India travel advice which shocked me

In the developed world, I take things for granted. These include clean running water, flush toilets, sanitation, having insurance and reasoning with people if I’m not a happy customer.

I have to remind myself that I’m going to a developing country. Here are a few pieces of advice which have shocked me as I prepare for Indian living…

Travel to India: vaccinations and staying well

A global map showing rabies risk

It can be a minefield trying to figure out what vaccinations you need. And this is more difficult when you don’t know exactly where you’ll be travelling to.

The first thing you’ll need to check, is that your standard vaccines for life in Britain are all up to date. You can find general info on vaccinations for India on the NHS’ fit for travel site.

NHS Choices provide good information on what you can get for free and what you’ll have to pay for. Here’s the summary:

How to apply for your Indian visa AND save money

UK passport

You’ve decided to travel to India. Now all you have to do, is check that the country will let you in. That’s right – it’s not really up to you. They’ll decide whether you’re worthy or not.

They obviously judged us as innocent and were happy to take our cash.

Here’s what we learned along the way, including how you can shave off a chunk of that cash…