THE ULTIMATE QUEST: CHOOSING THE RIGHT TRAVEL PARTNER
Each journey that you are a part of today will be a part of you tomorrow. Making a trip is like making a memory album; you will relive it every time you see it. While it is imperative to plan a trip way ahead of time, it is equally important to choose the right travel partner.
Planning essentials, shopping for the trip, packing right, travelling, clicking pictures, eating around, squirming about, meeting the locals or staying in hotels, it is all a part of the package deal. Then if you finally decide to travel with someone, how can you risk making a choice that you might regret today, and for all the years to come.
A few things you could keep in mind while choosing your travel partner are:
1.Make Sure Your Personalities Match
if you’re both introverts or both extroverts, there is a greater possibility of making the most of your trip. While introverts would like to go to quieter places, stay in at night or just roam around quietly, an extrovert partner might want to hop out and look for places to party or mingle with the locals or other tourists at the place. It does sound incredibly wonderful that an introvert could bring an extrovert closer to nature and the extrovert might be a breath of fresh air to the introvert, but it really isn’t so. On a trip, you want to be your own self and relax, which cannot happen if you are with a clashing personality.
2.Your Travel Adventure Might be Their Crazy
You would naturally wish to venture out of your monotonous habits and do some adventurous things on your trip. But it is important that what you see as adventurous is not crazy for your partner. If you are someone who likes to be high on adrenaline, choose a partner who feels likewise. After all, you don’t want to be sky diving alone while your partner eats ice cream while holding your bag.
3.Talk the Money Talks
While you might be someone who likes to keep a tight hand on your pocket, your partner could be someone who likes to splurge their heart out. So, discuss the money matters in advance. You don’t want to be eating at the café while your partner is gorging at the lavish restaurant.
4.Spending the Travel Time
If it’s a long journey, you don’t want to end up getting bored. The journey usually sets the tone or the trip. See how you like to spend that time and choose your partner accordingly. You don’t want a chatterbox with you while you are looking forward to reading Murakami or Rushdie.
5.The Social Factor
If your partner is constantly on social media and you are not big on that, there might be a possible clash and bitterness. For them this could be an opportunity to click more pictures and for you that could just be a hindrance to your enjoyment. So make sure you’re either on the same page or at least at a mutual consensus about your on-trip social media indulgence.
6.Morning Person/ Night Person
Ours is a generation where our sleeping patterns are more than just flawed. While some people still operate at the regular hours; sleeping at night and working the day, there are people who do the opposite. If you cannot wake up before the sun is already overhead, you don’t want to end up travelling with someone who gets up when the sun does. This will upset your sleep pattern and might leave you frustrated through the trip. Either choose a partner whose routine syncs with yours or modify yours before you leave for the trip.
There is no Bible for how or whom to travel with, but choosing a good partner can always make your trip worthwhile.
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Greece Is Welcoming Tourists From June 15th!
Greece is all set to get its tourism industry back on track by opening to tourists June 15 onwards! It is a tourism-reliant country and in order to boost it, the country actually preponed its reopening date. Greece had initially planned to open up on July 1st! But don’t worry, they’re only going to allow international flights into the country gradually from 1st July.
As per CNN, the Prime Minister of Greece—Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressed the nation regarding the updated date. He also mentioned that they would only be allowing tourists from countries that have low rates of COVID infection. Also, the tourists coming in will not be required to go through any quarantine or testing. But they will be carrying out spot tests in the tourist areas as per requirement.
Not just this, but the Greek government is also focusing on strengthening its healthcare service in tourist destinations. As per Harry Theocharis, the Tourism Minister, as many as 600 beds will be separately available to aid Coronavirus care.
Greece On Reviving Its Tourism Industry
The tourism industry in Greece makes up almost 20% of its GDP. It is believed that every fourth job in Greece belongs to the tourism industry. The country highly depends on its tourism and it is coming up with new measures to revive it in the best way possible.
The Greek government plans to subsidise the salaries of the tourism industry, catering industry as well as the industrial sectors. They also plan to reduce taxes for those in the hospitality and travel sectors. Also, along with Greece, Iceland to plans to open its gates for tourists June 15 onwards!
