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Airbnb Or Hostel – Which One To Choose?

I have been asked a couple of times what exactly is AirBnB and a Hostel? And, which one to choose – Airbnb or Hostel? So, I thought why not explain it in detail and you decide for yourself.

HOW IT WORKS

AIRBNB: People across countries rent our their spaces and put them on an online platform i.e. Airbnb which enables travelers like us to book vacation homes for a certain amount of time and fee. It covers almost 191 countries.

HOSTEL:  It is a low-budget accommodation that provides services at very economical rates. We pay for a single bed and the room is shared with other travelers.

CATEGORIES

AIRBNB: There is a wide range of lodging that Airbnb offers.

1. Shared Room/Apartment: Sharing room with travelers. So, basically there will be one room or one apartment that you will be made to share with fellow travelers.

2. Private Room: You have your own personal bedroom. Access to the kitchen and other areas like living room, etc is always mentioned in the terms. Hence, the price difference. It could either be a one bedroom apartment or in case and mostly it is more than one bedroom. In this case, the host stays in the same home but obviously in different rooms. 😛

3. Entire Apartment: The space is all yours. You can access every part of the apartment. The host will come, hand you the keys and again come back at the day of check-out to take the keys.

HOSTEL: I am only going to talk about dorms here. (there are private rooms in hostel too) The dorm size can range from 4 beds to 18 beds. Dorms are usually of 2 types:

1. Mixed Dorms: Where both male and female can accommodate.

2. Female Dorms: Only for girls. Female dorms are costlier than mixed ones but there isn’t much difference.

Nothing remains private here. Be ready for common washrooms too. Although despite of this, I’ve mostly stayed in hostels. Read more to know why. 😀



PRICE

AIRBNB: Prices range from minimum to maximum depending upon the facilities and location one chooses. I could not say if it is cheaper than staying in hotels as there are some gorgeous Airbnbs which are highly expensive but are worth living in. However, it is a great way to get insight about the lives of the natives. Homes which are on the outskirts of the city are much cheaper. The ones inside the city specially the city center are high-priced but you can definitely get it in your budget.

HOSTEL: Hostels are way cheaper than any accommodation. If you wish to go backpacking and are on a budget trip which obviously means spending the least on accommodation, then hostels are just perfect for you. Reminder: More beds = Less cost. The cost decreases as the number of beds in the dorms increase. 

COMFORT

AIRBNB: Staying in AirBnb can make you feel like home away from home. You live in a homelike environment in a completely different city. 

HOSTEL: There is no privacy in hostels. You wake up in the morning and see people all around. Thereupon you stand in a queue to use the washroom. You have to take extra care of your belongings as the hostel takes no responsibility for it.

GETTING AROUND THE CITY

AIRBNB: Getting information about the city in an AirBnB depends upon the type of accommodation and most importantly the host. Taking in account entire home/apt, it can be a little difficult to seek anyone’s help because you hardly get to meet the host. (most of the times)  However, there is a lot of stuff that is kept by the host in the apartment that makes a lot easy for you to go around the city like city map, list of famous restaurants, major attractions and their personal recommendations. In case the host stays in the same home (that might happen when you book a private room/shared room), the host will tell you about the city. I have faced a lot of language problems in several European countries. The solution to this either Google Translation App or while booking make sure to check the reviews about the host.

HOSTEL: People working at the hostel are quite generous and will do their best to help you out with literally everything. Ask about anything and they are there. Hostels too provide city maps, metro maps, major attractions list, transfers, restaurants list and details about the events happening in and around the city. Hostels, for such instance, is one step ahead of Airbnb as people working at hostels speak English which makes communication a lot easier.



GOING SOLO

AIRBNB: If you are looking for privacy but also want to experience the essence of local culture, then choosing AirBnB would be a perfect option. Hosts are interactive but it’s rare that they accompany you for travel.

HOSTEL: The only reason why I love staying in hostels is because I get to interact with so many people all from different backgrounds having the same purpose i.e. wander. Plus, there are so many activities that keep going on like pub crawls, yoga sessions, combined city tours, team games before dinner, etc. I am that kind of a person who likes to travel solo but wish to meet people on my way. Therefore, I feel hostels are just made for me.

RELATED: Volunteering At Roadhouse Hostel: A Life-Changing Experience

If you have any other point to add or wish to know more about Airbnb or Hostel, write down in the comments below.

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Volunteering At Roadhouse Hostel : A Life-Changing Experience

After volunteering in Goa, I had been wanting to work again for a hostel. Reason? The experience is simply exhilarating. While working in Goa I realized that traveling is not all about exploring places. The people you meet on your way are the ones who can make the journey or break the journey.

