Traveling Tips for Beginners
If you are planning to hit the road for the first time, you are probably wondering where and how to start. Definitely, you do not want to go wrong, and you know that the first time to do something always has the most special memories. As a first time traveler, you should consider various factors. Here are some tips that will make your first trip incredibly fun.
Light is Smart (Smart Packaging)
Packing light is one of the top determinants of a successful trip. Do not carry anything (I say anything) if it is in your “maybe” list. Carry along a few outfits, and you do not need more than two pairs of shoes unless the second one is absolutely necessary. Sandals will act as a good alternative. You may need extra batteries, flashlights, duct tape, plastic cutlery maps, and decks of cards. Luggage locks may inconvenience since airlines will not allow you to lock them as you check the bag. One more thing: buy a small bag: either a backpack or hybrid backpack/rolly-bags can do you good.
Blend In (Consider Your Packaging)
Before you travel, try to research the lifestyle, especially fashion, dressing, and food, of the place you plan to visit. You should not wear fancy or odd dresses or carry fanny packs/bum bags that label you a tourist. It is great to keep your sense of style, but remember you are visiting a foreign land. If you want people to treat you fairly, you should avoid items that can make you be discriminated against. Being simple also makes you approachable, which makes the locals be fond of you and enhances your social experience during the trip.
Your Body Can Avenge (Be Realistic)
When you are traveling for the first time, especially if you are going for a number of days, do not expect that you will have fun every moment throughout your trip. No matter how interesting it may be, it is quite tiring for your body, and you will need to schedule some days for rest. Obviously, in the first few days, you are likely to run on adrenaline—if you do so, your body will revenge.
Few is More (Make it Memorable)
On your first trip, you are most likely very eager to explore the world and visit as many places as possible. The secret is that you should not plan to visit many places within a short period. The best experience would be to visit a few places and explore them extensively. This will help you have vivid memories of awesome places, activities, things, and people rather than a blur of temples, castles, and train rides. Remember that you are not going there to kill yourself trying to cram everything, but to enjoy your vacation. Photos are good for memories, but spending quality time in one location before moving to the next destination makes your memories more concrete. It is worth noting that some destinations are easier to travel than others are. As a beginner traveler, you may want to consider easier destinations if you are going to a foreign country or place.
Is your smartphone unlocked? If yes, you will need a local SIM card for cheap high-speed data when you go to a foreign country. Some mobile applications come in handy when traveling. For instance, Google Translate is by far the greatest phone app for a traveler. Google Maps will also help you get the directions to your destinations. For you to use the latter, you need to be connected to a Wi-Fi or acquire a local SIM card.
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