an Idea - Its important to have a base
idea / concept however sketchy to start with. A travel planner would be able to
advise better once they understand what you are looking for. e.g. response you
get "I want to do a family itinerary for Kerala. We have never been to Kerala.
We would like to visit Guruvayoor temple besides other destinations" would
be better than for a vague query like "I want to take my family for a vacation
on Must Dos and Cant Dos in Advance
- Its important to ponder on mode of transport and destinations within
the sector that are must dos. Its important for any travel planner to understand
what you cannot do without and what you cannot do with.
- Its important to understand what are the costs that can be expected
for the kind of hotels you want to stay. You may also indicate a budget based
on which the travel planner can work backwards. We recommend that in a trip where
budget is a constraint, you can mix and match with hotels. i.e. stay in lower
budget options at a few destinations and higher category at others. This typically
does the job. It is important that you don't totally compromise on the stay options
beyond a point under this budget exercise (to avoid regretting later).
itineraries where budget is not necessarily a constraint, most expensive hotels
are not always the most suitable and therefore its better to consider options
carefully before selecting the stays.
sectors are generally more expensive than others and so at an earlier stage it
sometimes is not a bad idea either to cut the number of days or change a sector
all together to maintain a level of hotel stays within a budget.
in Advance - Its important to plan in advance to give choice and options
and ensure that accommodation options preferred are available and booked. Every
Sector has an indicative time before which one requires to start planning. However
as a thumb rule, Festival Periods, Long weekends, holiday season needs at least
3-4 months of planning in advance. Sectors where a lot of overseas guest movements
need more than 6 months of advance travel planning for choice of hotels
a prior research - Its easy to get caught
and lured into destinations that you know very little about. Its possible with
a little bit of independent research to get a perspective on various aspects such
as min night of stay, what to expect etc. If its too much to do the research then
email firstname.lastname@example.org on the same
and we will be pleased to email you the data based on our visit to the area. This
helps in ensuring that you plan the right number of days and with the right expectations
co-travelers - Its always better to involve
those who plan to come along for the trip. Their preference and perspectives may
help in arriving at a consensus and avoiding any conflicts later.
out Destinations - Its better to leave
time to savour a destination and rest than go on a monument hopping and sightseeing
spree. Its better to realise that there is always limit to what one can achieve
and there is no point in planning a mad rush.
Variety - Variety is spice of life and
therefore secret to a well-planned itinerary is always the variety on offer. Indians
States come with a lot of varieties such as Beach, hills, temples, forts, palaces,
plantations, lakes, wildlife etc and its important to incorporate a bit of all
that in the plan.
to new Ideas - Be always be open to new ideas. You may be missing out
on a major experience. Weigh options and give all options and ideas a careful
- There is no ideal duration for an itinerary.
However most prefer a weekend to weekend itinerary and so about 7-10 nights itinerary
is what is most preferred by the guests. A relaxed and longer itinerary is good
for a better coverage of the sector but sometimes leaves homesick and tired.
overseas guests a two week itinerary is ideal but there have been instances where
we have even planned a 12 week relaxed itinerary for an overseas guests. So totally
depends on how long a set of individuals can be away and still enjoy.
the Expert - It is important to identify
a travel planner that you can turn to for any advise. However it is also important
to understand the context of the advise and trust it. Too much of asking around
with so called "expert" travellers (whose advise is often based on hearsay
and their outdated one time travel experience) can lead to a confusion.
Web postings by individual travellers have to be looked at in a context and can
be useful sometimes but can also be misguiding some other time (without understanding
the context). Not every travel planner has been to the sector you are planning
to visit. Ensure that you select someone who has been there recently and understands
the issues upfront.
Too many agencies - For a Holiday reservation its important to do reservations
with one or two agencies for a better co-ordinated and hassle free planning experience.
Some websites may offer "Best rates" but the do not offer guidance or
any allied services or give timely responses. Please check cancellation
policies and policy on "Deficiency of service (In the event services promised
were not provided or whatever provided was not satisfactory)" before making
reservations with any such "Online" service. In case of any delay in
travel or any last minute change in plan, it is important to have fewer agencies
so that the changed plans can be communicated and synchronised better.
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