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India’s Solo Travel Specialists – Get Inspired

05 March  |  Miscellaneous

Dedicating our lives to wanderlust is something a lot of us think about but it usually remains in the realm of wishful thinking. But over the last few years, several Indian women travellers have received the spotlight because of their dedication to this most enriching of human experiences. Meet some of the women who have done what the rest of us can only dream of and let us get inspired by their stories.

Shivya Nath

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Shivya Nath is a modern-day explorer, a solo female traveller whose adventures have been charted across the globe, from the snows of Switzerland to the tropical forests of Sri Lanka. Shivya’s story is one of daring sacrifices, as she decided that the cubicle will no longer be her prisoner. She sold most of her possessions and became a nomad, driven by the yearning to experience more of the wonderful world we live in. The story started in 2011 when she was just 23 years old. At an age associated with updating resumes and impressing the boardroom biggies, Shivya was on the road mapping her own destiny and living the thrill and all the uncertainties that come along with it. Young Shivya is not just a globetrotter but also a writer who is creating her own niche in new media. Her travails have been recorded on popular websites like Lonely Planet, BBC Travel, Nat GEO and The Huffington Post. She can be found on her blog – The Shooting Star, a benchmark of travel writing and blogging that is sure to fill the reader with an urge to just pack up and set out.

Mridula Dwiwedi

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A nomad with a PhD – that is Mridula Dwiwedi for you. She is one of the pioneers of travel blogging in the country and her work has been mentioned in websites like BBC and The Guardian. Some of her famous adventures include a trek to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal and negotiating the wild currents in Northern India’s river rafting hubs. Mridula is an accomplished solo traveller and has been featured in many large travel projects. Working with the biggest brands in the country and showcasing the most pristine corners and exotic locales of the world, Mridula serves as a benchmark for aspiring women travellers. You can read more about her story at her blog – Travel Tales from India and Abroad.

Mariellen Ward

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Canadian writer and traveller Mariellen Ward has travelled the length and breadth of India along with many other parts of the world. Her blog Breathedreamgo is one of the most followed and apart from travel stories, themes highlighted include responsible travel, exclusive tips and guides and resources for those who want to accomplish solo trips themselves. Her book, the River is a story of her journeys in India and how it helped her deal with a great personal tragedy. Mariellen has been awarded the Traveller of the Year Award by Outlook magazine and her focus is on encouraging solo female travellers. Not many women travelled alone in India, in fact, solo travel itself was a nascent concept, at a time when torchbearers like Mridula and Mariellen started exploring territories away from the tourist trails.
If you want to step out and experience solo travel as a woman in India you can find more information on dedicated forums and women solo travel groups in India. Your dream can begin with just a click of a mouse or a single conversation. Tread the waters with some short trips. A weekend stay at Nandi Hills with some bird watching and wine tasting is a pleasant experience, or you can cosy up in one of the many jungle resorts in Kabini, a hotspot for wildlife photography. There are also many Masinagudi resorts ideal for wildlife-themed solo trips.

Nandi Habba on March 4th 2018

20 February  |  Miscellaneous

Nandi Habba 2018 Event: www.nandihabba.com
Date: Sunday, 4th March 2018, 6.30 AM Onwards

Nandi Hills is the go-to place for Bangaloreans when looking for an ultra-quick getaway from the city. Only 35km from the Kempegowda International Airport, Nandi Hills is an ancient hill formation with a deep and rich history. Some of the best resorts in Bangalore are at Nandi Hills, and the primary attraction of the locale is the awe-inspiring nature on display so close to the hustle and bustle of Bangalore City.

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What is Nandi Habba?

Nandi Habba is a day-long festival that celebrates the heritage and culture of Nandi Hills with a Marathon, Heritage Walk, Nature Walk, Yoga, and Cyclothon. This festival is designed to educate people on the richness of the history and the flora and fauna of the area. Pick one of the resorts in Nandi Hills and participate in this Habba which will also host a bunch of santhes or flea markets in order to promote the livelihood of the local populace.

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Why it is celebrated?

Nandi Habba is conceived as a joint collaboration by United Way of Bengaluru, Discovery Village, and Nandi Walks amongst others in order to bring to the forefront the various historical and cultural aspects of the region including the amazing biodiversity. The hills are home to many architectural gems dating back to the Chola dynasty and the Habba looks to make this history more palatable to the public. The Habba is also using funds to implement four long-term projects that will secure the ecosystem of the area. These projects include afforestation drives, rejuvenation of lakes, solid waste management of the local population, and a system to check the growth of the trees in the area.

