Leaving your 9 to 5 job and backpacking in Latin America? That’s exactly what I did. A text message from a cute girl in Thailand and selling off your house in Seattle to move to Thailand? No that didn’t happen to me. To a friend actually.
When you decide to travel be it for whatever reason, it’s such an explosion of excitement. You read all the 200 listicles about 500 travel hacks, culture shocks.,unconventional ideas, offbeat places, crazy adventures, extreme travels, Instragrammable photos and what not.
But the question I have is this: are you visa smart? Do you know about the vicious cycle of visas? The extensions, conversions, overstays, blacklisting, deportations, bans, denials? Did you research about that? And by research, I mean not reading guidelines on an embassy website.
No matter how high is your passport on the Henley passport rank, encounter one moody immigration officer and all your calculations go out of whack.
In the universe of visas, you never know what could go wrong. And visa guides all over the internet don’t hold a candle to actual, real-world experiences.
After living and traveling in North America and South America for 4+ years, and applying a gazillion amount of visas, I found myself talking visas. And now that my wife and I live in India, the story goes on. And it’s not just us. It’s so many of our friends and fellow travellers. Simple mistakes that cost them money or got them deported or worse.
That’s why The Visa Project was born. Becoming a global citizen sounds so cool and whatever. Being visa smart is the reality. That’s what The Visa Project is set out to do.
The Visa Project was born. Becoming a global citizen sounds so cool and whatever. Being visa smart is the reality. That’s what The Visa Project is set out to do.
DEB grew up in India. He worked in the Tech industry for a long time , in India and USA, backpacked and taught English in South America.
When he is not writing about visas, he is writing flash fictions and short stories. His short stories have been published in multiple web and print magazines as well as chapbook collections including: Literary Yard, Blink Ink, Indian Rumination, Down in the Dirt.
CLAUDIA grew up in Colombia. After finishing a degree in Law there, she decided to join the family business that dealt with Artisan products.
She is a cat/dog person(both equally), certified Spanish teacher, and lover of fine food. She helps out with the social media aspect of the website as well as other creative elements of this website.
We met in Colombia, and got married in India. For now, we reside in Bangalore.