#travelsmartwithskyscanner being organised by SkyScanner is one hell of an Indiblogger event. I have spent the last 2 days going through albums of my travel vacations with friends and family. And trust me, I feel like I have revisited all these places during this short span of time. I could feel the chill I felt when I walked off the Gondola at Gulmarg, the utter not-a-care in the world attitude of biking on Goa beaches with the waves gently crashing against the tyres, the hurriedness of my Rishikesh trip, the fatigue of Vaishno Devi trek and the absolute bliss of a crackling bonfire at Patnitop.All this from just revisiting photographic memories. And then I stumbled across my Trip to the North East.
But the catch is it’s too far away. Sikkim, I meant. And that makes the journey too long by train and too expensive by air for those of us languishing in middle class . But hope is at hand. This time I am going to #travelsmartwithskyscanner. With a little planning and a lot of help from the very smart SkyScanner app on my phone, I can manage the trip well within my budgetary and time constraints.How? Well, I have been browsing the “Skyscanner” website for the months and dates for cheapest air fare. I am going to make a reservation months in advance (way to show commitment) which makes it a lot more budget friendly. It saves me money and makes planning for the trip a lot more relaxed affair.Though I might have to skip my walking over into China aspect of the trip (Chuckles).
But jokes aside , the plan is to "Plan Ahead".
Now comes the second most costly aspect of a vacation. Hotel Stay. I have realised that hotels (which account for 20-30% of Vacation expenditure) can be cut down with one easy step. Pre-meditate and Negotiate. So here I am looking for Hotel listings on this site and making calls to hotels now for booking deals months away.
Now that I know the tentative months I can get a bargain deal in, I am going to decide the exact timing of my trip. How? Blind guessing? No ways. Why go all this way if you had to blind guess eventually.I will look for two things. Weather and special events. I have been googling incessantly (yes, a lot of free time at my hand) and realised that monsoon months and winters are kind of a no-go time to the north-east. That would mean no trip September onwards. So here’s a tip to travel smart “Research your vacation spot”. You wouldn't want to be caught in a torrid downpour on your visit until you are visiting cherapunjee(which used to be wettest region of earth).
I am looking out for friends in the North - East too. People I know who can plan their home trips back with me. Apart from the convenience of company and somebody who is a native, it also allows for a better understanding of their culture and society.This way I wont just look at the mountains but also understand the songs that echo in them.
So by following these tiny steps I am going to travel smart. I am gonna plan. Sit down and #travelsmartwithskyscanner. Because the beauty of living in the moment comes from the security of knowing that the worst has been accounted for. It’s not me who’s saying this. Somebody said it long ago.All I care for is my quest to revel in the beauty of the north-east,sneak into Sikkim again & Complete that unfinished trip.