Destinations

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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To us, travel is a mindset, not an action. And this changes everything.

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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. 🙂

Visa fees can be quite unforgiving and the worst thing that could hinder your travel is being unable to pay these fees. An Indian passport may not be the most powerful passport in the world but there are many countries that offer Visa on arrival to Indian tourists for no fee, or a manageable fee. If you pick the countries with the right exchange rate, you’ll find that you can combine work and travel at quite an affordable expense. Here are a few countries where you can get visa on arrival and hire local services too, for quite an affordable rate.

Sri Lanka (1 Indian Rupee = 2.18 Sri Lankan Rupee)

Sri Lanka is one of our closest neighbours and as a country, is a beautiful place to travel.  In addition to a beautiful coastline, Sri Lanka has an active surfing scene and many national parks. Visitors need to fill an ETA form prior to entering the country and getting their visa. Visas are valid for 30 days but can be extended. The exchange rate is great, at 1 Indian Rupee coming to around 2.18 Sri Lankan Rupee, making your travel and expenses quite cheap. It also means hiring human resources here for short periods is a viable option.

Indonesia (1 Indian Rupee = 196.33 Indonesian Rupiah)

Another popular destination in south east Asia, Indonesia too, has an extremely attractive rate of exchange. India falls in the category of visa exempt countries, which means you can stay in the country for a period of 30 days without a visa. The exchange rate stands at 196 Indonesian Rupiah for 1 Indian Rupee, which means getting services, whether it be domestic, or pertaining to your work, is quite handy here.

Madagascar (1 Indian Rupee = 44.79 Malagasy Ariary)

Baobab trees, cheeky lemurs and beaches that are brimming with tropical beauty, Madagascar can be a wonderful nomadic pitstop. You can get a visa on arrival free of charge if you are going to remain for a period of 30 days. There is a fee for a maximum stay of 90 days. The exchange rate is 0.022 Indian Rupee for 1 Malagasy Ariary, so hiring services there is far from costly.

Tanzania (1 Indian Rupee = 32.77 Tanzanian Shilling)

If visiting national parks is your thing, visiting Tanzania has to be high on your list of travel destinations. You can observe a lot of Africa’s flora and fauna in these parks, not to mention the gorgeous coastline and beaches, as well as Mt Killimanjaro, one of Tanzania’s chief attractions. Lucky for us, Indian passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival for $50 US. The exchange rate is 32.77 Tanzanian Shillings for 1 Indian Rupee. The cost of living is higher, but again, with some budget traveling, you can live quite comfortably.

Thailand (1 Indian Rupee = 0.52 That Baht)

Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for any kind of traveller. Many kinds of nomads flock here for the beaches, the nightlife and the many buddhist temples. Travellers have to get their visa on arrival at the first point of entry into the country for a fee of 1000 Thai baht. 1 Thai baht equals 1.91 Indian Rupee, which is not ideal but if you’re earning in US Dollars, comes to 35 baht per Dollar, which is quite comfortable.

Mauritius (1 Indian Rupee = 5.34 Mauritian Ouguiya)

Another country that allows Indian citizens to stay without a visa for 90 days, the volcanic island nation of Mauritius is a must visit for anyone who wants to see the wonders of nature. In addition to pristine beaches, the country has an abundance of hiking trails amid rainforests and rocky mountains. The exchange rate is 5 Mauritian Ouguiya for 1 Indian Rupee but similar to Thailand, if even part of your income is in US Dollars, makes life here quite manageable.

Cambodia (1 Indian Rupee = 61.36 Cambodian Riel)

Home to the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia is a great destination for slow travel.  It would be an absolute shame if you didn’t take your time to explore the Cardamom mountains or visit south east Asia’s largest mangrove forest. Fortunately, Indian nationals can obtain visa on arrival or even apply for an e-visa for a period of 30 days. With 1 Indian Rupee coming up to 61.36 Cambodian Riel, you can comfortably spend a month here, and with some budget travel, can cut down on some more costs.

