I long for travel day-in-day-out. But then I am passionate about my professional work also, that funds my travels. If I were to follow my inner voice, I would love to take an international vacation every couple of years and a couple of domestic week-long trips every year. I so love exploring new places that even when I am not travelling, I am planning for one.
Those who have known me for some time would know my favorite destinations are all in Europe – primarily, Austria, Norway, and Switzerland. I would be on cloud nine the day I set my foot on the soil there…I just wish the day is not far! For now, I just have this memory from London’s Heathrow Airport 🙂
Speaking of planning, you don’t want to go wrong on any aspect related to travel – be it International Flights, Hotels, Sight-Seeing discounts, or just going with the Package Tours. There are ways to approach each of them since they form a major part of our expense budget:
- Flights: For long-haul flights, we want our experience to be as comfortable as possible – pricing, on-time performance, and service of the crew are some of the prominent factors in our selection. I have learned that going with the experienced players in the area takes a lot of work off our shoulders – after all, they have earned that reputation over the years!
- Hotels: Isn’t it easy to filter hotels by price, reviews, and globally-accepted ratings? The more information we get on what we are looking for, the easier it becomes to make an informed choice. And the icing on the cake is when you get discounts on the ones which are already classified as deals – those are absolutely hard to miss!
- Sight-seeing discounts: Many of us know what we want to see at any location. So why not book online beforehand if we are saving a few bucks? If one is not sure of which day would suit visiting an attraction or wants to play safe because of weather, I would strongly suggest checking the flyers by the reception desk in hotels first…there are normally discounts for major attractions.
- Packages: In the interest of saving us the hassle of planning on our own for each aspect of vacation, many of us choose to rely on the package tours. However, with the plethora of them available from many competing vendors, it becomes a daunting task to compare the pros and cons of each. My search ends with the known brands, and then drilling down to the value-for-money options.
Over the years, I have learned the best way to enjoy a vacation is to do an extensive research on it, especially when you want it to be a memorable one! And, there is no substitute for experience – only when you face hardships, you learn what could have been better. That is why I keep on reading experiences of others on their European Journeys, so when it is time for me to hit the road, the road is less bumpy!