Jet Lags often occur when people travel rapidly from east to west or west to east. It is a temporary disorder that hampers an individual’s circadian rhythm (body’s biological clock). People with jet lag have their sleep-wake patterns disturbed. Symptoms of jet lag include feeling drowsy, tired, irritable, lethargic and maybe a little disoriented. The more you travel eastward, the higher are your chances of feeling jet lagged. A Jet Lag can really spoil your holiday and nobody would want that after spending so much on it.1.jpg
COURTESY: http://www.thefitindian.com/remedies-to-overcome-jet-lag-and-sleepiness/
2.jpgCOURTESY: http://www.top10homeremedies.com/how-to/prevent-reduce-jet-lag.html

Here are some tips to help you beat jet lag:

1) Reach your Destination Early
Sightseeing or socializing while you’re jet-lagged is not a good idea at all. So, it is always better to reach your destination, a day or two in advance, to give your body enough time to relax, sleep and adjust to the new time zone. If travelling for business, try and schedule meetings for Mondays so that you can reach the destination by the weekend and rest well before the meeting.
COURTESY: http://www.thefitindian.com/remedies-to-overcome-jet-lag-and-sleepiness/

2) Change Your Routine
A week before you leave, try and change your sleeping pattern according to the place you’re going to be travelling to. If you’re going towards the East, start going to bed earlier. However, if you’re travelling towards the West, go to bed a little later than your usual time.
COURTESY: https://simplelivingover50.com/2014/08/16/08-16-14-saturday-new-workout-routine-day-1/

 3) Wear Sunglasses
One of the key influences on the body’s circadian rhythm is sunlight. This is because it regulates the release of the melatonin hormone, which helps in the synchronization of sleep/wake cycles and bodily timings. Your circadian rhythm is in line with the detection of natural sunlight. Thus, putting on sunglasses reduces and controls your exposure to natural sunlight.

4) Don’t Stress
Try not to stress out. Even though you have lots to do, right from packing your bag to putting your documents together, try to calm yourself down. Stress only makes things worse. When under stress, an individual experiences a rush of hormones and the flight or fight response gets activated. This response to stress increases heart rate and can also upset your digestive system. These symptoms along with a jet lag, are enough to ruin your health and your trip.
6.jpgCOURTESY: https://tranquilshores.org/stress-and-pressure-on-women/

 5) Rest well before you take off
Being tired, exhausted, hung-over or stressed only makes you more vulnerable to a jet lag. Make it a point to sleep well and be well rested before you take off to your destination. Plan a stopover, if possible so that it allows you to adjust gradually to the change in time zones.

6) Hydration is key
The dry air in the flight causes headaches, sore throats, coughs and colds. Doctors suggest drinking plenty of water before, during and after your flight. Also, don’t fret about frequent visits to the washroom as these tiny walks to the washroom only increase your blood circulation. Don’t forget to stretch while you’re walking back and forth.
Water.jpgCOURTESY: http://makeupandbeauty.com/how-to-trick-yourself-into-drinking-more-water-every-day/

7) Avoid Alcohol & Caffeine
Try to avoid alcohol while travelling as it only messes with your system. Caffeine also interferes with your sleep/wake cycle and slows down your system. Thus, it is always advisable to avoid coffee, tea and soda while travelling.
Alcohol.jpgCOURTESY: http://www.blisstree.com/2013/02/15/sex-relationships/breast-cancer-alcohol/

8) East or West?
Travelling to the East is much worse than travelling to the West. When you travel to the West, you gain time and so, it is not a Herculean task for your body to adjust to this. However, when you travel to the East, you lose time and are left with a shorter day. Adjusting to a shorter day is often found to be more challenging for your body making you prone to jet lags.
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COURTESY: http://www.myhousecallmd.com/prevent-jet-lag-who-wants-to-be-tired-on-vacation/

9) Eat well
Just like water keeps you hydrated, the meals that you eat also have an impact on your coping mechanisms. Eat a high protein breakfast and lunch and high carbohydrate dinner. Dinner high on carbohydrates makes you feel more sleepy and full. This helps you in sleeping better at night and so, in adjusting to the new time zone. Eat foods like turkey, almonds, dairy, eggs as they are high in Tyrosine, an amino acid found in high protein foods.
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Things to eat in Thailand and where to eat them – TripCheers

Thai food is known to be spicy, aromatic and very comforting. Most of the Thai preparations are based on coconut milk and seasoned with the best of spices. If you’re a healthy eater, Thai food is definitely for you as it is loaded with veggies and you can add your portion of protein to it in the form of chicken, pork, shrimp or tofu. Thai food is usually eaten with a spoon and fork as most of the dishes consist of curries, rice and veggies/meat.

