Planning a vacation

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Published on March 6, 2014

Author: VatsalaShukla



We all want a good vacation, with everything going smoothly and not have to worry about what is going on back home. Presenting my tips and checklist points to help you make it your best vacation yet!

Planning a Vacation Tips & Checklist Points to make it the best vacation yet! © Vatsala Shukla 2014

Choose Your Vacation DestinationDestinationwisely •Make a list of destinations and research them online & discuss with your fellow travelers Helpful Hint: Google your destination and find Travel websites which will have photos, videos, reviews, details about the country, regulations and other details. Google the country name and place to learn more! Other Checklist Points •Weather and climatic conditions •Recreation (shopping, beaches, clubs, sight seeing •Plan around your vacation (clothes, medicines, local currency) Disaster Example: You decide to go to Goa in November, the low season to enjoy the beaches but end up spending most of your time in your hotel room because it is rainy season! © Vatsala Shukla 2014

Choose Your Vacation DestinationDestinationwisely •Don’t make your itinerary too structured. •Have a general outline based on the number of days , places you really want to see & things you really want to do Chill you're on holiday! Helpful Hint: When you get to the hotel, ask the concierge about the places he would recommend. The locals know their territory better than any guide book! Make a list Places you want to visit - including restaurants, museums, malls, and other places of interest. Disaster Example: You go to Hamammet in Tunisia and don’t visit the ancient Roman ruins an hour’s drive away or buy their famous pottery plates or tiles as souvenirs ! © Vatsala Shukla 2014

Planning on a tight budget Cut out the middle-man’s overheads Book online use an on-line travel website to research, plan and book your travel adventures vs. going to a local travel agent Exception: If you are new to travelling go to a reputed travel agent and get a proper itinerary. Helpful Hint: When checking out the travel websites, also keep an eye on reviews of airlines, hotels and other feedback of customers. Look at websites of reputed online travel agents Smaller ones may or may not share negative reviews. Trust and credibility are important Disaster Example: You go for a cheap travel agent for a trip to Delhi in India and find your hotel in a locality where the natives would not be caught seen- dead or alive!!!! © Vatsala Shukla 2014

Other Budget Tips 1) Book your flight & hotels at the same time, not separately 2) Be willing to fly mid-week & offhours 3) Be willing to fly or land at a neighboring airport within 30 miles of each other 4) Pay an all-inclusive price when possible, so that meals and gratuities are included [these can these be a vacation's biggest expense expense] 5) Make note that seasonal rates differ by 30-40%. 6) Work out a plan of the cost of places you might want to visit (hint: use travel websites) & cost with a 10% error margin to stay within budget © Vatsala Shukla 2014

Other tips to put in your checklist • Take travel insurance Disaster ExampleExampleYour holiday to the Bahamas gets affected by a hurricane! • Security checks- Make sure there are no objects in your luggage that airport security will confiscate • Travel light – you want space for your shopping! • Put your email on auto-reply while you are away • Make sure you leave a number with a friend or relative if you need to be contacted (hint: burst pipes while you are away?) © Vatsala Shukla 2014

Final Words These are just some of the key points that one needs to keep in mind when planning for a vacation. Depending upon where you are going, other checklist items could be: Visa regulations Vaccinations Medicines Put them in your checklist and tick away. Bon Voyage! © Vatsala Shukla 2014

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