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20 Best Places To Visit In India In December 2019



With the most favourable weather all around, December marks the best of the holiday season in India. There is a huge list of best places to visit in December in India such as beaches in South India and the snow-capped Himalayas up North. Gentle weather also makes it ideal to explore central India and even the desert kingdom of Rajasthan in December.

We bring to you the top 20 travel destinations in India during December.

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1. Andaman Islands

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Nature’s beauty and some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches, make the Andaman Islands every traveller’s delight. The Andaman Islands can boast of the various natural phenomena that can be a treat for all, whether he/she is a traveller or not. This isolated group of islands has a lot of things that you should know. December is the best time to explore the place.

What To Do: Snorkelling, Swimming, scuba diving, banana boat rides, underwater walking, parasailing, jet skiing and much more. Each water activity will push that adrenaline rush to an altogether new level.

How To Reach: One of the easiest ways to travel to Andaman is by flight. This tourist destination houses its own airport at Port Blair which has good connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore. While the flights from Delhi and Mumbai take 5 hours, travellers from Chennai and Kolkata can reach in just 2 hours.

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2. Jaisalmer 

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It is one of the major tourist spot located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan in India. Its called as the -golden city due to its bounteous golden dunes and castles clad in golden honey sandstone. Jaisalmer is adorned with lakes, ornate Jain temples and Havelis. Climb on to the camel saddle and make your way through this desert or camp under the night sky in this golden land for an unforgettable experience.

What To Do: The prized highlight of the Golden City is the beautiful sand dunes. The stretch of pristine sand dunes of the Thar Desert is a beauty. In addition, it is the hub of adventure sports. Here you can enjoy Jaisalmer desert safari, camel rides and camping, the experience is one of the best of Jaisalmer tour.

How To Reach: Jaisalmer is not directly connected by air with any part of India. Jodhpur Airport, located some 300 km away from Jaisalmer, is the nearest airport to the desert land. The airport connects Rajasthan with all major Indian cities. From Jodhpur Airport, tourists can hire cabs to reach Jaisalmer.

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3. Himachal Pradesh

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Composed of lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, fast-flowing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower-bedecked meadows, beautiful temples and monasteries, Himachal Pradesh is a traveller’s paradise.

What To Do: Explore picturesque hill stations, gushing waterfalls, abundant wildlife, emerald lakes, snow-capped mountains and the barren beauty of upper Himalayas.  Go for Himalayan treks, watch a Tibetan opera in Dharamsala, Visit Asia’s oldest brewery in Kasauli and much more.

How To Reach: The best way to reach Himachal by air is to take a flight to Chandigarh, and then take a car or local buses. By Train: Himachal Pradesh has two narrow-gauge railway lines, one connecting Kalka with Shimla and the other one connecting Pathankot to Kangra.

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4. Kerala

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Visit God’s own country and spend some quality time with your loved ones in a Kerala trip. This South Indian state is a paradise tucked between the stretch of the lush Western Ghats and the cerulean expanse of the Arabian Sea. The land of limitless blues and greens, Kerala finds its place in the National Geographic Traveler’s list of – One of the 50 must-see destinations of a lifetime.

What To Do: There are many reasons to plan a holiday in Kerala. Plush beauty, serene backwaters, golden sand shores, bustling wildlife sanctuaries, colourful arts, dances, crafts, and many more delights offer matchless experiences.

How To Reach: Kerala is well-connected to all the major cities of India including the four metropolitan cities namely, New-Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai through an effective train services link. There are around 200 railway stations in Kerala which connect places both within and outside Kerala.

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5. Goa 


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Goa is always bustling with high-energy during December. The alluring wonders of the beach state of Goa, also known as the -Party Capital of India. Being one of the best holiday destinations in India in December, Goa receives a crazy number of tourists from all across the world as it has two of the most happening events at this time of the year- Sunburn Festival and Special New Year’s Eve parties. Goa is truly a fun-filled destination.