Breakfast in Thailand:
Thailand doesn’t have a traditional breakfast culture and most of the people eat a bowl of noodles with coffee or Thai tea for breakfast. However, there are many restaurants in Thailand that serve a proper tummy filling breakfast.

Must try foods in Thailand:

Som Tam Salad:
Som Tam Salad is a very common raw papaya salad. A mix of garlic, chillies, green beans, cherry tomatoes and of course, the primary ingredient- raw papaya shreds. If you think salads are boring, you must taste the Thai Som Tam salad.
Where to eat? Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: Nimmanahaeminda Road, between lane 6 and 10, opposite Soi 13, Chiang Mai, Thailand.Som Tam.jpgCOURTESY: https://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/green-papaya-salad-som-tum

Pad Thai:
One of the most well-known dishes, Pad Thai is the national dish of Thailand. Pad Thai consists of stir-fried veggies tossed in a flavourful sauce and some rice noodles, topped off with crushed roasted peanuts. If you’re running late, pick up a pad Thai stir-fry from one of the stalls on the road and you’ll be set till your next meal.
Where to eat? Bo.lan
Address: 24 Soi Sukhumvit 53 (Soi Pai Dee ma Dee) Klong Toey Nua, Wattana Bangkok 10110
Pad Thai 1COURTESY: https://www.femmeactuelle.fr/cuisine/recettes/plat/pad-thai-vegetarien-16701

Pad Kra Pao:
Pad Kra Pao is a bowl of juicy chicken and wholesome vegetables, tossed in a tasty hot basil sauce and served with white sticky rice. Some places also top this preparation up with a fried egg.
Where to eat? Nuch’s Green Ta’lay Restaurant
Address: 31/4 Moo 5, Thong Krut, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand.
Pad Kra PaoCOURTESY: https://www.eatingthaifood.com/thai-basil-chicken-recipe-pad-kra-pao-gai/

Thai Curry:
This one’s commonly available in other regions and countries, as well. Red Thai curry is called Gaeng Daeng and is prepared with coconut milk, red curry paste, sliced kaffir lime leaves and veggies (you can also ask to add chicken/tofu). Green Chicken Curry is called Gaeng Keow Wan Kai and is made with tender bamboo shoots, coriander leaves and green curry paste. Once you eat Thai curry with Jasmine Thai rice, you’ll be left wanting for more, every time.
Where to eat ? Suay Restaurant
Address: 50/2 Takuapa Rd, Talat Nuea, Mueang, Phuket 83000 Thailand.
Thai CurryCOURTESY: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/thai-red-curry

Mango and sticky rice:
Sticky rice and mango is the best dish you can eat for dessert when you’re in Thailand. A portion of Thai sticky rice topped with sweet, ripe mango slices and then drizzled with coconut cream syrup, this dessert is definitely a treat after all the spice from the Thai food you’ve eaten.
Where? Sticky Rice Cafe
Address: 319 Mun Mueang Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand.
MangoCOURTESY: https://www.seriouseats.com/2016/04/how-to-make-ataulfo-mango-thai-coconut-sticky-rice.html


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You’re probably wondering where Latvia is, aren’t you? Latvia is a country that lies between Estonia and Lithuania. Riga is the capital of Latvia and is one of the most offbeat holiday spots. TripCheers brings you a guide to things you can do in Riga, read on to find out:RIGACOURTESY: http://www.latvia.travel/en/sight/riga-st-peters-church

1) Bastejkalna Parks
A stroll at the Bastejkalna Park is the best thing you can do when you’ve just woken up and want to get some fresh air before you start your day.
Bastejkalna Parks.jpgCOURTESY: https://possesstheworld.com/2017/11/19/a-week-in-riga-a-travel-tale/looking-up-to-bastion-hill/

2) Riga Opera House
Imagine a park pathway that leads you to the Opera House! The Bastejkalna Park will lead you to the Riga Opera House and the gardens around it.
Riga Opera HouseCOURTESY: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latvian_National_Opera

3) Powder Tower
Visit the Powder Tower in Riga and see the barracks at Torna eila. A very peculiar fact about the street here is that all the buildings are painted in yellow and look identical. This whole street is full of restaurants, bars and shops so you can grab a meal at one of the cafes and people-watch.
Powder TowerCOURTESY: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stensonweb/6240720865