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The Countries That Are All Set To Re-Open Again
Coronavirus has definitely shaken the entire world. While you might not expect full normalcy, find out about countries that are picking up their pace in getting back to normal. Countries that reopen while COVID-19 is still circulating will likely face strong waves of virus again. However, the relaxation of some public health measures may also be normal as countries learn how to track and control the virus.
Canada remains in lockdown till now. The country closed the border with the USA. Canada is allowing some in house travel, but the summer tourism season in places like Ontario remains in serious jeopardy. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during a news conference on May 19 the border between the U.S. and Canada will remain closed until at least the third week of June. The border remains closed since March 21. Additional 30-day extensions are not out of the question.
Costa Rica began easing some coronavirus measures on May 1, allowing theatres, cinemas, hair salons, gyms and athletic centres to reopen under reduced hours and strict sanitary guidelines. This move came after the country’s active infections declined for 11 consecutive days. The ban on foreign tourists is currently expiring on June 15. But there’s no surprise if it gets extended.
El Salvador has fewer than 400 reported cases. The country took early steps to curb the pandemic and in fact, El Salvador was one of the first Central American countries to go into lock down before any cases of coronavirus were reported. The travel here is not specifically forbidden, no international flights are currently pass in or out of the country. The visitors would be subject to the same strict isolation and movement guidelines as locals.
Australia and New Zealand
Types Of Tea In India
It is believed that Chai (Tea) was first founded some 5000 years ago in an ancient royal court of India. The reigning king experimented and created this recipe as an Ayurvedic tonic. Years passed, the concept of tea became a national treasure for everyone. It was drank as a daily beverage by everyone; tea/ types of tea did not believe in any form of discrimination.
Later people felt the need of experimentation with their ‘personal’ beverage. They added different types of spices and thus, different types of tea were born.
In 1935 British East India Company established tea plantations in Assam to establish Great Britain’s monopoly over the National Drink of India in order to free India from the chains of tea commands of China.
This led to the evolution of different types of tea in India, and it is safe to say that almost every state has a tea to its name now.
NOON CHAI / PINK CHAI
Noon chai, also known as shir chai, gulabi chai, Kashmiri tea or pink tea, is a traditional tea beverage originating in the Kashmir Valley. It is perfect for winter evenings and you can drink it alongside biscuits.
Kahwa tea is a flavourful Kashmiri green tea. It is an exotic mix of Kashmiri green tea leaves, whole spices, nuts and saffron which an exotic combination of taste, aroma and health benefits.
Butter tea, also known Gur Gur Chai in the Ladakhi language, is a drink of the people in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Bhutan, India and Tibet and other Western regions of modern-day People’s Republic of China. It is associated with warmth on a cold day and good times spent with Tibetan friends, or the adventure of travel in Tibet or Tibetan communities in India or Nepal.
DOODH PATTI CHAI
Doodh pati Chai is different from saada chai: it only uses milk and tea. This tea does not include water. The roots of this tea are from Punjab/ West Pakistan.
Kangra tea is a tea originating from the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Both black tea and green tea have been produced in the Kangra Valley since the mid-19th century. Kangra tea was given the Geographical Indication status in 2005.
Darjeeling tea is a well-known tea variety that is exported around the world which grows in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Darjeeling tea is unique because of its leaves. They can be processed in different ways, resulting in black, green, white, or oolong tea.
Indigenous to the state of Assam, it is mainly produced in the Brahmaputra valley. Loose Assam tea gives a malty strong flavor. Black Assam Teas are ideal for breakfast and drinking in the morning. Loose Assam teas are popular for their rich maltiness.
This recipe is inspired from the famous tea shop in Pune ‘Chai La Pune’. Tandoori chai is unique variety of Indian tea local to the people of Pune. In this recipe, tea is prepared in the usual Indian way. After that, a clay pot is heated (usually in a Tandoor) and prepared tea is poured in the clay pot so that it absorbs flavors of the hot clay pot.
Which tea are most looking forward to try? Meanwhile you can read about snacks to munch with your tea here: 8 yummy tea time snacks for lazy evening
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