What To Do: Indulge in the pleasures of beaches, parties, music festivals, food, free-flowing booze, water-sports, sightseeing and other adventures. The Sunburn festival is a must.

How To Reach: It is quite easy to reach Goa as the major railway stations in Goa are located in Margao. The main railway station is known as Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama. These railway stations are well linked with Mumbai and then other major parts of the country as well.

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6. Jaipur 


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December calls for adventure, sightseeing and exciting experiences, with this in mind Jaipur is one of the best places to visit this month. The Royal capital of Rajasthan, popularly known as the Pink City is a city of heritage sights, vibrant culture and experiences. The winter month is perfect to plan a holiday. Marvel at the incredible palaces, forts and temples. Savour the experiences of regal holiday this December!

What To Do: Jaipur is a city full of experiences. It has a plethora of not just royal palaces and forts for you to visit and explore, but also fun and adventurous to quench your thirst for the thrill.  Visit the Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort and also shop at Jaipur Bazaars.

How To Reach: Sanganer airport is the nearest airport to the city of Jaipur. It is located at a distance of 10 kilometres from the city centre. The airport has flight connectivity with major Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi. International tourists can take connecting flights to Jaipur from Mumbai or Delhi airport.

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7. Varanasi 



The month of December is an ideal month to visit the holy city of Varanasi. The ghats of River Ganga, its temples, and the city itself is at its best, offering unforgettable experiences to its visitors. Although Varanasi has a slight chill in the air in December month, it is the best time for the creation of memories here. The city lies on the western banks of the holy Ganges and is a labyrinth of temples, eating joints, shops, and Dharamshala.

What To Do: Enjoy an early morning ride and observe the on-going activities by the Ghat. Pay homage to the deities inside the ancient temples. Take Bath in the Ganges. Rendezvous with Gods at temples of Varanasi. A Sunset Stroll Along The Ghats. Evening Aarti Ceremony at Ganges River. Go for a Sightseeing Tour of Sarnath.

How To Reach: Many people choose to travel to Varanasi by train. It takes a minimum of eight hours from Kolkata, 10 to 12 hours from Delhi, and around 30 hours from Mumbai. Most trains run overnight. The main railway station in Varanasi is called as Varanasi Junction or Varanasi Cantt.

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8. Tamil Nadu

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December brings salubrious weather for Tamil Nadu, one of the best destinations in India. The coastal state of Southern India, tempts visitors with its rich historical past, ancient temples, serene beaches, verdant hill stations, charming nature, and colourful Dravidian culture. While on one side, there are various popular allures, on the other, there are some hidden-treasures too.

What To Do: The weather at time is wonderful, making sightseeing, temple-visit and beach-hopping favourable activities during holidays. There are religion, architecture, nature, wildlife, culture, spirituality, food and much more for a tourist to explore in Tamil Nadu at this time.

How To Reach: Tamil Nadu has a road network of nearly 1.70 lakh km. Private bus operators along with a number of government buses link the important cities and ply the entire south. Inter-state buses run by the State Express Transport Corporation connect Chennai with the states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh.

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9. Uttarakhand

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Uttarakhand is also known as the- abode of the gods, and as such, everything is beautiful here. Home to the holiest rivers, profound spiritualism, fascinating history caved in ancient stones, a treasure house of flora and fauna and incredible people, words fail to describe the beauty of this place. However, there is no better time to visit Uttarakhand than winters.

What To Do: Witness the exotic wildlife, visit the spiritual destinations, enjoy sightseeing and engage in thrilling activities like mountain biking, rafting and camping. Skiing. The snow-covered mountains of Uttarakhand are perfect for skiing. Visit the Jim Corbett National Park. Rappelling is also one of my favourite activities.

How To Reach: The airports, where the flights from different states fly in, go by the name of Pantnagar Airport which is situated in the Pantnagar in Kumaon Region, Jolly Grant situated in Dehradun and Naini Saini Airport in the Pithoragarh. Jolly Grant is the most well-connected of the three airports in Uttarakhand and Pithoragarh is yet to open for public.