4) St. Peter’s Church
Climb up the tower to the St. Peter’s Church to reach the topmost point. St. Peter’s Church is one of the highest points in Riga and that means you get a bird’s eye view of beautiful Riga right from the top of the St. Peter’s Church. The best part about St. Peter’s is that they’ve got elevators that take you to the top so, if you’re going with elders or those who are specially abled, you’ll still be able to visit this place.
CHURCHCOURTESY: https://yandex.ru/collections/card/590b9f450c1ed2a7cdfd1875/

5) Head to Radisson Blu Hotel for drinks
On a breezy evening, go to Radisson Blu Hotel and get yourself a drink that you can enjoy while you watch the most beautiful view you’ll ever see in Riga. The Orthodox Church would be the tallest building you’ll see from the rooftop of the hotel. You’re definitely not going to forget this view for life.
Head to Radisson Blu HotelCOURTESY: https://www.hotel.info/en/radisson-blu-elizabete-hotel-riga/hotel-217809/

Got recommendations for us? We’d love to hear from you, leave all your suggestions and recommendations in the comments below!



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6 Fun things to do in Bangkok – TripCheers

Bangkok has always been known for having the best shopping spots but there’s so much more to Bangkok than only shopping. TripCheers brings to you 6 fun things to do in Bangkok, read on to find out:

1) Visit the temples in Bangkok
If you visit Bangkok and don’t visit the temples of Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, you’re really missing out. The temples in Bangkok make for the most beautiful sites. With a blue sky as the backdrop, golden roofs to tall white buildings and coloured blue-green mosaic walls, these temples are the most serene places you’ll find in Bangkok. The Wat Arun temple in Bangkok gets its name from the Indian God of dawn. If you’re planning to visit the temples in Bangkok, make sure you’re wearing long pants/ a skirt below the knees and a t-shirt that covers your shoulders. Also, avoid visiting the temples on weekends so you can spend more time at the temple with a lesser number of people crowding the temple. The entry fee for Wat Pho is 100 Baht while the entry fee for Wat Phra Kaew is about 500 Baht.
TempleCOURTESY: http://www.bangkok.com/attraction-temple/wat-arun.htm

2) Bangkok’s floating market
Hop on to one of the long-tail boats that take you through Bangkok’s canals. Located at a little distance from the temples, the boats take you through Wat Arun temple and then halt at a particular spot where you can feed the fish. These boat tours cost about 100 Bahts or lesser. While you’re boating through the canals, you’ll also find some boats you from which the locals sell flowers and other accessories, you can pick up an item just for the fun of shopping amidst the water. Scam alert! If you find some over-friendly locals trying to befriend you, beware as they may be scammers trying to lure you into paying 1000 Baht for the boat tour. The best option is to book the tour in advance through legit tour operators or travel agents. Also, make sure to find out about departure points in advance.
Floating marketCOURTESY: http://blog.pslove.co/5-places-you-must-visit-in-bangkok/

3) Visit the Jim Thompson house in Bangkok
Jim Thompson was an American architect who turned into a silk entrepreneur and tried to restore the silk industry in Thailand. Jim fell in love with Thailand and built a home for himself in Thailand itself which was designed keeping in mind the Thai traditions and the Thai architectural style. Jim Thompson’s house can be toured through assigned operators and would cost you about 120 Baht (inclusive of entry). The two languages that the tour is available in, are French and English. Don’t expect to take pictures inside the house as it any kind of recording is prohibited inside the house. A very strange fact about Jim Thompson is that he disappeared without any traces in the year 1967 when he was visiting Malaysia and has still not been found.
Jim ThompsonCOURTESY: http://www.bangkok.com/product-reviews/jim-thompson-house-and-suan-pakkad-palace-review.htm

4) Devour Bangkok street food
You’ve not truly visited a new destination until you’ve not explored the street food. A lot of events in Bangkok are centred around exploring the street food. These street food tours not only take you through some of the most iconic street food joints but also take you through the culture and traditions that the locals believe in. If you’re not keen on a food tour, you must at least visit Chinatown and get your hands on some vermicelli stir-fry that consists of glass noodles, shrimps, chicken and eggs with cabbage, celery and spring onions. This dish is relatively high on spice but will definitely leave your taste buds dancing. After this treat of a meal, look for a street stall that sells candied fruits on popsicle sticks. It’s the best dessert you can ask for after a full-spiced meal.
Street foodCOURTESY: http://www.bangkok.com/restaurants/street-food.htm

