Travel in a clique & be sane: 4-point guide to organise a big, group trip

How to successfully travel in a large clique and keep your sanity. Yes, it is possible. The more the merrier doesn’t always hold true when you’re on a trip with a large group. Whether personal or professional, travelling with friends or colleagues can sometimes be demanding and your holiday will leave you feeling anything but refreshed. But, if you keep these tips in mind, you will have a good time. Look before you leap The first thing you need to do is research. And a lot of it. Find out all about the place you are…

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Would you consider skipping the Colosseum and Vatican on a trip to Rome?

You can hardly see the treasures of Rome’s top attractions these days amid the sweaty hordes and seas of selfie-sticks. Overtourism is real, there and elsewhere in Europe. Yet look away and there is hope. Give up your ambition to name-drop the top 10 attractions, and you can unlock the experiences of a lifetime at sites with equally astounding masterpieces that just don’t happen to be in every guidebook and listicle. The central part of the ancient Roman Baths of Caracalla. (Shutterstock) At the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme museum, you…

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Planning a trip to Amsterdam? A proposed tourist tax hike could make it more expensive

In an effort to attract big spenders and curb “falafel-eating” tourists, who spend most of their holiday loitering around the red-light district, Amsterdam’s city officials are considering a tourist tax hike that could make visits to the Dutch capital more expensive. Currently, visitors pay 5% of their room rate in the city centre, which is expected to rise to 6% next year. But if Alderman Udo Kock has his way, that could rise to as much as €10 per night in 2019, according to local newspaper Het Parool. Because while the…

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Planning a solo trip this monsoon? Check out these 8 tips before you head out

No doubt, travelling with the squad is great fun. But sometimes the best travel companion you can have is yourself. In fact, more and more Indian women have started undertaking solo trips. If you are a person who does not like following fixed itineraries, hate clicking selfies, love to sample local cuisines and enjoy backpacking, then travelling solo can be a rewarding experience for you. However, the monsoon can play spoilsport if the right precautions are not taken. So, before you pack your bags and get set for a vacation with yourself,…

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Take an offbeat trip. Visit a mammoth active volcano in Chile

From the peaks of Hawaii to the uplands of Iceland, whether they be active or dormant, volcanos inspire the imaginations of travellers. There are volcanic destinations for every type of vacationer. One such place to visit is the Patagonian Cordillera and Villarrica, which is the most active volcano in Chile. A country with many volcanoes, Chile is notably home to Villarrica, which overshadows the lake of the same name. Located in Patagonia, a region that attracts many visitors, and rising to 2,847 metres above sea level, the mammoth volcano is one…

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Planning a trip to Meghalaya? Maintain cleanliness to avoid being fined

Tourists visiting scenic Meghalaya could land themselves in jail if they are found littering the roads or tourists spots, according to an advisory from the state police. Citizens are to keep order on public roads, streets and all the tourist spots and desist from causing obstruction, injury or annoyance to passersby, or cause pollution and littering in any public roads and tourist spot, East Khasi Hills district superintendent of police Davis N R Marak said in a statement today. In fact, the state also has the distinction of having the cleanest…

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Travelling with the squad? Follow these 5 rules to avoid fights and have a great trip

Everything is better with friends. Travel, too. You take back a life back of memories with your gang. However, there are times when everyone has different preferences and doesn’t get along. So, to avoid rotten,grumpy faces of your friends on a holiday, there are few unwritten rules to follow. Every friend group is different, with its own nuances, but if you stick to the following five rules – you’ll likely survive your trip without flouncing from your group WhatsApp in a huff. Identify “the bossy one” early on: There is always one…

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Perfect getaway: 5 scenic routes in India for a road trip this monsoon

Make the most of the rains this year. You can head to misty mountains in India, go trekking in the Sahyadris, or set off on a road trip. Self-drive trip, as a travel trend, is slowly catching up in India. It is an immersive way to travel, exploring places with freedom and flexibility, which not only gives a sense of independence, but allows one to do things at their own pace. Here is a list of few destinations, picked by Aditya Loomba, joint managing director of ECO Rent A Car, specially for…

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Spain road trip: Málaga to Jerez

In Málaga enjoy arty sophistication before heading into the wilds. Of the city’s many museums and galleries, the Carmen Thyssen, the Picasso Museum and the Contemporary Art Centre cover the classics and the surprising. The Muelle Uno complex on the harbourside is a nice, glitzy place to browse white clothes and drink wine by yachts before walking east along the seafront to Playa de la Malagueta for a swim. (For those who want more serious beach time, the gorgeous coves of Nerja are just an hour’s drive away.) The modern Hotel del Pintor (doubles from €69 room-only) is a fine example of the…

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Spain road trip: Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

Madrid is a dynamic city, full of gastronomic pleasures, late nights, art and music. In recent years it has added important art galleries and avant-garde restaurants – without losing its soul. It has the same rustic tavernas and unfussy bars that writers such as Ernest Hemingway fell in love with in the 1920s. A well-located place to stay is One Shot Prado 23 (doubles from €87 B&B, hoteloneshotprado23.com), offering easy access to the golden triangle of art: thePrado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. Also close by are the bohemian neighbourhoods of El Barrio de las Letras and La Latina,…

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