FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CHOOSING A TRIP- TRAVEL FAQ

Travelling with children is Most Common Travel FAQ

  • Check in advance with travel agents, airlines and your accommodation for child-friendly suggestions.
  • Children have short attention spans and get tired very quickly.
  • Make sure there will be enough family events and child-oriented activities to keep them amused while away.
  • Take a medical kit containing items such as baby paracetamol, thermometer, anti-itching lotion, oral rehydration preparation and bandaids.
  • Pack plenty of toys and favourite snacks.
  • When flying, encourage your child to eat or drink during take-off and landing to prevent earache.

Travelling in a group Travel FAQ

Start by making a public forum where you can discuss the basic details of your group adventure.

Look out for group discounts- The greatest benefit of traveling in large groups are the discounts.

Break away from the group- Just because you are traveling together doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking moment together. Everyone’s an individual, so give yourself time to break off and do the things that make you happy.

Travelling solo Travel FAQ

When planning your accommodation…

Consider a guest house, hostel, B&B or small pension as they usually offer more access to friendly locals.

 Give yourself a full day to really acclimatise to each new destination

I find that it takes that amount of time to feel comfortable.

 Enjoy dinner as a solo traveller:

– Choose a restaurant with a bar and eat there – this is my choice as I almost always meet someone.

– Go to restaurants with communal tables or coffee shops that are the hubs for freelancers. These are social places where you’re likely to meet locals and they frequently offer free Wi-Fi allowing you to stay connected with home.

– Dine in the same place regularly so that you become friendly with the staff.

– Take a book. It will not only occupy you but also signal other people dining solo that you are alone.

Think ahead when it comes to cash

Exchange bureaux usually have poor rates and higher fees. Use ATMs to get money and don’t take out large sums at one time. Consider a pre-paid credit card. Keep emergency back-up funds in a separate place from your regular funds.

Think ahead when it comes to cash

Exchange bureaux usually have poor rates and higher fees. Use ATMs to get money and don’t take out large sums at one time. Consider a pre-paid credit card. Keep emergency back-up funds in a separate place from your regular funds.

Keep your documents secure

Give someone at home copies of your documents and email copies to yourself. Keep a photocopy of your documents in your suitcase, separate from your original documents. Carry important documents in a secure place such as a money belt.

And some quick safety tips…

Schedule your arrival in a new location early — well before dark. Always stay in public. Draw on the support of strangers – people of your choice – if you feel unsafe. Don’t be afraid to be noisy and make a fuss if someone is bothering you.

Stepwise Food and Drink Tip while Travelling

STEP 1

Pack your own meal on the airplane flight or mode of transportation of your choice. This provides you with an alternative to eating the expensive and typically unhealthy prepared meals offered through the airline. Bring protein- and nutrient-dense dry food that won’t easily leak or get smashed in your bag. Examples include nuts, protein bars and firm fruit, like apples.

STEP 2

Drink plenty of fluids during your trip. If you can, choose water over other beverages while you’re in transit. Milk and juices are adequate, but avoid soda and an excess amount of alcoholic beverages. Avoiding the latter is especially important for minimizing travel-related health conditions, such as jet lag.

STEP 3

Stock your hotel room with bottled water, fresh fruit and healthy snacks like granola bars or fiber cookies. Doing so helps remove the temptation to raid the room’s mini bar, and can be indispensable for staving off hunger between business meetings or tourist activities.

STEP 4

Avoid fast-food outlets. Though they may be a comforting choice when you’re in a new city, these kind of meal options are often high in fat and calories, and more importantly, they may cheat you out of experiencing the local culture. Wherever you decide to eat, focus on meals that incorporate healthy components, like fresh vegetables and lean proteins.

STEP 5

Don’t forget to eat breakfast. This is usually easier said than done in the whirlwind of a vacation. However, breakfast helps prime your system and prepares you for a full day of activities or business meetings. If your hotel offers a complimentary breakfast, choose a high fiber and protein meal, such as whole grain toast with peanut butter, to give you instant energy and fill you up until lunch. This way you may reduce the temptation to snack in a few hours’ time.

