Blog en-us (C) ( Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:24:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:24:00 GMT Blog 115 120 Psychological benefits of Adventure Sports: Positive impact on Personal & Professional Life We all consider EAS (Extreme Sports, Adventure Sports & Survival Sports) as an adrenalin activity relevant only for thrill seekers. However, not many of us are aware that these sports have long-term benefits associated which extends to professional & personal life. All these activities require loads of physical, mental & psychological perseverance. What differentiates them from other regular sports is the nature & degree of risk associated and thats where it brings in immense benefits.

Following are the benefits associated with the regular indulgence in EAS:

1. Learn to respond to tough & unfavorable situations: There is a well-known phrase “Pain Is Inevitable; Suffering is Optional”. A constant challenge for the millennial generation, as highlighted by Simon Sneak, is that this generation hasn’t accepted the fact that “Life was never easy and will never be easy”. What differentiates winners from others is the fact that winners know that they have a choice to respond to tough situations. EAS takes us through the pain every time we indulge in it. Every moment can be a painful moment. But to continue in the game, we need to choose how to respond to the situation. Regular practice in EAS makes us mentally resilient. When we are confronted with crisis situations in real life, we are more equipped to respond it in the right way.

2. Learning to Accept as life unfolds: We never know how things might turn out during EAS. We might slip and break our leg, we might run out of food during a trek, or we are out in the sea and suddenly there is a cyclone. We need to learn to accept the uncertainty that life throws at us. To remain in the game, we constantly need to tell ourselves, “don’t run or get scared, accept it, don’t try to fight it, learn to adapt”. If we remain calm, we will find that we are still alive. In real life scenarios especially in corporate roles, we have to bring ourself into awareness of this fact and realize that we are not dying; we are just experiencing something out of our comfort zone. And if we don’t panic or try to escape the feeling, everything will remain as it is, and eventually, we will be able to transcend it.

During survival living training, we are taught that in case we face a threat situation, we need to follow the four steps :

1) Stop 2) Breathe 3) Think 4) Act

  • The first activity asks us to stop doing everything; which primarily asks us to stop from panicking. Our flight or fight mode needs to be paused.
  • The second activity asks us to channelize all energies. Breathing allows oxygen to flow to brains thereby allowing our minds to work at full throttle
  • The third activity asks us to focus on next strategy, to think with a calm and composed mind on how to respond.
  • The final activity asks us to act based on the action plan.

3. Psychological Strength: There is an old saying “do something every day that scares you”. Well, pursuing EAS regularly pushes us into our scare zone and we become psychologically stronger. This also helps us in overcoming our fears, and, fear is the biggest obstacle in one’s success.

4. Managing “Negative thoughts”: We are always surrounded by negative thoughts in life. Most of them are generally irrational fears and worries about own survival. We can learn to better work with these thoughts by putting ourselves in situations that generate these thoughts. As EAS involves a continuous threat to life, negative thoughts are generated constantly. Repetitive exposure to negative thoughts and overcoming them on each and every occasion helps us to master our mind, thereby helps in managing negative thoughts in a better way.

5.Putting oneself in demanding situations: Many times, we miss success because we never put ourselves in demanding positions. I have seen many employees having a great potential could not grow because they never pushed themselves beyond their comfort zones, probably because demanding situations scares them. They don’t want to take undue pressure because they are not sure of the outcome or they are comfortable in their own zone. EAS puts us in the kind of pressure that will either make or break us. When we pursue EAS regularly, even if it breaks us, over multiple iterations we become stronger and over a long period we come out as a transformed person.

6. Managing the feeling of “worse will happen”: Many times we are scared moving forward because we foresee the worst possible scenario happening. In reality, worst never happens most of the times and even if that happens, the outcomes are not to the degree we expect. EAS makes us go through so many worse situations that we are no more scared of worse situations. We gladly accept that the possibility of happening worse is not even 0.01%. Skydiving has killed fewer people than road accidents. Mortality rate while climbing Mt Everest is less than the mortality rate of driving on a highway.

7. Learn to take risks: In corporate life, many times we do not take risks because we are scared. I have heard from many people say “hey I had the same idea but I did not pursue as I was scared to take that risk”. Others pursued the idea and they become successful entrepreneurs. IBM was not ready to take the risk of venturing into the unknown desktop market. Steve Jobs went ahead and rest is history. Entrepreneurs take risks not because they are not scared but because they have mastered the art of overcoming the fear of taking the risk. EAS inherently is associated with risks. When we pursue EAS, we constantly keep on moving in a fear zone and slowly we start learning how to train our minds to control fear of taking risks. Fear comes because of uncertainty in future which makes us uncomfortable.Its the mindset to accept the uncomfortable factor (the perspirations and stomach cramps). Once we get tuned to such body and mind environments, our focus moves from avoiding the uncomfortable zone to finding solutions.

