Yolanda Smith

Traveling the world whether alone or with family/friends is one of the most memorable experiences in one’s entire lifetime!

Traveling the world – whether alone or with family/friends – is one of the most memorable experiences in one’s entire lifetime.

However, you should not let the thrilling prospect of touring a foreign destination befuddle your mind to the extent of disregarding all the meticulous discretion required when travelling as an inexperienced vacationer.

As such, highlighted below are a few failsafe guidelines to help you successfully plan and embark on your maiden exotic trip. Continue reading to discover the top 5 tips for first-time travel.

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“Budgeting for your first-time foreign trip is quite different from planning for a weekend out in the local city”

Clothing – While you may not be the sort of an individual who fancies casual attires, you nevertheless have to stick to a few dressing tips as you set off for your destination of choice. As a matter of rule, avoid any bum bags or fanny packs. In addition to the fact that they look cumbersome and ugly, fanny packs and bum bags are particularly easy to rob. Put on what makes you stylish enough without feeling or looking bulky. Depending on the safety levels of the place you are visiting, be wary of wearing any expensive jewelry as these may often provoke otherwise preventable robberies or even personal attacks.

Carrying Money – The amount of money you carry while travelling should also be carefully considered. Again, the form in which you carry it is as important as the amount. While this is probably one of the trickiest issues for even the most seasoned globetrotters, the safest approach is to avoid carrying huge wads of cash or traveler’s checks. Even with some little paper cash in your pockets, you are advised to pull out your money only when you really need it. You should bring your ATM cards so that you can conveniently replenish your supply of cash.

Budget – Budgeting for your first-time foreign trip is quite different from planning for a weekend out in the local city. Despite how prudent you are, you’ll always find your budget invariably hard to stick with. However, this doesn’t preclude the need to plan your finances wisely as you leave home. As such, you should factor in a host of inevitable expenses such as mailing stuff home, replacing lost/stolen items, and booking expensive tours. This means that you should go by the highest estimates for every item included in your budget.

“ For a richer travel experience – Learn a few things about the local people, culture, religion & language .”

Comprehensive knowledge about your destination – Although it is impossible to know pretty everything about a new place you’ve never been to, you should research extensively before you visit a region for the first time.

Learn a few things about the local people – culture, religion, language, etc. You may even read lengthily about the most rave-reviewed sightseeing spots within the area you intent to visit.

Consular travel advice – With real global ills such as terrorism and epidemics at stake, you cannot afford to ignore the safety precautions routinely provided by various state departments. As such, you should research and heed any precautionary tips offered by consulate or diplomatic quarters regarding your preferred travel destination. In fact, you’re advised to call off the whole tour if relevant embassies cite particularly critical safety/security hazards.