December 18, 2018

Guide for beginner travelers

If you are not a road trip or travel maniac, this beginners travelling guide is for you. Life is busy enough as it is. We have so many obligations and duties to fulfill that times we are left with time barely enough to breath.

Not to mention the prohibitive costs affiliated to travelling, staying in hotels and visiting all those fascinating places. Time and cost may seem to hinder travelling. However, for some people, time and money is not a limiting factor-or at least not a primary one. They just despise travelling and all its associated ‘inconveniences’: new cultures, people, places, uncertainty of how to behave, capricious weather conditions and sleeping in strange places, away from the comfort of their beds, their familiar environment.

As a matter of fact, it is such an enthralling, adventurous activity that if done well will leave a life lasting imprint on one’s life. The memories you make, the relationships you establish will be a joy in your sunset years, having lived life fully and experienced every corner of the beautiful earth. But to have a well-planned travelling expedition requires time, energy, resources and a lot of other inputs to ensure its success. Below are the main guidelines for planning a trip:

PLANNING:

This is the first step of any adventure but most rarely get past it. Reason for the stagnation is the seemingly daunting nature of the whole process, which makes it almost impossible to get started. At this stage one needs to:

  • Identify a specific destination.
    This helps in clarifying what you’re likely to need in your travelling. After doing this, one is able to forecast the weather conditions, legal documents required and learn a few more things about the people, culture and the geography of the destination in question.
  • Prepare all your travel documents in advance.
    This is for the simple reason that most documents like passport take much long time to be processed and to be safe, it is advisable to get them in good time, preferably a month prior your travel date.
  • Establish a rough itinerary and do early booking.
    By establishing the places you’ll visit along the way to your destination is key to determining what you need and helps informing decisions especially those pertaining accommodation. You will also need to book early to take advantage of discounts and early bird offers. Waiting for the last minute more often results to unwanted accommodation options, thus affecting the quality of your travel experience.
  • Get Travel Insurance.
    This comes in handy when there are inconveniences in your travel schedule and/or unforeseen misfortunes.
  • Begin saving.
    The earlier one starts, the less hectic it gets.

ON THE ROAD:

  • Have a schedule.
    This helps in milking every minute of your expedition without leaving room to laze around.
  • Meet the locals.
    They teach you many things that you will not read on travel blogs anywhere. Here you learn their ways and experiences firsthand.
  • Be open to new things.
    Do not let your schedule deprive you the flexibility to say yes to spontaneity and randomness.
  • Be conversant with the local laws. 
    You don’t want spending your holiday or travel days in foreign police cells. That’s not the kind of travelling experience you want.

Upon completing your journey, whether you go back home or set out for another destination, always take time to make mental or actual notes on the things that mostly impacted your stay there. Reflect on the lessons you might have learnt. Get souvenirs, take pictures and make friends. These experiences enrich your life in a way nothing else could. After all, travelling is seeing the world is the best way to learn about the world. Go out there and learn!

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