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New Delhi: The long holi weekend has got people planning about their 4 day holiday as Holi this year falls on a Thursday and Good Friday the next day.

Mansav Sethi, an IT professional, is very excited. For the father of two children, a long weekend with his family is always a bonanza.

According to travel experts, many Indians are travelling during the long weekend, from March 24 to Easter Sunday on March 27, within the country and abroad.

An increased demand for travelling places during the long weekend is witnessed, says Ranjeet Oak, Chief Business Officer-Holiday of MakeMyTrip.com, India’s leading online travel company.

“We are witnessing an increased demand for Holi long weekend travel. So far, we have seen a 25-30 percent increase in bookings for different destinations and we expect a further increase in demand in the next week or so,” Oak said.

Goa, Kashmir, Himalayan hill stations, Corbett National Park, Ooty, Udaipur and Puducherry remained the main attractions during vacations, he said.

“MakeMyTrip is offering a comprehensive product bouquet to cater to this demand for popular destinations like Kashmir, Himachal, Goa, North East, Rajasthan and Karnataka,” he added.

Arti Vij, a housewife, feels that a short getaway during the long Holi holiday is the best way to unwind.

“It is not often that one gets such a long weekend. I feel this is the best time to holiday as the weather is also good,” said Vij, who is planning a holiday in Manali.

She added that even her children, two daughters, are really excited about it and looking forward to a break.

“They are really studying hard for their exams and they will get over by March 15. The atmosphere at home is stressful for them as well as for us. The new session will begin from April and then they will get busy with their classes.

“So we all planned to go out of the city during this long weekend, which suits my husband too as he won’t have to take leave from office,” added Vij, whose husband is a government servant.

According to Sharat Dhall, President, Yatra.com, a lot of people are planning a quick getaway because it is one of the longest weekends this year.

“Yatra has seen a tremendous pick up in hotel bookings and packages for the four-day weekend from all the major cities. We are expecting hotels and packages bookings to increase by three-fold as we get closer to the weekend,” said Dhall.

Besides Goa, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and other domestic locations, travelers are also opting for international destinations such as Dubai and Singapore for short getaway, he added.

Hari Nair, founder and CEO of Holiday IQ, feels that Indians are holidaying like never before and festival tourism had taken off in the country in a major way.

“Every possible occasion is now a reason to travel. Till a couple of years ago, festival celebrations were limited to family homes. Today, entire families travel together for the celebration,” Nair said.

Nair said destinations like Gangtok and Darjeeling were also much in demand.(IANS)(Image courtesy: blog.travelogyindia.com)

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Can We Actually Go “Too Far” on a Stag Do?

It is important to have proper planning in order to avoid the occurrence of any mistakes.

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If that is not the case, you will either not have an enticing stag weekend or ruin your long-awaited Amsterdam stag do experience.

In as much as a stag do weekends are expected to be full of fun, caution should be taken. Participants need to stay within certain limits. This is important to avoid ruining the Stag weekend at hand. This confirms that there is a boundary you are not supposed to cross. It will be important to communicate these guidelines to those taking part in the event for a peaceful event.

As you plan your stag weekend, it is important to put into consideration a few guidelines and ought to be followed by everyone. If that is not the case, you will either not have an enticing stag weekend or ruin your long-awaited Amsterdam stag do experience. Below are things you have to pay more attention to:

Avoid drinking and driving

Expect some of your friends to drink beer and other alcoholic drinks while out there. You can also have your scotch or whiskey if you are a fan. However, there is a catch. After drinking, you have to take care of yourself too. This means you should not attempt getting behind the wheel.

Besides, do not allow any drunk mate to get near the steering wheel. This will just put everyone’s safety in jeopardy. An accident should be the last thing to wish for while on this weekend. Be fair to yourself and allow a sober person to drive you home.

 

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They are bound to cause unnecessary mistakes which are very costly.

 

Infidelity

Cheating on your fiancé while on your stag weekend is a possibility. This is the best definition of going too far on your stag do weekend. It not only ruins your reputation but also gives you unending quality. Therefore, it is important for every man to hold their horses while out at this event. Mind your wife back home and do what is right for your relationship.

Visiting Strip clubs

Strip clubs are one of the places men will tend to visit while on a stag weekend. Usually, they assume that nobody will report them back at home. Basking on this fragile security, they go on visiting and interacting with a number of strippers. All that is done in the name of having fun. In the real sense, it is an activity that violates stag do activities. Furthermore, it is not beneficial to you in any way.

Stag night
As you plan your stag weekend, it is important to put into consideration a few guidelines and ought to be followed by everyone.

Too much childish games

Even if you intend to have fun, you should not lose your respect as a man. Have fun but stay within your limits. Childish games like stripping, shouting too much, chasing each other up and down are games that need to be avoided. They are bound to cause unnecessary mistakes which are very costly. You might get injured in the name of having fun.

Conclusion

Once in a while Stag weekends go too far. As a result, a lot of unwarranted mistakes occur thus ruining the event. It is important to have proper planning in order to avoid the occurrence of any mistakes. This will ensure you have the best stag weekend ever. You can hire a stag manager for this function.