Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Dream Trip to Berlin in Rs.1 Lakh with Skyscanner

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

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 Travelling the world has always been my ambition from childhood.I usually find ways to travel alone.Being a 19 year-old teenager,I have still not got time due to my college studies but that has not deterred my dream of travelling the world.I have made a plan to travel in 20s because then I will be out of college.The one advice I found common in all advices for someone in their 20s always include - "You should travel while you’re young, it’s because the time to see the world is in your 20s."


So when I got a email from BlogAdda that Skyscanner can actually make my dream of travelling the world come true,I couldn't prevent myself from blogging about my dream trip in Rs. 1 lakh.

My dream trip would be to Berlin,Germany since Germany has always fascinated me with their people and language.Besides German is the only foreign language whose basics I have somewhat learnt to talk with a German girl on Facebook :P

Travelling is exciting what makes it nightmare is its planning.While planning you have to check numerous sites for getting the best prices for flights,hotels etc,this makes the travel a gruesome job. Skyscanner has made the job of planning the travel a child's play.Now the only thing you have to know is the time of travel and stay since Skyscanner sorts the best prices for your flights and hotels.They even tell you the best hotels based on their ratings which makes choosing an awesome hotel in value-for-money price a cool task.

Let's start my dream trip with Skyscanner with Rs1 1 lakh credits.So to start my dream trip,the only thing I needed was the time of my travel which I chose to be from 1 Sept,2014 to 5 Sept,2014 and my destination which was Berlin,Germay.

So I went to Skyscanner and just entered my origin,destination and departure and arrival dates and clicked search.(Click on the image to enlarge)


 Then Skyscanner found the best price for the return trip from Delhi,India to Berlin Tegel Airport which was Rs 52,632.Seems easy,no ? But what Skyscanner did was finding the best price for the flight from around 20 flight booking websites amongst 169 results.Imagine what mess had it been if I had to open all 20 websites,put in the details,click the search button and then compare the best price out of the lot.


Now the budget left was Rs 100,000 - Rs 52632 = Rs 47638 for hotel booking and car hire.After done with flight booking,Skyscanner automatically showed me whether I would like to book hotels in Berlin.I went to the Skyscanner hotels page and selected the check-in date as 1st Sept,204 and check-out date as 5th Sept,2014.Then I was presented with a list of all 883 available hotels out of total 1209 hotels in Berlin listed in Skyscanner database sorted by popularity.


Since Rs 80,979 was out of the total budget of Rs 1 lakh,I went a little down to the list and found the "Mercure Hotel & Residenz Berlin Checkpoint Charlie" having a rating of 9 out of 10 just for Rs 33,698.For more than half the price,this hotel has a 9 rating compared to the number 1 popular hotel having a rating of 9.4.


Now the only thing left was car hire and the budget left was Rs 47638 - Rs 33698 = Rs 13940.So I went to Skyscanner car hire section,entered all the details and clicked Enter button.



Skyscanner returned the list with the cheapest prices for cars on hire.The best price I got was Rs 12,218.



So the total Skyscanner credits spent were Rs 52,632 for hotel,Rs 33698 for hotel and Rs 12,218 for car hire which totals to Rs 98548,just Rs 1452 short of the given Rs. 1 lakh.

That was all about planning and booking.Now comes the great part of this trip,the travelling.

I would reach the Berlin Tegel airport on 1st Sept,2014 at 18:40.From there,I would take the car on hire at 19:00 for Mercure Hotel & Residenz Berlin Checkpoint Charlie.The actual siteseeing would start from 2nd Sept,2014.

Day 1 of Dream Trip - 2nd Sept,2014

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

The Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate, rebuilt in the late 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch, and now one of the most well-known landmarks of Germany.

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Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)

Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in Berlin, Germany, and the only surviving royal residence in the city dating back to the time of the Hohenzollern family.

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Television Tower 

The Fernsehturm is a television tower in central Berlin, Germany. Close to Alexanderplatz in Berlin, the tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the administration of the German Democratic Republic.

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Day 2 of Dream Trip - 3rd Sept,2014


Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz is a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin, near the Fernsehturm.
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Zur Letzten Instanz (seit 1621)
 
This rustic eatery has been an enduring hit since 1621 and has fed everyone from Napoleon to Beethoven.
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  Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral is the short name for the Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church in Berlin, Germany. It is located on Museum Island in the Mitte borough.
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 Day 3 of Dream Trip - 4th Sept,2014


Pergamon Museum

The Pergamon Museum is situated on the Museum Island in Berlin. The site was designed by Alfred Messel and Ludwig Hoffmann and was constructed in twenty years, from 1910 to 1930.

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 Unter den Linden

Unter den Linden is a boulevard in the Mitte district of Berlin, the capital of Germany. It is named for its linden trees that line the grassed pedestrian mall between two carriageways.

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Reichstag Building

The Reichstag building is a historical edifice in Berlin, Germany, constructed to house the Imperial Diet, of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933, when it was severely damaged in a fire.  Image Source


 Last Day/Day 4 of Dream Trip - 5th Sept,2014

 Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

The Protestant Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is located in Berlin on the Kurfürstendamm in the centre of the Breitscheidplatz. The original church on the site was built in the 1890s. It was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943.

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 Gemaeldegalerie

The Gemäldegalerie is an art museum in Berlin, Germany, and the museum where the main selection of paintings belonging to the Berlin State Museums is displayed.

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Joseph Roth Diele
This restaurant is named after an Austrian Jewish writer but still this wood-panelled saloon time-warps you back to the 1920s, when Roth used to live next door. Known for German-style sandwiches and cakes.
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On 5th Sept,2014,the dream trip would come to an end.I would go on hired car to Berlin Tegel airport and then board the flight back to Delhi at 22:20 which would reach Delhi at 03:00.

Now you know how Skyscanner acted as a travel wizard for me and helped me in booking the flight and hotel and hiring the car for my dream trip to Berlin,Germany.

 This post is a part of Skyscanner travel wizard activity at BlogAdda.com

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