So your friends got back from their annual jaunt abroad and you can contain your jealousy no more.
Or maybe you’re about to graduate, or have been let go from work.
You know it’s time to hit the road, but how and where do you even start? The questions are seemingly endless and it’s difficult to know where to start.
No worries; you can quickly turn from travel noob to travel snob by starting with these ten travel tips.
1. Consider Your Clothing.
You don’t have to dress nicely by any means, but you should probably follow a couple of basic rules. Most importantly, don’t ever consider fanny packs/bum bag. It’s certainly okay to keep your own sense of style, but if you want people to treat you more fairly, then avoiding the stereotypes is a good idea.
2. Money Matters
Try to withdraw the equivalent of a couple hundred at a time– this way you don’t pay a fortune in transaction fees, but if you lose your cash or are robbed it’s not the end of the world. Most cities and almost all airports are connected these days– if you are going to be in one or passing through one you should be just fine. Get yourself a travel neck wallet to keep your valuables safe with you.
3. Your Budget Will Be Wrong.
You can plan down to the last tuppence, but in the end your trip– be it 2 weeks or 12 months– will cost more than your highest estimate. Most importantly, don’t stress when things cost more than you expected. (It’s the nature of the beast. If you are simply flat broke, there are places all over the Internet about working abroad.).
4. Research for Informational Purposes Only.
One of the best things about a vacation is the anticipatory excitement. Therefore, read every blog you can get your hands on (There will be a lot, wherever you are going.) Buy or borrow travel guides. Browse forums. Go to YouTube and search for videos of some of your destinations. Before long, you’ll start to feel like an expert on a place you’ve never been.
5. Meet The Locals.
Whether you’re staying in the poshest hotels or the hostel with your roommates humping on the bunk above your head, you can meet other like-minded people more easily while travelling. This is one of the joys of travelling. It’s always a good idea to get off the beaten path, especially if your trip is going to be longer than a month. There can be a language barrier, but you’ll be surprised how much information grunts and pantomimes can convey.
6. Consider Alternate Forms Of Travel.
We live in an era where planes, trains, taxis, and buses can get you just about anywhere in the world. If you are concerned about carbon emissions, afraid of flying, or just want a more immersing experience, consider your alternatives. A hike or bike journey of just a day or three will give you great taste of an epic journey.
7. Be Realistic.
Don’t expect to have fun every moment. You won’t. Know that you’ll need to build in some days to rest. The first week you are running on adrenaline and loving every moment of it, but your body will have its revenge. Most importantly, don’t plan to go to too many places. Many first-time travellers are (quite understandably) eager to see the world. Don’t cram in too much. You need to have enough time to do more than snap a couple of obligatory photos before heading to your next destination.
8. Pack Smart.
There is a lot of advice on packing, and most of it concerns the importance of packing light. Bring no more than 3-4 outfits and without exception you do not need more than two pairs of shoes. And, yes, sandals count as one pair. Packing light is very important, but it’s not that simple. You also want to be somewhat self-sufficient as well. Grab a neck pillow handy with you to have comfortable and smooth travel experience.