13 ways to treat your travel souvenirs creatively

Travel souvenirs or travel keepsakes can be planned in such a way, that it compliments your décor style back home and doesn’t end up as a “yet-another-trinket”.

Let’s agree on this point, that we all want our travel souvenirs to contribute to our memories of a trip. So, what can we do to minimize our efforts yet maximise on the results? Does a travel souvenir have to be big? Absolutely not! If you are backpacking, picking up big souvenirs is not an option. Does that mean you don’t collect a memory? Of course not! Here are some easy tricks on how you can carry a piece of each place you visit and make it a part of your daily life.

Lake Titicaca (Peruvian Travel)

Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca

Known as the largest navigable lake in South America and with an elevation of 3,812 meters, Lake Titicaca is a mountain Lake, shared by Peru and Bolivia. There are various islands on Lake Titicaca and Uros, a group of some forty two artificial islands is one such. Uros was where we planned to spend next few days in.

The Uros Islands are one of the major attractions of the Lake Titicaca, when visiting from the Peruvian side. Primarily surviving on tourism now, the people here spend all their lives on these islands. It’s interesting how these islands and everything on them are made out of spongy reeds which keeps it afloat.

A tea seller from Kochi travels the world


When I did an article about “7 must do’s while in Kochi”, I had not heard, let alone visit Sree Balaji Coffee House on Salim Rajan Road. The attraction to this place is not their INR 5 worth tea or their piping hot snacks, but the mood and air around this small shop that reeks of dreams that were dreamt, chased and dusted.

8 years in Kochi, and it needed a video for me to learn about a humble tea seller from Kochi, who managed to travel around the world with his frugal earnings. I simply had to meet them! So, along with few friends, I planned an evening of chai and kaddi (tea and snacks) at his tea shop.

Visit Kerala Campaign

From scenic hills, lovely beaches, green forests, culture, history, art… Kerala offers a complete package to a person of varied interests and a visit to Kerala becomes even more attractive with the Visit Kerala Campaign! Here goes the details…

7 must do’s while in Kochi (Cochin)


The coastal city of Kochi has attracted explorers and traders over hundreds of years. With lush green surroundings, rich culture, mouth watering dishes, reminiscent of historical influence and last but not the least, with good air and sea connectivity, it’s no wonder Kochi, appeals to the wanderlust of travelers of all sizes and shapes.

Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi Pic: Bindaas Thankam
Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi Pic: Bindaas Thankam

As you descend at the Kochi International airport, from the flight, a verdant landscape awaits that is soothing to the vision. The cosmopolitan city of Kochi, which is 35km away, is a melting pot of various ethnic identities. Besides the local Malayalees, there are Jews, Gujaratis, Konkanis and Jains in huge numbers, who have made Kochi their home. If destiny brings you to this beautiful city; here are the 7 must do’s for you.

London’s Vibrant Nightlife

Whether you’re a hardcore club hopper or someone that enjoys an intimate lounge setting, there is something for everyone in the city of London. From super clubs to hidden bars, the British capital offers a vast number of options that keep you partying from dusk ’til dawn. Here are some of clubs that I personally hopped in and had a blast…

Egg London



FIFA Worldcup 2014
FIFA Worldcup 2014

Brazil – red ember (wood) is what it stands for and that’s how our wives saw it when 5 of us announced we would like to see the world cup football in Brazil…:)

To ensure we could hold fort with the locals, when we land there, we started learning Spanish, which was the closest we could get to Portuguese (no one was teaching Portuguese in Cochin). The planning took a lot of time – because we wanted to see some cities and their culture, the Amazon forest and also watch the football matches. After spending a considerable amount of time in front of the laptop we were finally able to book the match tickets for 4 games & tie up all our internal flights and stay arrangements.

Rameshwaram – A place from Epics

The word “Rameshwara” means “Lord of Rama” i.e. “Lord Shiva”, the presiding deity of the Ramanathaswamy temple. As per Hindu epic Ramayana, post the war with Ravana of Lanka, Lord Ram along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmanan came here and worshiped Lord Shiva, in the form of Lingam to absolve any kind of sins that would have been committed by them during the war against the mighty Ravana.

Best Adventurous Trekking Destinations In The World

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Trekking is one of the most adventurous ways to spend your vacation and extra time. The best trekking destination will give you an experience worthy you trekking. The following are some of the world’s best trekking destinations:

1. The GR20 of France

· It is a fifteen kilometres long trek that demands fifteen working days to go through it.

· The landscape that the trek covers is diversified passing through the forests, lakes of glacier, snow caped mountain peaks and the crates that are wind swept.

· The path is rugged and has very steep sides that are rocky in nature.

Maine (part 2)

click here to view Maine – Part 1

7. Maine is a state where you can get splendid sunrise and sunset photos. Unfortunately the days we spent there, it was always cloudy in the mornings and in spite of waking up early to watch the 5:00 am sunrise we couldn’t see one. We did get a couple of sunset photos & this was taken in Boothbay Harbor where the English established an early seasonal fishing camp here in 1600s. It was renamed Boothbay in 1842.

Maine Pic: Rishi Menon
Maine Pic: Rishi Menon