The days of walking into your local travel agent’s office or meticulously planning an epic vacation days in advance may be over.
Most of the travel agencies today want to specialize in planning specific types of vacations, including one of the industry’s biggest current trends: Surprise trips or Blind trips.
If you’re unfamiliar, a surprise trip is one where travelers provide some information to an agency, and the agency then books travel and accommodations without the travelers having any idea what destination they will soon be visiting.
It’s a perfect opportunity for spontaneous or indecisive people, or people who don’t want to do any of the work that goes into planning a grand adventure.
This wild new travel trend has gained serious attention in the last several months especially with Insta followers who are up for all and any kind of adrenaline adventure, with searches for such agents having gone up by almost 200%.
Since then, buzz around surprise travel has continued to circulate, but those interested in this one-of-a-kind vacation experience may not know where to start.
There are quite a few such agents in India who can personalize your trip, with the destination remaining a secret until the journey begins. All you have to do is provide a brief or complete a short survey, where you can key in all your travel preferences, along with the budget, the accommodation you prefer, and the dates.
Usually the itinerary, is kept flexible, in accordance with what the person wishes to do.
While most cross-India trips are relatively easier to plan, the challenge is in planning trips abroad. Visa requirements mean that the destination doesn’t remain a surprise. Which is why, most travel companies plan trips to countries such as Thailand, Bali, and Maldives that allow visa on arrival.
To keep building on the surprise, these companies send emails and envelopes a week before the trip commences, with little hints as to what lies ahead: the weather at the destination, packing essentials and some go so far as to send people curated playlists, or books or movie recommendations based on the destination.
Half the fun of reaching a destination is playing the guessing game weeks before the vacation actually materializes. It’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone
Imagine this – a tempo traveller stops in front of you and asks you to get in. You have no idea where you’re headed to, but you have given your consent to being ‘taken’ beforehand.
Ultimately, there is an element of excitement in giving away control and being open to whatever surprises life — or the travel company, to be more accurate — throws at you. Would you like to be led on this way?
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