Tips for a First-Time Traveller


The travelling culture has really gained momentum over the past decade or so. People are embracing the “you only live once” approach and seeing as much of the world as they can. If you are thinking about going travelling for the first time, it may be a little bit of a shock to the system. This is especially the case if you are used to staying in a five-star hotel for two weeks whenever you go abroad. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some top tips for travelling success.

  1. Take out comprehensive insurance – It is important to take out travel insurance, and to choose a policy with care. Some plans will exclude certain countries, so you need to make sure that you will be covered for every point of your trip.
  2. Read accommodation reviews – While travelling, it is likely that you will stay in a diverse array of hotels, hostels, B&Bs, and other accommodation options. There are many quirky and unique accommodation types, as you will discover in one of our previous blog posts at However, it is important to read reviews before you determine where you are going to stay. By doing this, you will find out if the place is cheap and cheerful, or whether it is cheap and simply awful. You will also be able to find out whether the place you are considering is a hotspot with travellers or not. It is always good to stay in places whereby the other lodgers are going to be in the same boat as you. Not only will you feel safer and more comfortable, but also it can really enhance the fun of your worldwide trip.
  3. Challenge yourself – Going travelling is a bold statement. So, give yourself a gentle push to try new things while you are abroad. This can mean different things to different people. If you’re not someone for action-packed activities, try something that will give you an adrenaline rush. If you are a fussy eater, make an effort to try local delicacies in every country you visit.
  4. Pack sensibly – When going travelling, you are only going to have a limited amount of things with you. After all, you can’t lug a suitcase around from place to place. This is why it is pivotal that you pack with care. You can find out more about this at You will find out some of the bare survival elements you will need for your trip.
  5. Do your homework – There is no such thing as too much research when travelling abroad. It is important to do your homework. This does not mean that you should rely on guidebooks. While they are great, it’s also good to hear opinions from people that have visited the places you are going to. If none of your friends have done so, why not join a traveller’s forum online? There are plenty of them to choose from.
  6. Always prioritise safety – This is so important! It is easy to assume that other countries are safe, or to take for granted how things are in your home country. However, there are risks in every country, and you need to be aware of them. Don’t put your safety at risk, and travel with another person whenever possible.
  7. Learn about the culture and customs before you depart – Of course, you are going to be doing most of your learning during your trip. However, it is advisable to do a little bit of research beforehand. After all, the last thing you want to do is end up offending the local people unintentionally, or ending up on the wrong side of the law for doing something you didn’t realise was frowned upon.
  8. It’s okay to feel uncomfortable – A lot of people go travelling, and they feel really uncomfortable on the first day, which sends them into a panic. They worry that they are now stranded abroad and travelling isn’t for them. Don’t worry. It’s only natural to feel uncomfortable. After all, you are in a completely new environment, in a country you have never visited, and a long way from home. Embrace this, though. And, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it – even if you have to use a mix of charades and sign language to communicate.
  9. Do things your way – A lot of people get sucked into the whole “what travellers should do” lark, i.e. you’re meant to stay in the cheapest hostel you can find, avoid all touristy spots, and stay off the beaten path. There are no rules that say what travelling should be like. It’s all about planning your own adventure and enjoying a trip that is completely catered to you. If you want to visit a tourist spot, visit it!
  10. Be open – One of the most important things to do when you are travelling is to be open. You need to have your eyes wide open and you need to be open to learning new things. If you’re not, then you will miss out on so much during your experience. Be friendly with the locals, embrace new things, and make sure you’re always looking at the beauty that is around you.
  11. Be prepared for a reverse culture shock – Last but not least, when you return home, be prepared for a reverse culture shock. This is something that a lot of people don’t anticipate. Nevertheless, you have been used to the travelling way of life for so long, it becomes the norm.

Hopefully, you now feel better equipped for your travelling adventure. No matter where in the world you are planning to go to first, it is important to have all of your essentials with you, to be safe, and to respect the traditions and cultures of the places you are visiting. If you do this, you are bound to have a trip to remember for all of the right reasons.  


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