Plan Your Trip
By Alan Lull
Travel details – What you need to know
- Make sure that you plan ahead and start early. Put a time line together with every detail you can think of, like getting passports and visas, planning ministry events, team meetings and doctor visits.
- Ask questions:
- Who is going to take you to the airport?
- Is your WILL/estate up to date?
- Does your insurance know about your travel plans?
- What is the TOTAL COST of this trip? (including health costs)
- What can I do to help prepare the team?
- Tipping: $1.00 is about 66 rupees
- If anyone handles your bag, give them 10 rupees per bag or (.15 cents). This goes for the airport and hotel. Do not overpay or underpay these people. 10 rupees a bag is the correct amount to tip in India.
- A driver will charge from Rupees 400 to 1000 for each trip. Usually the travel agency will arrange this ahead so you do not pay the driver directly. If the driver does not get lost, is on time, and is very helpful, you might give him Rs. 100 privately in addition to what you pay the travel agent.
- Only one person in a group should take care of all money, bills and tipping so there is no confusion.Personal Money
- Each person should carry money for personal purchases.
- It is a good idea for you to have small bills, 10‘s, 20‘s, 50‘s in one side pocket and have all big bills in the other side pocket so you don‘t draw attention to all the money you have.
- Some places will not be able to break large bills, so keep small bills available.
- It is always appropriate to barter the price of items that you buy, except food and drink.
Medications and health tips – Check with your doctor, things to ask about: (Options)
- Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus shots
- Malaria/diarrhea pills, Tums/Rolaids
- General OTC medications, such as Aleve/Tylenol/Multi-vitamins
- Pepto-Bismol tablets to chew before meals (don’t use generic brands)
- Pills for traveler’s diarrhea (e.g., Immodium)
- Any prescription medications you need for yourself