I met Sean through the personal finance blogging network called Yakezie. He asked for advice on traveling more cheaply because and he’s about to leave on a trip to India with his partner.
The thing about saving money on travel is that not every trick is applicable everywhere. For example, many of my usual go-to travel booking sites may not have any deals for India. Often the best way to build a cost-effective itinerary is to get local.
Because I’ve never been to India, I’d like to throw Sean’s question to anyone who has been there.
Other travelers are a great (and free!) resource for travel advice. And social media has become a powerful tool in travel planning — I’ve heard numerous people say they use Twitter to get travel advice all the time. So this will be an interesting experiment in using social media and online connections to plan a trip.
I have more details on Sean’s trip below; please leave a comment if you have any travel recommendations.
But first, let’s get to know Sean…
This is what he wrote to me:
My name is Sean. I have a PF/small biz blog at smallbusinessbillionaire.com. I have traveled quite a bit when I was younger, taught English in Japan for a couple years, but I haven’t traveled in a while because of my business. My partner and I are planning a trip to Goa, India in March for two weeks.
We’re actually going on a yoga retreat that takes place in Goa. It’s not a hard core retreat. My partner is really into yoga and practices quite a bit. I rarely practice. So this retreat will be ok for both of us even with our different practice intensities. For me, I’m looking at this as a total vacation. It’s the first real vacation for me since I started my business about 10 years ago.
As far as our trip, we have most of it planned. One thing that we haven’t planned yet is we’re also planning a trip to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. We haven’t done any planning on that yet. We have no idea how we’re going to get there from New Delhi, no idea where to stay, and no idea what we’re going to do there apart from visiting the Taj Mahal.
The itinerary so far
On March 4, Sean and his partner will fly in to New Delhi in the morning, then hop on a small plane to Goa later in the day.
From March 4 to March 14, they will be attending a yoga retreat, which will provide accommodation and food. They’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore Goa.
On March 14, they will fly back to New Delhi.
On March 18, they will leave India from New Delhi.
How you can help
1. Are there any attractions in Goa you think Sean should visit?
2. How can Sean find the best prices for flights from New Delhi to Agra and back again? Any budget airlines he should consider? Any alternative transport options you would recommend?
3. Where should Sean stay in Agra?
4. What are some other places in Agra that Sean should visit?
5. What about New Delhi? Any suggestions on attractions in New Delhi and how Sean should distribute his time between Agra and New Delhi?
When you answer these questions, please keep in mind that there’s a budget of $1,400 for 2 people. This amount is only for the things on the list, as all other expenses have been dealt with.
Here’s what Sean said:
Generally I like to travel inexpensively with a splurge here or there to capture the full experience. So really, we’re more adventurous types but also want to be comfortable. We’re also in our early to late thirties if that helps. Our budget is $1400 for all extra expenditures for the trip which is more than enough I think.
What happened next?