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Very few people I know enjoy packing and none of those people have been on an extended holiday where you may be repacking your bags every few days- so here is a list of common packing tips and some that I’ve discovered for myself.

1. Don’t fold your clothes, roll them
I first tried this one a few years ago and was amazed at the results. By rolling your clothes in stead of folding them not only do you save room in your suitcase but it also decreased the chances of everything getting horribly creased and you ending up looking homeless on holiday, hallelujah!

2. Research
Its an annoying feeling when you walk out of the airport in a new country and theĀ  weather is nothing chose to what you expected or packed for. This can end up with you having few options for outfits and no one wants that. What I always do is look up the weather a few days in advance of my holiday and even go to the point of planning my holiday outfits at home. This is also great in that you won’t have those useless, bulky items like coats taking up all the room in your bag!

3. Pack plastic bags
Generally on holiday you will be carrying around some dirty laundry with you. So for those days in between getting the laundry done I like to put the dirty clothes in plastic bags so they don’t stink up the rest of my stuff. Plastic bags are also a good idea for putting your shoes in- this keeps the dirty soles off your stuff.

4. Travel sized shampoo, conditioner etc.
This one may seem a bit obvious but its one of those things that needs to be remembered. If you’re going to be moving around a lot, repacking and carrying your bag yourself, you want it to be as light as possible. Before I travel I always make a trip to the supermarket for some travel essentials including shampoo, conditioner, body wash and anything else I may need that isn’t easily accessible on holiday.

5.Prepare for foreign power outlets
I know from experience how annoying it can be to arrive in a foreign country, get to your hotel and attempt to charge your flat phone only to find that the charger won’t connect to the power outlet. Simple solution to this, before you head off on holiday buy a traveler’s power adaptor for that country that will connect to your devices. Korjo have an amazing universal power adaptor that is worth its weight in gold!

6. Don’t pack expensive jewelry and valuables
All travelers must remember that anything they take overseas could end up staying there due to loss or theft. Therefore, if you are indecisive about bringing a fancy watch with you when you travel, best leave it at home where it is safe. Additionally, depending on where you are travelling to, you may not want to walk around wearing expensive items as you could attract pickpockets and scammers (and are less likely to get a deal when bargaining with the locals if you are wearing a Marc Jacobs watch).

7. Don’t overpack
Finished packing? Great, now take out half. All those things you don’t really need, that you were indecisive about packing in the first place but you packed because you might need it – leave it at home. You want to have some space left over in your suitcase for all the things you’re going to buy when on holiday, glorious souvenirs! Also, who wants to be encumbered with a heavy suitcase they need to lug around trains, staircases and streets – better to pack light and buy anything you desperately need whilst away.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!

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Nepal is the home of the world’s most renouned mountain range, the Himalayas. As such it is a very popular destination for trekkers, both serious climbers and those not so serious.

But if you are planning a visit to Nepal there is one place you should definitely make time for- Chitwan National Park.

Chitwan National Park is located near the town of Bharatpur which has an airport that is only a 20 minute flight from the capital, Kathmandu, making Chitwan National Park fairly easy to get to.

There are a lot of animals to see at Chitwan including elephants, tigers, crocodiles, monkeys and even rhinos. That’s right, rhinos in Nepal (I was surprised).

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Activities at Chitwan include river cruising and safaris on elephant back- the best way to travel through a jungle.

The highlight of Chitwan for me was the elephant baths- if you make the trip this is not to be missed and I would suggest packing your bathers!

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Here is a short review of my experience of flying with Air Asia X.

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Positives

Price. Being a low cost airline price is essentially the most important aspect of the service and Air Asia certainly delivered. A 7 hour flight cost me $180 and I was thrilled with that.

Service. Service has been great everytime I’ve flown with them, very friendly staff. Additionally, Air Asia flights always seems to be on time if not early in departing and arriving an airport.

Option town. Option town is a site you can visit before your flight and its here you can elect to pay a bit extra for a seat upgrade, extra leg room, inflight entertainment and food on your flight. Personally I really like paying for the extras instead of a full service meal because this way I can choose my own meals and I’m getting what I pay for and not things that I don’t want.

Negatives

Seats. Being a low cost airline the seat are a little smaller and you don’t get a lot of leg room. But hey, you get what you pay for right?

Extras. If you want to watch a movie on board you’ll need to bring your own device as Air Asia X don’t fit their planes with in flight entertainment. Or you can pay the airline to borrow an iPad on board which isn’t expensive.

Food. No meals are provided, if you want to eat on your flight you’ll need to book and pay for a meal when making your booking- the meals aren’t extravagant or anything and cost from memory about $7.

Recommendation
I would definitely recommend Air Asia X to anyone but specifically to those hoping to travel on a budget. Its a great airline doing an amazing job of making travel more affordable.

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My sister and I visited the Taj Mahal in February this year and as you can see we had a great time. It is a beautiful place as anyone who has be there will tell you. One awesome part of the Taj is the symmetry in all the buildings and walkways, if you have a slight case of OCD you will love the order and planning that so evidently went into building the Taj. Unluckily for us, the morning we were there it was quite overcast so we couldn’t get the best photos. It is still spectacular in gloomy weather I am happy to report.

Travelling through India is definitely a challenge, visiting the Taj Mahal is a great reward!

 

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If anyone has been to or planning on going to the Taj Mahal please share your stories and thoughts šŸ™‚

India, India, India… I tried so hard to like India, a country with so much history and delicious food. But I have to say, India is just not worth the hassle.

I went to India to see the Taj Mahal and that was great. I met a few nice people and had yummy curry. Those were the good parts of India and together they only took a few hours. The rest of my trip consisted of walking along dirty streets, standing in train stations with rats scurrying all over the place, being swarmed by beggars, gettingĀ overcharged by 400% and having everyone try to sell me their rubbish stuff.

I understand they are poor and they need to make a living but I was there for a holiday and not to be badgered 24/7.

More than just trying to rip you off when selling you things, people in India also run scams on tourists. There is one scam I heard about that I have always remembered because it so ludicrous and gross. This scam needs two accomplices, basically you are just walking along the street and one of the scammers will throw crap on your shoes. I know, what kind of country is this? That scammer will then run off and his accomplice (you don’t know they are in on it together) will come up to you and clean your shoes for you. Once he’s finished cleaning he will then ask for money for cleaning your shoes. That’s right. They throw crap on you and charge you for it.

I heard of that scam whilst staying in New Delhi, safe to say when I went outside the next day I wore dodgy shoes and stared down every person who walked past me looking for any sign they were about to throw something at me.

Getting to the airport in New Delhi and knowing I would be leaving, going somewhere clean, was a huge relief for me.

I’m not saying there aren’t good parts of India because there are places worth seeing. just if you’re going to India prepare yourself. I know there were things I saw that have changed the way I look at life, that I will never forget. First on that list is the image I have in my mind of a beggar who had had his legs cut off. He was dragging is body along the ground at the train station, begging for money. After seeing that, there is no way I can complain about my life at home in Australia.

Just keep in mind that India isn’t an ordinary holiday.

My heart was made to travel

Anyone else feel this way about themself?

 

 

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