The mere word HOLIDAY brings a smile on everyone’s lips especially with mercury soaring all around us. Weekend getaways and planning for summer holidays becomes the only topic of conversation on breakfast table, among families.
Holidays and package tours go hand in hand. With most of the things available just a click away or ordering through Flipkart, checking for package tours on the net is a must. With so many lucrative offers and tempting schemes in newspapers, online or just people talking about it, one cannot refrain oneself from checking the options available.
As every offer or product comes with a warning, there are certain important points one has to keep in mind while booking package tours. They are as follows-
Planning– The success of a good holiday depends on how good is the planning for it. If the tour is well planned with a proper itinerary then the money spent on the complete package turns out to be quite nominal. Last minute planning would leave a gaping hole in the pocket and a situation where one is a beggar than a chooser.
Budget– Like every perfect dish carries the most important ingredient SALT to taste,
similarly, budget for package tours play a pivotal role in terms of number of days, type of travel arrangement, places to visit, shopping and type of accomodation.
Advertisements/ Reality– Internet is flooded with numerous travel sites offering many deals including discounts, tickets,transfers in case of foreign trips and photographs of the accomodation. But Beware because many a times ,the reality is the stark opposite of ones expectation.Generally in hurry to do the bookings, people ignore to read the fine print which might carry vital information. Doubts creep up in terms of actual payments including taxes, the strict timetable one has to follow, the meals being offered and extra payment for it and also the hygenic factor in terms of washrooms and bedlinen. If terms and conditions are not properly looked into, the whole holiday could turn out to be a case of sour grapes.
Important Documents– It is always advisable to carry ones passport, pan card, voter I card
Credit cards, booking papers, photographs, photocopies of important papers, emergency contact numbers and basic medicines for precaution. These are of importance for verification and also for transactions.
Site Seeing and Shopping– As dry ingredients and raw products are necessary for a dish, no holiday is complete without visiting the places of interest, tasting local cuisine and carrying momentos and souveneir of the places visited. If one opts for a tourist guide, it is a big possibility that he would take only to his specific or fixed places. Sometimes the hotel is at a large distance so a lot of time gets wasted in commuting. It is aiways better to check the official websites or government retail or wholesale shops along with bargaining to buy the desired items.
Holidays play an important role in getting families spend quality time with each other so it is of utmost importance to check, recheck and verify with reliable sources for a rejuvenating holiday