9 things to remember before planning a vacation

  • July 26, 2021

Remember when Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “I need a vacation” at the end of the second Terminator movie? From time to time, we all feel that way!

After weeks or months of working hard at your job or studies, a vacation is one of the best de-stressors from the daily grind. Not only does it recharge your batteries but helps put you in better stead for returning to your responsibilities.

However, as with any endeavour, there are pitfalls to avoid and priorities to keep in mind. So, before you plan a vacation, here are some pointers:

Enjoyable doesn't have to mean expensive

Avoid being under the impression that you have to spend a lot of money to have an enjoyable trip. If you plan your itinerary wisely, you could possibly have a more enjoyable experience than by spending twice or thrice as much.

Besides, a vacation is supposed to put your mind at ease. You'd be doing the opposite if you ended up stressing out about spending an arm and a leg instead.

Make sure you plan your trip well in advance. This will allow you to avail of cheaper hotel rates and flight tickets, cutting down on some of the biggest costs considerably.

Thrifty travel

Unless you happen to live next to a hill station or beach, chances are that travel expenses will make up the most significant chunk of your vacation costs. But there are ways to offset them.

Start by looking for the cheapest airfares. There's a plethora of travel companies to turn to and a whole lot of airlines running special offers all the time. Book your ticket a few weeks in advance in order to avail of the best rates for your route.

Opting for red-eye flights will let you save on your travel budget. Photo credit: K. Howarth / Unsplash.com

Some routes, particularly flights to tourist destinations, are often cheaper on weekdays. Perhaps consider planning your trip keeping this in mind if your schedule allows for it. Leave on a weekday instead of waiting for the weekend.

By the same token, night flights are usually cheaper than day flights. So, unless you're planning to be accompanied by a child or there's any other reason which prevents you from travelling late in the day, save some money by flying at night. 

Hospitality without hotels

Right up there with the travel cost is the hotel cost. If you're going to be travelling alone, stay at a hostel as they're considerably cheaper than a hotel. And if you're travelling with your family, then look for an apartment instead of booking multiple rooms at a hotel, which could set you back quite a bit on your budget.

If you're looking to stay at an exotic resort, it won't be cheap. But do keep an eye out for deals and watch out for discounts. You could also consider visiting during the off-season period for a better deal.

Aside from the cost savings, which you could better put towards food and shopping, staying at a hostel or apartment will allow you to experience the 'local' life better.

Also read: Top 5 budget trips in India for students

Plan your itinerary well

Ensure your itinerary is planned properly so as to avoid going back and forth between the same place multiple times, as this is an unnecessary waste of time and money. Do your research about things to do, festivals to celebrate, and plan your trip accordingly. You can even turn to a trip planner for this.

Food for thought

Just like staying in a hostel or apartment when at the destination, dining at the local eateries instead of fancy restaurants will give you a better taste of the place, so to speak.

Get a taste for fresh produce from markets such as this one in Mapusa, Goa. Photo credit: Warren Kenneth De Souza / Unsplash.com

You could even take it one step further and whip up your own dishes whilst living in a hostel or apartment. Cooking for yourself will always be cheaper than eating outside, and being able to source the best local produce for your cooking is an added bonus!

Shop smart

When you’re in a new place as a tourist, you’re no doubt tempted to buy souvenirs or any products unique to that place. For example, some would consider a visit to Kolhapur incomplete without bringing home a pair of the famous Kolhapuri chappals.

So shop according to your destination. Remember, enjoying the moments of your trip is the main objective of a vacation. What you bring back aside from good memories, should be minimal and something that best serves as a reminder of the experience.

Hold your mail

Since you'll be gone for a few days, make sure you intimate your mailman or post office, especially if you're expecting an important delivery. Alternatively, you could ask your neighbour to pick up and store your mail till you're back home.

Protect your outdoor furniture

If you've got furniture or decorative items arranged outside your home, do remember to bring them inside before you leave for your vacation. This is so it isn't damaged by rainwater or stolen by thieves.

Road-trip essentials

If you’re planning on a road trip for your vacation, make sure you take care of the road trip essentials. Carry adequate water, medicines and other essential items that you’ll need when you’re on the road in case of an emergency.

After being cooped up within the four walls of your home during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are probably more inclined to head out and travel than ever before. However, if you’re having second thoughts about going on a vacation lest it dents your finances, don’t pocket a handout from a close friend or loved one but mPokket a loan instead!

If you are seeking an instant student loan or salaried loan and wondering where to turn, simply download the mPokket app. Register by uploading a handful of documents, and post-approval, borrow instant personal loans of up to Rs. 30,000! mPokket loans for students and loans for salaried are both credited straight to your bank or Paytm account within 10 minutes.

Also read:How To Finance Your Travel With a Travel Loan

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