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The Praça do Comércio, Lisbon, Portugal

The Precise Guide to Lisbon – A City Worth Loving

There are some cities which touch your heart and leaves an everlasting impression on you which you cherish for the lifetime and always want to return to know more and more, Lisbon is the city that perfectly suits this description. With its beautiful cobbled streets, architectural monuments, theatre and entertainment options, lively squares, musical performances, sea views, smiling locals, the charming trams, maze-like hilly pathways and an amazingly positive environment, Lisbon lives to its image of being a vibrant city. You will be spoilt of choices that this city has to offer to make your visit a memorable one. There are a lot of cheap hostels around the city which is a boon for the backpackers, Baixa Chiado is the station and the neighborhood which is very close to the center, party district Bairro Alto and many other attractions which are a short walk from here, so try staying around this place. There are a lot of good restaurants and cafes around to try some local cuisine and the famous port wine. With a cool …

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Backpacking Guide to Portugal – The Vibrant Country

The beach country having an amazing coastline, super friendly and smiling locals, amazing food and wine, clear blue skies, stunning architecture, unique tram system and the beautiful cobbled streets is what defines Portugal. The best thing is that it’s not highly touristic as the other countries of Europe, so you get a more local experience than a very touristic one, in addition to this, the country is not very expensive as the other European countries. The typical cost of accommodation, food, transportation and other activities are pretty much affordable. The vibes that this country has, will surely make you happy and contented with your trip. Lisbon, the capital of Portugal is amongst those few places in the world that leaves a lasting impact on you and would surely make you think about returning and knowing this city more and more. With a lot of Vibrancy in its culture, architecture, food, and nightlife, this country for sure is worth more than a visit. With its beautiful capital Lisbon, there are some other beach towns surrounding which …

Park Güell Park in Barcelona, Spain

A Compact Guide to the Gaudi City – Barcelona

The city that needs no introduction. Often called as the Gaudi city, Barcelona is famous for its Gothic architecture that leads back to the Roman times, never-ending parties that starts late at night and goes on till the morning, busy shopping streets, lively cafes and restaurants and one of the most famous soccer stadiums in the world ‘Camp Nou’ , the home stadium of FC Barcelona. The major or rather not to be missed attractions of this amazing city are Sagrada Familia – One of the major attraction and an icon of this city is Sagrada Familia Church which is considered to be one of the major works of Architect Gaudi. You will be amazed by its beauty and unique architecture. Beware of the long queues to get in as everyone visiting this city would be visiting this place for sure, the best time to visit is during the morning in the opening hours. Park Guell – Another masterpiece by Gaudi, is Park Guell, with amazing views of the city from the top and uniquely …

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Backpacking Guide to Spain – There’s something for Everyone

A country that needs no introduction. Spain is by far one of the most impactful countries I’ve visited that has left a lasting impression on me. Right from its relaxed and enjoying attitude to its culture, history, food to the welcoming people to the amazing hip nightlife, Spain for sure is the country to visit for a holistic travel experience. The best cities to visit in Spain are Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Valencia. It is one of the best and pocket-friendly countries to visit in Europe if you are a backpacker. The typical cost of a bed in a hostel would be anywhere from 13 to 25 Euros, a meal at normal restaurants and food outlets would be around 6 to 10 Euros, local transport costs around 1.5 Euros to 3 Euros and the cities are well connected with the rail lines and buses. Also, it’s a very good experience to walk around and know the cities by yourself, in addition to it, there are free walking tours almost in every tourist city of Spain where …

Welcome to the Sea

Thailand – A General Guide

The land of smiles, Thailand is gaining a lot of popularity amongst the tourist circuit throughout the world as it has something for everyone whether you like to be in the lap of nature, have a relaxing time under the sun on the pristine beaches, dance your heart out in the amazing nightlife, experience the diverse marine life , lip-smacking food or the world-renowned Thai massages. With its capital Bangkok being ranked as the number 1 tourist destination in terms of tourist arrivals inflow and also the easy visa processes, Thailand is emerging as a tourism giant and one of the most favorite destination amongst the backpackers. There are a lot of places and a lot of ways to explore this beautiful country. Here is a general guide to visit Thailand.   Reaching and getting around Thailand With Bangkok having air connectivity from all over the world and being the major hub for people flying to Southeast Asia, Thailand enjoys year long inflow of tourists. Bangkok is also well connected to the other cities of …

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2 Days in Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, bustling with huge malls, palaces, temples, markets and a lot more things to see and explore. There’s always a time crunch for people traveling to Thailand as it’s big and there are a lot of destinations to cover. 2 days are decent enough to see and experience various things that this city has to offer. Being a backpacker, obviously, we like to stay at affordable hostels or hotels. Khao San road and the old quarter is the major backpacker hub of Bangkok and the best place to stay as everything you want to see, do and experience would be nearby so this cuts the major cost of transportation. Depending on which airport you land in Bangkok, it takes nearly an hour in public transport to reach Khao San, and there you’ll see the first look of Bangkok. The streets are a little quiet in the afternoons, but comes to life as it gets dark, so missing the fun and action is not an option as it has a variety of eating …

Backpacking Guide to Nepal

Call it adventure, adrenaline, fun or any word associated with pushing you to the limits of your fear, this Asian country in the laps of Himalayas has it all, be it camping in Himalayas, bungee jumping, rafting in the Trisuli river, paragliding above the mountains and the beautiful Pokhara lake, zip lining etc and the list is endless and that too without spending a fortune. So just make up your mind, pack your bags and experience for yourself what this mountain country has to offer you. Pokhara An ancient place, which served as a trading route between India and China, this city has its own tales to tell. A city which has the most beautiful aspects of nature intact within itself, simply, every tourists dream. Pokhara has the power to make you weak in knees with the magnificence of its temples. The cuisine here is so divine, that you will not be able to control yourself from having more and more. If you are a trekking enthusiast and looking for getaway, this place is ideal …

Sri Lanka - Map my Escape

Sri Lanka – The Small Paradise

Pristine Beaches, Endless Sea, Green Mountains, mesmerising train journeys, Colonial Architecture, Bustling Capital with Sources of Entertainment are the attributes which describes Sri Lanka- The Paradise Island or ‘The Wonder of Asia’. A week or 10 days is the perfect span to visit this beautiful country and have a flavour of its diverse land.There are many beautiful places stretching from North to the South. The must visit places are Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Adam’s Peak, Mirissa, Galle and Colombo. Start with Kandy, the second largest city of Sri Lanka which is a 3 to 4 hour journey from Colombo. A night or 2 is enough to visit this beautiful hilly place. The main attraction is Temple of Tooth and the Kandy Lake. Depending on the time of the year  you are travelling there, you can experience the world famous Perahera Festival which happens generally in the mid of August, I was lucky enough to experience it. The whole city is decked up with lights and the famous procession with decorated elephants takes place at around 7 …