed (@Waseem_Ahmed11) September 18, 2018
  12. Most of us share a love-hate relationship with the metro, don't we? Not only do metros help us avoid getting stuck in massive traffic jams (especially when it's raining and your city transforms into a water park!), but they are also a reliable and dependable mode of transportation (unlike those auto waalas who can blatantly say “no” to your destination or Uber drivers who 'request' you to cancel the ride). And for the constantly cash-strapped and perpetually broke college students out there, travelling in the metro pretty much becomes a life saver. But as great as the metro is, it's not without its limitations. It doesn't run 24x7, so you can't use it late-at-night, you are almost always standing for the entire journey, some of your co-passengers can be incredibly rude and difficult, and don't even get me started on how suffocating it can be on those days when EVERYONE in the city decides to board the same metro you are travelling on. In short, travelling in the metro is not without its pros and cons and if you happen to be someone who is an avid metro traveller, here are five things you'll totally relate to. 1) Getting A Seat Is Pretty Much A Miracle © Pexels Unless you are boarding from the first station on the metro line or travelling at 11 in the night, getting a seat is akin to a miracle, so much so that you have pretty much gotten used to standing for the entire journey. In fact, getting an empty seat is such a rarity that you are pretty much praying for one thing - which gets us to our next point... 2) You Are Always Praying For Metros With Eight Coaches © Facebook Page/Delhi Metro Let's be honest, every time you are waiting for a metro to board, you are constantly praying for one with eight coaches to show up. After all, how else will you make sure that you get a seat or that you don't end up dying from suffocation? In fact if you're not in a hurry, you might even let a few six coach metros pass by just to board one with eight coaches. 3) Your Dependence On Earphones/Headphones Cannot Be Stressed Enough © Unsplash Your dependence on earphones when travelling in the metro simply cannot be stressed enough. After all, how else will those long and agonizing metro rides become less boring and mundane? In fact, a pair of earphones/headphones has become such an important travel staple for you that you probably carry a spare pair in your pocket just in case you forget to carry your regular earphones. Pro tip: If you don't like using earphones as they tend to get tangled in your bags or pockets (or because you end up easily losing them), JBL and Sony curate some of the best Bluetooth headphones out there. 4) As Is Your Dependence On Deodorants © Unsplash As most metros tend to be incredibly overcrowded (especially the ones you board during peak hours), it goes without saying that you'll be coming in contact with body odour. As such, if you happen to be an avid metro traveller, you probably always carry a deodorant with you. Pro tip: If you have been searching for a good deodorant to help combat your (and other peoples') body odour, and if you happen to be on a budget, Nike and Brut offer some of the best deodorants under Rs 500. 5) You Have At Least One Unusual And Unique “Metro Story” You Tell All Of Your Friends © Unsplash That one time that creepy uncle boarded the same metro as you? How about that obnoxious aunty who couldn't stop talking about the most absurd things possible? What about the time you saw someone almost fall while boarding the metro? Or that time when two passengers almost came to blows over a seat? If you happen to be an avid metro traveller, you too are certain to have at least one unique Metro story that you are always recounting to your friends.
  13. Let's just accept it once and for all, our bank accounts just can't live up to our travel expectations. They are not meant to be together and a long overdue break-up is on the cards. But while there is little we can do about this unsatisfactory fit in our life, we've decided to calm ourselves down with things that are a far better fit than anything you've ever seen. Maybe, just maybe, our bank account might decide to take some inspiration (yeah, right!). Anyway, get ready for 6 oddly satisfying fits that'll give you the much-needed kick: 1. This Is What We Call A Perfect Fit Collegehumor.com 2. Her Shoes Fitting Perfectly Into His Tumblr 3. He Has Found His Spot! Collegehumor.com 4. Nothing Can Fit Better Than This Thebuddy.me 5. Now This Is What We Call A Perfect Fit Collegehumor.com 6. Because The Right Fit Is So Important There's nothing odd about this fit, except how satisfying it is! . . . . . . . . . #NothingFitsBetter #JockeyIndia #oddlysatisfyingvideo #oddlysatisfying #underwear #fit A post shared by Jockey India (@jockeyindia) on Aug 3, 2018 at 12:47am PDT Now, we know these had little to do with making your wallet and travel ambition go hand-in-hand, but hey, a soothing listicle of things perfectly falling in place is always a good distraction. And if you are ever looking for alternative options of a perfect fit in your life, we have a suggestion that might be even more satisfying for you – switching to Jockey. It is a perfect fit of comfort and style. It's time that things fall in place (literally!) and we start a conversation around the right fit for men's innerwear. Because nothing is more satisfying than a good fit and Jockey promises just that - #NothingFitsBetter.