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10. Alleppey

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Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, holds the distinction for being the Venice of the East and has had an illustrious maritime history. It’s also one of the best destinations to head to in winter. This is the time to experience the best of all that this place has to offer from backwater holidays to marine products, beaches and the coir industry. A cruise on its backwaters on a Kettuvallam – a traditional houseboat offers an incredible experience during winter.

What To Do: Stay in Kuttanad and capture the south Indian village life. Grab that camera and go bird watching while you Canoe or Kayak. Explore the beaches and behold the sunset from a lighthouse. Rejuvenate with Ayurveda and Spa pampering. Relish some spiritualism at the temples and churches.

How To Reach: The Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 75 kilometres is the nearest airport to Alleppey. The airport is well connected to major cities in India as well as abroad. From the Cochin International Airport, one can book a taxi or a cab to get to Alleppey.

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11. Agra


For many travellers, Agra is all about Taj Mahal. Indeed! This massive edifice is listed on the 7 Modern Wonders of the World and reflects the grandeur of Mughal architecture and eternal affection of a husband for his wife. But there is more to Agra than Taj Mahal like Agra fort, various Mughal gardens, Itmad Ud Daulah Tomb and several temples. Pleasant weather makes it an ideal time to visit Agra in December.

What To Do: Visit the Mesmerizing Taj Mahal, explore the Agra Fort, bird watching at Chambal river, take a trip to Fatehpur Sikri and don’t forget to splurge on shopping at the Kinari Bazaar. 

How To Reach: Agra’s Kheria airport is also a military base. It is a seasonal commercial airport and is connected only by Air India flights from New Delhi. The flight from Delhi to Agra is less than an hour long. Kheria airport is 13 kilometres away from Agra city. Hire a taxi from the airport to get to the city, which should take you around 10-15 minutes depending on traffic.

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12. Pondicherry 

One of the finest holiday destinations in South India, Pondicherry gets ready to create incredible vacations with the start of winters. December is the perfect time to explore beaches, ashrams and the French connection. This beautiful town boasts of several allures and offers peaceful vacations, away from chaos.

What To Do: The weather at this time is salubrious and is considered to be ideal for enjoying sightseeing, visiting the beaches, partaking in leisure walks, savouring the French culture, and indulging in thrilling water sports. Do not forget to indulge in shopping to get your hands on some amazing keepsakes. Sumptuous food is another highlight.

How To Reach: Train is the best way to go here. The nearest rail station from Pondicherry is Villupuram, which is about 35 kilometres away from the town. The railhead is well-connected to cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, and Trivandrum. Two of the most popular trains are New Delhi Pondicherry Express and Nagarcoli Express.

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13. Gujarat

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Gujarat is the state which flaunts vibrant ethnicity and the whole country takes pride in that.  Located on the westernmost end of India, this state has some magnificent beaches. There are majestic forts and temples in Gujarat attract millions of travellers and pilgrims around the world.  Take home the brilliance dedication of local artisans who leave no stone unturned to carve a masterpiece every time.

What To Do: Explore the Land of Legends. Salt Marshes in Great Rann of Kutch. Spot Asiatic Lions at Gir. Admire the Architecture of Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in Ahmedabad. Visit the Historical Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. Witness a Mesmerizing Sunset in Kankaria Lake in Ahmedabad and much more.

How To Reach: The fastest way to reach Gujarat is to take a flight from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Airport in Mumbai to any of the states in Gujarat such as Porbandar, Surat, Ahmedabad and Vadodara. Take the flight to Surat and you will be there in approximately 55 minutes.

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14. Manali

Winter holidays in India remain incomplete without a visit to Manali. The hill town in Himachal Pradesh snuggled on the lap of the Himalayas along the Beas River is a picturesque beauty coupled with adventure. From family holidays to romantic honeymoon to adventure, Manali is the playground of some of the most unforgettable holidays. December is the month of bliss here, as snowfall blesses the landscape.

What To Do: Snowsports in Rohtang Pass & Solang Valley, picnic in apple orchards, sightseeing, visit holy temples, pampering stay in hotels are some highlights of your December holiday in Manali.

