India

Finally taking that trip to India? Check out the advice, stories and tips I can offer after my March and May 2009 trips there, which saw me visit the cities of Delhi and Mumbai (Bombay); the Goa beach region; Rajasthan, the Thar desert and the cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur; and the world-famous Taj Mahal.

I just visited one of my favorite places in the world for the first time in almost five years. Thankfully, time hasn’t changed most of what I love about it!

The highlight of my day in Delhi was undoubtedly Gandhi Smriti or “Birla House,” the last place Mahatma Gandhi ever lived.

India is a very cheap place to travel, but if you fall victim to more than one scam — every India traveler is entitled to one scam — you will leave broke.

Time-strapped backpackers, rest assured: Seeing all that Agra, India has to offer doesn’t even require you to stay there overnight.

If you’re efficient and move quickly, one day is all you need to enjoy Delhi, India’s best-known tourist attractions — and even a few more obscure ones.

The coastline of Goa, India is long enough that you should have an idea of where you want to go before you get there.