My affection for Rajasthan made me apply to Roadhouse Hostel in Jaipur. This was my first time in Jaipur. Not technically because I’ve been to Jaipur before but that was for some work so I never count that.

Being a Travel Blogger, my job was to stay there, write blog posts for them, put stories on Instagram, provide them with good quality photographs of the hostel and obviously interact with the guests, take them out and tell them about the city. What did I get in return? Free accommodation and food for 11 days!

The good thing is that anyone who is passionate about travelling and meeting new people can volunteer. Read more to know how you can apply for this life-changing experience at Roadhouse.



How was it life-changing for me?

4Th August I got back from Jaipur and that smile from my face has just not gone ever since. I was sad because it was over. I was happy because NO REASON! One should always stay happy no matter what. 😀 I’d love to share a bunch of things that I learned on this trip with y’all.

1. You are a combination of places you go and people you meet. As I said earlier, it is not the place but the people who can bring a change in you. At Roadhouse, it is new day, new friend. Every new day marks new friendship. I met travellers from around the world having different backgrounds, different values, different culture, and different approach towards life. Try and find any one positive quality of a person you meet and apply it to yourself. That’s what I plan to do from now on.

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Humans of Bombay and UK. Although at Roadhouse, they are just humans. 😀 😛

2. You are safe till the time you’re aware of your surroundings. Living in Delhi has conditioned me to feel unsafe everywhere. Whenever I am travelling alone, I always have these thoughts at the back of my mind.. “Is that place safe for women”.. “I should get back by 8ish” .. “What if I get raped while travelling alone”.. “What if somebody mix something in my drink” .. YES! I have all these thoughts on my mind. I was too afraid to travel solo in India until I met solo women travelers from countries one has not even heard of. Those girls could not even speak English yet they have explored such offbeat places in India (where language is a MAJOR problem) keeping all their fears aside. So, one important thing that I learned was to be aware of your surroundings, know your limits, make your own lines and you’re good to go!

3. When you get out of your comfort zone, you grow. I realized learning new things make me happy. It could be learning things about myself or learning new skills. Anything that is new and that keeps my mind moving is what gives me immense happiness. For me or maybe for every human being, anything you do out of your comfort zone, makes you grow. Hence, do things that make you most uncomfortable. It could be as small as going up to a group of people and starting a discussion for an introvert. It will SURELY bring a change in you.

4. Nothing is going according to the plan but I’m still happy. I had dreams. I still have them. I am not living the way I wanted to. Things are not going the way I wished. Nothing in my life is working according to how I planned it to be. I am still living on my parents money. BUT this doesn’t mean I will stop being happy and stop living. This should not make me lose focus. If I have failed at achieving them now, I will succeed at achieving them later. All I have learned is if I really want it and I’m ready to do any hard work for it, nobody can take it away from me. I will not keep any choice for myself and certainly not settle for anything less than that. Believe in yourself and your dreams!

5. Be carefree. Be happy. On the very first day I met these two Bombay girls, Reena and Riddhi, and they made it SO hard for me to leave Jaipur and come back to Delhi. I thought I know how to live life and I thought myself as a person who doesn’t care about people’s opinions whatsoever. But no, I did not know how to live or I did not know how to NOT care. They made me realize that even if you keep doing all good things, you will not be able to please everyone on this planet. So, do what you feel is right without even giving a thought what any damn person is going to think of you. People are going to judge you, people are going to pass comments, people are going to hold opinions about you. You gotta give no fuck about them and live, act, and behave the way you wish to. Live for yourself, learn new things for yourself, dance for yourself! Haha, I am sure if they read this they will understand!

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Reena Riddhi 😀

My new plan is to get a tattoo from any city/country that brings a change in me. On my last day i.e. 3rd August, I woke up and felt so happy. I looked up for a good tattoo artist in Jaipur and got this done.



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Tout est dans l’espirit – Everything is in the mind.

Do you wish to volunteer at Roadhouse?

There are 5 Roadhouse Hostels across India – Jaipur, Varanasi and three RH in Goa. If you wish to explore the city and help the hostel at the same time in exchange for free accommodation, all you have to do is:

1. Send your details to work@roadhousehostels.com OR apply for work exchange at Worldpackers or Workaway. Mention how you can help them and what skills you have. You can get involved as a musician, a blogger, a photographer, an artist, and for customer service, social media handling, etc.

