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2019: low on long weekends, but high on holiday options

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Travel agents say the statistic won’t be a dampener as tourists are now looking forward to out-of-the box trips

With only 11 long weekends, 2019 will have the least holidays since 2015, which had 14 long breaks. However, travel agents say the statistic won’t be a dampener as tourists look for out-of-the box trips.

Heena J. Akhtar, co-founder of TripXOXO, said, “2019 gives travellers an opportunity to plan trips in advance. Though the number of long weekend holidays is fewer, it won’t stop travellers from planning a great trip.”

Start planning now: Monsoon offers the ideal time for millennial working couples to go on extended trips to weekend getaways in the new year.

Start planning now: Monsoon offers the ideal time for millennial working couples to go on extended trips to weekend getaways in the new year.   | Photo Credit: Vibhav Birwatkar

Ms. Akhtar said a large number of people are excited to take part in grand festivals such as the Kumbh Mela, the Pushkar festival and the Kite festival. She said, “It is not about the number of destinations they are covering. It is about experiencing something out of the box. Travellers are also interested in natural trails and adventure activities.”

Bungee jumping in Rishikesh, an excursion tour in Rajgir and Nalanda in Bihar, camping in Shimla, village trips in Sikkim, bike rides to Ladakh are considered the most sought-after by tourists.

Aloke Bajpai, CEO and co-founder of ixigo, said the fewer the number of long weekends, the more frequent will be the trips planned. Mr. Bajpai said, “Weekend vacations dominated the year with 15 long weekends in 2018. Short vacations peaked during monsoon, which is the ideal time for extended weekend getaways, especially for millennial working couples. For the long weekends in 2019, travellers will have to plan their vacations smartly.”

2019: low on long weekends, but high on holiday options

Mr. Bajpai said by tweaking two to three leaves, travellers can enjoy extended vacations in August and April, the months with the highest number of holidays in the year. He said, “Families and working professionals can plan short vacations to destinations like Kerala, Puducherry, Lonavala, Coorg and Srinagar, which are perfect to visit at that time of the year.”

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