It is to our benefit to pursue at least one EAS activity on regular basis. The benefit comes slowly but it has a long lasting impact.

( adventure sports psychological benefits Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:33:21 GMT
Safe diving for divers with Heart related diseases I have received queries from 50+ years old divers asking if they can dive post heart surgery. Added queries are on how safe is to dive for divers who have heart related diseases.  There is no thumb rule to answer this question. DAN recommends waiting six months to a year after a heart attack or heart surgery before considering diving again. Then one should test their dive fitness with a stress test, where heart function is monitored while one exercises at increasing intensity on a treadmill. DAN doctors advise that they be able to exercise up to a level of 13 METs - the equivalent of running an eight-minute-mile pace for a few seconds - without adverse symptoms. That's the sign of a healthy, dive-ready heart. Individual also need to be symptom-free. If individual's have chest pain, light-headedness or breathlessness during exertion, they should not be diving. Blood-thinning heart medicines may require more conservative dives because they increase the risk of excessive bleeding in the case of ear, sinus or lung injuries.

In any case, you should be comfortable going in water. Do keep your Dive Lead and Buddy aware that you have a risk factor. If you are scared of underwater scenario, stop immediately, signal your buddy and start ascent as per procedure. Finally, always talk to your Doctor before heading into water.

( Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:05:46 GMT
Visa Free Entry for Indians Recently my brother-in-law posed me this query on destinations where Indians can get visa free entry. Well i was not aware but i found someone who already has done research and posted it on net. Sharing the same for the benefit of others who visit my site.


DISCLAIMER: I do not verify the authenticity of the data and hence i do not own any responsibility for the correctness of the data . Also, this data is not updated as of date. Please validate with respective host country before travelling. Use your own discretion before finalizing travel plan. 

Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival if holding 
confirmation from Albanian Ministry of Interior stating that visa will 
be available on arrival. Confirmation must be obtained before 
departure to Albania. 
Visa required, which can be issued on arrival for a max. stay of 30 
days. An invitation is not necessary but it is recommended to hold a 
document that shows the purpose of the visit. Visa is only valid for 
the cities listed in the visa. 
If travelling for business purposes visa can be obtained on arrival, 
but this is subject to Immigration evaluation. 
Visa not required. 
Bermuda Immigration officers will decide on max. period of stay (up to 
6 months) depending on reason for travel. Stays exceeding 6 months 
require application for residency in person. 
Visa not required for a max. stay of 2 weeks, provided permit is 
issued upon arrival by Immigration Department. 
Visa required. However, visa can be obtained on arrival, if no diplomatic 
representation of Burundi is located in country of origin. 
Visa required. However, visa can be obtained on arrival, if coming for: 
- touristic purposes for a stay of max. 1 month. 
- business purposes for a stay of max. 1 month. 
Visa required. Visa on arrival can only be issued to those holding a prior 
approval from  Le Diligue General de L'Immigration. 
Visa required. 
If entering from the U.S.A. with a used single entry visa, the visitor 
may re-enter without obtaining a new Canadian visa, provided the I-94 
from the U.S.A. and the Canadian port stamps are still valid. 
Visa not required if: 
- Passenger was a former national of Cape Verde Isl., 
   incl. wife, husband or children provided holding 
   proof thereof; 
- travelling as tourist in organized group and holding 
    Certificado Colectivo de Identidade et Viagem  
   (no limit for number of tourists). 
Individual passengers coming from countries where no diplomatic 
representation of Cape Verde is established may obtain visa on 
If visit is solely for touristic purposes visa not required for a stay 
of max. 31 days. 
If visit is for business purposes (which may include acting for or on 
behalf of a person/firm established outside Cook Islands) visa 
required (which can be issued on arrival), for a stay of max. 21 days. 
Visa not required for a stay of 30 days. 
Visa required. 
If coming for touristic purposes and holding Tourist Card 
("Tarjeta del Turista"): visa not required. 
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival provided holding 
return ticket, for a max. stay of 1 month. 
Visa not required for stay of max. 21 days. 
Visa required. However, a 14 days visa -free of charge- can be obtained on 
arrival, if entering Egypt via South Sinai (through Sant Katherine, 
Sharm El Sheik or Taba airports), provided: 
- remaining in South Sinai resorts; and 
- not continuing to any other city in Egypt. 
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a stay of max. 1 
month (renewable for another 2 months), provided request has been made 
by sponsor to Eritrea Immigration at least 48 hours before arrival. 
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a max. stay of 3 
months if attending African Union meetings and holding official 
letters pertaining to the travel. In some other cases visa can also be 
obtained if coming for business purposes. 
Visa not required. On arrival a visitor's permit can be obtained for a 
stay of max. 4 months. 
Visa required. 
Visa (of various types and length of stays) can be obtained on arrival 
at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Visa Dept. at the airport. However, 
one months notice of arrival is required. 
Visa required. However, if holding: 
- a multiple entry visa (valid for at least 1 year) to the 
   United Kingdom; OR 
- a passport endorsed "Certificate of Entitlement to the 
   Right of Abode in the United Kingdom" visa not required. 
Visa not required for a stay of max. 3 months. 
If arriving directly from U.S. Mainland, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico 
or U.S. Virgin Islands, no entry documents required due to no 
immigration control. 
Visa required. 
If arriving from a country without representation of Guinea-Bissau, 
visa applications by letter to be made 14 days prior to arrival to: 
Comissariado de Estado da Seguranca Nacional e Ordem Publica da 
Republica da Guinea-Bissau (State Directorate of National Security and 
Public order of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau). The visa will then be 
available at the airport of Guinea-Bissau. 
Visa not required for a stay of max. 3 months. 
Visa not required for stay of max. 14 days. 
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a max. stay of 30 
days provided: 
- passport contains at least one unused visa page for the 
   visa-on-arrival sticker, which covers entire passport page; AND 
- holding ticket and other documents for return/onward journey. 
Visa required. However, it can be issued on arrival provided: 
- coming for tourist purposes only for a max. stay of 7 days; OR 
- passenger has been introduced by means of a letter from 
   valid organization or government at least two days prior to 
   arrival, for a max. stay of 72 hours. 
Visa required. However, if travelling in a group of 10 or more passengers 
and holding prior approval from Ministry of Interior visa can be 
obtained on arrival. 
Visa not required, for a max. stay of 14 days. 
Visa required. 
A visa can be issued on arrival at Almaty/Astana airports (provided 
pre-arranged and approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 
Kazakhstan) for both private and business purposes, for a stay of max. 
one month. 
Visa required. 
It is possible for a visa for a max. stay of 3 months to be 
issued on arrival. However, this will cause considerable delay. 
Visa required. 
However, visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days provided: 
A. holding visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or 
    U.S.A. and travelling to or from these countries; OR 
B. having visited Korea (Rep.) 4 times within the last 2 years 
    or 10 times or more in total. 
Visa required. However, visa can be obtained on arrival if coming for vacation 
or leisure for a stay of max. 1 month, provided: 
- having sponsor in Kuwait holding the original visa; and 
- holding confirmation from transporting airline that visa is 
   available on arrival. 
Visa required. 
Visa can be issued on arrival  for a stay of max. one month when coming from: 
- countries with Kyrgyzstan representation, provided holding 
   confirmation from Kyrgyzstan authorities; 
- countries without Kyrgyzstan representation, provided 
   a sponsor can announce the passenger(s) to the authorities. 
Visa can be obtained on arrival under certain conditions to: 
- businessmen and other top professionals residing in a GCC 
   member country (see TIRGL/GCC ); OR 
- businessmen with prior approval from Lebanese Immigration; OR 
- tourist groups. 
Visa required. 
If arriving from a country without diplomatic representation of 
Liberia: visa issue on arrival possible if holding telex confirmation 
from the station manager of delivering airline. 
Visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days. 
Visa required. A 90 days visa can be obtained on arrival. 
Visa required. However, if coming for touristic purposes, visa can be obtained 
on arrival, for a max. stay of 30 days. 
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for: 
1. a max. stay of 30 days, provided holding: 
    - hotel confirmation; and 
    - sufficient funds to cover stay; and 
    - onward/return ticket for next destination.; OR 
2. a stay of more than 30 days, to a max. stay of 90 days, 
    provided passenger has: 
    - a local sponsor, who must inform Immigration at Male at 
      least 1 day prior to passengers arrival; and 
    - onward/return ticket for next destination. 
Visa not required for a max. stay of 15 days for touristic purposes only. 
Visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days, provided coming for 
touristic or visitor purposes. 
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival at Chisinau Airport provided: 
- arriving from a country without diplomatic representation of 
Visa not required for a max. stay of: 
- 3 months, provided travelling with passport; 
- 14 days when travelling with other documents. 
Visa required. However, if coming for touristic or business purposes, visa can 
be obtained on arrival (at airport only).  
Visa not required. 
Visa not required for a stay up to 30 days provided holding: 
- confirmed return/onward ticket; AND 
- documents required for return/onward journey; AND 
- sufficient funds. 
Visa required. However, if holding U.S. entry visa, visa not required 
for a max. stay of 30 days, provided U.S. visa: 
- is valid for 60 days from entry date into CNMI; AND 
- allows re-entry back into the U.S.A. on departure. 
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a stay of max. 30 days.  
If arriving directly from Mainland U.S.A., Alaska, Guam, Hawaii or 
U.S. Virgin Islands no entry documents required due to no immigration 
Visa required. 
The following visas can be obtained on arrival: 
    - 14 day tourist visa, provided application submitted to 
      airport immigration at least 24 hours before arrival by 
      any of the registered hotels in Doha. 
      Passenger must also hold proof of confirmed hotel 
      reservation and at least USD 1,400.- or any major credit 
      card; OR 
    - 7 day business visa can be issued at Doha airport 
      provided notification received at least 48 hours prior to arrival. 
Visa not required if holding a visitor's permit, which can be obtained 
on arrival for a stay of max. 60 days. 
Visa required. 
Visa may only be granted on arrival provided prior arrangements have 
been made by transporting carrier up to 24 hours prior to flight 
departure. Max. stay of one month allowed. 
Visa not required as Visitor's Permit for 1 month (depends on validity 
of ticket) will be issued on arrival provided holding: 
- onward/return ticket or otherwise ticket must be purchased on 
   arrival; AND 
- sufficient funds (USD 150.- per day) and proof of 
   accommodation during stay. 
Visa required. However, visa on arrival is also possible under 
following conditions: 
- no diplomatic representation of Sierra Leone at point of 
   origin; AND 
- sponsor or contact person in Sierra Leone should arrange 
   Landing Permit with the Principal Immigration Officer. 
   Details of such Landing Permit should be given to the 
   Station Manager of transporting airline at least 48 hours 
   prior to arrival. 
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a touristic stay 
of max. 30 days. 
Visa not required for a stay of max. 3 months. 
Visa not required for a max. stay of 1 month. 
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival. 
Visa required. 
Visa can be obtained on arrival (ONLY at Bangkok, Chiang Mai, 
Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Phuket, Samui Int'l, Sukhothai, Surat 
Thani, Utapao airports) for a stay of max. 15 days, provided: 
- coming for touristic purposes; AND 
- passport is valid at least 6 months; AND 
- holding onward/return ticket; AND 
- holding USD 250.- per person or USD 500.- per family. 
Entry Permit can be obtained on arrival for a max. stay of 30 days. 
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for max. 7 days. 
Visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days. 
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a stay of max. one month.  
Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival. 
Visa not required for a max. stay of 30 days. 
Visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days. 
Source: Quantas 
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( visa free entry Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:05:36 GMT
Antarctica Travel Are you planning to travel to Antarctica? Here is the top 10 links which will help you while planning your trip to Antarctica.

