I’m extremely happy to announce that we have reached that part of the year when our months and weeks are littered with public holidays, thanks to all the festivals lined up. When these little holidays come close to the weekend, I start dreaming of all the things I could do, the places I could visit, the vacations I could take! But then I google a few places, check feasibility in between lunch breaks at work and then give up because there are too many hassles with planning a weekend trip. Eventually I end up spending the weekend sleeping in or going for brunch.
If you found yourself sympathizing with me, you’re going to love what’s coming next. I’ve put together a list of websites and agencies that will happily plan your weekend for you – according to your tastes and preferences, leaving you to enjoy your weekend without the stress.
Jumpstart: One of the most well known companies to go to for a weekend getaway, their trips are known to be unconventional. These are the guys behind ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’ – weekend trips with musicians. Picture a bonfire in the woods, beneath a starry sky and the likes of Nikhil Dsouza and Sid Coutto singing. They focus on spending time outdoors and usually have a trip scheduled for every weekend. Their next trip is to Kaas in Satara, also known as the Plateau of Flowers on 8th to 9th September for Rs. 3000. Log on to their website to register or you can check out their Facebook page or Twitter for their upcoming trips.
CoolWeekends.in: They plan your weekend holiday and also give you your preferred choice of rented accommodation at unique rates. Yogesh Baste started this company more than 3 years ago and though they offer longer stays and holidays too, his real passion is arranging one-day picnics and weekends. They also rent out cars or buses for your holidays. Check out their Facebook page or you can email them on email@example.com or call them on 9967777052.
Broken Compass: Broken Compass is the company you need when you want to go off the beaten track. Their passion lies in treading the path less travelled and planning trips for travelers, rather than tourists. Along with longer vacations, they plan a lot of day trips and weekend outings. Their next one day trip is to Peth Fort on 2nd September for Rs. 2000. Log on to their website or their Facebook page, on Twitter or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abreakplease.com: Founder Nikhil Khekade started the website with the aim of acquainting the people of Mumbai to the various delights surrounding it. Having travelled widely himself, he tries to fit holidays into people’s preferences. Although in its nascent stages, the website asks for your preferred theme for the holiday (like beaches or adventure or a resort) and then goes on to give you 5-6 recommendations according to your need. All 350 properties listed on the website have been inspected personally by their travel experts. Call 9022011555 to plan your entire weekend getaway or even just expert advice on your choice of place for the weekend.
Breakfree Journeys: MumbaiMag writer Rushikesh Kulkarni started this venture to bring together people who like outdoors and give them a chance to explore places around Mumbai on their weekend. They do about two trips in month and a typical day-trip would cost you just Rs. 850. Since their main focus is on trekking, they are very active in the monsoons. If you want to visit a place and somehow can’t fit it with their schedule, they also give you suggestions and recommendations and plan your trip for you – free of cost! Rushikesh is also building a database of places that he has visited with all the information on how and when to get there on a Facebook page. Get in touch with Break Free Journeys on their Facebook page or Twitter.
The Backpacker Co: They call themselves pioneers in bringing ‘experience based travel’ to Indians. Although they mostly deal with longer vacations, they are worth mentioning on the list because of their off beat way of travel. They have tours with groups of no more than 10 people, living in hostels and sampling the local culture. If you want to go for a flexible trip with like-minded people and get a real taste of the place, log on to their website or get in touch with them on their Facebook page or Twitter.