5) Lounge around at Lumpini Park in Bangkok
Lumpini Park is the best spot for you if you’re looking at unwinding and relaxing. You’ll see people practising Thai Chi at the while  others stroll around and take long walks at the park. The best place to people-watch and get some amazing pictures would be Lumpini Park. Head to the park earlier in the morning to avoid too much crowd, it’s also the golden hour which means amazing lighting for your Instagram-my pictures.
Lumpini parkCOURTESY: http://www.grandsukhumvithotel.com/bangkok-destination/bangkok-parks/lumpini-park-bangkok/

 6) Shop from Chatuchak market in Bangkok
Coming to the best bit about Bangkok, the shopping. Head to Chatuchak Market to satiate all your shopping pangs. You’ll find everything under the sun at Chatuchak market, right from expensive brands to more affordable street fashion. You’ll definitely be spoilt for choice at Chatuchak!
Chatuchak marketCOURTESY: http://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/popular-markets.htm



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5 Restaurants in Bangalore you can’t miss! – TripCheers

Bangalore, the tech hub of India is also home to some of the best restaurants and cafes. TripCheers brings you 5 restaurants and cafes in Bangalore that you can’t miss:

1) The Only Place
Located on Museum Road, The Only Place is the perfect restaurant to grab a meal at any time of the day. Right from the relaxing ambiance to the comforting food, there’s everything you’ll love just in one place – The Only Place. The chicken and beef steak are the dishes you can’t miss here.
Where? 13, Museum Road, Behind Post Office, Bengaluru.The Only PlaceCOURTESY: https://www.hungryforever.com/slice-america-place-bangalore/

2) The Humming Tree
As the name already suggests, The Humming Tree is the best place for you if you love music. You’ll see a lot of blooming artists, performers and musicians holding gigs at The Humming Tree. It’s a very good vibe for those who love music. You can enjoy the vibe and order some finger foods while you’re at it.
Where? No.949, 12th Main Road, Doopanahalli, Indira Nagar, Bengaluru
humming treeCOURTESY: https://www.eventshigh.com/detail/bangalore/1be5b22bfd79f825dc33c67c5d0a4943-books-brews-at-the-humming

3) Truffles
The best place to head to if you’re craving some well-made burgers. A regular fast-food joint, Truffles is located in central Koramangala and is very famous among the youngsters. The Blueberry cheesecake, Peri Peri Chicken burger and Crunchy Veg Burger are some of the best dishes that Truffles has got.
Where? 93/A, Ground Floor, A Wing, 4th B Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru.
TrufflesCOURTESY: https://lbb.in/bangalore/truffles-restaurant-bangalore/

4) Smally’s Resto cafe
Living up to its name, the first outlet of Smally’s was listed in the Limca book of records in 2015, for being the smallest cafe spread over 138 sqft. only. Now, Smally’s has 3 outlets and one at Ashok Nagar is a chill cafe with an indoor and outdoor seating. They serve some of the best Chicken Wings and their Thick Shakes are to die for.
Where? 73, Brigade Rd, Haridevpur, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru
SmallysCOURTESY: http://bwdisrupt.businessworld.in/article/Serving-the-Taste-Buds-of-Bangalore-Through-Smallys/23-10-2017-129155/

5) Koshy’s Restaurant
Koshy’s is very known in Bangalore for their sweet treats so after you’re done bingeing on the sumptuous food in Bangalore, go to Koshy’s and get your fix of some yummy dessert. We suggest you try out their caramel custard and the cold coffee at Koshy’s.
Where? 39, St. Marks Road, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru.
KoshyCOURTESY: https://scroll.in/magazine/843499/the-owner-of-bengalurus-iconic-restaurant-prem-koshy-explains-why-his-food-is-literally-to-die-for


Tell us your favourite restaurant in Bangalore in the comments below!



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Sri Lanka is home to some of the most beautiful sites and is heaven on Earth for beach lovers. There are always some things better known before you travel to a new destination and so, TripCheers brings to you 6 things you need to know before you set off for Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka.jpgCOURTESY: https://www.srilankafoundation.org/newsfeed/sri-lanka-a-hidden-outsourcing-gem/

1) Currency
The currency in Sri Lanka is Sri Lankan rupees (Rs). You can exchange money in advance that is before you leave from your home country for Sri Lanka or you can even exchange it at the airport. The exchange centres at the airport are credible. As convenient as card payments can be, it is advisable to keep some money with you at all times as the smaller shops and tuk-tuks don’t accept card payments.
1. Sri Lanka moneyCOURTESY: https://transferwise.com/us/blog/money-and-banks-in-sri-lanka