Safe Travel Tips

  • Keep your travel plans, including accommodation details, to yourself.
  • Don’t hitch hike.
  • Try not to travel at night.
  • Avoid ‘seedier’ areas of the cities you visit, especially at night.
  • Ask your hotel manager for advice on ‘safe’ versus ‘unsafe’ local areas.
  • As a general rule, city streets that include children and women suggest the area is safe for families.
  • Carry with you at all times the contact details of the Australian embassy. If your city doesn’t have an Australian embassy, find out which other country’s embassy is available to help you, such as the British embassy.
  • Keep a photocopy of your passport and all other important documents in a safe place.
  • Use ATMs during the day, when there are people around.
  • Try to rely more on credit cards and travellers cheques than cash.
  • If you are mugged, don’t fight back. It is better to lose a few dollars and a wristwatch than get injured.
  • Avoid incidents such as fights, riots or civil disturbances at all times.

BEFORE YOU DEPART

Is Travel Insurance really worth it?

For those who never travel with it, you’ll hear things like “Oh, it doesn’t matter if you lose your bags, just travel light with stuff you can afford to replace” or “Medical bills in South East Asia are pretty cheap if you get need to get over Bali belly” or our favourite “Travel insurance companies will just tell you the horror stories to get you to buy insurance”.

The last one is unashamedly true. We absolutely want you to know we’ve had to deal with thousands of emergencies and evacuations over the years. We want you to know that without travel insurance, an emergency evacuation can cost in excess of USD$100,000.

In most cases your travels with go without a hitch. You’ll not have to experience the nightmare of being seriously ill or injured in a foreign country. But if you do, the last thing you want is not having the support or financial means by which to get treated and flown home.

For that alone, travel insurance is worth every cent.

Visa Information

It is highly advisable to learn about the VISA requirements of the country you intend to visit well before the actual date of travel. Genarally VISA requirements vary depending upon the VISA rules of the respective country.

Should i wait for the currency value to go down ?

It Depends, probably this is the very basic requirement of your travel, the exchange rates changes on a daily basis, it is advisable to not wait for the rate to come down as the variation is very small generally.

What should I bring?

Step 1: Collect Important Travel Documents, Cash, and Credit Cards

Start by collecting all of your important documents in a travel document organizer ( travel organizer holds a passport, ID, seven credit cards, coins, documents, a boarding pass, and a pen!).

This will help ensure everything you need to get from one place to the next is all in one place. Think about including the following documents:

  • Passport/visa(s)
  • Personal ID, including a student ID card if you have one
  • Frequent flyer card(s) and other loyalty program cards such as a hotel or hostel
  • Cash and credit card(s)
  • Health insurance cards/document(s)
  • Travel insurance info
  • Reservations and itineraries
  • Hotel and/or tour contact information
  • Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)
  • Emergency contacts and important addresses

It’s a good idea to double-check your passports and IDs aren’t expired. You’ll also want to inform your bank if you’re traveling abroad so they don’t assume fraudulent activity and freeze your card. You may also want to email yourself a copy of your passport, driver’s license, medical cards and itinerary, so if anything happens to them you’ll be able to access them online.

Step 2: Prepare Your Personal Item Carry-On Bag

The next thing you’ll want to do is prepare your personal item carry-on bag with anything you’ll want with you on the flight. It’s always a good idea to make sure you have an outfit (or two) and a few essential toiletries in your personal item just in case your luggage is lost. If you’ll be traveling around to multiple destinations, make sure this bag has items to keep you cozy on any train, boat or bus rides. It’s always nice to have a bag that’s easy to access so you don’t have to get in your main travel bag each time you need your eye mask. But remember, you’ll be carrying all of this, so keep it light.

We recommend you consider using a small daypack or backpack as your personal item. Here are some good things to include:

Technology

  • Mobile device and charger
  • iPad or e-reader and charger
  • Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you’re sensitive to sound)
  • Camera and/or a video camera, memory card, and charger
  • Electrical converters and adapters

Travel Comfort, Entertainment, and Information

  • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and ear plugs
  • Travel journal and pen
  • Books and magazines
  • Games
  • Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc. (if you will need any of these upon arrival at your destination, put it in your carry-on)

Health Items

  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Prescriptions in original packaging (you’ll want to make sure you have these in your carry-on bag just in case something were to happen to your checked luggage)
  • Glasses and case

Step 3: Choose Your Main Bag

Whatever you’re planning, we recommend luggage that is versatile, lightweight and big enough to hold all your essentials. The most important decision you’ll make as far as luggage is finding a piece that’s versatile and can fit lots of gear while also being easy to carry. If you’ll be going through different types of terrain, or switching from airports to cobblestones, having a bag with the option to roll it or carry it like a backpack or duffel is handy.

