A holiday can be thrilling if you explore the place without any guides or help. Three brave travellers did that and came back impressed.
Bala Murali, Software Professional
I travelled to European destinations such as Southern Germany, Zurich and Paris as they make for a great triangle zone. A well connected rail system ensures that Europe can be a fun destination for a strained-for-cash backpacking trip. I did not plan or chart out my journey in advance and decided to just go with the flow and discover the places on my own. Europe is backpacker friendly, so if you have a handheld GPS navigation device, you can hop on and off trains and make quite a merry trip for yourself. In Zurich I found myself in the middle of the red light district, which I didn’t realise until nightfall and was quite scandalised. Germany has a lot of happy people, but since I could not converse in German interaction was a problem.
Stuttgart, Zurich and Paris all have budget hotels that show up on most navigating devices, and most of these places have travellers dorms. In most of southern Germany, Turkish joints make great wallet-easy eats that are quite delicious too.
‘Driving yourself is the best way to explore the island’
Prerna Singh, Lawyer
Even though Langkawi is a small island I decided to explore it on my own, without any tourist-like planning. One of the few good things that I did was buying a map of Langkawi. Renting a car was next on the list. Driving yourself is the best way to explore the beauty and adventure of the island. We obviously did break some minor traffic rules, as we were out to explore things on our own, but managed to not get into trouble. Unlike India, you wouldn’t find anyone walking on the roads, who can assist you with the routes so we were just on the mercy of the map and the sign boards.
The visit to the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club had me ogling at the cool yachts. I travelled to beaches such as Rhu beach, Cenang beach, Kok and Tengah Beach. The best part remained that everything was impromptu and unplanned, and that added to the thrill.
Things to keep in mind:
* Carry your driving license if you want to drive there.
* Buy a map.
* Experiment with Malay food.
* Shopping isn’t a very good idea here. You could rather splurge on adventure and water sports.