Archive for April, 2009

Come long weekends and our phones start buzzing continuously and inbox get flooded with mails from anxious travelers looking for a decent package for the long weekend and in this case its from May 1st to 3rd.

Many of us just wake up at the last min and decide to do a trip to some popular scenic location as they have 3 whole days to spare. But recession or no recession, almost every popular hotel, resort and homestay run full especially on weekends.

With options only from lesser known properties, travelers have to make a choice whether to take risk and try out this hotel / resort along with pressure from their family members to travel. What can one do to avoid such problems and still manage a good weekend. We have a few tips below.

Tip 1 – Plan you holiday in advance. Saves all the trouble

2 – Try booking thru reliable travel agents who sometimes hold rooms for last min bookings

3 – Do a thorough review of the hotel before you confirm on it. It could be running vacant due to its bad location / service

4 – Call popular hotels n resorts a day before for last min cancellations. If you are lucky, u could end up with a bargain

5 – Best Tip: If all else doesn’t work, then lookout for you friends n relatives who own farm houses. You could self invite yourself like we are doing this time 🙂 It works out cheaper and is much more enjoyable


A beautiful farm house on the outskirts of Blr which belongs to Mr Joshi & fly

happy holidayin

Team GreatEscapes

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graphGlobal slowdown or recession has affected us all either directly or indirectly. This has brought in a lot of tension and uncertainty about our future, jobs and investments that we have made so far. People are lookin at ways to cool their nerves and have taken up regular massages, going on drives or taking short holiday. But everyone has become price conscious and look for maximum value which i feel is a good practice anyday.

To help you all, we have put down a few tips & locations which can be explored without making a dent in you pocket.

Tip 1: Try and avoid travel during peak season as hotels & resorts will be charging maximum rates and will be full most of the time. Instead go there just before the season begins or just after it ends.

Tip 2: But its holiday season and you still want to travel.. then remember to book your stay well in advance so that you get a good deal. Scout for various options on the net or thru travel advisors and check their reviews on the net before booking your stay

Tip3: Look out for new resorts / hotels as they will be offering special discounts to publicize & promote their property

Tip 4: Identify locations which can be directly accessed using your own or public  transport. Else you will end up spending more on hiring local cabs etc.

Tip 5: Ask around you friend circle if they have visited the location shortlisted by you and check for local tips and approx costs. You will also get this info thru u’r relable travel agent or on the net

Tip 6: Carry a map of the location & route map if you are driving. This will help you get there quickly without deviations. Maps also carry tips of places to visit along with timings for entry into parks & lakes. You can also ask the locals for information & directions.

Tip 7: If you are a foreigner or indian, always carry cash (in local currency) as you might not find an ATM in smaller locations and end up running around looking for cash.

Tip 8: If you are driving down, fill up your car outside large cities since the fuel is cheaper there. For Ex: if your driving towards Tamil Nadu, get you fuel once u enter the border since its cheaper by Rs 2.50 when compared to Karnataka.

Tip 9: It is a myth that certain destinations are expensive. If you look hard, you will find cheaper but good options at every location. All you need is persistence and a bit of research.

Tip 10: Always carry a small notepad & camera to document unusual places & practices that you come across. You can blog about it when you get back and share it with you friends so that they can use your tips to supplement their travel.

If you have anymore tips to add pls feel free to do so.

I’ve listed a few destination which are suitable for summer travelers n budget friendly too:

  1. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu – Known as poor man’s hill station
  2. Coorg, Karnataka – Many options for homestay which are quite affordable
  3. Chikmagalur, Karnataka – Lovely mountain range with option for homestay
  4. Ooty, TN – Crowded but has many good budget hotels
  5. Wayanad, Kerala – Lot of site seeing spots & options of resorts and homestays for the budget traveler
  6. Yelagiri, TN – Mini hill station with couple of good budget options & close to Blr
  7. Nandi Hills, Karnataka – Very close to Bangalore but only govt guest house available on advance booking which is affordable.
sunst view from Yercaud

sunst view from Yercaud

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