Friday, November 1

7 Reasons Why India Is the Best Budget Destination

India is a land of contrasts and vividity. The country has everything to keep the tourist engaged and mesmerized. What makes India even more popular among the international tourists are the lowest prices that its offerings have. While the country has everything to attract the rich, it also has a plethora of attractions for those on a tight budget as well. Tourist places in India are much affordable.

Here Are 7 Reasons Why India Is the Best Budget Destination

1. Lower Lodging Costs



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You can book a hotel room for a whole day (24 hours) in Rs 500 or even less, in India. The low-cost hotel rooms offer a range of amenities, including air conditioner, television, attached bathroom, and others, with the room attendant only a call away. If you are willing to spend more, there are other more premium option available.

2. Cheap Food



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You can get a hot and steaming cup of tea in mere Rs 5, in India. This price would give you an idea on how cheap food and drinks in India can be. In less than a dollar, you can easily buy a full thali (the elaborate meal), which has the native culinary delights, apart from being nutritious. Dining at the most expensive restaurants will not burn a hole in your pocket. You can enjoy the Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean, and other cuisines and recipes at a fraction of their international costs here.

Note: See to it that the food and drinks you consume have been prepared in a hygienic manner and are well covered.

3. Affordable Travel



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Travelling in India is quite cheap, if you opt for the government run travel enterprises, including railways and buses. You can travel a distance of more than 200 kilometers in less than 2 US dollars, via Indian railways. The state-run Roadways buses are also a cheaper travel option. Even the cabs and taxis cost less, when you compare the international rates. Both OLA and Uber offer taxi rides in India, and there are thousands of other travel agency services as well. Many times people come to enjoy rail journey in India.

4. Cheap Services



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For those coming from the more developed western countries, or North America, the services in India are relatively cheaper, and more affordable. A hair cut/shave in India costs less than a dollar, and the body massages are also quite affordable. This is due to the humongous population of India, which makes labor quite cheap. You will have a lot to spare, even after you hire a professional guide for your tour, which is why the international tourists are quite gracious and liberal in the tips (monetary rewards) they offer.

5. Shop at Lowest Costs



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India is a paradise for the shoppers, be it the locals or the international tourists. Availability of a range of manufacturing raw goods, and easy and cheap availability of labor, helps Indian industrialists to manufacture the same goods at low costs. You can buy a pair of Jeans (Indian Brand) in less than Rs 600 (USD 8 to USD 10). The same goes true for shirts, other wearables, and footwear. When compared to US or international costs, these products cost only a fraction (1/3rd or half). Indian handicrafts, blankets, grooming kits (for both men and women), and other lifestyle products also cost low.

6. Cheap Attraction Prices



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Most of the historic monuments in India have a low entrance/visit fee, and you can visit a majority of them in less than $5. Taj Mahal is the most expensive attraction to visit in India, and costs $17. Other ancient monuments, art galleries, palaces, wildlife sanctuaries, and places of tourist interest are priced at low costs. You can see miraculous and impressive places, at affordable costs, and some are even free.

7. Cheap Survival


You can survive in India in less than $20 a day. In $50, you can enjoy the best perks and amenities. This includes your food and lodging costs, and your travel expenses.

India has a great ecological diversity, and its magnificent past has given it several astounding and impeccable monuments and architecture. The country offers all what a tourist would like and imagine, at unbelievable costs.


Author's Bio: Rohit brings to Trans India Travel the best of India. His writings offer detailed information on the various tourist attractions in India and are useful and exciting.

Friday, June 22

Study in Australia - Cost and Scholarships


Why Study In Australia? 4Nations.com.au

Are you worried about your study in Australia? Or getting confused about which country to choose for studying in abroad? We can help you in making the right decision for your carrier. You will be glad to know that Australia is one of the top demanding destinations of Indian students for featuring high-quality education and affordable cost.


