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Around 60 countries offer Indian passport holders visa on arrival. These include Cambodia, Iran, Laos, Thailand, Fiji, British Virgin Islands and Sri Lanka. Some of these countries have a visa fee; do check their official travel websites for details. Indian passport holders can visit countries like Nepal and Bhutan visa-free—remember to take your passport or election card as proof of citizenship. Check the destination countries' tourism websites for the latest requirements.
An e-Visa or electronic visa requires online application instead of a physical visit to the embassy of the destination country. Countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Turkey, Vietnam, and Taiwan offer Indian passport holders e-Visas. Make sure you meet the countries' requirements, including months of validity and pages left in your passport before applying.
Some travel websites and agents offer “travel now, pay later” schemes to encourage people with good credit profiles to travel more. The schemes may cover airline tickets, hotel bookings and/or travel packages. The fintech lenders charge an interest on the sum loaned for these bookings, usually to be repaid in EMIs over one to six months. Be mindful that defaulting even once may:
Remote workers who can work from anywhere and meet the criteria, including age (usually over 18 years) and income (varies from country to country), can apply for a digital nomad visa that allows them to remain in the destination country for months, even years. At least 42 countries around the world offer digital nomad visas. These include Dubai, Germany and Greece.
Make a travel budget. Whether you want to spend Rs 2 lakh or Rs 20 lakh on a vacation, clearly outline the spends.
For the big budget items, like airline and railway tickets, hotel stay, shop around for deals. Don't shy away from using frequent-flier miles and deals offered by your credit card company (read the fine print for charges).
Try some of these basic travel hacks:
There's no short-cut. Shop around for the best prices. See websites like makemytrip.com and kayak.com. But also check the airline websites for ongoing promotions and deals. Sometimes cancelling tickets can be easier and incur lower charges if they've been booked directly with the airline.
Buying a tourist card is often a good idea. It typically includes