THE SIMPLE TRAVEL GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS
With the current trend in the travel industry, a lot of people are more capable to afford traveling. Traveling can be done either internationally or domestically as the industry offers affordable options to the average Joes and Janes. However, before you start packing your clothes and listing all the vacation spots you wanted to visit this year, you may want to sit for a moment and think. Traveling may be something exciting, but there are some things you may need to know before you finally zip your bag.
Initially learning about your destination
When a person thinks about traveling, he just assumes he can pull any clothes he wants and stuff it in his bag. Then he just grabs his wallet and books it. However, this is a rather reckless thing to do. In traveling, you need to consider your destination. If you are traveling domestically, are you going to take a car or a plane? If you are traveling internationally, how long would be the flight? Is your passport expired? Did you get your visa? You know where these questions are going. So make sure to set first your destination.
After determining where to go, then you may want to start your research about the place. First-time travelers tend to look lost. The reason is rather simple. They do not have an idea about the place. They just expect the locals could magically help them. Although, there is already the convenience of having data and just researching on your phone, you might want to do the research prior to your travel date. It is good when you can do it instantaneously as you reached your destination. But, for you to avoid inconveniences, you may want to do your research beforehand. You can start by downloading some maps on your phone to have an overview of the place’s layout. You may want to take note of the easily accessible modes of transportation and emergency hotlines. Then, start compiling tourist spots and areas you are interested to hang out on.
Preparing for a journey seems and sounds easy. You can just pile all the things you need, then you are done. However, by just doing that, you can either “under pack” or “overpack” your luggage. You may end up missing one or two essential things or you may end up having excess baggage because of the useless coat you brought.
So before packing your bag, you may want to ask yourself some questions. First, where is your destination? Is it hot, warm or cold? Do you need slippers, extra underwear, or sunglasses? Do you need to bring a jacket or board shorts? Of course, your place of destination is your basis on what clothes you should bring to your travels. Make sure to prepare pairs of clothes sufficient for your stay. At the same time, consider what kind of footwear you would probably use.
As to other essentials, you may want to bring sunblock. Other essentials such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and bath soap are usually provided by hotels. But make sure to check with the hotel management.
Your Budget and plan of “action”
Now that you have a travel plan and well-packed luggage, let us go to your budget. Make sure to have an appropriate budget for this trip. There are a lot of awesome vacation spots out there. But not every spot is budget-friendly. If you have a decent amount of money to splurge, then go ahead and spoil yourself. However, it is still advisable to keep tabs on it. If you are on a tight budget, you may want to check if your vacation spot can fit on your budget. Always consider your expenses on food, accommodation, fees, and transportation. If you still have room on your budget, then you may want to use it to spend on something that interests you.
To have an overall idea of your expenses, you may want to prepare an itinerary. This will serve as your “action plan” during your stay and what to do on vacation. You may not see it now, but you will be able to appreciate this itinerary as it will guide you to maximize your time in the place. Although people may do impromptu visits, it is more efficient to have an idea of what to do. The more you rely on impromptu and random visits, the more you spend time researching the places, travel, and other costs that come with it.