We who love to travel, would never cancel a trip. But sometimes life just intervenes. I remember I had to cancel my trip to Bhutan because of a minor surgery of my husband. How I wish Uncancel by Make My Trip was around at that point of time! I got to know about it recently from a company communication!
I didn’t hesitate even slightly to cancel that Bhutan trip. I had planned the trip myself so I first went ahead to cancel the airline ticket. The airline was very professional about it. But after quite sometime I realized that the money was not credited back to my credit card. I called them again and they said it was held in credit with the airline and would be adjusted on a later purchase! However, if I wanted it would be credited back to my card! Of course I wanted it to be credited back to my card. Once I told them so, they did it fast as well, but what if someone told you that you could simply #uncancel your ticket? This is what Make My Trip says-
At MakeMyTrip, we understand that no one WANTS to cancel a pre-planned trip, but more often than not, due to unforeseen events, people HAVE to cancel their trips.
That’s why MakeMyTrip presents UNCANCEL. By opting for Uncancel, customers need not cancel their travel plans, when faced with a last-minute spoiler! They can simply push their travel dates to a later date. However, the beauty is this… You travel later, but you pay nothing more than what you paid initially. In essence, Uncancel protects you from travel price hikes.
I also have a dear didi (my sister’s classmate) who had to cancel a really expensive trip recently due to some change in her daughter’s exam date. She actually lost a lot of money in the process, now I only wish if there was an uncancel for her!
Of course none of us wish to cancel a trip but for those times when we have no option I think uncancel would be a great idea. But this is one idea I do not wish to personally experience anytime soon!
I flew with Air India to Sri Lanka and with Indigo to Nepal. Both have been recent vacations, I have enjoyed a lot on both. And guess what? All the flight were on time too! The choice of the air carrier was determined by cheap airline tickets.
To Sri Lanka I was traveling with my nephew who talks a lot! It was great fun to have him with me. I have been on some Air India flights on the domestic sector where there was TV on the seat on an Air India flight. So I told him Air India has entertainment on domestic flights too and that was my undoing. When we found none on our Delhi-Chennai flight he went on and on about it, teasing me to no end! Thankfully they had enough food this time (unlike my Delhi Bagdogra flight) on all the four flights I took with them, Delhi-Chennai, Chennai-Colombo and back the same way. On the Colombo Chennai flight the entertainment set was not working in our row. As the flight was not full, my nephew changed his seat to a row where it was working. All this for a 45 minute flight! Both of us were happy, he watching some program and I having some peace and quiet.
I heard the most bizarre cockpit announcement ever on my Delhi-Chennai flight. The pilot came on the intercom after breakfast and said, “ladies and gentleman, you all would have got up early to catch the flight. I would suggest that you put the window shades down and take a good nap.” I kid you not, this was the announcement and it made me a bit jittery given the reputation of Air India and sleeping pilots. Anyway this one apparently didn’t go to sleep and landed us all safely at Chennai.
Air India and Indigo
On the other hand my Indigo flights had no such announcements and both the flights were on time. Last year also for Nepal I took Indigo flights and my return flight was terribly late. So was really thankful that both my flights were on time this year. All my Indigo flights have been generally hassle free. I usually buy something to eat on the plane so I was looking forward to buying upma this time. Only the serving flight attendant was visibly tired/annoyed. She would make such a grumpy face at everyone that I too didn’t feel inclined in the least to say thank you and I hardly ever don’t say thank you. When I asked her for upma she acted surprised. When I reminded her that it was listed in their menu she suddenly remembered and gave it to me. It was instant upma but it was good. I actually felt sorry for the girl. She was so young and was either tired or upset and had a job that didn’t allow her to be any of these! I saw her laughing only when she was saying bye bye to us after the flight landed.
But both the flights were good overall and I remember both of my trips fondly. After all what is a flight if there are not a few hiccups in it as long as they are not of the technical type!
Talk Hindi moves and you will talk Switzerland. I grew up on a healthy diet of Swiss scenes from movies like Chandni and Darr. But when I was in college sports was my thing and not so much travel. It is only when sports went away I got converted to travel. Switzerland Tourism will attract anyone and I am no exception. But till now all I have managed is transit via Zurich twice and nothing else. Once I was heading to Amsterdam and the second time to Bologna. That was once again when I was a broke student and it did not even occur to me that I should look for a transit visa and venture into Zurich. But who knows maybe one day I will head there. By the way these days MakeMyTrip is offering a Free Swiss Trip if you are good at playing computer games. I wish I was not this bad with video games!
The second place I definitely wish to go is New Zealand. The Lord of the Rings is the obvious movie connection but even before that Kaho Na Pyar Hai made me take notice of the place. Those wide open scenes from the Lord of the Rings have stayed with me and New Zealand is certainly on my bucket list. But this bucket list is made without any real effort to reach these places. I am relying just on serendipity to get there.
One place that came on my radar as a child was Venice because of the Amitabh Bachanan, Zeenat Aman song Do lafzo ki hai. Even as a little kid I wanted to visit the city which was floating on water and I did eventually manage to visit Venice on a trip to Modena where I was attending an academic conference and Venice was just two hours away.
However when I think of Pangong Lake, Ladakh and 3 Idiots I feel I was lucky I visited the area in 2005. I have to return to Ladakh one of these days but those who have been to the place post 3 Idiots feel it is not the same. Since I have not revisited I will reserve my judgement.
So what do you think? Do you have a place on your wishlist because of a movie you saw?
I have not traveled within Dubai (shall I say yet?) but my younger nephew, also known as Brat 2, has done a long internship in Dubai and I have heard a lot of tales! He is an excellent traveling companion and we have been chatting about visiting Dubai together but let us see when we are actually able to pull it off.
It is his conversations that made me think about the difference between knowing a country as a tourist and working there. Dubai tourism could be a very different as opposed to when we go there and stay for an extended period of time. It is not that he didn’t like Dubai, he liked it a lot, but it is just that the sum total of his experiences is much more than what I would experience as a tourist. He obviously had to go to the Ferrari Park in Abu Dhabi and that is what he enjoyed most I think. That and a couple of beaches and some old mosques is all I can get out of him as his Dubai adventures. My own experiences so far have been only as a transit passenger at Dubai Airport.
I have transited thrice via Dubai, once long back in 2001 to Athens and twice in more recent past twice to Manchester. But it is the Athens transit I remember most. I don’t know how but while coming back I managed to have a 23 hour lay off at Dubai! I was new to international travel then and a broke Ph. D. student as well. In fact Athens was only my second trip abroad. For a while I enjoyed the airport, after all Dubai airport is huge and glittering. But when sleep started taking the upper hand I found a nice reclining chair and decided to doze off. Only to find the air-conditioning too strong. And a very cold lesson learned- to always keep a shawl/sweater ready in my hand luggage for airports whatever be the weather outside.
With both my nephew and I having itchy feet I think we should look at a Dubai tour in near future.