Holidays, while great ways to relax and rejuvenate, are often thought of as expensive. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. While foreign destinations might be costly considering air fare, visa and conversion rates, there are many that can be managed on a budget with the right planning. But before you go off exploring the world, remember that India is one of the best destinations and as a country that has so much diversity to offer, it is a great place to start.
1. The first thing to do is decide a budget. Rather than decide where you’d like to go and then start budgeting, deciding how much you can spend can save you a lot of heartache and disappointment.
2. Once your budget is decided, you can start looking at places to visit. Of course, this might depend on the weather, most of you would prefer warm beaches in the winters and hills in the summers.
3. Figuring out how to get to your destination comes next. If you’ve got a decent budget that allows airfares, your destination can be a little further away. If you’ve got less of a budget but enough time, the Indian railways have great connectivity and very affordable rates. If you live close to your destination there are also many state transport buses that are comfortable, reliable and cheap.
4. No matter where you’re going there will be options for budget hotels and home-stays. Going through feedback from fellow travellers is essential when choosing where to stay. Home-stays are especially great if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, and they are usually much cheaper than hotels.
5. Planning ahead, though it requires the luxury of time, will usually give you better rates. Plane tickets, hotels and home-stays sometimes provide early booking discounts. If you know where you’re going you can also set up alerts for lower fares and price reductions.
6. Travelling during the off season is another great way to save money. Most popular tourist destinations in the country have different rates during off-season months. Another benefit of travelling at that time is that you get to visit great places but without the hordes of tourists.
7. Before arriving at your destination, it is also a good idea to check out the local tour guides. Odigos has excellent options in most popular destinations to provide you rich experience without burning a hole in your pocket. You can also write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about any spot in India.
Whether you’re travelling in your 20s or 90s, budget holidays are always a great option. With all the world open to you, expensive holidays should not be the only way to explore.