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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Posted On January 16, 2020 by Team iCynosure.

People love gambling and are willing to experiment with ideas and tricks to succeed in the fantastic world of gambling. Some learn the art of gambling by reading books, others research on the internet while some watch movies with content based on gambling, casinos and poker. Whatever they do to master the art, they try their luck to gamble for real money on live Indian sports events I believe movies are the best and most convenient option for this purpose, especially in the current world where it is possible to watch movies online anywhere and anytime. 

Here is a checklist of my 10 favourite movies about gambling, casinos and poker:

Released in 1995 directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, and James Woods; the film is based on a casino executive who is asked to run casinos in Las Vegas and then rises to power significantly against a mafia enforcer. The film narrates a tale of greed, deception, money, power, murder and more.

Released in 1998, directed by John Dahi, starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol and John Malkovich; the film is about a reformed gambler who returns to his old ways to help a friend pay off loan sharks. The film talks about friendship, commitment and how a man goes beyond the call of duty to help a friend. 

The Sting
Released in 1973, directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Shaw; the film is about a small grifter, who unknowingly steals a big-time crime boss. The drifter then schemes to get his revenge by destroying the boss's gambling world and ultimately murdering him. 

Ocean's Eleven 
Released in 2001, directed by Steven Soderbergh, with a stellar cast of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Mart Damon; the film is about how a group of eleven people devise an elaborate plan to steal from three popular casinos in Las Vegas. The film is a step-by-step scheme of an extensive con and rob job. 

High Roller - The Stu Ungar Story
Released in 2003, directed by A. W. Vidmer; starring Al Bernstein, Andrew Glazer, Michael Imperioli and Brian Kaplan; the film is based on a true story of the rise and fall of a teenage card prodigy. The film traces how the boy's obsessive habits put him in debt, addiction and excess of a legendary poker player. 

Released in 2008, directed by Robert Luketic, starring Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey and Aaron Yoo; the film about six MIT students trained to become experts in card counting and playing. The film follows their winning streak as they take millions in winnings in numerous Las Vegas casinos. 

Owning Mahowny
Released in 2003, directed by Richard Kwientniwsky, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver and John Hurt; the film is based on the largest bank fraud accomplished by a single man of Canadian history, a bank manager with a gambling problem. The film is a thriller drama that shows how a man fed his gambling obsession. 

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
Released in 1998, directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran and Jason Statham; the film revolves around four friends who collide with each other in a series of unexpected events. The crazy ride through the film is for nothing more than some weed, cash and two antique shotguns. 

Released in 2005, directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, André Benjamin and Vincent Pastore; the film revolves around a man who is recently released from prison and amasses a lot of money by gambling to revenge. The film is high on schemes, unknown dangers and redemption. 

Release in 1991, directed by Barry Levinson, starring Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley; the film is the true story of Benjamin Bugsy's journey to the Las Vegas gambling world from being a foul New York gangster. The film highlights how he doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone who dares to cross him. 

So which of these gambling content-based movies is going to be your pick? Turn on that television set, that smartphone and enjoy these thrilling mind games.

Until next time, 
~ Heena

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Posted On January 14, 2020 by Team iCynosure.

Fitness has different definitions for every individual. It is a form of lifestyle, which is more of a commitment to oneself and not a fad. Infact, fitness is all about maintaining a proper balance between mind, body and soul and for somebody like me fitness has become a huge part of my life in every way. Some want to lose flab to look fab, some desire to attain that chiseled look with that perfect jawline and desirable abs, while there are some who consider fitness as nothing less than a religion. For the people belonging to the last category, their life revolves around fitness exercise and diet as they are very particular about each and everything that’s a part of their regime. Though, fitness and everything related to it plays a pivotal role in the lives of everyone, irrespective of their idea or ideology behind fitness. And for everyone who is into fitness, a certain amount of motivation is required to keep going. 

Helo, a revolutionary social networking app, which is specially designed for the Indian audience, has a lot to offer to people who are looking for the right kind of motivation for to kick start & pursue their fitness interests.  There are some amazing fitness creators who have been tirelessly creating and post some really interesting  content on Helo to motivate everyone towards leading a fitter and better life. Whenever you feel like you are stuck at a dead-end and there is no escape from the clenching claws of junk food, sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy habits, then wait no more and turn to these impressive fitness creators who not only motivate you but also help you with tips and tricks to exercise a  healthy schedule. And guess what’s the best part is that? They not only create and share their content in English, but in various  Indian regional languages available on Helo.  F or example if a certain fitness creator is from Punjab, he or she can easily share the content in the Punjabi language to appeal to all the people familiar with the language. 

