Monday, 10 August 2015

Hanne Hellvik of Cochabamba BOLIVIA

41. Featured Traveller 

Hanne Hellvik
Blogger : Traveller  
(Cochabamba, BOLIVIA)

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list 

Hanne is just one of the most patient persons I have known on the web.  She is a twenty-something traveller from Norway who likes meeting people in every place she visits. She wants to learn about each and everyone's culture and tradition, their stories and more importantly, she has the desire to be a part of their lives. 

Though she does not have so much money to use in her travels, she will continue visiting countries of Belize, Honduras and Mexico, not to mention her big dream to see more of East Europe and first visit to Cambodia and Vietnam.

Budget and planning for a trip is something that Hanne consider very important to be able to cut cost of her travels. She usually live with the locals, which is most of the time, with free accommodation, food and transportation. With her experiences, she still believe that there are many kind people around the world who welcomes and open their doors to strangers like her. It's amazing!

Her advice is to rely on the locals, not on travel books. "Ask only the local people about their culture and their way of life. Interact with them, ask for the best and safe place to go. No one knows their country and culture better than the people living and growing up in it", she says.

The above information is to sum up our featured traveller's mission while travelling. In her website, Places, People, Stories, she blogs for tips on how to deal with the local people and she will tell you why planning a trip makes you happier than actually taking one. Contact Hanne if you want to know more. Find out where her mission takes her.

Friday, 7 August 2015

How To Negotiate a Taxi and Auto- Rickshaw Fares in India

Written by Rohit Agarwal

Taxi and Auto-Rickshaw (often shortened to just "auto") is the most popular mode of transport in getting around the city, especially for tourists. You must exercise caution and keep informed before you hire any of these modes of transport. The drivers often quote unreasonably high prices to foreign travellers or simply include unnecessary extras making travel rather inconvenient. To save yourself from these problems, you need to be careful about certain things. Here are some of the tips to help you...

Auto Rickshaw : Photo Credit - Terry Whalebone - CC by 2.0
Your first time:

  1. You need to hire a taxi or an auto from the airport that will take you to the hotel. It is at the airport and in major tourist spots that you can find prepaid taxi or auto counters.
  2. At these counters, you can pay in advance for your destination and wait in the queue for the next available taxi or auto. These counters have fixed fare charts for your reference and you need not pay the driver any extra penny.
  3. If you wish to have a brief stop on your way to your hotel, it is better to discuss and arrange with the driver and the counter representative so that no extras will be charged to you.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Kellen James of Shanghai CHINA

40. Featured Traveller 

Kellen James

TESOL Teacher : Science and P.E. Teacher : Traveller  
(Shanghai, CHINA)

“A beer at every destination is quite a sensation; it causes a creation of massive amounts of elation ” 

Kellen is an example of a happy-go-lucky type of person. A young man who appreciates anything and anyone while on a journey. Very easy going!

Flag of the People's Republic of China
When asked of his favourite destination, he did not give a direct answer, instead, he expressed his love of the diversity and uniqueness of each individual places.

Although the question seems tough and not easy for him to share, he did a revelation about Barcelona to be truly unforgettable with Japan South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil to be his next to explore.

Kellen likes to save money that made him do most of the walking. "There are many cities especially in Europe that offer free walking tours. Most importantly for walking... get a hostel in the city centre even if it's a bit more expensive. Budgeting is huge. Planning is...secondary. I like to save money whenever I can. I've found that the biggest money saver is to buy pregame drinks at the supermarket. If you haven't figured that one out yet, consider yourself a travel noob", he said. As for planning, "I have a general idea of what I want to do in certain locations, but I'm always open to improvisation for new plans. If you get too stucked to the textbook, you can miss some cool stuff because of blinders you're wearing", he concluded.

If you want to read and discover more of his escapades in countries like England, Thailand, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Scotland, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Greece, France, The Netherlands, United States of America, Canada, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Aruba, visit his blog, Kellen James Travel. Simply say hello. You will be glad you did!