Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — how-tos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to: askrakshit@in.fcm.travel.

We are a family of three planning on visiting US and Canada for two months in mid-March. We would like to cover most of the places. Kindly suggest a suitable itinerary.
Two months give you enough and more time to explore the length and breadth of these countries! In the US, I would recommend starting your journey from New York and continuing to Philadelphia, Washington DC & Niagara Falls on the East Coast. You can then move southwards to Orlando and Florida – home of Disney’s Magic Kingdom while making a stop at the Kennedy Space Centre which is less than an hour away from Orlando. From Orlando I suggest you proceed to the West Coast and visit Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In these cities, you must visit the Universal Studios in LA, explore the Grand Canyon near Vegas and enjoy the Bay Cruise at San Francisco. You can also relax at the beaches of Santa Monica near LA and experience the vibrant sights and sounds of Vegas on a night tour.

In the US start your journey from New York. ​
In the US start your journey from New York.

While in Canada, you can explore the Rocky Mountain region and other popular regions in Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver. For a truly unforgettable experience, I would recommend taking the Alaskan Cruise from Seattle, USA to Vancouver in Canada. Your Canada tour can be closed with visiting the cities of Montreal, Quebec and Toronto.

My husband and I are planning to visit Australia during April of 2020 on a budget. Could you please advise on budget airlines since there is also a wedding in Sydney that we want to attend.

You can look at Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways or Air India which offer lower air fares. With air tickets, booking at least 2-3 months in advance gives you the best prices. Since you have time, keep track of fares and ongoing promotions. While you are in Sydney, you can visit the surrounding areas of Mowbray Park and Jervis Bay and explore Blue Mountains or Jenolan Caves with an overnight stay in the region. Should you decide to extend your stay, you can choose to visit Canberra, the Australian capital and take a scenic self-drive route.

I am going to London for three days and looking to go on a solo trip after dropping my brother off in Kent. What would be the best locations with respect to proximity and budget?

The London Pass offers entry to famous attractions at a discounted price.​
The London Pass offers entry to famous attractions at a discounted price.

British cities and towns offer a lot to explore for travellers. There are many museums, cathedrals and historical places in and around London that you can visit. Get yourself the London Pass for entry to famous attractions at a discounted price. I recommend you stay in and visit cities like Bath, Chester or Durham, which will easily fit your proximity and budget criteria. In case you have more time, you should also explore the beautiful cities of York, Manchester, Bristol or Leeds.

Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions
Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions.

Flight Centre Travel Group, headquartered in Australia, is one of the world’s largest travel management companies. In India, the group operates an extensive portfolio of corporate and retail travel brands including FCM Travel Solutions and Corporate Traveller (corporate travel management),Travel Tours (leisure travel), FCM MICE (incentive travel and events) Travel Money India (foreign exchange), FCM InComing (inbound travel) and Travel Air Representations (travel wholesalers).





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