Bitten by the travel bug? Here’s how to holiday for cheap
You don’t have to break your safe to have a good holiday. Right from planning in advance to taking local transport and booking with a travel agent, here are some pointers to follow.travel Updated: Jul 10, 2017 17:33 IST
Travelling veterans would often tell you tales of how they scanned cities and tourist destinations with nothing but a few rupees in their pockets. Well, intelligent planning, and no frills attached travelling can actually make this possible. If you are an avid traveller, who loves to set out on exploratory visits every now and then, you would know how it pinches the pockets even if it is pleasing to the soul. However, if you follow a few basic rules of the game, you can minimise your expenses and get the maximum value for your buck.Kapil Goswamy, CMD at Bigbreaks has listed a few money saving tips for travellers:
1) Book your trip early: It is common knowledge that the later you book your tickets— airline, hotels — the more you are expected to be charged. It is therefore advisable to chart out your travel plans early and book your visits a few months in advance. This will allow you to save on airline and train tickets as also help you get a more affordable hotel which might be taken if you book late. The best idea is to look at the calendar at the onset of every year and book your trips then and there.
2) Research well: Don’t embark on a trip blindly; make sure you research the destination and make a list of ‘To Do’ items on the trip. This will help you save time and money on the trip, and allow you to make the best of your visit. Often, we embark on a trip without knowing much about the destination, and end up cramming too many things into the itinerary once we reach there.
3) Check for interesting local destinations: We often yearn to travel abroad when there are exciting and unexplored destinations in India to see. Limit your foreign visits to once in a while and spend more vacations travelling within India where there is no dearth of splendid tourist spots. If you are a beach lover, and have already visited Goa, look for Kerala, Pondicherry and Orissa; if you are a mountain person, and have already seen most north Indian hill stations, head south for a different hilly experience in Munnar and Ooty.
4) Look for cheaper destinations: If you want to travel abroad with a limited budget, look for countries where the currency is cheaper. There are so many beautiful and exotic places in the world that have a lower currency value than the Indian rupee such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia.
5) Take public transport: This is another way to save a lot of money while travelling. We often believe that public transport would cause inconvenience as compared to travelling in taxis and personal transport. However, with a little research and checking, one can rely on public transport and save a lot of money. Using buses and local trains also allow travellers to get a closer glimpse of a destination, and offer a more fulfilling experience.
6) Avoid tourist hotspots while eating and shopping: Wherever you go, make sure you ask a few locals about the right places to eat and shop. Usually, markets and eating centres that are frequented by tourists tend to charge exorbitantly as sellers take advantage of the visitors’ lack of local knowledge. Wherever you go, always shop and eat like locals do; not like tourists. This will help you save money on food and souvenirs.
7) Book with a travel agent: Booking with an experienced travel agency will allow you to pack more experiences in your limited budget. Travel agents have experience and in-depth knowledge of tourist destinations needed to design the best packages for you, while customising the experiences according to your budget and other requirements.
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