Hong Kong may initially seem to create an impression of a culture barrier, but not altogether. In fact, it prides to prove you wrong with a contradictory expression when you find that it smoothly accommodates travelers from all walks of life. Hong Kong comes with an inexplicable contrast that seamlessly interweaves the opulent skyscrapers with the restraint streets. In other words, the city has something for everyone, without prejudice and yes, you can venture around this city on a budget. Here’s how:-
We just saw a post on Facebook about a family who got mugged abroad and lost their passports! Parting with your passport while traveling is a big hassle, but there are ways for you to overcome this problem.
Recently a lot of countries have eased the visa application and procurement easier than ever before. When these countries used to ask applicants to physically go to their embassies and get their visa processed, it was a like a nightmare. Due to visa hassles, tourists have been tremendously discouraged to travel that countries. Even now the US, UK and Schengen tourist visas are not quite easier to get. Here I am listing a bunch of countries who have recently made their visa procurement process easier than before. Indians contribute a lot of share in their tourism income, so they have taken this action now.
Planning your trip abroad means not just the regular flight and accommodation bookings but also getting your visa in place for starters. And obtaining a visa often becomes stressful for a huge majority of people. Only 58 countries in the world are visa-free or offer e-visa/ visa on arrival for an Indian Passport. But the US Visa, UK Visa, Schengen Visa & the Australian Visa are the trickiest to crack. They are tricky not because of interviews or situations, but the requirement for documentation has a close variation for all applications.
There are 26 members in Schengen states and you can visit a total of 28 countries using your Schengen visa. You can also visit other European countries except for Belarus, Ukraine, UK, Ireland on your Schengen visa.
Here’s a complete guide to applying for a Schengen Visa for Indian passport holders!
No matter how well traveled you are, it is almost certain that you are going to leave behind something or the other while packing your stuff. There can be no bigger pain than landing in a new country, only to discover an important item you have left behind. Then there is the added trouble of running around in an alien territory, looking for the things you missed in all the excitement and rush. To safeguard against such annoyances, it is better to keep a check list of the most frequently forgotten holiday essentials.
Passport and Visa rules change every year. And being from India, sometimes it is very hard to keep a track of the new rules. And if you are an Indian passport holder and you travel often outside India, there are great chances that you might have faced visa issues. One of the major reasons for this is due to the changing rules.
International vacation is always fun. With the difference in culture, food, architecture and people, you get to learn a lot. But international vacation comes at a price which is much higher than domestic trips. There’s an increase in airfare, hotel costs, visa costs and even the airport transfers can get pretty expensive. We have been rigorously traveling for more than 3 years and there are a few things we learned to help us optimize our international travel plans both tactically and financially.
Here are a few tips and tricks on how you too can save big on your next international vacation.
Flights from India to Europe or America can be very long. Read the following compilation of 20 tips to make flying easier. Some items in our Free Gifts section feature in this post!
Buying a prepaid German SIM card in Germany is often difficult for tourists due to insistence on local address by some vendors, and language barriers.
Documents required for buying a prepaid German SIM card
For pre-paid SIM cards, the retailer has to see and put on record official ID, i.e. the passport or national ID card. Unfortunately, many stores require you to have a local address. Foreign addresses are often not accepted. If you do not have a German address, try to use your name with c/o name and address of someone else, e.g. the hotel you’ll stay. This may not be accepted always.
Prepaid German SIM cards are available at airports like at Frankfurt Airport e.g O2 Shop is located at T1, Area B, Level 1. The most convenient way to purchase a SIM card for a visitor is to go to one of the big supermarket, drugstore, service station or electronic market chains. Buy top-up vouchers called Ladebons in many stores with a PIN to enter. Go to one of the three drugstore chains (Rossmann, Müller, dm) or to cash and carry markets like “real” to top up most brands. You can use MNOs vouchers for MVNOs e.g.Vodafone vouchers for Otelo, Fyve, Edeka and LIDL Connect.
Buying a Sri Lanka SIM card in Sri Lanka is easy and rates to call India are low.
When purchasing Prepaid Sri Lanka SIM Cards, registration is a prerequisite by the regulator.
You may need to prove your identity by showing a passport. A digital photograph of you is taken at some stores. If you do not wish to be photographed, please produce a recent passport-size photograph conforming to passport specifications.
When you arrive in the Sri Lanka at Bandaranaike International Airport near Colombo, you can see counters of mobile companies at the Arrivals Lounge such as Dialog, Mobitel, Etisalat ,Hutch and Airtel. A map of airport lobby can be seen by this link for ease. In the city, Mobile outlets or authorized partner retail outlet located island wide. You can top-up cards and electronic top-up at any retail outlet on the street or via International top-up partners using your international Credit/ Debit card via PayPal on Ezetop.