For international students, Australia is become the 3rd most acceptable country after following the USA and UK. There have many renowned Institutions placed in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, where you can study your desired courses. You can take judgment after going through the following database conducted by Times Higher Education for the session 2017-2018 - 
     

Name of University
Rank
% of Enrolment of International Students
Murdoch University
1
48 %
University of South Australia
2
41 %
University of Melbourne
3
40 %
Bond University
4
39 %
University of Technology Sydney
5
37 %
Curtin University
6
37 %
Australian National University
7
35 %
University of New South Wales
8
34 %
University of Sydney
9
32 %
Charles Darwin University
10
31 %






Living cost in Australia: Below the given data is just an average idea, cost may vary in terms of various locations in Australia. Cost is as per Australian dollars. Give a look -


Particulars
Accommodation Cost
(Weekly Basis)
Hotels/Guest Houses
$95 to $155
Room Rent(Multi Bed)
$90 to $220
Room Rent(Single Bed)
$170 to $450
Campus Expenses
$95 to $290
 Eating expenses
$85 to $285
Gas and electricity Expenses
$40 to $145
Phone and Internet Bill
$22 to $55
Entertainment Expenses
$85 to $155


Total Living Expenses (weekly)
$682 to $1755
Total Living Expenses (Monthly)
$2728 to $7020

  

Cost of Studying in Australia: In Australia cost of each degree is calculating unit basis, not a yearly basis. Each unit is under a fee band, so cost may not be same for every student as because of most students are studying a combination of units.


Particulars
Cost as per Australian Dollars 
Bachelor’s Degree
$10160
Post Graduate and PhD
$20315 to $37580
Vocational Education and Training (VET) Courses
$5080



Scholarships for international students: Australian universities give scholarships as per merit basis. Moreover, you can get financial aid from many government sources expect universities and colleges. International students may find scholarships from followings sources.

Australia Awards: Those meritorious students fulfil the criteria as per Australia Awards; they are eligible to get scholarships (Includes Tuition Fees, Living Expenses, Air Fare and Health Cover) the source.  Undergraduate, Post-graduate and TAFE Certification courses are listed to the scholarships.

Postgraduate Scholarships: IPRS (International Postgraduate Research Scholarships) or Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship is offered for those meritorious students are looking for postgraduate programmes at Australian Institutions.

Australian University Scholarships: The followings universities may offer you scholarships if you are able to enter the merit list conducting by them. Universities are -


  • RMIT University: Courses included for eligible scholarships are- Engineering, Science and Health stream and also Global Leaders Scholarship for postgraduates.
  • Edith Cowan Scholarship: Early acceptance scholarship
  • The University of Sydney: Vice chancellor’s international scholarships.
  • La Trobe University: Postgraduate excellence scholarships.
  • The University of Queensland: MBA student scholarship and UQ international India scholarship for high achievers.
  • Deakin College: Merit scholarships.
  • Federation University Australia Scholarships. 

Monday, December 7

English countryside trips for the whole family


Lake District, Cumbria
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Lake District, Cumbria

Located in the north-west of England, The Lake District is the perfect place to experience the great outdoors and enjoy the British countryside at its finest with your family. Abundant with picturesque stretches of water, forests and mountains, the region is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.
There awaits a multitude of activities to keep the kids entertained as well as satisfy the inner-child of adventurous parents. Canoeing, rafting, archery and learning survival skills are just some of the experiences offered. The many walks and rambles take you up, down, over and through the idyllic landscape that surrounds.


Devon
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Devon

If you’re after a relaxing and truly unforgettable holiday for the whole family, Devon ticks all of the boxes. Tucked away in the south-west pocket of England, its close proximity to miles of coastline and some of the best beaches in Europe make visiting Devon a real treat.

Both the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks and the Jurassic coastline of beaches are a must see. For a day out the whole family will enjoy, head to the ancient bridge of the Tarr steps for a picnic and a paddle.

With woodland walks and cycle trails, pretty towns and villages (Salcombe and Sidmouth to name but two) and enough attractions to keep the kids busy for the whole trip, it’s no wonder that people return to Devon time and again.


The Cotswolds
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The Cotswolds

For a holiday at a slightly slower turn of pace, look no further than the regal cities and quaint English villages of the Cotswolds. A civilised and pretty countryside escape for all of the family, here you get to sample a traditional way of life in the form of cricket greens, limestone cottages and picturesque hillsides.

