Welcome back to the continuation of my interview with Audrey*, a professional tour guide who has been leading groups worldwide for 12+ years. Last week, Audrey discussed her greatest challenges, favorite destinations, and suitcase romances in Confessions of a Tour Guide: Part I. Read on to learn about her strangest guiding experience and the one thing she wishes all travelers would consider when packing their bags:
As an India Destination Specialist who recently completed my 12th visit to the country, I have had my fair share of cultural mishaps along the way. India has become my second home, with countless lessons learned about how to best acclimate and immerse. (Check out more in my Tips for Traveling to India with Children.) Here are five mistakes that travelers make in India:
"What do I pack when I travel?" We hope to help answer this frequently asked question with the information below. Here is our suggested packing list for India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan:
Did you know that Sodha Travel reserves Independent Itineraries across India and Nepal? An Independent Itinerary, or II, allows a traveler the flexibility to plan as many or as few details of their trip before departure. I am proud that Sodha Travel is one of few agencies that not only specializes in travel to the Indian subcontinent, but also provides direct support and advocacy from team members in the United States and India.
For those who love to spread their wings and explore the world - or even hop from one destination to the next - be sure to check out Travelhoppers. Recently launched, Travelhoppers is a travel site that allows consumers to research, connect, and discover. I am also personally excited to be a featured contributor in the Travelhoppers community.
These days, if you ask someone why they selected a tour package, destination, or travel operator, one word trumps all others: Value. However, value can mean different things to different travelers. For some, it implies a good deal or considerable savings. For others, the value is in the experience of visiting a new or exotic destination, or fulfilling a lifelong dream. Many travelers excitedly reserve a group tour based on the value of all of the above. The affordable price and enticing inclusions - international airfare, deluxe hotel accommodations, and comprehensive touring - are certainly tempting.
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Colleen Lanin, the creator/editor of Travel Mamas. Travel Mamas is an online community where families who love to explore the world can share tips and experiences about traveling with children. As a mom and world traveler, Colleen shares her personal and professional advice with Sodha Travel:
For those of you flying between destinations in India, please remember that most domestic airlines only allow for one checked bag at 45 pounds (20 kg) and one carry-on bag at 22 pounds (10 kg). Fees may apply for additional and/overweight luggage, so please pack accordingly - especially since most international carriers allow two bags per passenger.