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15 Things Every 90’s Traveller Would Have Done

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90’s was a period to be cherished forever. From Hollywood hits to epic romantic Bollywood numbers, from the adventurous and mysterious series of Harry Potter to Enid Blyton’s English children’s stories, 90’s rewarded us with heaps of amazing things. A age devoid of WiFi, 4G and mobile based travel applications, travel during 90’s seemed to be a tedious job for many. However, there are millions who believe that some unique, rather exceptional features of 90’s travel now make them sigh. Forget if it was easier or harder, better or worse, confusing or carefree, let us revisit the golden era of holidaying and if possible, turn those crazy acts and nostalgic moments into reality. Here are some stuff every traveller from 90’s have done:

Carrying a Suitcase without Wheels

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Those big heavy vintage looking suitcases with small handles must have given back pain and arthritis, but carrying them along with piles of clothes stuffed inside was way fashionable than pulling a classy trolley with ease today.

Keeping a Track of Travel Expenses in a Notepad

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A pen and paper pad was enough to note down every single penny spent on travel. Who cared about maintaining an excel sheet and calculating expenses in their laptops’s calculator?

Travelling with a Road Map or Compass

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I doubt if GPS or Google map was discovered then! With basic knowledge of geography, carrying a map and compass along was a common feature that every traveller of 90’s shared.

Locking Every Suitcase with Mini Locks and Steel Chains

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Bags packed for train travel was accompanied by small locks and steel chains. Locking suitcases with a handle below the seat a common sight during train travel. Wait! Story does not end here! 90’s travellers even used to seal their bags with lock and key during flight travel. ‘Security check’ was just a term that time!

Carrying Home-made Food

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A separate food baggage was a must, especially during train journey. Irrespective of the hours of train journey, breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner was cooked at home and packed separately. And international travel? Laddoo, khakra and dhokla travelled free of cost. Cup noodles were beyond imagination. Haha!

Ladies Secretly Putting a Mini Pouch with Cash in Bosom

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One of the creative creative ways to hide cash in the past. May be a Fastrack pouch was yet to be discovered! LOL!

Purchasing Typical Gifts Like Key Chains Made of Sea-shells or Woollen Cardigans

 

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Beaches meant key chains and ornaments made of sea shells, hills meant woollen sweaters and historical sites meant miniature versions of Taj Mahal or Eiffel Tower. And all friends and cousins were satisfied! Ahh!

Roaming with Milton Water Bottle All the Time

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Kinley or Aquafina were expensive affairs while travelling during 90’s. I could remember both young and adult travellers hanging a Milton bottle on their shoulder and filling those with mineral water in hotels, restaurants and sightseeing spots. Sigh!

Purchasing Train Tickets by Standing in a Queue

This was a fashion of holidaying during 90s. Early morning, railway counter, long.. very long queues.. and it proved you are about to travel. After all, the term mobile application was not born!

Contacting Home from the Holiday Destination’s PCO Booth

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A PCO booth and the traveller was like Ahhh, I am relieved! Forget WhatsApp and SMS, having a mobile phone during 90’s was an expensive affair and status symbol.

Carrying a Walkman Along with an Earpiece

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iPod or downloading music are just trends of 21st century. A traveller of 90’s made sure he carried a walkman and cassettes along to listen to Hindi, English or regional hits during his trip.

Hiring Mostly a Maruti Omni, Gypsy or Mini Bus for Sightseeing

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A big family and a 8-seater Maruti Omni, Gypsy or Mini Bus was ready to take them for sightseeing. While, a 5-seater Omni would do for a small family. Now, it is all about Duster and Eco Sport! Grrrrr!

Hunting for a Hotel after Arriving at the Destination

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Hopping around to find a good hotel in best deal was a trend amongst a 90’s traveller. As there was no or less scope for promo codes and online discounts, every traveller made sure they have the best bargaining skills.

Playing Cards with Friends or Co-passengers in Train to Kill Time

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As travelling occupied a major period of the trip and availing flights was like distant dream, playing cards seemed to be the best time pass during the journey. Also, making temporary friends with co-passengers and talking crap was another hilarious task. Grrr!

Having a Box Filled with Coins and Currencies

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Most travellers from 90’s ensured bringing back coins and currencies from every country they visit. May be now those currencies are only antiques in living rooms, as present generation prefers a Gucci watch or Da Milano bag at cheaper rates.

