How to Satiate Your Wanderlust While You Are Still in College

adventuresTravelling is a great way of unwinding and taking a break from your hectic schedule. It helps you detach from the mundane things in your life and do stuff that seem interesting to you. Many of you might be born with a wanderlust but can’t satiate it unless you have some cash in hand. While money is needed for travel, it’s also possible to travel by sticking to your budget.

So, if you are still in college and are wondering how you can travel to some place without breaking the bank, here are some tips for you.

Look for the Cheapest Flights Available

If you need to take a flight to get to your destination, look for the cheapest flights available. You can hunt for them as soon as you finalise the dates. Start by searching for the lowest airfares and you are sure to hit some good deals if you start well in advance. Also, never forget to compare the flight prices of different travel sites so that you get the possible deal. You should look for student discounts because many companies have special offers for college or university going students.

Travel in a Group

The best thing about student life is that you will have a lot of friends with whom you can travel and share costs. For example, if you are travelling in a group of five or more people, you might be able to get discounts on your air travel and even share your accommodation. So, unless you want to go on a solo trip, reach out to your friends and check out if they are up for a trip with you. You can even ask around your college or class to check out if anyone’s travelling to the same place around the same time. This way, you will be able to share a lot of expenditures among yourselves.

Stay in Budget Hotels or Youth Hostels

Youth hostels have become quite the rage over the past decade as it offers students with the opportunity to stay in a new place without burning a hole in their pocket. It comes at a relatively low price and you will get the basic amenities needed to get along with your day to day activities. Some of these youth hostels are also great places to get in touch with people from around the world and make new friends. However, if you want some privacy, check out some budget hotels that fit well within your budget.

Now that you know how to travel on a student budget, make that trip you have been putting off for so long happen this year!

Strategies for Finding Best Travel Packages

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Want to go on that trip that you have been dreaming off since a long time now? Well, you could go but have you factored in the expenses yet? Do you have an itinerary in place?

If not, then you should consider buying a travel package so that your travelling and accommodation are all taken care of. However, when you are looking for travel packages, it’s important to ensure that you get the best deal. This way, you will be able to make the most of your holiday every single time.

Here are some tips that will help you get the best travel packages.

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Shop Around

When you are trying to look for best travel packages, your best go-to option is to look for them across every possible travel website. The prices might not vary by a large margin, but you are sure to find a variety of offers. For example, some sites might have better hotel deals and some others might be able to get you in touch with a local guide. The most important bit is you will be able to explore your options before investing your money.

Talk to A Couple of Visitors

There are some sites that have reviews from travellers who talk about their experience in a particular place. They will highlight the best and worst part of their vacation, which will give you an idea of what you are getting into. If you like a particular travel package, then reading these reviews will help you get to the reality of them. Also, you can talk to some of these travellers to fully understand the viability of the package.

Start Early

The early bird catches the worm—every single time. So, unless you want to miss out on a great offer, you should consider looking for the best travel packages pretty early. Also, when you start looking for packages a few months in advance, you will be able to grab the deal at a lower cost. Plus, if you are planning to attend a particular event, and hence the holiday, then booking early should definitely be on your agenda.

Watch Out for Deals and Discounts

The best travel package doesn’t only mean that you get what you are looking for but you also get it for cheap. Why would you want to spend a lot of money on travelling when you can spend it on your holiday? You will be able to use the money for buying local stuff and eating delicious food. So, always keep a tab on the discount season or deals and ensure that you get the best bargain out of it.

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These are some strategies that will help you get the best travel packages every time.

How to Book Amazing Holiday Packages?

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Have you bitten by the travel buy lately? If yes, then it’s time you packed your bags and left for that exotic location you have been eyeing all year around.

Sounds like a great idea? But, when it comes to actually doing it, is it really so easy? Wouldn’t it be great if you first had some amazing holiday packages at your disposal?

If you are thinking how to book an amazing holiday package, then here are some great ideas for you.

Find Out Where Do You Want to Go

When you are thinking of a holiday, you might have some locations in your mind already. First, you have to figure out where you want to go and which places you want to cover. Once you have done that, you can start looking for packages that cover those places.

Always Keep An Eye Out on Deals

The best way to grab amazing holiday packages is to make sure that you are always aware of the deals doing the round of the web. You can follow travel sites on social media and also subscribe to their deals. Quite often they come up with seasonal holiday packages or special offers that will not only help you get an amazing deal but you will also save some extra bucks.

