If you were thinking of starting a Bed and Breakfast in India, now is the best time:
Many foreigners visiting India prefer a Bed and Breakfast - it is
the best way to learn about local culture. And advice is free!
It is more economical for the visitor.
Indians too are beginning to experiment with BnBs - business
visitors seeking serviced apartments, girls seeking safe stays,
visitors wanting unusual experiences, like village stays, remote
A fauji host is even more attractive: everyone knows that faujis are
cultured and gracious.
And what better safety than to stay with an ex-fauji!
Setting up a Bed and Breakfast is rather easy. Just do up a spare
room or get a good caretaker for your vacant apartment. Thereafter,
find a good website to market your place. Remember, people will
rarely choose an unknown place. They way they land up at your place
is through a website, with a reputation.
It is good pocket-money. Even 2 good visits a month will earn you upwards of Rs. 10,000 - which is Rs. 1.2 Lakhs an year, the down payment for a new car!
Last but not the least, it is good fun! Especially for those who love to meet new people.
SoulStay.com, operated by Soldier2ndlife, aims to offer exactly this kind of differentiator - a site where all stays & tours are by faujis & their families. This helps visitors get quality, reliability offers from a credible community known for its elegant lifestyle.
The other difference is that SoulStay offers is unusual 'experiences' - whether these are stays with activities, tented camps, heritage tours, city walks, village halts or simply stays with interesting activities. Foreigners in particular appreciate these differences - which is why they are the prime target audience for SoulStay.
As mentioned earlier, setting up a stay of a tour is easy. Setting up an extra-ordinary one takes a little more effort. For tips on how to host an out of the ordinary stay / tour, see How to Set Up a Stay / Tour.
This article offers lots of tips on how to create unusual experiences. Even something as simple as making and applying mehndi of flying a kite, for example, can be made into a unique 'adventure' for a foreign visitor. The same goes for your culinary skills (of which every fauji lady possesses in good measure), which can be used to create memorable culinary experiences like Indian cookery classes!
(To learn more, logon to www.soldier2ndlife.com the largest network or 2ndlife soldiers Or to www.soulstay.com, a place for unusual Stays and Tours, run by ex-defence hosts and hostesses.)