4 Handy Tips To Remove Scary and Confusing From Your Travel

Useful international travel tips for first-time travellers.

Holidays 21st Aug, 2021

The world is big, and we are delighted that you are about to go out and explore it! No matter how many times you have traveled in your own country, the first time you travel abroad is exciting. Going to a new, different, and unfamiliar place is infinitely exhilarating. Still, it can also be a bit scary and confusing – but it doesn’t have to be! Follow these simple tips to guarantee your logistics and ensure a smooth journey. 

1. Get Your Passport Ready:

What is the most important reminder for first-time international travellers? Apply for a passport in advance to avoid unnecessary pressure. Don’t book flights or make arrangements until you have your passport. Some international flights require you to enter your passport number when booking or doing check-in. It’s best to have your passport number before starting the booking. You will need your passport more often than you think, not just during the flight! Many hotels must scan the identity page of your passport. Some people may keep your passport during your stay as a guarantee to ensure that you pay for your accommodation. 

2. Decide The Destination Of Your First International Trip:

When trying to choose the best destination, you need to ask yourself some crucial things: 

  • Do you want to be close to, or far away from, your country? On your first trip, you can start somewhere nearby and then travel further. That way you will feel more comfortable. 
  • Do you speak any foreign languages? Or do you feel more comfortable going to a place where you speak the language? It is never easy going to a place where you don’t speak the local language. Not everyone speaks English either. So, bear that in mind before going to China or Russia, where you won’t be able to communicate at all. 
  • Do you want to connect with locals? Get a guided tour, which is a great way to connect with other travellers. Many tours also allow you to meet with a local guide. 
  • What are you looking forward to most? Are you attracted to beautiful buildings and architecture, eating delicious and unusual food, relaxing on the beach, climbing mountains, or just going to bars? It may be helpful to jot down a quick list to discover the most fascinating things you want to do when you go abroad for the first time. 

3. Check If You Need a Visa:

When booking a trip, be sure to check if you need a visa to travel. A visa is a document issued by one or more countries you are visiting, which allows you to travel there for a certain number of days. For most of Europe, the United Kingdom, and many countries in Asia and Latin America, US and other European passport holders can travel without a visa or receive a short-stay visa upon arrival. If you need a visa and show up on your flight without one though, you will not be allowed to board the plane. 

4. Make Sure You Can Use Your Money Abroad: 

The days when you needed to carry cash or cheques to travel abroad are gone. Thanks to the internet, it has become easier to obtain and manage funds when traveling the world. Contact your bank to see if you need to set up a travel alert when you are abroad, so your bank knows when and where you are traveling. You can also ask about international fees and if they have partner banks in your destination to help you save on expensive ATM fees for foreign transactions.

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