10 Crucial traveling tips for the first-time tourist
Choose your holiday destination wisely
The first step is to choose a holiday destination that will be a memorable experience, but most importantly a safe one. Whether your intention is to visit a sun-soaked country like Australia, going alpine skiing in Switzerland or go for a safari in South Africa, it is vital that you settle on a destination that everybody will enjoy.
Shop online for great flight deals
Having settled on a location, the next step is to find affordable flights. Now you can go into a travel agency but in my experience, the smartest way to book a flight is by using a credible online flight dealer like Webjet.
Book your accommodation
Having booked a flight, you need to make sure you have somewhere to stay. Be smart during this step as the wrong choice can make for a nightmare vacation. Don’t just book accommodation for the first leg of your trip either. It is much less stressful if you have ensured you have accommodation sorted for every location that you will be visiting. To adequately perform this task make sure to use a website like TripAdvisor to see what others have thought of the venue you will be staying in.
Make sure you know how you’ll get around
There is nothing worse than hopping straight out of the airport and then having no idea how to get to your hotel or hostel. This is particularly frustrating in a country that does not speak the same language as you. Utilize google prior to your trip so that you are comfortable in knowing how you’ll get from the airport to your accommodation upon arrival.
Google attractions and eateries
While waiting to jet off on your trip try spending a night or two gathering information about things to do and places to eat. This will make it a lot easier when you land in a tourist area and you are confronted with numerous choice for things that you can do and places that you can eat or drink. How will you know which ones will leave a lasting impression? Well, by googling these activities and establishments beforehand of course!
Make sure your passport is valid
Trust me, this one is crucial and overlooked more often than you would think. Imagine it is the night before your flight, your wife has told you to get the passports out of the safe and you realize your passport expired 7 months ago. Well, that’s going to make it impossible to board that next day flight and all the planning and preparation will have been for nothing.
Copy all your documents and leave them with a friend
It is very easy when traveling to misplace documents that contain vital information. Ensure that you leave a copy of these items safe at home with a family member or friend in case you lose valuable information whilst overseas.
Purchase travel insurance
It is bad enough having to be admitted to a hospital while on holiday but imagine the frustration when you receive a $20,000 bill due to the fact you are not covered by local healthcare. By taking out travel insurance you can rest safely in the knowledge that if anything were to go wrong while away you will be safely covered.
You are guaranteed to forget something when packing for a holiday but make sure to make the most of the space in the suitcase by packing effectively. This means filling up every hole. For example, shoes can be used to store socks and rolling your clothes instead of folding them leaves them not only more space-efficient but less wrinkled when you reach your destination.
Confirm your flights and do a passport check
Make sure on the day that you are traveling to log onto the airport website to make sure the flight is going ahead. Finally, when leaving for the airport ensure that you have your passport on you. It’s an obvious one but one that many people overlook!
Follow these steps and your first holiday will be a lot less stressful. Enjoy your trip!