5 ultimate things you need to take along on your trip

While packing for a travel can be tedious, it is very important to have a checklist in place for all the things that are important while you travel. Whether this is your first trip or your hundredth trip, it’s always helpful to have a travel checklist. Here are 5 essential items that you need to take along when you plan your next trip.

  1. Personal gadgets (Power Bank, Earplugs, etc)

In this digital age, life is incomplete without personal gadgets and they are of paramount importance. It is a basic necessity. If you’re undertaking a long trip (mobile roaming drains the battery even more), it is a good idea to invest in a quality power bank and a long lasting music player with good battery life. Also, headphones are great travel essentials and don’t forget to pack all the chargers that go with your electronics.

  1. Travel map app

A must have app that will be your guide in a new city and help you with all the information of the place just a click away. It is always prudent to have relevant trip information at your fingertips.

  1. Cash/ Credit card

Cards: Try and carry 2 cards, preferably one Visa and one Mastercard as both aren’t accepted everywhere. If you have to take only one, take visa – it’s generally more widely accepted.

Cash: As you already have carried a card, it is advisable to carry some amount of cash as well. You can avoid possible ATM fees at your destination by withdrawing enough cash before you skip town. Also, never ignore spare change.

  1. Mini medical kit

It is always advised to carry a mini medical kit as you might find it difficult to find medical services available easily. So, in case of an emergency, keep a first-aid kit handy. Arm yourself with band-aids, gauze pads, antiseptic lotions and cream, a good sized bale of cotton and some quick medicines and other preventive medication. Make sure you pack regular medicines, if you have any. It is always better to be safe than sorry!

  1. Documents

Collect all your important documents in a travel document organizer. This will help ensure everything you need to get from one place to the next is all in one place.


Personal ID

Hotel and/or tour contact information

Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)

Emergency contacts and important addresses



Indian travellers planning more international trips in 2015: TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor has announced the results of the TripBarometer1 study, one of the world’s largest accommodation and traveller survey. Conducted on behalf of TripAdvisor by independent research firm Ipsos, the TripBarometer study is the analysis of more than 44,000 global responses from travellers and the hotel sector, with 1037 respondents from India.

According to the study, more than half (53 per cent) Indians will increase their travel budget in 2015. Of those planning to increase their travel spend, 52 per cent indicate that they plan to do so because they feel vacations are something they or their family deserve and 46 per cent say it is because they are going somewhere on their ‘wish list’ this year. On the other hand, only 23 per cent Indians say they are decreasing their travel spend this year and that is largely driven by financial factors. Around 37 per cent of those cutting spend this year say they do not have enough money saved, while 33 per cent are planning a shorter trip and 27 per cent plan to visit less expensive countries.

Commenting on the findings Nikhil Ganju, country manager, TripAdvisor India said, “Against the conducive backdrop of general optimism about the prospects of the Indian economy, both travellers and hoteliers are expressing clear intentions that paint a positive picture for the Indian travel sector in 2015. Significantly, this optimism looks set to translate into a sharp spike in the number of Indians travelling abroad this year. At the same time, Indian hoteliers ranked second on the global hotelier confidence index, resonating their own confidence in the economy’s prospects.”

Globally, two in five travellers are planning to spend more on travel in 2015 than they did last year, with travellers twice as likely to increase rather than decrease their travel budgets. Forty one per cent of travellers globally plan to up their travel budgets in 2015, while 23 per cent say they will decrease their spending.

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Swine flu: UAE advises citizens against travelling to India

DUBAI, March 5 : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi warned its citizens against travelling to India due to the spread of swine flu.

Out of the 9 million residents in the UAE, around 30 percent are Indian nationals, forming the biggest group of expatriates, Xinhua reported.

All four UAE airliners, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia and FlyDubai offer daily flights from the UAE cities to Indian cities. (IANS)


Six fictional places which actually exist in India!

HolidayIQ Traveler Priyam Goyal from Chennai says ,”Chand Bawdi is one of the oldest and largest step wells in India. The architecture is simply amazing. You will see fences in the well up to which people were allowed till recently. But after a lady slipped here, no one is allowed to step down. All around the well, there are hundreds of scriptures neatly carved on stones. It is one of the many neglected marvels in India. Right outside the baori, there is a temple of Harshat Mata, which is also worth a visit.“

Did You Know Legend has it that the well was built in a single night by ghosts, and was built with so many steps, that if someone were to drop a coin into it, it could never be retrieved. Chand Baori was featured in the movie The Fall and also made a small appearance in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.

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Lonely Planet India launches its digital campaign ‘India Unexplored’

Lonely Planet India has launched ‘India Unexplored’, an exciting new digital campaign to find the best hidden spots and experiences throughout the country. Hosted on the Lonely Planet India website (www.lonelyplanet.in) and promoted on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Instagram, ‘India Explored’ will see participants submit their discoveries of lesser known destinations across India. This is a 45 day digital campaign that launches on 4 October 2014 and will be live until 17 November 2014.

This is an application-based campaign hosted on www.lonelyplanet.in. The URL is unexplored.lonelyplanet.in

‘India Unexplored’ is a pan-India digital campaign by Lonely Planet India where participants can submit their discoveries of lesser known destinations under the following special themes:

  • SEE: This special theme is all about sharing lesser known and unexplored beaches, hill stations, mountains and interesting places to visit in our country, including natural and man-made attractions.
  • DO: In this special theme, the participants will share their adventure endeavours and experiences such as paragliding, skiing, rafting or trekking etc.
  • EAT: Here participants will share places which are interesting to eat at.
  • SHOP: This special theme is for the participants to share their experiences and memories at shops and markets from offbeat places in India.