2) Visa
Until a few years back, visa on arrival was a better option for travellers visiting Sri Lanka but according to new rules, Electronic Visa Authorization (ETA) is now mandatory. They take about 24 hours to mail the country permit you and you’ll be set. A tiny office at the airport does provide a visa on arrival facility but it makes more sense to obtain it in advance instead of last-minute panic after reaching your destination. Your Visa would be valid for 30 days from the day of entry. However, if you wish to extend your Visa, you’ll have to visit Immigration and Emigration Dept. in Colombo.
VISACOURTESY: http://www.poetryofroads.com/2018/01/sri-lankan-tourist-visa-for-indian-nationals.html

3) Communication
Just like we have some very well known mobile service providers, Sri Lanka too has a reliable service provider by the name of Dialog. You can buy a sim card from the Dialog kiosks that are erected at the airport. There are lots of service plans that you can choose from but make sure to take one that includes data (internet) so that you can Skype or Whatsapp your loved ones back at home and use it for Google Maps when you’re on the go. If you’re planning to buy a sim card from Sri Lanka, make sure you have a photo ID with you.
DialogCOURTESY: http://blog.dailymail.lk/2017/03/15-gb-free-with-every-dialog-4g-sim.html

4) Travelling locally
Tuk-tuks are the most convenient modes of transport in Sri Lanka. These are three wheelers (similar to auto-rickshaws) that take you around places at fixed metre rates. Make sure that you only hop onto a tuk-tuk that has a properly functioning metre. Avoid travelling with tuk-tuk riders who don’t have a metre or say that their metre is “broken” as this would mean paying twice or thrice of the original metre price. If you want to save yourself the tuk-tuk hassle, book an Uber or Pick Me (a Sri Lankan app.) to take you around the place. The best part about travelling by these cabs is that you’ll know exactly how much you’re paying and there’s no haggling with the drivers.
Tuk tukCOURTESY: https://www.tuktuksafarisrilanka.com/

5) Season and Weather
Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons and it would make sense for you to plan your trip, keeping in mind the monsoon season. Divided into two regions, the southwest region of Sri Lanka experiences monsoon from April to September while the northwest region experiences monsoon from November to March. So before you plan your trip, speak to the hotel staff or your travel agent about the weather and then make bookings.
RainCOURTESY: https://www.lankaprincess.com/the-benefits-of-ayurvedic-treatments-during-monsoon-season/

6) Dressing
Sri Lanka doesn’t have written laws or a specific dress code. You can wear anything that you wish to wear when you’re on the beach but if you are travelling to the internal village areas, consider covering up a little so that you’re not subject to unwanted attention. If you’ve got temples listed in your itinerary, carry a stole/ shawl with you so you can cover your shoulders and a longer skirt that covers your knees. For men, longer shorts would do it.Temple dressCOURTESY: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/us/sri-lanka/circle-sri-lanka-109313

Sri Lanka has some really beautiful landscapes and beaches that you can discover. There’s something for everyone in Sri Lanka, right from blue whale watching in Mirissa to shopping for souvenirs at Weligama town.


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With so many solo travellers setting off on trips to self-discovery or rejuvenation, it’s important to know the usual solo-traveller mistakes and to avoid making them. TripCheers brings to you 6 mistakes you’re probably making as a solo traveller and ways to avoid them:

1) Trying to find other people all the time
As a solo traveller, you need to understand that the purpose of a solo trip is to spend time with yourself and to become comfortable in one’s own company. Meeting locals and other travellers is, of course, a very important part of the experience but don’t focus only on that. Learn to enjoy your own company while you’re travelling solo.
Solo Travel 1.jpgCOURTESY: http://www.lifeofbrit.com/solo-travel-sri-lanka/

2) Holding back from experiencing new adventures
Have you ever held back from making a sudden change in your travel plans when travelling with friends or family? A solo trip is your opportunity to do what you feel like doing at any given point in time. It’s the spontaneity that makes solo travelling so much fun. Jump at any new opportunity that you think will broaden your horizon whether it’s a book reading workshop or a quirky water sport that you’ve never done before. However, make sure you think and find out a little about the place before making impulsive decisions.
new experiencesCOURTESY: https://www.worldnomads.com/explore/inspiring-independence-12-reasons-to-travel-solo

3) Getting too drunk
While you’re travelling alone, you need to be more responsible when you’re drinking. You can’t afford to get drunk and sloppy because you would have no friends or family to take you back to your hotel/ accommodation. Worst case scenario, you would end up getting robbed when you’re too intoxicated and you definitely don’t want that!
dRUNKCOURTESY: https://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/drugs-alcohol/how-alcohol-makes-drunk.htm

