Ever thought of going out on the well earned holiday? Do it now before the bones start to creak and the bladder gets a little bit out of control.
Holidays can be a fun thing. It’s bonding with old friends, meeting new ones, sightseeing and even indulging the foodie in you.
Going on a holiday by oneself may not motivate you enough. So get a few more persons like yourself to come. If you cannot find anyone other than your spouse, don’t despair. Sometimes you meet some wonderful people while on holiday. It could be in the hotel or even on the sightseeing bus!
If you have not traveled for a while or you are not sure how this whole thing will work out your first holiday should be nearer home. Either overnight by train or a one hour plane journey. Visit two or three places to start with.
Don’t squeeze in too much of sightseeing in each city because that tires you out.
Even the day plans need to be easy. Plan to leave your hotel around 9.30 am and sightsee one or two places in the morning, stop at a nice eating place giving a break of two hours and then pack in one more tourist spot in the afternoon. If that gets too much just head back for hotel for a siesta.
Going on a holiday does not mean running around and seeing everything listed in a Travel Guide to get full value of money. Your experience on the holiday itself will rejuvenate you.
LIST OF THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE HOLIDAY
Decide the number of days you want to be away
Decide which time of the year you want to go . This will depend on whether you want to visit the mountains, backwaters or the deserts.
Roughly budget the whole holiday. Whether you want a 3 star hotels one or a 4 star or 5 star. Be generous in your budget because hotels and eating out are expensive! And this is the time to indulge yourself.
Draw up an itinerary. Everyone is tech savvy nowadays. So take the initiative and check out the places you will want to visit on the net.
Write to 10 other friends with the itinerary asking them to join you. Don’t write off any friend, sometimes even the ones you decide will not come will surprise you and want to come. Don’t get disheartened if no one wants to come.
Keep a deadline and then go ahead with the bookings.
Travel light. Pack the smallest suitcase, preferably the cabin size bag with the four wheels, then off you can go.
By Smita Aiyar