How to Survive a Trip to India

Traveling around India is no walk in the park. Ask anyone who’s been there, and you’ll likely get a wildly different answer. Much like cilantro, you either love it or think it’s a disgusting thing you never want to go near again.

Even if you hear enough negative stories to consider it a no-go area, you should still visit India and have your own experience. Yes, it won’t be easy, but you can rest assured you’ll never forget the adventures you’ll go through, whether they’re incredible or nerve-racking.

1. Instant Celebrity Status

Have you ever thought what it must be like to be Brad Pitt or Beyoncé? Paparazzi and fans surrounding you and taking hundreds of pictures? You might be able to have a glimpse of their lifestyle just by going to India. If you’re uncomfortable being the center of attention 24/7, you’ll need to get over it as that’s everyday life.

As you walk along the streets, especially in remote areas, you’ll literally have all eyes on you. When you go to tourist sites, be prepared to take pictures with pretty much everyone! You’ll soon realize fame can be quite tiring, but the real question is: what do they do with those pics?

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