2. You must volunteer for a minimum duration of 2 weeks.

3. Since it is a volunteer work, you will not be paid for it. BUT you will get accommodation in a dorm and 3 meals a day. (However, this depends on your correspondence with the hostel team)

Related:

1. Roadhouse Jaipur – An Affordable Backpacker’s Hostel In The Pink City

2. Jaipur Things To Do, What To Eat, Where To Stay

3. 10 Fancy Cafes In Jaipur You Must Not Miss

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Why You Need to Travel To India

9 Basic Yet Essential Tips For Female Solo Travelers

Recently I have come across a lot of women who have left behind their fears and entered into the journey of exploration ALONE. ‘Solo Travel’ as fancy as the concept is, comes along with tons of responsibilities and worries. Most importantly when the solo traveler is a girl, she better understand the fancy concept well. ( not because I think a girl any less, but the society is a mess, you know!? )

If you feel I am going to be all pessimistic in this article, not to worry! The world of travel is way beyond the norms and we as travelers have a lot to focus on.

I have discussed few tips below for a safe and happy travel.

Phase 1 of travel:

PICK THE RIGHT DESTINATION

What is a right destination for solo travel? The one that suits your budget, where language is no barrier and crime rate is low. Because frankly people, planet earth is a beautiful place but you gotta save your ass from the troublemakers.

Phase 2

WHERE TO STAY?

Solo travelers prefer hostels and Couchsurfing over AirBnBs for they want to interact with the fellow travelers. Also, hostels are comparatively cheap with loads of activities going around all week. AirBnB is perfect if you want to stay aloof and all by yourself.

ALSO READ: AirBnB VS Hostel

One advice that I not only give to solo travelers but also to people travelling in groups, that is, to stay in the city center and not on the outskirts. This way you save A LOT on commuting. There will certainly be beautiful accommodations at a very economical price on the outskirts which will lure you but believe me you will end up spending more.

Phase 3

All set to go but wait, WHAT TO PACK?

This completely depends on the destination and the weather. Every country is bound by different norms and rules which might go above your head but you have to or rather you should obey to them and dress accordingly. For instance, in a city like Banaras, India, you cannot even think of wearing anything above your knees. This is just for you to enjoy the place and not worry about the constant stares.

Hence, respect the tradition of the country you visit.



Phase 4

YOU FINALLY ARRIVE

I would always advice this to people travelling alone. Book your flight or train in such a way that you arrive in the morning. Avoid late night arrivals. Not speaking in terms of safety but in countries like Europe, it is hard to find transport from Airport or Train Stations at night. I still remember looking for a taxi for 2 hours at 0100 hrs in Madrid.

Phase 5

I gotta call Mom, she must be worried. WHERE TO BUY THE SIM CARD?

Buy a SIM card as soon as you land either from the airport or a nearby store. I don’t prefer buying SIM card from my own country. For my Europe trip, I travelled to 3 countries, and instead of buying a SIM card from India (where I live and where we usually get Matrix SIM card), I bought SIM card from that specific country. (means 3 different SIM cards) Why?

1. I was planning to travel to small cities and towns, and there are times when Matrix network does not work at all. Local sim cards have better network connectivity.

2. You can find super cheap deals on local SIM cards in comparison to Matrix or any international SIM card.

Phase 6

ONE FREE DAY

This might sound crazy for some but believe me it is FUN. I am sure you must have planned a perfect itinerary for your trip. Try to take out one day and explore free things in the city. Keep your budget as low as possible and discover new and free things to do. For example, go to all the museums which has a free entry or spend time at a mountain top enjoying the lovely view of the city. You have NO idea how crazy your day will turn out to be.



Phase 7

ORGANIZED TOUR YAY OR NAY?

Travelers not often but always go their own way when it comes to exploring. For once, go on an organized tour and let somebody else give you the details.

On my trip to Paris, I thought of going on a one-day excursion to Normandy. I am glad I opted for the organized tour. Why?

1. It is not easy to find transport in Normandy.

2. I would not have known the little facts about the town.

3. I would not have met a bunch of curious travelers who still are my friends.

ALSO READ: 1 GIRL. PARIS. 15 DAYS. Alone NOT Lonely

Phase 8

Know yourself, GO OFFBEAT!

Travelers meet where tourists don’t. Get out of your comfort zone and go discover something unusual. Visit a place that has minimum tourists, meet the natives and fellow travelers on your way. Explore something that has not been explored by many. The vibes of an unspoiled place will make you introspect. Hence, you know yourself a little more.

ALSO READ: Going Offbeat: Delhi To Coorg Under 10K

Phase 9

CLICK CLICK CLICK!

I know it can be annoying to ask people to click your picture but DO NOT hesitate. Get yourself clicked with every background possible! One week after you come back and see that you have no photo, believe me, it sucks! CAPTURE EACH AND EVERY MEMORY.

Embrace the experience of being alone and appreciate your own company. Never show your fears or vulnerability to anyone. Do not let anyone take advantage of you or your loneliness. Don’t let your fear keep you from exploring the wonderful world out there.

