While my friends took a year out between school and university to Interrail around Europe or work their way backpacking around the world, I settled for a year in Italy. Although I had a fabulous time, on my return home I wished I had been more adventurous and taken off to see the world. Ever since, travel has been my passion. I love to go places, read about places and look at photos of places. Planet Earth is incredible and I love anyone who has a dream of travelling the world. If this is you and you’re planning the trip of a lifetime, here are my best tips for traveling the world.
Always pick the right reasons to go. Don’t go just because somebody wants you to. Go for yourself.
Plan your travels in good time, but also leave room for flexibility for when anything unexpected occurs.
Make sure you are clued up on all the visa requirements for the countries that you are visiting; you don’t want to be denied entry!
Check to see if there are any cool festivals going on in the countries at the same time that you will be visiting. Festivals are always fun!
Do the necessary research for each country, but leave a little left to mystery for you to discover when you get there.
Don’t always rely on your travel guides. Ask the native locals about great spots to visit.
It is vital that you really, really, like the people you are travelling with. Nothing worse than an argument in a foreign country!
Be open minded about your travels and learn to embrace all of the weird and wonderful aspects of the places you visit.
Go hostelling around the world and you will save money at the same time as meeting loads of cool new people.
Before you book any accommodations, always check out the online reviews to see if the place has a good reputation.
Don’t leave it until the last minute; you are more likely to get great deals for booking in advance.
There are a ton of smartphone apps that are designed to make travelling the world an easier experience. Make the most of them!
Instead of sprinting through as many countries as you can, it might be a better idea to spend longer in fewer places.
A smile is the universal language of friendliness; it can save you in tricky language situations!
Don’t waste cash on expensive cabs. Make the most of public transport like buses and trains.
Or even better, pay to rent a bicycle and get around on the power of your own two feet!
Some student discounts are valid with IDs from any country; it’s always worth a try no matter where you are.
Don’t tire yourself out too badly adventuring in the day. You need to make the most of the amazing night life in the cities!
Make sure you have photocopies of any important documents you are carrying, just in case you happen to lose them.
If you can, stay in a hostel that offers breakfast. It’s important to load up on food before a long day of exploring.
It’s good to set a budget, but don’t be so strict on yourself that you can’t actually have any fun while you are there.
Make sure to check on the weather forecasts so that you know how to pack appropriately.
If you are going with friends, avoid overpacking by allotting different things to pack that you can all share. No need for multiples!
Pack absolutely everything to start with, then take unnecessary things out to get to your final amount.
Take at least two pairs of comfy shoes, you are going to be doing more walking than you have ever done before!
Embrace the local dishes of the countries that you are visiting; eat like a native while you are there!
Embrace local culture by visiting the markets to get a taste of what normal life is like for them outside of the tourist spots.
Seek some advice from travelers who have already been to your destination. It will give a sense of familiarity before you even get there.
Make sure to buy train passes. It is often the cheapest and easiest way to get from place to place when traveling.
There is always a danger of being pickpocketed when travelling, so separate your money in to different parts of your bag so that it doesn’t all go in one incident.
Make sure you turn off the data roaming on your phone to avoid being charged ridiculous amounts of money by your service provider!
If you find yourself lost, S.T.O.P. This stands for stop, think, observe and plan.
Let go of your inhibitions when you are traveling. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Be friendly with everybody you meet; you can make friends for life when you are travelling the world.
Always respect the local customs and traditions of wherever you are, especially when it comes to dress code.
Use social media, firstly to let everybody know that you are safe, and secondly to make them super jealous!
But don’t let Instagram distract your travels. Make sure you stay in the moment and experience everything first hand rather than through a screen!
At the end of the day, do things that make you happy, don’t be pressured in to adventures you don’t want to go on, be yourself and do only what you want to do!
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