By

Sonia

6
Nov
2016
1

Maru Maru Zanzibar: Hotel Review

Stone Town is dotted with every range of accommodation - luxury five star chains, cosy boutique hotels and tiny bed and breakfasts. Our hotel of choice was Maru Maru, a well located boutique hotel with architecture that clearly reflects influences of the Arabic style. The hotel has traditional Zanzibari doors and some really impressive and interesting furniture in the lobby. Read on for a detailed review of the hotel...
2
Nov
2016
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One month in South America

The year started with an exotic destination - Myanmar...the land of pagodas. And hence, I have decided to end the year with an equally exotic destination - South America. Later in November, I am off to South America for a month. I am super excited...its been on the bucketlist for far too long! I would be visiting four countries - Galapagos (Ecuador), Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Here is a snapshot of what my plan looks like...
31
Oct
2016
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Five reasons to visit Israel

I haven’t planned my next trip as yet. The canvas is blank and I am yet to decide. Winter is around the corner, and I would want to visit a place that isn’t gloomy…where winters are fun. I want to feel the nip in the air, yet see the sun shine. I had these thoughts in mind and could not zero down on a place…until I saw a video from Israel Tourism last night, which has put Israel high up on my list. Later that night, Ankur and I went out for dinner to a Mediterranean restaurant, which reminded me of our last trip to the Middle East, when we feasted on delicious mezze and fresh salads. Possibly, these are signs that I should consider visiting Israel soon!
30
Oct
2016
1

10 Reasons to visit Taiwan

I am in Taiwan for a week. I am exploring the Southern, the Central and the Northern part of the country. I have seen silvery streams, emerald hills and serene lakes. I have also seen high rises, strong bridges and high speed trains. Though the Taiwanese have progressed, but have preserved their natural gifts. Technology and Nature sing together in harmony. Here are ten reasons to put Taiwan on your travel map ....
26
Oct
2016
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Zanzibar: One Week Itinerary

If you are a beach lover and haven’t been to Zanzibar as yet, trust me, you are missing something in life. If you are wondering where Zanzibar is…this archipelago is just off the Tanzanian coast and comprises of many small and two large islands - Unguja and Pemba. The islands are surrounded by azure waters, teeming with sea life. Zanzibar was the hub of spice and slave trade, that have resulted in its unique culture - a mix of Indian, Arabic and European.
14
Oct
2016
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What you didn’t know about Taiwan…

So, where do I go next? Taiwan, baby! Sometimes, life throws unexpected surprises at you and my trip to Taiwan is one such surprise. Until a few days ago, there was little that I knew about Taiwan, except that my mini piano, back in the 1980’s came from there. There is no doubt that to an electronics lover, Taiwan is paradise. But there is so much more that this lovely island offers…and I am soon about to explore a little bit of it. I have been reading up a little on Taiwan in order to prepare for the upcoming trip. Here are some interesting facts that I have come across...
12
Oct
2016
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Zanzibar: Photoblog

We love beaches. Our love for beaches has taken us to Maldives, Thailand, Seychelles, Bali and numerous places in India. Zanzibar was on our bucketlist as it is supposed to have beautiful beaches, which are washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The waters are teeming with life and there are high chances of being able to swim with dolphins and even whale sharks!
7
Oct
2016
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Travel Blogging: Its not all rosy!

I love my job as a travel blogger. I work as per my schedule. Sometimes, I get paid to travel. Most of my trips are at least part sponsored, if not full. Any day, this is a better place to be in as compared to my corporate banking role... at least, that is how I am feeling at this moment. However, there are some woes that I have as a travel blogger, or rather, as a newbie full time travel blogger. If you do intend to take blogging your full time job, read on...it is a fun ride...but it isn't a smooth ride!
22
Sep
2016
1

Vienna in Two Days

Most travellers bundle up Vienna, Prague and Budapest together in one trip. Some others, like us, land in Vienna, explore the city and then move on to further explore Austria. Whether you are exploring the capital cities of Europe or are spending more time in Austria, you will possibly end up spending two days in Vienna, which are enough to only get a glimpse of this city. There is so much to explore here - museums, palaces, music and opera, parks, shopping arena and of course, food. If you want to truly experience it all, you will need much more time than just a couple of days.
18
Sep
2016
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Goa: Monsoon Magic

In August this year, I spent a week in Goa during the peak monsoons. When I headed out, I wasn't expecting much out of the trip. It was a solo trip...a trip without Ankur after quite a while. However, the monsoons made me fall in love with Goa and I am sure that I will revisit this state next year in either July or August.
8
Sep
2016
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Top 5 Free Museums in London

London is one of the great culture capitals of the world and home to some of the world’s best museums and galleries. The majority of these museums are free to the public, so if you are only stopping over for a few days or enjoying a long extended stay there is no excuse not to visit. So, we have made a list of what we believe are the top 5 free museums any visitor must experience.
5
Sep
2016
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Ganpati Bappa, Morya

The festive season is right here. Ticking the Bucketlist is ready to welcome Bappa with a guest post from a friend, who is an explorer at heart, a photographer by passion and a finance personnel by profession. Read on to track Ganpati's first journey - from the artist’s mind to the ‘pandal’ as expressed by Unmesh Sharma.
27
Aug
2016
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Love and Marriage: Our Story!

Love and marriage are interesting topics to discuss, across cultures and countries. We had one such interesting conversation with a young man in Zanzibar, who was surprised to know that the 'arranged marriage' set up still exists in India. Well, it sure does...and it isn't a bad way to meet the love of your life, if you have the freedom to make a decision. Touch wood, six years and counting...Ankur and I are happy souls!
26
Aug
2016
2

Planning a trip to Nainital

After our recent trip to Austria, Ankur and I have been wanting on plan a trip to a hill station in North India. Somehow, Austria has made us fall in love with the mountains once again, after almost five years of having loved only beaches. We have been discussing where to go next and there are many names that we have researched. Nainital is one name that always pops up when hill stations in India are discussed. While Ankur has been to towns near Nainital, he has never been to Nainital. Thus, starts the process of figuring out the doability of a trip to Nainital in the months to come.
12
Aug
2016
1

Mozart Dinner Concert: Salzburg

The first time I ever hear Mozart’s composition was in Tom and Jerry, when I was a little child. Till date, his symphonies remind me of the my carefree childhood days and make me smile. However, over the years, I have learnt to enjoy his symphonies as stellar works of art and for the genius that he was. Mozart was a child prodigy and grew up to share musical compositions with the world, that still ring loud and clear regardless of the years that have gone by.
7
Aug
2016
1

Bad Gastein: Top three things to do in summers

The Gastein valley is one of the most popular skiing areas in Austria. With over 50 cable cars and ~200 km of ski slopes, the valley attracts thousands of skiing enthusiast every winter. There are ‘after ski’ cafes to have a drink after your day on the slopes. And then, there are spas to soothe the aching muscles. In the Gastein valley, winter seems to be the peak season.
30
Jul
2016
1

Where did we stay in Austria?

Having shared our itinerary and budget for the Austrian road trip, it is time to share details of the accommodation that were home to us during these ten days. As I have mentioned in my previous posts, we stayed in hotels, B&Bs and hostels trying to find cosy and comfortable places to suit our budget. So, here is the list of the places we stayed in, along with our comments.