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4 Indonesian Islands That Are Better Than Bali

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.

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4 Ways In Which PayTM Made My Travel Easier!

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. 

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4 Stylish Travel Footwear You Must Own!

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!

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  • Basic Sneakers:

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!)

  • Closed-toe sandals:

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!

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Guide To Goa: Things You Must Know Before Visiting Goa!

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: 

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Top 7 Unexplored Places To Visit 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:

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Customer vs. Supplier Conundrum – Addressing the Aggregator problem through a Customer-centric value offering


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

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A Guide To Hampta Pass Trek

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.

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