Traveling is something that all of us have to do at least once in our lives, and as much as I would love to tell you all to book your flights to Brazil right now and explore what this amazing country has to offer, I can accept that there are others countries out there that are just as cool. Just about. Unfortunately, first-time travellers always make the same mistakes because they’re not clued in on what to avoid. I’m here to change that.
1. Not Having the Correct Visa
Every country is different, and there are some countries that simply require a passport to pass in and out, but there are others countries that need specific visas! It’s important for every first-time traveller to research where they are going and what the visa requirements are before they leave.
2. Packing Too Much
Come on, do you really need to take 10 pairs of shorts? The beauty of travelling is that you leave your old life behind for a more simpler one, which means that you have to leave it all at home! Pack the basics in your handy travelling backpack, and follow the simple rules of wash-as-you-travel.
3. Forgetting to Budget
Unless you have millions to spend on travelling, you’re going to have a budget. It can be difficult to stick to this budget when you’re in vacation mode, but you need to remember your budget at all times. Give yourself a daily allowance, and go from there!
4. Taking Too Many Photos
Okay, this doesn’t apply if you’re a travel journalist – but if you’re travelling to explore and see the world, why are you choosing to see it through a camera screen? Taking photos of your travels is a must, but you need to remember to enjoy yourself and your surroundings.
5. Not Getting Travel Insurance
Although we all hope that we won’t come to harm during our travels, there is no guarantee. This is why it’s so important to get travel insurance. You never know when you will experience nuisances such as travel delays or medical emergencies, so make sure you’re covered.
6. Setting Your Expectations Too High
Travelling is great, right? When you’re a first-time traveller the excitement can get the better of you, but it’s important not to set your expectations too high as you don’t want to be disappointed if things don’t work out the way you imagine them to.
7. Not Making Photocopies
If you get your money, your passport or your ID stolen, you are in trouble. You may not be able to leave the country and you might not even be able to obtain any more money – which is why you make photocopies of all of your important documents!
Travelling for the first time is one of the most amazing experiences you will ever get the chance to enjoy, but it’s always best to avoid these big mistakes. Do you have any more tips for first-time travellers? Let me know in the comments!