Travelling the world can be a daunting experience, to say the least, especially if you’re not a seasoned traveller. You may feel nervous about finding your way around and you may even be worried about the culture and customs of the country you’re visiting too. If this sounds like you then you really do have nothing to worry about. It’s super easy for you to have a great time and these top tips are designed to help you every step of the way.
You need to make sure that you don’t worry about the small stuff. Don’t concern yourself with things that are out of control. Life is far too short to be angry or even annoyed all the time. So the next time you miss your bus, don’t worry about it. There will always be another one. If you lose your passport, try and file for a replacement online. At the end of the day, there is always a solution and by taking your time you can be sure to minimise stress while also getting the best result out of your trip.
Sometimes it helps to just sit down and take in everything that is happening all around you. This will help you to get a feel for a location and it will also help you to relax more. If you want to do this then consider sitting down on a park bench and watch everyone around you. What are they doing? Are they rushing to work? Making the most out of the sun? Setting up a market stall? You might also want to pay attention to the smaller details too, such as the smells, the sounds, human interactions and more. This will help you to really take in the local culture and it may even remind you that sometimes travelling the world isn’t just about sight-seeing. Sometimes it’s about taking in what’s right in front of you.
You’ll want to make a point of volunteering from time to time. This will help you to get more involved with some of the local projects and it will also help you to have much more of a rewarding experience. You may even learn more about the country and about the people who live there too. If you want to start volunteering, then you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of sites out there that are designed to connect you with new and upcoming opportunities. The best thing about volunteering is that it will help you to add to your CV while you are on the go. If you want to take things to that next level, why not look into taking an associate of arts degree online?
PIN FOR LATER
When you travel, you need to remember that you’ll probably only see these places and even people once in your life. If you want them to stay in your memory forever then the best way for you to do this would be for you to take some photos. The great thing about photos is that they don’t cost you anything and they are easy to show people at home. Another bonus is that they don’t take up space in your luggage! On the flip side, you want to make sure that you don’t spend your entire vacation behind the lens of the camera. If you do then you might not see the locations you visit in the best possible light, so when you have taken your photos, step back and enjoy the view.
Don’t Become Discouraged
Nothing is impossible. If you are having a hard time getting somewhere then you should never give up. You might not have found the best solution yet, or you might just not have met the right person. Either way, you need to avoid listening to those who say that it cannot be done. Perseverance really does pay off and it’s experiences like this that will stay with you forever.
Get out of your Comfort Zone
It’s so important that you are able to challenge yourself to try things that normally fill you with anxiety, like my hike on the Huashan Plank Road (!) The more you try and do this, the more confident you will become and the less you will need to push yourself in the future. If you are having trouble talking to strangers then make a point of saying hello to every single person you see. If you are scared of trying new food, then make a point of ordering something that you wouldn’t normally try at least once on your vacation.
Keep an Open Mind
You should never judge anyone, even if their customs are different from yours. Listen to their opinions, even if you don’t agree with them. At the end of the day, it can be arrogant to assume that your opinion is the only one that matters. If you want to get around this, then you need to embrace everything around you as much as possible. You also need to make sure that you ask questions, and that you do whatever you can to learn. You will come out with a much more enriched travel experience if you do, and you may even find that you are able to learn more about the world too.
If you want to see the parts of town where people live and work, then you need to venture out of the tourist destinations you most commonly see online. Sometimes it even helps to go out there and get lost. It doesn’t matter where you end up either because it is more than possible for you to get a taxi back home. You never quite know what is around the next bend!
The last thing that you want to do is limit yourself when you arrive at a destination. Don’t plan your entire vacation on staying there for a set number of days. If you want to have the best experience then you need to be flexible. If you think you’ll only need a few days somewhere then this is great, but make sure that you’re prepared to stay longer. This will help you to make the most out of every country you visit, and it will also give you a way more fulfilling experience too.
Learn some Foreign Words
There is absolutely no need for you to speak fluently when you are in another country, but it does help to take the time to learn a few phrases. We spent 2 months in Guatemala learning Spanish to ease our travel through South and Central America. It will greatly improve your travelling experience and it can also help you to connect more with the locals too. If you want to get some help learning the language then consider using Google Translate or even use hand signals. Sometimes searching for images on your phone can help you to get directions from locals too, so don’t be afraid to be a little creative. It can go a long way and it will also help you to learn more.
Having your bank card stolen can be a frustrating experience, and when it happens in a foreign country you may even find that you’re in an even more dire situation. If you want to stop this from becoming too much of an issue, then you need to try and carry a spare card with you. This will help you if you have to freeze your main one and it will also stop you from running into too many money issues while you travel.
Write down your Hotel Address
Sometimes, a long flight can drain your battery. If you have your hotel address saved in your phone and nowhere else, then you may find yourself in a bad situation should your phone die on you. If you want to avoid this then you need to try and write it down on a piece of paper, and then put this in your wallet. When you do, you give people the opportunity to return your wallet if lose it and you also protect yourself from forgetting where you’re staying.
Read a Book
Before you go travelling to a country, read a book about it. This will help you to learn more about it and it also gives you the chance to educate yourself about the culture too. Your experience will be much more fulfilling if you know a bit about where you’re travelling, so don’t be afraid to splash out on some really good literature.
Budget travel gives you the chance to see the world more, and it also helps your money to go
further too. That being said, sometimes you do need to splurge a bit. So don’t be afraid to have a nice cocktail, or even book a few days at a luxurious hotel. This will help you to enjoy your vacation much more and it will also help you to focus on what really matters. If you don’t have enough money to spend on vacation then consider taking on a part-time job, or even consider helping out the locals while you’re in the area.
What are you favourite tips to make your travelling more fun and easier to do? Let us know in the comments!