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Read & Learn! 10 Mistakes Every Rookie Traveller Makes In India
Travel is the great redeemer, but some common mistakes can ruin this life-changing experience. HolidayIQ Travellers list down 10 mistakes to avoid that could ruin your travel.

Read & Learn! 10 Mistakes Every Rookie Traveller Makes In India:

  1. Pondicherry
  2. Meenakshi Temple, Madurai (Tamil Nadu)
  3. Chitkul (Himachal Pradesh)
  4. Thekkady(Periyar) (Kerala)
  5. Mokokchung (Nagaland)
  6. Ajmer (Rajasthan)
  7. Abbi Falls, Coorg (Karnataka)
  8. Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
  9. Dhanushkodi (Tamil Nadu)
  10. Mudumalai (Masinagudi) (Tamil Nadu)

1. Making An Overambitious Itinerary

Making An Overambitious Itinerarysource: flickr - Praveen

Sometimes we can to explore as much as we can when we reach a destination. But destiny does have some counter plans to change the predefined course of action, it can be car breakdown or unfavourable weather. So be flexible with your planning.

HolidayIQ Traveller Ravi from Delhi shares, "My first visit to Pondy and trust me the best place to enjoy, take a scooter and explore the city with your loved one and enjoy with some awesome food, sea food, jannat for food loves and masti lovers. You can be here without any interpretation of any people, be in your way in your choice, love to visit again and again. Of course, the people were lovely. It is a small and sweet city to travel with lots of french effect and beautiful landmarks and travel destinations with perfect helpful people and security cops!! Keep it up Pondi..!!"

2. Overpacking For The Trip

Overpacking For The Tripsource:

Some people like to pack and travel with the whole shabang, instead pack and carry only what is really essential. You can always buy the rest (sometimes at a cheaper price). Once the packing is done, do a check to eradicate the non-essentials.

"Avoid carrying luggage" shares HolidayIQ Traveller Dinesh Murugesan from Bangalore. He further adds, “Temple from which you can attain lot of positive energy, feel peace of mind. You can watch the beauty of the construction of the temple. Avoid carrying big luggage just enjoy the beauty of lord and temple.”

3. Blindly Relying On Guide Books And Directions From Locals

Blindly Relying On Guide Books And Directions From Localssource:

Guidebooks are made to inform your travels, not to define them. It’s wise to put the guide book down and interact with the locals. But don’t just blindly trust the first set of directions given to you by a local, ask around and check if the information is valid or not.

HolidayIQ Traveller Suneeti S from Delhi shares, “A quiet, peaceful village in Kinnaur with a panoramic view of Himalayan ranges, confluence of Baspa and Satluj rivers produces a great rush of water and adds beauty to this place. Chitkul is next to Sangla and can be reachable through a local bus from sangla stand in 2hrs. It is one of the remote areas of Kinnaur and except for BSNL no other network is available.”

4. Overspending And Running Out Of Money

Overspending And Running Out Of Moneysource:

One of the most common mistakes made by travellers is underestimating the value of sticking to the predefined budget. Always make sure that you keep a record of all your expenditure and the amount that’s available. Also keep a disaster fund that could come in handy in event of an emergency.

HolidayIQ Traveller Amit Garg from Sonipat shares, “Good place to visit for people who love adventures. Elephant ride, safari, vegetable and fruit farms, Tamil nadu safari all were good. Kerala massage was very relaxing. Kathakali dance and kerala martial arts cannot be missed, as they are something that we don't encounter anywhere else.”


5. Not Being Open To New Cultures

Not Being Open To New Culturessource:

Whenever you’re travelling keep an open mind, because you will bombarded with with new sights, smells and sounds that you may have never experienced before. It may feel uncomfortable at first but exposure to new things is what makes travel so much more enjoyable.

HolidayIQ Traveller Kavitha from Kohima shares, “Mokokchung is rich in cultural heritage. Villages around mokokchung district follow age-old system of governance, you might be interested in its social structure. You can get varieties of foods.. Anishi (a product of powdered yam and mustard) and pongsin (steamed bamboo fish and pork) are foods one should taste. About 10 km away from town is an eco-resort where three villages puts an effort for conservation. Ideal for eco tourists. This is where Dikhu river flows through. Near Mokokchung, there lies religious museum at ABAM, Impur where You can find relics and items used by first American Baptist Missionaries during the advent of Christianity in Nagaland.”

6. Not Securing Your Valuables

Not Securing Your Valuablessource:

Maybe you have just bought a brand new camera and keep flaunting it around your neck. Beware that it makes you an easily identifiable as a tourist target. Thieves are always on lookout for easy targets so make sure you keep your camera, wallet and all valuable secure.

HolidayIQ Traveller Pradeep Sharma from Aligarh shares, “At Dargah it is better to stay outside and offer your prayers from outskirt of Dargah. Because inside you will forget for what you have come for, you have to look for your mobile purse etc. You will not feel peace in your heart. It is better to sit outside and offer prayer,Dargah is visible from outskirt also. Keep sitting in front of Dargah with closed eyes, you will feel something which you have never felt before. One warning for each and every place beware of pickpockets & innocent looking beggars.”

7. Clicking Too Many Pictures

Clicking Too Many Picturessource:

If you’re travelling then make you absorb all the new experiences. Don’t limit yourself to viewing the world through the lens of your camera or mobile phone. Get your head out of your phones and see the world through your eyes.

HolidayIQ Traveller Vishwanath from Mumbai shares, “It was a good looking place. But can't spend much time, nothing else to look into other than taking some snaps. There is a bridge where you can walk up and take some snaps to clearly view the falls. Overall, a good place for a one time visit.”

8. Avoiding Locals

Avoiding Localssource:

No guide or google search is gonna make you ready for the experience of a new destination. Talk to the locals, most of them want to help the tourists.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rishi Agarwal says, “Ahmedabad is an awesome place with great people. Clean city best place to live in India. There are great shopping destination and friendly people. There is no place like in Ahmedabad in world.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Parth Agrawal, “From sabarmati ashram to sidi saiyad jali, from manek chowk to sabarmati riverfront Ahmedabad is a very nice place to be in. Very friendly people and a clean city! I believe one must visit at least once in his life to Ahmedabad.”


9. Sticking To The Tourist Trail

Sticking To The Tourist Trailsource:

Dare to go outside your comfort zone, create your own unique experience, don’t follow someone’s footprints. To go off the beaten path is often the most fulfilling part of the journey.

HolidayIQ Traveller Snehal Raibole from Banglore shares, “On end of the Dhanuskodi Beach you can witness the roaring mighty Indian Ocean with clear blue waters with strong choppy waves, and Bay of Bengal at the Other end, in a calm manner as it could be with a clear green water. Two seas with extreme opposite characteristics - Bay of Bengal(Female) is silent like a river while Indian Ocean(Male) is aggressive. The beach at the confluence is long and wide, pristine, devoid of crowd and really breathtaking, still virgin to non religious travellers.”

10. Having Unrealistic Expectations

Having Unrealistic Expectationssource:

The ultimate truth about travelling is that things will never go as planned. So it's better to keep an open mind and go with the flow.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sudhakar M from Pondicherry shares, “We expect more about lion and jungle safari. But we are not satisfied . because we are expecting more and more. But it is perfect place for staying peacefully. Not for roaming. In our lion safari and jungle trip on a jeep we didn't find any animals for 1.30 hrs. (But our driver was experienced. so we saw some deers at their rest.) I think Ooty trip is better when compare with Masinagudi. Because Ooty has lot of place to see and enjoy. But in the elephant ride we saw some deers, peacocks , bears and gaur's. ”

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