Karan Anand, Head, relationships, Cox & Kings, shares his view on doing the last minute international holiday:
Visa: Most of the international booking happens 6 weeks prior to travel. If you are looking like two weeks prior to your date of travel, long-haul destinations like Europe, US, Australia or New Zealand are ruled out as the visa processing time taken for these destinations itself is over a month. Instead, you can look for destinations that allow visa-free travel or visa on arrival for Indians. There are close to 50 countries that allow a visa on arrival to Indians. These include popular destinations like Thailand, Bhutan, Maldives, Cambodia, Nepal, and Mauritius.
Flights: Look for places that have multiple flights by low-cost or no-frills airlines. If there are more flights to a destination, you are more likely to get cheaper tickets as a result of heavy travel competition.
Currency Rate: For Flights, Hotel, Travel, and Sightseeing, the impact of currency fluctuations is minimal. However, for those who like to splurge excessively on shopping while on tour, it’s better to check if the rupee is appreciating against the currency of the country you want to visit as it will help you to save on the expenses.
Last-minute deals: Most of the travel companies come up with flash sale nearly a month before the travel date. But it is difficult to get a good deal by two weeks remaining to the travel date as travel operators release their inventory of hotels and flights by that time.
Budget-friendly packages offered by Cox & Kings for the last minute travellers (Travel dates vary from June 4 to June 19):
(To give you a tentative idea of cost the last minute travelers have to bear)
Instant Bangkok Pattaya
05 Days / 04 Nights
Visit: Pattaya & Bangkok
Starting from 27,297 per person (with airfare)
Inclusions: flight, hotels, meals, activities, transfers, sightseeing
Malaysia – Short Break
05 Days / 04 Nights
Visit – MALAYSIA
Starting From 50,836 per person (with airfare)
Splendors of Dubai – Summer 2019
Visit – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Starting from 67,103 per person (with airfare)
Turkish Getaway – summer 2019
Visit – TURKEY
Starting from INR 80,175 per person (with airfare)
Greek Getaway- Summer 2019
04 Days / 03 Nights
Visit – GREECE
Starting from 81,328 per person (with airfare)
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