– Kapil Goswamy –
There is no better way of travelling to a new place than experiencing things up close there. One way to it is to drive there yourself through the interiors of the city of town, halt every now and then and smell and experience the local flavors. Self Drive travel lets you do just that. The latest travel trend in the country is Self Drive Vacations that let travelers see and feel the city in a manner that is not possible otherwise.
Self Drive Vacations are completely different from destination specific travel. It lets travelers see more, do more and go back home with lot more to remember and talk about. It helps you mingle with the local people and experience local cuisines and feel the culture themselves which gets left out in destination specific travels. The destinations chosen by people who drive to that place are generally those which have a rich culture and lots of local things to see. Some of the popular self drive vacation destinations are Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra in north and Mumbai-Aurangabad and Mumbai-Goa in the West. Interestingly in India, the local cuisines and flavors change every few hundred kilometers. It is also a boon for those who love long drives. Mr Kapil Goswamy, CMD, BigBreaks.com puts some light on the same.
1 Hitting The Road: There are many factors that are responsible for the popularity of Self Drive vacations in India. One is that roads are now connecting most of the hinterland. Plus, the road quality is also better than it used to be years go. Better roads encourage people to take out their vehicles and go those destinations that they have been thinking about for ages but not taken such excursions due to fear of getting bumped or having a flat tyre frequently on the way.
2 Navigation Assistance: Another very important factor that has led to Self Drive Vacations pick up pace in India is good availability of satellite navigations systems and gadgets now. The assurance of constant guidance and navigation with the help of satellites and top notch communication methods are causing a lot of people, particularly single women, to undertake road trips. The need to ask for directions or the fear of getting lost in a confusing terrain is now ebbing. This is truly revolutionizing the whole of the travel sector. Even the cost of having internet facilities constantly on the phone or other devices is on the decline, prompting people to have 24×7 connectivity. This is letting people go to even remote areas like Kalpa in Himachal Pradesh to Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand.
3 Renting The Vehicle: A third factor is that there are a number of companies offering car on rent, that too at affordable prices now. There are international car rental companies in India now. These companies have been quick to cash in on the growing trend of Self Drives and further facilitating such journeys. Cars or even two-wheelers are being offered by them at reasonable terms and letting even those travel who don’t own a vehicle themselves. This lets the traveler forget any formalities or complications in taking his or her own vehicle. Companies offer online booking services also. One can book a car with just a click of a button. Fuelling costs are taken care of by the car rental companies.
Self Drives have been popular in Western countries for some time and it now catching up in India. While some undertake the journey in a small group, other prefer going solo, particularly women. The trend is here to stay and grow, letting people experience what they would have otherwise missed.
Author and Entrepreneur
Kapil Goswamy, CMD, BigBreaks.com
A travel professional with over 30 years of hands on experience in managing different verticals of the travel and tourism space, Kapil Goswamy continues to be the Managing Director of Trans World Travels (an IATA Travel Company handling Corporate Travel) , Trans India Holidays (one of India’s leading Inbound Tour Companies) and Trans World Holidays (Outbound and Domestic leisure) , businesses that he has founded , and successfully nurtured over a 25 year time period since 1990. With an absolutely hands on management style and a keen attention to detail, he leads the Group’s foray into the E-commerce venture.
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