February – Month of Love in the Air

Will You Be My Valentine

14th February, Valentine day celebration dates back to 496, in honor of Saint Valentine, a 3rd-century Roman saint associated with courtly love. The customs of Valentine Day upsurged in modern England and other European countries in the 19th century. Today the day is celebrated as Lover’s Day.

ZEE5 plans to Go Nostalgic by showcasing classical movies of the romantic genre of the 1950s to 1985s during Valentine Week to stir emotions of love in the audience. Different movies of different decades showcased romance through varied themes.

Dil Deke Dekho – starring Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh features love story in a different variant. It is a comical love affair wherein the lovers are competing with one another to woo the girl of their dreams. You have to watch the movie to know who won her heart at the end of the movie.

Mere Jeevan Saathi – starring Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja released in the early seventies showcased the different shades of romance and trio love which was quite new for that era. The love of the artist for an NRI doctor goes through a roller coaster ride, and he is finally unsuccessful in gaining his love back in his life.

Dream Girl – starring Dharmendra and Hema Malini went very popular in the late seventies. The hero of the movie has vowed to find a dream girl for his alliance and accidentally collides with Hema Malini. He is mesmerized by her spellbound beauty and their hide and seek game throughout the movie hooks the attention span of the audience.

Devdas – We all must have watched the one with Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit as the main leads. But what most of us don’t know is that movie was a remake of an old classic movie also named Devdas. The narrative of the movie revolves around Devdas who is head over heels in love with Paru. But his world turns upside down when her mom gets her married to the wealthy zamindar. This 1955 classic featuring Dilip Kumar and Suchitra Sen has paved the way for the other heart-break movies.

Ram Teri Ganga Maili – debut film of Rajiv Kapoor and Mandakini. The hero meets her accidentally and swayed by the fantasy of lust, they get into a physical relationship. It is the story of being deserted in love and how the immoral society takes advantage of her. The movie was appreciated for being way ahead of its time and till date makes for a good watch. You can watch the Ram Teri Ganga Maili full movie on ZEE5.

Do watch these romantic numbers to enjoy the stark of romance with your loved ones. It will revive the moments of love and romance in the hearts of beloved and will instill vivid belief in your love life. The feelings of the past will be invigorated. If you are a fan of the comic genre, Dil Deke Dekho, Dream Girl will be entertaining, and for emotional fools, Mere Jeevan Saathi and Devdas will stimulate your soul.

Movies plot and story are manifested from the reality and shades of intense love and songs makes it interesting for the viewers.

So this Valentine’s day try spending the time with your loved ones by watching some of the classic romantics from the list. Did I miss something? Let me know in the comment section.

Get a Perfect Gift for Your Mother on This Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Poster
Mother’s Day Poster

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws” -Barbara Kingsolver

   Mother’ the angel sent by God for us- to introduce us to a new world and to care for us lifelong.

There are unlimited reasons for which our mothers are present in our lives.

 The love of a mother shapes individuals and cultures amongst us and this is the reason why a mother’s love is stated as non-comparable.

We ourselves need to look inside after our own experiences of relationships with our mother.

 I don’t think that any writer or lecturer would be able to define or express the peace and warmth which we get being close to our mother.

It is a bond which has no end.

It is the purest form of relationship we all have in our life.

Family Portrait
Family Portrait

Mother’s love never leaves you alone whether it is the saddest moment of your life or the happiest one.

 She is always there for you in your difficult time whether your friend or lover would be with you or not.

Distance doesn’t matter for her anyway.

You would always have her blessings and wishes around you.

In today’s generation, people are getting more practical in their lives which results in them to create more distance from their own family.

The emotional intimacy of relationships is ending day by day.

 But these are the occasions when you realize that bonds matter and the people around you are important in your life.

So it is the time to realize the importance of your most loved one who wishes for you every single second of her life.

We all know that for her nothing is as valuable as her family’s happiness.

For all these sacrifices, express your love and celebrate the day for having this beautiful bond with your mother.

Surprise her with a special gift on this occasion and make her happy!

We have brought you the best gift that will be a forever mark for the love and value you feel for your mother.

