12 Things I’d Tell Any New Traveler

By Nomadic Matt | Published March 30th, 2015

Twelve things I'd  tell a new traveler
Hope. Fear. Excitement. Traveling for the first time provided me with wave of conflicting emotions. When I left to travel the world, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t well-traveled and was as green as they come. No one I knew had ever done this before. To compensate for my lack of preparedness, I followed my guidebooks and wet my feet with tours. I was young, inexperienced, and made a lot of rookie travel mistakes.

A big sign hung over my head that said “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING.”

Now, with ten years of travel under my belt, I know better. If I could sit my younger self down before he left for his world trip, I would give him this advice:

Don’t be scared.

Girl traveler jumping off a cliff into Caribbean waters
Fear is a powerful deterrent. Taking the leap into the unknown is scary, but you aren’t the first person to travel the world. You aren’t discovering new continents or exploring uncharted territories.

I’d say this to relax you.

There is a well-worn travel trail out there and people to help guide you along the way. If millions of people can make their way around the world each year, so can you.

You may feel scared and nervous but you’re just as capable as anyone else.

Don’t live by your guidebook.

Guidebook being read by a traveler on a bus
Guidebooks are useful for a general overview of a destination, but you’ll never find the latest off-the-beaten-path attractions, bars, or restaurants in them. For the best stuff, connect with locals to find out what is hot right now. Ask other travelers or the hostel staff for recommendations.

People are your best resource for up-to-the-minute travel information. Unless a guidebook is digital and updated often, it’s probably out of date, so don’t live and breathe by it.

Travel slow.

Nomadic Matt traveling slowly in Vietnam rice patty field
It can be tempting to try to see it all. With limited vacation time, we are always trying to squeeze everything in – rushing through 20 cities in 20 days, or 100 countries on our round-the-world trip. In the end, all we have to show for it are photos, stress, and a whirlwind of experiences but no real knowledge of the places we went.

But after you try to rush through Australia, you’ll be burnt out and realize you saw everything but nothing at all. You’ll wish you did it slower.

Don’t rush your trip. Make time to spend a relaxing day in the park or just sitting in a café people watching. Slow down. It gives you time to drink deep from a culture and take it all in.

Get people’s contact information.

You will make a lot of friends on the road. Some of them will become lifelong friends. But sometimes you don’t get their contact information and you regret it forever (You still wonder what happened to that amazing couple you met in Panama!). Facebook and e-mail make it easy to stay in touch with people for years after your trip, so get people’s contact information! Don’t let your new friends fade into memory.

You don’t need a lot of gear.

Way too much gear to pack in a backpack
When you went to Costa Rica in 2003, you brought a bag filled with tons of stuff – hiking boots and pants, a fleece jacket, too many clothes, and more toiletries than a CVS. It all sat in your bag, taking up space, as you lugged them across the country.

The lesson: Pack light. You’ll have less to carry. Buy a small bag so you aren’t tempted to pack everything under the sun. If you truly need something, you can pick it up as you go.

Trust me, you won’t need as much gear as you think!

Get a phone.

Three kinds of Apple iPhones good for travelers
You’ll meet a lot of people on the road who you will want to see again. While Facebook can be handy for staying in touch, it isn’t ideal for planning meet-ups when people are constantly on the move. Did your friends get the message? Will they be there?! Who knows!

Cheap phones and SIM cards are available worldwide. Invest in one so you can stay in touch with your new friends. That way you won’t wonder if you were stood up or if your friends just changed their plans and went to Rome.

Go with the flow.

Traveling man standing on a mountain after hiking it
When every day is planned out and there are timetables to follow, you get stressed. Very stressed. You rush. And when you plan too much, there’s no room to experience the happy accidents of travel.

Put some flexibility into your schedule and go with the flow. Plan one or two activities and let the rest of the day happen. It’ll be a more enjoyable and less stressful experience. You’ll be surprised by what happens (like when your friend invites you to an island in Thailand and you stay a whole month).

Let life unfold.

Take extra money.

Money and foreign currency from all over the world
Travel isn’t as expensive as you think – you’ll travel through Asia on $15 USD a day or Europe on $40 — but you’ll learn there are always unexpected expenses.

Have a cushion! No matter how well you budget, you can never plan for all the disasters or itinerary changes (like how you’ll suddenly fly to Fiji and learn to scuba dive). No matter how well you plan, something can always come up and throw your budget out of whack.

Take more money than you think you’ll need.

You’ll be happy you did.

Don’t be so shy.

I know you are an introvert. I know you worry about what people think. It takes courage to talk to strangers but everyone is in the same boat. All around you are other solo travelers looking for friends. They want to meet new people too.

