Love Adventure? Then Be Prepared to Face the Consequences
These words from Bunny played by Ranbir Kapoor in 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' (2013), influenced the Indian youth to an extent that the concept of backpacking is now a common thing. The problem however, is that despite its huge coastline and staggering Himalayas in the India doesn't make it to the list of top adventure sites in the world, acccording to The Huffington Post.
This is the reason why most of the citizens are forced to travel to international destinations to fulfil their thirst for adventure sports. Things aren't as easy they should be in this case too as you have to go through some paperwork and make proper arrangements before leaving the country. This may include things like booking tickets, getting term plan, getting visa, booking hotel etc.
Getting the Papers Right
According to Air India’s official website, “For international travel, passengers require to be in possession of valid passport, valid visa and/or entry permits and health certificates as required. Embarkation forms should be duly filled and submitted to customs and immigration authorities before boarding the aircraft.”
Most people these days are over dependent on their smart phones and prefer to store all the documents in it instead of carrying a piece of paper with them. It may work in other journeys but when you are on an adventurous trip, this may not be the smartest ideas. So keep an extra copy of all these documents.
Another thing you need to keep an eye for is the expiry date of your passport. Make sure that it is up-to-date and if it isn't then apply at least 2 months before your travel date to ensure that you get it updated in time. Also make sure that the country you are travelling requires a visa or not. Unlike, passport, about 59 countries allow citizens of India to travel without a visa or issue them a visa on arrival.
Pack Well for the Trip
You will have to spend hours on the internet to research about the place you are going to visit. Understand the weather pattern of that particular city or country and pack accordingly. Also remember to keep the equipment that are part of your adventure activities.
According to Tusker Geographica, an important part of preparing for an adventure trip is not only packing light but packing the right things. So try to keep the luggage as light as possible without missing out on anything important. On these trips may need a map, travel guide, compass, flashlight, first aid kit and portable charger more than anything else
Get a Term Plan
According to Teton Gravity Research, one in 34,000 people die while scuba diving and one in 15,700 people die while mountain hiking annually, while 10-12 people in 100 die while climbing a height of above 6,000m in the Himalayas.
Even if you keep those numbers aside for a moment, there is always risk involved while travelling. This has a direct impact on your family as well as it leaves their future hanging too.
So before leaving do you bit for them by taking a term plan and if you are looking for short term coverage, you can also opt for term plan, according to experts at Bharti AXA.
Stay in Touch with Your Loved Ones
After the journey, you won't be the same. Your perspective towards life will change and there is a chance that you won't be easily accessible on the trip too.
Gap 360 offers some useful tips on staying in touch, such as informing the family when you arrive at your destination, using social media to stay connected and more.