Here are the 5 accounts on Helo social app that will completely blow your mind off with their sheer determination and fitness goals achieved and aiming towards:

Avinash Jha
He is one of the most popular fitness creators on Helo. With his 84.4K followers, he shares workout plans for men and women, diet tips, fitness challenges and much more to keep a person motivated. Not only that, he also shares entertaining videos to keep his followers engaged. 

Fitness Guru Dinesh
With 251.9K followers, Dinesh has a huge fan following amongst various communities and is recognized as one of the  of the most popular fitness creators. He lives by the motto, “Aim is Fitness” and directs all his content towards it. He shares his fitness journey on daily basis, right from his body workout plans to fitness challenges. 

Cali Boy
He is a renowned fitness creator on  Helo, with 157.5K followers. He classifies himself as a Calisthenics Athlete from New Delhi, India. With his posts, he shows that how the right kind of workout can make or keep you fit and energetic all the time. 

Smita Yadav
This wonder woman is one of the most trending creators on the platform.  She is into fitness, fashion and yoga – making her the fittest in the lot. Smita has 129.4K followers with whom she shares yoga postures and techniques along with the benefits of practising it. Her speciality lies in getting to minute details of the content she puts in for the others to consume; she ensures to include steps, techniques and precautions to perform any Yoga postures, supported by pictures.

Daily Fit With Nishant
He is a fitness expert, coach and athlete, with around 265.6K followers, which in itself is a humongous fan following. The content that he shares is motivational and educative at the same time. Seeing his dedication, his followers have started to follow his footsteps by taking up cycling, going for intense workouts, running, etc. to become fit like him.  

These fitness creators also make use of appropriate hashtags to make their content easily accessible and searchable. Some of the common hashtags used by these fitness creators are #HeloFitnessTips, #HeloFitnessChallenge, #Helo, #HeloFitnessKing, #HeloStar, #ShowYourFitBody, etc. 

The above-mentioned fitness accounts are not the only fitness related accounts on the Helo social app, but some of the most famous ones. You can follow the ones who are in the above-mentioned list and also explore the ones who are not in here. Your criteria to follow certain accounts must include the relatability, practicality and the overall appeal of the content; rest it depends on subjective opinion. 
Note: The followers’ count of the mentioned accounts is as on 19 Nov 2019. 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Posted On December 17, 2019 by Team iCynosure.

It’s officially sweater season, a time to get cosy and comfortable. But what if I help you to get comfortable with loads of spunk and style, won’t it be awesome? So here’s to throwing out those boring sweaters that did nothing but protect you from the cold, and pack in some cute clothing and statement pieces from Ninacloak that I’ve been eyeing for a few weeks. 

Riot Of Colours
If you don’t have that sweater which is a colour explosion, you sure are missing out on one of the sweater trends of the season. How else would you stand out in your regular blue jeans or that oh so normal office slacks? When paired with a neutral bottom the colours will seamlessly blend into each other and balance the entire look. 

Speak Of Volumes
Don’t shy away from those gorgeous pom-poms, trumpet sleeves, ruffles, bows and more. These add an amazing drama to the entire silhouette in a voluminous way. The best way to carry this style is to keep the rest of the look simple with minimum accessories, neatly tied hair and of course a simple, clean-cut bottom to balance the volume. 

Embellish It Already
Not a lot of people can carry off an embellished outfit, let alone a sweater. But this season is about taking risks and so get those pearls and gemstones around the collar, or pick something with contrasting sequins. The beauty of this look is about going overboard and so the best way to style it will be with leather pants or a gorgeous high slit skirt. 

Print On Mania 
There have been a lot of adorable prints that make everyday women's sweaters on sale go like hotcakes. Either print on print or embroidery on print or even embellishments on print all work wonders this season if the look is to be subdued. Also how about picking some dark florals this season which is yet another very trendy style to flaunt. 

Thats all beauties! What are your thoughts on the statement sweaters? Do you own one? 

Until next time,
~ Heena 

Posted On December 17, 2019 by Team iCynosure.

No arguments, dogs are truly God's favourite animals. These beautiful little creatures are so cute that you can stare at them the whole day. People fall in love with their dogs so much sometimes, they become their life. We all have this one friend who's a damn dog lover. They literally live for their paws only. They care for them like their own children. We always envied those dogs for being their favourites. But here's an opportunity to become a favourite number 1. Here is a gift of a lifetime for your dog lover friends and family members. Handmade Portrait Paintings of their Doggo! They indeed are going to win their hearts and soul. But where can you have these artworks?

