5 Tips for Newbie Travelers

Everyone these days just seems to be traveling relentlessly – especially millennials. The accessibility and affordability of traveling have made it possible for most people to explore the world and have a go at experiential travel. Flights are more affordable, accommodations are cheap, and everybody looks like they are having the time of their lives. Not only that, traveling definitely gives you a better view of the world outside your comfort zone and provides you with a better perspective of how beautiful cultures are across various borders. You get in touch with people, places, and traditions you never knew existed until you have actually immersed yourself in the beauty of it. You get to see the bigger picture, the world outside your world, and once you have started you just want to keep at it and fill yourself up with the experiences and the memories. 

Aside from the already well-known destinations, other unexplored spots are getting more popular, giving travelers a wider variety of options. If you are a first-time traveler with not much idea on how to go on your first trip, here are a handful of ideas you may find useful on that first journey. 

  • Do your due diligence. 

You probably already have an idea or two about which destination you would like to visit on your first trip and have curated a social media aggregator feed for it. Keep in mind however that doing a bit more research should be your priority. Find out about the place, how to get there, what activities you can do in the area and around it, what food to try, and what the general weather will be like during your trip. This will give you an overall idea of how you should prepare and the things that you need to bring with you, from clothing and footwear to medicine and food.

  • Be ready to make changes. 

Even if you already have set your mind on a destination early on, there are instances that sometimes prevents you from pushing forward with your original plan — it could be a lot of reasons. This does not mean, however, that you should completely cancel your plans. It only means that you may now consider the second and third locations you have listed down and have an even more fruitful experience. You really never know how perfect the plan is until it isn’t, so always be ready to make a change. 

  • Secure important documents. 

This tip comes more importantly if you are traveling overseas. It might seem obvious and given, but there have been many instances where lost passports are encountered. Have a separate pouch for your passport — a pouch that you can easily access — and make sure that you put this in an accessible place. In addition to this, always have a photocopy of your passport and your ticket and secure these in a separate location. This way, if the original one gets misplaced, then you still have a backup you can use.

  • Book your flight early. 

You probably know this already, but airlines these days let you bag cheap air tickets with their seat sales. Keep your notifications on and make sure that you get notified once an airline announces seat sales. This will allow you to snag tickets that are half the price than the normal rate and also lets you plan your trip longer. The earlier you have your flight booked, the more time you have to save money, plan your itinerary, and think thoroughly about the activities that you would like to try once you get there. 

  • Keep your family informed. 

It goes without saying, but you should always keep your family in the loop about your plans. This will come in handy should you encounter any inconveniences on your travel. Make sure to also provide them with your hotel contact number and contact details of the people you might be traveling with. This is the best way to make sure that they know how to reach the right people if need be. You should never get too comfortable about how smoothly you have planned out everything because the thing about accidents is that you never know when it will happen, so always do your part in ensuring you have your whereabouts known.

Olivia Watson

Olivia is a world traveler who has been to 27 countries in just over 15 years. She loves to share her knowledge of traveling to help others travel safer, cheaper and have more fun.
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