Wait for the Right Time

If you are planning to explore a certain place, then you should wait till the time is right. For instance, if you are planning to go to a seaside location, then you should watch out for the best time to visit it. Perhaps there might be a music festival or another event that would make your trip even more interesting. Sometimes, travel companies arrange special flights that will make your trip all the more special.

Watch Out for Last-minute Deals

When you are planning a trip, it’s always advisable to be a bit prepared in advance. You might be able to save some money if you book in advance. But, that might not be the case every time. For example, you will be able to grab some last minute deals that will help you save a lot of money and might even get you a flight or hotel upgrade. The best way to watch out for these deals is to ensure that you regularly follow all travel sites and compare prices.

These are some of the ways in which you will be able to book lowest airfares every time you are bitten by the travel bug. However, before you jump into any deal, take a moment to understand if it will truly work for you and if it’s worth the money you are spending on it.

How To Pick Packages If You Want The Most Out Of Your Holiday

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Planning a vacation is not something that can be done haphazardly! From the moment you leave home, till the moment you get back from your getaway, you need to have an idea of a schedule you are operating off, which is especially more so for international travel.

However, with a few pointers it is easy to cruise along and find the best deals, and enjoy your well-earned holiday.

Points To Remember When Booking Your Package

  1. Check Out the Fares

Once you have decided on the holiday, scour the net for the best world tour holiday packages, if you want to travel the globe. While most packages include accommodation and travel, one can choose their own flights and make up their own itinerary. Fares can change based on the day of the week, time of the year, and availability of direct/indirect flights, so it would be worthwhile to keep an eye out for cheaper fares well in advance. Mix and match airlines to get the best out of air fares.

  1. Fly Out From/ To a Regional Destination Airport

This is a very popular means of reducing fare costs, which in turn reduces airport costs. It allows for the option of choosing low-cost carriers that service regional airports. So, instead of mainstream airports, you visit airports that are out of the way.

  1. Accommodation

In addition to booking hotels in advance to avail better room charges, it has become increasingly popular to look at home stays or private rooms to imbue the local feel, which might, otherwise, be missing in a standard-hotel atmosphere.

Now that you know about the major components that make up a tour package, look at what you need to do before you decide on one.

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Make sure you tick off each of the following when looking for your ideal holiday package.

  • You have zeroed in on a place
    There is no room for uncertainty when it comes to booking a holiday when on a budget, as the stay, travel, and itinerary depends on this factor.
  • You have done ample research on the place you want to visit
    This research should include things like perfect time of the year to visit, and how tourist-friendly the place is.
  • Have you accounted for the time you will spend there?
    When planning a vacation, time is a very important factor. Does your budget, accommodation, and schedule all reflect the same time frame you have decided on for your Holiday? If not, rectify it and ensure you have a place to stay for all the days you are there and that you have money to spend. With a tour package, all these details are usually seen to, leaving you to worry about having fun!

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When planning a vacation, to anywhere in the world, make sure you address the three factors involved—where to go, how to go, and when to go. With ample research and online assistance, you will be able to get a package that comes with numerous benefits, all of which will ease the stress of booking the perfect holiday.

 

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.

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.

Our First International Pleasure Trip: Thailand

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Me and my group of friends were travel freaks since high school days. We had already discovered half of our country(India) by the final year of our graduation. Rafting & rock climbing in Uttarakhand, trekking in the Himalayas, Rajasthan, Southern India( Kerala, Karnatak) and many other places had  been covered. We used to avail the concessional student railway pass and travel. Staying was mostly happening at charitable Inns and hostels to save money. Then we started to earn. We decided that now that we were all earning, we will travel international. Again the earning during the initial career phase was low so only option from India was Thailand( Bangkok & Pattaya). All of a sudden, we came across an advertisement that said 4 nights Thailand package, with lowest airfare, in just INR 25000( approx. au$ 540 ) per person. This was within our budget. We went to the travel company and paid an initial deposit of INR 5000 per person as the booking amount. We were highly excited to take international trip with our own earning. We had confirmed a departure date after 2 months. Since I was already a Visa officer, I used my contacts to get the Thai visa with only the visa fees ( it wasn’t on arrival then for Indian passport holders). We saved some on the service charges of the  travel company.