As we know that art is the best form of expressing your love and value for a particular person.

Turning your mother’s photo into a portrait painting would be the best thing you gift her on this occasion.

Painted portraits are the perfect gift because of its uniqueness and the way it expresses your feeling of love.

You have various options by which you can select one and make it more beautiful by your choice:

•    Charcoal sketch

•    Watercolor painting

•    Oil painting

•    Colored pencil sketch

•    Acrylic painting

•    Pencil sketch

These are the various forms of portrait paintings you can opt for turning the photo into a painting.

Art is an ancient way of expressing emotions and some unforgettable moment with our close ones.

The colors express more than the emotion our heart holds. It explains the importance of that human in our life.

A painted portrait always shows something pure and true. It shows the importance of a relationship without speaking a single word.

Custom portrait basically reveals the inner feeling and connection that we share with the person.

On this special occasion, gift a beautiful portrait painting to the first lady of your life because paintings express your inner love.

‘Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.’

So make a memorable moment this year by gifting photo painting to your mother. 

Condom Bazaar – One Stop Solution for Safe India

We belong to the land where Kamasutra was written in ancient India and it got acclaimed worldwide, yet, the topic sex and contraceptive is discussed under hushed tone. Indian people are uncomfortable to educate people about sex which leaves youngsters vulnerable. They are often stranded in awkward situations in lack of sufficient knowledge and fall prey to unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. The condom is one of the best methods for family planning and proper spacing between children, termination of unwanted pregnancies and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

Contraceptive devices are available in chemist and department stores but people don’t feel comfortable to buy for themselves. Sex education is still under wraps in our society. To avoid embarrassment, people have to walk miles away from their residence and working place to buy a condom and other contraceptive tools because they don’t want to get recognized.


Kick off of Condom Bazaar

A young guy gave birth to the concept of online portal Condom Bazaar in 2011 after his weird experience to get condoms for himself. He had faced embarrassment after marriage and he was well acquainted with the situation that an individual confronts while buying condoms and other contraceptive tools. The people scorn and pass a wicked smile at the buyers and the customers are labeled as immoral or doubtful characters. Surveys on the subject revealed that most people back out from purchasing just because of being identified as buyers and embarrassment, a negligible population is bold enough to deal.

Many people tried other online websites to procure condoms but it was not easy for them as many times, they got damaged or expired products and due to embarrassment, they never returned the article. Further, they got into an awkward position to receive parcels because the parcel container had condoms mentioned on the packet, hence, maximum avoided to use condoms for their personal use.

Safeguard Privacy of Buyer

To safeguard human health and to habituate the Indian population, Condom Bazaar, came into existence. The website is designed to keep ease of the buyers in mind to select and choose condoms and sexual wellness products and accessories. You can visit the portal from the privacy of your room and pick and choose related products upon your own choice and comfort. You have ample time to study the details of the sexual wellness products and buy. There are condoms and other accessories for both, men and women. Any individual above 18 years can access the website and select products for their use.

Condom Bazaar is a boon for the sexually active men and women which protects the 100% privacy of the individuals. The unique USP of the Condom Bazaar is that it protects the identity of the buyer. The buyer receives the parcel packed discreetly and there is no mention of the details of contents on the packaging, hence not an issue of being embarrassed. The bank transactions do not reflect the transaction details of condoms. This practice of discretion has encouraged individuals to buy products without getting embarrassed. In spite of being highly educated, still, Indian people cannot digest words like sex and condoms in an open forum. Sex education has started but it is in the infancy stage and will take long years to be a healthy discussion of a living room.

Condoms of all brands and all types are readily available at the online shopping portal, Condom Bazaar. This online portal is a boon for fertile men and women who can purchase the required essentials without any hassle and will habituate individuals to buy and use condoms, contraceptives, gel, and sexual wellness accessories. The platform is highly beneficial for the Indian population. It guarantees the privacy of shipping and transaction.

Condom Bazaar portal aim is to educate the masses about safe sex and sexual wellness. It has the option of same-day delivery and prompt delivery.