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8 Wallet-Friendly Gift Ideas For A Traveller Friend

Finding gifts for a traveler friend was NOT a piece of cake until I found some coolest wallet-friendly products on Amazon. I wonder why I never came across such stuff before. I’d love to share a list of 8 travel gift ideas I am totally in love with.




1) SCRATCH MAP

A personalized world map to record all the travel adventures. Take off the top gold foil and marvel at all the countries you’ve been to.

2) PASSPORT HOLDER

This is the most basic yet necessary thing a traveler needs. I am insanely in love with Amazon’s collection of Passport Holders. Don’t let your friend put their essential documents like passport, visa, or tickets in a boring black and white folder.

3) LUGGAGE SCALE

I am sure EVERY girl needs this before boarding their flight. I have encountered tons of people at the check-in counter shifting stuff from their main luggage to cabin baggage to avoid the excess baggage charge. This is when I realize the importance of a luggage scale and how it can help in smooth travel.

4) ‘HOW TO READ MENU’ BOOK

Eating in countries like France, Spain or Greece can be a MAJOR problem because it is impossible to read the menu if you don’t know the language. Amazon has a solution for this too. Gift your friend this teeny-tiny pocket sized book so the focus is more on the food and less time is spent on understanding the dining menus.

5) DSLR NECK STRAP

Amazon is filled with super cute and classy neck straps for your photographer friend. My photographer friend Camera Maverick does not like the original company strap much and loves having different straps. ” You love yourself right? You buy sexy clothes to look good. I buy these things so that my baby also looks good” said Mr Maverick.

6) DRY BAG

A traveller has no fixed plans, no fixed itinerary or at times is completely unaware of the next destination. Consequently, they might land up river-rafting or walking through waist-deep water in a cave. I am writing all this so that you understand the need of dry bags in such situations. Dry bags are quite cheap and a must have for nomads.

7) A BACKPACK

No matter how good the collection of backpack he/she has, a traveler always craves for more. Try and gift them a backpack of different color or volume and I am sure your gift will be loved more than anything.

8) PADLOCK

The smallest YET the most vital thing while travelling. It helps in keeping your luggage safe from theft while staying in hostels or overnight train journeys. I’d never suggest to gift this alone. Do pair it with some other gift mentioned above. 😀

Tell us which one you are planning to gift in the comments below.



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10 Crazy New Year’s Resolutions For The Curious Traveller

Quitting an addiction or staying in shape seems too boring New Year’s resolutions for ya? There is not a single place on Earth a traveller wouldn’t want to visit. Every second, every day and every year a traveller comes up with a different adventure for oneself. Take a look at these 10 crazy adventures which could be your New Year’s resolution.

1) Explore an offbeat destination in your own country.

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2) Sit on a train not knowing where it goes.

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3) Witness a unique festival anywhere in the world.

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4) Throw a dart on the map and travel to wherever it lands.

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5) Go camping with your Dog.

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6) Work in a hostel on a foreign land for at least a month.

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7) Make at least 2 new friends from a different country.

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9) Save money from your pocket-money for a small weekend getaway.

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10) Be spontaneous and go on an unplanned adventure.

ALSO READ: 10 Destinations To Visit Before You Turn Thirty

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-Written By Neha Parti




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Best Bollywood Travel Songs For Your Road Trip Playlist

Never underestimate the therapeutic power of driving to very loud music. No road trip is complete without listening to an amazing playlist that lifts your mood and infuse your travel moments with wonder. Next time when you go for a road trip, make sure you have these travel songs on your playlist.

KATIYA KAROON – ROCKSTAR

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DIL CHAHTA HAI (TITLE TRACK)

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IK JUNOON-PAINT IT RED (ZNMD)

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YEH DIL – PARDES

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SOORAJ DOOBA HAI – ROY

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HAIRAT – ANJAANA ANJAANI

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ILAHI – YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI

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TUMHI HO BANDHU – COCKTAIL

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CHAIYYA CHAIYYA – DIL SE

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DIL DHADAKNE DO – ZNMD

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Zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi.

Also Read: 10 (Uncommon) Travel Tattoos That Will Ignite Your Wanderlust.

 

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10 (Uncommon) Travel Tattoos That Will Ignite Your Wanderlust.

10 (uncommon) travel tattoos that will ignite your wanderlust:

1. The adventure begins..

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2. Find beautiful places to get lost.

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3. Anchor yourself to something special.

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4. I certainly refuse to sink.

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5. Jet-setter, go getter, nothing better.

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6. The mountains are calling and I must go.

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7. Travel far enough, you meet yourself.

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8. Explore. Dream. Discover.

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9. Wander always, wander often.

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10. Do more than just exist.

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What’s stopping you?

Also Read : 8 Books That Must Be On A Traveller’s List




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