India Adventure: Before You Travel Next, You Need to Buy This.

Travel Writer Review: Brave Era Silk Travel Sheet

I hate to admit it, but I'm more picky about my hotel rooms than I am with my own home. Sure, I know who that piece of fluff or that stray dog hair belongs to at home, but in a hotel? No way in hell. I'm paying good money and I want it clean. Just sayin.

The first thing I do in a new hotel room is inspect. I look at the carpet, the bathroom, the shower stall, and on and on, until finally, my last and worst feared placed to look of all: the actual bed where I'm going to lay my entire body down to sleep for at least 8 hours. Okay, maybe 7 hours. Or 6. 
Anyway, nothing, absolutely nothing creeps me out faster than a dirty bed. Eeeek!!! When I was in Costa Rica a few years ago, I actually cried myself to sleep on top of a bed that was utterly disgusting to me. I was more than a little upset... :(

So when Brave Era came along with a chance to test out their 100% silk travel sheet, I was all over it. Or in it. Whatever. Here's what I think: 

Brave Era saved my entire backpacking experience in India.

The very first night, I was booked into a somewhat questionable hotel but it was late, I was exhausted and I truly didn't care. But the problem was that I did care. And after examining the bed, pulling off a few things here and there, I was totally grossed out, and worried about bugs, mosquitos, and whatever else I could conjure up in my own head. Or in reality!

So, I happily took out my new Brave Era silk travel sheet. I threw back the bedding, put the protective sheet up and over the pillow, slid into the comfort, the safety and fell asleep. Just like that. I never do that in a hotel room, I'm always tossing, turning and feeling things, another eeeek!!

The Brave Era silk travel sheet was my little slice of heaven at the end of the day!

Seriously. Throughout most of my Indian travel adventure, I was never completely sure who I'd be sharing my bed with that night. There were critters, and those pesky mozzies, plus a few geckos, some flippin huge black ants following a very well set out trail, and who knows what else. And the cows. They're just everywhere!!  And that poor stuffed leopard thingie also freaked me out and it wasn't even in my room. Some of the hotel beds were iffy at best. But I didn't have to worry! All I did was slip into my silk sheet and I didn't have a care in the world. It was utterly fantastic, especially with having adventurous days that really needed restful nights.

Then in the morning, I would just fold it up and slide it back into the carry case. It weighs next to nothing and barely takes up any room, even in my well crammed 40L Deuter Futura Pro 40 backpack. If you're planning a vacation that involves a hotel stay anywhere, I highly, highly recommend you get a Brave Era mulberry silk travel sheet before you go!!

As an FYI: I have hugely sensitive skin!! I'm one of those people who has to use fragrance free everything and sometimes laundry detergents, especially unfamiliar ones in hotel rooms, just don't agree with me! The Brave Era silk travel sheet is 100% hypoallergenic. I even hand washed mine a few times during the trip and this thing air dries in no time!

So what are you waiting for??! Grab your Brave Era silk travel sheet today, so you can have a restful sleep tonight in your hotel. 

And you know what else??

You don't have to be backpacking or even staying a hotel to use this awesome travel accessory! 

Think: staying over at a friends, sleeping on someone else's sofa, and of course, not just international vacation destinations but domestic ones as well! You never know when you could use that peace of mind at night. Plus, when you're ordering for yourself, grab another for a friend. They're well worth every penny. Plus, the holidays, or a birthday, or whatever-days are fast approaching!

I absolutely love, Love, LOVE my Brave Era silk travel sheet!

And I will never, ever travel anywhere without it again. I can't believe I've subjected myself to nasty hotel beds all these years, eeeek!! Be sure to check out my other reviews about my adventure to INDIA 🕌

And my Brave Era: Adventurous Days in India Deserve Peaceful Nights video! 



India Adventure: Kingdom of Dreams

When I knew I was visiting India, I had a travel bucket list of things I wanted to cross off including going on a tiger safari, riding on a local train, seeing the Taj (and yes, once you've visited, you earn the privilege of being able to call it the Taj) and seeing a live Bollywood performance. 

So, thanks to Kumbha #34, TourRadar and Miss Anajali Singh of Intrepid Travel, for the first three! And then onto Arun Kataria, Quality Assurance Executive with Kingdom of Dreams, for making my Bollywood dreams come true.

Let me start off by saying Kingdom of Dreams is impressive, to say the least. In fact, it's ranked as TripAdvisors' #2 attraction when you're in Gurugram (formerly and still locally known as Gurgaon). What a fun experience! I went to a matinee show and the theatre was completely packed with people. I then followed it up with another matinee performance the following day, because it was...just. that. good.

The theatrical productions of both shows were first class. Zangoora, a tale about a gypsy prince, offers an combination of stunning sets, aerial choreography and special effects, and has been playing at Kingdom of Dreams since 2010. Since 2015, Beyond Bollywood, a typical Bollywood love story jam packed with dancing, features main characters Shaily and Raghav.

Both performances offer a lively, entertaining glimpse into the wonderful colors, culture and music of India. And who knew the audience would be so enthusiastic?? It's similar to attending a Bollywood movie at a cinema, or so I've been told. And once the shows are over, you can check out the Las Vegas-style sky dome at Culture Gully, where you can experience shops, bars and restaurants from 14 Indian states all in one place. 

If you're traveling to India, I'd recommend taking in a show at Kingdom of Dreams. Or 2, if you'd like!

