20 Tips For First Time International Travelers

20 Tips For First Time International Travelers

Traveling abroad for the first time is an exciting experience. You're stepping into a new country and culture, completely different to what you know. That's why it is incredibly important to be fully prepared when flying to the other side of the world. Those who have traveled know that being unprepared can quickly lead to you feeling lost and confused in a new country. That's why we have compiled a list of 20 tips for first time travelers to make sure you're ready for the trip of a lifetime!

1. Research Your Destination

Make sure you research your destination before you head out on your trip. You’ll have a much better time if you already have a basic understanding of the local customs, and the must-see places to visit. The more you prepare the more you can assure yourself you won’t miss out on anything.

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2. Get Travel Insurance

Invest in travel insurance to save you from any unexpected expenses you may have such as lost luggage, flight cancellation, or medical emergencies. It’s nice to have that peace of mind and it’ll save you from hefty costs in an unfortunate event.

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3. Check Passport Validity

Make sure that your passport has at least six months of validity from your return date. Many countries will simply deny your entry if the passport is close to expiring.

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4. Apply for a Visa

Make sure to check if you need a visa to enter the country and apply well in advance. It can be an annoying process to obtain a Visa, so it's best to start early.

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5. Pack Smart and Light

Try to avoid over packing, all you really need are your essentials. Having a versatile wardrobe that suits the climate of your destination and your few important gadgets, should leave you traveling comfortably.

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6. Inform Your Bank

Make sure to let your bank know about your travel plans to help avoid any issues with transactions in another country. You should also ask about any international usage charges to avoid any surprises in your later bank statements.

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7. Get Vaccinated

Protect yourself, and get vaccinated. The last thing you want on your travels is to get sick. Check the recommended vaccinations on the official CDC or WHO websites.

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8. Get a Universal Adapter

There are a ton of different plug types and voltages used throughout the world. It’s best to carry a universal travel adapter so that you can charge your devices anywhere.

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9. Do Currency Research

Find out the local currency used at to your destination and get cash from your bank before you travel to avoid crazy fees. You should also consider carrying a combination of cash, credit/debit cards, or even a prepaid travel card.

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10. Learn the Local Language

It can be very helpful understanding basic phrases and greetings in the local language. You’ll find it easier to interact with locals and they will take it as a sign of respect towards their culture.

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11. Understand the Transport System

Make sure you have a basic understanding of the public transportation options and how to get around. You’ll save a ton of money avoiding unnecessary expensive cabs.

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12. Be Open-Minded

Be ready to immerse yourself in a new culture and customs. You may disagree with the way many things are done abroad, but if you keep an open-mind you be more appreciative of the differences.

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13. Stay Hydrated and Eat Well

It's always important to stay hydrated and eat well while traveling. Try to avoid drinking tap water and street food unless you're sure it's safe. Make sure to research the top local restaurants to get the best experience.

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14. Plan Your Itinerary

It is very helpful to have a flexible travel plan to help you ensure you cover the important sights and activities. It is important to note however, to leave enough room for spontaneous exploration or if you just want to relax.

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15. Stay Connected

Make sure to set up an international SIM card or portable WiFi device to stay in touch with your loved ones. You will also need internet to help you navigate places, look for information online, or even communicate with locals.

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16. Respect Local Cultures and Traditions

Remember that you are the one visiting the destination so respect the local culture and traditions. Doing simple things like dressing appropriately and following etiquette can go a long way in improving your trip enjoyment.

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17. Keep Travel Documents Safe

Make sure that you keep your travel documents like passport, visa, and travel tickets safe. You should always have digital copies on your email or cloud storage just in case. It can be a serious pain if you lose your important info.

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18. Be Aware of Your Safety

Always be aware of your surroundings and keep safety as a top priority. Be careful, many people from popular travel destinations prey on unsuspecting tourists who don’t know any better. Don’t keep anything in your back pockets.

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19. Plan Your Budget

Make sure to have both a daily and overall budget for your trip. Have an idea of what you want to do and how much you’re willing to spend. Try to keep track of all your expenses, it will help avoid unnecessary spending.

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20. Enjoy and Make Memories

Don't forget to enjoy and immerse yourself in the experience! Try not to stress out too much, not everything is going as planned. Just make the most of your trip and create unforgettable memories!

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