  14. If there's anything that's best friends with travel-anxiety, it's the thought of not having packed for dwindly temperatures. Unfortunately, as the landscapes change and latitudes variate, the weather starts to play its cards. Meaning: every time you step into a new surface area, you've got to take efforts to keep yourself warm and alternatively, cool (depending upon the city you're travelling to). Add to this, the air conditioning aboard and the cold-blast at the airport, and you're in for some serious airport-layering troubles. In that case, we've got you a terrific deal today. Lightweight parka jackets — the sole warriors of fickled weather — are going to save your day, when unexpected chills/warm weather are wrecking every hour possible. Throw them on as it starts to get cold and slip out of them if the mercury strikes. All in all, just keep them handy and use them, selfishly. © Margaret Howell That said, it won't be completely out-of-the-blue to mention, that parkas are easy to stow as well. They're capable of being folded into the smallest size (meaning: you don't need a lot of space to store them) and well, don't get too crushed if stored in the right manner. Result? You can keep them on even if you're not at the airport anymore and are off to meet that important one. Believe us, she won't notice the jacket's travel-fatigue! © Just Jared A few of you may ask: what if it starts raining in the city I'm travelling to? Well, then for #1: most parkas comes with a hood, to ensure that your mop, which is laced with hair products, isn't exposed to the unexpected shower and stays in shape, come what may. For #2, since most parka jackets are water-proof too, you won't be answering any embarrassing how-did-you-get-wet queries once you arrive. © Grailed But the question remains: what's the trick to invest in the best and most versatile one? We'd say, go for a neutral shade. Blacks, greys, blues or even olive greens (they're almost like neutrals in parka jackets) can be easily paired with any outfits of choice and in fact, hop them over your two-piece suits too and you'd realise how they'd seamlessly blend in. Just remember to take them off before entering the boardroom! Final takeaway: Temperatures may change, but your jacket needn't. That said, if you've arrived at your destination and it's a hell lot chillier, open that suitcase and layer up further. Don't catch a cold!
  15. Planning to go on a much-needed vacation? Or a solo trip and explore the world? Either way, there are a few things you might want to make sure are on your phone. Here is a list of a few apps we'd advise you to download on your phone for all your travel needs. And don't worry, we've made sure that these are available for both, Apple and Android fanboys. These set of apps are super useful for international as well as domestic travelling and range from trip organizers to bookings: 1. Google Trips: © Google This app is basically a compiler that scans through your trip-related info with the assistance of Google services. Just like your flight and hotel bookings often show up on Google Now, Google trips extracts that information from Gmail. Apart from that, it uses Google's already robust Maps to show you nearby attractions and restaurants. It has a feature that gives you an itinerary for the day if you wish to. It's a neat little app to help keep travel info together. The information is as reliable as the one on Google maps. Users have reported poor to no information of small cities and towns, although larger cities have a well-curated list of things to do and places to visit. Thanks to Google's Local Guide program, the details are even more accurate. Download for Android 2. Easy Currency Converter: © Google Play Store Straightforward name of an app which gets the job done and you can rely on for currency conversions. It updates whenever you are connected and allows you to save numerous currencies offline. All you need to do is select currencies, start your favourites and save for offline. The only drawback seems to be the UI which is by and large primitive. But that's only on Android. Functionality comes over aesthetics here. And don't worry, it has added Bitcoin as well! Download for Android 3. Skyscanner: © Skyscanner This should be your go-to app for affordable flights, car rentals, and hotels. It is an all-in-one for your transport and accommodation needs. It has the most affordable time and flights listed in neat lists. For the adventurer in you, the app can surprise you whenever you type “Everywhere" in the search. It comes up with the cheapest travels to destinations around the world. Added benefits: it has it's own frequent flyer miles program and has no additional fees. It is also smart enough to show you cheaper routes to cities which have multiple airports. For last minute trips, this app should be your first stop. Download for Android 4. Duolingo: © Duolingo One of the best things to bring back from any trip you take to a foreign land is the culture and language of the place. Duolingo allows you to learn new languages on the go for free. This app has been a trusted one for many users to learn the basics of any, among a host of popular languages. It is fun, has a net UI, uses visual, audio and textual aid to help you get a good grip on the language. What's more, you can practice what you learn while travelling, and impress the locals with your knowledge of the same. Download for Android 5. Google Translate: © Google Learning a new language is not easy and while you may know the basics, it is still a foreign language to you. Finding yourself in a new land with little connection may be your idea of a perfect holiday, but sometimes you need to navigate through signs and text which you don't understand to reach a destination or even interact with locals. Google Translate, a long and withstanding service from Google, will come to your rescue. The most exhaustive resource of a number of languages which can help translate images containing text by just pointing your camera at it. You can translate and make the local you're speaking to, listen to the audio. No need to fret about the accent and the pronunciation. Download for Android
