Travel & Food

Jamaica is a well-known resort island and has always attracted those who love lazy days on the beach, strolling along the coastline, or exploring the spectacular lush tropical surroundings. But there are so many things to see on the island. Beautiful landmarks, museums, and natural gems will envelop you as you take in the island’s cultural offerings. Let’s look at some of the sights that you should add to your “to see” list.

The Bob Marley Tour

Of course, the reggae legend, Bob Marley made the island famous on a global scale. Because of this, he is seen as a hero, and many landmarks and monuments bear his name. If you, like millions of others, have fallen in love with his message and music, the Bob Marley Museum is a must-see. Here you can see various items and objects which were connected in some way to the famous legend. The museum features the precious gold and platinum discs given to Marley for his influential music, as well as the costumes he wore and his first guitar. It’s one of the many attractions and tours on the island that’s guaranteed to delight you.

Enjoy Local Artwork

There are a handful of medieval structures on the island that has survived over the years. St. Catherine’s Cathedral and the Royal House are two of these buildings and are well worth the tour. Another landmark to consider is the National Gallery, which displays local artists’ work. The original collection was launched in 1920, and the gallery has grown dramatically since.

Many up-and-coming artists exhibit their artworks at this famous gallery, where you can admire and enjoy them.

The Blue Mountains

As exciting as the cultural landmarks are, the natural ones are even more captivating. The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park holds the title of the biggest national park on the island. It is also the most well-known, and for a good reason. The mountain range looks like a massive plateau with deep ravines and many hills. An excursion to the park will overwhelm you with its beauty. There are hundreds of birds and wild animals to witness, and the winding pathways will see you arrive at the mountaintop. From this vantage point, you can revel in the awe-inspiring vista of the surrounding landscape. Nature lovers will also enjoy Fern Gully, which boasts a few hundred different types of ferns.

Crocodile Pong

Situated near to the island’s west coast is the Crocodile Pong, another natural gem. Obviously, based on its name, the park is devoted to crocodiles and is something to behold. And what would a trip to Jamaica be without some time to enjoy the best beaches. St. Anna’s Bay, Long Bay, and Port Royal all have secluded beaches that are ideal for a relaxing day in the sun.

A few other sightseeing options around the island:

• Go rafting down Rio Grande River near Port Antonio
• Take a tour of the Appleton Estate Rum plantation
• Go caving on the north coast at the Green Grotto Caves
• Explore the Caribbean’s formal pirate capital, Port Royal
• Head just out of Montego Bay to Cockpit Country to bird watch

The island has so much on offer for tourists and travelers. Whether you are looking for a party, a relaxed vacation, or a cultural experience, Jamaica has just what you need. Although it’s easy to be lulled into spending your days on the pristine beaches, experience some of the local culture, tour the landmarks, and immerse yourself in the vibe of the island.

Rajasthan is known for its generous hospitality, rich and exuberant culture, traditional heritage and sumptuously delicious dishes!

From the classic Daal Bati Choorma, to the staple delicacy Laal Maas, Rajasthan’s got so much laid out on its palates to satiate the hunger in you!

Here, we have rounded up some of the best dishes a traveler must try out while visiting Rajasthan!

Daal Baati Choorma

This traditional delicacy of Rajasthan is truly an amalgamation of the delicious and the contemporary.

Consisting of bean daals, roasted flour balls known as Baatis dipped in buckets of ghee, and sweetened hard flour powder called Choorma, it is considered the finest dish in town when it comes to the delicacies of Rajasthan!

It is available in most Rajasthani cities in restaurants that serve it par excellence!

Your trip here just wouldn’t be complete until you savor this delicious Rajasthani offering!

Laal Maas

While the Daal Baati Choorma bags the top spot for being the most delicious Rajasthani dish for vegetarians, Laal Maas undoubtedly takes home the trophy for being the same in the Non Vegetarian category!

Cooked slowly with generous addition of spicy red chilies, this ‘Masaledar’ offering of traditional meat makes it a savory delicacy, to be tried at least once when in the state of the Rajputs!

Ker Sangari

A typical desert dish, Ker Sangri is kind of a vegetable substitute that doubles up as a pickle! Made with generous dressing of traditional spices, it fits the bill of being a true Rajasthani low budget delicacy, and is best served with Bajra Roti or other flour eatables.

Gatte Ki sabzi

This classic Rajasthani preparation with hardened bean flour balls cooked in thick, spicy gravy is an ideal dish to be consumed with Bajra roti and hot rice.