BookMyPainting is one such destination to your search for finding the best gift for dog lovers. They are a tech-enabled team that gives you a smooth experience in getting a hand-painted pet Portrait. They have artists who are pet portrait experts. They can literally paint your dog on a canvas. They have a number of art styles and sizes available for you to choose from. Their website makes it so easy to order a painting that you'll fall in love with their customer experience. BookMyPainting even supports urgent delivery and they can even write a short message or a poem for you with the painting. These poems are equally adorable as their artworks. From classic Charcoal to Old school watercolour, they have everything for you. All you need to do is upload pictures, select the Size and gee! You are done.

Wait! Are you not sure, what art style you should choose? Let me help you with that.

If your dog lover friend prefers a black and white sketch and has a classy taste, here is one photo to painting technique which is seriously out of the box. I'm talking about stunning charcoal sketches. Charcoal has great contrast and is the best option to capture the shine of fur of your little paws. Charcoal Sketches can be the classiest birthday gift for dog lovers. They will have their dogs with them forever with this. 

Okay. He's more into colours. We have one of the best colour portraits. Oil Portrait Paintings are one of the oldest art styles available. They have this world-class realism and depiction of reference that it is hard to spot the difference between real and art. Oil paintings can last a lifetime if they are kept properly and will surely make a collectors favourite anytime. So your two dog lovers are getting married? Get them a pair of their dogs painted on canvas and it will be the best wedding gift ever. 

There is one more good option in colour paintings that is watercolour Paintings. Watercolour is a real splashy and creative art style which will capture the innocence in painting better than anything. Watercolour paintings have creative, colourful backgrounds which will be great with your monochromatic walls. This will make the best Christmas gift for dog lovers.

If you want a sketch but still in love with colours, your winning bet should be pencil colour drawings. Pencil colour drawings are the only sketches which are in colour. They are created with old school Pencil colours and have the detailing and surrealism of Pencil drawings of graphite pencils. This is a must-buy if you're looking for a gift for a girlfriend who is in love with her dog and can't live without you and him. This is a chance to make her believe you love her dog the way she does.

Dog lovers are definitely a different kind of people whose attachment with their dogs are unmatched. They believe to feel accomplished with their dogs. We as their Friends and family have this duty to share those emotions and embrace them. A dog portrait will be a chance for them to preserve all those moments with their dogs forever. Let me know in the comment section who's dog lover in your friend list? 

Posted On December 17, 2019 by Team iCynosure.

Florals are one of the most loved fashion trends this season, however there is a stark difference between summer and winter florals. The easiest fashion trend to own is to do girly and cute florals, but nothing works as a fashion takeover more than moody dark florals. So, girls, it’s time to ditch the cutesy pink, white, orange florals and add some edgy twist to your classic florals in supremely darker tones. And remember, the bigger, bolder and richer the patterns are the more arresting the dress will be. 

Here is an easy trick - pick a variety of blooms against a dark background to flaunt this stylish trend, no matter what piece of outfit you are aiming for... Here is my lust list from Callabuy:

Ditch The Black
Dark doesn’t necessarily mean black, pick cheap long dresses in navy blue or burgundy or maroon instead, with contrasting bright floral prints. The best silhouette for evenings would be a scoop neck wrap dress to flaunt your curves. Don’t go overboard with the accessories, keep them dainty to let the dress speak.

Bring In Romance
Florals are all about romance, so to balance the dark florals add a feminine touch to it with delicacy. Pair the modern-day humble jean with a vintage style dark floral top or a figure-hugging swimsuit top to make the look subdued yet romantic.

Work With Accessories
In case you are not too sure about flaunting the trend, all guns blazing, pick a nice little dark floral accessory such as an evening bag that adds a pretty dose of dark florals while keeping your look simple yet on-trend. 

Autumn is also Christmas, so I’m heading to their website to check the new arrivals to refresh my wardrobe with the best high-quality but low-prices products. If you like what you see, you can pick these super cute and cheap clothes for women from Callabuy. 

Happy Shopping.
~ Heena

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Posted On December 14, 2019 by Team iCynosure.

