Some Effective Travel Tips for First Time Travelers

No matter who you are, what you are and where you are, sooner or later you would have to step out of your shelter and embark on a journey to a new destination. This “journey” can be intra-city, inter-city and/or global. There will be many issues at hand for travelers but some of the key issues will be solved by the end of this article. Try the ones listed and you will be rewarded.

Take a decent amount of rest. Rest is essential. Balance it out and you will feel an optimized and refreshed brain response. If you miss out on that, you might miss something important on your journey e.g. falling asleep on a bus after a tiring day at your institute might land you on the wrong bus stop. If it’s a long journey, say between two cities that are more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) apart, have a good sleep of at least 6 hours before you embark.

Keep track of what is important. Maintain a small check list and include your essentials. The list should include your map (you may use a GPS device instead), wallet, identification, passport & visa (if going abroad), backup money and other personal belongings. Even on the shortest de-routes, any of these items will become lifesavers. Check these at regular time intervals just to be on the safe side. Keep an alternate to each in-case the original goes missing.

Be punctual. Time is precious so do not delay or cause a delay. As a precaution, set up alarms and reminders about your trip ahead of time just to be prepared.

Travel light. Take only those items that are required, inexpensive and can be used as alternates. You can have scanned copies of your paperwork on a CD rather than having all your paperwork in-hand. If you are tech savvy and have gadgets on you then carry a multi-purpose charger rather than a charger for every gadget.

Always have some First-Aid with you. You never know when you might get sick or get a bruise. To keep yourself in-shape, have a stash of first-aid supplies to counter any health short-comings. If possible, have a healthy vaccination record too.

Learn a few words from the local language of your destination. Learn to say yes, no and other words for guidance and response when travelling to a locality with an unfamiliar language. This will save you time of skimming through your guidebook and will also help turn down any scammers.

Have a list of emergency contacts. If something happens and you are out of resources, a piece of paper and/or your mobile with emergency contacts will be helpful to get you back on track.

Do not show off! Dress simple when travelling with the simple. This will avoid any possible thefts and glares targeted at you.

Be confident and relaxed. Do not panic! Think straight, walk straight and have FUN!

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