A year ago today Amy and I were twelve days in to a month long journey through India. Our travels took us north, south, east and west to the cities of Delhi, Amritsar, Jaiselmer, Varanasi, Cochin, Mumbai and more. Before leaving we had a few reservations, as many people had warned us that traveling to India could be difficult and that we should expect the unexpected. They couldn’t quite put it into words but they always said that it would definitely be a challenge. After spending a month there, we now understand what they meant. India is a beautiful country steeped in history with deep religious roots, countless languages and customs and rituals dating back thousands of years. It is sensory overload simply walking down the street. Bright colored clothing, a multitude of markets, dust so thick you can taste it on your tongue, tuk-tuks barreling down the street, spicy aromas that tickle your nose and the constant scent of incense wafting through the air are some of the things that you can expect to experience. The poverty, corruption and pollution are everywhere yet there are times where pockets of beauty peak through, confirming why people love it so much . That being said, anyone traveling from the west will definitely go through some culture shock during a visit to this enchanting country. Here are a few things to expect, if a trip to India is in your near future.
Right before Christmas, I went with a couple of friends to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a week to stay in a beautiful luxury hotel on the beach. The most basic room at this hotel is $700+ a night, but for us, it was free using points I saved up on one of my credit cards.
If you already have an affiliation with an airline or hotel program, it might be a no-brainer to get a credit card associated with your program. Fly United? A United credit will get you more miles. Stay at a Marriott? Marriott has a good card.