Ideal Platform for Sexually Active Population

Condom Bazaar is an ideal portal for the sexually active population eager to enjoy safe sex and be away from STD and unwanted pregnancies. The portal not only deals with contraceptive tools, but they have also diversified in sexual wellness tools, lubricators, gels, lingerie, and adult toys. It is identified as one of the excellent platforms to habituate Indians about getting into safe sexual activity. Easy to browse and select products after getting into minute details. There is an easy option for online payments through various banking networks.

The experience of the customers is amazing due to its discreet packaging, prompt delivery, and a wide range of fresh products; hence guaranteed ease.

The condom awareness in the cradle stage and there is a huge opportunity for Condom Bazaar to penetrate in the Indian market. Condom Bazaar humble attempt is to educate and habituate Indian mass to use contraception regular to keep them safe from sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancy and to enjoy the intimacy without any underlying fear.

Condom Bazaar has spread wide and it believes that in a few years, they will be able to capture a wide market of India and the people will avail the advantage of it. Exclusive online portal for the Indian mass population and one-stop solution to Healthy India.

Make Handsome Money Online Using Your Sense of Humour!

Am not joking, it’s very true. Your comic sense can fetch you a handsome income if you choose to write humorous Jokes in Hindi. It is easy to make a person cry but it is a tough job to make people laugh at your jokes, so you require a good sense of humour to tickle laughter pangs in people.

If you are one of them who knows to tickle and rush adrenaline of the masses, then you are certainly equipped for writing jokes earning handsome income. There are different online websites which pay a good sum to receive number of jokes from the writer on different subjects.

History of Jokes

Jokes dates back to ancient history and during the reign of kings and kingdoms, there used to be a Vidushi whose duty was to entertain rulers by their great sense of humour. Laughter is the best medicine and the typical jokes throws us into pangs of laughter. The way of telling jokes matter much and the reaction is equivalent to the way it has been presented. It started with Vidushi in Raj Darbar and now in the era of technology, it has entered in the realms of What Sapp and social media channels.

Category of Jokes

The jokes have various category and a writer has to scribble his sense of humour accordingly.

The popular category are:

  1. Friends Jokes
  2. Relationship Jokes
  3. Santa Banta Jokes
  4. Political Jokes
  5. Teacher Student Jokes
  6. Funny Jokes
  7. Wild & Dark Jokes
  8. School Jokes

Guys, if you have the virtues of attracting people in masses and if people love to hear comical strips from you, you are the right person to use your writing skills for joke writing. Your search ends here to earn being a comical strip writer. Online Joke Hub is the right stop for you and your efficiency can drive your income from 1,000 to 10,000. The more, the merrier.

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You can write Jokes in Hindi on different categories stated above and the most relevant topic on Joke hub is Father Son Jokes.

Crack jokes and increase your bank balance, isn’t it awesome. It feels heavenly to watch people smiling and your capability sends positive signal in air. Laughter is contagious and you can bank on your wittiness.
Now, don’t wait anymore. Visit Joke Hub website and start writing for them, choose your category and taste & become popular.

TweetFables Edition 4.0 #V-Day

Every Saturday, we (Paresh & Ila) host #tweetfables and gather on Twitter for spontaneous story weaving along with twitter fellows interested to weave stories. The opening lines are given by the hosts.

The February month is the month of love and V-Day is approaching near.

Here is the #tweetfables 4.0 edition woven by Paresh, Ila, and Ammy.


“Why people create so much hype around Valentine’s day? Don’t they love their partner or girlfriend every day?” Rahul asked Anjali on 14th Feb.

There was utter silence in the hall hearing Rahul where people had gathered with their loved one to celebrate the V-Day in a novel way…as their heart desired.

Hosts created a perfect ambiance for couples. They slowly opened the roof of the hall. Now the couples were in each other’s arms under the open sky. The recliners and comforters added to the occasion and almost made most romantic than ever.

Love was in the air, with age having no effect. Everywhere only two souls in love were visible.

Suddenly, the atmosphere became peppy and bustling;

“What is wrong, Anjali?” Asked Rahul.

