5 Things To Check Before Buying A Holiday Package

Throw the dart at the map and choose the destination. Wish it was this easy, didn't you ? Well, there is much more to it when it comes to choosing holiday packages. All-inclusive holiday packages are getting more and more popular day-by-day. People attempt to go the DIY (do-it-yourself) style only if they have lot of time to research and plan the trip ahead. But many a times, this is not the case. If you are a newbie and need some information on how to select a particular holiday package, we can share some valuable tips with you. See this step by step guide to planning a holiday

Flexibility

Primarily what you need to look for in your package is a good combination of flexibility and personalisation at a reasonable cost. The rise in the number of options are driving tour operators to try new holiday models for travellers. All major tour operators have an online presence which makes it easier for you to check the flexibility of the package. You might have a convenient date and accommodation of your choice for your holiday, but when it comes to the flight timings, the boarding or departure airports might not be convenient for you. This is just a scenario. If staying at resorts, make sure it is conveniently located from the major tourist attractions you wish to cover. Find out what food and drinks are included. Some resorts have specialty multi-cuisine restaurants in addition to their buffet. This will save you from the boredom of going over the same menu over and again for a week or so. Note that some dining experiences might cost you extra. Also check if alcohol is included. Most of the times international brands are charged at premium costs. Know what activities are included. If you looking forward to visiting historic monuments and the tourist highlights, then choose a package that includes group activities as this might save some money. These days certain tour operators provide “flexi packages” with a number of attractions and activities covered for a particular price without a stringent pre-set itinerary. You can put them on your calendar based on your convenience and do them at your pace. The last thing you want to be doing is getting locked up in your holiday package doing what you don’t want to at a place of your choice. So make sure you agree to the travel plan from start to end. If you think it is not for you, then don’t go for it. Also, see this step by step guide for planning your holiday

Check for tailor made package:

Traditional packages are rigid when it comes to travel itinerary. It is difficult to divert from the set itinerary or squeeze in an activity of your interest. But tailor-made packages allow clients to build their own package. Travellers search by destination, dates and cost. You can include the activities you want to and leave the bits you don't want. Decide on where you want to go, what you want to do- activities on your bucket list, when you want to go, how much you want to spend, travel style and accommodation standards you are looking for and the rest will be sorted by the experts.

Realistic budget?

Make a budget plan as per your needs and desires. Stick to the budget and now choose a package within your budget range that can accommodate all your requirements. Unless you have a budget in mind, you tend to blow money in the air and you don't want to be doing that , unless you are rich beyond the dream of avarice. Make sure the budget set for your chosen holiday package is realistic. Check the official tourism websites as they offer accurate and reliable information. Compare multiple tour packages in terms of price, accommodation, activities and make sure you get the best deal.

Hidden charges and extra cost?

You have decided your holiday package and is very happy that it fits in your budget. Hold on, did you make a note of those hidden charges and extra costs. Make sure you read the fine print from the start to end, especially the “terms and conditions apply” part of it so you know what to anticipate while you are on the trip. To save you from the shock of uncovered expenses we can brief you on what usually doesn't get covered in the package (though there are exceptions). Transport to and from the airport doesn't get covered in most of the holiday packages. Minibar, spa, off property tours and excursions, water sports, private classes, etc is always is at your own expense. Few packages offer complimentary breakfast at the resort. But other meals should be self sponsored. Some resorts offer free buffet, while the a la carte dining will cost you extra. Resorts usually provide free basic wifi, but again if you want to upgrade to a better high speed unlimited wifi, they might charge you extra money. If you are on an international holiday package, ask your agent in advance if the country “entry fee” and “exit fee” is covered as part of the package , which usually comes as a last-minute surprise. Check the baggage policy of your airline in advance and pack light so you can avoid extra baggage charges. Also enquire about the travel insurance charges. Visa fee to certain countries can be expensive which might not be covered in your holiday package. See these 10 tips to have a fabulous holiday without breaking the bank

Choose the best tour operators:

Choose the biggies in the market as they partner with the best agents overseas to provide you a fulfilling holiday. Experienced tour operators will be professional in handling the tour from start to end. They will have experienced agents to advise you on best packages that suit your requirement. Also, they provide accurate information on web page and print and also adhere to the information provided. Research on operators that are reliable and stable in the market. Most tour operators reimburse payments within the mentioned time period in case of unforeseen cancellation of tour from their end.

Choose your holiday package wisely. Too many complimentary activities might ultimately end up being a big bummer if all you want to do is relax at the beach side. Also be prepared to splash some cash for unexpected activities on the go - may be a night cruise or a Swedish massage. Finally, all what matters is a fun trip to remember for the rest of your life.

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