How To Reach: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometres away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. Once at the airport, you can take a pre-paid taxi to Manali. However, owing to weather conditions, flights are not the most reliable option for getting to or out of Manali.

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15. Chennai 

Holidays in December in India lure tourists to the beaches. Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu snuggled along the Bay of Bengal is one of the places to check out this winter month. The weather is pleasant. Cultural festivals and performances are also on the calendar for visitors.

What To Do: Visitors can go sightseeing, exploring the heritage of the ancient Tamil Era as well as of the British Raj. The beautiful Marina Beach and Elliot’s beach is amazing to spend your evenings. Museums are fun to explore. Food, shopping, day trips add to the thrill.

How To Reach: Chennai International Airport, situated around 20 km away from the city centre, is among the busiest airports in the country. Spread across uptown regions of Meenambakkam, Tirusulam and Pallavaram, the airport has been recorded to have handled more than 342 aeroplane movements on a day to day basis.

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16. Wayanad


Wayanad is one of the few districts of Kerala which showcases the pristine face of nature. Spread across a region of almost 2,132sq. km, its hills are home to the oldest tribes untouched by civilization. This place is home to some amazing destinations, from Chembra Peak and Neelimala to Meenmutty Waterfalls and Banasura Sagar Dam.

What To Do: This place is famous for its beautiful hill-stations, sub-tropical savannahs, sprawling spice plantations and rich cultural traditions, besides much more. Located on the southern tip of the magnificent Deccan Plateau, the region is a wonderful combination of wilderness, culture and history.

How To Reach: Calicut International Airport, located around 65 km away serves as the nearest airport to Wayanad. Visitors can avail direct or stopover flights to Calicut from different parts of Kerala as well as rest of India, depending upon availability. On arrival at the airport, local taxis can be availed to travel till Wayanad.

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17. Hampi

The glories and achievements of the past ages are reflected brilliantly in the ruins of Hampi in Karnataka, once the capital of the famous Vijayanagara Empire. The ruins shed light on the incredible architectural traditions existing during that time. The Virupaksha Temple, with its 9 stories tall gopura, presents a picture of magnificence. The brilliance of the past is visible in the form of structures like Stone Chariot, enormous Ganesh statues, and much more.

What To Do: Take the taxi boat across the river to the hippie side of Hampi, Anegundi. Where to Stay in Hampi: A cottage on the rice fields. Rent a bike and finally learn how to drive one! Go cliff jumping, but watch the crocs! Bathe/Get blessed by an elephant. Enjoy views from Matanga Hill.

How To Reach: The nearest air link to Hampi is the Belgaum airport which is located at a distance of 270 km. Bangalore airport, on the other hand, is 300 km from Hampi. By Train. There is no railway station in Hampi. By Road. Hampi is well-connected to Bangalore and other major cities of Karnataka.

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18. Delhi 

Delhi is an amalgamation of several cultures and traditions, having served as the capital of several dynasties and empires. The avenues for exploration, shopping and hanging out are many. For music and art lovers, the city is also home to a number of art galleries and theatres which host incredible performances and exhibitions throughout the year.

What To Do: It boasts several historical monuments which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Eating out is a particular delight, with several options available for indulging in gastronomical delights. There is also the Dilli Haat, a one-stop destination for almost everything.

How To Reach: Delhi is well connected by air, railways and roads with all major cities across India. For a comfortable journey, you can take a flight to Delhi. Indira Gandhi International Airport is just 20 km away from the city centre. The railway stations in Delhi are all well connected with different parts of the city.

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19. Bodh Gaya

Bodhgaya is one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage centres in the world. It was here that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, and became known as the Enlightened One. One of the main attractions is the Mahabodhi Temple, whose architecture has been influenced by various cultures and heritages over the centuries.

