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Ten biggest travel mistakes and how to avoid them

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Whether you are a frequent flyer, globetrotter, business traveller or on a bon voyage, there are a few mistakes that can happen, either intentionally or deliberately, which may put you on a spot. Check out these 10 big travel mistakes you may commit, and learn how you can avoid them from happening in the first place.

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Overstuffing your travel bag

Does this seem tempting to you? Yes, for all reasons, it may. But think of carrying and hauling your luggage around you, and the frightening weight limit haunts you forever. Be judicious, and plan your outfit accordingly — as simple as that! Ask yourself if you are going to wear them all. If not, go out and do some laundry you find on the road.

Failing to check your mobile plan

How often do we do that? Have you any measure of your data roaming fees? Does your mobile plan cover data roaming? Do you forget to turn off your data before getting on the plane?  Is your phone set on airplane mode? If data is of utmost importance to you, you need to check international plans or go for a local SIM card at your destination.

Failing to have enough buffer time in between flights for booking

Nothing can get so unpredictable as the flight conditions or your flight booking status. If your flight is delayed, your Adrenaline rushes, and you might not make it in time to catch the connecting flight. Sounds familiar? The point is to exercise precaution, and have a cosy buffer in between. It is advisable that you plan with a buffer time of minimum 2 hours every time, lest you need to go through endless security measures while moving from one flight to another.

Not having enough local currency

Have some local currency and cash on hand to avail for public transportation or for taking a cab once you arrive at your destination.  Don’t be of the idea that every little shop in the planet accepts Credit card. Most don’t, therefore, you will find that airport ATMs offer better exchange rates. Take out cash as required, and maybe, even a wee extra during emergency situations.

Failing to inform your credit card company of your travel plans before hand

This can get serious when your credit card company may well flag foreign transactions, and consequently freeze your account. Now what? Ensure you inform your company before hand of your travel plans, and check out if you are charged anything for foreign transactions.  This may not surprise you later!

Don’t have Travel Insurance?

There are times when you don’t hit your vacation or business trip, as expected. If you are covered by travel insurance, it will help your running out of hundreds of dollars. Check if your plan also covers contingency medical expenses, supposing your health insurance plan fails to offer coverage outside your country.

Not Checking Visa Requirements

We have seen, on numerous occasions, of travellers being whooshed away at checkpoints overseas on account of incompliance to visa requirements.  This is rather time-consuming, off-putting, and expensive, and could play spoilsport of what would have been a memorable trip. There are a host of websites online that elucidates travel visa requirements for several countries. Google, and find them out;  don’t be in for any surprises.

Jam-packed schedule

Scheduling an overseas trip shouldn’t be like overstuffing your belly or over-packing your travel luggage. Trust the locals, Google and find out the must-visit touring spots, and give quality travel time in visiting those places to make the most of your trip. More importantly, relax and enjoy the moment as it comes along.

Failing to keeping track of your reservation details

‘Go digital’ is today’s mantra, and go for web and mobile travel apps that can help plan your itinerary, or online reminder apps. Business travellers are more agile and dynamic in their approach towards itinerary planning. It pays to be a bit tech savvy? Isn’t it

Failing to keep your valuables safe

The last thing you would want in a travel is theft of your valuables, cash or electronic gadgets. Therefore, avoid carrying too much cash, and again — take the digital payment way. Anti-theft bags may help; but then, it is your safety that matters most.

 

 

10 Places to Visit in Heilbronn

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     1. Experimenta Heilbronn

Experimenta Science Center is an interactive learning centre for children. It is spread across 4 themed zones in a distinctive brick warehouse building. Children will enjoy the activities at this place. It is a great place, packed with popular science demo stations and quite a few tasks.

     2. Church of St. Kilian (Kilianskirche)

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Constructed from Heilbronner sand stone it is a Gothic hall church, whose origin dates back to the 11th century. This church is beautiful, inside out. And the most unusual feature is the exquisitely-carved Hans Seyffer wooden alter.

     3. Astronomical Clock

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It is an ultimate showpiece. The restoration of the astronomical clock, which is nearly 500 years old, and the whole building was done in 1944 after the flattening of Heilbron. It is a marvel when it chimes — the hour, figures, rams and cockerel all animated in all its glory.

     4. Pfuhlpark

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Here can walk in the summer or even winter on flat paths comfortably. There is a playground for children. The great bustard Lake is nearby with a horse-riding centre. The pillow park is accessible by light rail.

