The International Holiday / Travel Thread


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I didn't find a thread like this so opening this. This will serve as a single thread to ask and answer questions about International travel from India. It can be for Holiday purpose or business or office work travel. You may be traveling on your own or with your loved ones. You may also ask Visa questions or list down countries where Indians have Visa on Arrival or things that person should take care when visiting a certain country. You may also share your own experiences which may help others.


I will kick off this thread with my query...

I am planning to visit somewhere in December 2020 along with my family. I am not sure of the destination yet. It has to be pocket friendly as I will be traveling with my wife and 2 Kids (both would be needing separate seats in airline by that time). Within Asia, I have visited Thailand till now (Bangkok and Phuket). What other options can I explore?
 

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Depends on budget. How old are the kids.
Family friendly places would be Singapore, Bali. Egypt and Jordan would be nice if you and wife into that.
Dont ignore Thailand as Ayutthaya, Chang Mai & Chang Rai are just gorgeous. Lot of animal reserves and national parks.
 

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Hmm so I guess Monaco, Galapagos & Bora Bora are off the list then :D

Best place i enjoyed as a kid was Bangkok
 
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Depends on budget. How old are the kids.
Family friendly places would be Singapore, Bali. Egypt and Jordan would be nice if you and wife into that.
Dont ignore Thailand as Ayutthaya, Chang Mai & Chang Rai are just gorgeous. Lot of animal reserves and national parks.
In Dec 2020, one will be 6.5 years old and another will be 2 years old.
 

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Someone suggested that Combodia offers a lot too and that it is a comparable to Thailand cost wise.
 

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In Dec 2020, one will be 6.5 years old and another will be 2 years old.
This is going to be tricky. Recently we went for short trip to Cebu, Philippines from HK, with 2 other couples (one with 3 years old kid). Overall, it was managed; but kids tend to get cranky if their cycle is broke. With kids, you may explore Indian destinations more comfortably. For international ones, Singapore, Hong Kong and such cities, Taiwan (Taipei, Jiufen/Shifen, SunMoon lake), Vietnam (Hoi An, Da Nang, Hanoi - Halong Bay), China (Guilin, Yangshuo, Longji) come off my mind.

Coming back to topic, what I have learned from multiple VISA applications is; immigration authority of any destination country would be looking a mainly 1) return ticket - so you are not overstaying in their country 2) hotel reservations/itinerary - while trip you have planned for accommodation 3) financials - you would be able to manage expenses in trip and also indicates you are settled/engaged in your current employment/business well/enough back in home country. Also having travel insurance adds more to your application - Schengen visa specifically asks for one in application.
 

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@raksrules ,
If you are interested in Europe, east Europe is mostly budget friendly, so is some cities in Central Europe.
Praha is pretty cheap, so is Budapest and Bratislava (ESET head office is located here) Christmas eve in Praha is really magical.
PS I live in this part of the globe, so obviously biased.
 

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What are the options of cruise for us Indians? Even if that involved traveling to a different country and then boarding a cruise from there. Preferably in South East Asia.
 

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watching the thread as i am planning similiar in may 20 but without kids. I had rather let them enjoy their vocations with Grand parents while we too can get some much needed time off...
 

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watching the thread as i am planning similiar in may 20 but without kids. I had rather let them enjoy their vocations with Grand parents while we too can get some much needed time off...
Good idea. I went to Spain with wife this year through MMT. Kid was with grandparents which turned out to be a good decision. Europe involves a lot of walking and food options for kids tend to be limited. With just 2 of us and the whole tour group, we were able to even explore destinations that weren't part of the original itinerary.
 

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On doing research on cruises, I found the Jalesh Cruises. Anyone here has experience about these? Or if you know anyone who has traveled in them? I see they have departures from Mumbai and have domestic (Goa, Dui etc) cruises and even upto Dubai.
Their website does not do a good job of telling what will happen at each port, as in for Mumbai to Dubai cruise, the first destination is Muscat so can we get outside in city or no? The only part that made sense is that Dubai is the last stop so coming back from Dubai is my cost.

I am confused that if I want to do Cruise, would it make sense to do a Dubai one or rather do something like Mumbai - High Seas - Mumbai or Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai or Mumbai-Dui-Mumbai. This way I am guessing we can experience "Cruise". Dubai one probably doesn't make sense as it requires us to go till Dubai which takes 5 days and then local stuff in Dubai which means more stay there.