I think I have done almost all of these, and want to do these again. Do you want to go back to the 90’s with me and experience an old age travel? Then ditch the techy way of holidaying and come along!

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Top 7 Perks of Dating a Die-Hard Traveller!

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Travelling is one of the most amazing and wonderful experiences that changes a person’s life. It is an exercise that makes you an artist, a creative thinker and above all a better human being. A person who travels a lot is totally different from others, and that can only be realized when you spend time with a travel buff. Dating a travel buff is no less than an awesome experience and the perks you’ll enjoy in return are priceless.

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If you have not yet felt this life changing miracle, let us tell you the ways. And if you are doing it already; then you’ll be able to relate well. Don’t forget to give us a high five later. Here are the top perks you can enjoy if you date a die-hard traveller.

1They Will Become your Travel Google: Know about the top places for sightseeing, vacations and destinations for your next trip as they have all the information that you need.

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2. They Make the Best Travel buddies: A trip with a travel buff gives you a wonderful experience of exploring and enjoying the destination to the most. They are perfect travel partners and you’ll enjoy a lot in their company.

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Go for an exciting road trip with your travel partner. | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96234648@N02/9777068796/in/

3. They’ll Get You Gifts from Different Places: Imagine your home filled with unique lamps, art works and paintings from different corners of the world. This will happen when your traveller guy/girl goes to a new place and brings something as a token of remembrance.

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4They are Always Ready to Travel: Even if your friends ditch at the last moment of your trip, your man/woman will always be there for you. You can always keep them for a back-up for your quick getaway and they’ll join wholeheartedly. Whether it’s a last minute plan or a pre-planned holiday, they will always be in.

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5They Love Trying New Things: Whether it’s about trying a new cuisine or going to a new destination, they will support you happily. You won’t have to think much before asking them to do something different. So, how about tasting Sushi in Japan or Feni in Goa with the man/woman of your life?

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Trying fish pedicure together for the first time. | Photo Credit: Nidhi & Gaurav.

6They are Amazing Entertainers: There won’t be a single dull moment in your relationship as they will always have something to tell you. Conversations with them will help you to learn new things and know more about them. You will have your own personal entertainer, yes free of cost! LOL.

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Singing and playing guitar, isn’t that a wonderful source of entertainment! | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/134220457@N04/21832683086/in/

7They’ll Never Judge You: The best thing about dating a travel buff is that they don’t judge. They’ll accept you for what you are. You will get the freedom of doing anything and you can always open up your heart to them.

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So, if you are enjoying the perks, you are the luckiest and if not, then you need to find one traveller guy/girl soon.

Out Now: Your Age Group Appropriate Travel Itinerary

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Travelling is an activity that impresses people of almost all age groups and lets them enjoy quality time with family and friends. While most people take help and inspiration from social media; there are many who plan randomly. There are many choices and sources that inspire us to travel and explore. However, a recent research done by a U.S based organization shows that travelling, according to your age, can help you in making the most of your vacation.

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Based on a research, we have drafted a travel itinerary, created the parameters for you to roam around, have endless fun and make some magical memories. Take a look.

Age Group: 18-30

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The study says that travellers aged between 18 to 25 should take a trip to mountains. Trekking, mountain climbing and adventure activities can be included in your travel itinerary without a second thought. Triund, Mcleodganj, Chamoli, Kasauni, etc. are some of the top choices for trekking in India.

Age Group: 31-44

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Colva Beach, South Goa | Photo Credit: Jatin Behl

According to the research, people planning vacations during their age of 30-40 should head to the beaches. Whether you wish to take a sunbath or give yourself a rejuvenating break; the beaches of Goa, Kerala and Puri are the ideal choices.

Age Group: 45 +

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Infinity pool at Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala | Photo Credit: http://www.kumarakomlakeresort.in/kumarakom_photos.html

People above the age of 45 are advised to take a break at peaceful and serene places. Spas, meditation centres and hotels with sauna and swimming pools, especially ones with infinity pools like Wildflower Shimla or Vivanta by Taj-Malabar, are perfect for all belonging to this age group. Book a suite soon and enjoy a relaxing break.

Age Group: 50 +

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The ‘above 50’ years of people are usually free from all sorts of responsibilities and it’s the best time when they can take a joy ride across the world and have unlimited fun. London, Turkey and Paris can be added to the list. So, pack your bags and get going.