What To Do: Apart from the Mahabodhi Temple, the other attractions here are Animesh temple, Chankramana and Ratnagarh, to name a few. Here are some favourite attractions to see in Bodh Gaya- Great Buddha Statue, Tibetan Refugee Market,  Bodhi Tree, The Thai Monastery. Mahabodhi Temple Complex Book store, Muchalinda Lake and the Royal Bhutan Monastery.

How To Go: Gaya is the nearest airport which is approximately 17 kilometres from the town of Bodh Gaya. Though the frequency of flights is lesser, the airport is well-connected to Kolkata by flights. Now, however, the airport has started catering to international as well as domestic sectors. To start with, Thai Airways has an everyday flight to Gaya, Druk Air (an international carrier) flies once in a week from Bangkok.

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20. Amritsar


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Amritsar, in Punjab, is linked with the history of Sikhism and is one of the most revered sites in the world. Founded as far back as the 16th century, this place is associated with a range of historical and mythological narratives. The most prominent tourist attraction here, the Golden Temple. The other most historically important site is the Jallianwala Bagh, which evokes strong emotions from the visitors.

What To Do: Amritsar is also famous for its textiles, particularly shawls and carpets. One can witness the exciting Wagah Border Ceremony here, apart from exploring the old bazaars, historical monuments and much more.

How To Reach: For transportation within the city, you can take rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, taxis or buses. The Amritsar Railway Station connects the city to almost all major Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Agra, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chandigarh. A train journey from Delhi to Amritsar takes about 6 hours.

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Top 8 LGBT-Friendly Holiday Destinations In The World!




The world has been extremely cruel to people with queer identities. However, there are nations that embrace such humans and support LGBT rights. People in love have often found it hard to convince the world around them, making them understand their love. Meanwhile, there are nations that have always celebrated love for the sake of love, and not discriminating it from “defined notions” of the same.

There are some exotic places on the face of the earth that’ll add to the wonder of your trip with your partner, whoever, they may be. Let’s thus get into naming these amazing places on the face of the earth that’ll be super-fun to be in!

1. The Canary islands


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The Canary Islands are much known European destinations for the LGBT community. The place is a perfect escape for the people in love with the beaches, the scorching sun and an aesthetic landscape.

The islands across the Spanish archipelago are extremely liberal to sexuality, which means that you’ll be able to enjoy the LGBT beaches, bars and nightclubs without someone to interrupt you! Moreover, the annual Maspalomas Gay Pride event in Gran Canaria, attracts up to 100,000 attendees, includes a mammoth 10-day celebration that consists of LGBT parades, pool parties and organised boat trips.

2. Berlin


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Well, Berlin is the dynamic Gay Capital of Germany and is known for its rich cultural history. The partying atmosphere is way too happening. The bars, clubs and carnivals rather get you hooked in!

Berlin Pride, known as “Christopher Street Day”, is one of the biggest events on Berlin’s LGBT calendar and sees thousands march proudly through this great European city.

3. Zurich


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Zurich is one of Switzerland’s largest city. Moreover, it offers visitors a colorful sight of LGBT-friendly bars and nightclubs, further complimented by the snow-capped Alps in the backdrop. The “Zurich Pride Festival”, which takes place between June 15 to 17 this year, is a multi-day event that brings people from all nooks and corners, into the very heart of Zurich every year. Festival highlights include grand parades, concerts and pro-LGBT rights demonstrations.

4. Sitges


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In Spain’s Catalonia region, to the southwest of Barcelona, lies the coastal town of Sitges. Your go-to events in Sitges include the annual “Gay Pride Sitges” which includes a customised enticing, little village with places to eat, drink and party, right in front of the setting and the rising sun.

5. Israel

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Israel is the only tolerant places in the Middle-East that are notoriously gay-friendly. Tel Aviv is the country’s second city, famous for the queer nightlife, and also for the fact that it hosts a grand Pride Celebration, that too, funded by the Government. Same-sex people can be seen doing all the normal things, enjoying the aesthetics, the beaches, and parties.