     5. Wertwiesenpark

The Wertwiesenpark is right along the Neckar River. It is the best place to have picnics, or play soccer as there are massive amounts of grassy area. Here you can also have BBQs. There is a great play area for the kids with water fountains, toys, massive climbing rope mountain and more. There is also a small golf course, which is not very expensive, and a giant pool area.

     6. Stadtgalerie Heilbronn

The shopping mall in Stadtgalerie Heilbronn is a must visit. It is small but you get to eat a variety of food here.

      7. Trappenseeschlosschen

Trappenseeschlosschen is a great place to stroll around the little lake or walk to the nearby park and playground. In the summer months there is also a great beer garden with pretty good food and beer. Just across the street is the entrance to a nice hiking trail that goes out into the woods with a nice loop with some wood sculptures on the loop back. It is a great peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the downtown.

     8. Botanischen Obstgarten

You can go for cycling trip through vineyards. It is an Ideal place to be in summer when the apple orchards will be in full bloom.

     9. South German Railway Museum

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The railway museum was founded in 1998. Here you can ride on the historical steam locomotives. If you love history this is a must visit. The old buildings and railroads will evoke nostalgia. It also provides a lot of photo opportunities.

     10. Haus der Stadtgeschichte

This museum tells the history of Heilbronn from medieval times to the present. Even if you don’t know German you can still go through the museum and look at pictures and get some feel for the history. There is no entry fee. There is also a theatre that runs films about the town’s history in German. If you know only English you can request films in English.

 

 

 

 

5 best places to visit near Sujangarh, India

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Alwar

Alwar is 239 kms away from Sujangarh. It offers you a mix of architecture, history, and nature, and is a perfect weekend getaway. It is home to the grand City Palace, the wonderful Sariska Tiger Reserve, the stunning Siliserh Lake, and also the Government Museum. You can book a safari in the Sariska Tiger Reserve. The reserve is home to the Bengal Tiger, Indian Jackal, Indian Leopard, Wild Boars and Sambhar. Another lovely spot is the Siliserh Lake where you can enjoy a lovely boat ride.

Pushkar

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Pushkar is 139 kms away from Sujangarh. It is full of culture, colour, joy and warmth! The colourful streets lined with small shops are the first thing that attracts one to Pushkar.  There are lovely markets, numerous temples and a serene lake. The best time to visit the Pushkar Lake is during the evenings. Next to the lake there is also a small temple. You can explore the market next to the temple, and also the lake. At the market you will get stunning silver jewellery apart from salwaar suits and saris.

 

Bundi

Bundi

The City of Rajputs, Bundi, is 284 kms away from Sujangarh. It is a captivating city that is home to a number of forts and palaces, and surrounded by hills on three sides. The Garh Palace is a must visit. It is a monument that has stood the test of time. The manicured gardens and walls with contemporary paintings make the fort or palace a spectacle in itself. The strong engineering skills from centuries ago are well displayed in the many stepwells, which was built for harvesting rainwater. There are many tall pillars, colossal forts and more to visit in Bundi. The Bundi Palace is also a must visit. It houses many frescoes and murals. If you want a royal stay at Bundi, Nawal Sagar Palace is perfect. This quaint town is just right for a relaxing getaway as it is not very crowded like other cities.

Bikaner

Bikaner

To enjoy the true spirit of Rajasthan you must visit Bikaner (132 kms away from Sujangarh). This medieval city is outlined by a maze of fort walls, narrow streets, and old Havelis. The holiest temple here is the Karni Mata Temple where rats are fed and worshipped. In this desert city with palaces, forts, and temples built with yellow and red sandstone Rajput art and architecture shines in all its glory. Some of the heritage hotels are palaces for eg. the Laxmi Niwas Palace and Lallgarh Palace. The Junagarh Fort is a must visit. The grandiose lifestyle of the past Maharanas is preserved in the many museums here. There are also a couple of notable Jain temples to visit. You can have authentic Rajastini delights, go for dune camping and even camel rides in Bikaner.

Ajmer

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Ajmer is 141 kms from Sujangarh, and is surrounded by the Aravali hills. The shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is a very popular tourist attraction here. The city presents a mix of Islamic and Rajput architecture. A must-see is the splendid Taragarh fort located on the top of the Taragarh Hill. The tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti – the Ajmer Sharif Dargah – is at the foot of this hill. You can also visit the Akbar Fort and Museum, and several Islamic, Hindu, and Jain religious sites. For shopping visit the women’s market.

