5 Tips On How To Find The Best Travel Package

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All work and no play can make anyone a dull person, which is why going away on holiday is never a bad idea. A holiday close to home, like the outback, or across the seas, like India, both come with its merits. While planning a vacation takes time and calls for quite a sum of money, it need not be spent needlessly. To make sure of that, you will need to look for the best travel packages online, and find one that suits you to the ‘t’.

Here are five tips to keep in mind when looking for that ideal travel package:

  1. Don’t fear flexibility
    Just because you are looking for a travel destination that is within your budget doesn’t mean you have to lower your expectations of the experience that comes with it. Look for activities you’d like to cross off your bucket list. You’d be surprised by home many affordable holiday spots come with activities like skydiving and scuba diving. So, be flexible when deciding on the place you want to go.
  2. Be early or late: No in between
    By this we mean, either book your travel way in advance or at the last minute. Prices tend to be low when the travel dates are months away. After a gradual rise, some airlines see a dip in prices, so that they can fill out-bound flights. Either way, it would serve you well to keep an eye on ticket prices and book when they seem the lowest.
  3. Don’t go at it solo
    Most travel packages are moulded for a couple to a group of people. So, if you do travel solo through these packages, you will find a surge in the prices you pay. As a rule of thumb, the more the people the lesser the expenses on each individual. Besides, why wouldn’t you want to spend a couple of days with your closest friends or family?
  4. Extend your vacation
    Most packages come with a set number of days to it. This is the vacation you’ve been looking forward to since when! That being said, don’t let the specified dates govern how you have fun. A majority of packages have a little wiggle room tied to it. So, take advantage of that and extend your holiday by a couple of days.
  5. When it comes to a package, go with major hubs
    Some people would suggest you travel out from a smaller, regional airport when travelling. While this would be on point when it comes to booking your travel yourself, when it comes to a travel package, it is the opposite of what you should do. By opting for a smaller airport with your package, you stand the risk of being charged a tad bit more.

When looking for your ideal travel packing in Australia, keep in mind that the internet is your friend. Do your research, find your perfect package, and fly away.

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Travel The World: How To Find The Best Airfares Online

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Every now and then, the travel bug is going to bite you. When it does, the prospect of travelling the world would seem almost dreamlike. What if you could make that dream a reality?

To travel the world, all you have to do is find the best options at your disposal. Thanks to the advent of the internet, you can now find amazing options online. From the best airfares to India to the most ideal stay options in Australia, you can find it all at the tip of your fingers.

To help you find the best ticket prices online, here is a list of things you can do when hunting for your ideal airfares.

  • Look Online And Subscribe To Airlines

When looking for the cheapest airlines in Australia, you have to be flexible. You can’t zero in on one airline alone and be adamant to travel by it. So, subscribe to various airline websites and get notifications about their offers and airline ticket slashes. If you know when you want to travel, then subscribe months in advance. This would help you identify the lowest airfares, which you can swoop in and collect on.

  • Opt For Connecting Flights

If you are travelling to places like India, breaking your journey into two to three legs would help you save on airfare. Just because you might not like waiting in the airport for your connection, doesn’t mean you should rule this option out entirely.

  • Ditch The One-Way

When buying your flight tickets, make sure you include your return journey as well. Yes, sometimes you might have to forfeit the return leg, but you will see that the overall expenses would be much lower than that of a one-way ticket.

  • Be Flexible With Your Travel Dates

To get the best airfares online, you will need to be flexible with your dates. By being flexible, you allow yourself with a window of opportunities to choose from. You can check on the cheapest airfares within that time frame, and choose ones that suit you best.

  • Fly Out From Out-Of-The-Way Airports

Instead of connecting to major airports across the globe, look for smaller airports you can use. This choice in travel would reflect in your air ticket price. For instance, if you are looking for cheap flight tickets to India, you will see that the fares reflect differently for flights to the New Delhi airport, when compared to flights heading to Bangalore.

By keeping these pointers in mind, you will be able to find the best airfares in Australia, in no time! Remember, do ample research online before you decide on an airline. And, if you ever need assistance, approach the experts—a travel agent.

A Travel Agent: Australia’s Solution To A Smooth Getaway

tipsWith an umpteen number of travel booking sites in play today, many travellers feel their best bet lies with them. While DIY travel booking can save you a lot of money, because you can choose the cheapest fares for travel and stay, there is a chance of turning your pleasant getaway to a tiresome journey—due to lack of proper guidance.

That is where a travel agent comes in. When looking for the best travel agents Australia is home to, you need to be able to identify what makes them great. Here are a few tips to keep in mind, when looking for a travel agent to plan your next holiday.

What Does A TA Do?

Before you decide on a travel agent or a travel website, it is vital you know what they can help with. A travel agent’s duties include:

  • Offering suggestions and advice about a holiday
  • Giving you options to choose from
  • Researching several accommodation options to present you with
  • Plotting out best travel routes
  • Organising travel-related documents (visas, insurance, etc)
  • Booking stay and travel according to your personal preferences
  • Scheduling your stay to include as much as the sights and sounds possible
  • Penning down a payment plan

Points To Remember When Choosing Your Agent

  • Look for someone who knows what they are doing

Presently, travel agents need not hold a license to be a member of the travel sector. That being said, try as much as possible to find a travel agent who is recognised by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). If the TA support a national accreditation, such as ATAS Travel Accredited, they would fit the bill perfectly. The reason behind this is, you need someone who isn’t a rookie sorting your travel out. They would have the experience and the know-how to provide you with a well-thought out travel plan.

  • Get a travel agent who is flexible

When it comes to travel, nothing is set in stone. There are circumstances where things just pop up, unavoidable situations. In this case, you will need to alter your travel plans a tad bit to accommodate the sudden surprise. A good travel agent won’t let this phase them—they are flexible.