The USP of this dish is its variegated tastes and rich combination of spices and ‘besan’, which enthralls the taste buds like never before!

A must try dish while you’re exploring Rajasthan!

Gatte Ki Khichdi

While we are talking about the ‘Gatta things’, there is another Rajasthani delicacy prepared with Gatte that will bring hungry waters to your mouth!

The Gatte ki Khichdi, is a slight Rajasthani rip off of the traditional khichdi with bits of besan gatte in between bouts of delicious looking steamed rice cooked with spices.

This classic Khichdi is offered in most parts of Rajasthan, and is perfectly prepared by expert hands of the best Rajasthani cooks!

If you want to taste a little modern Rajasthani cooking, do try out the Gatte Ki Khichdi!

Kadhi Pakoda

Another classic Rajasthani dish; Kadhi Pakoda is besan balls cooked with a generously spiced curd gravy.

Spicy, sour and pungent in taste, Kadhi Pakoda is best consumed with hot, steamed rice and Bajra Roti.

This savory Rajasthani delight is available in almost all Rajasthan cities, and is best served with an ample dressing of coriander and lemon fillings!

Methi Bajra Poori

These steamed hot flour preparations made from the traditional Methi grass and Bajra grasses, are an absolute delight for the food monger.

Spicy and petulant, these pooris are best eaten with Raita and steamed potato gravy.

Being a Rajasthani staple, you’ll find every restaurant you visit hoarding these and serving best with added creative ingredients!

Govind Gatte

Also known as Shahi Gatte, this is a royal, more nourishing rip off of the Besan Gatte. The Besan dumplings are first filled with generous spreading of cashews, nuts and other dry fruits, and then steamed slowly in rich, spicy gravy pastes.

A royal preparation, this dish is sure to excite your taste buds and take you back to those royal, golden days!

Ghevar

Once we are done with the full course, the next step is to jump over the Dessert menu. Rajasthan is home to some of the sweetest, most savory preparations dripping with ghee and sugar syrups!

Ghevar is one of those. This traditional Rajasthani sweet is made with hardened, sweetened milk solids, sometimes infused with generous spreading of cheese for its delicious cousin, Paneer Ghewar!

Take this after your satisfying Rajasthani thali, and you’ll never feel so full again!

Balushahi

This traditional sweet preparation is made to endear your taste buds and give you the taste of Indian Doughnuts!

The squishy maida body adds to the rich texture of the sweet while the embedded sugar syrup provides it with its trademark sweetening taste! A must try in Rajasthan.

Badaam Ka Halwa

A constant in Rajasthani households, especially during winters, Badaam ka Halwa is a traditional sweet dish prepared with suji, cashews, almonds and lots of milk!

Best served hot with sumptuous amounts of ghee dressing, this halwa will make for a perfect after meal dessert!

Churma Ladoo

This delicious ladoo spin off of the staple choorma with Daal Baati, is a perfect dessert to top off your meal with! Prepared with grinded baati powder sweetened with sugar bits and rolled into a big ball, this sweet dish will surely enlighten your taste buds and give you a ‘higher taste’!

If your heart is hankering to try out these delicacies now that you’ve read about and seen them on your screens, we at HippoCabs are here to whisk you away to this state of enormous cultural and heritage significance.

Book a cab now, and relish the bexotic feelings the rich culture of this kingdom of the Rajputs bring!

Author Bio

Hitesh Porwal is an India based Digital Marketing aficionado and currently working at Hippo Cabs, India’s no. 1 intercity cab service provider. He is always keen to learn and share more about various industries such as technology, travel, business, current news, and all other aspects of digital marketing.

In the words of Chef Edward Lee, “Dessert is like a feel-good song and the best ones make you dance”

Belonging to a family of digital nomads, I totally abide by this thought! Relishing the diverse flavours while hopping across borders can be considered as our hankering at work. It was my never-ending love for desserts which compelled me to peregrinate through southern India – land of temples, plantations, and uniquely-prepared sugary delicacies.

A large group of north Indians, including me, have had a misconception regarding the south Indians. Yes, I confess! Most of us have this perception that the two are vastly different and cannot gel well.

Even when it comes to south-Indian cuisine, we don’t shy away from stereotyping. For instance, when we hear or read the term south-Indian sweets, we can only picture white slurry payasam and nothing else. Even I believed it, until I discovered the divine sweetness of soul-stirring South India through its wide assortment of yummy delicacies during my meridional stopover!

As digital nomads, we sometimes fail to notice the hidden treasures of a city or town. Nevertheless, such facets can be identified in the narrow lanes of old cities which still hold the good-world charm.