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How can you be a part of this year’s Nandi Habba?

There are many ways you can be a part of Nandi Habba 2018. Since the drive is to educate people on the ecosystem of the hills, you should keep in mind to keep the waste you produce to a minimum. Even if you are conscientious about throwing waste in a garbage bin, the ecosystem of this biodiverse region is fragile and cannot take the overburdening of its resources. So the first step would be to reduce waste overall. Do not bring in food wrapped in plastic or plastic water bottles. The Habba will be roping the BMTC service for drops at the foothills from where you can hire cycles to explore the area. This way you can cut down on pollution by leaving your car at home.

Once you get to Nandi Hills, you can sign up for the MarathonHeritage Walk, Nature Walk, Yoga or the Cyclothon. The Heritage walk, for example, will cover the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple at the foothills and move on to the British cemetery, and a silk-weaving loom, giving you a rare glimpse into history at different periods of time.

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Nandi Hills is a beloved getaway spot of Bangaloreans and the Nandi Habba gives them more reason and avenues to enjoy this venerable tourist spot. The Nandi Habba is a great way to educate people on not just the history of Nandi Hills but also the effort required by the government and the citizens in order to keep up the health of the ecosystem of the region. So book a Nandi Hills stay at one of the premier resorts in the area, and participate in this one-of-a-kind festival.

To participate in the event, Register Here

Nature helps you connect with loved ones better

08 February  |  Miscellaneous

Valentine’s Day is a good way of expressing love to your near and dear ones and spending some quality time with them. While many people, especially couples prefer going to restaurants or catching up on a movie on this day, celebrating this special day amidst nature is also a good way to strengthen the bond between your loved ones.

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Why celebrating valentines around nature is an option for couples

If you are looking for unique Valentine’s Day ideas to spend some good time celebrating the day then planning a trip to a place which is blessed with the bounty of nature can be a good idea. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, having some time off with your loved ones in the lap of nature is sure to make your relationship even more strong. Heading to parks, gardens and jungle resorts are some of the best ways to spend the day. Bond with your valentine while you take an adventurous walk in the jungle or go together on a lovely walk in a park.

Most of us are so occupied in our daily lives with the routine work that we forget to connect with those who form an important part of our life. Nature provides the perfect opportunity to unwind, relax and slow down the fast paced city life. Away from mobile phones and laptops, you get ample time to catch up and walk down the memory lane with your Valentine.

There are many resorts near Bangalore which are situated amidst nature. Some of the best resorts in Kabini offer great Valentine’s Day package for those of you who want to make the most of this day in the beautiful and adventurous jungles of Kabini.

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Couples with children get to go outdoors etc.

For couples with children, getting to go outdoors and relax is a luxury which is hard to come by. Most couples are occupied with work, followed by taking care of their children. The daily chores of school and studies keep the children too occupied to do anything else. This hardly leaves any time to go on an outing with family and friends. Taking your kids out is one of the best Valentine’s gifts that can be given to your beloved ones. Plan a day outing with all your friends, their spouses and kids in resorts in Kanakapura road which offer a great getaway with adventure activities for kids and grown-ups alike.

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The benefits of spending time in natural surroundings are abundant. Be it reducing stress levels, supplying fresh air to the body organs, lowering stress hormone levels in the body or giving some down time to the body and brain to recharge, nature has a way to ensure your well-being in every possible manner. A calm and peaceful soul leads to a life filled with happiness and love. It is a great opportunity for couples who feel disconnected to each other to re-kindle the love between them.
Embrace nature this Valentine’s day and feel it embrace you back with all the love and care.

How to Celebrate a Green Diwali

11 October  |  Miscellaneous

Green Diwali is a return to the festivities that too place when Lord Rama returned to his kingdom, Ayodhya, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman after 14 years of exile.Houses were decorated with rangoli, diya’s were lit in all corners of the house and people celebrated this festival of lights by greeting each other with love and enthusiasm.

Through the years the nature of celebrations saw a change with loud crackers and toxic smoke taking over from the spirit of prayer and joy. With increasing consciousness this is now set to change, with more and more Indians advocating a green Diwali.

Crack it thoughtfully

Every year tonnes of crackers are burst in India alone. The heavy smog produced as a result of this is harmful to our respiratory system. It’s equivalent to inhaling poison! Before lighting a cracker, let’s be considerate about the future of our planet and think how a few seconds of thrill can damage our health.

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There are several ways to celebrate this festival without polluting our surroundings and causing damage to our health.

