Let’s talk about weekend getaways and how difficult it is to arrive on a decision for the perfect hangout spot because, after a series of conversations, you eventually run out of ideas and end up visiting the same place over and over again.
Congrats! Friday is over and you made it through the week. After days of working through the deadlines and managing your pending tasks, you finally get to relax without worrying about what your boss or teacher might say. The idea of snoozing your alarms and going back to sleep is so satisfying!
But now you’re probably stressing over the idea of making this weekend as fulfilling as possible. After all, going to the same food joint with your friends is just boring! And it’s almost as tough to brainstorm about a new place for hanging out with friends and family.
Well, worry not, we’ve got you covered! Weekends are not just limited to partying at nightclubs or exploring your favourite food joints, and neither should it be wasted by sitting idle at home.
Did you know? Delhi -NCR happens to offer loads of fun activities that you cannot afford to miss. From Paintballing to Ice-Skating, there are a bunch of options to explore with your friends and family.
Below is a list of places you should consider for your next weekend getaway.
iSKATE – Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
If you’re tired of the summers, but also cannot afford to go to your favourite hill station in such a short duration, then this beautiful ice-skating rink in Gurgaon is the perfect choice to curb the heat! It is a one-stop destination that offers ice-skating activity, karaoke bar, ice cream parlours, etc. In addition, you can also book corporate events or parties in this place on a prior basis.
Cost- Tickets ranging from INR. 500-700 per person
Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Moti Bagh
Located on the Benito Juarez Marg, IMF is a perfect place for climbers. The place includes an artificial rock-climbing wall to test your strength and endurance levels. It also offers adventure sports like mini–ziplining. You also get to interact with mountaineers and professional wall climbers. However, visiting this place especially in summers can be physically demanding. Make sure you carry water bottles and food to get you through the day.
Cost- INR 150 per session
Are you waiting for a game to just shoot somebody (not literally) but just for fun? Afterall, the PUBG fanatics would enjoy an arena where they can spot enemies hiding and test their targets. The best part, it’s all about colour splashes. Delhi offers a wide range of options in Paintball arenas. From Shootout Zone near Chhatarpur to ‘Lock n Load’ in Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar; this fun activity is gaining popularity amongst youngsters making it a perfect hangout spot for you and your friends.
Average Cost – Tickets starting from INR 300
Raahgiri Day – CP, Dwarka and Gurgaon
There is nothing better than having fun and taking care of your health at the same time. Raahgiri Days are celebrated on Sundays at multiple locations in Delhi. You might also get the opportunity to meet celebrities like Milind Soman. The event encourages people to engage in highly energetic and fun-filled activities like dancing, cycling, skating, etc. If you hate gymming, this is the perfect day for you.
SkyJumper Trampoline Park, Gurgaon
Located in Sector 47, this trampoline park is by far the biggest in India. An ultimate family destination with over 100 interconnected trampolines with huge foam pits. Unleash your inner child by jumping around this arena. Similarly, the place offers a variety of activities such as Volleyball, Dodgeball, Balance Beam, etc. You simply cannot resist this place! Check the link below for prices.
Codebreak 60 Escape Rooms, Kamla Nagar
Who says physically demanding activities are the only way to get adrenaline rush? Codebreak 60 offers a mind-blowing experience of escape rooms to offer you the perfect thrill. Requires teamwork! The game proceeds as you’re locked inside a room. You have only 60 minutes to identify clues, break the codes and solve the mystery. It is the perfect opportunity to assume your role as Sherlock because solving the mysteries is the only way out. The challenges are worth experiencing with your buddies and you can literally choose any game of your choice!
Cost: INR 600 per person for group of 4
So, gallivanters….rejoice! It’s super fun to try something new and the list keeps getting better. Follow Little Letters Linked for more updates!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So, do you think these items made it to your travel essentials list? For other travel related articles check out https://littleletterslinked.com/category/travel/
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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