My job or my passion (fortunately, it is the same for me), lets me unearth the hidden facades of the globe. You do not know what you can discover until you explore it. Thankfully, my brain seeds germinated in regard to the delectable south Indian sweets during my travel sojourn in major parts of South India.

Let me take you through my saccharine experiences and brief you about some lip-smacking sweets of South India which are sure to remain on your taste buds for hours.

1.      Kozhukattai: from land of the Vedas, Tamil Nadu

These white and yellow dumpling-like offerings are available in every local market of Tamil Nadu. The presentation and taste of Kozhukattai makes one think of it as a distant cousin of our Maharashtrian modak.

These are prepared from rice and stuffed with a mixture of jaggery and coconut. Tamilians make it on special occasions and festivals. According to a few history books, Kozhukattai was a favourite dish of the deity Pillaiyar. You too must try this delicate-textured sweet of Tamil Nadu.

2.      Khubani ka meetha: from the pearl city, Hyderabad

No Hyderabadi meal is complete without this dessert. Khubani or qubani is an Urdu term for apricots. It is a traditional delicacy prepared with dried apricots, cream, and dry fruits. This extremely soft and smooth treat will melt in your mouth the moment you put it in.

You ought to relish its magical taste when you are in Hyderabad or any part of Telangana. The mehman-nawazi in the Nizami city is deduced with lingo like ‘Kya miya, qubani ka meetha khaye?’ So, when you are in Hyderabad, do try this delicacy and give your reviews in Hyderabadi slang.

3.      Mysore pak: from city of palaces, Mysore

The king of sweets in South India got the tag of ‘royal’ as it was discovered in Wadiyar dynasty’s royal kitchen. This delightful mithai has a rich taste which will steal your hearts right away. This sweetened concoction is made with gram flour, ghee, and is delicately flavoured with cardamom.

Every celebration in Mysore starts with Mysore pak, and this sweet is also packed in bulk amounts, to be sent to friends and family staying in different continents of the world. I am a fan of the mildly sweet taste and grainy texture of this grand south-Indian sweet.

4.      Payasam: from Deccan Plateau

The list of south-Indian sweets is incomplete if I miss payasam. Payasam refers to milk in Sanskrit. In my digital nomad journey throughout southern India, I was pampered with varieties of payasam made with rice, vermicelli, coconut, and other ingredients. It is a popular sweet dish in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. The treat is prepared on auspicious days and special occasions. Whether it is Onam, Pongal, Gokulashtami, Dasara, or any festival, payasam brings every member of the family together and spreads joy around with its sweet flavours.

5.      Boorelu: from Andhra Pradesh

It is a sweet that represents Andhra Pradesh. The round, golden-brown boorelu will take you to a sugary zone with just one bite. My taste buds were dancing when I fed myself this irresistible sweet ball made with jaggery, coconut, Bengal gram, sugar, cardamom, and rice served with hot ghee. Andhraites love this classic recipe which is made on Ugadi and other auspicious festivals.

6.      Mutta maala: from God’s own country, Kerala

The unique combination of ingredients puzzled me initially while I was travelling towards Kerala. My heart was dying to try this delicacy made with egg, water, and sugar. The Malabari dessert astounds one and all not just with the presentation but with the delectable taste as well. This distinctive dessert is sure to impress the food enthusiasts of the world.

7.      Kajikaya: from Telangana & Andhra

It is a traditional Andhra sweet stuffed with a mixture of coconut, roasted chana, jaggery/sugar, and plenty of dry fruits. The deep fried kajikaya (kajikayalu – plural) is a must during Sankranti festival. Crispy from outside and soft inside – it is an absolute delight for a sweet tooth.

One can come across different variants of this delicacy in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. For instance, if you are health-conscious then try the baked version. And if you have no limits to eating sweets then go for kajikaya which is soaked in sugar syrup for a night. Sounds interesting right? Do give it a try!

8.      Chiroti: from land of fragrance, Karnataka

It is a crispy, flaky, sweet round poori, popularly known as chiroti or pathir pheni. It is an authentic recipe of Karnataka and most-loved by Kannadigas; it’s so delicious that you will be pampered to the core. The party menu of every wedding in Karnataka gives prime importance to chiroti. Try it out and become its fan like me!

If you are already drooling then I suggest you walk in my shoes and spoil yourself with the sweetened choices offered across southern India. Let the sugary delights from meridional regions of India offer you the contentment that your heart craves, and give a boost to your digital nomad’s journey.