Best time to visit Digha beach

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For tourists visiting West Bengal, Digha beach is a major attraction. What makes Digha beach unique is that it is spread over a large area and it is hard and flat. It is one of the widest beaches all over the world.

Digha

In Digha summers are hot with the temperature rising up to 37 degrees Celsius. Since it is really hot, summers are not the best time to visit Digha. Bringing relief from soaring temperature the monsoon hits the city in July. However, tourists stay away during the monsoon because of the high level of humidity. Mercury starts dropping from October onwards. The ideal time to enjoy the beauty of beaches in Digha is the winters and travellers come here in hoards.

Summer (March – June): The mercury starts soaring from March onwards. However, the temperature never crosses 40 degree Celsius. Even though the weather will be hot in summer months, the cool sea breeze brings a little comfort. However, during this season it is not advisable to visit Digha as you will not be able to relax and enjoy on the beaches in the scorching heat.

Monsoon (July – September): From July the monsoon starts and it will go on till September. The mercury level dips in this season and Digha witness average rainfall. In monsoon you can visit the place but the humidity is high and during monsoon not many tourists prefer to plan a trip here.

Winter (October – February): The winter season is witnessed in Digha from October to February. The temperature ranges between 3 to 24 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Digha is winter as the weather is pleasantly cool. You can enjoy swimming, surfing, scuba-diving, jet-skiing and all other beach activities. Make sure to book your hotels in advance if you are planning to visit the place during this season because there will be rush as many tourists prefer winters.

You would also be able to see the famous Durga Puja of Bengal if you plan a trip to Digha around the month of October.

Other Attractions

New Digha

New Digha is the new attractive town. Apart from some of the best hotels and beaches, there is also the Science Centre, which was established by the National Council of Science Museums. It is a major tourist attraction. To measure the height of tourists individually there is a fun glass in the centre.

There are facilities for boat riding in the small lake and park in New Digha. There is also a snake farm.

Shankarpur

Shankarpur beach is one of the other recent discoveries. It is 14 km away from Digha and has several hotels. Tourists also visit the Shankarpur Fishing Harbour Project on this beach.

Junput

Another beach resort is Junput. But only when the tide ebbs the beach gets exposed. It is an unspoilt beach that lies 40 km away from Digha beach. Buses ply from Digha beach to Junput regularly.

 

How to travel while you are pregnant?

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On for a romantic pre-baby holiday or need to grapple with a vital business trip? Whatever be the situation, the very thought of going on a trip while pregnant can be scary. But there, there – fasten your seat belt and you can still travel comfortably and safely by taking to heart the simple tips given below.

pregnantThere are three things that pop up when you decide whether or not to travel abroad during pregnancy – medical history, any increased risks involved and antenatal checks.

It is important that you discuss any complications related to your pregnancy or health issues with your doctor prior to chalking out a travel plan, as in some cases it may be not advisable to travel at all. In case of high risk pregnancies, appropriate medical clearance should be sought before travel.

When it comes to planning your trip, make it around your second trimester. With nausea and tiredness more common in the first trimester (week 1-12), there is the highest risk of miscarriage. In the third trimester week (week 29-40), women are more prone to pregnancy induced conditions. Therefore, the second trimester week (13-28) is the period when the preterm labour or the risk of miscarriage is lower.

Pregnant women should avoid travelling to countries where there is high risk of malaria, dengue or other mosquito-transmitted diseases. Pregnant women are more vulnerable to malaria, which is a highly serious condition associated with premature delivery, miscarriage, low birth weight and even death.

Whatever be the trimester period or travel destination, make sure you talk with your doctor or midwife before booking your trip. It is advisable to bring an approval note, delivery due date, medication details you’re currently on, and any risks or complications to avoid details, particularly if you are over 28 weeks.  Note that there are some airlines, cruise and boat services which require your doctor to sign a pre-written precaution note. It is also handy to carry your pregnancy note along with any insurance documents, relevant medical records, prescriptions and medications you are in.

When it comes to your travel insurance, ensure you are covered for eventualities like premature birth; labour medical care; new-born baby care and cost of change of return trip date, if any.

Check all the details of the nearest hospital location, healthcare facilities and emergency numbers, just in case, especially if you are travelling abroad.  It is also important to keep yourself really comfy. Drink plenty of water and avoid aerated drinks, and too much of alcohol and caffeine. If you are flying, going for an aisle seat will enhance mobility. Wearing loose clothes and comfortable footwear will ensure smooth travel.

