30 minutes 60 hacks: Travel presentation made at Nasscom Product Conclave 2013

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30 minutes 60 hacks: Travel presentation made at Nasscom Product Conclave 2013

  1. 30 minutes, 60 hacks
  2. me
  3. me: travel junkie, need monthly fix, too old to bum, 5* luxe at 3* prices
  4. what stops you me
  5. 01 what stops you: don’t have leave? yes, you do. ask for time, not cash
  6. 02 don’t have money? you don’t need much. read on.
  7. 03 you’ll take a package tour? oh heaven, please don’t.
  8. visas etc what stops you me
  9. 04 visas: go without prior visas to 59 countries.
  10. oh.pn/visa
  11. 05 have a valid US, UK, Schengen visa and add another 50 countries
  12. who to go with visas etc what stops you me
  13. 06 who to go with: don’t go with the obvious
  14. 07 best test for love and a relationship. strangers in strange lands.
  15. 08 kids? till the age of 7, please don’t bother. leave them behind.
  16. 09 if you do take kids, buy diapers & milk locally. don’t kill your luggage
  17. when to go who to go with visas etc what stops you me
  18. 10 when to go: any time really. there is no good or bad season.
  19. 11 don’t wait for once a year. try micro-holidays. 3 days is fine.
  20. 12 off-season is often the best season. goa rains. scandinavian lights. fares.
  21. 13 indian holidays a great place to start Jan 26, aug 15, oct 2, nov week
  22. 14 don’t be scared of the cold or heat. experience it, live it.
  23. 15 joobili etc will tell you what’s up. edm festival? thai lights? sakura?
  24. 16 don’t do unconnected countries. you always will come back.
  25. when to go who to go with visas etc air travel what stops you me
  26. 17 air travel: theory says tue is best time to buy. disregard this.
  27. 18 subscribe to all email, get on every useless frequent flyer program.
  28. 19 jump on to every air sale. now announced on twitter & fb.
  29. 20 air asia: the ecstacy & the agony: 7 kg baggage, charge for everything
  30. 21 see ixigo & akbar in india. skyscanner & kayak for outside.
  31. 22 many lcc’s are not on ota’s. check wikitravel for all airlines to a city.
  32. 23 take the less popular airline. 3 seats in economy beat 1 in business.
  33. 24 bom-nyc return for 27k, bom-male for 12k, bom-gau for 8k, ibz-lon 3k
  34. 25 be on it, sink into it. get into the zen of airfare deal hunting.
  35. when to go who to go with visas etc air travel surface travel what stops you me
  36. 26 surface travel: so much better, to actually see the place
  37. 27 rent a car with a gps. completely worth the little cost. Or buy one.
  38. 28 international license not needed. our license works most everywhere
  39. 29 europe by eurail is more fun. buy thomas cook guide. sleep free.
  40. 30 usa by amtrak is hugely underrated. first class flights at ground level.
  41. stay when to go who to go with visas etc air travel surface travel what stops you me
  42. 31 stay: all hotel rooms look the same when you’re asleep.
  43. 32 on tripadvisor, look at ratings not recommendations.
  44. 33 on tripadvisor, look beyond hotels to b&b’s and specialty lodgings
  45. 34 connect your facebook and enjoy airbnb
  46. 35 pools don’t matter. free wifi, breakfast, access & parking do.
  47. 36 learn the zen of priceline, better bidding & score 5*s at 2* prices.
  48. 37 goibibo, travelguru give the house away with promocodes. enjoy
  49. 38 use google + agents to find amazing well-fought deals
  50. 39 Rs. 1,500 for a lifetime at IYH is great for $10 beds around the world.
  51. 40 thorntree.lonelyplanet.com for the really local take on places.
  52. 41 JW Lon for $65, Hyatt SFO for $40, JW Sing for $70, Pat-mase for $100
  53. stay packing when to go who to go with visas etc air travel surface travel what stops you me
  54. 42 packing: never, ever check luggage in especially going out.
  55. 43 at best, check in on the way back with your shopping
  56. 44 7kg, not more. 1 extra over-shoulder half the weight, double the fun
  57. 45 100ml is more than enough for liquids. Try it.
  58. 46 You need half the clothes you think you need. And then less.
  59. 47 Travel / technical /stretchable clothes Not denim.
  60. stay packing when to go who to go with what to take visas etc air travel surface travel what stops you me
  61. 48 what to take: cameras aren’t really needed any more.
  62. 49 switch off international roaming. Get free wifi all over.
  63. 50 don’t take books. download guides.
  64. stay packing when to go shopping who to go with what to take visas etc air travel surface travel what stops you me what to do
  65. 51 shopping: almost everything is shipped by amazon / borderlinx.
  66. 52 Obscure, local foods. Easy-to-pack stuff. Or freight it.
  67. stay packing when to go shopping who to go with what to take visas etc air travel surface travel what stops you me what to do
  68. 53 what to do: please stop eating and meeting desi.
  69. 54 eat local.
  70. 55 drink local.
  71. 56 party local.
  72. 57 work local.
  73. 58 live local.
  74. stay packing when to go shopping who to go with what to take visas etc air travel surface travel what to do what stops you inspiration me
  75. 59 inspiration: flexibility. Buy a flight in 10 minutes. Do the impossible.
  76. 60 first, I let the planet leave a dent on me.
  77. maybe then I can better leave a dent on the planet.
  78. @maheshmurthy mahesh@seedfund.in +91 98922 49969

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