Indian travel freaks turn to lenders

Desire to visit exotic spots, expensive tickets seen as reasons; loans offered from ₹50,000 to ₹7.5 lakh Indians are increasingly using debt to finance travel, according to travel portals and lending platforms. “There are two perspectives on this, quantitative and qualitative,” Veetika Deoras, COO, Digital Business at Tata Capital told The Hindu. “Looking at the qualitative, there is an increasing trend one is seeing where people are open to borrowing for experiential elements like travel.” According to Qbera.com, an online lending platform, on an average, people in the age group of 27-40…

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How to travel if you’re young and broke

Traveling can seem like an impossible luxury for us twenty-somethings. But with diligent planning and research, your next trip could be more affordable than you think. 1. Create a travel budget The first step is to figure out how much your trip will cost. Be sure to factor in expenses beyond flights and hotels, such as meals, entertainment and souvenirs. Once you have an estimate, try saving a little money from each paycheck until you reach your goal, suggests Jeana Salman, a CFP at Delta Community Credit Union. Related: Airlines…

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12 Bad Travel Things which should be banned immediately

At last, a modicum of common sense in a world drowning in insanity. Milan has done what millions of adults the world over have been dreaming of for several years – it has banned the use of selfie sticks in the middle of the city. To be specific, Italy’s grand fashion capital has clamped down on “holding, carrying, leaving on the ground, disposing of, or receiving any kind of glass bottles or containers, cans, and selfie sticks” in a core area of town. It has also banned fireworks and firecrackers…

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8 Things to Know About Group Travel Before You Go

loved summer camp when I was growing up. I left home and attended a week-long sports camp every summer for several years; each year, I’d arrive at camp knowing just the one friend I came with, spend nearly every waking moment of the week with a group of 12 or so girls, and leave with new friends who I felt like I’d known for years. I aged out of being able to have that very unique summer experience; but after I graduated college, I spent some time living abroad and discovered a…

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8 Things to Know About Group Travel Before You Go

I loved summer camp when I was growing up. I left home and attended a week-long sports camp every summer for several years; each year, I’d arrive at camp knowing just the one friend I came with, spend nearly every waking moment of the week with a group of 12 or so girls, and leave with new friends who I felt like I’d known for years. I aged out of being able to have that very unique summer experience; but after I graduated college, I spent some time living abroadand discovered…

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Foreign doctors deem ill Chinese Nobel laureate OK to travel

In this image taken from a Jan 6, 2008, video footage by AP Video, Liu Xiaobo looks at documents in his home in Beijing, China. According to a statement Friday, July 7, 2017, on the website of the First Hospital of China Medical University, the Chinese medical team charged with treating imprisoned Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has stopped using cancer-fighting drugs so as not to overwhelm his severely weakened liver, raising concerns that China’s most prominent political prisoner is critically ill. (Photo from an AP Video via AP) BEIJING…

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Surviving the summer travel season

It’s shaping up to be a record-breaking year for summer travel. Airlines for America, an industry trade group, is expecting about 234 million passengers to travel worldwide on U.S. airlines between June and the end of August, the highest number ever, and up 4 percent over last summer. Indeed, Dallas Fort Worth International, one of the nation’s busiest airports, is predicting that some 18 million people will pass through — more than any other summer. At the same time, the vacation rental site Airbnb is projecting that this will be…

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Monsoon travel: Goa in the rains

The long hot summer comes to an end as the month of June elapses, and the parched Earth cools down with the incessant downpour which rides in on the Monsoon winds. The monsoon phenomenon brings out an altogether different side to Goa. Imagine swaying palms dancing to the tune of the winds, quaint lanes washed by rain waters, ominous grey layers of thick clouds that rule the skies and swirling waters roaring out at the beaches; there’s something about experiencing monsoons in Goa which tops the list of things to…

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Travel Addiction Is Real

  Depending on whom you ask, there could be such a thing as too much travel. Ever since humans first created maps, we’ve had a compulsion to fill them in. Our desire to see what lies beyond that distant peak, that vast sea, or this planet is an essential part of who we are, and studies show that our inherent wanderlust can also make us smarter, happier, and more creative. But is it possible to overdose on too much of a good thing? Can this natural instinct to see and…

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