If you have itchy feet like us, daydream about traveling to far-flung places or spend hours in planning, then this post is really useful for you to travel smarter and cheaper. So here are the Top Things To Do Before You Plan Your First International Travel. Starting from finding cheap airfares, hotels, currency converter, and deals we have got everything covered.
Sharing with you some travel secrets, hacks & tips that can help you travel smarter to your dream destination.
– RIGHT SEARCH –
The key is to GOOGLE. Research about the place well, about the nearest airport, connectivity to other countries, currency rates, the best time to visit, off seasons and major attractions. Once you are done nailing down all the aspects, don’t just daydream, start PLANNING & BOOKING.
A wise man’s suggestion is to check all your options and do proper research. Planning ahead and a bit of research can save you enough to plan for another trip 😉
Do make sure to check if there is any Travel Advisory issued for the country.
– KNOW ABOUT THE VISA PROCESS –
Before planning or booking anything try to know the entire visa process, documents needed and duration well in advance. Do check out our ” How To Apply Tourist Visa” series for different countries.
– FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS & STAY –
There are few amazing travel comparison websites which compare over 1000 airlines as well as travel agents to get you the cheapest air ticket at your fingertips. Once you nail down on your flight, the site redirects you to the airline’s official site or OTA. In addition to that, you also find deals on hotels and car rentals.
Same goes for the accommodation as well. Find your best deal below:
– SIGHTSEEING –
A word of caution – do not try to book everything in advance online especially tours.
If you are on a shortage of time then we could recommend booking, else, we would suggest haggling and finding a perfect deal once you land. Finding deals from the local travel agents are always better than booking online. The deals are way too cheaper than the ones available online.
Also, save some time for jet lag and exploring a new country on your own than a jam pack schedule trying to cover everything.
– HOW TO GET THE CURRENCY CONVERTED –
We all need to get our currency converted to the local currency of the country we are flying to. Though withdrawing from ATM is easy but due to the recent demonetization and limit imposed on withdrawal, it can be a hassle plus transaction charges and international fee add to the woes.
These days our go to has been Forex Card. The forex card is a prepaid card that you could be used anywhere. Nor just it helps you transact in local currency with zero transaction fee but you can convert money from INR to EUR for Europe packages or to any other currency of your choice.
Another option is to buy Forex. You can check Thomas Cook website for real-time conversion rates and get it delivered to your doorstep or pick it up from the branch before flying out. If you have currency to exchange once you are back home after vacation, you can also sell them by following few quick easy steps online.
– LEARN LOCAL PHRASES –
Try to learn few local phrases when you travel even if your pronunciation isn’t the best.
• Thank you
• Yes, no, OK
– PACK WELL –
Make sure to check the weather forecast and pack well. Avoid carrying valuable stuff or expensive jewellery on your travel and always keep your luggage locked with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved locks.
Read More: Packing Tips Based on Destination
– Keep a track on Deals & Giveaways –
– Subscribe to Newsletter –
Subscribing to your favorites airlines or destination tourism site could also give access to first-hand information about travel destinations, ideas, deals and much more. So go ahead and subscribe to get those deals delivered to your inbox and never miss an opportunity on a right deal. 😉
– Follow Social Media Sites –
Like & follow Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page for regular updates on cheap air tickets, travel deals and giveaways. If one such giveaway lands you return tickets to one of your dream destinations, don’t forget us. 😀
The sites you must follow for giveaways are Skyscanner, CSIA Mumbai, Lonely Planet Magazine India, National Geographic Channel, Travel & Leisure India to name a few.
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