today I’m gonna be giving you my top 8 tips for first-time travelers based on my travel experiences in the past couple of years so if you do find this article useful at any point be sure to let me know by leaving a like put any comments or questions or some of your first time travel tips down in the comment section and be sure to check out the linked article in blog which is some more travel related content…
Let’s just remind us the tips that I’m gonna give in this blog don’t necessarily just relate to solo travelers it can relate to people who are even traveling in a group. Because if it is your first trip it doesn’t matter whether you’re doing it solo or with people you are still traveling for the first time and I’ve got some tips that I’m gonna share with you.
TIP NUMBER : 1
So the first one is to plan your destination or destinations if you’re doing a larger trip and the best way to do that for first-time travelers is to keep it short and keep it close to home.
Now the reason that you want to keep it short is you may not actually like traveling you might not get the book for it when you first get out there you might get homesick you’ve never done this before.
So make sure you keep it relatively short and obviously keep it close to Home you don’t want to go on the other side of the world to realize within a week you’re not comfortable and you don’t like it and you want to come home.
Keep it close to where you live so for me my first major trip on my own or with people was around Europe, I don’t interfiling and I’m from the UK so it’s obviously close to home, so if I didn’t like it or I need to come home for whatever reason, I called it very easily done so and I kept the trip to about three weeks, so I was able to go and enjoy the trip and obviously experienced a lot of things, but it wasn’t too long to the point where I was starting to feel a bit on edge about things.
Because it was my first trip so do plan your destinations and two of the things you want to consider when you are planning your destination is keeping it relatively safe and easy to get around.
Now if you listen to the media nowhere is safe in this world but obviously we know that there are places and pretty much everywhere in the world where you can go and travel enjoy yourself and it is considered safe, and what I mean by easy to travel around make it somewhere that’s not very complicated to get from A to B somewhere like Southeast Asia is great for first time travelers, obviously because of all the different places that you can go and visit, but sometimes traveling around Southeast Asia doesn’t seem like the most simple process whereas.
if you go to somewhere like your past it’s a bit more expensive than the rest of the world the train system which is inter alia is very simple you literally get on one train and go straight to another and there’s obviously budget airlines which do flights from around 20 pounds or 20 dollars to pretty much everywhere in Europe, so it’s very easy.
I’m very handy to do very accessible and very affordable, so bear that in mind when you are planning your first trip abroad and my ….
TIP NUMBER : 2
Next tip is to do your research and I’ve actually done a whole blog on this which is 5 things you must do before you travel and I basically just look at getting visas checking your passports and date considering time differences Looking at vaccinations that you might need to get phone providers and so on so go and check out that blog.
but doing your research prior to going on a trip is vital if you go on your first trip and you have no idea of the country or anything about the country or the place that you’re going to how you can transport rounds you’re gonna be in for quite a tough time and you’ll probably end up spending a lot of your time doing your research while you’re there.
So it’s much better to do it before you go and then you’re very knowledgeable on your trip and you can just get on with things As soon as you get there.
TIP NUMBER : 3
next tip is something that I have mentioned in the article linked on blog, but I’m gonna briefly touch on it now and it is to contact your bank and phone provider before leaving and they both have similar reasons you want to contact your phone provider.
So they don’t put any blocks on your account if they do see theer or traveling abroad and obviously just want to check what the phone provides the situation, is if they’re gonna charge your extra money. or if you’re actually just covered for a free part of your deal when you travel to certain countries and then for your bank they will block your bank account and they will you know cancel your cards if they see the your cards being used abroad.
Because they will think it’s stolen if you haven’t told them so make sure you do tell them to prevent any blocks on your account or your cards getting cancelled, because if they do cancel your cards when you’re abroad, you’re absolutely soon kids, because you’re not going to get your new cards until you return home, so make sure you contact both of them.
TIP NUMBER : 4
Now a big thing that I see first time travelers do and I was quite guilty but myself I’m not going till I was over packing, now the general rule in terms of making sure you don’t over pack, is to lay everything else on the beds or on the floor.
That you’re planning on taking and cut it in half and I know it will seem difficult at first, especially if you’re going on a trip which is 3 4 weeks or maybe even a couple of months, you’re gonna think how am I going to last with all of that stuff well for little.
of that stuff for such a long amount of time well you can do laundry and pretty much every place you’re going and trust me it will save your back it will save your shoulders it will save your legs from carrying around.