“Nothing wrong, but your words made me ponder, is only a day in a year sufficient to shower love. Love is the quotient that requires to be showered every moment to bring happiness and cheers in life. Youngsters brim with love but with age, does it fade?” Anjali said

“Hey, my lady love, relax and enjoy the Valentine day. Don’t brood, I proposed the question to the people in hall to take mazaa of the responses, it was not for you. Come on, bug up and what special u have stored for your love.”

A cute smile lit her face, “Wait Rahul, wait…don’t be impatient, see the people around, getting crazy by each passing moment.” Anjali said.

“Here is my surprise for you dear, open up and see for yourself: Rahul handed over the packet and a long stemmed red rose…

“Go to restroom & change, I want to see you in the apparel I have bought ” Rahul winked. Anjali blushed to crimson. A beautiful high necked one piece maxi of magenta hue perfectly fitted in her body contours and she herself could not recognize her.

‏”Aww…what a beauty, my love, it’s my choice…you & my dress, New pinch,” and he pinched her.

“Thank you Rahul, Gifts are for the special occasion. Promise me that you will shower love throughout life 24*7, loving words n loving deeds will matter much in life.”

“Promise” Rahul said and held her tight against him.

The people in the hall applauded and wished Happy Valentine day to each other.

One old man trudged and stood beside Rahul and said, “Hey young man, you don’t need a day to celebrate but as years drift, responsibilities crop in of family, job and society and we forget to wish each other. Love exists but we don’t get time to decipher and this special occasion reminds me that we require to decipher the language of love. People book restaurants, picnic spots or anything that they love to dwell and take out time from busy schedule to celebrate.” The old man said. . .

“Fine Sir, but I will keep an hour a day for my love.” Rahul said & gave a soft peck on Anjali cheek sealing promise of love forever.

How to Attain Healthy Body, Mind & Soul

From time immemorial, it is repeated that Health is Wealth. It is true that of all the assets of the Universe, the health is the greatest asset and nothing can beat or substitute it. We should take extra effort to take care of our precious body and a healthy body leads to sound mind and a happy soul, that is the importance of Health in our life.

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We all know that Health is the most important. A regular regimen to maintain a healthy lifestyle is a must; still, most of us ignore and stress more on earning bucks.


I Promise to Stick to Resolution 2019!

“Mumma, did you stick to your resolutions this year?” My son asked.

“Hahaha, Resolutions and your Mom are two banks of river and they never happen to meet, Beta.” This was my hubby.

“Aisa kya Mumma, why do you write so religiously? You ask us to be true to our thoughts and words. Is the thumb rule applies to us only? You are excluded.” M enquired.

I felt like I was short of words. I didn’t feel awkward what my hubby said but the words of my son who was giving his boards embarrassed me. I started searching for excuses sounding real.

“Hey, don’t make me a laughing stock, Varma? I have so many duties and household work to take care of along with my professional responsibilities, where do I get time for myself, Dear.” I winked at my hubby to stop him from spilling out the beans.

We had spent two decades together and he knew well of my aspirations and failures, my ambitions and craziness and I do admit that I was really lethargic to fulfil my few resolutions.

Let me brief you about my Resolutions, which was scribbled in my diary every year and I did try to put in my effort in the beginning of the year but by the end, the words looked at me with a grand smile teasing me, “Babe, you failed this year, too, but don’t give up. You have another year to fulfil.”

My Resolutions inscribed artistically in my diary said:

1.      Physical Exercise – Everyday

2.      No Sugar & Less Sugary Items

3.      No Scolding to Kids

4.      Control Cribbing to Hubby

5.      Adding Greens in Meals

6.      Eating Fruits giving up tempting snacks

 “Mumma, we are going to check your resolution assignments. We will assign a definite score.” Both my son sung in unison.

“Hmmm, don’t try to be my Dad. I don’t get time to fulfil my resolutions after taking care of job, house and you three indefinite characters.” I said giving valid excuse.

“Ok, no problem. We will take care.” All three Men of my life said.

My 2018 Score card:

  • Physical Exercise – Everyday – One hour spent on mobile talking could have been used.
  • No Sugar & Less Sugary Items – Bought in our name and consumed by you. Be impartial next year.
  • No Scolding to Kids – Doubtful?
  • Control Cribbing to Hubby – Erase from list
  • Adding Greens in Meals –Greens are bought and maids are fed, take green helpings & let skinny ones enjoy meat.
  • Eating Fruits giving up tempting snacks – Be kind to US and Exchange plate with us.

