So you’ve decided to get a bit of wanderlust going? You’re nervous about your first trip abroad and not quite sure what to expect… which is absolutely normal! It happens to the best of us. To help you prepare for your first time travelling, here is a list of 35 Important Tips for First-Time Travellers.
Important Tips for First-Time Travellers
Before your Trip:
- Do research on the country and cities you will be visiting
- Learn the basics of the language if they speak a different language. It’s a good way to show respect and earn some brownie points!
- Be open to learning new things.
- Don’t forget to pack your manners!
- Do your research on local customs, traditions, and rules. You are visiting their country and should be respectful at all times
- Don’t judge things and people just because it’s not what you are used to
- Be flexible.
- Carry copies of your banking details, ID, and passport.
- Have travel insurance.
- Have a set budget. With some room for unexpected expenses.
- Know which vaccinations or medications you will need before going to your travel destination.
- Inform your bank that you will be leaving the country – also include which countries and which dates you plan on being there.
- Pack carefully. Check out our Ultimate Travel Packing Guide and Checklist.
- Make sure your itinerary is flexible enough to leave you some free time to do your own last minute plans and exploring.
- Leave a copy of your itinerary with friends and family back home.
- Try and eat and sleep on your travel destination’s time. It will help you settle and get a bit of a regular schedule going.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Move around the cabin regularly to stretch your legs and improve blood circulation.
- Try not to drink too much alcohol throughout your flight. Check out this post on everything you need to know about drinking on a flight here.
- Packing your own neck pillow, earplugs, and eye masks will help the flight feel a little more bearable. You can also read our post on How to Survive a Long-Haul Flight.
- Do not complain that the locals cannot speak English or understand what you are saying. Instead, try and find a better way to communicate
- Take loads of pictures, but don’t forget to see the world through your eyes instead of in front of your phone or camera lens
- Eat street food! Its often the best food you are going to find and it’s way more affordable!
- Forget about western food – try the local dishes
- It’s okay to ask when you don’t know something. Chances are, locals are very happy to help!
- Be prepared for the culture shock – but remember not to judge.
- Learn how to toilet squat – you might need it!
- Keep some money or valuables in different bags or places – so that if you happen to misplace something or get pickpocketed, you won’t be completely out of pocket.
- Be very aware of your surroundings and trust your gut instinct. If something doesn’t feel right, ditch it.
- Be open to meeting new people and making new friends.
- If you haven’t figured out a plan with your cellphone provider, turn off your international data roaming on your phone. Otherwise you’ll come home to a nasty phone bill!
- You are bound to have a few bad experiences every here and there – don’t let it ruin your trip.
- Never shout at anybody.
- If you are going to go partying, do not get so drunk or crazy that you become out of hand and cause problems for other people. Do everything in moderation.
- Celebrate local customs and traditions.