And be sure to read more about my Indian adventure: TourRadar & Intrepid Travel 15-Day Classic Rajasthan Tour! 💟 

For more information or to make your online Bollywood show reservation, visit Kingdom of Dreams.


Lemon Tree Premier Leisure Valley 2, Gurugram, India

As a first time visitor to India, I have to admit I was apprehensive about booking my own hotel in Delhi. But after a little research and time crunching as to what I'd really be able to fit into my schedule, I decided to stay at the Lemon Tree Premier Leisure Valley 2 in Gurugram.

Why? First, because this stylish, contemporary hotel is close to Kingdom of Dreams (about a 5-minute walk, once you know where you're going, haha), and secondly because they have an airport shuttle. But mostly because their staff was more than accommodating even before I arrived, especially Mr. Safdar Imam, Executive Assistant Manager of Lemon Tree Premier Leisure Valley 2, whom I met upon arrival at the hotel.

One of my main concerns with traveling to India was dealing with my Celiac Disease (which basically means gluten in the form of wheat/rye/barley/oats is literally toxic to my body). Mr. Imam reassured me the chefs would be able to accommodate my needs, as I chose a hotel package with free Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner as part of the offer. Talk about convenient.

My room, #215, was more than spacious. It had a modern vibe with everything I could ask for including a flat-screen TV and a living area, plus I had a great view onto a lush greenspace filled with tropical foliage.

After nearly 24 hours of traveling, I was exhausted but still hungry for breakfast. As soon as I arrived at the Citrus Cafe, I was met by Sous Chef, Sanjay Singh Negi. I was so impressed that he had an actual print out of my dietary requirements as per my email (gluten can be hidden in all kinds of things, arghhh), and even more so when he said he could cook my anything I wanted! Wow. As a frequent celiac challenged traveler, these are words I've never heard before.

Chef Negi proceeded to make me my own personal smorgasbord of delectables, for which I felt really bad as I couldn't possibly eat everything he was bringing me. But it was delicious: a crepe-like Indian pancake, freshly squeezed juice, fresh fruit, eggs and hash browns. The pampering continued on into the next day, plus I had a wonderfully prepared roasted chicken dinner in my room the first night. All with no gluten in sight!

So what impressed me the most about Lemon Tree Premier Leisure Valley 2? Their fantastic staff! Mr. Imam took the time to explain that, while they're primarily a business hotel during the week (and wow, were they busy!) they tend to welcome most leisure guests on the weekend. And it's no wonder as the hotel is not too far from Delhi, and they've got a fitness room and a rooftop pool for guests to relax by. He went on to explain that Lemon Tree Hotels is proud to be an equal opportunity employer who realizes the value of workers who face their own challenges, including those with down syndrome, who are happily employed at many of their hotels. I love it!

Lemon Tree has an excellent reputation amongst travellers and locals alike, and as an added bonus you can join their frequent travel reward program, Lemon Tree Smiles. 

Overall, I would highly, highly recommend Lemon Tree Premier Leisure Valley 2 for your business or leisure travel. It's great value for your hard earned dollars plus you'll be taken care of to no end, and isn't that what traveling is all about, just being in the moment without a care in the world? Impressive. Very impressive.

I also stayed at the Red Fox Delhi Airport, which is also part of the Lemon Tree Hotel family, after my most excellent adventure with TourRadar and Anjali Singh of Intrepid Travel. Watch for my upcoming review!

For more information or to make your reservation, please visit: Lemon Tree Premier Leisure Valley 2


TourRadar & Intrepid Travel: 15-Day Classic Rajasthan Tour

Wow. Just WOW. I've just returned from a 15-day Classic Rajasthan tour of northern India that I booked with TourRadar, and I have to admit, I'm very impressed with the variety of the trip and the amazing overall value for my money!

Seriously, I crossed off so many things from my essential travel bucket list for India including: 

Visiting the absolutely magical Taj Mahal, Agra, India 
Seeing a Tiger!! Kumbha #34 in Ranthambore National Park, India 
Taking a Hot Air Balloon Ride, Jaipur, India 

Riding a Local Train in India 

Getting Henna Tattoos at Castle Bijaipur, India 

Staying in Fort Madhogarh Castle!! 
My Sleeping Beauty Room with Stained Glass Windows 
On a Camel Safari in Pushkar, India 

The Colorful Bundi Palace
WOW. I know, right??! What I loved most about the Classic Rajasthan tour was really getting a glimpse into everyday life of people in India. Amongst the crazy drivers and constantly honking horns, we were taken on orientation walks to get a feel for the different areas, a Bollywood movie night and a cultural dance show, along with visiting major sightseeing attractions such as the Red Fort in Agra, the beautiful Bundi Palace, and the City Palace in Udaipur. Our small group of only 8 traveled in air-conditioned vans, local tuk tuks and jeeps, which kept us comfortable during the long, hot and humid days.

Visiting City Palace in Udaipur, India
And, as with any Celiac Challenged Traveler, thoughts of a trip to the local mall bring up many fears around food, while traveling to a foreign country is almost unthinkable. But, all is well! I was careful about what I ate, followed the advice of our enthusiastic tour guide, Miss Anjali Singh of Intrepid Travel, and I was generally good to go. 

Are you interested in checking out this tour? Or perhaps Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe or Latin America is more your thing? If you follow this link to TourRadar, you'll automatically receive a 5% discount on your booking!! If you have any questions about this Classic Rajasthan tour, feel free to email me as I'd love to share my experience ;)