  • Remember to divulge what you want out of the travel

If you are looking for a romantic getaway or a fun family holiday, tell your agent. Chances are, they know the best places to go, the perfect time to visit, and the most affordable means of getting there. Some travel agents will even jot down a hypothetical itinerary for their customers, so you can pick and choose the type of holiday you envision having.

Before you take off on your well-earned getaway, ensure you have all that you need for a hassle-free holiday—travel insurance, tickets, and paperwork—if not, your travel agent is just a call away.

Cheap but Grand: Tashkent

As told in my earlier, blog, it was amazing to undertake our first pleasure trip to Bangkok. We again started to plan our 2nd international trip. In between we had traveled to Ladakh. Again, money was something to consider for the international trip. This is a visa agent asked me to try Tashkent in Uzbekistan. I initially though it would be expensive. However, I coordinated with a travel agent and got a price of around INR 40,000 ( approx. AU$ 865 ) per person. This time it was 8 of us traveling.  It was cheap holiday package with accommodation, all meals , airfare and Visa. We booked a flight after 2 months. It was a 4 night/5 days package on a premium accommodation. The flight was on Sunday 1100 hrs. and would take us to Tashkent at 1340 hrs.( Local time). India is just 30 minutes ahead of Tashkent.

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Just like in Thailand, we had a company tour leader waiting for us at the Delhi airport. We all assembled at the lounge. It was a group of approx. 40 people. There were also 4 couples traveling in the group. The Uzbekistan airways flight was nice, however, I felt the Thai airways was much superior in terms of service and feel. We reached Tashkent. The immigration clearance took some time. It was almost lunch time so the tour leader stopped at the coach at an India restaurant. We were welcomed with non-alcoholic drinks called sherbet. Shortly afterwards, a  buffet with different snacks, sandwiches and hot beverages were laid down. We had a couple of chicken grilled sandwich and tea. Tea was not as good as home. Then the tour leader took us to Hotel Ramada. We were allocated 4 rooms and provided the room number. Although, 4 rooms were allocated, we were all gathered in one room and chatting. Me and one of my friend went to look around the hotel. We sat at the swimming pool area for some time. We had been told to assemble at the hotel lobby by 0530 pm. We all assembled there. Other passengers of the group joined us. The tour leader took us for an evening city tour. Tashkent is a beautiful city with amazing city planning. We had stopped at the independence square and Broadway for photo stop. We had enjoyed more at the Independence square. Later in the evening, we were taken to another Indian restaurant which was reserved for the group for a few hours. It was a party time. The DJ payed amazing Indian and western party numbers. This time our DJ friend was interested in the Vodka rather than the DJ challenge. We had filled ourselves with Vodka. Amazing belly dancers added to the hangover. We couldn’t eat much. A little bit of chicken and tandoori breads was enough. We went back to the Hotel. One of the guys was too much down with Vodka. The vodka effect made his wife flirt with us-youngest lot of the group. Just like before, all the friends were in one room; 3 on the joined double bed and 2 on the carpeted floor. We looked like tattered  clothes lying here and there.

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It was difficult for us to get up next morning. We got up with headache and backache. We had to get up as we would be staying in a different place today. A shower with warm water helped us a little to get over the hangover. We dressed and assembled at restaurant for  breakfast. Today we would be visiting Charvak. It was slightly on a higher altitude. Tashkent was around 25-27 degrees centigrade., however Charvak would be cooler. Charvak was amazing with the lake and boating on it. The group was there for a few hours. We boarded the coach for the resort. We had our lunch. The place looked like Gulmarg in Kashmir.  We had a amazing time there. We went to the hotel lobby and got our rooms allocated. We completed our pending sleep. The evening was cooler. We played cards for a few hours. The couples who were with us joined us in playing cards. We had a good time and became friendly with them. Gala dinner and vodka waited for us in the evening. We shook our leg with the belly dancers . The tour manager was a little hesitant to join due to his professional boundaries. We made him comfortable and easy and made him to dance and drink.  We had our share of drinks and food and went to the resort discotheque with the couples. We had a grand time too. Dancing our heart out with these couples.

We asked him to make a certain change in the tour program and leave for Tashkent a little late. We requested him to leave the panoramic city tour of Tashkent for day after tomorrow and take the group directly to the hotel. He understood and made these little changes. He took us to an Indian restaurant for lunch and took us straight to the hotel. The evening was free. We and the couples went out to explore the city together. They purchased some souvenirs from the local shops. We went back to our hotel for the gala dinner and drinks. We had never parties for 3 continuous nights ever, that too with drinks. We waited for Saturday night to party in India. Next day after breakfast we were taken for the city tour with photo stops at a few places. Day four also ended with drinks, belly dancing and party.

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Next day was free. So we drank heavily last night and got up late. We called up the couples in our room and another session of cards went on for hours. We had got our personal bottles  of whiskey in the suitcases. We took them out and started our day party. By afternoon, we were drunk again. We had light sandwiches and Russian salads for lunch. The couples went back to their rooms and we went out in the evening to experience the night life of Tashkent. We came back for our gala dinner. Since it was the last night of the trip, we prompted our DJ friend to take over. He took over and as usual the party mood was set. Even a few foreigners heard the music and joined the group. It was amazing finish to the last day. Next day as usual we got up late. In the evening, we board the bus and transported quite early to the airport as the check out time was 06 pm. We waited and chatted. The couple were trying to plan their next trip with us.

We landed in India early on Friday early morning. We all went to one of the friends place who lives alone and slept. We have travelled to many more destinations with cheap flight tickets  and will share the experience in the blog.