How to Travel
One thing that stops most people from traveling is…
Money. Yeah, yeah I know. “I simply don’t have enough money to travel.” You may thought.
It’s true that travel is not free and can be expensive for most, especially young population, but you don’t need to be rich to able to travel. Hell, I’m still poor but the trick is to budget (On average, I spend less than $15-$20 per day while traveling). If I can do it, you can!
As long as you budget, travel is far less expensive than you many think. Of course, the cost of your trip depends on where you want to go and what you want to do. If you want to climb Mt. Everest or see Penguins in Antarctica, it is going to be way more expensive than you probably think.
However, if you’re realistic about where and what you want to go/do then it is actually cheaper than you think. You can either spend more or less. Traveling on a budget actually save you more money than just living in a big first world city.
If money isn’t an issue for you, then it’s probably the time you’re struggling with. Let’s face it: we all waste a lot of time including myself. Life is full of opportunities to get away if we really look for them. It is about seizing those opportunities.
You don’t need to travel for months at a time. Let it be two-three weeks (or less) if that is all you have. You can still see and do amazing shit. If you really want the time, you will make it. If you have the opportunity, take it. It only gets harder as you get older because getting richer/older normally means getting busier and having more commitments.
If you’re a very first-time traveler, it is really easy to panic. If you’re sitting at home or work, all these places you are thinking of going is far but it’s going to absolutely amazing to see it in person and you’ll realize distances mean little when you get there.
The world is more similar than you could of ever imagined and much LESS scary. There are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of other travelers out there right now traveling around safely, enjoying themselves. You are not 100% safe where ever you are in the world even at home. You’re not alone. My goal of this resource section is to give you the confidence and knowledge to travel safely.
Next Step: Where should I go?
This is straightforward! Pick that dream place you’ve always wanted to go.
- Read through some of the general advice on starting to pick a route, destination(s) and understanding your own motivations.
- Get an idea if your dream places are within your budget, safe, realistic and/or suitable for the type of travel you want on the various country summaries.
- Don’t forget about visas. You can’t always just go when and where you like.
- Research how to get around. There are various overview guide books:
- Have a look over some of the where to go recommendations.
Remember: you can’t see it all and will have to compromise somewhere. Better to go away and miss something than not to go at all, right?
Start planning, understanding and book your ticket…
Now that you’ve been planning and get a better idea about the country that you want to go, the next step is probably the hardest. Book a flight ticket. Looking for the best price (if you need advice you can click on this link), making a decision and spending all that cash. But once you’ve booked it, you’re committed. Woot! Excited?! You did it. But there are few things you need to prepare:
- Getting any vaccinations you may need
- Getting some travel insurance. If anything happens or you miss your flight, it is nice to know you will be covered.
- Being realistic about your budget and getting the money in the right place to spend when you’re traveling.
- Get your visas if needed and maybe even book a room or two for your first nights.
Pack your bag!
Truth to be told, I always pack my bags at the last minute. It’s human nature. Time to shop to get what you need:
- a bag to put your stuff in
- a few electronics devices and put together some toiletries and medicine.
- don’t overwork. You don’t need much and can pick up pretty much anything on the road.
- Don’t forget about money (and an ATM/credit card), a smart phone and your passport. If you are stressed, click this for the short lists.
Get on the plane…
It doesn’t matter if you’re going away for a year, maybe a week. Almost all travelers are nervous before they go. Examples like “what have I forgotten? What will it be like? Did I say goodbye to all my random friends?” It’s absolutely normal!
- if you’re worried, try not to be. I know it’s hard not to be. Have a read over the on the road section (still working on it) or your guidebook to boost your confidence.
- if you are traveling alone, remember you will meet plenty of other people as long as you’re open-minded.
- it is always worth remembering basic common sense advice to stay safe and not get your stuff stolen.
How to get the best experience out of your trip
Before you go, knowing certain things can help put your mind at rest and help you better plan and prepare:
- How you are going to actually get around when you arrive – trains, planes and automobiles.
- getting ill and staying healthy
- where will you sleep – hostel to hotels, camping to couch surfing.
- and… washing your clothes, getting the best from a guidebook, staying in touch.
More things to read:
- looking after your things and avoiding crime.
- dealing with beggars and hassle.
The point here is don’t over plan or worry.
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