Recently we got to experience the brand new Hyundai Creta. The beautiful interiors, the sunroof, in-built GPS and comfy seats made for a lovely ride to Rajasthan. We decided to visit the beautiful fort of Tijara in Rajasthan. A place as royal as the ride we were in.
Indonesia is an amazing country that’s long been a favourite for backpackers. It offers incredible beaches, beautiful jungles, volcanoes, and some incredible cities. The blend of modern living in the big cities and rich cultural and historical heritage in the countrysides draws so many visitors to Indonesia every single year. But a lot of them end up going to the same place. Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 tiny islands, the most famous of which is Bali. It’s the typical backpacker location with buzzing beach resorts and secluded countryside to explore. It’s easy to see why so many people flock to Bali every year. The beaches are beautiful and there are so many amazing things to see there, but what about the rest of the country. Bali might be great but it’s certainly not the best Indonesian island. If you only go there and nowhere else, you’re really missing out on some of the incredible things that the rest of the country has to offer. If you’re planning a trip to Indonesia and you’re only looking at Bali, here are some other great islands that you should definitely add to your itinerary.
Though train rides are amazing, but the whole ordeal of booking a train ticket is not. Since PayTM launched their own train ticketing service, it really helped us book our train tickets with ease. Being travel bloggers, booking, being organized and planning things in advance is important for us. We usually book our tickets months in advance. With Paytm in the picture, booking our travel tickets is now easier and hassle free.
If you know me, you know that I love comfort over anything else. But now that I also have to look good for the gram, I have to sacrifice that just a teeny-weeny bit on my travel footwear! I tend to carry only one or two solid sandals for walking and a one pair for those fancy nights when I have to go to a party or dinner. So, here we are. These are some of the best travel footwear that I carry:
Basic Brown/Black Sandals:
Now, let me warn you these are pretty hard to find. I’m not talking about the flimsy sandals that they sell which are just looks. I’m talking about the solid pair which you can walk miles in. The material is super soft and comfy, like leather but not leather. I have brown ones from Forever 21 which have survived in pouring rain, 10 km walks and just anything in between. Like the one I’m wearing in the photo below. Of course your travel footwear need to be trendy too!
This is a no-brainer. But ALWAYS carry one pair of stylish, basic black or white sneakers with you. When your flimsy, stylish sandals are unable to take the load, these travel footwear are life saviors! Because of my love of all things black, of course I have black sneakers from Puma. But never under-estimate the power of a solid sneaker when on a holiday!
Fancy dinner date sandals:
Yes, of late I have been carrying these too. Since my long & flowy evening dresses don’t look good with either of the shoes above! I usually carry block heels as they are comfy, look good and I can walk miles in them! I usually carry either my grey block heels , gold block heels (which goes with anything!)
I usually don’t like these personally as I love wearing open sandals at all times, but these go really well with all kinds of dresses too. They give a formal look but since they are flats, they are super comfortable!
Let’s be honest here- almost everyone is struggling with the new Instagram Algorithm. In order to beat the algorithm I have been reading up on way too many articles. From “How To Get More Instagram Followers Right Now” to “How To Increase Your Instagram Engagement” – the articles online are a plenty! But what I’m offering you is a daily guide. In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to double your Instagram Engagement in 5 days. It’s not as daunting or difficult as it sounds. Promise!
It’s not that hard to beat the Instagram algorithm, all you have to do is understand it and work around it.
So, what is the most major factor in Instagram algorithm that allows more engagement? It’s interaction. In the form of likes, comments, DM’s (Yes! Now DM’s are also a part of the new Instagram Algorithm) and even Instagram Stories.
Below is a day by day Instagram route that you can follow to increase your Instagram engagement.
Day 1: Use Relevant Hashtags
Now, we have all heard this one. But there’s a constant debate as well. How many hashtags are too many or too less?
In my opinion, if Instagram has given you a tool that can make your account reachable to more people- Use It!! Use at least 30 hashtags in each post. (Disclaimer: Instagram has a new rule where you can’t use more than 30 hashtags)
Use hashtags which are synonymous with the content you’re posting. For example: if you’re posting a photo about food, then use only food related hashtags. If you use #London, it’s not at all relevant to the image and there’s no point in using that hashtag.
Also, did you know some hashtags are banned by Instagram? Yes, it’s true. This is the list for 2018.
The list keeps changing, but using these hashtags might lead to a shadow ban as well. How to know if a hashtag is banned? Go to the “Explore” page on Instagram, write the hashtag. If nothing appears there then the hashtag is banned. DON’T use it and risk your account!
If you use the right hashtag and if your Instagram post becomes very popular, then it might even appear on the Explore page! Which means, more engagement and more followers!
Read More: How to Become a Travel Blogger
Day 2: Create Instagram stories – fuel a conversation
What started as a fad, is now Instagram’s most important parameter of engagement. So, if you haven’t already joined the bandwagon, then please do.