4) Carrying too much luggage
Travelling with too many heavy bags and luggage will not only hold you back from going around town but also cost you more money if you’re travelling by flight. Often, solo travellers feel like they need to carry more luggage as they are lone travellers. Avoid over-preparedness when travelling alone as you’ll be the one carrying around your luggage. Always remember, if you cannot carry your bags by yourself, you’ve overpacked.
LUGGAGECOURTESY: https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/solo-female-travel-differences/

5) Telling the world that you’re on a solo trip
The only person who knows that you’re travelling alone is you unless you tell them that you’re on a solo trip. Be careful about how much information you divulge to people that you meet along the way. Some travel destinations have overfriendly locals who befriend you and then take advantage of the information you give them. This doesn’t mean you don’t talk to new people but just be aware of who you are talking to and avoid giving out too much information when not required. Also, make sure that at least one person back home (friends or family) knows your whereabouts.

6) Not interacting with the locals
Solo travellers set out to travel, with the thought that they would break free from all their inhibitions on their solo trip and have the time of their lives. Unfortunately, a lot of these thoughts begin to disappear as they begin to travel and gradually withdraw into a shell. This hampers chances of having interactions or establishing any contact with the locals. Although it’s easier said than done, try not to become a silent traveller (unless that’s your goal) and talk to the people you meet. If you’re travelling to a different country, learning some basic words in their language will also help.
Interacting with localsCOURTESY: https://www.hostelworld.com/blog/quick-easy-ways-to-find-the-coolest-friends-when-travelling-alone/


What is your favourite tip for solo travellers? Tell us in the comments below!




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We have all heard about having travel journals and fancy travel books but have you ever wondered what goes inside a travel journal? TripCheers demystifies the whole travel journal-ing process for you. Here’s how you can make your own personalized travel journal:Travel Journal 1.jpgCOURTESY: https://pixabay.com/en/old-notebook-map-book-holiday-2238062/

1) Get an empty book and gather all your materials
First, you’ll need an empty book (spiral bound or ribbon tied). Then, gather all the materials that you want to put in the book. It could be anything that you like. You could add newspaper cutouts, pictures from magazines, business cards and artsy travel pictures off the internet. You can start off by writing your trip itinerary and about everything that you wish to do on the trip.
materials-e1537359970863.jpgCOURTESY: http://gina-alyse.com/2015/02/11-things-to-include-in-your-travel-journal.html/

2) Select a background
Depending on your holiday destination, select an appropriate background for your journal. For example, if you’re going for a beach holiday, the background could be blue (representing the sea) with parts of brown and white. The idea is to create a themed journal that gives you the feel of the place that you’re travelling to.
Background.jpgCOURTESY: http://magazine.greatart.co.uk/2018/04/19/free-store-events-travel-journal-workshops/

3) Design the pages
After you’re done getting the materials together and selecting your background, you’ll need to design your journal. This is the most important part in the making of your travel journal. Decide whether you want to divide the book into a left and a right side for pictures and writing (respectively) or you just want a scrapbook look for your journal. If you like to write, it’s a good idea to segment the book into parts where you can write and use the rest of the place to stick pictures.
Design.jpgCOURTESY: https://creativelyhomemade.com/make-your-own-travel-journal-scrapbook/

4) Paste all the materials in the journal
Done with all the visualization? Now it’s time to execute all the planning. This is the most exciting part about making your own travel journal. You get to personalize the journal according to your likes and preferences. Stick all the materials just the way you planned it. Cover empty spaces with coloured tape or make tiny designs (hearts and stars will also do!). Keep some place to stick your tickets or boarding pass, as well. You can add anything to your travel journal, right from printed photographs to even sea-shells that you collect from a beach.
Paste MaterialsCOURTESY: https://www.pinterest.es/pin/785878203697274702/

5) Continue to add to your book
It doesn’t end there. Once your travel journal is ready, you can keep adding more pictures to it or even the little things that you’ve collected over the trip. It could be stamps, coins, tickets and even the most basic things that remind you of the places you had been to (it could be a piece of tissue paper, for all you know!)
Add to your book.jpgCOURTESY: https://daphnieteo.wordpress.com/tag/my-journals/

6) Keep some empty space for writing
As much you like filling up your travel journal with pictures and doodles, keep some empty place so you can write about the different places that you visited, stayed at and about the restaurants you ate at. After all, you’ll need some notes on your favourite places, in case you plan to go back.
Keep some space.jpgCOURTESY: https://theronanddarlenenelsen.com/travel-journal-like-pro/


Postcard Journal :
Another easy-peasy way to make a travel journal without too much effort is sending yourself a postcard every day while travelling. You’ll find a stack of postcards when you’re back, just bind all these postcards together and you’re done!
Postcard journalCOURTESY: https://stephsscribe.com/2015/06/27/preserving-postcards-from-travel-and-life/
The most important thing about making a travel journal is making it for yourself and to document your memories. There’s never a wrong way to make one! Read about other ways in which you can document your trip here.