Keep nomading and do share your experiences!

Author Bio: Shikha Thakur, is a foodie, writer, and gym-enthusiast. She loves to cook food, and likes to explore different cultures of the world. She is a happy-go-lucky person, and serious about her work.

India is a land of incredible diversity, painted in broad strokes by ancient tradition and modern multicultural landscape. It’s a country brimming with people and littered with famous locations and overwhelmed by the sheer number of events one can enjoy. Yet, in spite of all this, it is still a mystery to many people, even to those who have visited the country. It’s such a different yet familiar, strange yet captivating world. In order to fully enjoy it, try to veer off the popular paths every now and then. However, just like any country whose culture is much different from your own, there are dos and don’ts you have to follow if you want to explore India off the beaten track.

Explore India Off the Beaten Track: Dos and Don’ts

Manali

Manali is a mountain valley in Himachal Pradesh that sees a lot of adventurers flocking in to explore its trails. However, if you want to avoid all this ruckus, head to Kalap. Located 2,300 meters above the sea level, this tiny village in northern Uttarakhand is not accessible by road. The surroundings are pristine and breathtaking. You’ll have to trek so bring enough bottles of water with you. In fact, while you are in India, always have several extra bottles of water in your backpack, since dehydration can be a real problem. Additionally, if you want to explore India off the beaten track, try to avoid going too much to the north-eastern border with Pakistan if you are American or European. You might end up becoming a target for hostile individuals.

Explore India Off the Beaten Track: Dos and Don’ts

Maheshwar

Maheshwar is a beautiful holy town in central India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it lies on the banks of the Narmada river. If you are inclined to do so, stroll along the ghats and enjoy a sunset boat ride along the river. However, be warned — heat and humidity can be too much for some people to bear, which can lead to skimpy outfits. This might sound problematic, but if you are a woman, it would be best if you wore long sleeves and avoided shorts and skirts that go above the knees. Likewise, if you have the permission to enter any of the temples in this small town or any other, take your shoes off.

Explore India Off the Beaten Track: Dos and Don’ts

Osian

If you want to marvel at some of the most intricately carved temples you’ll ever see in your life, you have to visit Osian in Rajasthan. You’ll find it about an hour and a half north of Jodhpur. These wonders of ancient architecture date back to 8th to 11th centuries. If you are in the mood for more adventure once you see the temples, you can go on a camel safari at Osian’s Thar desert location. It shouldn’t be too strenuous for you, but make sure you are insured in case you lose something along the way. In fact, you need to make sure you have travel insurance before you arrive to India in case of loss, thefts, and medical emergencies. Additionally, you should make sure you’ve been properly immunized with vaccines before you come in direct contact with the endemic fauna of the region. After all, camels can be very dirty creatures.

Explore India Off the Beaten Track: Dos and Don’ts

Hidden gems

All in all, going off the beaten path in India is a good thing, especially if you avoid cities. Visiting small towns can be a discovery on its own and a true adventure. For example, the handicraft villages in the Kutch region of Gujarat are incredibly vibrant. The region is also known as India’s “wild west”. Additionally, if you are in the mood for high altitude, visit Spiti on the altitude of whopping 3,800 meters. On the one hand, big cities offer various accommodations. If you want to share the accommodation with flatmates, look for them on various websites, meet interesting people and save money along the way. However, if you spend most of your time out of the cities, you’ll avoid the traffic nightmare that is unavoidable in all bigger urban areas.

Explore India Off the Beaten Track: Dos and Don’ts

Visiting a new country is like plunging into uncharted waters. It can be a daunting experience. However, with some knowledge under your belt and a few pre-learned tricks up your sleeve, you’ll certainly make the most of it. India is a unique country with too many beautiful sights to count. This gives you an opportunity to create a perfect vacation just for yourself.

About The Author

Marie Nieves is a student and lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and a regular author for several blogs.

You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.

Thailand is one of the best places to live as a digital nomad. Ranging from its unique landscape to the evergreen vegetation. Be rest assured to have a wonderful stay. As a result of the political stability enjoyed by the country.

Thailand can be said to be among the popular travel destination for tourists and digital nomads around the world. Also in Thailand the cost of living is relatively low as compared to places like China and North Korea.

If any of us have it in mind to travel just to have some fun or reside in Thailand to work as a digital nomad. Here are a few of the few things that distinguish Thailand from other travel destinations around the world for Digital Nomads.

1. Unique Landscapes

One of the major reasons why digital nomads from all over the globe so much love Thailand as a travel destination is because of the diversity in the landscape. 