( antarctica antarctica travel Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:51:59 GMT
Top 10 Underwater Photography Sites Even if you are not a diver, you would still love underwater pictures. Here is the list of Top 10 Underwater Photography sites. Most divers and underwater life enthusiasts follows these sites.

( underwater photography Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:39:17 GMT
WHY NOT TO DATE AN ADVENTURE TRAVEL GUY Recently someone forwarded me an article on ‘why not to date a travel girl’. It was an interesting perspective from a girl’s side. We boys also have challenges when it comes to dating or finding a life partner. This becomes more complex if you are from India. I decided to write our own story based on our experiences (mine and my old time travel partner Sankara). We have been doing on & off travelling for nearly a decade. We are both from India. Backpacking travel is still not accepted widely as a preferred way of travel in India. The general perception is that backpackers are those people who have gone insane or don’t have enough money to support normal way of travel.

So here are the 7 reasons why a girl should not date or marry a travel guy:

1. He will have lots of time for you: Don’t date a guy who loves travelling because he will not have enough time for dating. As a general expectation weekends are for movies, shopping malls and partying. However we love spending weekends travelling. Your entire weekend romantic plan goes for a toss because we are never in the town. Please don’t expect us to spend weekends with us shopping, eating at restaurants or watching romantic movies. And if you are trying to be considerate by believing that weekdays can work, please forget that. Weekdays are the times when we plan for our weekend gateways. We can’t spend hours talking on phone or chatting on all social networking platforms. We need to do our research on travel places. We can talk but for max 10 minutes per day. We can’t talk about the nice dress that Megan Fox wears. By the way, I don’t even know Megan Fox.

