10 TRAVELING TIPS FOR FIRST TIME TRAVELLERS
Most people aren’t born savvy travelers. It’s something that only comes with on-the-road experience. In the beginning, you make a lot of travel mistakes.
Travel savviness is a process born of missed buses, foolish behavior, cultural unawareness, and countless tiny errors. Then, one day, you begin to seamlessly move through airports and integrate yourself into new cultures like a fish to water.
I want to help speed up the process and help you avoid my mistakes, so we put together this giant list of 10 best travel tips that cover everything under the sun to help you reach your full travel potential.
These tips for traveling will have you saving money, sleeping better, getting off the beaten path more, meeting locals, and just being a better traveler. Without further ado, here are the 10 tips you should know:
- ALWAYS PACK A TOWEL
It’s the key to successful galactic hitchhiking and plain common sense. You never know when you will need it, whether it’s at the beach, on a picnic, or just to dry off.
While many hotels offer towels [you never know] carrying a small towel won’t add that much weight to your bag.
- PACK LIGHT
Take half the clothes you think you will need…you won’t need as much as you think.
Write down a list of essentials, cut it in half, and then only pack that!
There is never a definitive packing list. Everyone has different needs.
- TAKE AN EXTRA BANK CARD AND CREDIT CARD WITH YOU
Disasters happen. It’s always good to have a backup in case you get robbed or lose a card.
You don’t want to be stuck somewhere new without access to your funds. I once had a card duplicated and a freeze put on it. I couldn’t use it for the rest of my trip.
I was very happy I had an extra and not like my friend, who didn’t and was forced to borrow money from me all the time!
- TRAVEL BY YOURSELF AT LEAST ONCE
You’ll learn a lot about yourself and how to become independent. It’s a cliché, but it’s true. Traveling solo taught me how to fend for myself, talk to people, and handle unfamiliar situations with ease.
It made me comfortable with myself, helped me learn about what I’m capable of, and allowed me to be super selfish and do whatever I want! It can take some getting used to if you’ve never done it before but do it at least once.
Make yourself uncomfortable and surprise yourself.
You’ll learn valuable life skills when you push yourself!
- DON’T BUY A MONEY BELT-THEY ARE STUPID
Thieves know they exist and being seen with one basically shouts, “Look at me, I’m a tourist with money! Rip me off!” The more you can blend in and act like a local, the easier it will be to get deals and avoid touts.
If you’re worried about pickpockets, keep a better eye on your stuff!
- WHEN YOU GO OUT, TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED
Limit the amount of cash and bank cards you carry with you, so if something does happen, you can easily recover.
Never take more than one credit card or ATM card with you.
- ALWAYS CARRY A LOCK
They come in handy, especially when you stay in dorms and need to lock your stuff up. Carry a small combination lock with you when you travel. Don’t use one with keys because, if you lose the keys, you’re screwed!
- MAKE EXTRA COPIES OF YOUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Don’t forget to email a copy of the documents you have to yourself too. You never know when you might need to have some sort of documentation with you and might not want to carry your original.
Additionally, if your passport gets stolen having a copy will come in handy for your police report.
- LEARN BASIC PHRASES IN THE NATIVE LANGUAGE OF YOUR DESTINATION
The locals will appreciate it and it will make your interactions easier.
You don’t need to master the language but learning a few things like “Hello,” “Goodbye,” “Thank you!”, “Where’s the bathroom?” will go a long way to endearing yourself with the locals. They’ll like that you tried.
- GET TO THE AIRPORT 3 HOURS BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE FLIGHT
By checking-in early, you’ll spare yourself from the stress of waiting on long queues during security and immigration checks.
After finishing all standard airport procedures, you can then have the luxury of time to roam around and relax as you wait for the boarding gate to open.
stay tuned for our next blog post…