Unlike some countries in Europe, there is a landscape for everyone.  For those who do not like to visit the beach.

There are a lot of mountain in Thailand where you can go hiking. In the megalopolis capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, you get to have access to whatever can be gotten from a city market.

Ranging from floating market to delicious urban meals that come at a price that will not break the bank.

For folks who love to stay in places with a mix of country side and City. Chiang Mai and Phuket should be the destination of choice as it very close the infamous the Andaman Sea and the pristine mountain.

2. Supersonic Internet Speed

One of the major factor that comes to play when we plan a travel is internet speed of the place to visit. If we dare visit a place with ridiculous internet speed that simply implies we going on a vacation rather than going to work.

Now that’s on lighter mode. The internet speed in Thailand may not be as high a compare to places like China or South Korea.

But then compared to some other places I have visited over the years, I’ll say the internet speed in Thailand is super-fast.

If you are not required to transfer heavy data, the internet speed in Thailand might just be perfect for you. Even in places like Phi Phi the internet speed is higher as compared to some other parts of the country.

You can easily move there in the event that you need to transfer heavy files. If you wouldn’t like to stay in any of the above places have mentioned. You may decide to stay close to places like Beachub and KoHub both of which comes with a beautiful atmosphere and awesome internet speed for digital nomads.

3. Tremendously Inexpensive

The cost of living in Thailand is tremendously cheap as compared to places like the United States of America and China.

Most of us who travel to Thailand always consider it as a treat because of thing a relatively cheap in the country.

Most especially in Chiang Mai, the famous and popular travel destination for digital nomads in Thailand.

In Chiang Mia, you could rent a decent studio apartment for as low as $70 per month. A decent mail cost between $2 to $4 in Chiang Mai and some other parts of the country.

To top it all, we can also rent a scooter for as low as $70 a month. Getting an apartment here in Thailand is as simple as getting an ice cream in the States.

That’s how good it is in Thailand. If you are new  in Thailand, the best way to find your way around things is to consult the locals. They are more than willing to offer some assistance.

4. The locals Are Very Friendly

Throughout my stay abroad, I have never meet locals that are friendly as the people of Thailand. They loving and easy going folks.

There are a lot of lessons to be learnt from the people of Thailand most especially the way they keep a balance their work and life. 

Most of the time you find the in groups either during dinner when you’ll see the grandma serving some hot noodles to the family.

One of the things have come to notice about the people of Thailand is that you’ll always find them smiling.

If you having a bad day, meeting one of this folks might spice up your day because they say laughter is contagious.

5. Fluid in Speaking English

As compared to some other regions in Asia I must say the Thai citizens are fluent in English.

At the very best you do not necessarily need a translator when you need to make some purchase. You could easily relate and great a few number of people in English.

Although at some point, we may need Google translate to help, but it rarely happens. However, in cases where we run into problems of translating. With Google translate we should be just fine.

  • Lot of Nomads Around

Over the years Digital nomads rarely travel to Thailand due to flooding and some other natural disasters.

But in recent years, there has been a tremendous improvement in the number of digital nomads around.

Be rest assured to find other digital nomads around wherever you go, don’t be scared, you are not alone.

To connect with digital nomads in your area or in other places around the world, Nomad List gives that flexibility.

  • Amazing Weather

Although there are no seasons in Thailand as compared to some other places in the world. From reviews and testimonials from Nomad list, I must say the weather condition of Thailand is super awesome.

During the raining season in Thailand you might experience few short showers and the sun too is not so extreme or harsh.

Am sure you are going to love it out there in Thailand. The atmosphere is beautiful and accommodating.

In my experience over the years, Thailand is one of the best places to reside as digital Nomad. In Thailand, you get to experience a mix of work and fun because as there are a lot of fun places to visit.

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There are some places that feel like home instantly. I’ve only experienced this feeling three times:
Canggu, New York, and now Goa.

Yeah I know… they’re all very different. But I think what links them for me is their undeniable sense of community, of belonging.

If someone told me you’d want to live in India, I’d laugh in their face. I’m an Aussie – I love my space, I’d think to myself. But that’s the special thing about travel – it proves your assumptions wrong.

When I told people my plans to visit India, I got one of two responses:

  1. Oh, that’s amazing. I’d love to go there.
  2. Why would you want to go to India? It’s way too full on.

Most people, unfortunately, said number two. I guess I was a 50/50. Half of me was excited for the culture shift, while the other part was legitimately scared.

