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Indian Auto Rickshaw Madness

by Globetrooper Todd | 4 Responses
Auto Rickshaw India

India’s a unique country. Unless you stay holed-up in an expensive hotel, you can’t avoid memorable travel stories. Down every street and around every corner you’ll find something that either knocks your socks off, drives you bonkers, or stops you still with utter confusion.

It dawned on me last night, after a particularly harrowing experience, that most of our Indian travel stories involve some sort of craziness in auto rickshaws. So I thought we’d share a few of the adventures that are fit to print.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, India | May 19th, 2011

Travel Review: 11 Inch MacBook Air

Macbook Air

We love to travel light. Apart from the added flexibility, it affords an odd sense of independence. There’s something very ‘Alexander Supertramp‘ about having all of your belongings in a 30L pack and being able to carry it comfortably for many hours on end. If … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Solar Power a MacBook

Solar Power Macbook

Why on Earth would anyone want a solar-powered MacBook? Well, for most people, they either want to work in remote areas, throw parties ‘off the grid’, or pursue something creative in the wilderness. For Lauren’s next expedition, the Gobi 2011, she falls into all of … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Plan and Book a Train Trip in India

Plan Book India Rail Train Tickets

I love Indian train travel. The journey itself is always an adventure, and if you’re in the right class, the ride is very comfortable. How many other countries would you visit just to ride the trains? Yes, seriously, it can be that good. But the … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Make Sense of Sunscreen vs Sunblock

Sunscreen Sunblock SPF UPF

Sunny days are double-edged swords. They make exploring new places infinitely more enjoyable, but they also cause nasty skin damage. It was only a year ago when I had head surgery to remove skin cancer caused by Australia’s harsh sun. So it’s about time I read-up and shared … Continue reading →

SteriPEN: By Far The Best Invention for Modern Travel

SteriPEN

From toilet roll holders for tents, to packing cubes that organise luggage, most travel products are just gimmicks. In fact, I make it a point to only travel with items I’d use at home. The road is my home, so it only makes sense. But … Continue reading →

The Adventures of Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park Butterfly Park

‘No… 150 rupees’, said the rickshaw driver as I offered my bundle of scruffy notes. ‘No. We agreed 50!’ I realised straight away I was being ripped off. There’s no way he could have known whether my bundle was 50, 150 or even 1050; the … Continue reading →

The Cost of Living in India

Cost of Living in India

Since leaving Sydney, we’ve lived in Montreal, Cusco, Buenos Aires, and now Bangalore. We’ve experienced the full gamut of living expenses; from 500-dollar dinners in Sydney to 7-cent samosas in far-Eastern India. But this odyssey isn’t just about saving a few quid. We left Australia to explore the … Continue reading →

Danger Up Ahead – Bring It

Danger Ahead - Bring It

‘There are still cannibals out there, you know.’ That was one of the first melodramatic responses from my family when I told them I was joining a two-month desert expedition. I’ll never forgot that comment, nor forget to bring it up at each and every Christmas … Continue reading →

Do I Need Anti-Malaria Tablets?

Do I Need Malaria Tablets?

Malaria is a tricky one. You can’t be vaccinated against it, but it can be cured. Yes, almost one million people die from it every year, but those who do, don’t have access to treatment. There are many ways to try and prevent malaria, but … Continue reading →

The Beginner’s Guide to New York

Beginner's Guide to New York

What do Gossip Girl, Ghostbusters, and Goodfellas all have in common? They were all set in New York City, along with other favourites, Friends, Crocodile Dundee, Law & Order, Scent of a Woman, Seinfeld, As Good as it Gets, Sex and the City, Cruel Intentions, … Continue reading →

A Must-Have in Your RTW Backpack – Silksak

A Must-Have in Your RTW Backpack - Silksak

We’ve travelled around India non-stop for the last few weeks, spending only 2 out of 20 nights in the same bed. Not knowing the state of your next sleeping place (location and/or cleanliness) can be a little unnerving. Your travel dreams can quickly turn into a … Continue reading →

The GCIRC Touchdown – The Final Days

Great Indian Circular Railway Challenge

We travelled over 12,000 kilometers; that’s 3,000 more than the Trans-Siberian. On 15 different trains; from general class, all the way to 2AC. To 12 towns and cities; the Easternmost, Northernmost, Westernmost and Southernmost railway stations of India. With 20 undeniably crazy people; from Australia, … Continue reading →