Planning is underway for the Big Trip (or at this stage, more properly called “The Big Headache”).
Philly had some downtime a couple of weeks ago with a foot that required resting, so we borrowed big from the local library (yep, books still rock the world for choosing travel sites).
Our one continent trip is now up to three. Why just go to South America? Let’s pop over to Eastern Europe and go through India on the way.
Many cups of tea later we had learnt one major thing. Philly and I have a vastly different way of looking at the world!
Surprise? Well no, but it’s a lesson for anyone travelling with a buddy that there are always two (or more) ways of doing something.
For instance, I have long held a belief that in order to really be a traveller you should organise everything yourself – choose your own locations, book your own airfares, find your own guides, forget to book accommodation etc. (Despite this, I have done many organised trips through companies such as Intrepid and NepalTrek – go figure!.)
Philly, however, has an alternative to wearing your fingertips out on the key board. She believes that travel agents were brought into this world to do the job of sorting out flights and air travel.
And, perhaps she’s right. Yesterday she went into our local @FlightCentre and had a chat to the friendly lady there. Our plan of going to South American, then flitting across to Europe and down to India on the way home have been turned on its head. Why? Because of something neither of us had even thought about – visas.
Yes, we know about visas. Yes, we know that we have to get them for some countries, and yes, we even would have looked it up sooner or later. But, what we didn’t think about is how to prepare for being away for a long period of time.
It transpires that there is a good, better and best way of getting around the world to optimise visas. Some countries have reciprocity which means we don’t need a visa, some countries have limited expiration, and some countries won’t let you in if you’ve got a visa or stamp in your passport for another country.
Okay, I’m off the Travel Agent. One to BlueHatPhil.
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