I arrived in Goa, my first stop in India – my guards up, on alert. But instead, a wave of peace calmed my body (and mind). This euphoric sense never left during the week I was there.

Palm trees, golden sand, fish curries, rustic wooden beach bars and organic cafes… it doesn’t quite conjure up images of India, does it?

Well, this is exactly what life is like in Goa. Sure, there are a few cows meandering around and colourful tribal ladies encouraging you to see their shop – but everyone seem to enjoy life there. People get along.

Scooter

Maybe it’s got something to do with the people Goa attracts. The hippie vibe, although subtle, is still alive and kicking. Back in the 70’s, many dreadlocked guys and gals flocked to Goa to celebrate life. The sun, sand and beach shacks had wandering souls doze off under the sun-drenched trees.

And while the happy hippies have moved on as the backpackers start to flock, it’s a place where people come to find community.

Every morning, my friend and I would walk 500m down the street towards Anjuna Beach to Dee’s Café. Nestled between rice fields and the main stretch of beach, this café was decked out with beanbags and coloured with an earthy, maroon wall.

House

One morning stood out to me more than the others. Two yanks were playing cards on the first table as we walked in. Four older ladies, probably best friends, sat on the beanbags sipping at their espressos. They all wore bandanas and I remember thinking to myself, I hope I’m travelling still when I’m that old.

Our table, creatively positioned under the fan, was free – like always. A few seconds after I plonked my laptop down on the rustic wooden table, the owner came over. He handed us two coffees said: “Thank you for being our regular customers. It’s on the house.” It was only our third day there, at this stage.

Cafe

I finished my southern Indian coffee in a minute, which surprised me because it was so hot. My attention soon skipped to another sense, my smell. My nostrils were filled with weed and I look over to see the guys had lit up. My friend and I exchange a giggle.

One week in Goa and we had already made friends. People started to recognise us and I felt like we belonged there. Locals and travellers live in peace together.

The influx of longhaired western youth hasn’t stopped. And coming from Canggu which has quickly turned ‘too cool’ for it’s own good, Goa was refreshing. No one was trying to be anything but themselves. You could see it, feel it.

Sunset

Moral of the story: Don’t judge a book by its cover. And if you do, expect to be proven wrong. Oh, and don’t listen to someone when they tell you “you shouldn’t’ go to India.”

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Meet Amanda From LocoTravelMagazine.com.

“Loco shares authentic narratives of travel to challenge our assumptions. It’s not ticking off bucket lists; it’s taking ownership of our travel experiences.
We see the world the way most don’t – stretching our minds through new experiences.
To us, travel is a mindset, not an action. And this changes everything.

We teach Loco’s how to follow your own happiness and live a life that’s true to you.Find your life, do not conform and be true to your deeper self. Leave your known to discover the unknown.”

Do visit this fantastic site and stay connected to read more amazing stories from Amanda.

 

Unplanned travelling can mean improvising a routine but your do not have to give up a healthy lifestyle while you are on the move. Here are a few ways to ensure you still eat healthy while travelling.

Pack your own snacks: Pack foods that don’’t spoil — trail mix, biscuits, and energy bars are durable and make a healthy snack if you get hungry while travelling. You’ll save money at airports and always have something to munch on.

Avoid fast food chains: While familiarity can be comforting and relatively safe, especially in another country, trying the local food is healthier than resorting to chains like McDonalds and Burger King. Aim for small restaurants that have good ratings and a wide variety of cuisines. If you are unsure about the local food, find some standard fare like seafood and make sure your meals are served hot.

Travel appliances: There are many kitchen appliances that come in a travel size such as electric kettles, slow cookers and coffee machines. With a few trips to the local supermarket, you can make small but healthy meals within you hotel room. A snack of steamed vegetables is preferable to the calorie-heavy snacks that a minibar has to offer.

If you have rented an apartment, make your own food: If stating your food preferences is an option, always make use of it. Better still, if you choose to live in rented apartments or homestays, you can be more specific about what you choose eat, or make your own meals.

Water is your best friend: Of course you’re allowed to have a drink or two at the local watering hole but during the day water is your healthiest option, especially if you are exploring a place on foot. Stay away from sodas and other sugar based soft drinks as these do not hydrate you and just add on calories. Don’t overdo the alcohol either, quite apart from the painful physical effects of a hangover, it leaves you severely dehydrated.

Avoid the mini bar: In fact, if the peanut MnMs in your hotel mini bar are too tempting, you can ask for the contents to be removed and use it to store your own snacks.

Download Apps: Find and download apps that tell you your culinary options in an area. There are several apps that rate restaurants, map local supermarkets and farmers’ markets and have information about healthier eating options.