Just say “hello” and everything else will fall into place. Ask to join people’s drinking games and conversations in hostels. No one ever says no. Take the first step. Take off your headphones, turn to the person next to you, and say hello.

You have nothing to lose and, in the process, this is how you’ll get over your shyness, make new friends (and end up at a few weddings), and get better at conversation.

Be adventurous.

Adventurous kayaking down the river in Austin
I know you don’t like heights. I know you don’t like sports. And while you’ll hurt your tailbone, you won’t regret jumping off the boat in the Galapagos. You may have screamed like a girl, but you loved that canyon swing. And, in the end, didn’t those maggots taste good?

Challenge yourself. Take risks. Try new things. You may hate some, but you won’t regret any of it. You’ll walk away more self-confident.

You aren’t stuck.

Home and cars in a suburban neighborhood
If you hate traveling and aren’t having fun, stop and rest. Spend a few extra days in Amsterdam or Sydney. Relax. If you still hate travel when you get back on the road, go home. There’s no shame in that.

It’s better to try and fail than never try at all. Always remember you can go home if you aren’t having fun. You aren’t stuck with your decision to travel.

You are not alone.

Group of traveling friends posing in Australia
Wherever you go, there is a network of travelers who will be your friends, give you advice or tips, and help you out. They will guide you, point you in the right direction, and be your mentors. You aren’t out there on your own. You will make friends. You will be OK. Though you are traveling alone, you will never be alone.

I know you’re nervous about heading out into the unknown. That’s normal. It’s human nature to worry but you make it on your trip and become a better person because of your travels.

So take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy!

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Great tips for new travelers! I love this – “Make time to spend a relaxing day in the park or just sitting in a café people watching. Slow down.” After traveling for over 6 years now, I too feel that it’s so important to slow down and experience things deeply rather than rushing through them. Most of all, I believe, it’s valuable to interact with your fellow travelers, locals and basically any random person – your cabby, a vendor or a waiter. You never know what you may learn about the place!

This post is just brilliant! Last year I was always in a hurry and dying to see everything, carrying with me a notebook with pretty much every hour planned. It’s much better when you just go with the flow, like you say. The unexpected experiences tend to be the ones I remember the best.

Jen

Solid advice and so incredibly true. We sold everything to “travel the world” (ha!) for 6 months, two years ago. Now we are long-term travelling and this time around, everything you’re saying rings true. We rushed SO much the first time, squashed by that urgency to see as much as possible in a “short” period of time. We were so used to the two-week-a-year-vacation mentality. It is much more enjoyable to really embed ourselves in a place without caring about how long we’ve been there, just enjoying and exploring and not country counting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, I hope it will inspire other newbie travellers :)

What a wonderful post! This is exactly the kind of information and encouragement that would have been most helpful to me at the beginning of my journey. I really enjoy your approach to travel and to life.

This is really great advice, thanks Matt! I do tend to plan out a whole itinerary worth of things to do and places to see, but when I get to my destination I fully expect my plans to change. It helps to have a list in advance, though, so that when your plans do change, you’ve already got some cool ideas of things to do, and you don’t have to spend an hour checking the guidebook. I’ll always make sure I “plan” some “unplanned” activities, like wandering a town, or just chilling on a patio somewhere. The important thing is that you are doing what YOU want to do, not what everyone else says you SHOULD do. If you feel like spending another day snorkeling and don’t want to go see that famous museum, then go snorkel!

Great tips, and thanks for the post! :)

I can sign under every single tip! So to the point and true :)

I’ve personally made the same conclusions after my own experiences and mistakes – trying to see too many places in once, forgetting to take people’s contact info, packing too much, traveling with a precise itinerary and in the end getting stressed and being shy to approach other travelers.
While I still think every traveler goes through their own mistakes no matter what – hopefully these tips of yours will have an impact! :)

Great advice. Especially the over about taking it slow, it may seem like a good idea to rush trough as many places in the shortest time possible but you will enjoy it a lot more by staying in one place for a longer period.

As I get older I have the opposite ‘problem’…I’m constantly flying, but hate the grind of waking up at 4am to make flights, rushing through security stressed out, flight delays, the boredom of being on a 12-hour flight…when I get to my destination, I just want to pay more for a nice spot in the heart of that place’s most desired location, and then stay there. I don’t like to venture anywhere that I can’t walk to in 30 minutes or less. To get in a car, bus, train, or tour vehicle and spend more time in transit is that LAST thing I want to do, even if it’s to take in various aspects of a place’s culture, history, etc…The grind of travel isn’t worth it sometimes, and I can’t take long ‘enough’ trips (duration of time spent in desired location) or spend little ‘enough’ time in transit to get there, if that makes sense.

