10 Things to consider before planning for a tour

10 Things to consider before planning for a tour

Gain the confidence of an experienced traveller in a 4-minute read.

You should consider various things during a tour. Breaking them into eight important points, they are mentioned as follows:

1. Choose the destination:

Choosing your destination is the main part of your tour. It may not be as easy as you think. You need to consider the period of your travel and with whom you are travelling. Further, you need to list the most important thing for your travel and decide accordingly. You might be travelling solo, couple or with family. Similarly, your areas of interest can be cultural/ religious/ adventure/ road trip/ day trip/ food/ luxury/ budget travelling.

2. Accommodation

Next, it is crucial for you to decide where you will stay. Comfort is the target of your tour. If you are not comfortable, you will not be able to enjoy the trip. Hence, checking the cancellation policy of the place is fundamental. If you can book now and pay later, it is a good policy. Moreover, you must also consider customer service and the best price guarantee.

3. Manage Cash

In order to manage your cash, you need to operate through the ATM cards. If you are travelling domestically, you can contact your bank for cash in hand before the trip. This will save you time and ATM fees. However, if you are travelling internationally, you can use the ATM for economic transactions. For safer transactions, debit cards are the best. Eventually, you need to mention your plans to the bank or the credit card company as unexpected overseas transactions may be regarded as fraud.

4. Plan for first and last day

Furthermore, the first and last days are the important days of your tour. On your first day, many might suffer from the jet lag, which demands rest. You ought to save your energy for the rest of the trip. Hence, planning the trip, looking for the nearby locations and entertainment areas is your focus of the day. You can enjoy an evening walk to let the fresh air engulf you! Enjoying the view from the balcony or the rooftop can also lighten your day.

Similarly, on the last day, you will need to pack your bags with all the same enthusiasm as the first. Otherwise, unpacking becomes a task like remembering all the characters of Game of Thrones! Make sure you do not miss the important details such as your house keys, car keys, documents, mobile, and many more.

5. Check the weather

What factor determines whether your tour will be the best or the worst? Travellers will agree to this, it is the weather of your destination! Why weather, you ask. It is essential for your overall packing for the trip. The weather may even affect your sightseeing areas, the food and various other elements.

“Whether you are ready or not for the tour.”

6. Hobbies at the destination

What your interests affect your travelling mind. You might find a place to be the most adventurous and thrilling while others might want to be engaged in peaceful activities. Therefore, travelling is entering into a place full of possibilities. The most thrilling flight of the world lies in Lukla, on the way to Everest Base Camp. Who knew this? It is up to you to find the thing that pleasures you most.

7. Local entertainments

In addition, local entertainments are also needed to enjoy the place. There are unique features in each place, which you need to explore. Some places need advance booking. Considering these things, the fourth point is essential for you.

8. Special Food to experience

With the tour comes the food experience that makes the tour even more interesting. Many food items are only one of a kind. Lucky people get to devour the divine taste of the special cuisines. Even the restaurants at your hometown cannot copy the taste of the origin. Hence, you need to make a wish list of cuisines to try.

9. Get immunized

There are many places where you need vaccinations to certain diseases. It is a safer option if you are travelling overseas to high-risk destinations. Similarly, you should even get the important documents packed with you.

10. Smart Packing

Last but not least; smart packing is the key to a better tour. Packing for your destination is a stressful situation. However, packing light is the golden rule. You can always buy new clothes on the way. You need to pack comfortable clothes according to the weather and the activities you will engage in. Take the power banks with you and things to read, play or watch. Make sure you take one pair with you on your carry on just in case the luggage does not arrive on time!

Extra: Do not forget to check the visa requirements and your passport.

Many travel agencies check out the above-mentioned list for you. Hence, you need to choose the right travel agency as well.
For smart travels, check our packages and includes/excludes list in the package!

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Nepal, a country known for its natural beauty, rich culture and colorful festivals. It never fails to disappoint and amaze people coming from different backgrounds. One of such cities of Nepal is Bhaktapur which is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Here are top things to do in Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is considered as a cultural gem because of its fascinating history and religious sites. The city is also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa that was founded in the 12th century by King Ananda Malla. It was one of the capital city of the Greater Malla Kingdom until 15th century.

The “City of Culture” is located about 20 km east of the Kathmandu- filled with monuments mostly terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces, and temples with detailed carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. Listed in one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is renowned for their quality woodwork and wood craftsmen.

Getting a chance to experience traditional lifestyle of the ancient Bhaktapur is best done on foot. Four things that you should not miss when visiting this place are:

A tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square- a collection of pagoda and shikhar- style temples, grouped around a fifty- five window palace of brick and wood is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the valley which highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The major attraction of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are: 55 window palace, Golden Gate, Lion’s Gate, Mini- Pashupatinath Temple, Vatsala Temple, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple.

Take a pottery workshop at Dattatreya Square

enowned for its pottery work, the place has the facility of teaching pottery at Dattatreya Square which is Potter’s Square. It gives you an opportunity to indulge in the traditional lifestyle of people of Bhaktapur where you’ll see potters at work, sun drying their pots in the open air. So, if you’re interested in throwing clay, you’ll find workshop studios where you can learn how to make traditional pottery.

Witness Bisket Jatra

Bisket Jatra is one of the most popular Jatra celebrated every Nepali New year, where thousands of visitors involved in erecting lingo (pole), pulling chariots of deities, and worshipping them. The highlights of this festival are the tug of war between the eastern and western sides of town which then is moved down in a steep road leading to a river, Jibro Chhedne (Making Hole in Tongue) and Sindoor Jatra.

Must have dessert- “Juju Dhau”

The sweetened custard-like yogurt which is the specialty of Bhaktapur is a dessert you must try during your visit. Juju Dhau meaning “King of Curd” in the Newari language is delicious, thick, smooth and creamy yogurt- a dish perfect to end your day tour of the city.

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