6. Sydney


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Sydney has its own queer, cultural history that keeps reiterating itself. Newton, the city’s primary area for queer women, is a true revelation. Moreover, The Mclver’s Ladies Bath are the only women-baths remaining in Australia, and a big hit with the Sapphic set. However, the main hub for LGBTQ+ activity is seen around Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, but shopping, bars, and venues for queer interests are found across in the inclusive city!

7. Brighton


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It’s the “hippy” city in the UK that welcomes each and everyone falling under the rainbow flag. The nightlife is super duper fun, along with the Pride festivities. Even Britney Spears seems to have made her appearance in the festivities, in one of the August parties.

8. Lesbos


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Women seem to have migrated in this ancient city, and have rather served for the name, “Lesbos coming from Lesbian”. The annual Eressos International Women’s Festival is a two-week celebration embracing women in love with other women.

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Wardrobe Essentials You Need To Pack On Every Trip!




Who doesn’t love to travel? I highly doubt there’s any person out there who can say that he/she doesn’t enjoy traveling. If you’re someone lost in Wanderlust and loves exploring new places, you must have to pack a lot. And packing can be quite the task. However there are a few essentials that you need to pull out of your wardrobe and pack every time!

These, basically are wardrobe essentials that you need to pack on every trip. So, you too can pre-plan a capsule travel wardrobe that is all-weather- and all-occasion- appropriate! Stock up on these travel essentials so that you, too, can eat, pray, love your way through any travel destination without any stress.

These are the wardrobe essentials that you need-

1. All Rounder flats

Let’s start with the shoes. You need something comfortable, that you can wear on the plane or that doesn’t take up too much room in your suitcase, and that goes with multiple outfits. Versatile flats are the best option! They are nice enough to wear out in the evening and super comfortable to double as a minimalist daytime walking shoe.



2. Black pants

Next up on our list is the perfect fitted black pant or tights. Slim black pants that you can dress up for a night out and that are comfortable enough to wear on the plane  are a necessary component of your wardrobe essential travel bag.


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3. Neutral tee

Of course you’ll need a basic tee that’s a perfect layer and also nice enough to be worn alone. The key to this piece is to find a tee that won’t stretch out easily and that has a slightly fitted shape.


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4. Little Black Dress

The little black dress is so often named as a wardrobe essential, that listing it in our recommendations for a travel wardrobe will come as no surprise. Think of the simple black dress as your foundation to layer upon your personality with jewelry and scarves —  items that take up very little room in your suitcase.

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5. Tote bag

Next you need a large tote bag to carry on the plane. And also, to hold all of those fabulous souvenirs you’ll no doubt pick up on your travels. You can go for a zippered one, or an open tote for easy access.

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6. Over sized wrap

An over sized wrap is the smartest thing you can carry with yourself on a trip! It can help you stay comfortable and keep you warm, and at the same time make you look chic and stylish! This is a must have.

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Travel Podcasts That’ll Give You Serious Wanderlust



Finding a good reason to travel isn’t hard. Actually getting out on the open road and committing your time and hard-earned money to travel is where it gets a little more difficult. Where to go? What to do? Can I really sleep in a hotel with 20 other people? Is street food safe? These are all legitimate questions to ask. For the answers, there are scores of travel podcasts out there to help you plan a trip, large or small. The best among these answer the hardest questions honestly. They’re where practical guides meet some enchanting storytelling.

1. Flight of Fancy

Hosted by travel journo Ben Groundwater, Flight of Fancy offers 30-minute episodes on just about everything you could want to hear in a travel podcast. Listen to Aussie Ben who talks about everything from scary travel moments to various travel tips & hacks in 30 or 40-minute podcast sessions. Very easy to listen to and it won’t take much of your time. Each week he interviews travel professionals on topics like terrifying border crossings, cliched travel experiences (that are still totally worth doing), and how travel can mend a broken heart.


2. This week in travel

This Week in Travel is a weekly travel podcast hosted by Gary Arndt, Chris Christensen, and Jen Leo. Started in 2009 it has become one of the most popular travel podcasts on the internet. It is a three-time NATJA medalist for “Best Podcast”. This Week in Travel keeps up with all the industry gossip and news, via a weekly chat with travel industry heavyweights. If you want to keep your finger on the travel pulse, tune in to Chris, Gary and Jen as they chew the fat on what’s going on in the world of adventure and travel trends.


