First time travelling? Here’s the things you need to know

If you’re going travelling for the very first time, it’s understandable if you’re stressed or daunted by the prospect. Fear not – there are only a few things to bear in mind in order to have an incredible experience. Here’s just some of them.

Pack strategically and carefully

When going travelling – especially for the long-term – it’s important you’re not packing too little… or too much. Be strategic and make sure you’ve got enough to last, but not so much it’ll weigh you down and be a nuisance to lug around wherever you go.

The Secret Traveller recommends you bring medical supplies along with plenty of underwear as just some of the essentials – check out the rest of their suggestions. When it comes to outfits, bring comfortable and sensible clothing that will last. And, of course, don’t forget the essential documents.

Be prepared to haggle

Depending on where you’re planning on going, you’re going to want to learn to haggle. Vendors, taxi drivers and shop owners in certain regions of Asia and South America are renowned for the hiking of prices when dealing with tourists, as they want to get as much money from you as possible.

When haggling, you’re advised to remain calm and positive so that the exchange is pleasant and friendly. Getting irate or frustrated over the price is unlikely to make it change, and so it’s important you keep a calm demeanour throughout.

Stay vigilant at all times

Despite how fun travelling is, there’s always a risk of danger. Whether it be through natural occurrences such as bad weather, or opportunists seeking to steal or scam you, it’s important you stay conscious and vigilant no matter where you go.

Being clueless in a foreign country already puts you in a vulnerable position, but don’t make it worse for yourself. Make sensible choices, don’t do anything you’re unsure of and don’t put too much trust into strangers. Yes, travelling is fun – so long as you stay out of harm’s way and make wise decisions. Don’t mistake spontaneity for stupidity.

Culture is of great importance

Another important thing to bear in mind when travelling is just how prevalent and important culture is in certain places around the world. Head to Thailand, for example, and you’ll witness locals stopping in public areas twice a day to pay respect to the national anthem. Here’s how to behave while it’s being played.

Brush up on your knowledge of your destination before you go in order to avoid any cultural faux pas. Although the locals probably won’t be too offended should you slip up, it’s best to be aware of the common practices so that you don’t make any glaring or accidentally offensive errors.

Embrace it and enjoy yourself

Last but not least, be sure to make the most of your experience. It’s important you embrace travelling and do it to its full potential – see all there is to see, seize every opportunity and say yes. It’s sometimes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – although your wanderlust will urge you to do it again – so it’s vital you do it right.

Enjoy yourself, as that’s the most important part of it all.