1. Passport- Please check the expiry date of passport. Generally countries requires that a traveller’s passport be valid for at least six months beyond the dates of the trip. Also check the number of blank pages and make sure the passport is not damaged.
2. Destination- Before finalising on the destination do some research. Be aware of any travel alerts & warnings for your destination. Postpone the trip in case of any widespread civil unrest, dangerous conditions, terrorist activity etc. Also most destinations have an off/on season and are not suitable for tourists round the year. Do check whether the destination is suitable for your travel dates or not.
3. Visa- Once you have finalised the destination check documents required for obtaining Visa and make necessary arrangements. Generally embassies require documents like Bank statements, Income Tax return, bookings, itinerary etc. but some countries have other requirements like vaccination certificate, invite letters etc.
4. Bookings- Most embassies require proof of air tickets, hotels booking etc. before granting Visa. Nonetheless it is suggested to book flights, hotels & tours in advance to avoid last minute hassles. Also booking in advance can get you better deals. Airfare is mostly very high for last minute bookings and availability is also less.
5. Insurance- Travel insurance is highly recommended. Medical treatment cost is very high abroad. Depending upon your policy plan, it not only covers you against any medical emergency but other risks like trip cancellation, baggage delay, flight delay etc. The policy should be valid from the departure date till the time you are back home. Be sure to declare if you have any medical condition before issuing the policy.
6. Currency- As per RBI you are not allowed to carry more than INR 7500. You are allowed to carry up to USD 10,000 (Cash USD 3000 and rest in the form ofcurrency notes, bank notes or traveller’s cheques). You can carry USD or the local currency depending which offers better exchange rate.