How much does a holiday cost?
One of the first questions potential travellers want to know when they call our company is, “how much does a holiday cost?” Although this is a very difficult question to answer, we will try to do our best here to explain some general holiday pricing guidelines.
The purchase of a holiday is much like the purchase of a wedding. With so many options available, price ranges can vary drastically. Just as the average cost of a UK wedding starts at around £15k, it can quickly cost over £30k once a buyer adds such items as jewelled stationary, crystal centrepieces, floral-covered candelabras, monogrammed cupcakes, traditional Scottish bagpiper, vintage champagne, a horse-drawn carriage etc.
Considering wedding ceremonies usually last about 30 minutes and the reception lasts 4 hours, why do so many people choose to have so many enhancements? The answer is because most people understand the importance of getting what they want the first time so as to not have any regrets down the road. Because for most people getting married is a once in a lifetime experience, they want to make sure their wedding will provide them with pleasure, quality, relaxation, status, and lasting memories.
These same principles typically apply to most holiday customers.
You’re going to spend every day of your precious free time on your holiday, and picking the right kind of trip with the right components the first time is critical to ensure maximum enjoyment with minimum stress. Because of this, most travellers elect to book the holiday that will make them happiest in the long-run.
Unfortunately, some people only focus on the initial price of the holiday with the goal of finding the cheapest travel company, therefore sacrificing service, time, financial protection, and dependability, which inevitably leads to regret, especially considering that like a wedding, a holiday cannot be traded in if one is dissatisfied and disenchanted.
Some of the most common elements found in the purchase of a tailor-made holiday:
- Transport to and from destination
- Ground transport
- Reservations at events or activities
- Entrance fees and permits
- Guided tours
- Leisure activities
- Travel insurance
- Airport lounges
- Carbon offsetting
- Financial protection
As you can see, there are many options available. When someone receives a travel proposal from our company, we thoroughly examine each option as to educate the traveller on the option’s benefits. We want to identify it’s importance to the overall experience of the holiday.
How the holiday type affects holiday pricing
When someone enquires how much our holidays cost, the range of activities is also a key factor. What we mean by this is that as a company, we offer five different holiday-type packages to customers. Unlike most travel companies, we will do as much or as little as our customers would have us do. This tailor-made flexibility leads to less stress and more savings for the customer.
The holiday type packages are as follows, with their corresponding price ranges:
1. Adventure activity holiday
This holiday type includes the very best activities for customers, in places renowned for adventure pursuits. With an adventure activity holiday, the traveller must decide how far they are willing to go when choosing from a range of adventure activities; bungy jumping, mountain biking, kayaking, white water rafting, microlighting, paragliding, trail running and much more. Often customers go for multi activities during one holiday.
Although the concept of arranging a holiday is not very complex, it does require quite a bit of attention to detail and there is a small margin of error when adventurous activities are involved. The best leaders and instructors are carefully chosen, for customers who want a bespoke trip with flexibility, where we take on all the responsibility so you can enjoy yourself more.
The average customer spends between £900-£2,500 on an adventure activity holiday to Nepal, based on an average of two activities and the options that come with it, for two people sharing 12-14 days.
2. Cultural tour
This kind of holiday pricing includes handpicked city guides, village homestays, museum entrance fees, permits, and personal service embedded into every trip covering themes of art, architecture, archaeology, history, music, regional culture and natural history.
The price of this holiday type for a customer typically ranges from £600-£1,400, again depending on the length of stay and options.
3. Walking and trekking holiday
Holiday type #3 includes everything mentioned in #2, but it also includes treks into the Himalayas as the largest element of the holiday, staying in locally owned teahouse lodges, led by qualified, licensed, insured trekking guides.
Most customers will spend on average £1,000-£3,000 on a trekking holiday.
4. Volunteer holiday
Many travellers would rather just deal with one company instead of many. We at Himalayan Footsteps® are one of the few companies that will offer our clients truly bespoke arrangement where, as far as possible, one person will take care of your travel arrangements. This holiday type includes meaningful and sustainable volunteers projects, combining cultural and adventure excursions.
Most customers will spend £600-£1,200 for a teaching volunteer placement in Nepal, 4-8 weeks, depending on the length of stay and options.
5. Youth group expedition
Some customers start planning their youth group expedition two years in advance, however long it is this holiday type includes personal service from beginning to end, we love to visit and keep in touch with group leaders and talk with the groups. The expeditions we help create are unique and bespoke, they typically include elements from holiday types #1 #2 #3 and #4. Expeditions tend to be longer in nature to accommodate meaningful project work and personal development, often 4-8 weeks.
The average member of a group expedition will spend £300-£800 in a group size of 25+, with a large majority falling in the £380-£480 price range for 5 weeks, 3 adventure activities, depending on group size.
How to determine your holiday budget
We are often asked how much it costs to go on holiday to Nepal. When it comes to travel and the holiday of a lifetime, where we divert our funds is entirely subjective. Conventional sense tells us that experiences linger with us longer than things. But while for some of us, white water rafting through the Himalayas is worth far more than the price of museum admission, for others, it’s the memento that they’ll keep on their fireplace that will remind them of the trip for years to come.
There are three types of expenditure to consider when looking at your holiday spend;
1. Cost of booking
This is the cost of booking your travel and accommodation before you actually travel. Our travel advisers produce clear day to day itineraries showing everything that is included and excluded in the holiday pricing, no hidden costs. Of the three expenditures, the cost of booking is the largest, we offer customers to pay over instalments, typically 4-8 months before the date of travel, which spreads the cost and makes a trip of a lifetime more affordable. Only flights to and from the destination have to be paid upfront and in full, many factors affect the price of airline tickets.
2. Travel money
This is the amount of holiday spending money taken from the UK, or home country, in cash or pre-paid money cards. We recommend that customers think of how much to take to spend on souvenirs and gifts, thankfully, as you’ll see below the cost of everything in Nepal and our other destinations is relatively inexpensive as compared with Europe, the UK and USA and so customers don’t need to budget a huge amount of travel money, but having said that it is advised to take some for emergencies, for example, for food and drinks if flights are delayed, that kind of thing. Local currency can also be withdrawn at ATM’s with the exchange rate of that day.
3. At destination spend
This is all the spending in the holiday destination. Nearly all of the holiday expenses are already included in the cost of booking. Additional destination spending might include things like alcohol, snacks, drinks, and some meals not included in the day to day itinerary. The price of everything in Nepal and our other destinations is relatively inexpensive so this aspect of expenditure is inexpensive. Customers spend less than they would at other destinations such as Europe, the UK and USA, for example, a typical comparison travellers make is the cost of an average meal at a Kathmandu restaurant is roughly £4 and a litre bottle of water £0.30 pence.