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The Ultimate Checklist For People Travelling Abroad For The First Time

The joy of creating new memories, the thrill of the unexpected, and the sheer excitement of stepping out of your country – travelling abroad for the first time can inspire myriad emotions. While every one of us would cherish our first foreign trip, there’s no denying that overseas travel comes with its own set of challenges and roadblocks.

The key to making your first international travel experience simpler? In a word, planning! Right from financing your tickets to booking hotel rooms, the earlier you plan, the better your travel experience will be. If you’re someone who’s all set to venture out of your country and are heading abroad for the first time, here’s the ultimate checklist of things you must keep in mind.

Keep your documents safe and easily accessible

Since overseas travelling involves a lot of bookings, you will have to create a system to manage it all. The ideal thing to do is to carry both soft copies and hard copies of every document, be it flight tickets, hotel bookings, and your passport. Always keep the hard copies in a backpack or purse that you can access at a moment’s notice. For added precaution, you should also scan all these documents and save them on your smartphone – after all, you wouldn’t want to be caught in a foreign land without valid papers!

Follow the law of the land

It is crucial to respect the place you’re visiting as well as its people – both literally and figuratively. So, before you can board that flight, make sure you spend some time researching the dos and don’ts when visiting certain countries. The ‘Culture Shock’ series of books are enjoyable to read, and are very useful. For instance, you cannot bring gum with you if you’re entering Singapore, or wear flip-flops while driving in Spain. Be kind to your destination and its people and they’ll reciprocate with love!

Understand the best way to carry foreign currency

To make international travel a smooth experience, it is important that you pick the right way to carry your money. There are several choices, including cash, traveller’s cheques, international credit cards, and Forex cards. Often there may be a cap on how much money you can take out of the country, so make sure you keep within the prescribed limits.

Becoming familiar with a new currency is not always easy. In such situations, using a preloaded card such as HDFC Bank ForexPlus card can be your saviour. It enables a hassle-free, cashless travel experience and you don’t have to worry about things like fluctuating currency rates.

It is also important to plan your expenses and cut costs wherever possible. Avoid overspending by skipping lavish meals, ditching fancy night clubs, and taking public transport. A big part of managing your finances is in carrying the right amount of money. Carry some cash and put the rest on a Forex card. Do remember to split your cash

and stash it in secure places.

Carrying familiar medicines

Different countries have different policies when it comes to over-the-counter medicines. Additionally, even if you do get medicine while in another country, you cannot be sure that it will suit your system. Therefore, it is always advisable to carry medicines that your body is familiar with and reacts to normally. Do carry your doctor’s prescription, just in case.

Go easy on the food

Travelling abroad for the first time opens up an entirely new world of gastronomical adventures. While it can be tempting to sample everything, bear in mind that all foods might not necessarily suit you. Ask around and do a little research before indulging in the local cuisine, especially street food. If new or strange foods don’t agree with you, avoid experimenting at any cost. If need be, carry packaged food –there’s less chance of falling ill, and you will also save a lot of money in the process.

Pack the right things

One the biggest mistakes many first-time international travellers make is going overboard with their luggage – it’s as important to pack light as it is to pack what’s essential. Read up on the weather patterns of your destination and only pack clothes that you think you will use. To save space, always carry ‘travel packs’ of toiletries, cosmetics, instant food items, and some essential medicines. Since no international trip is complete without a dose of shopping, keep a little space in your bags for everything you plan to bring back.

Booking well in advance

One of the biggest hacks that can help you cut costs on your international trip is timing your bookings. Last-minute bookings, whether for flights or hotels, will always cost a bomb. So, if you’re sure about your travel dates, book your flight tickets well ahead. Similarly, if there are certain attractions you plan on visiting, try to buy tickets for these online and look for coupons/discounts. Comparing costs on different websites is another way to cut back on expenses. For quick comparisons of flight tickets and other travel bookings, you could check out HDFC Bank’s SmartBuy and browse for the best deals.

Be prepared for the worst

Whether it’s your first foreign trip or your fiftieth, being prepared for the worst will stand you in good stead. This is where travel insurance comes into play. Even if you think you’re only going to be lying on the beach all day, make sure you are insured. Remember, it’s a foreign country and you wouldn’t want to fall sick or lose your luggage without having an insurance policy in place. Sure, cutting costs is important – but not in this case.

