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How to plan a perfect vacation?

Tourism is at an all-time high considering the exposure to unlimited information one has on the internet. Reading about all those places and knowing how beautiful our planet is, one cannot refrain from packing their bags and going for an adventure. Adding to this is the improvement in standard of living for many, which opens up opportunities on the travel front. But then, there is more to just conceiving a thought. Traveling domestic or international, it is always good to plan ahead. Detailed research on flights, other modes of commutation, accommodation, places to visit, activities to do, local cuisine, where and what to shop, weather, clothes to pack and so much more. This part deserves attention as one missing link can lead to disappointments. To do such detailed research, plan your international travel at least 8 months before and local travel at least 4 months before. If you lack time or will to do your homework, an experienced travel agent is your best bet. More on that later.

We have a few pointers for you to start planning a complete hassle-free vacation:

  • Mode of travel – Due to limited number of off-days from work, most people prefer traveling by flights. Short distances can easily be covered by train or bus. The most important thing is to have tentative dates in hand at least months before so that you can scroll through various flight options, deals on offer, intercity bus or train availability. There are websites like Skyscanner, Goibibo and local rail websites which help you compare rates and make a sound decision.

  • Accommodation – This is what can easily make or mar your trip. So take out time to do your hotel research well. Decide on what kind of stay you are looking at. Backpackers can opt for hostels, others can choose from hostels to budget accommodation and homestays to luxury resorts. It all boils down to how much time you devote to an elaborate search.

  • Places to visit – Yet another important aspect of your travel. Once you have decided on your destination, read about that place, various sights to visit, their timings, entry fees, clothes and shoes to wear, restaurants around those places. Also, check on various cheap and convenient ways to commute from one place to another. Read about offbeat places if you are an explorer. Many countries have an amazing public transport system so use them to save yourself from burning a hole in your pocket.

  • Food and Shopping – An integral part of your travel is food and of course who doesn’t want to bring back souvenirs. Start reading about cuisines, make a list of restaurants in all locations, check their reviews and how affordable it will be on your travel. Find shops where shopping is easy and where you are not caught in a tourist trap.
  • Travel Insurance – Travel Insurance is a must for international travel to protect yourself from expensive emergency medical care and loss of luggage. You never know when you will need it. So connect with insurance companies and see what kind of insurance they have to offer.

If all this seems like too much work or you do not have the time and will to devote to planning your most important vacation, hire a travel agent. Check their reviews, compare quotes, see what they have to offer and most importantly compare itineraries and see what value can they add to your trip. One can generally find major flaws in itineraries and accommodation. Not only will you find agents skipping major sites, you will either end up clicking pictures from a bus or you will be left to explore the location on your own. If your agent is as good as he says, trust me, he/she will make sure your tour is a memorable one and is value for your hard earned money.

Hong Kong – Disneyland & more..

Hong Kong – Top Places to Visit

Wong Tai Sin Temple Pic courtesy: Andrew Moore

Wong Tai Sin Temple

A beautiful Taoist temple dedicated to the Great Immortal Wong. The temple claims to ‘make every wish come true upon request’. The temple commemorates the famous monk of yore, Wong Tai Sin, who was born in the Fourth century and became a deity at Red Pine Hill. In 1915, a Taoist priest carried a sacred portrait of Wong Tai Sin from Guangdong in southern China to Hong Kong.

 

Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden Pic Courtesy: Andrew Leyden

Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden

Large Buddhist temple complex of wooden architecture, relics & lotus ponds located in Diamond Hill.  It was founded in 1934 as a retreat for Buddhist nuns and was rebuilt in the 1990s following the traditional Tang Dynasty architecture. The temple halls have statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the goddess of mercy Guanyin and other bodhisattvas. These statues are made from gold, clay, wood and stone.

 

Disneyland – Hong Kong

Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is located in Lantau Island. The park consists of seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land. Enjoy a day out with your family in this amazing themepark.

 

View from Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak

The Peak is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. If you have many things to do here, still go to The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighborhood since colonial times for the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes that keep the visitors coming.

Take the Peak Tram, steepest funicular railway in the world, to reach the top in seven minute.  You can explore the Peak Tower (viewing platform) Chocolate Museum, Madame Tussauds Museum, Trick Eye Museum.

 

Shek O Beach

Shek O Beach

Shek O is a village located in the south eastern part of Hong Kong. The name “Shek O” literally means the “rocky bay”. The entire area is a peninsula on the southern coast of the Hong Kong Island, facing the South China Sea. Shek O is surrounded by Shek O Country Park, Big Wave Bay and Cape D’Aguilar. There are many restaurants located around the beach.

 

Lamma Island

Lamma Island

A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without exploring one of the several islands. Lamma Island is located south of Hong Kong. Take a ferry and reach this island in 45 minutes. Explore the island by an easy walking trail with sweeping coastal vistas. There are many restaurants lined up near the ferry terminal where you can enjoy if you’re a seafood lover.

Ngong Ping Village & Buddha Statue

Ngong Ping

Reach this culturally themed village by a cable car where a wide array of shops and eateries offer a delightful shopping and dining experience. The renowned Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Piazza and Wisdom Path are only a five-minute walk from Ngong Ping Village. Conclude your Lantau Island day out with a breathtaking sunset view as you take the cable car back.

Best Time to Visit

October – May

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