Travelling for the first time? Well, whether you are going on an adventure trip or a leisure trip or a road trip on bike with friends, one thing common for all the first-timers is the stomach butterflies. Yes, they suddenly pop up out of nowhere when we have to start something new. And, travelling for the first time is like a first date. You are nervous, excited and wonder how to have the best one without any mistakes. Planning a little bit in advanced and learning a few basics will make your trip a lot more fun and organised.
From planning to packing to destination itself, travelling can be a bit exhausting if you are unaware of how to go about it. But, hey, we have a few helpful tips for you ‘’the first-time travellers’’, so that you make the most of your trip.
Planning the Trip
- Research well in advance and decide on your destination based on the kind of holiday you want to take (like Goa for leisure or Jim Corbett for adventure etc.).
- After you have zeroed in your destination, check the appropriate months to visit the place.
- Planning a little early will help you save a lot on tickets, hotel bookings as well as packages. Last minute plans always burn a hole in your pocket. So, take a count of your leaves and office holidays and plan.
- Create a flexible itinerary. This will let you explore and squeeze in the sudden plan changes. But, do make a list of must-visits (without overloading your itinerary), so that you do not miss out on the main Points of Interest.
- Try to give a photocopy of your itinerary having the details of your stay to your family members or friends.
- The Golden Rule is if you are in doubt about a particular item, then just leave it!
- Make a list of everything you have to carry. It will let you feel organized and make sure you don’t forget anything last-minute.
- Pack light. Try to avoid any piece which takes too much space.
- A comfortable pair of flat footwear will take you through any journey.
- Always keep some space for medical kit essentials like Band-Aid, hand sanitizer, painkiller, a tablet for vomiting etc.
- If not staying at a hotel, then carry shampoo sachets, a soap and deodorant with you.
- Weighing your bag will save you from exceeding the limit.
- Don’t be surprised to find a beautiful red suitcase like yours on the conveyor belt. Every other piece will look similar to yours. The only way to avoid the confusion is to tie a ribbon or distinctive tag on your luggage.
- Keeping your cash (carry extra cash for places with limited ATM access) at multiple places will come handy when you need it suddenly.
- Always reach the Airport/Bus Stop/ Railway Station well before time. The traffic and last-minute hassles always manage to create havoc in our lives when we go for a trip.
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration while flying or travelling.
At Your Destination
- Explore and travel like the locals do. Travel by public transport, as it will help you explore more and save a lot of your cash.
- Do not anticipate and be open to surprises.
- Try local dishes and new food joints instead of fancy restaurants and cuisines. But, you have to take care of cleanliness of the place; else you will spoil your holiday.
- Be nice to locals, as they are your immediate help at a new place.
- Splurge in lifetime experiences. It’s ok to spend for an experience you have always dreamt of like snorkelling, diving, paragliding etc.
- Keep some cash hidden for emergencies. Try not to put your wallet in the back pocket; else you might just lose your cash and cards.
- Adapt to the new environment by being flexible and keep the destination clean by being a responsible traveller.
- If you want to take good pictures, then investing in a camera is not a bad idea. And yes, do not forget to acquaint yourself with the camera beforehand.
- Try to avoid the popular spots and peak time, else you will end up clicking the tourists. It’s better to find a different spot and early hours for the best pic.
About Shruti Yadav
Hi, I am Shruti, who not sooo long ago left a full-time corporate job In Content Writing to become an Army Wife. Since then, I have been juggling between my work assignments as a freelancer, commitments as an Army Wife, handling an eight month old, managing the frequent shifting n my home and everything else in between. Love to write and love to travel, which prompts me to put down everything related to the journey and destinations.
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