Travel, Trips, Tour Itinerary

A. Planning a holiday

Planning a holiday, trip or tour requires rigorous planning. Things to do before travelling:

1. Selection of travel dates

2. Selection of the destination

3. Procuring a Passport

4. Checking Visa requirements for the destination

5. Applying for Visa

6. Booking travel tickets

7. Booking accommodation at the destination

8. Preparing an itinerary for the vacation- a 'TO DO' list

B. Passport

A passport is an official travel document issued by a government that contains a given person's identity. It enables its holder to travel to and from foreign countries and to access consular assistance while overseas. The document certifies the personal identity and nationality of its holder. 

If the travel destination is outside the country of residence, then it is imperative to have a passport, to be able to emigrate out of the home country, and immigrate to the destination. Generally, an application for issuing a passport is made to the external affairs ministry or the immigration authority. The format for making an application for a passport has been provided below.

C. Tourist Visa

After selection of dates for travel, the traveller is to first choose a destination which may be either outside the country of residence or within the country itself. If the travel is outside the country of residence, an application for a tourist visa for the destination country may need to be made. This depends on the traveller's home country and the destination country. Some passports like USA and Singapore, do not require a tourist visa for most foreign destinations. However, often a tourist visa is required to be procured in advance of travel to the country. The format for making a visa application has been provided below.

D. Booking travel and accommodation

Moreover, planning a holiday, tour or trip would also require frequent correspondence with various hotel chains, airlines, cruise companies, or railway authorities. Often the information or details provided on the websites of these travel companies is insufficient and does not directly address the specific situation or circumstances and questions of the concerned traveller. This section aims to provide formats for various emails or letters that can be sent to visa authorities, hotels, and travel companies for the purpose of making enquiries for travel.


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