Palm Oil, one of the most magical ingredients available to mankind today, is present in almost 90% of products we consume. However, just as fame comes at a price, Palm Oil’s popularity comes with a huge debate with an equal number of people for and against it for varied reasons. Unfortunately, those who vote against it, have only seen one side of the PALM without attempting to see the picture in totality. I have consistently followed the highs and lows of Palm Oil, including it’s rising demand over the years, questions surrounding its impact on health, and the hue and cry around its sustainability. With this article, I wish to debunk some myths surrounding Palm Oil, so consumers can fearlessly make an informed choice whether for or against it. 

So to the layman first up is the oblivious query, What is Palm Oil?
The answer to this is pretty simple, Palm Oil just like any other oil is made from the fruit of the tree, in this case, the Oil Palm which originally grew in Africa, then was harvested in countries with tropical weather like Indonesia and Malaysia.

So the pressing next question followed is, How is it used? 
Palm Oil contains antioxidants and beta-carotenes, and has a mid-range smoke point with a nutty taste that makes it perfect for cooking, especially baking, sautéing and medium heat frying. Palm Oil also contains high saturated fat along with high lauric acid making it an ideal ingredient for personal care products such as soaps, lotions, cosmetics and household cleaning products. It is also used as biodiesel. 

Since it is present in almost all aspects of life there is a raging debate on its effect on health and wellness. 
Let’s not forget that today Palm Oil is an indispensable part of our lives, with the WWF estimating it as an important ingredient in 90% of all supermarket products used. This huge magnitude opens up a continuous debate about the effects of Palm Oil on overall health and wellness. Thankfully there have been numerous studies conducted by respectable international bodies that reaffirm a positive effect on the health, thereby ascertaining the nutritional benefits as well. 

Research shows that each tablespoon of Palm Oil contains 119 calories, 13.5-gram fat and 2.2-milligram Vitamin C, which help reduce the LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, raise good HDL cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart attack and improve the immune system. Additionally, the antioxidants contained in Palm Oil offer many benefits to skin and hair health, including protecting cells from UV radiation and toxins.

So you must be asking yourself, if Palm Oil is so healthy and versatile, what’s all the debate surrounding it? 
Well, honestly I find it rather amusing, for it seems like a smear campaign to discredit Palm Oil. Among the numerous non-validated arguments, one of the major accusations that detractors talk about is how the Oil Palm crop is not sustainably grown and wreaks havoc on the environment, animals and communities. This argument is usually followed by a constant call to substitute Palm Oil with other alternatives including rapeseed oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. 

However, the individuals who push for this change are unaware of the fact that the Oil Palm crop uses less land, fewer pesticides and fertilizers to produce than its counterpart. Now to put this in numbers, as per the research conducted by The Oil Palm, to produce 150 million tonnes of oil; 38 million hectares of oil palm will be required. However, to produce the same 150 million tonnes of oil, the need will be of 187 million hectares of rapeseed or 250 million hectares of sunflower or 375 million hectares of soybean, which clearly is more than thrice the land and so hence water, pesticides, fertiliser all resources will be greater than that for Oil Palm. So now the crucial question must be asked, Which crop would be able to match the climate and environmental sustainability of Oil Palm? As outlined above all alternative oilseed crops have a much larger negative impact on the environment and imbalance the metrics to a far greater extent. 

But as the world population grows, the need for food, requirement for products, etc is rapidly growing. And to ensure that the need for food and other livelihood products is met, the best option currently is Palm Oil. Having said that, it’s no surprise that to cater to the rapid demand, the industry has pushed its boundaries to supply it. Unfortunately, an influx of Oil Palm plantations have sprung up all around the world, of which some are ethically planned while many are unethically seeded which creates doubt about sustainable and impact. To correct the wrong, many checks and balances have been put in place by the industry body, which enables the industry to head in the right direction.

However, the buck doesn't stop with the industry, but it does extend to us. As consumers who are aware of our individual responsibilities, we need to ask the tough questions, voice our opinions, pressurise for use of ethical ingredients, and join movements like Palm Done Right to be a part of this revolution and support those who are leading the change for a better tomorrow.

Until next time,
~ Heena

This article is written in partnership with the Malaysian Palm Oil Council to create awareness about Palm Oil, its history and way forward. The views expressed are independent and unbiased observations made by the blogger and the council bears no responsibility for the same. 

Friday, December 06, 2019

Posted On December 06, 2019 by Team iCynosure.

Everyone has a dream, but very few are willing to truly chase a dream. I have seen that willingness, that perseverance in Heer. Her choices over the years have been out of the box for a child her age. At times I did want to caution her for the fear of her not being able to achieve what she wanted. But I have been amazed at her zeal to go on, her ambition to get better and her onus to complete.

