There is a big world to explore, and having your passport stamped for the first time is a thrilling experience. Going to a foreign country is exciting, but it can also be a bit scary and confusing at the same time. If you are about to plan your first trip abroad or are just getting your bags ready.

Here are some quick tips to keep in mind.

Plan out all your arrangements

If you are traveling through multiple locations and using different transport options, you need to know how things will pan out. Be sure to have a complete itinerary printed out with contact details and emergency numbers of hotels, transport, guide, etc.

Get yourself a calling card/data plan

Using your local number abroad can get very expensive. It is best to buy a local SIM if it is available (check country rules), else you can take a prepaid calling card from India. Other than being able to connect with your friends and family back home, the data plan is boon to be able to navigate freely and explore local hot spots.

Manage your funds well

Currency conversion can get expensive if you don’t plan it smartly. Contact your local bank to get favorable exchange rates. Never get currency exchanged at airports or random local shops. Ideally, you should carry a prepaid forex card for the majority of your big expenses and pay for all small goods and services in cash.

Pack smart

Don’t travel too heavy so that it literally pulls you down while moving about. At the same time, not too light that you run out of clothes to wear. Research the weather at the time of the year you will be visiting and carry clothes accordingly. Make a separate pouch for all essentials, medicines and toiletries just in case the hotel doesn’t provide you. Leave space for knickknacks or gifts you may want to bring home.

Interact with locals

One of the best ways to explore any new country is by interacting with the locals. There is no substitute to the information they can give you, right from what to see, when to see, where to eat, shop and soak in the culture. It is also a great way to experience the culture firsthand and expand your horizons.

Make your dreams come true

The first international trip will always hold a special place in your heart. To ensure that you are able to maximize your trip without worrying about finances, you can take up a loan for travel through Tata Capital. A travel loan works just like a personal loan. It is quick and easy to apply for personal loan, and you can have the funds wired to your account within two days, once approved.

Attractive interest rates and Flexi EMI options from Tata Capital allow you to enjoy a worry-free, spirited vacation that will be etched in your memory forever.

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