GE­NIUS TRAVEL TIPS (From the Peo­ple Who Know Best)

Rely on the guid­ance of these hi-fliers to make your own va­cay su­per smooth!

Cosmopolitan (India) - - LIFESTYLIST - By Tree­sha Datta

“Hav­ing an In­ter­net and GPSen­abled phone can make trav­el­ling

within the coun­try or abroad a cake­walk. Down­load coun­try-based apps onto the phone to get valu­able info on the place you are head­ing to. The net is flooded with valu­able tips on what to see and how to get there, which is a boon for a first-timer.”

— Tarun Khi­wal “Force your­self to adapt your sleep

pat­tern to the time zone of your des­ti­na­tion. If you are go­ing to land in London in the evening, stay up all through the flight so that you are tired enough to get a good night’s rest. It’s the best way to beat

a nasty jet lag!” — Aditya Ghosh

“Start build­ing a ‘ travel fund’ as soon as pos­si­ble. Trav­el­ling is ex­pen­sive, even

if you are a back­packer. Put away a lit­tle bit of your

earn­ings for your fu­ture ad­ven­tures— you never know when the next un­be­liev­able op­por­tu­nity knocks on

your door.”

—Gauri Jayaram “Many a time, you may get the best duty-free deal in the in-flight shop of your air­line. While book­ing your ticket, check out what’s sell­ing on your flight back home. Com­pare the price list with the rates in the de­par­ture duty-free of the air­port

from where you’ll be fly­ing back and in the ar­rival area of your home air­port.”

— Ritu Ro­hatgi “Keep a back up for your cam­era data. The pho­tos you take on your hol­i­days are mem­o­ries for a life­time, load them on your comp asap.”

— Kan­ishtha Dhankar

“Carry a diary and a pen with you through­out the trip. Make notes when some­thing strikes you as mem­o­rable. Jot down what guides are telling you. De­scribe sights and sounds on pa­per. Record anec­dotes. It’ll all make for fab­u­lous mem­o­ries in the fu­ture.” — Ajay Jain “Fly­ing on less-trav­elled days like Tues­days and Wed­nes­days may be less ex­pen­sive than fly­ing Satur­day or Sun­day. Not trav­el­ling at peak hours will save money. The less­filled 6a.m. flight can be a bar­gain.”

— Deep Kalra “Avoid car­ry­ing too many shoes; they add weight and take up a lot of space. Sneak­ers and san­dals are your best bet to ex­plore any place. They are comfy and sturdy.”

—Aditya Ghosh “Give spe­cific in­struc­tions on meals while book­ing your flight ticket—if you want non-veg on board of an in­ter­na­tional flight but don’t want beef or pork, be spe­cific. Of­ten, a meal re­quest by an In­dian gets put un­der ‘Spe­cial Hindu Veg­e­tar­ian

Meal’.” — Ritu Ro­hatgi “Use a travel agent to book a tour. Most of what is avail­able on the net may be re­li­able, but not ev­ery­one has the same needs, per­cep­tions and stan­dards. Re­search is al­ways

help­ful, but a travel agent is equipped to give you an in­sider view of all the hid­den trea­sures that you may not have known about.”

— Gauri Jayaram “Learn some ba­sic words like ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ in the lo­cal lan­guage of the place you’re vis­it­ing; it’ll help you break ice with na­tives, and make you feel more at ease.”

—Neha Dixit

“Whether it’s a hol­i­day or a hec­tic work trip, try and take out at least 20 min­utes a day to stretch or ex­er­cise. Work­ing out will help you

stay healthy, fresh, and en­er­getic, plus keep away all that ex­tra hol­i­day

weight gain!”

— Kan­ishtha Dhankar

“Car­ry­ing a travel card with the

cur­rency of the coun­try you are head­ing to helps. It is also a con­ve­nient way of car­ry­ing money than trav­ellers’ cheques.”

—Tarun Khi­wal “Cer­tain desti­na­tions of­fer bar­gains

at cer­tain times of the year. Europe is cheaper in win­ter. This ap­plies to ho­tel rooms as well as air fares. You can save a bun­dle on Caribbean cruises by plan­ning a trip in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber, when the weather is still nice, and the fares much lower.” — Deep Kalra “It’s not just about com­fort when you travel, it doesn’t hurt if you look stylish too. I’m not say­ing you have to wear a pair of killer heels, but you can flaunt a cute sum­mery dress. It might help you avoid

wait­ing in long lines!”

—Kan­ishtha Dhankar “Plan noth­ing on ‘day one’ of your va­ca­tion—know­ing what you will do each day is great, but hid­den sur­prises could lead you to ex­pe­ri­ences that will make your va­ca­tion un­for­get­table. Keep your first day at a des­ti­na­tion free, to ex­plore on your own.” — Gauri Jayaram

“Al­ways try out the lo­cal cui­sine, shop where lo­cals go and don’t buy

what you can get at home. Taxi driv­ers are al­ways good sources of info, but may not be the best guides! The In­ter­net is your friend... use it

wisely!”

— Aditya Ghosh “When you tran­sit in Europe, don’t buy al­co­hol or to­bacco—you won’t be per­mit­ted to take your shop­ping to your final port of call. Do your duty-free shop­ping at the air­port af­ter reach­ing your final des­ti­na­tion or in-flight, dur­ing your last leg of

fly­ing.” — Ritu Ro­hatgi

“Carry a small medicine box with you while trav­el­ing abroad, as drugs can be ex­pen­sive.” — Neha Dixit “Whether you’re book­ing a rental car or buy­ing air­line tick­ets, book in ad­vance for a great deal. Book six weeks ear­lier, if you’re headed to a pop­u­lar spot. ”— Deep Kalra “Carry a light- weight, roomy suit­case that’s water- proof. A good stroller can in­crease the com­fort level of your travel and save you the ex­cess bag­gage

ex­pense at the air­port.”

—Tarun Khi­wal “Out on a self drive hol­i­day? Keep an eye on the fuel gauge. You never know when you will run out of gas.”

— Ajay Jain

“The days you feel like stay­ing in your ho­tel room, rather than call­ing for room ser­vice, ask the ho­tel concierge for phone num­bers of restau­rants that de­liver and try the

lo­cal cui­sine.”

— Kan­ishtha Dhankar

It was at times like these that she wished she knew how to ride a bi­cy­cle

She’d come to the flea look­ing for shoes, but it seemed she’d have to make do with or­anges

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