Tips for travelling abroad for the first time

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Traveling abroad for the first time can be both exciting and stressful. I always get a lot of questions regarding what to do, what to prepare and bring so I created this post to answer all of them and to guide you with your trip. Hope this helps!

1. Research

Research and plan it well, that's one of the most enjoyable things to do before traveling. There are heaps of sites that may help you plan your trip, you just have to research well.

There are heaps of sites that may help you plan your trip, you just have to research well (Do not get too overwhelmed!). Here are the ones I often use and I hope these sites can help you too!

-Where do you wanna go? What do you wanna do? Where do you wanna stay? Be sure you can answer all of these questions. You may keep a handy notebook or device and take note of ideas or information which can be helpful for your trip.

-Study the social practices and taboos of the country you're going to. Each countries has it's distinct beliefs and traditions, be aware of it and respect it. Ex: clothes you can wear, places to avoid, public displays and behaviors.

-Learn a few greetings and phrases, esp. if you are going to a country where English is not widely understood.

2. Plan your budget

-How much are you planning to spend for shopping? for accommodation and tour fees? Compute them and always allot an extra budget for other unexpected expenses.

-Contact your bank and make sure that your ATM/Credit Cards are activated to be used outside the country, don't forget to ask for any applicable fees.

-Leave some money behind for back up, I'm not trying to scare you but I met a few travelers who lost their money or got scammed along the way so I think it is always best that you keep some money somewhere, could be on your savings account or with a trusted person who can send you the money if ever you'll be needing it.

3. Download maps and itineraries

-There are heaps of maps available for downloads, try downloading some maps application on your phone. The offline maps like GuidePal and CityMaps2Go work wonders for me!

-Head to the local tourist information center as soon as you arrived at your destination they should be able to provide you free maps and tips to help you roam around easily.

-I try to arrive to a city prepared with a list of must visits but the best kept secrets are the ones you find along the way that never make the guides so give yourself a free time to just roam around and soak in the beauty and vibe of your surroundings.

4. Prepare all necessary documents

-Make sure your passport and travel documents are updated and current. Your passport must be valid for 6 months before the expiration date.

-Most countries require a visa so make sure your able to secure them before leaving.

-Be ready to answer any questions the immigration officers may ask. Be ready to show all your documents like: sources of funds, itinerary, accommodations, personal identification, employment records. Just be confident with your answers and flash them your best smile.

-Bring a photocopy of your documents (passport, ID etc...) this is helpful in case you lost your important stuff and you need a proof to retrieve them. You may also keep a scanned copy of your documents on your email or phone so you may download it easily.

5. Learn the art of packing

-Pack all valuables in your carry-on luggage, not inside any bags that will be checked in.

-If you need it, take it with you but don't take too much! Choose a bag that suits you, make sure it is comfortable to carry around and of course secure your luggage as a sensible precaution against tampering or theft.

-This was probably the most helpful video I've ever seen, watch this and become a pro packer.

6. Have fun!

Don't worry too much just relax and enjoy. Traveling is supposed to be an adventure, push boundaries and try new things. You don't have to stick to your itinerary all the time, a little detour is fun and exciting.

Traveling abroad is actually much easier to do than what you may expect. Always smile, take plenty of photos and cherish the experience.


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