Bite-sized vacations find a following among youngsters

Bite-sizedBite-Sized: Micro-cations is the buzzword for over 50% urban travelholics, who are splitting their vacation time into multiple short breaks in a year.

Size doesn’t matter, quality does — well, at least as far as travel is concerned — what with an increasing number of travel junkies taking a fancy to more frequent short-burst holidays than longer vacations. Long weekends, as it turns out, are no more about being holed up at home, visiting family and friends or doing some other mundane day-to-day activity. They are instead being turned around into well-planned bite-sized vacations that are luxurious or budget-friendly depending on how much you want to splurge, and are either packed with activities to give you the feeling that you have done something worthwhile, or just allow you to relax and come back refreshed.
In fact, a recent holiday report by a travel group states that 58% of Gen Z (in the age group of 4-24 years) and 56% of Gen Y (25-39 years) prefer more frequent trips of 3-6 day duration that are about the quality of the experience.

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Shorter travel time is ideal

The trend, says travel curator Anil Nichani, has seen a spike in the last year. “Young working professionals are looking for weekend getaways that don’t take up too much time in travel and let them detox from work. There are adventure junkies who prefer to go on short treks, zip-lining, parasailing, etc., and then there are touristy folk who love sightseeing, while there are others who just want to relax,” says Anil.
Micro-cations, adds entrepreneur Rohit Sankhla, are ideal for professionals, who cannot spare too many days away from work. “Given the hectic work schedules that my wife Payal (who is also a businesswoman), and I have, taking off on long vacations is not a viable option for us. So, to ensure that we do not burn out, we squeeze in short vacations as and when we find the time and make the most of it,” he explains.

Connectivity is important

If it is a short vacation of, say, only three days, a destination that allows overnight travel, is most suited, making connectivity a major factor when deciding these holidays. With the to and fro journey done over sound sleep, the traveller is then left with enough time to explore the destination. Anil adds, “If it’s not a long weekend, working professionals usually add a weekday, say, Friday, to a weekend for a three-day outing. Then, they head out on Thursday night, and return late on Sunday, which allows them enough time to relax and be ready to get back to work on Monday. For this, they either go to domestic destinations within India that are well connected by train, road and air or closer foreign locations that have easy entry procedures, including visa on arrival, like Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Maldives, Seychelles or Nepal.”

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Ample time to explore destinations

There are many locales that need no more than a weekend to be explored — and this holds true for Indian and foreign locations. Rajiv Naidu, General Manager, Sales, of a travel experience firm, says, “There are many locations where all the sights can be explored in under three days with spare time for the traveller to relax. Places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sri Lanka are popular international short-haul destinations, while domestic favourites include Goa, Gokarna, Kerala, Andaman, Uttaranchal, and some locales in the North East.”

And when work can be combined with a holiday, it’s even better, says Rohit. “Recently, I had a business trip to Istanbul. I flew in mid-week, had meetings over the next two days, and then had the weekend to explore the city before flying back home. This way, I can explore the place a little with each visit, which I believe is a better alternative to trying and cramming an entire city/country into one long holiday, without allowing any experience to linger,” adds Rohit.

Domestic hot spots for micro-cations

  • Jim Corbett
  • Jaipur
  • Mussoorie
  • Sariska
  • Nainital
  • McLeod Ganj
  • Rishikesh
  • Neemrana
  • Agra
  • Puducherry
  • Kodagu
  • Gokarna
  • Goa
  • Wayanad
  • Kerala
  • Ooty
  • Kodaikanal

Source: The Times of India | Written by Tanvi PS

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