How to prepare for travelling – if you’re a newbie

If you’re about to embark on your first travel experience, you’re in for something special. With so much around the world to see and do, it’s important you’re making the most of it and seizing every opportunity. With that being said, it’s equally as crucial to prepare adequately to ensure smooth sailing on your travels.

Here are just a few suggestions on how to prepare for travelling if you’re a newbie.

Pack the right things

One of the most important things to consider when preparing to go travelling is what to pack. If you’re used to bringing your entire life with you on your holidays, it’s a habit you’re going to have to shed – travelling doesn’t allow for masses of belongings to be hauled around with you.

Make sure you limit yourself to the bare essentials. Ideally you want to bring a backpack with you instead of an actual suitcase, as you won’t be staying still for long when travelling – and your bag won’t be forgiving should you want to bring too much. A few reliable outfits are enough to last you – leave the singlets and vests at home, though – and if you want to bring some gadgets, your phone and camera will do. And, of course, don’t forget the important paperwork.

Prepare your money in advance

Too many travellers suffer the consequences of not sorting their money beforehand. Exchange rates abroad are nowhere near as good as they are at home, so make sure you take the time to shop around and see where you can get the best bang for your buck.

Once you do find a desirable exchange rate, consider putting your money onto a prepaid travel card. It’s the best thing to do if you find it hard to resist a good overspend – these cards allow you to load a strict amount upon it, and acts just like a credit or debit card when abroad. Best of all, it’s unaffected by any future fluctuations in exchange rate.

Have an itinerary

Although you shouldn’t feel the need to limit yourself to a tight schedule, an itinerary is crucial in mapping out just how much time you have to do the things you want to do. Often travellers lose track of time and end up having to miss out on the things they wanted to do the most – an itinerary would eliminate any chance of this.

Plan out your days so you have a rough idea of just what you can realistically do. It’s important not to limit yourself by sticking to a tight schedule, but so long as you have enough time to fulfil your plans, it will be worth your while.

Choose a sensible route

When travelling it’s crucial for you to map out the right route for you. It all comes down to what you’re looking for from your travels – if you’re an avid adventurer consider a mountainous region, whereas if you’re looking to relax, escape to the shores of Southeast Asia.

The world has plenty to offer, so it all comes to down to what you’re looking for. As it’s your first time travelling you’ll want to choose a route that isn’t too ambitious – look at where travellers frequent, and go from there. You’ll be more comfortable surrounded by like-minded people.

Be prepared to enjoy yourself

Last but not least, it’s important you make the most out of your experience. Travelling is an opportunity you cannot pass up, introducing you to the world in an authentic and exciting way. Don’t hold back – take every chance you get and say yes to everything. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you may not get again, so make the most of it.

Do you have any more suggestions for a travelling newbie? Let us know in the comments below.

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