Do some exercises and take sufficient breaks when you are pregnant and 6 weeks afterwards, as you would be prone to DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). In the case of DVT, go for a heparin shot only on the advice of a qualified doctor. Take regular walks around the plane. Doing in-seats exercise every half an hour and wearing the correct type and size of graduated elastic compression stockings are a must-to-do, especially, during air travel.

Once at your destination, you should be selective and rather sensible about what you eat.  Taking bottled water may protect you from causing stomach disorder and diarrhoea. Avoiding foods that may have adverse effects is necessary, and you can seek the assistance of a midwife to know about such foods.  If you fall ill, keep yourself hydrated, and continue eating for your baby’s health, even if you aren’t hungry.

Keep physically active and ensure you put your feet up and schedule regular breaks. Relax and don’t involve in any risky tasks or activities.  Avoid using thermal pools, steam rooms and saunas. In case of extreme weather conditions, stay indoors, and, if at all, you need to go out, use a suitable high factor sun cream as and when required.

Make a note of all the things you have just read, and prepare a quick checklist of must-to-do before planning your next trip, in case, when you are pregnant. Rest assured, have a great trip and awesome fun!

Must-see places to take your kids before they’re grown

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Visa ServiceDinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Texas

Take a prehistoric walk on the wild side by travelling million years back in time. You and the kids will delight in exploring five trails at Dinosaur State Park in Texas. You can see the dinosaur footprints, swim in the river and can even have fun on a mountain bike. Junior Ranger Explorer Pack is there exclusively for kids, which will keep them entertained for hours.

Stingray City, Grand Cayman Island

Want to be surrounded by dozens of stingrays or even kiss them? Welcome to this aquatic city, which is a surreal world indeed. The water is crystal clear and only one metre deep. And the dozens of gentle residents will not sting but will only tickle.

Glass Igloo Village, Finland

Here is where fairytales are made. No kidding. The experience is straight out of a fairy tale. You can stay in a glass igloo with attached toilets and showers at this snowy resort and watch thousands of stars or admire the Northern Lights.

To keep you nice and snug, sleeping bags are provided. The Kelo- glass igloo is for those who prefer a little more warmth. It is an igloo and a warm log cabin rolled into one, complete with a fireplace, sauna and kitchenette.

Santa opens his doors during the festive season for the little ones. There are husky safaris, and snowmobile rides for older kids.

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Disney World is a family favourite. Some of the world’s most adventurous rides, children’s famous cartoon characters, and more come to life here. Disney World has a lot of exciting adventures to keep the whole family entertained. You’ll likely spend most of your time in the Magic Kingdom if kids are in charge. If you stay at the Walt Disney World Resorts you will be able to spend more time at the park.

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Guests are transformed into astronauts for the day at the spectacular Kennedy Space Center. You and the kids will have a ball learning about life in space. From the family-friendly astronaut training experience to experiencing a shuttle launch you get to know all about life in space.

If you are visiting the Disney World in Florida you can visit the space centre easily as it is just an hour away from Orlando.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Southwest Florida

The beaches are covered with pretty white shells which is a sight to behold. Hunting for their perfect holiday memento will keep the little ones preoccupied for hours. This is a great place for tots to safely splash about as the water is shallow. You will spot dolphins swimming off-shore and ghost crab burrowing on the beach, which makes a visit to the islands even more worthwhile.

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Four Simple Ways To Make Your Business Travel Enjoyable

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Corporate travel is a vital cog in the wheel of businesses of all sizes. With companies spanning across the globe with an international customer base and new offices coming up at a rapid pace,  business travels, though taxing and strenuous you may find, can still be fun and, at the same time, productive. Let us enumerate these one by one and discuss the impact it would have on a corporate traveller.

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Going for better travel paths and connections

This is important, in the sense, you need to chalk out a plan of your route and travel points with more efficient connections, city-visiting orders and layovers. For example, you can check the four best cities to connect through, the likes of which can provide you with extensive, resource-laden airports and disciplined streamlined services. And this means you needn’t fret about getting help up.  Therefore, plan a trip with improved transitions and better stops to save your money with quality time to work and deliver performance results.

Identifying cost-cutting means
There are some areas that you can go on to cut costs and some to splurge. For example, use of Wi-Fi can be an added cost, but it is almost always worth the upcharge as it would offer you greater productivity. Renting a deluxe car, as another example, would just give you that much needed good first impression with your new client, if that would serve as an objective or a primary goal.

