Planning for your first trip abroad is exciting. Going out to explore uncharted realms for the initial time is always an experience that can never be replicated, so it’s a good idea to make your first trip a wonderful, well-prepared one. How do you plan for your first ever trip outside your country? Let us guide you through it. It’s quite simple!
Pick Somewhere You’ll Enjoy Visiting
Going somewhere you never wanted to go to in the first place is not ideally how you want to start your first international travel spree. Pick a place that is dear to your heart so you are inspired and have the willpower and wanderlust to get up and explore. This can be anywhere your heart desires; whether you’ve always loved Japanese culture and food (Tokyo/Kyoto it is!) or if you like the cool temperature of forests in Canada, make your dream destination your first destination. Go big!
Save And Allocate An Ideal Budget
This is going to be your first time abroad, so you will make a few mistakes here and there. You might, say, exchange your currency for their currency at the most convenient money exchange, and you could lose hefty amounts needlessly to high interest rates. Though now we’ve warned you about it, you can see how that’s a beginner’s mistake. You’ll want to make sure you have enough money to cover these mistakes. A big allowance that promises you won’t be homeless if you lose your wallet is always reassuring for first time travelers. Unless you really like testing the limits of fate, we would not recommend going on a shoestring budget on your first time.
Research Is Your Best Friend
How much money exactly would you need to bring to your destination? The answer to that varies depending on where you plan to go. Some countries are heaps cheaper than others; you won’t be paying the same price for four-star hotel in Thailand than you would for a four-star hotel in France. Also, rules and etiquette vary from country to country. In China, for example, it’s deemed a compliment to finish your food and burp after. Don’t try that in London on a formal dinner! Spaniards, on the other hand, are very loud and can be expressive when they’re angry about something. The Japanese (usually) tend to keep to themselves about their frustrations, and are very peaceful, helpful, and passive people. Modify your behavior depending on where you want to go so you can relate better to the natives of that country.
Prepare An Itinerary
You do not want to go to a foreign country without first listing down everything you want to do there. Map out the places that you find interesting, the restaurants you want to try, and the things you want to buy in a certain area to make sure you maximize what it has to offer. Plan days around general circumferences of areas so you don’t go back and forth wasting money on your train or bus cards exploring. Now go and have fun on your first trip!