“Mumma, this year, we are writing resolutions for you in your diary and as you monitor our assignments, we will do yours. It’s for your benefit, you will lose extra flab and be energetic.” I submitted to their request and hoping Resolutions of 2019 don’t see the fate of Gone With the Wind. Time to save my Skin.

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Good Reasons For Extending Your Holiday

If you could stay just a little bit longer on holiday, would you take that opportunity? It’s a no brainer, of course you would! Everyone would like to able to extend their holiday while actually on holiday and not be afraid of missing their obligations back home. But that’s life, you can only do so much and have your way half of the time. Well, that can be one way of looking at it or you could explore the reasons for why you could extend your holiday. The first thing we see in our minds when we hear of holiday and extension is doing more of the same. Why would you want to do the same thing you did the day before, and the day before? If you just want more resting time, then perhaps you might need to go home and get back to normal life. You’ll have plenty of chances to get some sleep that way too. But, if you want to explore, have more experiences, take a few risks and truly immerse yourself in the foreign land you’re in then you have to extend your holiday further. It’s strange but we can find it difficult to integrate into the local life when we see ourselves as tourists. If you stay longer you’re bound to feel more like a local and thus have far better experiences.

You just can’t get enough

As the late Michael Jackson once said, ‘don’t stop til’ you get enough’. When it comes to the sightseeing this rings true for many people. Most of the time when you go on holiday and travel a new land, you’ll end up in a city somewhere. You’ll be walking around or using the public transport to look around art galleries, museums, go to different theatres and generally consume what the city has to offer. Since you are in a city all of these places are usually close together. At the very least you can visit all of the most important locations in a week pretty easily. So what could be a valid reason you should extend your travels?

Going out into the countryside to find different parts of the landscape that are important, is a very good reason. It’s one thing to explore New York City but once you’ve been to a few restaurants and seen a few theatre performances, you get the gist of the city. However, gazing over the Grand Canyon is a totally awe inspiring experience. You’ll never look at the earth or the country you’re in the same again. This is an experience that is worth extending your holiday for.

Considering a life change

Every now and then when you speak to someone who is fond of traveling, they will have a story for you of someone who went traveling in another country and never came back. Hopefully it’s not a gruesome tale but rather, the person loved the country and culture so much, they picked up their life and moved halfway across the world. If you have ever felt this way in a country you have visited, before making any drastic moves, consider renting an apartment. In Singapore for example, you can rent an apartment for around half of what you would in let’s say America. For the same size apartment, you would be paying around $400-300 a month. On top of this, some cultures and civilizations have just gotten used to living a certain way. In Singapore you can expect to get an apartment with a brilliant view almost every time. It’s a small city-state and thus, living space has literally grown taller rather than wider.

Situate yourself in one of these apartments for a month or two, or possibly half a year and see if you like it or not. It might seem like a good thing to do when you’re actually living as a tourist but once you’re immersed in the culture, are going to work regularly and paying bills, then you’ll get feel of it on a deeper level. Once the glamor of the new country wears away then you get a more accurate picture of what your normal life will be like if you did choose to permanently move out there.

You need the emotional break

Holidays aren’t just for relaxing physically but to have mental break too. When your life is in turmoil and you’re going through something that is highly emotionally taxing, having an extended holiday is just what you need. Being far away from a situation that you don’t want to live in is a good temporary escape. By no means does it mean you should rely on it but it can help you to sit back and observe your situation more clearly. With the clarity gained from taking things slow in your life and experiencing some of the better pleasures that holidays have to offer, you can come back to your normal life with solutions to your problems.

It’s also great if you have a family, to extend your holiday which could give you all a better outlook on life. Rather than focussing on the pressures that are on a family such as moving homes for a job or for school, perhaps even that the home is undergoing construction and you can’t live normally until the work is done are all good, ideas and reasons for why you should extend your holiday. It can also help the children to relax and forget about their worries such as having a long year of exams and tests. Their young minds can refresh and learn to appreciate the smaller and simpler things in life before they go back into full-time studying. Who knows, having a longer holiday might actually strengthen your bond as a family.