Step 4: Organize Your Stuff

When you have many different types of activities and a variety of gear to pack in your suitcase, keeping everything organized can be a challenge. One of the best things you can do when you’re packing for any trip, especially one that requires you to pack lots of layers, is to make sure you use packing organizers. Keeping your suitcase organized with packing organizers will make it easy to get from one place to the next without having to rearrange your entire bag every time you reach a new destination.

You can keep clothing organized in compartments based on outfit type or activity type using packing cubes. These are zippered organizers that make it easy to keep your bag organized and neat and provide quick access to all the different things you’ll need during your trip. You can use Pack-It™ Compression Sacs or Pack-It™ Specter Compression Cubes to reduce the volume of your clothes by up to 80%. This is especially convenient for bulky items such as sweaters and jackets.

Here are items you don’t want to forget:

The Basics

  • Lightweight clothing that can be layered
  • Shirts
  • Pants and/or shorts
  • Socks
  • Sweaters
  • Jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Belt
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable walking shoes (click here for advice about finding the right travel shoes)
  • Dress(es)
  • Jewelry
  • A swimsuit or swim trunks

You’ll want to pack lots of clothing options if your trip will take you to a variety of places. Having options doesn’t mean you’ll need to over-pack. Just pack smart. Include clothing that can be worn on your adventures and then dressed up slightly with a different pair of shoes and a scarf. You may want to try creating a capsule wardrobe – Lady Light Travel has some great tips for how to plan a travel capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe allows you to pick versatile clothing pieces to mix and match so you don’t have to bring separate pieces for each outfit.

Step 4: Pack Your Toiletry Bag

If you’re carrying on, keep your toiletry bag light and TSA-compliant. The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule makes it easy to remember: liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container and they must be in a 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag. To make this as easy as possible for you, we have a set that includes four 3-ounce silicone bottles in a quart-sized clear pouchthat’s wipeable and has a water resistant zipper. Click here for more info about TSA rules regarding what you can pack.

Don’t forget the following for your toiletry case:

The Toiletry Bag Basics

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen
  • Make up
  • Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes Moisturizer
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Extra contacts, solution, and case

Toiletry Bag Extras

  • Mirror
  • Cologne/perfume
  • Hair products
  • Clothesline and detergent
  • Shaving kit and extra razors
  • Sewing kit/clothing care kit
  • Facial tissues
  • Scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers (must be in checked luggage)

Travel Health

  • First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)
  • Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts)
  • Pain and fever relievers (also children’s strength if you are traveling with kids)
  • Thermometer
  • Cold medicines and throat lozenges
  • Diarrhea/laxative medicines
  • Allergy medicines
  • Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment
  • Multivitamins
  • Sunburn relief
  • Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
  • Motion sickness pills or bands
  • Eye drops
  • Moleskin
  • Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity

Step 5: Pack Your Day Bag

A lightweight, versatile day bag can be used in a variety of ways and help you stay comfortable and prepared.

Step 6: Consider Travel Security

In most large cities, travelers should always be on the lookout for pickpockets. The easiest way to keep your belongings safe is to keep them hidden and close to you. One way to do this is to stash your valuables underneath your clothing. You can do this with a money belt, hidden pocket, neck wallet, undercover bra stash, leg wallet, or holster. All of these options let you keep your valuables, such as passports, credit cards, and cash, close to your body and away from prying hands. You can review the different styles here to choose one (or more) that works best for you and the type of travel you’ll be doing. You may also want to consider choosing one that has RFID protection. RFID protection keeps your passports (issued after 2006) and credit cards/debit cards safe while travelling. Identity theft can occur when someone is able to “read” through your purse or pocket, because these items contain microchips with information stored on them.

Step 7: Prepare Your Home

  • Have post office hold mail
  • Stop newspaper delivery
  • Set up an email autoresponder
  • Arrange care of pets, lawn, and plants
  • Pre-pay bills
  • Prearrange school absences for children
  • Empty refrigerator
  • Unplug appliances
  • Turn off heater/air conditioner
  • Turn down water heater
  • Turn off washing machine taps
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Set up timed light system
  • Store valuables in a safe place
  • Leave house key and trip itinerary with a trusted friend Leave flight and hotel itineraries with a relative
  • Reconfirm/check-in online with airline

Financial security while travelling

Overseas travel is an expensive proposition and difficult for many families to afford. Still, there are ways to lessen the financial burden of an international trip so you can see the world without breaking the bank. Here are a few:

Get the best exchange rate. There are essentially three ways to exchange currency: converting cash at a bank before your trip, using a currency exchange service like the ones found in airports, or simply using a credit card, in which case your money is converted automatically upon making a purchase. So, which is the best option?

