6 reasons to do your research before travelling

Pic above : Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world. Pre travel research helped me in locating the hidden gem of destinations around it.

Travelling requires bravery, commitment and a decent budget. My experience has taught me that it’s worth doing your research before setting off. It will help you make the most of what’s sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Ever since my first trip, I have always researched on the destination before stepping foot on it.

So, before you board the plane, consider these reasons for dedicating at least some time to browsing the web for advice:

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You don’t go to Jordan often. Do you know about the ‘Little Petra’ near the more famous Petra. (That’s me posing in Little Petra)
  1. You can prioritise

Having a look at where other people have visited, the places the loved and the attractions they hated will help you decide where to prioritise. Travel blogs are a great starting place to get honest opinions from which you can determine whether somewhere will be to your taste or not. It’s better to know these things beforehand, rather than waste your time. I often look up in Instagram to check out how a place actually looks like.

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My Everest Base Camp trek cost me a bomb! Pre travel research helped me save a lot!
  1. You’ll save money

 

Checking discount sites, being able to haggle, choosing the discounted flights, and being able to ditch the travel agent – all are named as top tips for saving money, but require you to do research. You’ll thank yourself, though, as it will pay off in the long run. Before I traveled to Ladakh I did a research which helped me save money. I planned my days in such a way so that waste is minimised.

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Wildlife expedition in Dudhwa gone wrong. Had I researched, I would have known it would be a foggy day with no wildlife sighting.
  1. You can ensure a safe adventure

 Turning up somewhere unprepared and expecting to scuba-dive, trek, bungee jump or take on any other adventure is possible. But it’s not the safest way of doing things. Being able to check out reviews beforehand ensures you have an enjoyable experience, rather than a worrying one. I have been in many dangerous situations. For safety advice for adventure travel, check out these tips for avoiding a Darwin Award.

 

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Do you know if the locals of the destinations you are traveling to are friendly? That’s me posing with happy go lucky locals during Hola Mohalla festival.
  1. You might find unexpected opportunities

 Did you know Patagonia isn’t a country – it is a distinct geographical region spanning the lower sections of Argentina and Chile, or that every day in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour there’s a world-famous light and music show? Well, the more you research, the more you’ll find out. For example, I would have missed out on sampling Rhododendron juice on Roopkund trek had I not known about it beforehand. Similarly, researching for my Everest Base Camp trek not only helped me prepare myself mentally and physically but it also made me alert on which things I should not miss eating en route.

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My research told me about the least visited temples of Ikkeri and Keladi near the famed Jog falls in Karnataka!
  1. Understanding different cultures

 It’s important to be a good traveler, not one who disregards the local customs. By doing bit of research on the social norms, you’ll endear yourself to the locals. Stunning Places give the example of appropriate clothing in the Middle East, but other instances include the importance of tipping in the US and slurping noodles in Japan. When I was in South India, I was clueless how to drink the famed filter coffee. After having committed faux paux, I seeked help from social media and did it right.

 

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When in Bhutan, be like a Bhutanese. Can you make out who is Indian (me) and who is Bhutanese here?

The view from my #SoulWindow is alert!

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Don’t you want to know beforehand where are they serving the best burgers in town. I had this memorable burger in Thamel, Nepal.

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Travelibro : A Useful app to record and plan your travel!

It’s very often that my friends and followers keep asking me itineraries of a place I have traveled to. In fact, I remember when I was not a blogger (but still a traveler) a friend of mine called me more than 10 times in a day to guide him on what to eat/see/do in Goa. He called me live from the destination. He was traveling with his girlfiend. Once he was done with one activity he would call me again for guidance on the next one. I was amused but I did help him out. And it did make his life easier.

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This is how my profile looks like in Travelibro

That said, it is of course impossible to do that all the time.  And it’s not always possible to pen down a detailed blog each time. In fact I wished at that time that I had a document ready to hand over to anyone who wanted to visit Goa. Since I have been to Goa 8 times till date, I used to receive queries on Goa very often.

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I made a itinerary on Jordan. This is me in Little Petra. (Pic by : Sudeshna)

I was delighted to come across the new app Travelibro. It’s a very useful App for those interested in travel (Who is not?).  Not only can you make itineraries but also make like minded friends here.

Here are 10 fab things this app allows you to do :

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Some of the itineraries I made
  • The app records live journey. Share your moments on the go.
  • Make your Travel itineraries on the website. You can mention activities day wise. It also includes Must do activities, Travel tips, detailed flow of the day, places to eat in and stay options. One can also set a budget and mark if suitable to travel with friends/family/spouse etc.
  • Even if you do not want to write itineraries you can explore from the thousands of readymade itineraries available in the app. This is very useful when you want to plan your travel. It’s easy to get information about destination on internet but readymade itineraries are hard to find.
  • Though it’s an India based app, but you can find information on destinations from across the world. Greece, Jordan, Nepal, Turkey, South Africa, you name it, the app has it.
  • You can also read detailed blogs by experts. For example there are blogs on Top 10 breakfast restaurants around the world, Digital tools to heighten the journey, Tips for apartment hunting in Madrid, Confessions of a Yogi, the works!
  • You can even book trips and compare the best deals to choose from.
  • You can register as a travel agent on the portal and even find top travel agents like Akbar Holidays, Rolandia Travels, Lifestyle journeys etc.
  • You can record your journey in real time. This helps in creating a timeline of your journey to be shared with friends and followers. You can also add Travel buddies to create shared journeys.
  • You can explore travel pictures and videos and make decisions regarding your next destination.
  • You can create a bucket list of the places you want to travel to. You can also mark a place as ‘want to go’ so that you remember a place for a future travel.
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From a performance in Fort Kochi. Check my profile on Travelibro to know more.

With so many advantages under one roof, I don’t see a reason why you should not use this platform to help make your travel plans effectively. Now that more and more people are traveling for pleasure, this portal comes handy.

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You name it, they have it.

As a travel blogger, I find it very easy and convenient to pass the link of itineraries to anyone who asks me. I have made itineraries on places like Bhutan, Nepal, Jordan and in India, Goa and Fort Kochi. So, if someone asks me about these destinations, I just give them the link. It makes my life easier and also that of my followers who take my travel advice seriously.

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Plan your holidays in 3 simple steps on Travelibro

THE VIEW FROM MY #SOULWINDOW IS USEFUL!

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A 3 day itinerary I made on North Goa. Check my profile on Travelibro to know more

You can check my itineraries on Travelibro here

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