Travelling is the most exciting thing we could ever do in our lives. Every one of us has a dream, that big dream to go somewhere away from here. Of course we do. We want to discover new things in a foreign land. But, the question here is… Are you really prepared? Here, we gathered the 5 Essential Tips for First-Time Travellers!
When packing your stuff, make sure to keep a list with you. Why? This will help you be organized and ensure you won’t forget anything. Make a list of itineraries you want to fulfill while travelling; this will help you feel like you are actually achieving your goals. But, my best advice is: only pack what you need. It won’t be comfortable carrying huge luggage to an unknown destination.
Get the sleep you need. To help you sleep better, grab a neck pillow, eye mask or earplugs. Those will be your best sleeping buddies. Turbulence? Don’t worry, that’s normal. As much as you sleep and rest, make sure to eat as well. This will help you beat the ultimate enemy: jet lag.
You are just a guest, keep that in mind. Remember what the movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service” had taught you? Yes, MANNERS MAKETH MAN. Be polite because manners are universal and they define who you are. You don’t want to get into trouble and be deported just because you forgot how to be kind. It is safe and polite to learn some of their basic languages such as their greetings.
Remember to keep your valuables and organize your stuff. Do the Math; know that the money changers are everywhere, but not all will give you equal change. You always have to keep local cash with you. Don’t show off your guidebooks and map while walking around; this will give thieves the idea that you are just a tourist, a gullible victim.
Just in case, backup your files. Make a copy of your passport to prove your citizenship. Hide some of your money or cards in separate places.
Your best buddy right now is your tongue. Trust your gut; if you feel something’s odd, don’t risk it. If you don’t want something, learn to respectfully say “No.” When in doubt, ask an official. Again, an official; don’t just ask someone sitting next to you just because he/she looks friendly and innocent. Again, you’re not in your own country. You don’t know how the locals think.
Lastly, don’t go home with regrets.
Pro Tip: If it’s your first time travelling, it’s better to take these 10 Essential Tips for First-Time Travellers; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.