There are few things quite as wonderful as travel. Getting to discover new and exciting places, finding out about cultures you might never have known about, not to mention seeing all of the wonderful sights the world has to offer. These are things that every single person should experience as much as possible throughout their life. Of course, if you’ve never really done much traveling in your life then it can be a pretty intimidating idea as well. Even I still get nervous sometimes, if you can believe that!
Many people find the idea of packing their bags and going somewhere completely new and mysterious to be pretty scary, and that’s kind of understandable really. But, as they say, fortune favors the bold and you’re never going to experience the wonderful things the world has in store by sitting on the couch all day! With that in mind here are a few pieces of advice for any first time travelers who want to get out into the world but are feeling just a little bit nervous to take the leap.
My First Time Traveler Advice
You can never plan too much
The best way to avoid many of the fears that people have about traveling long distances to new places is simply to make sure that you have everything planned as carefully as possible. Of course, one of the greatest things about travel is the opportunity for the unexpected to happen but if you’re a first timer, then that can be a little intimidating. If you have a detailed plan and itinerary, it can help to retain a sense of control over what’s happening, even when you find yourself in totally unfamiliar territory.
One of the biggest fears that a lot of people have when it comes to travel is that of money. Let’s be totally honest, traveling is always going to cost you money, but that doesn’t mean it needs to bankrupt you. There are plenty of ways to save money both before and during your trip. The internet is filled with plenty of travel tips that can help you take your dream trip without breaking the bank. One of the best things to do is to set yourself a very clear budget, figuring out as many of the costs in advance so that you’re much less likely to come up against any nasty surprises.
Don’t go at it alone
There’s a certain charm to traveling alone, and it is the kind of thing that everyone should experience at least once in their life. But if you’re thinking of traveling for the first time then going it alone is likely to make you feel far more intimidated and unsure than you otherwise would. Instead, go with a group of people, or at the very least a friend or partner. If you have kids then you might even want to take them along so that you can all experience the joy of traveling together for the first time. Having other people there is the best possible way to make the mysteries of the world outside seem far less scary and uncertain.
Get acquainted with the destination and language
I can’t stress to you enough, getting acquainted with a foreign destination and its language is half the battle. Know what you’re getting into when it comes to foods, common courtesies and customs, simple exchanges (make a cheat sheet of translations) and your environment. I’m not saying to take all the surprise out of the adventure, but some adventures can turn into misadventures. Also, many of your stresses can be eliminated by knowing your travel transfers and making sure your documents are in a good and safe place.