Traveling is such an exciting experience especially for those who are used to traveling. However, for first-timers, it can be an experience to make one get cold feet. The following article has travel tips for first-time travelers to make their experience enjoyable.
Travel tips for beginners
1. Research on your destination
One should find out all they can talk about their destination. This includes the weather, security, currency, and language among others. This will ensure that one is aware of what to expect, how to dress and even the kind of forex they should do. This will help them feel confident since information is power.
2. Have a packing list
A packing list is an important item. This will help you not forget the important things. This should be done early enough to ensure that you have time to add anything you may have forgotten on the list. If possible, a friend may cross check it for you to ensure you have included everything you will need. Use the list when packing while ticking everything that you have packed.
3. Book in advance
Being a first-time traveler, one should ensure they do bookings for the flight or bus and even accommodation. This will assure one that they will have means of traveling and where to lay their head even if they arrive late. In addition to this, one may get very good deals when they do bookings. This will save them a lot of money.
4. Know where your country’s embassy is
The embassy of your country will be your first stop in case of any non-medical emergency. One should have an idea where the embassy is. The embassy will also be instrumental when one needs any security information or advice. If one does not know the location, they should ensure that they find working contacts for the embassy and save them on both the phone and the notebook in case they lose the phone, they will have the notebook as a backup.
5. Inform a trusted friend of your itinerary
One should have a trusted friend who will know their whereabouts. One can share the itinerary with this friend who will be able to keep checking on them to ensure they are ok. This is in itself a security measure to ensure that in case one does not show up where they were to be, there will be a starting point to look for you. However, one needs to ensure that they stick to the itinerary or inform the trusted friend in case of change.
6. Avoid posting photos on social media
It is not deniable that people post photos of what they are doing on the social media. This not only exposes you of your whereabouts but also your apartment is not safe. Someone who knows where you live may arrange for a burglary since they will be so confident that you are away. If one has to post the photos, then this should be done much later after they have come back from their trip. For security reasons leave your alarm on and have a neighbor watch your house while you are away.