Planning your first foreign trip

Updated: Nov 25, 2018

I remember taking my first flight with my mom. While writing this I called mom to ask if she remembers when we took that first flight. Was amazed when she told me that she not only remembers the year but the exact date too.


Travelling to foreign country is common for many of us but there are many more who are yet to make their first travel out of India. I have helped get a passport for few of my colleagues so someday they can fulfil their dream of going abroad.


People tend to avoid foreign travel due to many reasons. Asking my colleagues and friends, the top reasons were no passport, cost, fear, family issues etc


Let me help you plan your first foreign trip. Send this to your friends, colleagues who are yet to embark on their first foreign trip


I am writing this for a solo traveller but travelling with friends or family can be done the same way


Passport


Mandatory document required for you to visit a foreign country. Apply today and get your passport. Even if you have no plans to travel get a passport.

It’s a simple and easy online process and you get your passport in few days (Once application is accepted)

Process can also be done with agent for a fee. I have got all my passports without any agents even before the process was online. Online now makes it much simpler. Your call

Do it yourself:

Quick step by step guide with screenshots for processes:

https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/QuickGuide

Application form booklet: https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/pdf/ApplicationformInstructionBooklet-V3.0.pdf

Go through this

Once you know the processes by checking the above link get ready for applying for passport

Get required documents ready

Create your account on passport.nic.in

Locate your nearest Passport Seva Kendra - https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/locatePSK/locatePFCInp

Check fees that would be required - https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/fee/feeInput

Check if appointment are available at your Passport Seva Kandra - https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/apptAvailStatus

Fill details in online passport form

Book appointment

Take necessary printouts

Visit Passport Kendra on day of appointment with docs and proofs

Wait for passport :)


Planning your trip


Start with a country which has visa on arrival for Indian passport or which have ease in visa processing. List of countries which have visa on arrival for Indian passport is attached at the end of this article.


Choose a destination which fits your budget and taste. Do some basic checks on internet. If I were to choose I would sort them as


Dubai = Malls,desert, tall buildings, shopping, gold

Bangkok = Nightlife,parties,food, beaches

Maldives = Romantic,beaches,relaxation


I just choose the destinations that are cheapest to fly to from India. You can choose any. Once you have drilled down go to costs


Still feel planning is not your cup of tea for the first foreign trip then you can book your travel with a travel agency. There are multiple travel agencies. Understand the plans and the package inclusions. Check the below


Return airfare

OTB charges (Ok to board charges)

Conversation rates if package is to be paid other than INR

Visa charges

Airport pick-up and drop

Hotels included (Search them and see reviews/pics)

Occupancy in hotel rooms (If travelling solo)

Number of meals included

Sightseeing tours included if any are chargeable

Vehicle used for sightseeing tours

Extra charges if any (Local taxes etc)


Once the checks are done you are good to go :)


I would still prefer you plan it. It’s a different experience. Researching about the new country. You will learn so much in the process. Having your own time to explore things.


It's your call finally !!!


Flight booking


Gone are days when travelling out of India was a costly affair. With low cost airlines and offers, return flights from many cities have become cheaper


Check flights to your chosen destination from the nearest airport.


How to book cheap flights? Check the video where I explain it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqovNJ2x_Bw&t=30s


Follow my twitter account @outofofficedaku where I keep posting airfare deals


Start searching cheap flights and book it


Now that flights are booked time to plan more for your trip


Travel Insurance


Never travel without a travel insurance out of India. I repeat never skip buying travel insurance to save a few bucks even if it's not mandatory to buy one to the country you're travelling.


God forbid if anything happens on your trip you will end up having the worst time paying for the same. Search and buy a travel insurance from your date of leaving India to few extra days of your arrival back in India. Why the extra days? In case you miss your flight or some delay causes change in plans etc.


Better safe than sorry


Visa


If you have chosen a destination which has visa on arrival make sure you read the terms and condition properly. Check