International Travel 101 – The first-time traveller’s checklist!

International Travel 101 – The first-time traveller’s checklist!

Travel - Mar 03, 2020

What are some of the things you should keep in mind on your first international travel?  

Read on to find out! 

 

 

The moment has arrived. Your heart is pounding, and there are several tabs open on your web browser as you figure out your finances, travel arrangements and itinerary for your very first foray into international travel. The adrenaline is pumping through your veins and you cannot wait for the planning to flash into reality as you find yourself off to the airport for this adventure to begin. 

But wait, hold on just one moment. There are so many things to think about, so many details to prepare, so much information to gather, and suddenly, it all seems a little daunting, doesn’t it? 

So here we are, with our list of things you need to remember while choosing your holiday destinations and planning your international holiday: 

  1. Destination 

 

First things first, you need to decide where you want to go and what you’d like to explore there. One way to make this easier is to decide what sort of an experience you are looking for. For instance, do you want to relax and lounge by the sea? Are you looking to get the blood pumping with some adventure? Maybe sit back and soak in some crisp country air or go on a day-long shopping spree?  

You do not want to travel without having a plan handy, the places you’d like to visit and how you’ll make the most of your time there. Spend the maximum time on this step for it will ensure you have a spectacular holiday. 

Another way of narrowing down this search is to go through the Club Mahindra Resorts to find the perfect destination. If you aren’t a member yet, this is your chance. Signing up for a Club Mahindra Membership will open up our international holiday destinations for you to explore! 

  1. Time and Money 

 

If only all our travel goals could be accomplished without the expenses. Since this is your first international holiday, it is essential to decide how many days you’d like to spend there and if there are nearby destinations you’d like to include in your itinerary too. 

Once you’ve sorted out the days and destinations, you can now begin to budget it out. Air tickets and accommodation are two things that will majorly impact your budget, so plan accordingly. Ask yourself some key questions - do you want a luxury holiday? Are you okay with a mid-range hotel so you can spend your money elsewhere? If you’re travelling with kids and senior citizens, choose an accommodation that’s close to the city centre and sights. They might be slightly more priced, but it’ll save you time and travel costs. 

  1. Travel Documents 

Do you have a passport? If you do, does it have more than a year’s validity as some international holiday destinations mandate that? Once you have this sorted, the next thing to check is if you will need to apply for a visa for where you’re going. For some places, you have the option of a visa on arrival and for others, you need to have the visa before you fly off. 

 

 

 

Do go through the country’s visa application process to get verified and authentic information. If you’re unsure, you can always get in touch with travel agents or others who have visited the place before to get your information. 

In addition to a valid passport and visa, some countries also require you to have a vaccination before you visit. Be sure you read the travel advisories before finalizing your plan and buying tickets. 

 

  1. Insurance 

It is always advisable to buy insurance before embarking on international travel. It never hurts to be prepared for the unexpected, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Most health or medical plans don’t cover you when you travel internationally, so buying a travel insurance is a good idea. They are usually inexpensive and give you decent cover. Most plans are provided for limited time periods – like 30 days – so choose one that fits you and your plans best. 

 

  1. Currency 

 

 

Apart from your big expenses like airfare and accommodation, remember to set aside enough for your daily expenses like food, internal travel and shopping. Since carrying around a lot of cash on your person may not be the safest option, you can explore other ways like credit cards, travel currency cards, prepaid cards, etc. that you can carry with you. It is also a good idea to have some cash in hand to tide you over any unforeseen emergencies, especially if you’re travelling with young children. For this, plan where and how you will exchange your money. 

 

  1. Data plan and calling 

One thing about international travel is that you may be able to rely on Wi-Fi most of the time to help you stay in touch with your friends and folks back home. However, since this is your first time traveling out of the country, it may be a good idea to not be at the mercy of chance. Contact your network provider to activate international roaming on your Indian SIM card or buy a SIM card from the airport once you land at your destination.  

 

  1. Reviews 

Pro Tip! While planning your itinerary, it is a good idea to look for blogs, rating and reviews on places you want to visit. Sometimes, just because a museum or a park is on a “Must-See-List”, doesn’t mean it’ll be all you dreamed. Here, reviews can help you choose which places to include and which you can afford to miss. The best person to help you would be someone who has visited the place before or browse through Club Mahindra Reviews too. Another way is to go through the traveller photos to see if the place looks enticing enough for you to visit. 

 

  1. Weather and clothes 

 

Your itinerary is set, your visa is underway and your accommodations have been booked. Now you can sit back and relax. Well, not quite. You still need to do one more thing. Check the weather for the days you’ll be visiting your destination and decide on the clothes you will need to carry.  

 

And, you’re ready! Follow the steps above, make your plans, prepare yourself – and we promise the fun will flow as soon as you touch down at your destination. This is, after all, your first international vacation and the fun has only just begun. Oh, the places you will see! 

 

 

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