3. Amateur Traveler

The Amateur Traveler is a travel show that focuses primarily on the question -where to travel to and what to do when you get there. It includes both a weekly audio podcast and a twice-monthly video podcast. It also includes travel news and resources. Amateur Traveler is all about destinations, which makes it pretty handy for those suffering from the travel version of Kid-in-a-Candy-Store Syndrome. Chris started the show in 2005 and he’s racked up an amazing database of over 600 episodes, all chock-full of useful info on a particular spot.

4. Zero to Travel

If your ears are after something a bit more esoteric, Jason from Zero to Travel regularly digs down into what travel is, why we do it, and how we can do it better. Throw in a few tips on offbeat travel methods and episodes devoted to answering listener questions and you’ve got an inspiring mix for the train commute home. Whether you’re a travel newbie trying to figure out a way to explore the world, an occasional traveller longing to make your holiday every day or a seasoned traveller seeking unique ways to continue wandering you’re all welcome here!


4. Women Who Travel

Hosted by the editors of Conde Nast Traveler, Women Who Travel is a high-five to globe-trotting women around the world, and deep dives into what it’s like travelling as a woman. It started out as a Facebook group, where women could share stories, advice and ask questions, but quickly grew into a fortnightly podcast about the highs and lows of travel. It’s fun and informative and covers a huge range of topics. This podcast once started out with a Facebook group where women across the globe could exchange travel experiences. It became so popular, that they decided to create this hub of travel information. From planning the ultimate road trip, why to travel solo, to the best destinations for 2020.


5. The Budget-Minded Traveler

Are you interested in travelling more this coming year but don’t want to break the bank? Listen to The Budget-Minded Traveler. Jackie interviews guests on interesting (and cheap) travel destinations anyone can take with practical tips on how to travel the world on a budget. The Budget-Minded Traveler offers listeners destination inspiration and practical tips to get their travel goals off the ground, without blowing their whole budget. Hosted by Jackie Nourse, each episode interviews guests about their super-interesting travel experiences. Travel the world pocket-friendly using some of the best ideas through these podcasts.


6. The Thought Card


Hosted by Danielle Desir, this podcast focuses on world travel, paying off debt, and building wealth. Danielle gives her audience the confidence to make smart financial decisions that will allow them to accomplish both their travel and financial goals. Give the episode with Denis O’Brien a listen. He is the founder of Chain of Wealth and shares his tips on how to create passive income. Danielle shares with her readers and listeners how to creatively save money, and also gives practical travel and budgeting tips. Based in Connecticut, Danielle is a Grants Manager who managed to pay off 44 lakhs worth of student debt in just four years while still managing to save for a house and travel the world on her own terms.

7. Chronicles Abroad Podcasts


Hosts Nubia Younge and Frantzce Lys highlight their experiences living abroad as well as those of others who took risks to live their dream to be location independent. Don’t miss the episode with Yan and Lee, a couple who decided to pay off their debts and live abroad. They had graduated from college but found it difficult to find jobs in the United States, so they took matters into their own hands they got jobs overseas! Even though they initially had little travel experience, In 2016 Frantzces embarked on a journey half-way across the world and lived abroad for three years. They’ve been to 17 countries.

8. Extra Pack of Peanuts


What happens when you get two people passionate about travel together for an audio interview? They talk. A lot. So much that it requires few podcasts to get through. Gotta love the podcasts whose host who knows when to keep the tape running, and how to make it fit the format of his audience. This is a great podcast for travellers who want to stay on a budget while on the road. Travis, who hosts the show, interviews nomads, bloggers, and entrepreneurs who give insight and firsthand tips on how to embark on your own affordable adventures. Give the -7 Lessons Learned episode with Travis and Heather a listen. They share what they have learned from living a location independent life for seven years.


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