Prepare yourself for language barriers

One of the biggest challenges you’ll face while travelling abroad is communicating in non-English speaking countries. While translation apps on smartphones will always be helpful, be prepared for emergency situations. Write down translations for ‘help’, ‘food’, ‘toilet’ etc. in the local language and keep a copy of your list in your backpack/purse.

Love all, trust none

While you could end up making a lot of friends during your first international trip, the risk of being duped will also be high. Frankly speaking, you will encounter tricksters no matter where you go. The only tip here is to not to trust strangers with your money. Carrying limited cash on you is a good idea, and if at all you get scammed, don’t take it to heart and let it affect your trip – it’s a part of life, so move on and make hay while the sun shines!

Hoi An Vietnam

#travellust # lonely planet

Graceful, historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage, and the 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent.

The face of the Old Town has preserved its incredible legacy of tottering Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples and ancient tea warehouses – though, of course, residents and rice fields have been gradually replaced by tourist businesses. Lounge bars, boutique hotels, travel agents and a glut of tailor shops are very much part of the scene here. And yet, down by the market and over on Cam Nam Island, you’ll find life has changed little. Travel a few kilometres further – you’ll find some superb bicycle, motorbike and boat trips – and some of central Vietnam’s most enticingly laid-back scenery and beaches are within easy reach.

Activities

Diving & Snorkelling

A trip to the Cham Islands is a superb excursion, and Hoi An’s two dive schools offer packages including overnight camping and diving trips. The diving is not world class, but can be intriguing.

A PADI Discover Scuba dive costs US$55 and two fun dives are US$80, while Open Water courses start at around US$375. Snorkelling costs around US$40, including gear, with an overnight beach camping option adding another US$40.

It’s usually only possible to dive or snorkel between February and September; the best conditions and visibility are from June to August.

Full moon featival

Massage & Spa

There are many massage and treatment centres in Hoi An. Most are average, run by locals with minimal experience or training. A basic massage costs around US$12 an hour – there’s a strip along Ð Ba Trieu. At the other end of the scale are indulgent places that offer a wonderful spa experience (with prices to match); these are mostly based in the luxury hotels.

Where to Stay

Many budget and midrange places are spread out to the northwest around Ð Hai Ba Trung and Ð Ba Trieu. Pretty An Hoi Peninsula and Can Nam island are also very close to the Old Town. Many luxury hotels are a few kilometres from town, on the beach, but all offer shuttle-bus transfers. Another option is staying at An Bang beach.

Getting around

Boat

Boat trips on the Thu Bon River can be fascinating. A simple rowing boat (with rower) should cost about 100,000d per hour, and one hour is probably long enough. Some My Son tours include a return journey by boat back to central Hoi An.

Motorboats can be hired to visit handicraft and fishing villages for around 200,000d per hour. Boaters wait at the boat landing between the Cam Nam and An Hoi Bridges in central Hoi An.

Bus

The bus station, 1km west of the town centre, mainly covers local routes.

Taxi

Metered taxis are usually cheaper than xe om.

Hoi An Taxi Good local operators.

Mai Linh Local partners to a reliable Vietnam-wide company.

St. Bolotph’s church England

St Botolph’s Church is an Anglican place of worship in the village of Quarrington, part of the civil parish of Sleaford in Lincolnshire, England. The area has been settled since at least the Anglo-Saxon period, and a church existed at Quarrington by the time Domesday was compiled in 1086, when it formed part of Ramsey Abbey‘s fee. It was granted to Haverholme Priory about 1165, and the Abbey claimed the right to present the rector in the 13th century. This right was claimed by the Bishop of Lincoln during the English Reformation in the early 16th century, and then passed to Robert Carre and his descendants after Carre acquired a manor at Quarrington. With capacity for 124 people, the church serves the ecclesiastic parish of Quarrington with Old Sleaford and, as of 2009, had an average congregation of 50.

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France

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The little town of Hoi An lies along Vietnam’s gorgeous coastline, and has built itself quite the reputation as a retreat – it’s where the American troops came to recuperate, and it’s also where you should plan to unwind and slow things down a notch.

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Famous all over the world for its tea, #Darjeeling is the perfect place to go to if you want to enjoy the breathtaking Himalayan scenery.

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