The extra weight trust me on this one do not over package you will regret it the second you get there and there’s nothing you can really do about them, because you’re not gonna start throwing clothes away for free you’d rather just leave them at home knowing they’re here and you’ve gone and you’ve got a much lighter bag and you’ve got enough things to be honest to last you for your trip.
TIP NUMBER : 5
now tip number 5 is something I’ve never actually done but I do really need to do it and as I said the last one I’m guilty of not doing this but learn some key words in the language that’s spoken in the country that you’re traveling to.
So if you’re going to France learn some of the key words and by that I just mean learn how to say hello, thank you, goodbye, yes, no, stuff like that just some very basic key words that you may need to use from day to day as in some places.
Locals do not understand your language or none English and you may just need to give a very simple answer just to get them to go away or just to get their attention or just to put your point across.
so learn some very very basic key words which will take you no more than 10 minutes and obviously if you just learn them a couple of times a day or maybe just over a couple of weeks you will end up just remembering them to be honest and they will come in very handy for your trip.
TIP NUMBER : 6
Tip number six is actually quite important and it’s regarding safety and there’s two main parts of this it’s do your research and just use some common sense. So you research on the areas that are considered not safe.
now pretty much every country in the world has somewhere that’s considered not safe and to be honest it’s probably perfectly fine but some people have had bad experiences there, or just considered less safer than the other places, just make sure you’re aware of these areas and then in terms of using your common sense you wouldn’t walk down an alley late at night in your home city.
So why would you do it on the other side of the world it’s actually Even more less safe because you don’t actually know that area like the back of your hand like you would in your home city, so just apply some common sense to those situations to keep yourself safe.
the big tip is don’t act a lost even if you are don’t start getting the map out and trying to look around is the way you’re going or getting the map out on your mobile phone and walking around or even on the phone telling people you’re lost because then you become a target people may try and scam you people may try and attack you it’s highly unlikely but just do not act like you’re lost just try and get to the local cafe and then figure your way out from there it saves you a lot of hassle and makes you a lot more safer.
TIP NUMBER : 7
Now another big tip that’s often overlooked is transport and doing your research on transport, transports across the world does vary in Europe there’s the Train Network which I’ve mentioned interrailing which is very extensive. I’m very easy to get around whereas in Southeast Asia to get to some where you may need to get a boss than a boat then a taxi then another boss then a boat and a flight or something like that.
There are a lot of different travel things that you do need to consider, so do your research on the local transportation within the city that you’re in whilst you’re there so maybe when you first arrive just check what the local transport system is like whether you need to get taxis where the certain taxi companies aren’t safe whether you need to get certain trains.
Do the research on that but before you actually travel check on a wider scale so if you’re gonna be travelling around Europe check how the travel works, if you’re gonna be traveling around Southeast Asia check how you can get around the larger parts of Southeast Asia mainly from country to country, but the key thing is to do your research whether it be whilst You’re there before you go.
You do need to research transport because that’s basically how you’re going to get around, if you end up staying in the one place your trip isn’t going to be that much fun and you’ll probably get bored quite soon.
TIP NUMBER : 8
The final thing is to make sure you enjoy your trip and not as dumb Researching what you can do in each place whether it be free things to do or whether you want to splash the cash and go on some mud adventures it doesn’t matter, just make sure you research and know what you’re going to do roughly in a city.
Obviously it all depends on what you want to do so don’t just listen to other people but make your own plan, make your own activities that you want to do and obviously just use them as a rough guide you don’t have to literally plan day by day what you’re going to do and exactly what time but have a rough idea of what you want to do when you’re in a certain place and obviously to extend on that research the local culture obviously certain things are seen offensive in certain countries.
That you wouldn’t actually consider offensive in your own country so just make sure you’re aware of the local culture within certain countries in the world so you’re not offending anyone mix if you do offend the locals, it’s not a good situation to be and so just make sure you do your research thoroughly on places to do things to see and obviously what you need to do to respect the local culture.
That is all for this blog, if you did find it useful, be sure to let me Know by leaving any comments or questions or your tips first time traveling down below in the comment section or any travel stories that you may have from your first time travelling experience.