If there is one thing that should be on everyone’s bucket list, it’s domestic or international travel! Whether you go out of town or fly halfway around the world, there is so much for you to see, and trust me, you don’t want to miss out!
Traveling can change your life. It can open your eyes to many different, yet beautiful and amazing things that you won’t see if you won’t venture around your own country or others.
Yes, it’s scary to become a stranger in an unfamiliar city or country, but with the right preparation, you can rest easy knowing everything (Well, mostly) will be alright!
Nine out of ten, you’ll probably pack stuff that won’t even see the light off day. Avoid over packing and bring only the important stuff for your travel.
No matter you where go, it is important to have IDs, and most of the time, the passport is the best identification to bring. A passport is your most prized possession when traveling. Sure, it can give you amenities and all those privileges but it is vital to let others know you are a tourist. Knowing this, the number thing you should prepare is your passport, and your goal should be to keep this little book safe and ready to go.
Traveling domestically doesn’t really mean you need a passport, however, you may need to board a plane to get to a certain area. Some airline companies would prefer a passport rather than a driver’s license. Hence, having a passport can act as your identification that will help you along the way.
If you need a new passport, it is important to plan it well in advance. When applying for a passport, know that I can take at least six weeks before you can procure one, but it’s better to give yourself as much time as possible.
Touring another city or country can take days or even weeks. We know what that means, right? Spare clothes! Depending on the number of days you’ll be visiting a place, you may need to bring more than three spare clothes.
Moreover, be sure that it blends in with the place. Some clothes might seem okay for others, while others might find it offensive. For this reason, be sure to do a thorough research on your travel destination.
Your Cash and Cards
Being a tourist, cash is vital! Of course, you need to consider and prepare this beforehand. Make sure to that your budget can sustain your stay. You can also bring credit cards, however, be sure to keep your cash and cards in separate bags or different places in your body for safety.
You may have wondered, “Why is there no toothbrush or bath gels in the essentials” Good question! Touring a place for days may give you a certain smell. But don’t worry! Accommodating a place will give you the privilege of using room service. So you can rest easy knowing a toothbrush, soap, and shampoo is there to take care of that smell.
Knowing how important an accommodation is, be sure to thoroughly search for affordable places to stay in your travel destination. And have a copy of their address as well. This will make things easier for a taxi driver to find the place.
When it is time for you to visit travel spots, you may find it difficult to reach that place without even knowing about them in the first place, right? For this reason, it is important to bring along an itinerary which shows spots for your travel.
Apart from preparing your belongings for your travel, it is also crucial to prepare your emotional state for this endeavor.
The world is a fascinating place — so don’t let your fears of safety, thoughts of being alone, or other concerns hinder you from discovering the wonders of planet Earth! Traveling is all about breaking out of your comfort zone and going beyond your own boundaries. So as a simple tip, go even if you’re not sure.
When you have fears, it can be difficult to bring out some confidence. But don’t worry! Wear a secure and open posture when you go out exploring.
You’ll look more approachable to the right people, and not an easy target for the wrong ones. As a simple tip, the best way to bring out confidence is to smile. Smiling goes a long way and can even lead to a good conversation.
For most travelers, their anxiety would often heighten up due to over thinking on what can happen to them. But that’s what preparation is all about. To take care of this problem, it is important to let someone know that you are traveling. It can be your friend, but it is often preferred to be a close relative.
Being in an unfamiliar place can be stressful at times. However, do yourself a favor and try to loosen up. You’re already there! Take your time and, slowly but bravely, take one step at a time and enjoy the vastness of the world.