The article you need to read BEFORE traveling to Delhi

Delhi is a unique city and you CANNOT go there unprepared. You can get some inspiration from our other article Where to go in Delhi, but first we need to tell you what happened on the very first day of our Asian trip. Delhi is the official capital of India and therefore the center of…

Pack what? part 1 : clothes

Ready to ditch your suitcase for a backpack? In this serie of articles “Pack what?” Princess & Backpacker help you pick carefully the lucky items that will travel with you. Let’s start with clothes. First of all you need to understand something a bit contradictory : when you travel your bag is all you have…

Where to go in Delhi

Top 5 things to do in New Delhi, the capital of India: Agrasen ki Baoli : on Hailey Road, walking distance from busy Connaught Place. This place is a supposedly haunted stepwell that was formerly used to wash clothes and get water for everyday use. It is easy to imagine the number of Indian women…

On Missing home and Making New Lifelong Friends on the Road

Travelling is amazing and I am grateful that I can make it part of my life almost every year. I feel like it is part of my DNA and I would miss it if I wasn’t exposed to an international environment.  However after a few weeks, months travelling, it happens that I am beginning to…

Chill out at Varkala Beach

Where to eat in Varkala : – breakfast at Coffee Temple. Generous portion of homemade granola, the dirty chai and cardamom coffee are worth a try and the team has a very positive energy.  – lunch at Darjeeling Café where you can enjoy delicious handmade momos (north indian steamed raviolis). If you’re lucky you might…

Chill out at Varkala (continued)

Basically, Varkala is a small town popping out of cliff on the Arabian Sea. It is very tourist friendly and also features a few local cafés, grocery stores and ayurvedic pharmacies. It is a rather recent touristic spot and has been developping over the past 20 years. It took over Kovalam which was the hippie…

Rainy season at Kovalam Beach

After a 30-mn bus ride from Trivandrum and a good walk, we passed by all ayurvedic resorts and restaurants to finally reach our hotel, the closest to the lighthouse. The smiling team of hour hotel at Kovalam beach upgraded us to a seaview room and it was an absolute delight to enjoy the view when…

Where to go : Kovalam Beach

Top places to go at Kovalam beach : – Palm Beach hotel for a salty Indian Breakfast. We tried banana uppma and appam with vegetable curry (see pictures below).  – Kingfisher sea food corner for their amazing coconut naan and Kerala style fish. We tried fish molly and fish malabari and both were really…

Trivandrum : Kerala’s capital

We landed in Trivandrum and were instantly seduced by the green coconut tree jungle that takes over the whole landscape. We were also surprised to see many communist flags and later learnt that the national headquarters are based in the capital of Kerala. We took one bus from Trivandrum airport to the East Fort (the…

The Princess & The Backpacker

This is a modern Gen Y fairy tale.  Once upon a time (when people would actually check time on clocks and not on their smartphones)… …a thousand miles away from the Eiffel Tower (okay maybe it was just a few kilometers), a Princess was born. Her father was the king of a far away country…

No Plan Is The Plan

Imagine life as an ocean… When you start progressing in life your parents take care of everything for you, to prevent you from drowning. Then you get into the education system which provides you with life jackets. You keep those same life jackets when you get on the boat of corporations and put all your…