Are you a first time traveler?
If so, you’re likely feeling excited and yet anxious at the same time. You’re excited at the opportunity to visit a new city or an entirely new country, and yet anxious at the idea of traveling on your own for the first time because of everything that you imagine could go wrong.
But remember, traveling is meant to be fun and not stressful. Here are the top four tips for beginner travel:
1 - Pack Less
One of the most difficult aspects of travel for many people is packing. Many have the urges to overpack rather than under pack, believing that they always may need something extra and throwing it into their luggage only to end up never using it.
Traveling will always be easier and less stressful for you if you can travel light rather than heavy. To this end, try to keep the weight of your luggage at around twenty five to thirty five pounds at the most. Your basic electronic items, a week’s worth of clothes, and some personal care/hygiene items are really all you need.
To ensure that you pack light, purchase a smaller bag rather than a large and heavy one.
2 - Have A Way To Pay For Things
Traveling in another country means you need to have a way to pay for things in that country. There are variety of ways to do this: using a credit card that allows overseas transactions (you’ll just need to pay a small fee per transaction) a prepaid debit card, or sending yourself money with your bank or a third party remittance service.
If anything, it may be wiser to have multiple ways of paying for things rather than just one. For example, you can use your credit card for most purchases and then send yourself cash in the currency of the country you’re in as a backup option.
3 - Secure Your Phone
Your phone may be easily replaceable, but it also contains lots of valuable information that you simply cannot afford to lose. For this reason, be sure to keep it safe and secure.
You can do this by backing up all of your data to the cloud, locking it so that your fingerprint is required to access it, and keeping it concealed on your person while you’re moving.
4 - Consider Hostels Over Hotels
Hostels are often given a bad rap, with the perception that they are dirtier and less friendly than hotels.
But in reality, just the opposite can be true: there are many hostels that are as nice if not nicer than hotels, and furthermore, they are certainly cheaper to stay in as well.
Traveling For Beginners
Traveling is meant to be fun, and the last thing you’ll want is for things to go wrong like staying in a bad hotel or losing your phone’s data, right? These kinds of small and yet significant mistakes can be avoid, however, by applying the tips that we have just covered.