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How often have you been inundated with international tour packages when planning a holiday abroad? The moment you begin to make inquiries with various OTAs and holiday companies about possible vacation ideas, a flurry of international holiday packages land in your mailbox. Now, sifting through each of their itineraries and finding a unique peg that resonates with your idea of international tourism is an uphill task. From choosing a destination, working out an entire package that revolves around your interests and passions, making sure the holiday is after all within your budget, to finally making your booking - we often undermine the legwork that goes into planning that perfect holiday.

Here are six factors you should consider while choosing an international holiday tour package.

Destination alert: The primary thing while considering a destination is its weather. Are you visiting in summer, winter, spring or fall? Which would you prefer? Would the temperatures suit you and your family, especially when you are travelling with kids. Many countries have spring festivities aside from Christmas carnivals and markets in the winter. You need to research over how busy the destination gets in such times, or would you rather visit when the crowds are thin, allowing you more legroom. Most destinations have off season rates that are better than the peak ones. After considering these you can settle for your destination. An OTA like Yatra.com specialises in international destinations such as Thailand, Dubai, Maldives, Singapore, Bali, Bangkok, Malaysia, Europe, Mauritius, Sri Lanka to name a few. Head to the holiday package page and take a pick from the featured destinations.

Checking flights connectivity: Once you have shortlisted the country, check for its connectivity with India, and the city in which you reside. All prominent international airlines fly out of Delhi and Mumbai. There is also good connectivity from other metros like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. From most southern cities, the connectivity to UAE is fantastic aside from operating international flights to other parts of Asia. When finalising your destination, you need to check your flight connectivity, and more importantly, the duration of your flight. Flights to the USA and Europe are bound to have layovers, but you need to know how long the layover is, and if you would need an overnight accommodation at the layover airport. For those travelling with the elderly or infants should pick shorter and straighter routes, and if not a direct flight, then one with a brief layover.

Check hotel availability: Before you can get down to shortlisting the international activities you would like to pursue, check for the available lodging options in the places you are planning to visit. Begin by making a list of the cities in the country you intend to visit and check the best possible lodging option whether hotels, homestays, serviced apartments, guesthouses, hostels or resorts. Then consider the budget you have for your hotel booking. Check with your OTA if they can book a certain hotel for you and include it in the package. Typically, every ready-made package for an average traveller comes with accommodation in 3 or 4 star properties at every place of stay.

An itinerary to suit your interest: While browsing through the various itineraries, the most important thing to determine here is if it suits your personality, and if you can tailor it to your requirement. A lot of itineraries concentrate on the usual touristy sightseeing places in the city and round it up with a day of island hopping or visiting a site known for its ruins or natural beauty. At this stage of your planning the holiday, you need to spend the most time sifting through itineraries before settling for one that you would truly enjoy doing. For instance, you are travelling to Thailand and are a history buff at heart, it makes sense to have places like Chiang Mai, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and Grand Palace on your itinerary. The history and architecture of the temples will give you a glimpse into the heritage and culture of the country. By the same token, a water sport lover, should have an itinerary around Similan Islands where they can go off scuba diving and exploring the colourful reefs. After all you would like to enjoy your holiday and not regret coming on one.

Enough time at leisure: Though this might not seem of much importance in the beginning, but it has the potential to turn your vacation into a whirlwind. Don’t forget you are going on a holiday, and by its very virtue, you need to be able to unwind, relax, get some sun, take leisurely strolls, spend time reading and sipping a drink or enjoy a laid-back breakfast. If an itinerary leaves you no time to pursue these goals, it is an extremely tight one and is going to make you weary at the end of the day. Don’t get carried away with too busy itineraries thinking you can explore more in limited time, because the lack of breathing space is going to tire you out and leave you with no room to pursue your personal agendas such as spending some time at the spa, having lunch with a friend, going shopping or simply meeting up with the locals.

Check the inclusions: To budget your holiday better, you need to know what comprises the inclusions. The promotional campaigns often don’t mention the hidden costs in a holiday package. When taking an international holiday, this becomes even more important because you would be carrying limited local currency and would have budgeted most of your expenses. In such a situation, to have an unforeseen expenditure can lead to panic and discomfort. So, be careful of what all heads you have covered by booking a certain package. Check if it includes flights, hotels, sightseeing, meals - breakfast only or it is an all-inclusive plan or simply breakfast and dinner, entry tickets to attractions, local travelling expenses, cost of equipment if you were to pursue a water activity, visa fee, any other taxes. Discuss and double-check every single aspect of your holiday with your travel agent or service provider, and accordingly plan the funds you wish to keep at your disposal when travelling abroad.

International Tour Package FAQs


Q. Why should we book international tour packages with a travel agency?

A. A travel agency is a licensed tour operator offering you a choice of holiday packages across international destinations. This saves you the legwork in zeroing on a destination. By booking with a travel agency you don’t have to worry about separately booking flights, hotels and tickets to the sightseeing attractions. You also have the option to customise your itinerary to include places you would like to visit. You can even make your hotel or airline recommendations. More importantly, your visa requirement is also taken care of by a travel aggregator. All you have to do is show up at the airport.


Q. Can we choose our own start day and end day of tour packages?

A. Yes, you have the flexibility to choose the date of your journey and after how many days you wish to conclude the tour. Aggregator sites come up with seasonal offers on international holiday packages limiting your options to select a more suitable start and end date, as they are subject to the discount offered by the airlines, the hotels or the tourism board of the particular country. But by and large, you have the freedom to choose your date of journey and the duration of the tour.


Q. Can we choose our own hotels while booking world tour packages?

A. The hotels mentioned on a tour package are merely recommendations that fit a certain budget. If you do not wish to stay at the hotels mentioned in the package, you can ask the travel agent to give you further suggestions regarding hotels available in a certain area and their estimated tariff. If you wish to go slightly above your budget in booking your hotel stay, you can mention that to the agent and he can accordingly find you more options. But remember, he can put you up at a hotel only if he has a tie up with them.


Q. Is breakfast always included in an international tour package?

A. In most cases a daily buffet breakfast is included in the package.


Q. To book an international tour package what travel documents do I need?

A. Primarily you need a passport with a validity of six months and more. As far as visa goes, your travel agent will help you get one. But there are destinations that provide visa on arrival, for which you need to keep your passport, your hotel and flight booking details handy at the destination’s airport arrival counter. The International Certificate of Vaccination is relevant for travellers coming in from South America and Africa.


Q. How can I choose an international holiday package that is suitable for children?

A. You need to begin by researching the destination, its weather, the infrastructure, the flight connectivity to that destination and whether or not it is child-friendly. A travel aggregator will offer you innumerable options, but you need to pick the one your child would feel the most comfortable in, there should be a good hospitals in the neighbourhood, ample parks, playgrounds and kids entertainment zones. The most important thing you need to ensure is that the flight is not a long one or there isn’t a very long layover. After considering all this including the kind of food available at the destination, you can sign up for an international holiday package.


Q. Is an international tour package suited for a solo traveller?

A. Before booking an international holiday package you can customise it to suit your requirements and also your personality type. You can ask the travel agent to make changes to your itinerary depending on the places you want to visit or the kind of activities you wish to pursue. Typically, aggregator websites have holiday packages by theme. For instance, packages for the family, packages for couples, packages for adventure enthusiasts and packages for solo travellers. Study the options under the solo traveller theme and you might just land a package that is all good to go.


Q. Can we go for a triple room when booking an international holiday package?

A. Not all hotels have a provision for a triple room or an extra person. Most bookings are taken on a twin sharing basis. But in case you are three adults or are a couple and travelling with a child and need an extra bed, you need to check with your travel agent what provisions are available for the third person. Does the hotel arrange for an extra bed, or provide a mattress on the floor, or have a sofa that can be flattened into a bed? Some hotels also have strict policies regarding the number of adults it admits in a room. Also, there are some heritage hotels whose decor doesn’t lend itself to housing a third person. Check your hotel’s policies before making the booking.


Q. Can we book an international tour package if we are travelling in a group?

A. Absolutely. While it depends on the group size, you have the flexibility to tailor your package in a way that suits the requirements of your group. Only in some cases there are limited seats on-board a plane or cruise, and you might have to compromise by going for a different aircraft that has slightly higher tariff. Also, a hotel might not have enough rooms to accommodate a very large group and you might be split across different hotels in the vicinity with a slight variation in the tariff. However, as a group you can travel together, visit the attractions together and even share your meal.


Q. When booking international tour packages from India are the entry tickets to the attractions included in the tariff?

A. The entry tickets to the sightseeing attractions mentioned in the itinerary from a temple to a marine park are included in the itinerary. However, if you wish to explore any place additionally, you have to bare the expense.
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