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A vacation is a great escape from your hectic schedule and to unwind. However, the difference between ordinary holidays and truly memorable vacations could be the amount of time and effort invested in planning. It is indeed true that a prior planning and research is required in finalizing the trivial details of a vacation to make it enjoyable.
Each traveller has different motivation for a tour, based on which they may choose a different holiday destination, a different mode of travel and so on. The more important question is whether you want to plan and choose everything individually and all by yourself, or you are looking for an overall holiday tour package, that not just saves the time, but also makes more sense economically. Holiday tour packages, which usually comprises of accommodation, flight prices, food and activities, can help you with the information on touring places worth travelling within India or worldwide, things to do at tourist destinations etc.
However, choosing the right package is no less difficult and should be done after thinking over some important parameters.
Budget: Finalizing the budget for a vacation is an uphill task. You don’t want to spend too much, which has the potential to derail your finances and future planning. You also don’t want to spend too little and spoil trips. How much is actually sufficient? Well the answer to that lies in a detailed understanding of your finances and your expectations from the holidays. Is this a one off break you are taking in a long time, or a routine weekend getaway. If you go on a tour only once in a while, you may just stretch you budget a little bit, without affecting your overall financial plans. But if you do this every alternate week or month, probably you should hold your horses a little and plan more meticulously or you may look at the more economical destinations. Bangkok is one of the cheapest international trips from India.
Destination: This is perhaps the most important consideration before choosing a tourism package. Choosing the right destinations – whether within India or international, is a function of your budget, time on hand, activities you want to do etc. If you are only going out for the weekend, you should stick to the destinations you can reach in a few hours, so that there is ample time to spend at your destination. But if time is not a limiting factor, you may choose sights based on other factors like budget, preferred mode of travel etc. Cox & Kings provides Dubai holiday packages, which is one of the popular destinations for Indians, starting from Rs. 54,000 per person which also includes return airfare.
Preferred season: Choosing the right package and tourist destination, domestic or international to a large extent depends on the time of year or season you plan to go on holidays in. In case its summers, you would want to go to a hill station or a place with cooler weather than your city of residence.
Some of the best hill stations in India like Ooty, Munnar, Coonoor, Nainital and Shimla. On the other hand, some of the best hill stations outside India are Thredbo in Australia, Zermatt in Switzerland, Crimea in Russia, Sapa in Vietnam and Victoria Peak in Indonesia.
If it is winters, you would probably want to go to a nice beach, where the weather is pleasant such as Goa, Marari in Kerala, Havelock in Andaman, Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu which are some of the best beach destinations in India. However, if you intend to go out of India and visit the best the world has to offer, there are a host of options such as Bali in Indonesia, Mission Bay in New Zealand, Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands, Nissi Beach in Europe, Burj Beach in Dubai, Scarborough Beach in Perth and Seychelles located in the continent of Africa.
Occasion: The occasion too plays an important role. A couple would probably look for exotic honeymoon destinations such as Munnar in Kerala, Andaman, Srinagar, Coorg in Karnataka, Cherrapunjee in India or Mauritius and Bali outside India irrespective of the budget, as it is once in a lifetime thing for most couples. While on a family trip, you would not want to overshoot your budget and yet would look for a package that has something for everyone in the family. Ontario Science Centre in Toronto is great place for kids to enjoy. Moreover, if it is a business outing, budget may be the most important factor and you may not want to stretch even a little bit.
Number of days: The duration must be carefully planned after taking into consideration the availability of your family members (in case it is a family tour), time required to relax after coming back (in case you are going to a far-off location that requires substantial travel time) etc. Moreover, the longer you plan to vacation, the more you will spend on stay, which in turn will increase the overall cost of the vacation. So even the duration is not a simple thing to decide but a complex function of a lot of things. If you live in Southern India and do not wish to spend too much time in travel and looking for weekend getaway options, Coorg, Ooty, Munnar, Kodaikanal and Nandi Hills are some of the best options. For Delhiites and other North Indians, Shimla, Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar, Agra, Rishikesh and Dehradun are few weekend getaways worth visiting.
Type of accommodation: Type of accommodation you choose to stay in, while on vacation is dependent upon quite a few things like budget, facilities and amenities you want, location of the accommodation etc. It is imperative that the package you choose has the right accommodation or even better if the package offers you the flexibility of choosing your stay from a number of options available. Take it into consideration that you want a twin sharing room or single occupancy room. Different types of accommodations are available ranging from cheap homestays to luxury resorts and hotels in India. You can also get different types of cottages, villas, guest houses and decent priced rental apartments.
Travel deals and discounts: There are times when you may get a good discount or a great deal on a package online. It may be to attract more customers or because of off season. Whatever the reason be, discounts are a sure way of putting a grin on customers’ faces. Some people may just plan tours based on discounts as well. While sometimes, discounts are available even in peak season. By planning and booking a holiday package in advance, you are sure to get excellent deals and discounts at great prices.