What’s your favourite thing to put in your travel journal? Tell us in the comments below!




Written and edited by Vrushti Oza.

Tipping Around the World! – TripCheers

When you’re travelling, the best and most exciting part of the trip is checking out local restaurants and cuisines but have you ever found yourself wondering how much you should tip your server or whether you should leave a tip, at all? No more confused faces when the bill arrives because TripCheers brings you a list of 15 places around the world and how much you should tip at each place!

1) Argentina
You don’t necessarily have to leave a tip behind after a meal but if you want to, a 10% tip would be sufficient.Argentina.jpgCOURTESY: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/all-parrilla-no-filler-the-7-best-steaks-in-buenos-aires/

2) Egypt
The tips are usually a part of the bills that are given to you but if you still wish to leave a tip, anywhere between 5% to 10% is good.Egypt.jpgCOURTESY: https://restaurants.accorhotels.com/de/restaurant-1666_R002-1902-restaurant-aswan.shtml

3) Italy
A lot of restaurants and bars in Italy serve one person meals so check the portions out before you order. You could round off the bill to the nearest Euro or leave a 5% tip. Also, some restaurants in Italy charge about 3 Euros for the bread that’s eaten along with your food so if you’re on a low-budget trip, don’t miss out on that.
Italy.jpgCOURTESY: https://www.planetizen.com/node/88845/well-tempered-city-epic-book-and-why

4) Sweden
Usually, a service charge is already included in the bill but in case you’re feeling generous, you can tip an additional 10% over the bill at a restaurant or bar.
Sweden.jpgCOURTESY: https://inhabitat.com/hemso-restaurant-a-portal-made-of-natural-materials-alongside-a-unesco-heritage-site-in-sweden/

5) Spain
The servers at restaurants and bars in Spain are not very accustomed to receiving huge tip amounts as the locals usually round off the bill and leave the change as a tip but you could tip anywhere around 7% to 13%.
Spain.jpgCOURTESY: https://www.punchbowl.com/p/spanish-dinner-party

6) Morocco
Tipping in Morocco is not mandatory so if you’ve not had great service, you can give the tip a miss. However, if you want to leave a tip, 10% of the bill amount would be good enough.
Morocco.jpgCOURTESY: https://theculturetrip.com/pacific/australia/articles/the-top-10-middle-eastern-restaurants-in-melbourne/

7) Czech Republic
The bill comes with an included service charge, almost always. You could tip about 10% to 15% of the total bill amount. If there’s no service added to the bill, make sure to leave a tip.
Czech.jpgCOURTESY: https://touristmeetstraveler.com/2017/restaurant-review-czech-kitchen-prague-czech-republic-traditional-czech-food/

8) Russia
A 10% tip is good enough at Russian restaurants and bars. Make sure you give it directly to the server so that you’re sure they are pocketing the money and not the management.
Russia.jpgCOURTESY: https://www.rbth.com/russian-kitchen/326594-borsch-vodka-russian-restaurants-abroad

9) Turkey
In Turkey, they accept tips only in cash and you could leave an additional 10% tip on the restaurant/ bar bill.
TurkeyCOURTESY: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Istanbul_turkey_restaurant_pancakes.jpg

10) India                          
The new Goods and Services Tax (GST) has replaced the good old service tax but you could tip anywhere around 10% of the bill amount if they have not added a service charge to your bill. If you did not like the service or the treatment, you can walk out without leaving a tip.
India.jpgCOURTESY: http://sithararestaurant.com/

11) Greece
Don’t go overboard while tipping in Greece, a 5% to 10% tip would be enough.
Greece.jpgCOURTESY: https://www.tripsavvy.com/how-to-tip-in-greece-1524491

12) Dubai
When you order bottled water at a restaurant, make sure you specifically mention that you want local bottled water (which is cheaper) and not imported bottled water. They add a service charge of 10% that is levied by the Government that goes directly to the restaurant/bar management. Slip in some dirhams to your server quietly if you wish to tip, anywhere around 10% is good. You can also refuse to pay any tip if you’ve found the service dissatisfactory.
Dubai.jpgCOURTESY: http://www.hyattrestaurants.com/gcc/dubai/restaurants-dubai/thai-in-dubai-creek-the-thai-kitchen/

