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Tips on How to Make Friends at Hostels | Stolen Maps | Indian Travel Blog

7 Tips on How to Make Friends at Hostels

Everybody says its awesome to travel solo, and that is actually. But what most people don’t tell you is that it sometimes gets pretty lonely and you feel like you’re being left out. Let me tell you something, the feelings are mutual! We’re in this together, buddy. As soon as I try approaching new people, my social anxiety just kicks in… hard! Anyways, things have gotten better for me in recent years. Here are some things I learnt along the way, that I’m sharing as a “how to make friends at hostels” guide in here. These tips have helped me a lot, would hopefully help you too.

Make Travel Memories Last Forever | Stolen Maps | Indian Travel Blog

Ideas to make your Travel Memories Last Forever

The purpose of traveling is to make memories worth remembering till our last breath. Everyone wishes for their best travel memories to last forever. But what actually happens is that most of our trips turn into a few Instagram and Facebook posts & nothing more than that. Most photos we click end up in albums that might not be opened until next time there are more to put in and the souvenirs usually die a slow death in our homes. Apparently, to make our travel memories live longer and make us smile everytime they remind us of the trips, we need to do things differently. Here’s a list of some creative ideas to make your travel memories last forever— 1. Sending Postcards How about sending postcards to yourself? Sounds crazy? Read along… I know postcards are generally sent to family or close friends. That’s the thing most people do; but I’m asking you to send postcards to your own address. Here’s the point— Just date them to future. Date them months or even years down …

Finding Cheap Accommodation House Sitting | Stolen Maps | Indian Travel Blog

Finding Cheap Accommodation: House Sitting

Wherein a house-owner when goes away for some time leaves someone (house sitter) to take care of the house and/or some pets. 

The sitter by a mutual agreement lives there rent-free in exchange for taking care of the house, pets, plants or garden, performing general maintenance, etc.As a house sitter you get a house to stay at and the owner gets a keeper for free, it’s mutually beneficial.

House sitting is a great way to find free accommodation in most parts of the world. All you need to do in exchange is take care of a house and some pet animals like cats, dogs, fish or birds. It’s pretty common that owners leave pets in your care.

Finding Cheap Accommodation Volunteering Abroad | Stolen Maps | Indian Travel Blog

Finding Cheap Accommodation: Volunteering Abroad

2 types of volunteering opportunities are there— You work for organizations in developing countries to make things better and bring some good changes in the region. The other one is when you work for some hotel, bar, hostel or similar establishments looking for volunteers. The former is more of a social cause and the latter is sort of a part-time job. 

When it comes to volunteering opportunities in developing countries, most agencies involved ask volunteers to pay a lot of money for the experience. They literally demand thousands of dollars. Though the money covers food, accommodation and other management fees; dealing directly with the organization asking for volunteers may help you save a lot of it.

Best tips to avoid PickPockets In India

Best tips to avoid PickPockets In India

As a traveler, you need to be careful at crowded places like markets, city buses, trains and popular tourists destinations. These places often have pickpockets roaming around, looking for easy targets. Pickpockets in India are really smart and ‘professional’ and you need to be smart too to steer clear of problem.  Losing cash, cards, IDs, passport etc. in a foreign country is really bad, not to mention losing your passport which can be a nightmare. Here are some best tips to avoid pickpockets in India and how to deal with them if you become a victim— How to avoid Pickpockets in India 1. Avoid Unwanted Attentions I recommend you not to wear too much jewelery or expensive watch while traveling, as these items only draw attention of pickpockets. 2. Stay away from suspicious looking people You must stay attentive and aware at crowded places like bus and train stations. These are the favorite spots for pickpockets as there are lots of potential victims. 3. Avoid Easy Targets A skilled pickpocket can steal items from any …