If leaving the motherland to travel to a foreign country is giving you sleepless nights, we’re here to allay your fears. Sure, if this is your first time, then it’s understandable that you have the jitters and LOTS of questions. Keeping in mind these tips for first time international travelers will hopefully lighten the burden so you can focus on the one thing that matters the most, enjoying yourself!
Picking a Destination
Let’s start with the basics – picking a destination to go to. As a first time international traveler, you probably wouldn’t like to venture out too far. Find a destination that’s within your comfort zone of hours spent traveling. Also, visiting a ‘tried and tested’ destination is also recommended versus being overly ambitious.
Talking to Family and Friends
Once you have a destination picked out, talk to family and friends who may have been there. Have your concerns addressed and questions answered so you can get an idea of what to expect when you get there. Get opinions and feedback from others but do your research homework as well!
Backing up Important Documents
Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned traveler, this should be a rule of thumb always. Make copies of your credit cards, passport, travel insurance and other important travel documents. If, unfortunately, you lose something while traveling, you have backups of the information when you have to follow up with relevant authorities.
Having Enough Foreign Currency
Make sure you familiarize yourself with the currency of the country you’re traveling. As a first time international traveler, it’s important to know the denominations of notes and coins. What may seem like a lot may actually be a little and vice versa. Also, it’s a good idea to always carry a mix of big and small notes as well as some traveler’s cheques. If you’re planning to use your credit card, call your credit card company before you travel to let them know so you’re not in for any surprises when you try to use it.
As a first time international traveler, you’ll probably feel like you need to pack everything you own. However, that’s absolutely unnecessary. Plan your daily outfits based on comfort and convenience even if it means fashion taking a backseat. Pack the basics as well as an outfit that you can put on if more formal attire is required at an event, restaurant or show. Don’t forget to pack things like your medication, travel adapters for your electronics and some snacks for when you’re on the road!
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.