Mandalapa's Excursions

Travel experiences, itineraries, tips, rants and more!

Currently in: New York | Miles traveled: 450,000 miles | Countries Visited: 27

Enterprise nyc flyover

Enterprise NYC flyover

Couple of months ago, there was a planned space shuttle Enterprise NYC flyover where the shuttle was mounted on top of a modified 747 jumbo and had a planned route over NYC. Enterprise was just a prototype that was built that never had engines or heat shield and therefore was never able to to spaceflights. […]

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hydration

7 ways to stay healthy while traveling

A lot of people ask me how to stay healthy while traveling. I mean its such a hard thing to do because you go on a vacation to relax, explore, experience and indulge in food and drinks. A lot of people gain wait after their vacation and they become stressed out. Good news is that, […]

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Football player getting injured

5 reasons why americans hate soccer

First of all it’s called football and not soccer. When you use feet and the ball it’s called football unlike american football which uses hands and the ball is egg shaped. So it should be called “Hand Eggball”. Anyone? May be I should pitch it to NFL!. OK, let me get to the point and […]

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Hidden lake by logan pass

A week in Glacier Park – Part 1

Glacier National Park is not just known for its scenery. It has over 700 miles of hiking trails and most of the park is in the wilderness. The park has combination of vertical, glacier-scoured banded mountains, pristine turquoise lakes and streams, dense ancient forests and an unrivaled assemblage of plants and animals makes superlatives inadequate. […]

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nyc subway

Pros and Cons of living in New York City

So I live in this incredible city with so much energy and vibe that sometimes, I am blind sighted by the disadvantages of living here. Everyone wants to move to NYC after they visit the city for the first time. That’s how much people are attracted to the city. Before you take such a decision, make sure […]

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Polebridge mercantile, Polebridge, Montana

Polebridge – The magical town

Polebridge, Montana is a tiny village on the northwest edge of glacier national park near Flathead country close to the Canadian border. It has an entrance to glacier national park but this village is barely accessible with a gravel road and the nearest town with electricity (Columbia falls) being 35 miles away. The road connecting Columbia falls to Polebridge is […]

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race finish

How i finished my first marathon

It was spring of 2010 when I decided to run my first marathon and what better place to do it than NYC. For noobs, Marathon is 26 miles or 42 Km. I used to do 10K and half marathons before that but never a full race. So I took on the challenge of running a […]

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Sunshine coast bc

My experience in sunshine coast, British Columbia

Sunshine coast in british columbia is this stretch of land on the west coast of Canada, on the mainland on the eastern shore of the Strait of Georgia, and just northwest of Vancouver. Last summer I visited my dearest friend Rachel there and I was in for the ride of my life. The best part […]

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times square

Why I hate times square

Ugh, I can’t believe I am writing an article about it. I don’t hate times square just because of the foot traffic or tourists flocking the center when the ad boards light up, but because it doesn’t have any historical significance to it and its not even a pretty place to be. It like people […]

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Tofino

Tofino – The magical town

Last summer, I went to see one of my favorite friend in Canada and visited Vancouver. I had no expectations on what I was going to see and somehow this felt a little different than my usual trips. So I stayed with my friend in this really beautiful town called Robert’s creek and we woke […]

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Jansport bag

How to spot an american tourist

I travel quite a bit and happen to notice a trend among American tourists and I started playing a game called “Is he/She an American?” by not even talking to them or noticing their accents. I was right most of time and a few things they do, gave it away for me. Clothing Most american […]

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tofino

Magical towns all over the world

There are few places in this world that are possess extraordinary natural beauty and certain magical powers that make you feel like you are in heaven. These places definitely have some sort of energy that  binds your mind to the earth and sets your soul free. During my travels for the past 4 years, I […]

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copenhagen, weekend in copenhagen

A weekend in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of the most eco-minded and friendliest places in europe. The bike culture there is pretty amazing with 9 out of 10 danish adults owning a bike. Bikes outnumber automobiles on any street and most of the roads are closed for all traffic except for bicycles. Copenhagen was not super expensive as I […]

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Snaefelles national park

A guide to travel to Iceland on budget

Going to a foreign country is never an easy thing. As much as I travel, I have anxiety over air travel because of airport security, long counter lines and of course crying babies. Past all that, once you land in Iceland, you will notice this smell of fresh air, vast ocean surrounding a small island and […]

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7 day itinerary to see Iceland

If you are like me and don’t get much vacation days but want to see the most from a place, you may need to know how far you can cover within a certain amount of time. Here is where itinerary’s are helpful. I rented a car and drove around iceland for 7 days and pretty […]

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