  1. Bonfire with dry leaves, grass and twigs or Eco-friendly crackers that are made from recycled paper:Light up a bonfire with naturally available resources and gather all your loved ones for a time ofgames and activities. You can also burst eco-friendly crackerswhich have a lowchemical content asthey emit less smoke.
  2. Go Earthy: Diyaslend a traditional and earthy touch to your decor. The flickering lights of the diya add an aesthetic appeal to the house.
  3. Upcycled décor: Sarees and dupatta’s can be remodelled and used creatively to decorate the house. Kid’s craft materials can be used as Diwali decoration to beautify different corners of the house, like, doors and wall hangings or in prayer rooms. This will give the festival a green tinge by reusing everyday items in innovative ways to create beautiful products.
  4. Biodegradable rangoli: Rangoli in ancient times were created with edible materials that could be consumed by the birds. Instead of using harmful colours that can be quite tedious to remove, let’s mix add beauty with acts of good deed by using rice powder, millets, pulse, dried chilly and cardamom to substitute the colours.Also, south Indian kolam and Bengali alpana, made with rice paste, are great options. This is 100% recyclable.
  5. Green Gifts:Best Diwali gifts are those that are shared with love and consideration. Gift your loved ones with flowers, recycled clay lamps and other decoratives. Turn old liquor bottles into traditional lamp shades. Another thoughtful Diwali gift would be gifting a plant. It shows that you care for the planet. Different plants and flowers when gifted signify different meanings.

Since Diwali is all about celebrating and sharing happiness, spread your love to those who don’t have anyone to share the joy with. Visit old age homes, orphanages and those who are away from their family gift them memories.To make the most of your break, you could even go on a short vacation to one of the Discovery Village resorts for a much-needed break.

Let’s revisit how Diwali (read eco-friendly Diwali) was actually celebrated and spread the knowledge to those around us.

Keep Yourself Fit Even During the Monsoon Season

03 August  |  Miscellaneous

The monsoon is here and you need to keep your outdoors fitness regime going on. However, mud and slush do not provide the best setting for a good workout. Here are some tips to keep you fit during the rainy season. With minimal space and an indoor setting, these activities are ideal exercises.

Hit the Treadmill

The Treadmill may not be able to replicate the trail runs and jogging track sessions that you are used to, but it is a very convenient and consistent way to get your walks and runs done, no matter what the weather. Treadmills also allow for different levels of inclination and speeds, so you can mix it up a bit and try to mirror a regular outdoor run. A good 20-minute sprint at around 10 kilometres per hour will help you burn close to 200 calories.

Swiss Ball

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A light elastic ball between 14 and 34 inches in diameter, a Swiss Ball is a common feature in a gym or an aerobic studio. Swiss Ball exercises help in improving posture and balance and include many exercises that strengthen your back muscles and address back pain. Considered one of the best core workout accessories, Swiss Balls can be used anywhere and do not require a large space.

Dance Aerobics

Whether it is from a series of videos or during a full-fledged class, the joy of Dance Aerobics is that it blurs the line between fun and exercise. From samba to Bollywood, you can learn moves that help build core strength and burn lots of calories. You can also show off some of those mean steps at the next party.

Try Yoga

Yoga is eternal. Nothing is as harmonious to your body as the movements that you learn in Yoga. From basic asanas to breathing exercises, this ancient set of fitness rituals helps promote not only physical but emotional and mental well-being as well. All you need is some space to yourself and a mat, and Yoga can be the perfect monsoon past time.

Skipping

We probably have tried this as kids. Skipping is very simple and that is the wonderful part about this exercise. From leg strength to toning your core, Skipping sessions can get intense. And don’t forget the calories burnt. Skipping is a great monsoon activity as it can be performed in the house and barely takes space.

In addition, the rainy seasons provide a different charm altogether if you step out. Punctuate your regime with some relaxed sessions. Encourage a corporate day outing amongst your peers or take the family to cosy up in one of the resorts in Kanakapura Road for a weekend. There are many verdant paradises blooming in the wet season. Choose a homestay in Masinagudi or browse a list of Bandipur resorts. If you have just a few hours, catch some monsoon mist in Nandi Hills Bangalore.

The monsoon weather is a season of life and rejuvenation. Make sure this is happening in your life too with the right exercises and a getaway once in a while.

