Tickets And Accommodations
Last but not the least of all the requisites is the purchase of the Air Tickets and the Stay Accommodation of the chosen destination. This may also involve purchase of train, ship and bus tickets for places not services by air within the chosen destination.
However the Air ticket is not always the last essential on the list. Many Visas require a confirmed ticket to be enclosed along with the visa application documents. Likewise some of the Visas require the confirmed Hotel reservation of the destination for which the Visa is being applied. The dates of the visit need to be correctly mentioned on the Visa form …hence it is imperative that the dates on the ticket and the hotel should match the dates mentioned in the form.
Purchasing a ticket can be an easy and a hard task at the same time. Today we have a plethora of options ranging from the airline website themselves to many travel portals offering a host of options. The websites are self explanatory and easy to understand,hence a first time traveller also can chalk out his/her itinerary without any external help.Some important points to keep in mind while planning your travel are
♦Visa applied is to a particular Country,but Flights are booked for a City in a Country…So while you apply for a Visa for the country-France..you will book tickets to the cities in France..i.e. to Paris, Lyon,Marseille and,Nantes and many more from your home city.e.g.Mumbai or Delhi to Paris or Lyon and return.
♦Like India,United States of America is a vast country consisting of 50 States like New York, Washington,California to name a few. So the Visa granted is valid for the entire country of the USA,air tickets need to be purchased are for the Cities inside these 50 States..i.e. Ticket booked will be to New York City in the State of New York, while it is Los Angeles and San Francisco in the State of California and Seattle in the State of Washington.
♦Likewise to name a few other Countries–Canada has 10 provinces like Manitoba,Alberta and Quebec. Australia has 6 States namely Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales …flights need to be booked for the cities in these States
Flights from a city in the Departure Country to the Destination city in a Foreign Country can be :
♦A Direct and a Non Stop flight without a stop/halt in any City. Air India flies direct and non stop flight to Newark in the state of New Jersey in United States. United Airlines flies direct and non-stop flight to Newark in the state of New Jersey in United States.
♦The flights from a Metro city in India to the base city or the Hub of the Destination Country serviced by its National Airline is always a Direct and a non Stop flight.British Airways flies Direct and Non Stop from Mumbai/Delhi/Kolkata to London.Singapore Airlines flies Direct and non Stop flight from Mumbai/Delhi/Kolkata to Singapore are a few examples
♦One Stop flight …This stop is usually at the hub or the base city of the respective Airline..Emirates flies to London via its hub City Dubai..British Airways flies to cities
♦Two stop flights…This is from and to the smaller cities or interior cities at Departure and the Destination.If the departure city is Lucknow and the destination is say Los Angeles, then the flight route reads someting like Lucknow-Delhi or Mumbai-[connecting city either via Europe or via Asia]-Los Angeles
Tickets can be booked and purchased through Travel Companies and online through the many Travel Portals offering a host of fare options. Whatever the mode,the most important point to be remember is to know and understand all the fare rules and ticketing conditions of the fare chosen to be ticketed,specially in cases of restricted,Non changeable and Non refundable fares to avoid any discrepancies later or in an event of a cancellation.
Seen here is an example of a Electronic Flight ticket..This is purely for illustration purposes only.We have selected a Non Stop Direct return Flight for Mumbai-Singapore-Mumbai.The layout and design of a Flight ticket may be different for each portal,airline website and travel companies,but the information contained in each ticket is similar in them.
HOTEL AND STAY ACCOMMODATION
Just like Flight tickets, hotel reservations also can be done through Travel Companies, the Hotel website which offer promotional rates from time to time,Online Hotel portals exclusively designed for reservation of hotels.
What’s more these online booking sites give you the best available rates according to your requirements. The websites also display the ratings acquired and obtained by the hotel through a survey in terms of their service,location,ambience and amenities.
In recent times search engines like Trivago,a German Multinational technology company is said to be the world’s largest online hotel search site, comparing rates from over 1 million hotels on over 250 booking sites worldwide. The site has integrated over 190 million hotel ratings and 14 million photos, it also claims to have over 120 million visitors per month.
Trivago uses a search technology,which displays prices changing every minute and room rates and availability varying from day to day. Trivago’s search tool scans different hotel booking sites for information relating to prices, availability, images, reviews etc.within seconds. An added feature of this tool- it displays accommodation within close proximity to the user’s choice and preference. The App has interactive maps to make hotels in the visited destination easy to find. Thus when the user finds their ideal hotel, they are redirected to partner website selected to complete the booking. (Credit: Wikipedia)
Simply put this site is a one stop shop to help users to “find the ideal hotel for the best price”
Again whatever is the mode “the most important point to be remember is to know and understand all the reservation rules and cancellation conditions of the rate chosen before confirming the reservation ,specially in cases of restricted,Non changeable and Non refundable rates to avoid any discrepancies later or in an event of a cancellation“
A new concept of stay and accommodation in a Foreign land is the Home Stay Concept.This concept offers visitors and holidaymakers the facility staying in the home of a local family for a fee. Simply put “it is a Home away from Home“.This is unique as each Home Stay has a host there to welcome guests into their home and offer guidance and assistance during the stay. The host is present to welcome the guest into their home.
Moreover a Home Stay is an affordable accommodation alternative for all tourists and for independent leisure travellers who want to experience a home like feel away from home.It also gives them to know the local community and culture of the place they’re visiting. Similarly students that participate in study abroad programs and people who relocate in their employment for long periods of time prefer Home Stay over a Hotel.You can learn foreign language,have local cuisine with the locals and learn a few new things and make a lot of friends.
Since the stay is going to be with a local family in a Foreign Country,do ensure to explore and understand the Do’s and Dont’s of the Home Stay that is chosen.
TRAIN TICKETS/BUS TICKETS/CRUISE TICKETS
Many a time travel involves journey by Train,Bus and Ship. Train Journeys around India and Europe are very adventurous and allows you to enjoy nature more closely. Many countries having a extensive railway network spanning the length and the breadth of the country offer a wide variety of train travel and rail passes for the avid traveller. Bus travel between two small hamlets and towns in a states also has a charm of its own and sometimes turns out to be the most cost efficient.
Cruise Travel is a unique way of experiencing this world.A travel tour on a Cruise Liner is an unique experience of exploring new places and meeting new people for an avid traveller. A Cruise ship or Cruise Liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages.It is a unique mode of travel where the voyage itself between two sea ports leaving no room for worry of directions and unpacking.A Cruise Liner can be called a luxury five star hotel on water.The amenities include are a part of the experience, as well as the different destinations. The Cruise Liner is equipped with a sports area, massage and spa section,a variety of dining options,live music and many funfilled activities on board for the entire family.Cruise Travel has gained in popularity over the years. Cruise trip is a short trip of a few days packaged like a tour.A Cruise trip more often is combined with air travel. Travellers fly out to a particular city and then join a cruise from the sea port in that city for a cruise tour. This tour culminates back to the origin or to another sea port in the next city from where the traveller continues on his/her trip onward,thus enjoying the experiences of both world-air and sea…So Happy Cruising around this beautiful world.