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