13) China
As we know, the Chinese are very hard-working and take offense if you leave a tip, sometimes. So, be conscious about where you’re eating and then leave a tip. Meaning to say, if you’re eating at a local restaurant, do not leave a tip but if it’s a bigger restaurant that has not already levied a service charge, you could tip around 10% to 15%. However, it is better to not tip in China, you don’t want to hurt their sentiments.
China 1.jpgCOURTESY: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g297961-d2537888-i106945723-China_Royal_Restaurant-Alanya_Turkish_Mediterranean_Coast.html

14) Germany
You can’t say ‘regular’ when the server asks you whether you would like some water as they only serve bottled water at restaurants in Germany. If you’re dining alone and haven’t ordered much, just round off the amount to the nearest Euro but if you’ve had a hearty meal, you can tip around 10% to 15% at restaurants and bars. Also, the bread served on the table is not ‘on the house’, you will have to pay for it.
A01049489COURTESY: https://www.huffingtonpost.es/2017/09/11/una-familia-denuncia-a-un-restaurante-por-el-mensaje-que-encontraron-en-la-cuenta_a_23204014/

15) Japan
Just like China, some might take offense to tips given off to servers at eating houses. Giving cash directly in the server’s hand is considered rude so if you want to leave a tip, you’ll have to put some yens in a small cover and give the cover to your server.
Japan.jpgCOURTESY: https://www.swaindestinations.com/blog/tipping-etiquette-when-traveling-in-japan/


Just like the tipping rules differ in different countries, food rules also vary across the world. Read our article on Food Rules Around the World and find out why it’s bad omen to poke your chopsticks upright in your bowl!


Tell us how liked the article in the comments below! Happy Tipping!



Written and edited by Vrushti Oza.


Gone are the days when we carried our Kodak cameras with rolls and batteries for our trips. Remember the times when the worst thing would be running out of a camera roll on a trip? Let’s go a little old school and see 5 different ways to make sure you’re documenting your trip without a smartphone!

1) Travel Journal
This one’s very regular but to think of it, have you heard of anyone who actually maintains a travel journal? You can use this journal to plan your trip, write about what you’re excited to see or eat and all your feelings about the trip (don’t write about that friend who ditched you, though). Carry the journal on your trip and write about all the places you visit and all the things you see. Once you’re back from the trip, write down all your feelings and how happy you are about taking that trip! When you look back at your travel journal, you will only smile and be happy that you chose to write about your trip.
Travel Journal.jpgCOURTESY: https://apairandasparediy.com/2017/04/travel-journal-ideas/

2) Carry your Polaroid camera
If you have a Polaroid camera, don’t forget to carry it with you when you’re travelling. Polaroid pictures have this strange nostalgic feeling attached to them and when you look back at those pictures, it’s almost like you’re going back in time. Make sure you carry enough rolls and photo-sheets.
PolaroidCOURTESY: https://mashable.com/article/polaroid-pop-instant-camera-review/#_wBdrF_fUgqT

3) Go the Postcard way
Pick up postcards from local shops and write down everything that you did, saw, ate, loved during the trip and drop it at a nearby postbox. You might think this is extra old-school but think about it, don’t you want beautiful postcards scribbled with your travel memories, waiting for you when you come back from your trip? It’s like a gift to you, from you!PostcardCOURTESY: http://www.printingdeals.org/design-ideas/postcards/30-beautiful-travel-postcards.html

4) Check out Postagram
There’s a techie alternative for everything. Postagram is a mobile application that turns your own photos into a pretty little postcard and gives you enough place to fit in approximately 140 words (just like Twitter).
PostagramCOURTESY: https://petapixel.com/2013/07/04/postagram-app-updates-to-include-free-advertiser-sponsored-postcards/

5) Make a physical blog book
A physical blog is a blog but in the form of an actual book and real printed pictures. This one’s the way to go if you don’t want to get into setting up a blog and if you’re more about books than laptop screens. It’s very simple, you’ve got to take pictures of yourself, of everything around you and then write about it in the book. It’s almost like a scrapbook but just that it’s your personal physical blog. Make a separate blog book for every trip that you take.
Blog Book.jpgCOURTESY: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/113645590575852981/?lp=true


Tell us your favourite ways of documenting your travel adventures in the comments below!



Written and edited by Vrushti Oza.