A 10 Minute Workout Plan to Increase your Core Strength

16 June  |  Miscellaneous

Activities like trekking and rock climbing are right on top of the list for adventure junkies and nature lovers. However, not everybody realizes that activities like river rafting, rock climbing, and trekking require a good amount of stamina that can only come with being physically fit. In this blog, we give you a quick round-up of exercises that will help you build strength and prepare you for when you’re actually outdoors!

A majority of us have tonnes of excuses when it is time to begin an exercise routine. The most common one is “I don’t have the time” followed by “Gym fees are too high”. We all would love to lose that tummy fat, have a flat stomach and build stamina, provided there is some way of avoiding hitting the gym. Here’s how investing only 10 minutes from your time-starved day will help create a new you and enable you to tackle outdoor activities with ease:

Crunches:

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Lie on your back on the floor. Bend your knees or keep them parallel to the floor depending on your comfort level and cross your arms in front of your chest. Slowly lift your shoulders making use of abdomen muscles and stop at the peak. While you are easing back, make sure you go down slowly and avoid a quick action, inhaling as you do so.Wasn’t that quick and simple?

Push Jacks for shoulders:

Stand upright with both feet together and palms resting on the shoulders, facing upwards. Jump while flaying your legs outwards and pumping arms skywards. Reverse and repeat as quickly as you can.This will to improve your body posture and make you look slimmer.

Exercises for the Abdomen:

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Lie down facing skywards with your legs and arms spread outward, forming an ‘X’ with them. Lift your upper body off the ground and move your right hand towards the left foot while the left hand moves towards your right foot. Watch your digestion and circulation improve as you do this regularly.

High Plank Position: Place your hands directly under your shoulders as you would while doing a push-up and ground your toes firmly so that the body stabilises. Move your feet around to check their flexibility and range. Put your head in the same line as your back as you look down and hold this position for atleast 20 seconds. This exercise will strengthen your spine giving it a natural shield.

Fire-fighter: Begin the exercise by standing with feet perpendicular to the shoulder width. Move your weight to the right leg by lifting the left knee and bending it to a 90-degree angle. Keep your arms in front of your body mimicking the ladder-climbing action. Just as you push your right foot, extend the left arm over your head as your right knee comes to hip level in a quick and swift action. Move your hand down while lowering the right leg and repeat the same with the left side.

Bicycle Crunch:

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Using a soft mat, lie facing the ceiling putting your fingertips beneath your ears, bend your knees to 90°, lifting both the feet. Pick up your neck and shoulders off the ground and try to bring the right elbow near your left knee and the right leg points out straight. Continue the routine by alternating the left and right foot to complete the repetitions. This builds up your core strength allowing your body to move about with ease.

Take time out of your busy schedule to invest in yourself with this 10-minute workout which builds core strength, and experience the liberating experience of a fit and healthy body. What’s more, you won’t be huffing and puffing when trying to scale your favourite mountain or trek for miles!

Keep Yourself Fit and Active This Summer

18 May  |  Miscellaneous

It is that time of the year. The days are stretched, and the mercury is rising. It is supposed to be an idyllic season where you get to focus on yourself and the things you like, but do modern lifestyles accommodate that sort of luxury anymore? Well, here are some things that you can adapt to your daily routines to remain fresh and fit during these long months.

Exercise Your Way through summer

Use summer as an opportunity to try out new activities. Cycling and swimming are some of the best and most enjoyable exercises that gift you a full body workout. Evenings are a great time to unwind with some team sports like indoor five-a-side football or basketball. There are many exercises and stretching routines you can try at home. The tech-savvy can download apps like Sworkit and Hot5, perfect for people on the road and those who don’t want to spend too much time on it.

You are what You Eat

Hot weather takes a toll on the body, including the digestive system. It is also a ripe time for bacteria and other microbes to flourish in food. Steer clear from your favourite street delicacies as much as possible, as you never know how much time has passed since that food got cooked. Go easy on non-vegetarian food as meat takes more time to break down. Red meat, in fact, is known to raise body temperature, the last thing you need. Incorporate fresh veggies and fruits like tomatoes, cucumbers, mangoes and greens into your meals.

Hydration is the Key

Summer will have many days of indulgences and explorations. Whether you are on a hike in Nandi Hills, Bangalore or indulging in that unlimited beer offer at a corporate day outing, you are going to bear the brunt of dehydration. The temperatures do not help either, so even on a regular day if you’re not careful you will start feeling like a raisin. Water is the elixir of life and good health. Punctuate your celebrations and adventures with regular sips. Add more liquids to your diet, with so many seasonal fruit options there is no dearth of juice in summer. Coffee and other caffeine products along with alcohol dehydrate your system, so be moderate with your consumption.