Get close to nature with the many bird and wildlife parks in the region, while the kids will especially enjoy burning all their energy at Cattle Country Adventure Park. The Spa towns of Bath and Cheltenham offer mum and dad the opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy and cultural enlightenment with the fine architecture and theatres.


Norfolk
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Norfolk

Situated East, in the protruding rump of England, Norfolk offers a wide variety of activities to make it a great destination for families. Those keen to get close to nature will be in their element on a wildlife safari along the Norfolk Broads, home to 11, 000 species of rare wildlife. Otters, Kingfishers, Dragonflies and the Swallowtail (Britain’s biggest and brightest butterfly) all call it home.

For wildlife of the larger (and scarier!) variety, head to Great Yarmouth and the Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens for your chance to get up and close with Tigers, Amur Leopards, Reptiles and Primates.
Berney Arms makes you feel a thousand miles from anywhere as you walk amongst the vast marshes. Visit the iconic windmill and the remotest train station in Britain, where you can actually request the train to stop and take you home!



Corfe Castle in Dorset
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Dorset

On the south coast of England, Dorset is another picturesque slice of Britain’s marauding countryside. Camping, live music, wildlife and a chance to improve your skiing skills are all on offer in this part of the world.

Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle is held every August and is the prefect family festival. Chart-topping acts, children’s TV presenters and more activities than your kids will know what to do with. The Great Dorset Steam Fair is one of Europe’s largest outdoor events, featuring an old-fashioned steam fun fair, steam engines and traditional rural craft.

Snowtrax Alpine Activity Centre will get the adrenaline going as you practice your skiing and snowboarding tricks. The kids will love riding downhill on ski-bobs or ringos.
Monkey World and Ape Rescue Centre give you a chance to learn about our primate cousins and enjoy their crazy antics, whilst on a more tranquil level there’s Abbotsbury’s Swannery where you can get close enough to feed the swans on a daily basis.

Warwick

In the heart of the country lies Warwick, home to hundreds of years of history and heritage in the form of Warwick Castle. If you’re keen for the kids to travel back in time to see how life used to be, then this is the trip for you.

If they’ve never seen a flaming fireball launched from a catapult (good chance they haven’t!), climbed 500 steps to take in unrivalled panoramic views and explored 64 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens, then these can all be crossed off the list.

A great day out, you can also extend the trip by staying in the historic town of Warwick at one of the many family-friendly B&B’s. Stratford-upon-Avon, the famous home of Shakespeare is a short drive away and well worth a visit.

North Yorkshire

The North Yorkshire Moors National Park, much like the Lake District, offers up the great outdoors in breath-taking settings with an abundance of activities to suit all tastes.

Enter Dalby Forest, known as the great Yorkshire forest, with its 55 miles of cycling trails to accommodate all levels. Whether you’re after a relaxing cycle to take in the surroundings or want the adrenaline rush of downhill slaloms, this place has the lot. Segway tours are also available for a unique way to explore the forest. If the beauty of a clear night sky is your thing, Dalby is a Dark Sky Discovery Site making it a prime spot for gazing at the Milky Way. 

The Yorkshire Arboretum offers more family fun with its collection of over 6,000 trees and shrubs in the heart of Howardian Hills. The youngsters will be kept amused with treasure hunts, leaf bingo and activity packs.

Other spots to check out are Garbutt, Guisborough Forest, Mulgrave Woods and the National Nature Reserves of Duncombe Park and Forge Valley Woods. In fact, you might need to book a longer stay to enjoy it all!


About the author: Andrew Segal loves travelling both overseas and in the UK. He works for icarhireinsurance.com, a leading provider of car hire excess insurance.

Tuesday, November 3

Experience Australia’s Amazing Wildlife Up Close

Want to walk on the wild side on your next holiday? Then book a trip to Australia and marvel at the country’s diverse wildlife. Its mountain ranges, tropical rainforests, beaches, and isolated islands are home to some of the world’s most amazing creatures. When planning your itinerary, take a look at this list see for yourself why Australia is a dream destination.

