As a proudly seasoned traveler now, I love to be able to share as many tips with my fellow travelers as much as possible. The one area that I always seemed to be asked to offer my guidance on though appears to be for those who are attempting to travel for the first time.
The world of traveling is an exciting place and can offer so much insight into a person’s life with an imprint that will last forever. However, it can at times, particularly in the beginning stages, be a daunting task to undertake if you aren’t prepared adequately for your trip.
The following are a few simple travel tips which I have composed for beginners to make sure that the beginning of your traveling journey starts smoothly, leaving you wanting to get right back out there once your first initial trip is over!
Research Your Desired Country Destination Before You Set Off
Perhaps one of the most vital tips I could ever give anyone is to do a little bit of research into the country you are traveling to before you plan your trip. I say this because if you are planning to go to a nation unlike your own with an entirely different culture, you owe it to that country to adhere and abide by their rules. Ultimately, should you fail to do this, you run the risk of landing yourself in trouble during your stay.
I always use Dubai as a great example here. A stunning city, this is a hugely popular destination for many travelers. Yet, how many times do we read of travelers being imprisoned in Dubai for what we see as insignificant rulings but albeit are the law in this city? Stay safe and get acquainted before you travel to such countries to ensure your trip remains a trip to remember for all the right reasons!
Immerse Yourself in A New Culture as Much as You Possibly Can During Your Trip
There is nothing that personally irritates me more than somebody traveling to the other side of the world and then complaining about every little thing in that new country not being anything like home! I have never understood the need to travel so far afield and then waste the opportunity of a lifetime to experience an entirely different culture. This involves food, traditions, and activities. If you want to experience life from a new perspective, you must be prepared to open your eyes and see the world from someday else’s point of view.
Fair enough, you may decide you don’t prefer the food of a particular country but how will you know whether you do or not if you don’t at least try it during your stay? Be open to the many new possibilities during your trip, and you may well just discover a side to you that you never knew existed before now!
Try to Learn the Basics of The Local Language of Your Intended Country
If you are traveling to a country where the language is different to yours, you would be better prepared if you learned a few words, sentences and phrases beforehand. This is perhaps more important to you if you are a first-time traveler as you do not want to be stuck in a country stranded with no means of holding a necessary conversation with somebody to ask for help.
Use this as a way of getting into the spirit of your holiday beforehand and try getting to grips with sentences that you will most likely need to use during your travel throughout the country. Not only will it help you gain a bit more confidence during your trip, but it will also allow you to interact with the locals as well as showing an element of respect to them as you do so.
Finally, Keep Your Eyes Open During Your Stay
By this I mean make the most of your trip and enjoy what is happening right in front of you. Come off your phone and try to step out from behind the camera as much as possible as you explore the delights that your chosen destination has to offer. I know that pictures last a lifetime, but so too do great memories!