It’s a Lifestyle Thing

Heart disease and high blood pressure are just some of the conditions that are rooted in lifestyle choices. Summer doesn’t give you a break from these risks. Reduce stress with a break from your daily grind. Head off to a zone without LED screens to distract you for a couple of days. There are many Bandipur resorts where you can chill and immerse yourself in one of India’s most pristine wilderness areas. Or you can head off to a homestay in Masinagudi and rejuvenate in simple and beautiful surroundings. If you are not able to get out of town, make sure you still have enough rest during the hot days. Regular sleeping hours should be maintained, and you can always do with some nice afternoon naps when the sun is at its peak. Do not sleep immediately after a meal, grab a book or go for a short walk instead.

Counter the boredom and physical stress of summer with impromptu activities blended with enough relaxation and introspection time. Activities, both physical and mental will help you keep primed. And of course, once again, drink the right liquids and watch what you eat.

Light Summer Travel Essentials

10 May  |  Miscellaneous

As the famous saying goes, “When preparing to travel, lay out all of your clothes and all of your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money”. Travelling is a way of life, and to enjoy it to the fullest, clothes must be all the way at the bottom of your list of important things.

Pack light, pack only essentials, and make sure you are not taking an outfit for every day; rather, take a few essential pieces and mix and match them over the course of your trip! If you are off on a trip to one of Discovery Village’s adventure resorts in Bangalore, or even to a different city, here are a few summer travel tips for a hassle-free holiday.

Summer Clothing

When it comes to packing clothing, we tend to think that every new day requires a new outfit. However, most of us end up wearing only a few pieces and carry more than we need. For both men as well as women, summer travel-friendly clothing for a week includes the very basics. Pack 2 pairs of shorts or pants, one cotton pair, and one that is lightweight for hot and/or rainy cities. Add to that       4 t-shirts and a shirt for formal occasions. 1 set of sleepwear that can also be used as comfortable street-wear and 5 sets of underwear and socks complete your apparel needs. Make sure you pack a pair of sneakers and flip-flops, and you will not be left wanting on the trip.

For women, leggings are another essential piece of clothing, as it can be used as nightwear, street-wear or even for a work out at the gym.

Essential Accessories

To dress up a regular outfit, you could use a scarf and tie it around your waist as a sarong, or use it as a make-shift sun-shield wrapped around your head. A scrunchie could prove useful to tie up your hair when it is too hot, or even to tie a plastic bag full of food or wet clothes from the beach. Sunglasses and sunscreen are a must, during the summer!

Summer Hairstyles

For men, summer hairstyles aren’t a huge deviation from the regular style; short hair is the way to go! Men could also opt for crew cuts or shaved sides for a more on-trend look. For women, a braid does wonders to get the hair off the neck. Women could also opt for a shorter haircut – a bob or a lob – or put their hair up in a bun for a visit to an adventure resort in Bangalore.

Beauty Products

A day at the beach requires sunscreen (sprays allow for better coverage than creams and gels do), face-wash to use after swimming in the sea or walking about the city all day, and a mild cleanser for the body. Summer is a recipe for dry skin! This is why lip balm with a high SPF protection and a moisturizing lotion are necessary to prevent dry skin.

Use these tips for your next family outing in Bangalore or just a visit to resorts with activities in Bangalore for a relaxed and refreshing time off!

How to plan an effective one day trip

12 April  |  Miscellaneous

What do you do with a holiday that pops up in the middle of the week? What if you do not want to take a long weekend off but want to utilise that Sunday instead of the usual sessions at the pub? One-day trips can sometimes inject life into what is a dull phase of work and weekend routine, but you need to adopt some habits to get the most out of them.

So how to you plan a one day trip that is less ‘searching’ and more ‘experience’?

Destination Shortlist

Start comparing possible destinations within a 100 km radius, maybe you want to stretch it to 150. If you do want to go for a longer road trip, start your day early and choose a destination where the journey is interesting too.

Bandipur resorts and Masinagudi resorts are a common choice for trips from Bangalore, offering some rustic respite from the buzz of the city.

Decide on Activities & Landmarks

After deciding on the destination, you will find out certain attractions both offbeat and popular that fall on the way. Keeping in mind the time constraints, choose the stops you want to take, whether it is a historic temple or a scenic lake. A lot of times these landmarks are accompanied by food vendors and rest stops so you can plan your meals and breaks based on the journey highlights you stop for.