2. He will be well groomed, clean shaven and smartly dressed: That’s impossible. Trekking gets one tanned so much that my mom needs to show my pictures taken 5 years earlier to convince people that I was fair skinned at some point in time. My cousin sister declines to introduce me to her friends, as my face color is darker than her colored brown hair. Wrinkles, pimples, cut marks, body scratches, skin rashes & dark eyes come as part of package. Luckily we don’t need to mess with our hair, both decided to keep ourselves bald, its painful to see yourself losing hair due to all travel related side effects. And definitely, you will look 5 years older because of continuous travel and different food & water on which you survive. Hitting gym for us is only to build strength and not to show our muscles. When it comes to clothes, we prefer to wear cheap cotton t-shirts and shorts as these are the most comfortable ones when we travel. We never buy Calvin jeans or Burberry shirts, too expensive to risk for travel.

3. He is financially very stable: Well the first question a girl asks is which car you have or which flat you have. Well we do have a bullet for our travel, a very stable bike that can survive the ordeals of Himalayas. And that’s it. Car and house - no money for that. Savings – well if you keep on spending money on travel, your credit card statement follows a sine curve with +ve balance at the start of month when you get salary and goes to –ve at the end of the month. Once I was asked if I do have any assets of financial value. I thought for couple of minutes and then I proudly told her that yes I do. I have camera gear worth 5 lakhs and entire camping & travel gear for another 3 lakhs. But that was not what she was looking for an answer.

4. He lives life king size: Well, we prefer living life as king of travels. So when it comes to eating, we can eat anywhere, anytime and anything. We have eaten with laborers in their thatched houses and with fishermen on their boats. We believe firmly in ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ but people who serve us food don’t have same belief; hence we tend to ignore an insect in fried rice or the plates licked by dogs before food served on the same plate. So if you are finicky about food, don’t come with us. We understand the benefits of rich & mixed diet, but most times we don’t have a choice. So I have survived on rice for exact 5 months. That’s only carbs. But this was still better than some places where you get to eat things which creeps, crawls, wriggles (I literally mean to throw your imagination to the wildest). If you have to survive, you eat what you get. One of my close friends deleted me from her messenger friend list simply because she couldn’t bear what I was eating. We love staying at world’s top 100 places to stay. Clarification – we mean in terms of location only. Some times our budgets don’t allow and on most occasions, places where we visit don’t have good places to stay and on some occasions places will not have any places to stay at all. So if you don’t like common dormitory, or sleeping at bus/railway stations or throwing your sleeping bag on the road, then definitely don’t travel with us. We believe that the most hygienic loos are the open loos in jungles, I mean wherever you have open space. Many times we are not lucky and hence while using a loo at old bus station we put a cloth on our nose to clear our bowels. We have stayed at an isolated island in Mauritius (slept on the beach) and spent at Halong Bay in Vietnam (on a rugged fisherman boat).

5. He talks about romance: We love talking but about people, culture, places, etc. Romance is always with nature and not with girls. We can say “hi sweetie” but that’s it. Rest of the discussion has to be on travel. So if you want someone who appreciates your curves, well talk about the curves of the roads. We need peace to indulge ourselves when we travel. We want to be left alone to appreciate gods own beauty.  You will be with us for sometime, we can appreciate you later on also. But we are for max a day at some pretty location and hence our priority is the location.

6. He has a great career and highly ambitious: Well, we might have an engineering degree and a management degree from one of the prestigious institutions of the country but that has become useless now. Our most sought profession has changed from Analytics expert at Wall Street or Management Consultant at Silicon Valley to Travel photographer at NatGeo or Wildlife photographer at Discovery. With so many job breaks in between, placement consultants have started avoiding us. And even if we get jobs, we end up reporting to our college juniors. So if you are looking for a great career oriented person, we are the worst cases.

7. Finally, he will treat you like an angle and will pamper you: We believe firmly in gender equality and independence.  You wont find a person like us who will treat girls equally. So please don’t expect us to open the cab door or restaurant door for you. We believe you know how to pull a cab door. We believe that you have equal strength to lift your backpack, handbag, water bottle, etc. Hence don’t expect us to carry your fully loaded backpack even when our hands are free, we will not offer you any help. We believe that you are equally intelligent to book movie tickets, reach to a common destination and find restaurants that serve good food. So please don’t depend on us in planning and booking those details.

Now if above 7 pointers still don’t make you rethink twice, then do get us checked by a clinical psychologist. We have been termed as ‘Psychologically Unstable’ and diagnosed with ‘Excessive high-risk taker’ and ‘Compulsive disorder syndrome’. Still if you want to try, mail Sankara. J

( love life of a traveler traveler challenges Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:14:29 GMT