Then came the D day when we would be starting our cheap holiday package. The tour company had asked us to meet at the lobby with the tour manager and other passengers. They were around 38-40 passenger travelling in the group. The tour manager met us in his formal attire-blazer(with the company logo). The flight was awesome. The stewards were very helpful and polite. That day I got my first lesson of the service industry-service with a smile. We saw one of the passenger going crazy, and trying to “be smart” with one of the stewardess. He was handled very smartly by one of the male steward of the airlines. The flight was via Kolkata and he was threatened that he would be deboarded. The flight landed at the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. While landing I saw, the after the oceans, it was mostly green outside Bangkok. While landing Bangkok seemed to be a little crowded and congested. We were met by a female tour escort(local) at the airport. She escorted us to the coach. After 15-20 minutes the coach started and drove us to Pattaya. On the way to Pattaya, I noticed that Bangkok was more like an Indian city. The scyscapers were much higher than in India. However, the crowd, pubic transports and the ‘Tuk tuk” was like India. Bangkok had ‘tuk-Tuk” and Delhi  had “Phat-Phat sewa”. Once outside Bangkok, the ride was scenic. After around 2.5 hrs drive, we reached Pattaya. Central Pattaya was a little congested. The coach stopped outside the hotel. We and few passengers did not get down there. The tour manager got down there and while the local female tour escort continued from there. After 10 minutes, the coach stopped outside a four star apart-hotel. At the hotel lobby, the local tour escort told us that today we would be on our own. She suggested us to for the popular cabarets, discotheques and “ entertainment zones”. Pattaya had an amazing nightlife. We were a group of non-vegetarians. We had chicken wings, roasted shrimps & prawns and snake meat. My family would have out casted me for the this. Snakes are worshipped by most people in India, but our young blood incited rebellion. We went to one of local rooftop discotheque. It was mostly trance, reggae and western pop. My friend who was a part time DJ in Mumbai, challenged war of the DJ(friendly challenge between DJs ) Our friend, had got his mobile filled with popular party numbers from Indian albums and Africa. It was fun. We went back to the hotel.

 Next day it was hard for us to get up after heavy drinking inside our hotel room. But the tour escort had asked us to meet at the lobby at 08 am. We were going to the coral Islands. Our eyes were still heavy. She jokingly said that once we reach the coral island our sleep will be gone. The drive to the beach side was amazing. We were ferried by a motor boat to the coral Island. It was beautiful. We did some snorkelling and para gliding and diving. It was fun. The honeymoon couples were engrossed in their romance. Then it was time for lunch-seafood based. It was difficult for the escort to get us out of the water. We were again driven back to the hotel. In the evening, we went for a Thai boxing show and then to another discotheque.

Next day we departed for Bangkok. On the way, we were taken for the city tour. We visited the Wat Jetuphon and the grand palace. It was amazing. Buddha and the surrounding associated with it, incites a strong sense of spiritualism and peace. We were taken to a gems gallery. A few couples purchased gems when they were told that some of them) based on their birthday and time), would be beneficial. I got a bracelet of gems which told me that it would keep my blood pressure in control and hence would help me control my temper. We were taken back to the hotel. Evening was free from any activity. We hired a tuk tuk that would take us around the city. Finding us all bachelors he prompted us to take us to the ‘entertainment zones (red light areas)’ and checked with us if we would be interested in weeding. Definitely we did not want either of this. However, probably his commission was associated with it, he told us he would take us to a very popular disco. After entering we realised it was a strip club and one lobby for” entertainment zone”. We were out quickly after finishing a show (it is a taboo in India). Next day we went to the safari world. That was something which we definitely liked. It was more like a wildlife safari park. The stunt show was equally amazing. There were many marine & non marine animals that I had only seen in the channels like Discovery, Nat Geo and animal Planet. In the evening we tried octopus and squids. Octopus was good but not the squids. Then we had grilled lobster, crab and snake meat (one last time).

Next morning, we were transferred back to the airport. We reached back to our home. In those days we did not have Facebook. Some of our photos were put on Orkut and was greatly liked and envied by many. One of my friends had almost broken up with his girlfriend for myths associated with Bangkok & Pattaya. We had a hard time in getting them together again. It was fund. Within a few years I had become a qualified travel agent and had travelled to Bangkok, Singapore, Tashkent, Srilanka but never had fund as much as we had in our first international trip. In fact, I had kept the contact number of the local tour escort and till date she supplies me with Thailand packages in very good rates.