Over the years she has shown interest in performing arts. I have let her pursue what she wanted by discussing the pros and cons, the future and more. She has always been very keen in learning and performing ballet and a musical instrument over the years. Last year, she has taken great strides in her ballet class and has gone on to perform with her ballet group too.

However, music education on the whole had taken a back seat for a while and we wanted her to pursue this interest as music plays a very important part in a child’s development. Research even shows that children exposed to music training from an early childhood develop an interest in exploring, they speak more clearly, have a larger vocabulary and have strong social-emotional skills. The psychologist Howard Gardner also pegged music intelligence above logical and emotional intelligence as it has the ability to strengthen the bond between the mind and the body. 

We finally decided to trade her little pink toy keyboard for a portable Roland E-X30 Arranger Keyboard. Investing in a piano is a huge decision and after scrutiny, we picked the Roland E-X30 Arranger Keyboard for its high-quality sounds that are ideal for music lessons. This keyboard seems to be a beautiful blend between western and Indian music as it has wide range of both Indian and western sounds and rhythms. Roland is also planning to provide local music styles for Roland E-X30 in future.

A keyboard - contrary to what people believe - is a relatively easy, interesting and social instrument to include in a child’s learning. It helps build a child’s musical expression and creativity, develop technique and rhythm while letting children play and create full-band performances. Roland E-X30 with features like a portability, onboard speakers and battery operation is convenient to carry anywhere.

I’ve seen my little girl blossom as the keyboard has sparked her passion and curiosity for music. She keeps setting her musical goals and revisits them from time to time. I think as a mother while I encourage her to chase her dream and soar high into the sky, my instinct also ensures that I keep her grounded and raise her as an individual true to herself. And as she gets older and begins to fine-tune her dreams, I shall help her keep an honest eye on reality which shall become her greatest assets in understanding who she is, what is she doing, where she is going, and how she will get there.

Let me know in the comments below how do you as a parent help in your child’s dream? 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Posted On November 20, 2019 by Team iCynosure.

My primary job as a parent is to ensure the holistic growth of my children, including a sound physical, emotional and social well-being too. This means I need to be abreast with numerous crucial factors, such as a balanced nutritious diet, regular physical activity and overall physical and mental wellness. 

As luck would have it, last week when I was visiting a friend, I came across a Dental Camp organised by Colgate. I instantly registered Heer for a dental check-up and was surprised to learn that she had a cavity in a molar. When I discussed it with the dentist at the camp she told me that almost 70% of parents are unaware of their children’s cavities and almost 60% of parents are lenient about oral hygiene. The statistics of the issue were mind-boggling. However, with the problem, the dentist also offered simple solutions to ensure oral and dental wellness.

⟡ Brushing twice a day for at least three to four minutes.
⟡ Flossing every day after brushing.
⟡ Changing the toothbrush every three-to-six months.
⟡ Visiting the dentist regularly.
⟡ Enriching the diet with calcium.

Calcium is necessary for strong teeth and bones and also essential for cognitive and cardiovascular functioning. The nervous system utilises calcium for muscle contractions, nerve stimulations and regulating blood pressure. It is by far one of the most essential elements for a child’s preteen years. With Heer in the crucial age bracket, I was coming to terms with her oral health after the camp. 

At the camp, I was given 5 dental cards, which I shared with my friends and family. The cards got them free-appointments with some of the best dentists in our city for a dental check-up for their children. Not surprisingly, two of them are now armed with the right information to take the next step for their children’s oral care. Kudos to the brand for being a wellness initiator! 

A few days after the camp, I received a beautiful hamper from Colgate. It was packed with calcium-rich foods, such as dairy products, green leafy vegetables, almonds, and so on: essentials, that our kids need, to complete their daily dosage of calcium. The hamper also contained the newly launched Colgate Strong Teeth with Amino Shakti, it gives 4x strengthening power. I also received a video that demonstrated how it worked.  

It is important to understand that with all the functions Calcium plays, it is also instrumental in ensuring our dental wellness in check, keeping the jaw bones strong, teeth rooted and gums healthy. The new improved Colgate® Strong Teeth with Amino Shakti, gives 4x strengthening power. It helps add natural calcium to the teeth through the remineralization process and makes them strong from within.

