Friday, September 1, 2017

How to apply for Schengen Tourist Visa from India and prevent visa rejection!

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.”  - Matthew Karsten

Are you planning to visit  Schengen countries in Europe? Do you fear that your tourist visa may be rejected? This post will help you reduce chances of visa rejection and save application fee.

Step 0 : Check the validity of Passport

You should have a valid passport for greater than 6 months at the time of application or greater than 3 months after the scheduled return.

Step 1 : When to apply for visa? 

You can apply for a visa prior to 90 days from the date of travel.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How to Self-Plan a 7N/8D Leisure trip to Kerala (India) !

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous
Kerala Backwaters (Pic Credit : Pixabay)

Thinking to self-plan a trip to Kerala ? Not sure where to start?
You have come to the right place.

Friday, July 28, 2017

How to Self-Plan a 8N/9D Leisure trip to Sri Lanka!

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
Sitting in a Shack at Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka
Sitting in a Shack at Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka
Thinking to self-plan a trip to Sri Lanka ? Not sure where to start?
You have come to the right place.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How to Self-Plan a Leisure Trip to Dubai?

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Dubai Burj Khalifa
Photo Credit : Pixabay
Thinking to self-plan a trip to Dubai ? Not sure where to start?
You have come to the right place.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Top Hidden jewels in Europe you have never heard of!

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
Bored of travelling to big cities? Want to run away to a peaceful and a beautiful location in Europe where you can experience the local culture?

Here I present a list of hidden jewels which are serene, beautiful and a must visit for every traveller.

1. Cinque Terre, Italy

View of Manarola , Cinque Terre, Italy
View of Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Sunday, July 9, 2017

10 Bucket items to estimate expenses accurately for any foreign destination/trip!

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
Photo Credit : Pixabay

While self-planning a trip is everyone's desire, estimating expenses accurately for the same is a big headache. With some intelligent planning, you can estimate expenses with high precision and relax during the trip.

Major 10 bucket items that go into estimating expenses are as under :

  1. Flights from Home Country/City to Foreign Country/City
  2. Inter-City Transport via Train/Bus/Flights
  3. Hotels/Accommodation
  4. Visa
  5. Travel Insurance
  6. City Transport (Metro/Tram/Taxi)
  7. Food 
  8. Sightseeing
  9. Pay at Hotel Taxes
  10. Shopping Budget
We will discuss each of the bucket items in detail below :

Thursday, July 6, 2017

How to Travel Croatia and Montenegro without their visa?

 “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

Croatia and Montenegro are neighbouring countries sharing borders and require their own visa to travel.

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Croatia visa will cost around INR 6,000 / EUR 80 per person:

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Montenegro visa will cost around INR 8,400 / EUR 120 per person:

As you can see, the cost of the visa can be a big dent to your pocket. Not to forget the pain of documentation and processing times required for each visa.

Well I have a good news : You can travel to both the countries without their own visa.

What's the workaround?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to travel by train in Switzerland at cheapest prices !

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
Swiss trains are one of the most expensive mode of transport in Europe.  Are you worried about huge Swiss fares ? Most people opt for an easier way out and opt for Swiss Travel Pass.  There is another way out which I will discuss in this post.

Swiss Train
Swiss Train [Photo Credit : Pixabay]

Let's start with the Swiss Travel Pass.