I recently did a package tour to the Andaman Islands. I was quite scared as it was one of my most expensive vacations and I am no fan of packaged tours. Most of my travels are done in a haphazard fashion, we almost never pre-book a hotel (there are a few exceptions to it), a trekking agency or bus tickets. In fact we do not book anything in advance if we can get away with. We have to book air tickets, rail tickets and hotels in a few instances though.
So imagine my surprise when I got to know that the Bangalore to Port Blair flight was a charted flight for Make My trip. I was shaking my head and thinking, “so many people at one destination, there goes my vacation”! And true to my words the first destination, Viper Island seemed to be overrun by us.
But after the first day the 100 + odd tourists were divided into three groups according to their packages and our group had 40 odd people. That was a more bearable number.
The pros of doing this package trip was-
I think my head is wired in a way that seeks more unplanned traveling rather than package. But if I decide too late then I am open to doing an odd package tour once in a while.
And that is saying a lot. When I went on this trip I was prepared to hate the package tour but in the end I did not and for that a lot of credit goes to Make My Trip.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quite my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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