Holi in Varanasi, India | What You Should Know (Good, Bad, and Ugly)

Traveling is GREAT majority of the time. But sometimes it’s hard. This was one of those days. And it just happened to be Holi. Thankfully, it started well with a sunrise boat ride down the Ganges River! // FREE guide to airport lounge access:

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Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, we got married June 2013 and quickly caught the travel bug! We started “travel hacking” and taking more trips together and finally decided we wanted to travel for one year. After 2 years of saving $ and travel hacking over 2 million miles and points, we sold our cars and apartment and left January 10, 2016. We started this YouTube channel to share our experiences with friends and family, then decided we really liked vlogging and traveling. So we extended our 1 year trip to THREE years 🙂 Now we have a goal of traveling to 100 countries before Nate turns 30 (which is March 20, 2019)! We are incredibly thankful to do something we love every day. 🙂

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25 Replies to “Holi in Varanasi, India | What You Should Know (Good, Bad, and Ugly)”

  1. Planes, Trains, Everything.

    I'm sorry to see you got a bout of the dreaded Delhi Belly. I was fortunate enough to travel through Bangladesh and India for 6 weeks, eating local food and even once drank well water, without any problems. I must have been very lucky. I've since read, by eating curd along with any curry dishes, this might neutralise any bugs in your system. This might have protected me during my travels. Another fascinating video, guys.

  2. Varsha Nambiar

    Owwwwwwwww..you guys chose to go to all the wrong places! Not really wrong but incomplete. South India has so much more to offer with a majority of them knowing English which would have been easier for you to communicate. Please plan your travels acc to these comments cus there are some great ideas

  3. The bat t

    its important to point out disgusting behaviour and that was disgusting to be honest and to be honest , those drunken guys were behaving in the same way as the drunken shitkickers do from whatever red neck inbred shithole you come from

  4. arjunprs

    You probably never need health insurance in india though…. healthcare in india is one of the cheapest in india…

  5. Bobby

    Just stay away from India its not incredible as being portrayed by our media it is the most vulnerable place to visit. Its way healthier and safer to visit Amazon jungles.

  6. Babita Basu

    If you really want to enjoy Holi in India visit the place Santiniketan in West Bengal that is in the eastern part of India . Booking to be done months ahead of the festival date . Nowhere in India Holi is so safe , colourful and culturally outstanding as it is in Santiniketan , where it is locally called Basontatsav ie the festival of the Spring .

  7. shlok gupta

    To all foreign tourists, Plz celebrate holi in bigger cities like Delhi Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune…. It's much more better ! 🙂
    Go to some private parties. You can book private events through BookMyShow.com

  8. Evelyn Garcia

    I will only go to India on a cruise and not venture far. I would be in trouble! I have a chronic stomach thing. Thank God you guys went for us lol

  9. Hemant kumar

    i would like to apologise on the behalf of India, yes there are lots of negative things present here which are loude enough to disturbe you but there are good things also but it's our bad luck that our guest experienced bad time.
    I just want to say sorry from our side that you guies experienced such thing.
    I like to say come again with better reserch and see the actual beauty of India like spirituality,secularism,nature,historic monuments,varity of foods not just spicey but healthy and easy to digest,different tradition their dressing sense,varieties of their ritual practises,type of languages and how Indians are changing themselves to keep the thing which they think that it's their cultural property.
    And i think most probably the fever was due to that colour called gulaal or abeer in hindi which are made up of chemicals now a days but actually the gulaal is herbal thing which is made up of things like flowers and other herbs. You can fined that calling herbal colour from grocery stores or good shops not from Street vendor most of time.

  10. Marla Stanton

    Definitely want you to stay open and honest about all parts of traveling! Otherwise, if you only show good parts, it can give unattainable expectations for people who just start traveling. You get sick when traveling and people do scary things. Keep being open! It doesn’t come across as complaining.

  11. sandy

    I think it's important to report if there is something dangerous, especially for women.  It's also good to show some of the negatives of traveling, if not, people get disappointed when their trip is not perfect.  Keeping it real is good.

  12. Gayathri Srinivaasan

    I usually don't comment on videos but you guys have a unique style and are keeping it real, so I love it 🙂 I am from India and see travelers (esp foreigners) venture into these places that even a local wouldn't venture into. Cos they are not safe, especially for women. I wish it weren't like that but it is sadly, so. Every single place in India that's being advertised for tourism and popular among the tourists is in a way not truly safe for foreigners. This is not something to hide. I am a traveller myself and it pains me how foreigners are seen and treated in such places. I know people get crazy if I say something ugly about India but you gotta discuss the bad parts too. This is to not say , 'Oh it's unsafe all over India and no one should visit". It is to give the real side of a culture and what one should do and respect when visiting a place.


    Hey kara n nate, i just watched ur holi vlog, i would suggest next time visit Vrindavan for holi experience, its too much fun there n u will find ample amounts of foreigners n u will many friends

  14. Barnes466

    Keep calling out the truth wherever you may roam! It's just information/data that people will use ie: no sugar coating 🙂 Please be well on your travels 🙂

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