Colgate has always been the go-to product since I was a child, and today I can boast of strong teeth, and this is what I want for my kids, too. So I’ve upgraded to their best one yet, the new Colgate Strong Teeth to ensure a well-cared-for mouth that promises beautiful smiles. About time you did, too!

Until next time,
~ Heena

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Posted On November 02, 2019 by Team iCynosure.

Embrace Your Curves With Shapewear

No matter what size you are… you are beautiful, is the mantra I live by. But that doesn't stop me from thinking that all of us have body areas that we always remain concerned about and hide, always wanting the areas to be in better shape. Sometimes this concern also restricts us from flaunting certain types of outfits. I definitely shy away from flaunting a bodycon dress and crop tops because I'm not confident about my mid-section. 

A lot many fashionistas, swear by shapewear can do the trick. Having never really used shapewear before, I tried to find out how shapewear works? Technically, shapewear is engineered using different techniques to temporarily smoothen out areas of the body by compressing the fat. Depending on the shapewear used, the flab can also move directionally.

So now the important thing is to recognise which is the right shapewear for your individual needs. The most simple way to pick the correct shapewear is first to identify the area of the body you want to be corrected and then pick from an available laundry list. I have two concern areas, especially after having two babies. One is love handles and the other is seat pouch. 

Love Handles
The abdomen is the most common area that women have concerns about and want to shape up, especially as it brings in immediate attention. The best shapewear options to smoothen the love handle is wither shaping high-waisted briefs or shapewear camisoles

Seat Pouch
The hips and thighs are another concern area for women who want to flaunt body-hugging outfits and so the best two options for these areas would be shaping briefs, shaper panty and thigh shapers. 

After a couple of trials and errors, I can confidently say that to ensure you pick the correct shapewear, you must follow these golden shopping rules: 

~ Pick the right size
~ Choose medium constriction 
~ Pick cotton blend shapewear

I did my research and picked my shapewear camisole and shaper panty from loverbeauty. Check the online store to check the entire collection. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Posted On October 25, 2019 by Team iCynosure.

With the festive season and the chilly winter months soon approaching, I’m sure the urge of wanderlust within every one of you is at an all-time high. These two periods are considered the best times to travel - either to beat the smoggy smoke of Diwali or the chills of the dreadful winter. Exploring and visiting exotic places does not necessarily have to cost you a bomb and you certainly don’t need to win some sort of lottery to travel the world – not if you know how to watch your expenses and plan out your trip wisely. I’ve compiled some of the best tried and tested tips to help you plan a holiday on a budget - 

Choose Off-Season Destinations 
If you’re looking to head to Goa this New Years, well, it would be close to impossible to plan out a cheap trip. Flight tickets would be at an all-time high and there are minimum solutions to this. Similarly, even hotel prices would be sky-rocketing at this point. Instead, you could choose to push your holiday by a few months when tickets would be relatively more affordable since it would not be peak season. 

Compromise on Accommodation 
Staying in the swankiest hotels and resorts is what we all dream of. However, if you want to travel on a budget - accommodation is one of the avenues which can help you save the most. Global platforms like Airbnb and Couchsurfing are popular options which allow you to simply book a spare room in a resident’s home. Or instead, you could opt for hostel dorm rooms. This option is increasingly popular with the youth - who are often on a budget due to lack of personal finances. 

Explore Public Transport 
Private transport facilities such as commercial taxis, hiring personal vehicles, or even global transport services such as Uber are sure shot ways of burning a hole in your pocket. To counter this, you could try using public transport in the form of trains or public buses. These are not only affordable options for transport but also completely immerse users into the culture and essence of a city. For example, cities like Tokyo and London are known to have some of the best subway systems in the world - and are used by the whole city for commuting. Similarly, on a national scale, travelling on the Mumbai Local is an enthralling experience in itself.

There are multiple avenues through which you can save up and enjoy a holiday on a budget. To conclude, if you’re looking to travel anytime soon – you may want to #JustEMI your holiday booking via the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network. The company has partnered with MakeMyTrip and is offering some amazing offers this Diwali. While transacting through MakeMyTrip, you can avail 20 percent instant discount on domestic hotel bookings up to Rs 10000 and flat Rs 400 off on minimum transaction amount of Rs 8,000 for domestic flight tickets using your Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card. If you aren’t a member of the EMI Network yet, you can apply easily via their Experia customer portal or check your pre-approved offer online.

So, what are you waiting for? #JustEMI you travel plans and book flights at your convenience along with choosing the most exotic resort of your choice! To know more, check out their EMI Network Town.