Haha, you’re right about the introvert part, and the part about not liking heights etc. I’m hoping travel will shake those things out of me! Great post.

Thank you for this post, Matt!
As someone who’s about to step out to conquer this big world of ours, these are things I think about often.
Your words are so encouraging, just what I needed! :)

Awesome post. I mostly loved all your contents. Its so informative for travellors who want to begin their travel perfectly. Thanks for the informative content. And moreover your site design attracts me more.

It’s amazing how looking back can also help you move forward.
But as scary as it is, nothing can quite beat the feeling you get of nerves/fear/excitement as you step into a place for the first time.
It’s mighty addictive. Love the advice!

Dave Looch

Wow, this is great timing! I was reading the blog for the first time this week, and today I said @&%$ it, I’m buying a ticket, first step is always the hardest. Headed to Lima in june, and I’m taking 6-7 wks in S. America and Australasia. Thanks for the motivation Matt. Excited to make my passport promiscuous! So excited. Thanks for pushing and aiding us!

Excellent advise for new traveller’s! I can relate to each one of it.

The most genuine lifetime friends are the warm and friendly people you meet while travelling the world. And the best way to travel well is to do slow travel, no use ticking places off the map and not remembering a single one few months later due to over exhaustion. And the point about not blindly clinging on to your guidebooks and rather interacting with people around is so true, in today’s world.

We have become so used to being hidden behind our mobiles, tabs, laptop’s and camera that we forget that the real interaction is that with the people around and enjoying the landscapes around.

Some great points – live for the moment as tomorrow it could be gone!

I love this list and I would also add that people try to do so much on trips that they can miss the point which is to be in the moment. When I travel I understand that I am not going to do everything that is on my list-and that’s ok. I had to talk to a friend of mine who was hosting me once and he was so concerned that I do everything that he thought I should do while in his town. I finally said “Look, I want to experience your city slowly. I am perfectly ok missing certain things…I’ll have a reason to come back!”

inspiring as always!

You’re so right, on so many points here. Heck, all of the points. I recall being a very green passenger on my first flight out of my own country and wondering what I was thinking, and whether I was doing the right thing at the time. I was trying to reconcile that my money wasn’t better spent on something more sensible, and it was okay to explore this beautiful world we’ve been given. All that anxiety and worry melted away once I was at my destination though, and it’s forever changed how I see travel and the world and people who surround us.

Sounds very easy, but I am sure requires a great deal of faith. I think most of these are true for any newbie out there. But then, what’s the reward without any risk? :)

Great post! I must admit that fear is what prevent most people from making the jump and travel

Such helpful and valid points! I can’t imagine traveling without a phone now, it comes in handy more than you think even if you don’t use it for calling. I feel like travel has made me less shy each time I have gone out there.

This is a really helpful guide for new travelers, which even the experienced can learn a lot from as well. ????

It is always great to focus effort on getting more people to travel. Some people are just afraid to take the first step. All of us went on our first trip at some point and had to take that first step. Some people may not catch the travel bug, but you never know if you don’t give it a shot.

Very helpful to newbie travellers..! Hopefully we’ll see more of those without headphones on their heads and too shy to talk to anybody.. It is indeed difficult for introverts, but there’s only one step out of the comfort zone to jumpstart the travel experience!

Matt this is my favorite post I’ve ever read that you’ve written! Great job there is some amazing advice.

Elena

Totally on board with not planning. I’m a procrastinator in the extreme. I don’t usually open the guidebook until I’m on the plane! But a general idea of what you’d like to do is good – and then wait for circumstances to change and run with it! :)

Hi…great post. I have recently made some huge changes in my life and am getting ready to make my first ever solo trip abroad! Thanks for the encouragement to slow down and enjoy the moments – that’s exactly what I plan to do! Life is good.

Anne

I remember the first time my husband and I travelled to Europe, we planned things almost down to the hour! It was enjoyable, but 12 years later, we fly into SEA with only the first night arrival booked and just kind have a general idea of what we want to do. Any guidebook is almost always 2 years out of date, so although the maps and history infor are valuable, we usually look to the hostels BESIDE the ones recommended…usually much better prices.

My packing idol is Jack Reacher (the herol of so many Jack Reacher novels) who travels with only a toothbrush and a passport. He just buys clothes as he goes! I’m not quite that zen yet.