  16. When most of us were tagging pictures with the hashtag 'wanderlust', one man saw it as an opportunity and decided to make a journal. Not just a journal but a techno journal; available for travellers like you and me. You can also call it a digital community of travellers. Before we talk about the app, let's get to know the co-founder. © Tripoto Whoever says only IITans are start-up people, clearly haven't met Michael. With an M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics & an MBA in finance from ISB Hyderabad, Michael wanted to do something more than just a 9-5 job. Being a travel enthusiast, he wanted to follow his passion and create a job out of it. Luckily, he met Anirudh Gupta at IBS-H, someone with the same enthusiasm and big dreams. A post shared by Tripoto (@tripotocommunity) on Jul 16, 2018 at 5:30am PDT The journey wasn't typically a piece of cake for Michael. When you go down the road less travelled, there are bound to be some hiccups along the way. One such challenge for Michael was leaving his family business which he joined after his MBA. Leaving a full-fledged & well-settled business to run a start-up is never that simple. Taking a risk like that requires something much more than just passion—it requires confidence. A post shared by Tripoto (@tripotocommunity) on Jul 15, 2018 at 3:30am PDT Fortunately, Michael was full of it and Anirudh, the other co-founder, was with him to start this new journey. “We felt that this (a travel journal) is something that someone should develop. Even if it's not us, someone should,” said Michael in an interview with MensXP. Such was his passion towards travelling and building a platform to make information approachable to every travel enthusiast. Michael didn't want to create something which was just focused on bookings and reviews. There is an abundance of such apps and websites. © Tripoto He wanted to create something which would concentrate on the real user experience to help people plan their trip. “We owed it to ourselves to at least give it a shot. We set a date. We said let's quit everything. We came to Delhi, took up a house and lived together. The first employees that we had all stayed with us.” That's how Tripoto was born. A post shared by Tripoto (@tripotocommunity) on Jul 13, 2018 at 2:30am PDT Tripoto is a medium which brings travellers across the world with their stories on a single platform. Launched in 2014, it provides recommendations about various places collected from travel enthusiasts like you and me. When the data is provided by users like us, we would know places actually are worth a visit. On this platform, travellers shares their experiences, itineraries, places visited and loved, places visited and not liked, places they stayed in, and everything about their trip. Tripoto helps them in creating their journal and the other users on the platform benefit by knowing their experiences and deciding where they should head next. A post shared by Tripoto (@tripotocommunity) on Jul 11, 2018 at 5:30am PDT The app works like a diary for travellers, and it's very simple to create content. If you switch on the app when you're clicking photographs, all the images get geotagged and thus form an itinerary for the user. You can also add notes under every picture. And of course, it also maps every place that you travelled. When you're done, Tripoto would compile the information and that chapter of your journal would be ready for you to see. You would be able to see your entire trip in one post. It's up to you if you want to keep it private or share it with the rest of the users and help them plan their itineraries. A post shared by Tripoto (@tripotocommunity) on Jul 11, 2018 at 2:30am PDT If a user decides to make his trip public, Tripoto would save his data for future recommendations. This Chatbot enabled app is quite user-friendly and quick. The app is for everyone, no matter if you are a gypsy-soul-solo-traveller or someone who has a joint family who travels together. You would get information based on your requirement. A post shared by Tripoto (@tripotocommunity) on Jul 9, 2018 at 3:30am PDT Today, Tripoto has 18 million active users and is growing rapidly. Their growth is at 200% year on year! Started with a small team and a philosophy that everyone in the company should have personal growth, now Tripoto has a full-fledged team of enthusiastic and more importantly, happy employees. Michael always encouraged employees to deliver their best in the field which they like, asked them to keep working hard and trusted them with the execution of their plan. This approach has made the company and its employees grow significantly. “It is all about the people for us and I think going forward also we want to have not just a user-centric approach but also an employee friendly approach,” said Michael. A post shared by Tripoto (@tripotocommunity) on Jul 8, 2018 at 4:21am PDT With 5 million unique visitors a month who are sharing 10 million photographs and creating 1 million itineraries, Tripoto is growing rapidly. For Michael, it was about trying to prove something and making something big, which he has successfully done! If you are a travel enthusiast who love creating memories, do check out Tripoto. It's available on the App Store & Play Store. Watch the full interview here:
  17. I'm pretty sure if given an opportunity, no one in this world would ever pass up the chance to go to space, no one. But, space exploration is not that much of a reality yet, and it just reminds me of this one Tumblr post. Very relatable, of course. But, space travel might be possible soon, and when I say soon, I mean in just a couple of years. And, of course, the world's richest man will probably make it happen. Reportedly, Jeff Bezos' rocket company Blue Origin, plans to start charging interested passengers for its first trips into space next year and the price will be about $200,000 to $300,000, or Rs. 1.36 crore to 2.05 crore. So cheap, right? That's such a bargain, I'm so impressed by Jeff. Reuters Okay, all jokes aside, space travel is such a cool thing, so obviously you'll have to pay a lot, A LOT, for it. People who were waiting for the cost of a ticket – and who can actually afford it – on Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle finally have some answers through two anonymous sources, who are employees of Blue Origin. Last month, executives of the company shared at a business conference that they are planning test flights with passengers on the New Shepard soon, and then will start selling the tickets next year. Reuters According to Reuters, the New Shepard is “designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles (100 km) above Earth into suborbital space, high enough to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the planet before the pressurized capsule returns to earth under parachutes.” Reuters Apparently, Blue Origin has already completed eight test flights on New Shepard of the vertical take-off and landing, but none of them had any passengers aboard. But, two of the tests did have a test dummy named “Mannequin Skywalker.” Tbh, I prefer the name, Starman. The only thing left to see now, is who will win the race for space travel – Elon Musk, Richard Branson or Jeff Bezos. Source – Reuters
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