Make use of hotel freebies: Save up on any freebies like packets of ketchup, mustard or tea bags from your hotel room, as they become your travel sized packeted condiments that you can use while on the move.

Don’t skip on important meals: Many hotels offer a free breakfast so always eat well before you begin working for the day. Make lunch an important meal as well, whether you choose to make your meal or eat out. With two  solid meals during the day, along with healthy snacking while you travel, your dinner can be light.

Eating healthy while travelling can be combined with physical activity in many ways. Choose to walk around or rent a bike of that is an option. You can work out for the day while exploring new places. If you have to take local transport or for any reason cannot commit to walking around, take some time off from working to exercise. If your hotel has a gym or pool, use it. Staying fit while travelling is always possible.

Hello Ladies! So where are you heading today? With travel in your soul and work on your mind, we know you are a woman on the girl. Laptop on the table, coffee by your side and magnificent mountains to give you company, we know that you like it all (and we see a smile springing). To add more to your list we give you 10 best places that your add to your travel plans. Here it goes!

1. Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

It is one of the safest places in India. When serenity calls for you, this is the place to be. People here are warm and very welcoming. The make you comfortable in your own zone. You can arrange yourself in this beautiful place by the lake and stay connected professional even though your soul is taken by this sheer atmosphere.

2. Coorg, Karnataka

Few miles away from the corporate hubs of the country, Bangalore, this is the perfect place to be. Coorg dwells along misty hills, coffee plantations and beautiful atmosphere. Rightly known as the Scotland of the country you can enjoy your work here.

3. Kumaon, Uttarakhand

If you are looking for some me time at work, then you should definitely visit this place. Kumaon offers you a perfect place to unwind. Even through the people here are unknown but they will give you a sense of security.

4. Panaji, Goa

Goa is usually synonymous to parties but there are a many beautiful places on South Goa that offer everything you need for your solo nomad travel. Beach, a pint of beer and laptop seems to be great combination for work to get going.

5. Darjeeling, West Bengal

If mountains with a beautiful picturesque are calling you then this is the place to be. Welcomed by mountains and splendid meals you can have access to all you want in this smiley place of Darjeeling.

6. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Thinking gets going when you pamper yourself a bit. A royal treat to yourself can work wonders with this easily connected place. You can rest yourself in a mahal and work like a princess.

7. Hampi, Karnataka

This beautiful place will change you’re your perspective towards work. A lot of digital nomads flock to this place for easy thinking. Sometimes working at the roots of our culture is the best option, isn’t it?

8. Sikkim

This place will make you go wow. The sky-kissing mountains, gorgeous valleys and rice terraces are perfect to get you thinking. All you need to get yourself is a table facing a beautiful mountain and some hot soup. See, it will work wonders.

9. Munnar, Kerala

Munnar will give you a notion that you are an Alice in Wonderland, however you still will be connected to the world and be informed. It’s a perfect place for a digital nomad, who wants to be free and yet connected to the world. Pristine, gorgeous and tranquil, how can one describe Munnar. It is an amazing place to be if you need to think – CREATIVE.

10. Pondicherry, Chennai

A work beach bum will enjoy this place to the core. Coffee by the beach with good music is want you need to get you going, isn’t it?

Already added few places to your list? Happy Journey to you lovely lady.

Ahoy! So where have you started you next flight to? Some mountain or still want to be a beach bum? What makes you a digital nomad? The inclination towards working with delegates across the world while you travel to some awesome places exploring and discovering mountains, beaches, valleys and lots more.

Sounds exciting, right?

Sometime being a digital nomad, does not mean that you are at leisure all the time. It comes with a baggage of responsibilities, yes you heard it right! Because who want’s life to be easy and breezy, there should be some kind of turbulences that you need to go through in order to reach somewhere.

In order to be a successful digital nomad, you need to work on a whole new set of skills. These skills have nothing to do with what you want but will help you out in how you do your work. Listen to us carefully because this is how you do your nomad roll.

Let’s get you going with the top soft skills you may require as a digital nomad while traveling in India:

1. World class perfect communication skills

Travel, travel and more travel. When that one thing is common with everything else following, it is very important to improve your communication. When you will travel, you will meet a whole new set of travel. If you are good with your communication, then your stay will be best. It’s all about being a rock star communicator.

P.S: Also remember to keep your client/boss updated with the work that you are doing while traveling. It creates less panic.