There are plenty of reasons for why you should take a longer holiday than previously planned. However, there are really only a few good reasons if we’re honest with ourselves. When you need an emotional break then you should extend your holiday if you can. Moving out and perhaps wanting to become a permanent resident in the country you’re visiting is another great reason why you can extend a holiday as a test.

Saree – A Graceful Drape that Dignifies the Poise of a Woman


Saree is the traditional drape of India and the history of Sari dates back to Indus Valley Civilization roughly around 2800 – 1800 BC. The statue of Indus Valley confirms the existence of Saree in their period.

Saree is a drape of five to nine-yard in length, traditional wear of Indians. The Saree is worn by 80 different styles and as you travel from one region to another, you will discover a different way of draping Saree. Isn’t it interesting?

The Indian Goddesses are adorned with beautifully rich and bright hues Sarees and in religious ceremonies, Saree is offered to Goddess and priests.

Saree is the only garment in the industry which has never been out of trend since its existence. Many new trendy styles of women clothing came into vogue, exited and reappeared. Saree never saw such fate rather its charm and grace crossed the boundaries of India to reign in neighbouring countries and abroad. The traditional Sarees are transported from one generation to another as a legacy and they are sacredly maintained in a woman’s wardrobe.

The elegance and poise of Saree and the different types available made it famous worldwide. Women across the world picked up as an attire to wear on special occasions and admired to drape and flaunt in weddings, get-togethers, and celebrations.

From young starters to old, from field workers to models, Sari is the most preferred drape. It is aesthetic and sensuous and enhances the charismatic beauty of a feminine. It induces her sex appeal in spite of covering her curves in a most dignified manner.

Saree is the drape found in the wardrobes of a traditional and cultural rich family to modern age woman…the drape remains the same only the way of wearing and carrying differs from one individual to another.

Saree requires time to wear, hence women nowadays prefer Indian and Western wear for daily use…still, the footing of Saree is strong and the designs and texture are been improved and the industry is seeing manifold growth.

Saree is worn maximum by the Indian traditional women and Saree is an only choice for weddings, party wear, religious festivals and celebrations. This five to nine-yard drape did saw a downfall in their popularity in India because many young generations were influenced by western and their fashion wear. The dignity and craze of Sari crossed India and it has found a place in export business and online websites and stores helped to reach in the remote and far corners of the world.

Home Shop 18 has a wide range of Cotton Silk Sarees of different designs. They have a grand collection for women of all age, from bright hues to pastel, embroidery work to sequins, full design or borders etc. the grand collection of Sarees is available for different occasions. You cannot take your eyes off from the fascinating collection.

The price ranges from INR 250 to 16,000 plus, suitable for people of all income. A mere click on Home Shop 18, you can enter the dream world of Sarees and you will love to indulge in a shopping spree for yourself, your mother, sister, daughter or friend. A wonderful gift for a woman by the woman and for the woman. Many men are gifted with a special quality of buying sarees for their loved ones but still, it remains a grand kingdom for women.

I am a regular shopper of Home Shop 18 and my friends, relatives and loved ones envy my Cotton Silk Sarees collection and I love to say, the credit goes to Home Shop 18.


How to Make the Most Out of Your Traveling Budget

If you are a keen traveler, chances are that you often struggle going as far as you always wanted, as you don’t have a big enough budget. Just ask yourself where you would wake up in a week if money was not an obstacle? Thanks to the recent developments in search engines and software, it is now easier to locate deals than ever, and you can save money without employing travel agents. No matter if you are planning on visiting remote villages in Africa or Asia, or want to experience the urban environment of developing countries, you can save a lot of money by doing your research. Find out more below.

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Off Season

If you want cheaper deals, chances are that you might need to go off season. In Asia, you can pick a date at the beginning or the end of the Monsoon, so you get better deals on flights and accommodation as well. No matter if you are traveling for work or pleasure, you will need to make the most out of your budget. You can save up to 50 percent if you are ready to put up with a couple of rainy days.

