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Jun 7

Confessions of a Tour Guide: Part II

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:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 12:21 PM

Posted in Insider, Packing, Group Tours

Mar 7

5 Mistakes Travelers Make in India

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:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 02:10 PM

Posted in India, Packing

Jan 15

Suggested Packing List for India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan

"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:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 07:28 AM

Posted in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Health, Packing, Sri Lanka

Jun 20

Independent Itineraries by Sodha Travel

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.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:54 AM

Posted in India, Packing, Testimonials

Mar 21

Introducing Travelhoppers!

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.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:58 AM

Posted in Family, Accommodations, Transportation, Events, Packing, Adventure

Jan 24

The Value of Group Travel: 5 Elements to Consider Before Booking

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.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:22 AM

Posted in Accommodations, Transportation, Airlines, Packing, Visa, Featured Tours

Dec 20

5 Questions for The Travel Mama, Colleen Lanin

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:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:59 AM

Posted in Family, Packing

Aug 16

What Do I Pack?

To Pack or Not to Pack? Our travelers often inquire about the best way to "lug their luggage" to South Asia. It truly all depends on the destination, season, and duration of travel.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:13 AM

Posted in Accommodations, Currency, Airlines, Packing, Adventure, Travel Insurance

Mar 23

What Should I Pack?

I am often asked about what to pack when traveling to India and beyond. What clothes are appropriate? Can I bring candy to the children? Do I need to pack toilet paper? Can I bring my laptop? Here are some answers to your common travel questions:

Posted by Allison Sodha at 10:39 AM

Posted in India, Packing

Dec 1

Tip: Domestic Baggage Allowance

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.

Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:06 PM

Posted in Airlines, Packing

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