Hello travelers! Welcome to my visa blog! My name is Thirumal Motati. I am a world traveler, blogger and photographer. I have been exploring the world on my “powerless” Indian passport. Well, it’s been quite a journey so far.
I have been exploring the world for over three years now. In these three years, I have spent a ton of time researching, planning and applying for visas. I have started this website with the intention of helping travelers who rely on visas.
I have put together visa requirements for all the countries that I have been to so far. Not just the requirements, but also the application process, documentation, fee, processing time and every other detail that you would need to secure a visa.
Who am I?
I was born in a lower middle class family in India. While growing up, I have faced many financial troubles, struggled to pay my school fees and even worked for $15 a month to support myself. Like many Indians, I wanted to make it to dream America one day.
What’s my story?
I have worked hard and transformed my life from working $15 a month salary in India to working a six figure salary in the United States. I have lived and worked in the US for over 8 years.
I had a great career and a comfortable lifestyle. But often times I felt that I was missing something. There was a void in my life. That’s when I took a break and left to travel Mexico. It was a turning point in my life. Traveling in Mexico brought me immense happiness, wisdom and friends in my life. I have realized that travel is one thing that I enjoy the most. I haven’t looked back since then.
What’s a “powerless” passport?
While living in the United States, I have seen many of my friends take a vacation, hop on a plane and travel to wherever they liked. I wanted to do the same, but quickly realized that it’s not easy on my “powerless” Indian passport.
It’s not just me, but all travelers from developing countries face this problem. They need visas to travel and face strict scrutiny from the consulates. Often times visa denials.
With so much media exposure these days, it’s often difficult to ignore the beauty of the world. You get tempted to get out there and explore the world. But can you with all these visa restrictions and rejections?
How do I travel?
Traveling on an India passport is not easy. I have to plan ahead, sometimes months in advance. It requires countless hours of research, planning and documentation. Pre-booked flight/hotel reservations, travel insurance, paystubs, employment letters, vacation approval letters and bank/credit card statements are all very much required.
Long term travel is much more difficult due to strict visa requirements and difficult paperwork. I want to show everyone that the world out there is too beautiful to pass up. The pain and visa hassles you go through are all worth it.
What’s my travel style?
I prefer to experience the country, make local friends, enjoy the culture and learn the language. This sometimes leads to slow travel, but I enjoy it. Over the time, I have made many local friends, learned life lessons and learned to speak a few foreign languages.
What’s my mission?
My mission is to travel to as many countries as possible on my Indian passport. I want to show the world that it is possible to travel the world on a “powerless” passport. It is not easy, but it is possible.
I want to encourage all travelers from the developing countries to pack their bags, get out there and explore the world. I have traveled to 19 countries so far and will be traveling to more soon. One country at a time.
Can you travel the world?
Yes, you can! Visa is definitely a major hurdle for travelers from developing countries. But if you have the burning desire to travel and work on a plan, you can make it happen.
I am here to help you, encourage you and provide you with every bit of information you need. Let’s travel the world together!
Have questions? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on the social media.