Age: No Bar

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Road trip | Picture Credit: Jatin Behl

 Well, this category is for those travellers who think age is just a number. If your body is 55 and your heart is still at 25, then you definitely go for an adventurous safari at the Ranthambore National Park, a refreshing road trip to Manali or a thrilling river rafting excursion in Rishikesh.

Vacation preferences may vary from individual to individual, but taking them according to age gives a unique experience. So, next time you are drafting a travel itinerary or planning a trip, visit the one that is perfect for your age. And if you aren’t much affected by the numbers of your age; go take that long pending break. After all, it’s your life, make it large!

Here Are 20 Signs That Show You Are a Born Traveller

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Are you the type – who loves, reading a book in wilderness rather than in a four-walled room; trying out a delicious local cuisine rather than eating Chinese in a restaurant; downloading all the travel apps rather than movies, games and videos or constantly day-dreaming which place to visit next? If your answer to all these questions is a big Yes!, then the wanderlust bug has surely bitten you and you have fallen prey to its nature of hopping around the vivid world. If you exhibit any of the following 20 signs, you’re definitely born to travel!

1. You love to sit with an Atlas and encircle the places you wish to visit!

Yes! The pleasure of turning this into reality is fantabulous.

2. Your backpack is always within your reach!

Better not keep it away when you are sure that you will need it too frequently? After all, backpack is your essential travel partner.

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3. You keep a constant check on trending airfares, hotel deals and availability of rail tickets!

Is this your favourite time-pass? Then I term you as a ‘wanderlust’.

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4. Accumulating cashback has become your singular life mission!

Then your frequent trips can turn into real cheap ones.

5. Your phone is updated with all travel apps!

Because you could possibly need those any time.

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6. Your passport is your favourite accessory!

Can you count the number of stamps it has?

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7. Whenever you save some cash, you plan to utilize it in your next travel!

And then your friends can call you ‘kanjus’. Who cares?

8. Photographing landscape, local culture and memories is your dream!

They remain entangled in your heart forever.

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Lodhi Garden, Delhi | Photo Credit: Debatree Saha

9. Wherever you go, you bring along souvenirs as a memory!

One day you might have to buy a separate cupboard to keep all those.

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A souvenir stall at Mcleodganj | Photo Credit: Ujjal Deb Roy

10. Your facebook profile has more of your personal travel albums!

Friends may get bored of it but for you it is fun, it is life. Go ahead dear friend!

11. You are constantly day dreaming of where to go next!

Live up to your ‘day dreams’.. LOL.. Only you can prove ‘daydreams do come true’.

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12. Alps Mountain Railway or Amazon jungle has been your favourite fantasy!

While your friends tap their feet on English pops in a dark disco, you wish to wake up to the glory of Alps mountains or click a tiger deep inside the bushes of Amazon and you go far, far and more far…Wowww! How varied the world is!

13. The major criteria for your life partner is that he should be a travel freak by heart!

And you two will swim in the ocean, trek up to the Himalayas or kiss each other under the starlit sky of Jaisalmer.

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14. Your in-flight time pass is to read the complementary travel magazine!

Do you really care if you secretly bring one back with you.

15. French, German, Chinese, Spanish and more!

You are an expert in toasting your host in many languages.

16. You have saved your salary to gift yourself a DSLR!

And it will go heavy with clicks of your trips.

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17. You would be more than happy if parents gift a travel ticket on your birthday!

I don’t need a gold chain mamma. Hahaha 😀

18. You are a foodie by heart!

You can eat any cuisine in any part of the world, drink tap water if mineral water is out of reach. And this is an experience to you!

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19. You are the one always sitting in front with the driver!

Antakshari can happen later on, you got to keep an eye on the road first.

20. When you know there is a long weekend, you start planning a trip way ahead!

Bang Bang!!Thailand? Dubai? Okay no.. this time Udaipur or Darjeeling will do..Just pack up buddy and make the best of the long weekend!

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If you can relate to the above pointers, then get the tattoo of the word ‘wanderlust’ done on your wrist. The world may or may not know you, but you will fall in love with yourself all the more as your dreams of walking barefoot on the beaches of Maldives or dune bashing in Dubai will come true. For life is short and give it everything you live for!

Bon voyage!