Airbnb is an online marketplace that enables people to list and rent rooms in their flat or home to travelers. Budget travelers choose Airbnb because it’s usually cheaper than a hotel and gives them an opportunity to know local culture by staying with local people. With more than one million listings in almost every country in the world, Airbnb shows no sign of slowing down. More and more people sign up to become an Airbnb host/guest and take advantage of Airbnb’s unique platform to rent out their properties and earn extra income or join a new group of world travelers who want to feel “belong anywhere.”
I used Airbnb as both a host and a guest for a couple of years and can say that the overall experience was good for me. However, like all other forms of accommodation, Airbnb has its advantage and disadvantage which first-time Airbnbers should know to get an idea what will be in store for them.
Accommodation is one of the biggest travel expenses for budget travelers. The cost inflates if you bring the hotel into the picture, so budget-conscious travelers opt for cheaper alternatives like hosteling, Couchsurfing, or Airbnb. However, there are situations when you want the privacy, comfort, and services available only in a hotel environment and don’t care much about socializing with other people or living with the local people, staying in a hotel is the way to go.
Hotels can be very affordable when you find good online deals. Rates are not the only factors. You want to also consider other factors like the hotel location, neighborhood, transportation, available amenities, and extra services available at the hotel, etc. Here are some tips to help you save on hotel for your trip.
Punjab, the gorgeous state of rivers, and one of the best in architecture and culture is bordered by Himachal, J&K, and Haryana. Punjab has been known as ‘Sapt Sindhu’ in ancient lore, which means seven sacred rivers. Housing the Golden Temple, or Harmandir Sahib, this state boasts of a vast Punjabi culture, with the majority of Sikh population in India. Not only does this state have a great history and heritage, but it is also rich in its own cultures and traditions, ones which never fail to fascinate people.
So let’s take a look at a few amazing places that you can visit in Punjab.
If you don’t mind having a few hours of sunshine during the winter and money draining so fast from your pocket, then Stockholm, Sweden’s cultural, political, and economic capital is your next travel destination in Northern Europe. Spreading over more than a dozen of islands and connected by bridges, Stockholm is tourist-friendly with a broad range of public transport including trams, buses, metros, trains and ferries. This bustling city surely has got the look and a bit of everything for everyone from elegant boutiques, fine craft stores, cozy cafes and restaurants to impressive sets of museums including the famous ABBA Museum.’
Swedes, like Norwegians and Finns, are more reserved and introverted, so don’t expect them to start a conversation or be the first to lend out a helping hand. However, I find Swedes polite and helpful when I needed help. You jut have to ask for it. Swedes’ perfect English is a major plus because if you understand English, you will feel at ease traveling in a foreign country.
Plan your day wisely if you travel to Stockholm not in the summer when the days are much shorter. Allocate your budget for the trip and be aware that Stockholm is ridiculously expensive. What you spend for a weekend trip here can last you at least a week in Eastern Europe.
There are many things to do and see in Stockholm, and you will find different travel tips from other travel websites and travel blogs. Below my list, and I hope you find it useful while planning your trip to Stockholm.boo
Prague might not be the place you come to find good food. However, if you crave exceptional Vietnamese food in Prague and love to go off the tourist map, then you should visit Sapa, the largest Vietnamese market Prague.
Be prepared for a culture shock. Once you enter Sapa, you feel that you’re no longer in an EU country. Sapa’s rundown and unkempt appearance might make some of you feel unsafe, but there’s more to the market than the crappy environment that will be yours for the next hours.
I lived in Prague in my 20s and still live there.
Easy access to anywhere in Europe. Prague is quite central. If you are based in Prague, you can go just about anywhere. While I was here, I managed to accomplish a mega journey, a big item on my bucket list. I.
The article was originally submitted by Rohit Agarwal, an architecture who loves exploring new places.
1. Dakshineswar & Kali Ghat
Photo by shankar s., CC BY 2.0
Dakshineswar is one of the most popular pilgrimage centres for Hindus. The town is located in the proximity to the city of Kolkata. Here you can find Kali temple, one of the many temples in the compound situated on the banks of the Hooghly river. There is also Kali Ghat in the temple which are the steps leading to the river. In the same complex, there are 12 Shiva Shrines, Radha Gobinda temple and the place where Ramakrishna Paramahamsa stayed for several years. Nature and bird lovers can arrive in the morning hours to see thousands of Pigeons being fed by bird feeders. After that, if they plan to visit Belur Math (another close-by place), they can take a boat ride from Dakshineswar.
Originally submitted by Tam Vu, a foodie who knows the best places to eat the best Vietnamese food in San Jose and surrounding cities.
After many years blogging about my traveling, I realized I rarely if not at all wrote about Vietnam. I guess, I consider traveling as visiting/knowing some place/thing new and different. While I crave and rant about the most mundane things happening the other cultures, I don’t find it’s worth to talk about what going on where I am. You may feel the same.
Lovers of mountainside Nature know there are few holiday escapes quite as appealing as those offering pristine white views from the world’s most scenic ski resorts. There are many things that make particular resorts stand out when it comes to their contemplative beauty: the presence of imposing mountains, verdant Nature, quaint architecture and of course, the silence required to take so much beauty in.
Emotional Intelligence or EQ is the new big. It indicates your “ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.” (Source: Wikipedia). Your success depends on the people skills: your personality, ability to communicate, negotiate and lead.