Plan Your Breaks

There is always that one friend who likes his tea-breaks and the other who constantly needs a water-break. The larger the group, the more important it is to maintain decorum and not end up wasting time on stops. Plan your meals and toilet stops together and do some basic research on restaurants and cafes on the way.

Pack for One Day, And a Half

If you are getting out of the city, chances are the weather might be a little different. Carry an extra jacket or sweatshirt in case the temperature dips during the ride home. Those same rules apply if you are heading off to a higher elevation. Do you really want to remember your day trip to Nandi Hills Bangalore as a bone chilling experience because you had packed for Koramangala instead?

Stock up!

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Basic first aid and surplus drinking water is a must. Some biscuits and light snacks are always a good idea, to keep those glucose levels up in case you are walking a lot.

Stay Connected

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You are certainly not going to forget your phone, after all this trip will probably go on Instagram. The electronics packed should also include a charger or power bank, for you may be using the maps on your phone, which drain your battery a lot. You will be taking more than the usual pictures too; another reason to have that power backup. Carry some small plastic bags to keep your electronics in, in case of rain. If you are packing a DSLR camera, take the case along- a measure against the possibilities of inclement weather destroying your fledgling photography career.

Dress appropriately

What activities are you going to be involved in? E.g If you are heading off to one of the resorts in Masinagudi, make sure are carrying footwear that is meant for walks and hikes. Hats are always important for sunny weather and raincoats can be stuffed in your backpack in case there is a chance of rain.

Do Them Often

One day trips are more than just token getaways because you couldn’t plan a ‘real’ one. They sometimes set the stage for some of the best memories and discoveries. Whether impromptu or planned, ensure that there are certain rules you follow and you can end up starting a tradition of joyful and short getaways.

Let’s welcome summer with open arms!

06 April  |  Miscellaneous

The song “Summer Holiday” by Cliff Richard and the Shadows have best captured the sentiments associated with the summer season.  Along with fun and frolic, this is a time best associated with much-awaited vacations. While many look forward to it as a time for family bonding with visits to kith and kin, others head out to scenic locations like Nandi Hills, Bangalore to beat boredom or destinations that provide respite from the sweltering heat. Reputed to be hot and almost unforgiving, the Indian summer is also a time when we need to protect our body from problems like dehydration. Whether you are travelling or not- here are a few hacks to keep you and your loved ones from the heat-related travails.

Stay hydrated with these helpful summer foods

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Fruits such as watermelons and oranges as well as veggies such as cucumber and tomatoes contain over 90% water. Stock up on such food. And preferably consume it in its most natural form. This way your body not only gets the required hydration but also other essential fibres, minerals, and nutrients. All these collectively work to keep your body nourished and healthy. Start by including more salads and fruit dishes in your existing diet.  And work from there to increase your intake of these summer foods.

Exposure to the sun, sweat, and humidity – our bodies tend to get dehydrated in many ways during the summertime. The best way to counter this is by consuming fluids in small amounts, frequently. In addition to fresh salads and fruits, it is imperative to hydrate your body with water. Other drinks like aam panna, lime juice, buttermilk, tender coconut water, lassi, and fresh fruit juices are all delicious options.

Be wary of dehydration

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Two-thirds of our body is made up of water. Among other important functions, it helps lubricate joints, flush out toxins, and aids digestion. So, dehydration can have adverse effects on our bodily functions as well as affect our performance.

Thirst and sweating are indications that your body needs fluid replenishment. Dehydration happens when the body continues to lose water for long durations without replacing it. With immediate action, problems such as tiredness and dizzy spells can be treated at home. However, extreme conditions with indications like nausea, low blood pressure, bloody stools, and diarrhoea can be detrimental and may need professional medical care. But how do you know if your body is hydrated enough or not? The rule of thumb is that your urine should be light yellow in colour. If not, it means you need to increase your fluid intake until it becomes so. Regardless of the extent of dehydration, the bodily fluids must be replaced immediately.

Summer fashion for the travel-lovers

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Comfort, ease of use, cleaning, and packing- you may want to consider numerous aspects depending on the length of your holiday. It could be a day outing in Bangalore resorts or a longer homestay in Masinagudi. However, keeping your wardrobe functional need not mean boring.   Team your all-weather favourite jeans with cool cotton and natural weaves. Shirts, kurtas, and kurtis in pastel shades, light colours and floral prints are all good options.  No matter what attire you choose, it would be best to let your individualistic style speak. Go ahead and gear up for travel and take that much-needed break from the cityscapes we see on a regular basis.

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