Value for Money and Summer Vacations Don’t go Hand in Hand

by Mridula on May 21, 2014

in India,Musing,Photography

I have no qualms in declaring that I am extremely middle class. I am really a sucker for value for money. I have recently been given two gadgets which I simply love. I really like them to bits. But they are so damn expensive that when at a future date (really far away in future) I will have to replace them I don’t think there is even a remote possibility of me buying them. Actually it is this scenario that set me on the value for money idea.

When it comes to travel value for money is again the mantra for me. I am not very particular about hotels, I can travel in local buses, and the like. After all if I had a free hand, I would travel every other weekend. In fact, in March I traveled on three consecutive weekends, two of them to foreign locations. It is another matter that I fell ill after coming back. Now as I like to travel so much there is not a chance that I can stay in posh places every time. For me the room has to be clean, it should have hot water and I am all set. Whenever I write about fancy hotels chances are that I was invited.

Vacations

Vacations are Fun

But summer vacations completely ruin my orientation. As my daughter is growing up and is in standard 1, I too have to think of summer vacations as travel time. Everything you try to book, cost at least twice more than the off peak rates. Anywhere you go in India it feels everyone else is also visiting the same place.

For example, my nephew and I wanted to trek in Ladakh but for the same price I managed to reach Maldives in the past! So, all you bright people out there, how do you manage to get good deals during Indian summer vacations? I tried digging high and low on bargains and found some on Goibibo shop page on Flipit. But still how do you wise folks travel during summer without breaking the bank?
You know, I could have actually titled this post ‘I hate summer vacations!’

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sindhoooo May 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

And summer is the worst time to visit most of the beautiful places in India… The sweat, dehydration (I suffer a lot from dehydration) and dry nature… I think, it is the best to visit some shopping streets and crowded local areas in the summer… I think, it is the best time to enjoy the inexpensive treasures like ice-creams, tender coconut, fresh fruit juices in summer. What do you say?

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Maniparna Sengupta Majumder May 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Sun , as you already know..is a real HOT guy and he looks hotter these days. I wanted to go for trip to Darjeeling bur the hotel charges have touched the sky !.. Let’s see if we can manage things out there .

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Mahesh Semwal May 22, 2014 at 10:03 am

flights tickets are double now because of summer vacations.

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Rachel of Hippie in Heels May 21, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Well everything is crazy cheap in Goa all summer long!

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Indrani May 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Same problem here: Prices do shoot up during vacations.

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Girija M R May 21, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I know what you mean. I wanted to take my 3 year old daughter out this summer . I went on searching for 2 weeks wasting my time. Whichever place made me excited was hurting my purse a lot. Finally settled to an offbeat location in Karnataka :-( ( It is cheap for me as I am from Bangalore)

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Rutavi Mehta May 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm

You are right. I usually prefer pre booking my trains to travel across India..As IRCTC even has started train from Chennai to Nepal..I would be planning that soon then flights…Also I keep reminding for cheaper flights on on travel portals soI get better rates.

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