To participate in the ‘India Unexplored’ campaign, one must submit a discovery about a destination in the country. This destination should be listed on Google Maps. Participants can submit details about the place, images and videos about the destination. The entries will then be moderated by Lonely Planet. Each of the entries that are eligible to be published on the website will be allocated points. On the basis of the number of points earned, the 3 mega winners will be decided. There will be a panel of 3 judges including travel experts to select the winners of India Unexplored campaign. The winners will be picked on the basis of ratings given by the judges who will judge the entries basis parameters such as nature and uniqueness of the location of discovery/ entry, quality of content in the description, image aptness and quality, frame and creativity in the image caption and video relevance and quality as well as visual content.

Skyscanner, a leading global travel search site has come on board as the title sponsor for Lonely Planet’s India Unexplored campaign. There are also various prize sponsors including F&D Audio, Joy Resorts and Hotels, Linger Guesthouses, Outdoor Travel Gear, Polaris India, Pugdundee Safaris, Skybags and Wrangler.

There are hosts of prizes to be won, participants can win prizes as per the following:

  • 45 early bird prizes for those first set of discoverers submitting approved discoveries. Winners will be announced on 13 October 2014.
  • 18 prizes for the mini contests on Lonely Planet India’s social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd winner of each of the special themes ( SEE, DO, EAT and SHOP).
  • Prizes for the best image shared, best video shared and best trekking discovery.
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd all round mega winners. Winners for special themes and the mega winners will be announced on 1 December 2014

Jet Airways Integrates Google Now For Guest Bookings On Jetairways.Com And Jet Airways Mobile Apps

Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, has now integrated Google Now into it’s booking system for guests booking flights on http://www.jetairways.com and the Jet Airways mobile apps. Google Now will show guests timely and relevant updates through Google Now flight cards.

Google Now is a feature of the Google Search app that delivers the information you care about, without having to search for it. When you choose the cards most relevant to you, Google Now learns how to help manage your day, letting you focus on what matters.

From knowing the weather before you start your day, to planning the best route to avoid traffic, or even checking your favorite team’s score while they’re playing, Google Now brings you the information you want, when you need it.

Google Now works the way you want. Sign in and Google Now seamlessly brings you customized, highly relevant information. You control the settings that determine the information Google Now provides.

Jet Airways is the first Indian airline to integrate Google Now which updates guests about their upcoming flights, provides flight status, and information about the departure time and terminal. This feature is available via the Google Search app for iOS devices on Apple’s App Store, and is built into Android 4.1+ devices, as part of the Google Search App. Guests using iPhones and iPads will need to download the free Google Search App.

Jet Airways guests who make a booking through www.jetairways.com or the Jet Airways Mobile App and indicate/sync their Gmail address in the booking will be able to view travel information in Google Now several hours before their flight departure. Information includes updates on their flight schedule, and the airport terminal for their flight. This information is automatically updated in Google Now.

If the flight is delayed or the status changes, the latest information will be reflected in the Google Now card via Google Search.

Google Now additionally provides relevant information about the destination like weather, local happenings, updates and much more.

Mr. Gaurang Shetty, Senior Vice President – Commercial, Jet Airways, said “With the increased focus on technology to enhance our guests travel experience, the integration of Google Now provides us the opportunity to present guests with customized and relevant information in a seamless and user friendly format. We hope our guests benefit from this efficient application designed to simplify and enhance their travel.”

Indian Holiday to Participate in World Travel Mart of Latin America

IHPL will feature in the World Travel Mart of Latin America, scheduled to be held from 23rd April, 2014 to 25th April, 2014. It is an annual event staged in the economic powerhouse of Sao Paulo and considered as a leading global event for the Latin American Travel Industry. It is a 3 day long Business to Business (B2B) event which invites foreign and domestic tour operators to Latin America and provides a professional setting for the travel industry to meet, discuss and crack a business deal. The event attracts 17,000 industry professionals and 1,250 exhibitors.

During the World Travel Mart 2014, tourists will witness individual country presentations, workshops and lectures to keep travel industry in tune with the latest developments. The Stand Number of Indian Holiday Private Limited (IHPL) at Latin America World Travel Mart is i61. This event entails opportunities for the giants of travel industry to negotiate and close business deals helping the region to become one of the most important travel areas in the global travel and tourism industry. Besides, WTM Latin America and Braztoa (the Brazilian Tour Operator Association) have formed a planned partnership including the Braztoa Business Event within WTM Latin America.

The highlights of the first day of the event, April 23, include European Tourism Commission’s (ETC) session ‘Opening the doors to Brazilian Tourists’ which will include a discussion of trends and prospects for choosing European destinations in the Brazilian market. On the other hand, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will discuss the economic challenges faced by the airlines industry in Latin America.

Indian Holiday, one of the pioneers in the tourism & travel industry, is catering to the global travelers from last 23 years. With its 23 years of domain expertise, Indian Holiday offers excellent tour packages, covering some of the best destinations in India. Over the years, the company has strengthened its market position and has also outdone its toughest competitors by providing all-inclusive tour packages at lower prices.