Backpacking and Living the DREAM

#1 Apr 12th, 2012, 16:07
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Hi everyone,
My girlfriend and I have just come back from an absolutely awesome 2 week holiday (re-con mission really) to goa.
We are going back in october for the start of the season to start our backpacking/working adventure in India before we move on to the rest of the world and was hoping some of you lovely people could give us some tips (about everything!!!) from what kind of visa we would need (hoping to never come back to the uk if we are honest) to where is the best places to find work, the cheapest accomodation (for a couple, not group) and the sort of budget thats needed to live on a daily basis.

Thanks so much for reading this.

Peace and love


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#2 Apr 12th, 2012, 16:16
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You will have to take a tourist visa. On tourist visa you are not allowed to work and it is practically impossible to find work. Sorry but this is the fact. You can not stay for more than 180 days in India and to come back you will have to leave India for at least 2 months.
Since you have already spent time in India you have an idea of the prices and daily budget. Certain areas are cheaper in India. Big cities are equally expensive.
#3 Apr 13th, 2012, 00:50
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This maybe a good place to start, especially if you are looking for "advice about everything" and "the cheapest accomodation (for a couple, not group) and the sort of budget thats needed to live on a daily basis".

http://www.sadhanaforest.org/


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#4 Apr 13th, 2012, 01:09
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As noted, you cannot do what you want on a tourist visa, it is illegal. Your other options are:

*Employment visa - various rules surrounding this including a minimum wage requirement (I believe it is $25000?) would not make it a particularly good choice for you if you want to be travelling lots and living free and easy.

*Student visa - the tricky parts of this are that they are only given if you study at an acredited organisation and the main purpose of your stay must be study, therefore there is a minimum number of hours you are required to study (per term I think) and this would put a dampener on fun and hijinks involving travelling all the time and not being tied down. Also, you cannot work on a student visa so you MUST have funds to support yourself during the time you will be in India.

Basically, long term stay in India under the conditions that I think (I am only guessing) you are asking for (a certain amount of freedom to basically be on holiday most of the time, for example) is not possible, AFAIK. On the other hand, if you are merely going to do India "first" and then head off to other places, you are fine. Go for 6 months on a tourist visa, remembering that working is illegal, and then pop on over to somewhere else. I hear it is possible and popular to go to Australia as it is fairly easy to do a work-travel thing there. Then if you can manage it, you can make enough money to perhaps visit India again, remembering that a 2 month gap is required between visits on a tourist visa.

A final note: Goa is quite different from the rest of India, and I hope that you will remember that when you visit again. This is not to say that you will not enjoy the rest of India, but don't expect it to be the same.
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Originally Posted by SteveandEmma View Post Hi everyone,
My girlfriend and I have just come back from an absolutely awesome 2 week holiday (re-con mission really) to goa.
We are going back in october for the start of the season to start our backpacking/working adventure in India before we move on to the rest of the world and was hoping some of you lovely people could give us some tips (about everything!!!) from what kind of visa we would need (hoping to never come back to the uk if we are honest) to where is the best places to find work, the cheapest accomodation (for a couple, not group) and the sort of budget thats needed to live on a daily basis.

Thanks so much for reading this.

Peace and love


Don't belive the lies, The truth will set you free
Sorry to burn the dream but it's not going to happen, not in India anyway. I know because I was where you are at one point, with all the same enthusiasm, but there's just no workable way of legally living the dream in India.

I even took time to speak with a number of expat business owners and they all had one piece of advice in common; don't do it!

Now, I completely agree with your ethos, life is for living. My advice would be get yourself a 6 month tourist visa, India's cheap if you look in the right places, and spend 6 months chilling and having fun. Then move yourself on to other parts of Asia where it's a lot easier to keep yourself going with casual work.

I talk from experience as I spent over a year and a half travelling Asia and have been back to India on 3 occasions since (and going two more times this year).

NB
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