2.  Language Precision

Here’s the drill- before visiting a place learn a language. Try to pick up slangs that can help you while you travel. Remember addressing people with respect and adding a familial word always helps, right bhai?

P.S: Do it with a smile.

3. Clock you time

Discipline is a must! Remember you need the money to travel. Do not get flown away by the beauty of the place. Make a strict routine that can help you sort both work and travel. It will give you sweet dreams, trust me.

4. Knock, knock- Internet

One thing that connects you to your work life is the internet. Before you start your voyage to the next stop, remember to research on wifi and other connectivity. There are a lot of places in India that provide free wifi. Spot such hotels or hostels and then take a seat, relax and enjoy work.

5.  Be a true researcher

When you travel in India you will find out that every place has a history of its own. Be a sucker of such information. Trust me, it will not only help you build a strong perception about Indian but also you will learn new things.

6. Be a loveable person that you are

Indians like to spread love and when you are a sweet heart they make you feel like one. Always remember to leave a trail of your sweetness. Works! ( with a wink)

7. Make friends

While you travel, make friends with the local. You never know, you could be invites for meals to their places and given free tours of the place.

P.S: Always be in touch.

Get ready to polish your soft skills because you are going to need them all. Happy work-leisure.

If you are working somewhere around Chennai Or Pondicherry, enjoying the vibe of French Heritage, magnificent beaches and spiritual Ashrams. There are many destinations near Pondicherry which have their own unique charm and places of tourist’s interests that can set your busy mind to peace for a while. If you are a digital nomad working in Pondicherry right now, you should club it with other nearby places to make it a more fruitful and enjoyable experience. You can visit these wonderful places using Pondicherry outstation taxi. Digital Nomads India have made a list of top destinations near Pondicherry.

Rameshwaram:

It is a spiritual town located in the Pamban island in Tamil Nadu state. It is believed that Lord Rama built a bridge starting from here up to Sri Lanka to wage a war against Ravana. Ramanathaswamy Temple is the holiest temple in Rameshwaram and has two jyotirlings; one belongs to Lord Rama and another was brought by Lord Hanuman from Kashi, which is an exact replica of the Kashi Vishwanath jyotirling. As per the ritual, devotees must first bathe in the water bodies present in the temple complex before entering the temple. Another important temple in Rameshwaram is the Kothandaramaswamy Temple; it is believed that the first meeting of Rama and Vibhishana was held here. Other popular attractions in Rameshwaram are Dhanushkodi, Gandhamathan Parvat, Agneeteertham, Rama Teerth, and Pamban Bridge.

Mahabalipuram:

This laidback town attracts visitors because of its ancient Dravidian temples and beautiful beaches. Group of monuments in Mahabalipuram is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, the temple complex site dates to the time of the Pallava Dynasty of the 7th century AD. Five Rathas are amongst the most prominent temples named after the Pandavas and their wife Draupadi. Shore Temple is another architectural wonder; it faces the sea and showcases brilliant carvings on its walls. Other important sites include Arjuna’s Penance, the Mahishmardini Mandapa temple and the Krishna’s Butterball. After visiting the temples, you can relish the seafood at at the beachside restaurants.

Take a car on rent in Pondicherry and explore Mahabalipuram at your leisure.

Kanyakumari:

It is the southernmost tip of India and is a paradise for backpackers. It is popular as a sunset and sunrise point and attracts photography enthusiasts from around the world. An amazing thing about Kanyakumari is that you can watch sunset and a rising moon together at the same time. Other popular attractions here are the the Thiruvalluvar Statue, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Our Lady of Ransom Church and the ancient Bhagavathy Amman Temple.

Periyar National Park:

It is a protected wildlife area in the districts of Pathanamthitta and Idukki in Kerala. It was set up as an elephant and tiger reserve and is also known as the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady. Nestled amidst the beautiful Western Ghats, the Park is home to several wild species including like the Indian tiger, Sambar, gaur, wild pig, barking deer, Indian wild dog. It also houses a picturesque lake. Periyar National Park is a perfect place for wildlife enthusiasts as well as nature lovers. It is a great site for kids to learn interesting things about nature. You can also spot different variety of bird including Kingfisher, darters, cormorants, the great Malabar hornbill and many more.

Kodaikanal:

It is a picturesque hill station in Tamil Nadu located at a height of 7,200 ft. Nestled in the Palani hills of the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal comprises of dense jungles, lovely rivers and panoramic hill slopes. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India.

So, If you are staying for a bit longer now or planning to visit Pondicherry soon make sure that you do not miss the beauty of these places. Have a great time exploring. 🙂

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