Advice for a First Time Traveler

First timers are usually the most excited travelers! But they’re also the most nervous because it’s their first time and they don’t know quite what to expect and prepare. Here is a guide for first time travelers:

1. Know Your Budget:
If you’re a first time traveler, you’ll benefit a lot from planning early. First take a look at your bank account and determine what the budget is. You don’t want to plan a vacation only to realize later you can’t afford it. One of the advantages of planning early is that you can pick up extra jobs for some extra cash.

2. Select Your Destination:
For a first time traveler, we would suggest nothing too far. If you can first travel locally then that would be a great first time experience. If you’re traveling internationally, we’d suggest choosing a country where English is spoken or at least understood. First time travelers often select a destination which has a friend or a relative living close by in case they run into some trouble.

3. Buy A Cheap Ticket:
Buying early and buying online is the best way to find a cheap ticket. Don’t buy the first ticket you see. Airlines change fares constantly so check multiple times a week. Use different websites to compare fare prices. Once you find a reasonable deal, bag that bargain quickly.

4. When To Fly:
Flying midweek is cheaper than flying on weekends. Taking an indirect route to your destination, with layovers, will be cheaper than a direct flight. You’ll also find cheap tickets for flights from smaller airports.

5. Book Your Accommodation:
Research online the accommodation options offered at your destination. Hotels tend to be more expensive so a lot of travelers prefer a B&B or a hostel. Hostels are especially popular among young folks. You’ll meet all sorts of interesting people there from across the world.

6. Airport Tips:
Don’t wear too many clothes as it will take you more time at security check to peel off the layers. Use the airport toilet before you board the flight. Don’t stand up as soon as they announce boarding; You’ll be standing a long time. The plane won’t leave without you and nobody will take your seat.

7. Travel Comfortably:
If you’re traveling business or first-class then you’ll be very comfortable. However, if you’re flying economy, there are a few things you can do for a pleasant journey. Definitely buy a travel pillow. Or a leg hammock. If you’re a picky eater, you’re more unlikely to like plane food. Bring your own food for the journey.

8. Meeting Immigration Officer:
Once you’ve arrived, immediately take out your passport and other documents required for immigration check.

9. Keep Safe:
As you explore your destination, be very vigilant of your surroundings to avoid pickpockets and thugs. Use a money belt when you’re out and about. Stick to crowded areas. Never walk alone at night. Don’t keep your belongings on you at all times. Keep them locked up in your hotel.

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