I have always loved collecting Miles & Points and try new mobile applications. I am always on the hunt to collect them or use them in whatever way I can. I have used miles for flight redemption for myself and family members in the past but mostly on domestic routes. Miles if used judiciously can really save your cash at that moment. In India it is mainly Jet Airways which has a fantastic frequent flyer program besides the old warhorse Air India and newly started Vistara. I have been a flyer with Jet Airways because of their service and flight timings plus their frequent flyer program. They have good tie ups with banks for credit and debit cards which carry additional benefits also.
We all are hooked to internet these days on our laptops & mobiles and I assume majority of us use whatsapp and other chat applications like we chat, bbm (I still use it J), FB messenger, etc . While looking for an international sim for a vacation which I took couple of weeks back I came across a new but very handy tool – CHATSIM. This international sim card specializes in chatting applications. It is the first of its kind in the world which lets you be connected via your chat apps while travelling.
For a fixed amount for a year we can send unlimited text messages and emoji with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, LINE, Telegram, BBM, QQi, Hike & Kakao. Isn’t this a fantastic deal? Thanks to ChatSim you can keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues. When I read this I felt this could be really useful and contacted them for a review of this sim card since I had plans to travel international already.
Travelling is always fun since it’s a great way to explore new places and meet new people. In 2008, parents decided to go to USA for a holiday since we have cousins staying there in San Jose, New York, Orlando, etc. The plan got finalized for parents & my sister with my eldest bhua and fufaji since both their children are settled in San Jose with their families. That time the internet booking system had begun but still the first choice of bookings were agents and since we had a family friend in the same field dad got the whole trip planned with them.
The plan was to fly Emirates on March 25 (which is coincidentally my birth date) and take a halt at Dubai for 4 days and then proceed to San Francisco. It turned out to be perfect since it saves cost also and covers one more country to visit In the same long trip. With emirates it was easy for them as they only issue VISA and then the stay and itinerary was planned with the agents. Kinnary & I were going to through the itinerary and she said why not give parents a surprise by flying to Dubai since it was my birthday. I also agreed that it will be fun and will be remembered always that we celebrated together in Dubai.
Last week I attended a special travel workshop by Ansoo Gupta in association with the US Consulate, Mumbai where she briefed and discussed about the National Parks of USA. Jeffery Ellis, press officer at the consulate briefed about #DekhoAmerica campaign which they have started sometime back on their social media channels as a way to attract more tourists from India to go to USA. Since the time I have been to the USA last year I have not stop appreciating and talking about that country whenever possible. I was really impressed b y a lot of things and I look forward to visiting there again soon.
Ansoo has always been like an ambassador of travelling since she holds these travel workshops where she shares her experiences and also shares the tips & tricks of smart travelling. During her presentation here too she showed some amazing photos of various national parks and few videos which were definitely very convincing for most of us to visit few of the parks soon.
As I complete 100 posts on my blog I am happy to announce the first giveaway on my blog of Lonely Planet ‘Short Escapes’ travel guides:
- Short Escapes from Delhi
- Short Escapes from Bengaluru