Because Instagram stories are not just a random Instagram tool, it will help in increasing your Instagram engagement.
If you’re an Instagram page who wants to grow, then show people your daily life. Connect with your current and prospective followers through Instagram stories. Give them a behind the scenes look, or just share some photos of your day.
There are many new tools in stories like live (to go live) normal (to take a photo or take a video), boomerang, superzoom, rewind, hands-free, or stop-motion. If you have more than 10k followers, then a Swipe Up option will be available as well where you can share links.
Below I’m sharing some fun Instagram stories Ideas, so that you can get a head start and from there on use your own creative ideas to connect with your followers:
– Share a Behind The Scenes look:
If you’re a travel blogger, then show then how you click great photos. Show your gear, tripod. When you’re actually creating a photo, take them to a location and show the behind the scenes action.
– Use The Poll Option/ the Slider Option:
There’s a new slider option as well with the Instagram polls which is a fun way to ask your followers which idea they like more. Just as a starter, try on two outfits and ask them which one should you be wearing to an event. It makes your followers more connected to your life and they feel valued as well.
– Go Live on Insta Stories:
This is also a great way to directly interact with your followers. If you’re out on an event, then just go live. Talk to your followers, tell them about the event and just let them ask you questions.
– Share a tutorial:
If you’re a fashion blogger, then show how you style your clothes or show a DIY fashion trick. It helps people get more invested in your life and if they learn something useful, they will come back to your page for more such info!
– Make people want to DM you:
Now, let me tell you that Instagram DM’s are also a way of increasing engagement. The new Instagram algorithm has now included Instagram DM’s as a form of engagement as well. So, ask a question, ask for an opinion- make people want to have a conversation with you. Building relationships is the only way to increase Instagram engagement.
Day 3: Post Consistently
I can’t stress on this point enough. If you think Instagram is just about posting one post in a couple of days- you’re wrong.
With so many accounts popping up here and there, the competition is harsh. And if you want to increase your Instagram engagement, then the first rule is to post consistently.
For me, posting everyday works. But it can differ for people. Some people go ahead and post multiple times a day, some post alternate days. But don’t forgo posting more than one or two days.
Instagram works like this- If you get more engagement on one post, then it will show your post to more people in the next post. But if you stop posting then you’re right back to square one. Consistent organic engagement is what Instagram wants.
Day 4: Engage with other people To Get More Instagram Engagement
Every time someone comments on your photo, make sure to reply back! This is really so basic, and takes a few minutes only. And making relationships through comments is one of the best ways to increase engagement.
Even with the accounts you follow, don’t just like their photo. Leave a meaningful comment. This strikes with the person you’re following and in return he might just start following you and even commenting on your photos!
Engaging and building relationships is the number one tool to increase your Instagram engagement and Instagram followers as well.
If you want to really fuel the speed of the engagement, then join Instagram pods. These are basically WhatsApp and Telegram groups where a lot of Instagrammers post their daily posts. Each person has to engage with atlas 5 posts above them. This makes a chain and in turn increases everyone’s engagement. This is one great way to get new Instagram followers as well.
Day 5: Write long captions that makes people want to comment and gives an insight into your life
Many people don’t give too much value to Instagram captions. While yes, the photo does the talking , but if a strong Instagram caption supports it then it’s gold.
A good photo just elicits a like, but a great caption elicits a comment.
And as we all know, the Instagram algorithm values comments more.
They key is to give an insight into your thoughts and feelings. If you’re a travel blogger, then you can also give a background of the place in the picture, your experience in the city, tips to roam around the city and more. Ask questions, play a fun game, give valuable info or tell a personal story. These are all great ways to fuel people to stop scrolling and actually engage with your post. This is a sure shot way to increase your Instagram followers as well.
You can also try writing emotional captions which really move people. It might anger them, connect with them, make them take an action or even make them go click on your blog website.
What you really want to do is create such an account that matters to people and makes them want to stick around.
And just because you’re starting out, doesn’t mean that you should get disappointed by the people who are already above you. Everyone has their own story, their own pace and everyone is capable of creating a story.
So, do just that. Create such a story and mark through your content that people really do stop and engage. That’s how you can increase your Instagram engagement.
Did you like this article? If yes, then please comment below and let me know your thoughts! Do you want more such tips on social media and blog creation?
