At the Everest Base Camp in 2017
Hello travelers! Welcome to my visa blog! My name is Thirumal Motati. I’m 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 4 years now. In these 4 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 I have traveled to so far. Not just the requirements, but also the application process, documentation, fee, processing times and every other detail that you would need to secure a visa.
Who am I?
I was born into 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?
With my friends at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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 I was missing something. There was a void in my life. That’s when I took a vacation and traveled to 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 the 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 few days off, hop on a plane and travel to wherever they liked. I wanted to do the same but realized that it’s not that easy on my “powerless” Indian passport.
It’s not just me, pretty much every traveler from the developing countries face this problem. We 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 India passport is not easy. I have to plan my travel ahead, sometimes months in advance. It requires countless hours of research, months of planning and ever ending documentation. Pre-booked flight and hotel reservations, travel insurance, payslips, employment letters, vacation approval letters, bank/credit card statements and the list goes on.
That’s only for a few days vacation. Now imagine how difficult it would be if you want to travel long term.
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 time, I have made many local friends, learned life lessons and learned to speak a few foreign languages.
What’s my mission?
Capturing the night view in Guanajuato, Mexico
My mission is to travel 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 have traveled to 23 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 the developing countries. But if you have the burning desire to travel, then you can make it happen.
The world out there is too beautiful to pass up. The pain and visa hassles you go through are all worth it.
I encourage all travelers from the developing countries to pack your bags, get out there and explore the world.
I’m 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.