Planning the Trip: for first time travelers

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Want to visit India?

Jaimie and I can help you get overseas by sharing the process we went through.

1. Start saving money.

If you are coming to visit Jaimie and me, you’ll need about $2,500/person – and that’s bare-bones. Jaimie and I started saving about one year out.

2. Get a passport.

Getting a passport is the easy part. I’m sure your local city hall can help you out, but if you want a head start, check the State Department Website.

3. Where are you going in India?

You’ll need to know this for your Visa. You’ll need to have a contact person in India before you travel. If you are coming to visit us, we’ll be glad to help you out with all of this.

4. Get an Indian visa

This is one of the most stressful parts for me. You have to send a non-refundable money order to the consulate in hopes that they approve you. If they don’t… try again.  Lucky for you, Jaimie and I would be very willing to help you with this process. But if you want to fly solo, Travisa Outsourcing is the way to go! (FYI – you’ll want a tourist visa)

5. Book a plane ticket.

Another stressful part. A plan ticket to and from India is about $1,600 – $1,800 depending on the season and how far out you book. I would recommend booking at least 3 months out for the best rates. You’ll need your visa number before booking your flight I believe, so have that ready. You can monitor flights on Kayak.

 

That’s pretty much it for your first trip of two weeks or less. If you want to learn how to move to India, you’ll have to keep watching for a future blog post.

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