Having your workplan cut-out – a clear agenda

One of the easiest ways to make your business trip a breeze is to schedule your work well in advance. The advantages are manifold, in that, it will help you prioritize your goals and organize your thoughts. This, for sure, is a way of pampering yourself with motivation to get more done in possibly less time. Ensure what needs to be done while you hit the roads, as well as how, where, and when you are going to do it.

Develop a system for receipts

To maintain a track of your business expenses, it is important to create a system for maintaining your receipts and it could be as easy and simple as a sandwich bag or envelops in which you can stash all your receipts in no time. This will prevent your crumpling up the receipts in the pocket and inadvertently throwing them out.

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Travel Essentials

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One of the most rewarding experiences of your life is to travel the world over and visit new cities. However, if you do not carry the right things with you the journey can become quite uncomfortable.

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To make your trip feel like your home away from home carry these top 10 travel essentials with you.

1. World Adapter

Plug sockets that you find in another country need not match your device. But if you carry a world travel adapter, there is no need to worry. While buying the adapter, just check on the packet if it will fit every socket of the world.

2. Portable Power Source

While travelling you may not always be close to a power source and you might not feel comfortable asking someone to share their device. By carrying a portable power source you will be able to charge most of your electrical items whenever and wherever you want. Even if your hotel is not providing a plug socket you need not worry.

3. Travel Towel

For your round the world trip you need two towels – one to keep you clean and one for the beach. Carry a micro towel. It will dry fast and is lightweight. It won’t take much space in your suitcase and is low maintenance. It will keep you sand free, clean and dry in minutes.

4. Earplugs

To block out the snorers, earplugs are an essential item. To get the beauty sleep you deserve all you need is a good pair of earplugs. This will make your travel much more comfortable.

5. Padlock with a combination

Get a padlock with a combination. Searching for keys, especially while travelling, is not an easy task. A padlock with a combination will give you more security and make your life a lot easier.

6. Wet wipes

Wet wipes are really useful while travelling. It saves you the trouble of going to the toilet every time you want to eat something. You can use them not only to wipe yourself but any surface.

7. Sleeping liner

Hotels rooms are not always neat and tidy. You will always have the fear of whether there are bed bugs and who stayed in the bed or whether it is a clean blanket that you are using. All these thoughts can give you sleepless nights. Sleeping liner will make your hotel stay much more comfortable. You will have peace of mind, and you will feel at home. They can be folded up nicely into a small ball and are lightweight.

8. Flip Flops

Flip flops are very comfortable and lightweight and you can use them on long journeys. A good pair will go with any outfit.

9. Packing Cubes

The ultimate travel organiser is packing cubes. It can be daunting to leave the comfort of your wardrobe but your backpacker life will be made easy by packing cubes. You can rely on them even though you can’t expect too much organisation in your life while travelling.

10. Camera

Travelling is all about making memories. So while travelling you need a good camera to capture them. To look back and see what an amazing journey you had you need a camera. To save photos you can invest in memory sticks as well.

 

 

 

10 English Films to watch while traveling

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Choosing the right English movie to watch while travelling is more an art than mere selection. You can be the weirdest laughing aloud to Tearjerkers and hilarious, comedy stuff or weeping or guffawing to emotional story plots and characters.  We have compiled a full range of top 10 English movies for you, for all seasons that will stir you, for sure, to hit the open road. And remember they can easily be rented and streamed right onto your notebook or laptop. Do check them all for yourself today!

Movie 10: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008

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Movie 9: Eat Pray Love, 2010

Eat Pray Love, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 8: Frantic, 1988

Frantic, 1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 7: Out of Africa, 1985

Out of Africa, 1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 6: North by Northwest, 1959

North by Northwest, 1959

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 5: Stealing Beauty, 1996

Stealing Beauty, 1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 4: Le Week-End, 2013

Le Week-End, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 3: Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003

Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 2: Before Sunrise, 1995

Before Sunrise, 1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 1: The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004

The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004

 

10 English Books to read while traveling

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We recently asked some of our customers to tell us the best books they’ve read while travelling. Here are some of the books they shared; while we were surprised by the outcome, what wowed us is how important shared reading interests are for them. Here is our pick for you to make the most of your reading time during any travel.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dark Tourist by Dom Joly

The Dark Tourist by Dom Joly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Grab any of these best sellers today, and reading it is an experience in itself that will traverse time and distance. Happy reading folks!