According to an exchange rate study conducted by Card Hub, international travelers can save up to 15% by using a credit card. More specifically, major worldwide credit networks automatically provide the best exchange rates possible–currently 14.7% better than the currency exchange companies that operate out of airports and 7.9% better than the average major bank. Yet you can’t just open a major credit card account and expect those savings.

Get a no-foreign-fee credit card.
Over 90% of all credit card issuers charge foreign usage fees, which inflate the cost of any transaction processed outside the United States. No foreign transaction fee credit cards don’t have these fees, however, making them perfectly suited for overseas spending. In order to use one of these cards to your full advantage, you should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Get your card before booking flights, hotels and activities. Foreign fees apply to purchases made through foreign-based companies whether you are outside of the U.S. or not. Make sure your credit card issuer does not charge these types of international fees before booking your trip to avoid surprises on your statement.
  • Use a worldwide payment network. Your payment network dictates the number of merchant locations and countries in which you can use your credit card. Given that most payment networks do not provide worldwide coverage, you should check to see how much coverage your credit card affords.

Consider cash and debit cards.
Though the majority of your purchases abroad should be made with a credit card, you’ll need some cash for cab fare and the few stores that inevitably don’t accept plastic. Opening a low-foreign-fee debit card and making ATM withdrawals during your trip is the least expensive way to access cash, as the low exchange rate that applies to credit cards also applies to debit card transactions. If you’d rather not worry about finding an ATM as soon as you arrive in a foreign country, convert a small amount of cash at a local bank before you leave. In doing so, keep in mind the following tips:

  • Compare bank exchange rates. Currently, an 11.9% disparity exists between the exchange rates offered by the best and worst banks for currency conversion, according to Card Hub’s study.
  • Watch out for fees. Some banks might charge shipping or processing fees, so make sure to inquire about extra charges before agreeing to a conversion.
  • Convert just the right amount. Convert enough cash to comfortably cover your initial expenses but not more than you feel comfortable carrying with you.

Consider these final tips.
Regardless of which debit or credit card you use while traveling overseas, it’s important to:

  • Call your issuer before leaving. Make sure to notify your bank of the exact countries and territories where you’ll be traveling. If you don’t, your cards may be suspended for suspicion of fraud.
  • Avoid dynamic currency conversion. Merchants may offer to convert the price of a purchase from the local currency into U.S. dollars. While in most cases, this may be meant to help customers who aren’t familiar with the exchange rate, some merchants offer dynamic currency conversion in order to apply an unfavorable exchange rate to a transaction and increase their profits. Luckily, avoiding this money-waster is as simple as declining any merchant overtures and making sure to only sign bills or receipts expressed in the local coin. And if you want to quickly translate a price into U.S. dollars, why not use your cell phone or any other device with a calculator?

ON YOUR TRIP

Should i share my Arrival information is another important Travel FAQ?

It is highly advisable to share you arrival information to your family and friends, including your schedule, place of stay, duration of stay.

How much tip is considered decent while tarvelling and in hotels Travel FAQ?

Normally there is no thumb rule is there for tipping but internationally it is suggested to tip atleast 10% of the restaurant bill while dining, and a $10 is a quite a decent tipping amount to offer to a room service guy or a driver . But it totally depends upon the depth of your pocket. There are a few countries where tipping is not expected or considered rude namely Japan is one such example.

How to Keeping in touch with home, Travel FAQ ?

Its always a good practice, while travelling abroad, to buy a loacl SIM card to connect to your near and dear ones, and its a very basic need of a modern man which lets you do so many things in a few clicks.

Is pre booking mandatory for Accommodation and Transport Travel FAQ?

It all depends on the personal choice, if expert to be believed, if you are going to stay in a city for a longer duration ,it is advisable to book your accommodation and transport at-least for the day of arrival, later on you can change to a different place or hotel.

CANCELLATION

What are the cacellation policies FAQ?

  • Cancellation stage: 21 days or more before departure.
  • 25% of the package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation 21 days before departure

 

  • Cancellation stage: 15 to 20 days before departure.
  • 50% of the package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation between 11 to 20 days before departure

 

  • Cancellation stage: 07 to 15 days or less before departure.
  • 75% of the package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation 07 to 14 days before departure

 

  • Cancellation stage: 7 days or less 24 Hrs before departure.
  • 100% of the package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation 10 days before departure

 

  • Flights Cancellation.
  • For all Domestic / International Flights we will comply with airline cancellation policy.

MINISTRY OF TOURISM, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA