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steven_ber Mar 27th, 2005 00:50

How to get the most out of the Itinerary section.
 
Please read the following before you post in the ‘Itinerary’ forum.

Firstly, if you have just found this website, welcome to indiamike.com, there are lots of friendly members who will gladly advise you on your itinerary or help you create one.

To make the most of the help available, you need to give as much information as possible when you ask your questions, see below for reasons why.


Thread title.

A short, good description is important, a lot of members only visit the site once or twice a week, by that time there are maybe 5 - 600 new posts, the member will not have time to check them all, so they will check the threads that appeal to them or that they think they can help with.

Thread title's like "A little advice", or "help needed", or "Itinerary suggestions" may get overlooked, but thread titles like "Rajasthan, 2 weeks, April?", or "Kerala & Goa, possible in 3 weeks?", or "Himachal, suggestions for May?" will get the attention of the members who can give good information on your chosen area.

ALSO, anyone looking at the same kind of Itinerary as you can follow the thread, this will save a lot of repeat questions.


Date/place of (planned) arrival & departure. – Obvious really.


Date/day of week of an individual journey. - not all trains run daily in India, if you need info for a single journey, the day of the week can be an important bit of info, I rarely suggest trains that aren't daily, unless the person says they're travelling on a particular day.


How many people in group, and what ages? – Sometimes it can be cheaper travelling in a group, especially if you are considering hiring a car & driver.

An Itinerary for a 20 year old may not be suitable for a 60 year old.


Budget. (per person)

This is important when considering forms of transport, you do not have to give an amount of money, and the following is more or less correct: -

Less than US$20 a day = low budget.
$20 – $50 a day = medium budget.
$50 - $200 a day = high budget.
Over $200 a day = Luxury budget.

On average, (if your not flying between places) 2 thirds of your daily budget will probably be spent on accommodation or overnight train journeys, though do remember that heritage sites can be expensive to enter.

The costs indicated above are an average for all of India, some areas are cheaper and some are more expensive.


Preferred mode of transport. – trains (air-con, or not?), planes, buses, taxi’s, or car & driver.


Daytime or overnight travel between places?

If one plane journey could make a huge difference to your itinerary, would you be prepared to pay the extra cost of a plane?

Would you be happy to travel between 2 places on a daytime train if the journey was a scenic route?

Would you be prepared to take a 2nd. Class, slow, crowded train or bus if it helped to fit your chosen itinerary?


Travel background. – first time to India? or Asia?, if you’ve been to other places, mention it, then someone can compare India with that place and give you a better idea of what to expect.


How flexible are you regarding your itinerary? If you had to miss one of the places you want to go to, what place would it be?


If you ask too many questions in your post, you have more chances of it being ignored, ask for advice about Cities, hotels, etc in other parts of this website.

Make your post as easy and quick to answer as possible, and always remember that everyone is giving his or her time and advice free of charge.

To make a new thread to ask for Itinerary advice, simply click here then click on the ‘New Thread’ button at the top left of the page, and remember to give your thread a title.


And finally

Acknowledge replies. - even if the info isn't exactly what you're looking for, any reply is normally to try to help you, it can be frustrating when a person spends an hour doing a reply, and they never even know if the person asking the questions has read the reply, this is becoming a big problem, there are members who won't do detailed replies for this reason, and I'd say that between 35-40% of my long replies receive no reply from the person I'm trying to help, damned ignorant are 2 polite words I will use.

SHIMLA Mar 27th, 2005 07:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by steven_ber
Budget.

This is important when considering forms of transport, you do not have to give an amount of money, and the following is more or less correct: -

Less than US$12 a day = low budget.
$12 $30 a day = medium budget.
$30 - $100 a day = high budget.
Over $100 a day = Luxury budget.

The budget should be per head and should be specific on the areas it covers.

monkgonemad Mar 27th, 2005 10:54

hi steven -

i would commend you on the advice about how to title the thread/post.

i would revise the budget more narrowly by say...(?) us12 or rs500 at the low and med end and above us50 -by us20 up to us100. something like that. the reason is someone on us13 travels very differently than those on us30. same hose at 30 different than those at 50 or 75.

i throughly understand the excercise but another conundrum is how we chose to spend the money. some may want a comfy bed, others opt for more comfortable bus transport. others love food, etc....so my advice to those who are planning and post asking 'how much' yap yap... is to be specific about where you are going and your standards.

Less than US$12 a day = low budget.
$12 $30 a day = medium budget.
$30 - $100 a day = high budget.
Over $100 a day = Luxury budget.

another idea for a sub-forum might be to have under destinations profiles of cities - things to do, go-no go, festivals, hassles, howmany days min-max. that way people can sort it out a bit themselves.

i think one thing we are all a bit to loathe is the "3 weeks in india, what do i do?".

i think shimlas argument to narrow to region is could be valuable. if the knowledge is here one might have a base cost and the +/- per region.

finally, i would recommend to all that they be concerned about the 'hidden costs' of travel, they can be burdensome. these are things like: departure taxes, computers, visa runs, film/processing, mp3/cds, tourist class bus/train, postage, clothing, laundry, sunglasses you broke, mossy spray, medicines, the night in the pub, the western restaurant, water -the list is endless and it adds up in a very meaningful way.

safe travels

seventies'hippy Mar 27th, 2005 13:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by monkgonemad
hi steven -

i would commend you on the advice about how to title the thread/post.

i would revise the budget more narrowly by say...(?) us12 or rs500 at the low and med end and above us50 -by us20 up to us100. something like that. the reason is someone on us13 travels very differently than those on us30. same hose at 30 different than those at 50 or 75.

i throughly understand the excercise but another conundrum is how we chose to spend the money. some may want a comfy bed, others opt for more comfortable bus transport. others love food, etc....so my advice to those who are planning and post asking 'how much' yap yap... is to be specific about where you are going and your standards.

Less than US$12 a day = low budget.
$12 – $30 a day = medium budget.
$30 - $100 a day = high budget.
Over $100 a day = Luxury budget.

another idea for a sub-forum might be to have under destinations profiles of cities - things to do, go-no go, festivals, hassles, howmany days min-max. that way people can sort it out a bit themselves.

i think one thing we are all a bit to loathe is the "3 weeks in india, what do i do?".

i think shimlas argument to narrow to region is could be valuable. if the knowledge is here one might have a base cost and the +/- per region.

finally, i would recommend to all that they be concerned about the 'hidden costs' of travel, they can be burdensome. these are things like: departure taxes, computers, visa runs, film/processing, mp3/cds, tourist class bus/train, postage, clothing, laundry, sunglasses you broke, mossy spray, medicines, the night in the pub, the western restaurant, water -the list is endless and it adds up in a very meaningful way.

safe travels

Blimey,,,,, P'haps we should recommend best days for changing their underwear too,,,,,,,,,,,,

monkgonemad Apr 13th, 2005 17:10

70s hippy:

i think the discussion about budget is valid. the other stuff much less so to be sure.

my thoughts about destination profile goes back to the threads that seem to attract huge # posters -should i go/not go, 'im never going there again'

anything to eliminate the i have X days in Y where do i go sort of posts (ie... today there is a post - i have one day in manali).

then some comments on hidden costs which i think could be placed somewhere about budgeting - a list of hidden costs which guaranteed new back packers never will consider in a budget.

cheers

steven_ber Apr 14th, 2005 14:15

MGM, I have made a couple of small additions to my original post, thanks for taking the time to offer your advice.

I tried not to answer questions in the original post, the idea was to advise people how to ask their questions, there was a lot more I could have added, but I knew I'd never get the time to do a longer post, so just decided on the shorter one.

I already have a feeling the thread was a waste of time, I think only one or two people have took the advice onboard before posting in the Itinerary forum since I done the post, now, how do we stop people asking for Itinerary advice in the 'Introduce Yourself' and 'Trains, Planes & Automobile' forums?

Quote:

Originally Posted by monkgonemad
another idea for a sub-forum might be to have under destinations profiles of cities - things to do, go-no go, festivals, hassles, how many days min-max. that way people can sort it out a bit themselves.

This is a great idea (and one that Mike was hoping would happen on the forum), anyone is free to do a profile of a city and add it to the relevant destination forum.

steven_ber Feb 19th, 2007 06:05

Just a bump as there seems to be a lot of questions being asked lately without a lot of info being offered.

This makes it difficult for our members to give a good, personalised reply.

Should we have a similar sticky in the 'planes, trains & automobiles' forum?


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