Going traveling is always an absolutely incredible experience. Speak to anybody who has travelled before you and they will tell you to bite the bullet and go for it. However, there area few things you should do before you hop on a plane to your destination. These things will help you to have a peace of mind and a much better time!
Have an Idea of Places You Want to Visit
This isn’t necessary. In theory you could head to the first country you want to visit and then decide from there. However, it might be nice to have a little structure in your life seeing as you’re going to be somewhere completely new soon. You could make a list, and you could even put them in order if you want more of a solid plan. However, you also need to be prepared for things not going to plan. You may need to go somewhere else, swap your list around, and may even end up not going some places and heading to others. That’s what traveling is all about!
Learn How to Pack Light
Packing light is a skill. A very important one as you travel, in fact. You’re not going to want to lug half of your life around the world, so you really need to pack sensibly. Write a list of all of the things you think you’ll need and then cut it down even more. You will probably only need a third of what you think you need, so be vigilant here.
Open Your Mind
You can’t go travelling if you’re closed minded and you like things to be a set way. Things are different in countries all over the world, and they even vary from town to town. If you want to enjoy this experience and make the most of it, you need to be as open minded as possible and just willing to enjoy it. Do some research on the places you want to visit so you know what to expect. Buzz Kenya reports and other resources are good for when you’re visiting a place like Africa. There are thousands of sites to prepare you!
A cash cushion behind you is important, unless you plan on getting a job. It depends on how secure you want to be and how much free time you want to have. Getting a job can be one of the great things about travelling! You’ll learn more about the people and the language and get the chance to become like one of the locals. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to have some money behind you.
Insurance is a must no matter where you’re travelling. There are many things that could happen; robberies, injuries, losses, cancelled flights...the list goes on. With insurance you can at least stop yourself from being left in the lurch if anything like this does happen. It won’t stop the things from happening though, so remember to be careful.
There are so many different apps that can help you as you travel! Make sure you download them before you go. Whether you want something to predict the weather or tell you where to eat, it’s out there.
Have an amazing time!