Ask the travel expert: Destinations to consider if you have a budget constraint
By Rakshit Desai
My wife and I are travelling to Greece for 7-9 days within next two months. How much should be the budget per person for a good trip? Will it be okay to plan through a travel agent? How much extra cash should be kept aside the package cost during the entire trip?
A budget of Rs 1.2 lakhs per person is enough to enjoy a holiday in Greece. For bookings, I would suggest going through a travel agent as they can plan your travel, hotels and excursions based on your interests and budget. Having someone else do all the managing and coordinating for you takes the stress out of vacations, so you can relax and have a good time. If you’re paying in advance for your stay and sightseeing, then you will only need money for meals (unless included in your booking), public transport (if you want to go exploring on your own) and shopping. You can keep a sum aside for all these depending on your plan and budget.
I want to plan a solo trip abroad but I have budget constraints. What are the destinations I can consider?
Travelling on a shoe-string budget is all about smart planning and knowing a good deal when you see it. Flights can typically account for the biggest expense; watch out for limited period promotional fares release by airlines and book as soon as a good one comes along. Budget accommodation in hostels and eating at street markets and supermarkets can bring down your other major costs significantly. Many countries have a well-connected rail and bus system with discounted fares on purchasing a travel pass for multiple journeys. Eastern Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand are good starting points for solo trips on a shoestring budget.
I’m travelling to Australia to visit friends and want to carry some pickles and spices for them. Will carrying them in my hand luggage pose a problem?
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Australian quarantine laws are very strict about bringing food into the country -including snacks, purees, milk for babies and kids, etc. Generally, with a few exceptions, they do not let you carry any food and animal products into the country. The best thing would be to declare everything on the quarantine form, no matter how odd or small the food item maybe. If custom officials ask you about the contents of your bag, declare everything immediately so that you are always upfront and honest. Don’t try to sneak food into the country as you could be questioned and also fined.
We are planning honeymoon trip to South Africa in November. Is it a good time to go? Also, can we club it with Mauritius?
November is a great time to visit South Africa! It is also one of their busiest months and all good hotels generally get sold out much in advance. I would recommend you make your bookings at the earliest to ensure you get the hotels you have in mind. South Africa ideally requires at least 7-8 nights. If you have more time, you should definitely club Mauritius with South Africa.
Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — howtos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to: [email protected]
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