Long Term Property Deals

In case you are planning on staying longer than a week, you might not get the best deal by booking a hotel. Instead, you should look at the property listings and see if you can find great luxury apartments for rent and enjoy the comfort that equals the one you have at home. You will also save money on food and services, and may even use public transport to see the city or the surrounding attractions. You might need to engage with local property agencies to get an idea of how they can accommodate your budget.   

Local Agents

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When you are trying to arrange a trip to Asia or the Caribbean, you will find plenty of offers online provided by agencies in your own country. The truth is that these agencies are taking a cut of the price and are simply reselling local providers’ packages. The same applies to car rentals and tours, as well as transportation from the airport. You should always find time to engage with people locally, so you can get a better price and get insider information on the culture, customs, and the best ways to make the most out of your trip.


You will be surprised, but there are several ways you can make the most out of your online or offline network. Indian people, for example, love guests, and you might get invited to a wedding any time. This means that you will benefit from the knowledge of the locals, and always have a couple of people around you who speaks the language, no matter how remote the location is. Invite some of your friends to your home and see if they return the favor. Likewise, you can spend a week in stunning Ireland, provided that you have friends over there. You might even end up in Kochi and spend a long weekend at the backwaters.

Festival Bookings

There are some funny things you need to know about festivals in Asia and the Caribbean. While foreigners are accepted and welcome, you will benefit from locals’ company. Be friendly and engage with locals. Sometimes – more often than not – the best way to find out about local festivals is sitting down and listening to conversations. You should try and learn a few words of the local language, so you can engage with locals and get invited. This will make you feel safe and one of the locals, too.

Attraction Hot Spots

One of the things you should avoid when you are looking to improve your business is booking a hotel near attractions or in the city center. It will cost you much more than staying in the outskirts, not to mention that you will have to put up with the road traffic and the noise. It is always better to get a hotel in the outskirts and travel to the attractions, instead of having to fight your way through the crowd.

Traveling By Train

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No matter which part of Asia you are traveling to, or where you are staying, you will need to experience traveling overnight by train. There is something so unique about the journey and sitting back, talking to locals and listening to their chatter. It is, however, important that you use a local agent to complete your booking, especially when you are traveling to India, as the process can be complicated, and you will find it hard to get it right. There are different classes on trains that only locals fully understand.

Group Travel

To save money on your travel, you can also sign up for group deals. Most hotels and hostels will offer group booking discount, and you can even get your private transfer costs reduced while having the convenience of getting door-to-door service. No matter if you join an existing group or would like to arrange a gateway and cultural trip with your friends, you will certainly have a better deal and spared the cost of your private tours and accommodation.

Villa Rentals

If you are interested in having an environment that is away from the tourist strip, you can also rent a villa or apartment. Before you travel, especially if you are planning on staying longer than a few weeks, you will need to search local websites for apartments for rent so you can work out the cost between all the travelers and do your location research, which is always important when you are traveling to an unknown country.

Connecting Flights

The good news is that you can get connecting domestic flights at a low cost so you can make the most out of your budget and your holiday allowance. While traveling by train and on the road will help you get up close and personal with people and see more of the culture, sometimes you will have to cover hundreds of miles between places you want to visit, and you don’t want to spend it on the train or the back of a car or minibus. Sometimes, the roads will simply be too rough to travel at the speed you want to. Find out more about the airports and the domestic flight services, prices to be able to make an informed decision.

Self Transport

If you are brave enough, and have enough driving experience, you might also drive yourself. The good news is that car rental is pretty cheap in Asia and the Caribbean, especially if you manage to avoid large international companies. There are several great local travel agents that will provide you with a guide or help you make the most out of your trip by giving you driving tips. You can visit remote places usually not accessible without a car. Driving in Asia, however, is not for the faint hearted, and you will need to have an international license that is accepted locally.

No matter if you are looking to travel to Africa, Asia, or the Caribbean, you will need to be prepared for a culture shock. You can, however, make your budget stretch further and stay safe at the same time, if you stay flexible. It is crucial that you understand the differences and the power of personal connections in these cultures. Getting insider tips is extremely valuable when you are looking to experience the culture and engage with it.

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