Get stuck in congested traffic where no one can move. Keep loads of buffer time.
Triple check 360 degrees around you before crossing a road even if you have the right of way.
If you are traveling in an auto-rickshaw or bus hold tight. They, especially, drive crazy. Even locals are pissed.
Book a hotel on a well known site and read reviews before booking. If a hotel is cheaper then there is a reason…think. Either the location is down market or service or quality of the hotel is not good.
If you are in an area where there’s not much happening around or internationals around, avoid wandering alone or late nights.
Prostitution is legal that is why, I think, that there are so many rape cases in India. So, be careful.
What you won’t find easily in India:
Creeps; because people are friendly but still be careful.
San Francisco is a beautiful city with lots of things to see and enjoy. If you just want to know about the city briefly and quickly, doing a city tour is a right option for you. Within 3-3.5 hours, you get to know a lot.
With professional tours for a limited time, it works better for me that we do spend a lot of time at one spot. After knowing what all things are available and where to go, you can make a plan for next day if you have time to visit that specific place to explore more or spend more time at interesting places.
Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, Victorian houses, Alcatraz, cable cars are few of some major attractions in San Francisco.
If you are in downtown SFO, do visit Homeskillets American eatery joint on 6th and Mission in downtown San Francisco.
The guide in he paid city tours give you lots of information about the houses, the fire that burned down major part of the city years ago, civic center, cable cars, happening markets, food joints, etc. which is good to know. Although I am not sure how much I remember now.
An interesting fact about cable cars I learned is that there’s a moving cable in the middle track of the three tracks laid for cable cars on the streets of San Francisco, that continuously moves and the cable cars just hook it up to get into motion. This is why cable cars, do not have engines nor do they need fuel. Also, they move at a constant speed since it is dependent on the speed of the cable that is constantly moving.
Let me start with the bottom line of this article: the experience with UK visa consulate was very frustrating and annoying. If you are planning to go to UK, have a few months in hand so you can at least hope that something will happen.
The UK visa site is misleading. It mentions 5 business days processing time for 100% completion, forums mention 13 business days and yet one can only hope of getting the visa in time especially if the travel date is within a week despite submitting the documents over a month ago.
My connecting flight is via London so I thought of taking a longer layover to enjoy the city of London for a day. And now when I am a week away from my travel, I will have to be cooked at the airport for 22 hours! A simple visitor in transit visa is taking so long.
I patiently waited for about 25 days but now when my travel date is coming closer, I was getting nervous and anxious that I might have to change my travel plan altogether since I don’t have my passport with me. I called up the customer care at UK and he confirmed that my visa isn’t ready so I decided to withdraw my application. The customer care executive was pretty nicely talking to me. I read on forums that others users had a bad experience and I believe that is because they were asking questions which were beyond the scope of the executive.
To withdraw, you need to call the customer care or if you have time you can probably email them and wait for the instructions. I was getting impatient so I called up the customer care on their UK number from Seattle, WA, USA. Waited for about 15 mins on an international call and finally was connected to the executive. I received the instructions to cancel in about 5 mins after the call. Now, eagerly waiting to hear from them and for my passport.
I have never enjoyed sun as much as I did during my lake Chelan visit. When you have a cool bunch of friends, everything is just awesome. Despite that lake Chelan is awesome! It’s good for all the ages and all groups of people – may it be family with kids, newly wed couple, friends, grandparents company or whatever. I think lake Chelan is for everybody.
Our visit to lake Chelan was pretty much spontaneous. We were thinking of where to go because my sun obsessed friends wanted to avoid the cloudy weather of Seattle during the long labor weekend holiday.
We booked a motel room 12 hours before starting for the place. You don’t need to book the hotel for the whole day as you will be spending time out on the beach, parks, etc. and you can keep the stuff in your car. There are options to stay in your own tent in parks and I would have done that if we had a tent.
It took us about 3 hours to drive the beautiful road towards the eastern Washington from Seattle. The drive is equally a pleasant journey. Carry water, fruits, and other snacks that you like to eat during the journey.
The weather was amazing. With a nutrogena sunscreen of 70 SPF, we were all protected from the sun. We straight away headed to a park which was accompanied by a beach where a friend paddle boarded, we rafted using our own raft tube and swam in the lake. One positive trait about one of my friends is that he is very outgoing he managed to inflate the raft tube almost everywhere we needed. It’s a family beach but you can still have your own good time.
Jet ski was another main fun stuff we did. The jet ski rent on weekdays are cheaper than weekends, obviously. You must book jet ski as soon as you arrive if you plan to do it during your vacation because the jet skis get booked pretty fast.
Summer is here in Seattle and what do you do in Summer? Camping, running, kayaking, paragliding, other outings and hiking! Hiking on Tiger Mountain in Issaquah is equally fun as other sports especially when you are out with some cool friends.
You also have options to paraglide from the top of the Tiger Mountain. Watch the takeoff and landing video on YouTube, I captured.
It was Sunday morning and I would have given up on Kayaking that weekend unless a friend had pinged me and asked me about my Sunday afternoon plans. We were only discussing and the plan which had almost sunk in the South Lake Union of Seattle actually began to float! We decided that we meet at South Lake Union for kayaking in an hour! Needless to say that I got super excited!
The canceled plan of Kayaking due to wrong weather forecast on Saturday, actually made my and my friend’s Sunday afternoon better than was previously thought!
Kayaking is a good exercise mixed with awesome fun. You can choose to kayak by yourself or have a partner along with you. Although we were two, we chose to rent out two single kayaks.
We had been thinking to go for a trip together from a long time and finally planned and executed our medium budget Goa vacation / trip. It was a 3 days 2 nights vacation. The distance from Pune to Goa is about 11 hours by Bus. People prefer bus over train to Goa because they believe it would be too much of a travel and from Panaji or vasco da gama railway station, the beaches like Baga or Calangute are far away. However, my personal choice is Train (AC sleeper Coach) when you are not in hurry. You can chill out with friends in the train during the long journey. One thing I experienced is that on the return journey you must book a faster conveyance because it becomes sad when your vacation is coming to an end. Preferably, flights! I am surely going to take a flight next time due to the experience at least on the return journey. The distance to Goa from Pune is 459 kms by road.
“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd, but the woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places where no one has ever been before.” – Albert Einstein
A great thought on traveling woman by a great man. With International Women’s Day gone, a reminder to all the beings on this planet that in this century, women are equal to men and she need not follow the footsteps laid out for her, she is smart enough to create her own path and reach the zenith. Talking of women, especially with travel enthusiasm (like me) and the vacation time coming soon, reminded me of the all girls trip I took some time back. An all-girls trip is all about fun and no stress and most importantly, no boys.