Vanuatu (1 Indian Rupee = 1.64 Vanuatu Vatu)

The archipelago of Vanuatu is rich in history and prehistory. The country is made up of 83 islands, and with its azure coastlines, is a great destination for photographers. Vanuatu has a visa exempt policy for many countries around the world, including India. You can stay in the country for a maximum amount of 30 days without a visa. 1 Indian Rupee is equal to 1.64 Vanuatu Vatus, which is quite an affordable exchange rate.

Kenya (1 Indian Rupee = 1.52 Kenyan Shilling)

Kenya is the most rapidly developing country in East Africa and another African nation that you can visit for its national parks. The annual wildebeest migration is one of the most popular natural wonders that occurs here. Areas bordering South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia are considered dangerous due to the risk of terrorism and banditry, but travelling through safe channels with ensure your safety. Indian nationals can obtain a visa on arrival and the exchange rate is 1.52 Kenyan Shilling for 1 Indian Rupee, with the cost of living being slightly higher.

The cost of living in countries with good exchange rates varies but with a little financial planning you can easily spend at least a month in any of these places and find human resources for quite an affordable rate too. As nomads, we have learnt the importance of spending money carefully. But of course, money spent on travel is the best expense, so we might as well make the most of visa on arrival facilities around the world.

PS – To read about Visa Extension Procedure In India. Click Here.

What are the pre-requisites for a digital nomad who wants to live a life of travel and freedom in equal measures? A good wi-fi, a laptop, some good coffee and constant flow of inspiration, isn’t it? Today’s article will be just that; an introduction to the places that are perfect for the lifestyle of a digital nomad in India.

  1. Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh: This quaint little area ahead of McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala is filled with cafes that offer free wi-fi connection. Enjoy the wholesome sandwiches and coffees with the views of the mountains to provide you that eureka moment. Be sure to carry an umbrella as it rains pretty frequently there, without any warnings!
  1. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: The holy town of Rishikesh sees a lot of digital nomads who come to experience the Ganga aarti and settle for some time to work as well. They enjoy the perfect blend of adventure, spirituality and food in the culturally rich Rishikesh. Imagine working four hours in a day at a café and spending the remaining day exploring the narrow lanes, talking to the sadhus and indulging in some authentic Indian cuisine. By the way, the cafes in Rishikesh offer wholesome continental dishes as well, if that is your preferred choice of food.
  1. Wayanad, Kerala: Imagine working amidst nature! Visualize lush greens, gentle breeze flowing past and you are working on your laptop with unlimited cups of the choicest blend of kaapi. When not in the mood to work you can explore the waterfalls, treks, caves or shop for the authentic spices, coffee, tea, bamboo products, honey and herbal plants in God’s own country.
  1. Goa – Life comes to a standstill when you are in Goa with the susegad vibe all around. So then how do you switch on your laptops to work? Well, you just grab a King’s, sit in your room facing the beach, munch on some pork chops, play soothing music and work will be a breeze.
  1. Auroville, Tamil Nadu: Everyone should visit this charming experimental township at least once for a slow travel stint. With their aim of realising human unity, the inhabitants encourage people from across countries, religions and backgrounds to come and stay. Imagine the peaceful vibe when you are at work in this township designed by architect Roger Anger

What are you waiting for? Take your pick and pack your bags!

If you are in India right now here is something really interesting for your taste buds. Take some time out while working in India and make a plan to visit these vineyards. India has a super humble beginning of wine history when it was first launched. Amazingly, it has really taken root in the current today and is among those countries that can be counted on for the most exotic and fun to be in wine places. For all our lovely nomads here is a quick look at some of the top features that make the 6 best vineyards to be considered as being best. These include Continue Reading

Now, We understand that most of the time nomadic lifestyle doesn’t prefer high end luxuries but here we don’t know how many dollars/euros or rupee you are earning. So if luxury is your thing then here is a list of most exotic hotels that you must visit while being in India. Oberoi group is the organization behind the scenes for the many classic hotels that have been established in India. Days are gone when most of the resorts in India were only good enough for budget-minded back packers. Nowadays, super magnificent and luxurious hotels have taken root thus attracting numerous tourists. Let us look at the utmost 10 hotels in India that seem to rule the tourism industry there:
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