Walk with kangaroos at Kangaroo Island in South Australia

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One of the first things you’ll think of when you hear Australia is the kangaroo. After all, it’s the country’s national animal. For a truly unique experience, walk with this fascinating marsupial at Kangaroo Island. This island is located in South Australia and provides a secluded home for the endemic kangaroo. As you trek across the island’s parks and reserves, you’re sure to encounter a roo or two. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see mom and pop walking around with their little joey (baby roo).

Cuddle with a koala at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Queensland

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What’s furry, cuddly, cute, and always has minty, fresh breath? Koalas! Well, they don’t exactly have minty fresh breath even if they eat lots of eucalyptus leaves, but they sure are cute and furry. If you want to cuddle with these critters, head to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. At this zoo, you get to cuddle a sleepy koala. Or, pretend you’re a tree and let it climb up your legs and arms. Just be careful with the claws; they’re mighty sharp and strong. Don’t forget to take a selfie with your new BFF.

Take a quokka selfie at Rottnest Island off Western Australia

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A quokka selfie is probably one of the best souvenirs you could get when visiting Australia’s Rottnest Island. This lush paradise is home to the quokka, a relative of the kangaroos and looks like a cat-sized hamster. It’s a cute, furry creature known as the world’s “happiest animal on earth.” Just do a quick “quokka selfie” search online, and you’ll be bombarded with photos of quokkas smiling and posing with tourists and locals. These furry marsupials aren’t camera shy, and they always have something to smile about. Just don’t touch or feed them since human food doesn’t go well with their diet.

Swim with whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

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Craving for a breathtaking experience? Book a swim tour at Ningaloo Reef, a world-heritage site known for its amazing marine ecosystem. It’s also home to plenty of whale sharks. Despite their size and appearance, these gentle giants only eat plankton and pose no danger to humans. When visiting the Land Down Under, look for authorized tour providers to see a whale shark up close. If the water conditions are perfect and you’re lucky, you could actually swim side by side with this filter feeder and marvel at its size and beauty. Bring the whole family since many tour operators provide kid-friendly packages.

See a cassowary in action at Mission Beach in North Queensland


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A trip to Queensland, Australia wouldn’t be complete without seeing a Southern Cassowary. This giant bird is usually seen trekking across roads, fields, paddocks, and even the locals’ gardens. If you see one, never approach it because it’s highly territorial. When it feels threatened, this dinosaur-looking bird can attack and cause serious injuries. So keep a safe distance and marvel at this endangered species as it forages for fallen fruits.

Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

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Want to see Nemo, Dory and the gang up close? Head to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s natural wonders, and snorkel your way down into the shallow waters. Beneath the calm, clear turquoise waters is an underwater paradise. Swim with schools of clownfish, coral trouts, snappers, and sea turtles. Marvel at the amazing ecosystem and at the fascinating reef structures made of limestone. The list of animals you can see underwater is practically endless, but make sure your snorkeling tour is scheduled within the months of June to November; you don’t want to suddenly cancel the tour because of unexpected rainshowers.

Feed the dolphins at Monkey Mia Beach in Perth, Western Australia

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Start your day right by hitting the Mia Beach at around 8am. From this time until noon, you can feed the dolphins that usually swim close to the shore for their daily breakfast. Under the strict supervision of a ranger, you get to wade along the shallow waters and hand-feed the dolphins. Each of these dolphins are known for their distinct and playful personalities, so don’t be surprised if one of them nudges you as you feed them. Bring the kids with you; it’s a fun, learning activity for the entire family. On peak seasons, hit the beach before 8am to get a good spot.

With such a diverse wildlife, Australia is a haven for nature lovers. It’s the place to be if you want to experience new things, learn more about animal conservation, or just marvel at amazing creatures. So for your next holiday, book a ticket to Australia, pack some hiking boots and a swimsuit, and get to know the Land Down Under’s incredible animals.

About the author: Katrina is a budget traveller and travel writer working with Alpha Car Hire, a Brisbane-based rental company with branches in Gold Coast, Sydney, and Melbourne. When she’s not writing about fun things to do in Australia. She has also worked for AusPak Driving School in Melbourne.