We have all been there – booking last minute flights for an impromptu holiday or an emergency. But that doesn’t mean we have to pay a bomb to book those flights. Believe it or not, there’s a way to book last minute good flight deals. How? Read on:
We don’t need to sell you the Goa holiday. The exquisite beaches, azure sea and hippie culture has already made Goa a very happening tourist place. Many tourists not only from India, but Russia as well come here. Known as the “party capital” of India, Goa has always been one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country. Here are the best things to do in Goa:
Goa known as the erstwhile party capital of India is now a bustling tourist destination at all times of the year. Goa is always on the list of the party lovers and younger generation as well. The relaxed vibe of the place coupled with the stunning beaches and smiling locals, makes this one of the best places to visit in India. Looking for a Goa tourist places list ? You have come to the right place. I’m not going to cover the usual Fort Aguada and such here. This is for those who want to explore the most unexplored places to visit in Goa:
In the wake of strong dissent expressed by Indian Taxi drivers, it is worth asking whether the aggregator model is one which can keep both the customer as well as the supplier (the taxi driver, in this case) happy? As we speak, numerous taxi unions are on an indefinite strike in major cities like Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi with an overarching complaint- India’s two most popular on-demand cab companies are not helping drivers earn enough; in fact the daily earn for some cab drivers has plummeted by 80% over the last 6 months.
The Customer vs. Supplier Conundrum
With the intense competition in the on-demand taxi aggregation space, the two key actors in the eco-system viz. the driver as well as the customer are often left dissatisfied due to diverging demands – one party is simply not earning enough while the other party is asked to pay an exorbitant amount for a ride. Given that on-demand ride hailing has become a habit, customers are forced to accept the fares displayed on their screens under the guise of the ‘going-rate’ or the ‘price that you pay for comfort’. And there’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever- demand drives prices. Why would a company not want to charge a customer, a certain something, a premium, if there’s a demand for that service?
The problem becomes a little more complicated when it comes to the drivers. In the early days, aggregator companies invested significant capital into acquiring and retaining driver partners by incentivizing them with lucrative payouts, even if they werelosing significant money on every ride. With the focus increasingly turning towards profitability, the companies are forced to cut costs. And the drivers are suffering in the process because of the sudden decline in their incomes.
Savaari’s Ethos – Value based service delivery
Savaari Car Rentals is India’s premier intercity car rental service provider that provides chauffeur driven cabs in 98 cities across India. Primarily an Intercity travel company, Savaari’s customers spend upwards of 5 hours on an average within a cabeach day. The car and the driver thus become integral actors in the customer’s multi-day journey; be it a vacation or a business trip. It is to leverage this significant captive customer time within a car that Savaari tackles the aforementioned conundrum in an alternate fashion- by moving away from a cost-based offering to a full value-based service offering.
While it works hard to provide the most affordable fares to customers, Savaari does not (want to) compete with its competitors merely on the price-point. It simply doesn’t compromise towards striving and delivering the best-in-class services to the customer. Savaari does this by carefully handpicking its drivers and cars, working extremely hard in listening to and addressing customer feedback as well as crafting its service offering by putting itself in the shoes of the customer. The output is a prodigiously evolved product that accommodates customer tastes, seasonal demands and service-standards.
The customer is unequivocally placed at the center of its business. In our ten years of being in the cab aggregator business, we’ve learnt that customers feel most comfortable when they’re able to communicate well with their driver. And this holds true especially on long trips where both customer and driver rely on each other for information and planning. In a cosmopolitan city like Bangalore, Savaari offers its customers the option of selecting a Hindi speaking driver. On road trips, customers embarking on a longer journey can specifically choose a car with a luggage carrier attached to the top in case they are travelling with large baggage.
So where does this leave the driver? A problem that has plagued the erstwhile unorganized intercity car rental sector is the reliability and customer centricity of services offered. Savaari believes that is not particularly due to the sub-par service standards in the unorganized sector but due to the information asymmetry between requirements of the customer and on-the-ground execution capabilities of the driver. This is the single most important gap that Savaari strives to bridge. The results have been emphatic among both the driver as well as the customer community. With this value-based service offering, drivers and other suppliers are engaged in transparent contracts that have healthy payouts, one of the best in the industry.
Furthermore, they are additionally incentivized (or penalized) on a customer-satisfaction led score that has increased performance accountability. One of our vendors in Mumbai had a particular driver not performing as-per the requisite quality levels demanded by Savaari. As a result, bookings assigned to this vendor dipped significantly. Once the feedback was incorporated by the vendor and quality reached acceptable levels, the vendor’s payouts rose by over 10% of their steady-state business. This customer-satisfaction led supplier incentives have yielded success throughout the country – thus placing Savaari in the leading quadrant of NPS (net promoter score) metrics.
In conclusion, with a mission of inspiring India to travel by road, Savaari is on an ambitious journey of walking the tight-rope in keeping all its key stakeholders happy. And it has the right ingredients that ensure its succe
A vacation can be of all sorts. It can either be a luxurious pampering or an impromptu road trip to an unexplored town. But which is the best kind? An escapade in nature- Hampta Pass trek. In the age of social media, spending some days in the nature without internet sounds like a real detox. The fine smell of the damp earth, the lullaby of birds, and a bed beneath the stars. The combination of all these things have an instinctive calming effect to a human being.
Where do you find all these things? On Hampta Pass Trek.