Once you’ve traveled for the first time, all you want to do is pack your bags and repeat the process over and over again!
Undoubtedly, heading out to explore the globe, whether it’s traveling full-time, backpacking, or just studying abroad, can be pretty exciting and scary at the same time. But don’t let your panic attacks get the best of you. There are a lot of travelers that walked in your shoes not too long ago, and now, by the bliss of nature, they are climbing mountains, sipping on mojitos off the coast of a heavenly retreat, and living their dream!
Just to numb the pain, always remember: you’re not going to Mars; you’re just traveling to another corner of the Earth. So save the drama for another day!
Furthermore, we understand the fear, curiosity, excitement, happiness, and pure joy traveling can enflame. To help those who have zero experience traveling, we’ve put together a few tips that serve as a comprehensive guide on being a fearless traveler.
So back your bags because the journey is about to begin.
Get Travel Insurance
Traveling is all fun and games until you come across certain financial losses and risks that may occur while having the time of your life. These can include an injury or a loss of valuables in an entirely foreign land.
The savior: travel insurance!
Some of us aren’t aware of what this means. You’d be surprised by how many travelers get caught up in their trip plans and forget to throw a bone in this direction. If you don’t have travel insurance, you must get it ASAP. Cancelled flights or safeguarding against lost luggage can save you huge bucks in the long run and calm your wits when there’s quite literally no one’s shoulder to panic and cry on.
Have No Fear!
Fear is nothing more than a state of mind! There, we said it.
Taking a stroll down unknown mountains can be frightening, but remember: you’re not the first person to travel the Earth. You aren’t exploring strange territories or discovering mesmerizing continents first time by any living soul. There are well-reputed travel trails out there and professionals to guide you along the way. From the transportation used to the cabin stay to dining out at restaurants, multiple factors contribute to the memories you make. If millions of people can travel each year successfully, so can you!
Yes, you’ll make mistakes along the way, but isn’t that how we learn? Plenty of people will be there to help you. There’s also a chance you’ll be shocked by the hospitality you receive. The tourism industry has evolved considerably over the decades, and in some cases, it is the most significant contributor to national income. With a plethora of hospitality and tourism degrees online, professional education in the field is easy. Many popular hoteling chains employ seasoned managers and staff to ensure a pleasant and safe stay at a place far away from home. Hence, there’s literally no reason to be afraid of anything.
Make Your Health a Priority!
If you happen to scrape your knee or get a few bug bites while traveling – especially internationally – make sure to sanitize and treat them quickly and carefully! Ignoring even the most minimal of wounds can lead to serious health issues and discomfort. Keep in mind that many health and travel insurers do not cover medical costs internationally; therefore, be prepared to face the cost of any potential hospital bills.
Bring Some Extra Cash
Pro Tip: the secret to long-term travel is efficient money management.
Always bring more than necessary. You never know what might come up along the road. After all, your wish is to travel and make memories.
Maybe you want to discover a fantastic restaurant that you just can’t pass up, or you want to try bungee jumping. Or perhaps you meet a couple of cool people and decide to spend the rest of the trip together. Regardless of how well you plan, something unexpected will always come up and disrupt your budget.
The solution? Leave home with some extra cash. If your travel-plan says you will need $3,000, carry $3,500. It will give you a cushion for spontaneity and emergencies. Even better, get a credit card.
Do Not Let People Side-track You!
Pickpocketing is a serious thing; it happens all the time, particularly in tourist hotspots. The poor child or innocent-looking woman shoving a paper or a sign in your face is often an attempt to distract you and make a break for your wallet.
Do not be vulnerable – if anyone suddenly comes up to you, be mindful that it may be a plan to divert your attention quickly. Therefore, keep your valuables secure. Don’t flash your items out in the open; leave them at your hotel.
Download Some Useful Apps
As you can see, solo travel is trending right now; it’s a common thing to wander in an unfamiliar site, all by yourself. Friends and family can keep tabs on you even from a distance, thanks to a few free apps. The must-haves include:
- Uber: For transportation purposes.
- bSafe: Useful for unsafe situations. Your family and friends must download it as well.
- Drunk Mode: The title speaks for itself, for when you’re too drunk and bound to make bad decisions. The app will enable your device to hide blocked contacts, whom you should not be texting while not in your proper senses. It’s the best hangover app!
Bear in Mind: You are not Alone
No matter where you go, there’s a network of travelers who will become your friends, share tips or advice, and help you out. They will be your guide, direct you to the right path, and above all, be your mentors.
We never travel on our own. Our souls travel together in groups, helping each other out while shining the light in a dark alley!
Bonus tip: always check your flight timings and boarding details correctly!
Your first-time-traveling itinerary is over!
We know; you’re biting your nails off like a paranoid person just because you are afraid of what will happen on the plane or how will your first-time experience go. Just relax. It’s human nature to worry.
But if you practice a peaceful and I-can-do-this mindset, you’ll head in the right direction, and everything will go according to plan. Good luck and have a safe journey!