FOR NEW TRAVELLERS
TIPS NEW TRAVELLERS NEED TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELLING.
12 Tips for New Travellers
So you've decided to start travelling, what a big step!
I am so excited to be on this journey with you. Let me start by saying I was in your exact situation in 2015. Back then there was no such thing as a travel blog or Instagram influencers. I had no information about what I was getting myself into. So the fact that you're finding this is already a step in the right direction.
I want to let you know my first ever solo travel experience was a disaster. Mainly because I had no idea what I was getting myself into but partly because I didn't have the knowledge I do now, which naturally came from experience and partly because I didn't listen to the advice of my parents at the time. I want to share my experiences with you so you too can have the knowledge even before you've taken to the skies, how does that sound?
Now, there are definitely things I wish I knew before I decided to book around the world ticket and leave with no savings, but hey no one is perfect, right? *insert self reassurance*
I am going to be honest, most of the research I did when I was planning my trip was focused around money rather then what I would be expecting once I arrive in each of my destinations. The culture, attractions, as well as so much more goes into your overall travel experience.
I was caught up in the hype of it all that I didn't realise how much I need to consider when travelling and if I have done enough to prepare myself physically and mentally for the trip I was about to take.
I had never travelled alone before and only been internationally once but I was so committed to proving everyone else wrong that I didn't even question what I was doing until I landed in LA. I was 18 when I left Sydney for my first solo trip. Arrived in LA at 6 am, had no idea where or what I was doing, had hardly any savings and for some reason decided to get the transit bus from the airport to downtown LA which was where my Airbnb the next 6 days was.
Already 4 mistakes there but anyway I still powered on... I got to my Airbnb (need a discount code? Click here for $$$ off) and that's when it all hit me. I started panicking and eventually that lead to a panic attack. I didn't know what else to do but to call home and get a one-way flight back from LAX to Sydney. I lasted about 10 hours. It was the best and worst thing that I still debate with quite often.
I never want people who are travelling for the first time to experience what I did, this is partly the reason for my blog. I know I can't tell you everything I've learned in 12 points but you have to start somewhere, so how do these sound...
My 12 top tips for new travellers
Prepare to be anxious, but it's ok to be out of your comfort zone.
Plan as much of your trip as possible, don't need to book everything but know your options.
Buy travel insurance!!! I highly recommend Covermore AU (If you're coming into or departing Australia) Use the sidebar photo to purchase your insurance today. By purchasing using the link in the sidebar you are supporting this blog.
Don’t be scared, whatever it is you are strong. BONUS tip: Trust your instincts - If something seems off it probably is.
Hostels aren’t bad
Make sure you check for visas
Be open-minded and considerate of others.
Do a small/large group tour (if you can). I've got a post about solo or group travel. Inside the post you can take a quiz - are you a solo, couple, small or best suited to large group travel.
Avoid airbnb and hotels if you’re travelling SOLO, stay in hostels where you can - this will open you up socially and safety in numbers.
Get a frequent flyer. I have 14 but they are great for rewards and earning points!
Keep large amounts of cash savings at home or in safe place - do not carry it with you while you're out. If you do need to move it carry it inside a small body bag attached under your clothing.
Although that might not seem a lot, still to this day I stick by them. If you need anymore help or advice about any of the products I've mentioned above email me, I'd love to chat about it.