Travel is treated differently. For some, it is a way to spend a vacation, for others it is a pointless waste of money, for some it is a real passion. Often people say that travel is not important, and it is also expensive and scary. We strongly disagree with this. When you start travelling once, it is no longer possible to stop. In confirmation of this are the various stories of travellers. It’s not just adventure and broadening — travel changes life for the better. For all those who doubt whether to travel or not, here’s some information that can help you with your first trip. Start packing!
Where to start?
First, try to buy a ready-made tour, just not to the city nearby with an “all-inclusive” hotel, but to Europe, for example, the Czech Republic, Italy or Spain. You will be taken to the hotel, given the necessary information — and at the spot, you can explore the surroundings yourself. You will understand that public transport is well-developed, the museums have audio guides, and the café has an English menu.
Don’t know foreign languages? Start from places where you will be understood in English. Or make a tour exploring your own country first. It will give you confidence for your next trips.
The next step is to self-purchase tickets and to find hotels. Do not try to take into account all the tricks of the economy the first time — it is easy to get confused in the abundance of new information. Choose one or two major cities, find accommodation in the centre, learn how to move between cities. The most important thing at this stage is to understand that you can plan your trip yourself and will not be confused when you find yourself in a new place. All experience is accumulated gradually, not a single most active traveller was born that way — these are years of trial and mistakes.
Over time, you will learn how to look for cheap tickets and hotels, learn the tricks of booking a car, and you will be able to understand the schemes of public transport in Moscow or New York.
Don’t neglect your travel preparations. Find out in advance how to get to the hotel, where and at what rate to change currency, mark the sights of interest on the map, install useful mobile applications. Read guidebooks and travel reports — then, once on the spot, you will already be well oriented and spend time getting to know the country or city, not studying maps.
Also, plan your trip from the very beginning. Check your vehicle, see if is adequate for your trip. Buy and set everything you think it will be necessary. Check air-condition, your tires, and the most important thing – don’t forget to protect your car.
Don’t take a lot of things with you
An experienced traveller can be unmistakably recognised by his luggage — it is lightweight and compact. Do not take your entire wardrobe from home. Firstly, half of the things will definitely not be useful to you. Secondly, you have to carry these kilograms. And pay for the advantage, by the way, too. When it turns out that your room is located on the 6th floor of a hotel without an elevator, this will become a problem. Another tip is not to take expensive things with you. Pickpockets all over the world are educated people and know exactly how much your labels are worth. And becoming a victim of thieves is not part of your plans, right?
Don’t try to see everything
The task of any tourist is to see more in a week than locals in a lifetime. Let’s face it, this is a bad idea. Better to spend one day in a pleasant place and enjoy yourself than the stress and headache of visiting ten attractions at the same time. Of course, if you rent a car, you will have more time. When renting, the main thing is to choose full insurance, no matter how attractive the insurance with a deductible may look, and take pictures, just in case, of all the defects of the car — scratches, bruises, etc. Another great option is travelling by a good quality electric bikes. This will give you a sense of freedom and you can combine two great things — sport and travelling!
Traveling is an invaluable experience that allows you to be in the trend of modern life. Nowadays, those who travel and bring what they see into their lives have a much better chance of success in both their personal and professional lives. Travel is about knowledge, topics of conversation, new friends, inspiration, reboot and non-standard situations that make us stronger anyway. You can spend your whole life in your city and think that it cannot be better. But when you travel, you see how we are all different and how good it is when you can take the best to put into practice at home or at work.