As everyone knows by now, traveling is my passion. And when I am not actually on the road, then dreaming about my next destination is a favorite pastime. But if you travel as frequently as I do, then traveling smart becomes an essential element of the trip. So when I came across this travel contest on Indiblogger on Travel Smart with Skyscanner, I decided to preplan for my next dream vacation. 🙂
For the “Travel Smart with Skyscanner” contest, we had to pick a destination that we would like to visit in 2014, and then share how we would travel smart to this dream destination. Though selecting one dream destination amongst my ever-expanding bucket list was a task, I still managed to zero in and decide that I would definitely like to visit Spain again. I had been to Spain, as a rookie traveler, early in 2006 on a one month sabbatical (and before the entire ZNMD fame) and had loved everything about it – its warm people, sights, multitude of cultures, food, tapas, and much much more. And now 8 years later I would love to return and fall in love with this gorgeous country all over again.
I shall travel smart by concentrating and carefully planning on the 5 areas below –
1. Flights – First and foremost I shall be flexible on the dates, airlines and scan the internet for best fares available (as many times you tend to get cheaper tickets if you are ok to travel mid-week and at some odd hours). I shall also check websites such as Skyscanner that provide an option of checking for the actual dates when the lowest fares are available to any destination in that entire year. This feature shall ensure that I book the lowest fares possible. 🙂
5. Gastronomic Delights – To save on eating out, I shall sample the local street food wherever I visit. This shall give an actual flavor of the local cuisine at nearly rock bottom prices. I shall also avoid restaurants near the tourist locations that are a complete rip off. For example eating on the main road of Las Ramblas in Barcelona is a complete no, but I shall walk inside the small bylanes and check out the smaller local stores. Additionally I shall shop at local shops / stores for fresh fruits, yogurt, etc and the local bakeries for bread and pastries.
And now that the planning is complete, I am all set to travel smart and GET SET AND GO.