Kathleen

In May 2014, my life’s dream came true: I went to Scotland! I had travelled some when I was younger (Ecuador, Colombia), but I’m 67 now and the travel bug has never gone away. Besides, my mother was born in Scotland! My 40-yr old son and I just did it. I had only one destination in mind, Stevenston, where Mother was born. He had two places in mind, Tantallon Castle and Scottish games in Gourock. What did we do the rest of the 15 days? Each morning we rose and decided on the spot what to do. We ended up in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk; we stopped at the Highland Chocolatier on the way to a Crannog; took the train to Oban and back; we even swung down to Barter Books in Alnwick, England! Every day was as hectic or sedate as we wanted. We spent a whole afternoon at Queen’s Park in Glasgow. We ate great food, drank smoky whiskey, I even got a tattoo! The only bit of advice I would give you: Don’t be hesitant to ask. We asked for directions to restaurants, for bus routes, how to buy a train ticket, what’s the best whiskey, where to get a tattoo, how to use a washing machine. We had no idea about any of these things and every single person we asked was gracious, funny, more than helpful, even the teenager covered in facial piercings (he was great! knew all the bus stops). So, I have to agree, fear is the biggest deterrent to travel. Swallow the lump in your throat, pull up your pants and GO!

Cara

Great post! I’d also add that it’s good to try to learn some of the language of the people living wherever you are travelling. If the opportunity arises, stay with someone who’s lived there for a few months or longer. And if you’re into punk or metal, check out metal/punk bars and venues (I like metaltravelguide.com). Play a song in the jukebox, talk to the dj, bartender or door guy about a song you’re into that’s playing. It’s a great way to make fast friends.

Peter DeForest

I don’t have a daughter, but if I did, I would caution her that there are some parts of the world where traveling by yourself as a woman can be dangerous. Travel with a buddy or a group when in doubt. We need to recognize that the security issues for men and women are different.

Men traveling alone can often get away with riskier behaviors (like drinking too much with complete strangers, for example) than women. Sometimes friendliness by a woman can be interpreted as more than is intended, and some clothing choices that are common in the West can be seen as provocative in other cultures. Be friendly, enjoy you trip, but have situational awareness also.

Marilynn

When you stop to take a picture, please take time to really look at what you are seeing. Friends were amazed that I traveled for 2 months across Europe with NO camera. I am a rare one because I am an artist whose memories are caught on watercolor paper or in my sketch book. Take fewer pictures and LOOK around. A good way to really see a new place is just to wander, get lost, who cares? Have a map of where you are staying and meet locals by asking directions. It will be amazing the interesting things you will see that are not i. Any guide book. Matt good advice, especially to slow down and relax.

Hugo

I used to think like you. After lots of travelling and living wonderful experiences, I really regret not taking pictures of wonderful moments.

It’s best to enjoy the moment, but take the time to capture pictures, they will bring you great memories :-)

Eric

Great post! Really helped get out some jitters about trips coming up for me. Will definitely be “slowing down” and enjoying everything, everywhere, and everybody I come in contact with. Keep up the great page.

Looking forward to future adventures!

Julie

You Don’t Need a Lot of Gear: my favorite gear item is a $3 drugstore rain poncho. It’s light, compact, reusable, and even keeps your warm.

I especially support the “get people’s contact information”. So many people I know don’t even consider keeping contact with friends they made accidentally. I just don’t get it. Why? Is it so hard to write a letter or just call to check up how and where are they? What do you think? Why people are so static sometimes?

I would totally agree on no. 2 (re: guide books) and 3 (travel slow). I just had my first ever solo trip last year and I would really recommend these two to my younger, untravelled self. Eventhough I prepared my itenerary in full details before the trip, these two just fall into my experiences and these advices made my journey truly memorable. I even got lost in an unfamiliar city ( where most people dont speak english) for an hour or two and not remembering that I have a guidebook at hand to bring me home. I just let my senses take in the new sights and sounds until the sun sets at twilight and until i miraculously found a familiar place that guided me back to my hotel. Hahaha.

Wow, this article could not have come at a better time. Yesterday was the very FIRST day of my year-long RTW journey (I’m in Barcelona), I’ve never traveled without friends before and I was kinda freaking out a little, wondering if I had made a bad decision. But, you’re right — I just gotta take a deep breath, relax and enjoy it!

Matt, an excellent article. You helped inspire me on my RTW trip with my 17 YO son for his senior year of school. Was it scary to take him out of school and go on a trip I had four months to plan? I had a general outline of where we wanted to go, and just planned the first step. The rest naturally followed. And we can attest to all your advice in the article.

This is all true. I have to remind myself about all of these every day. I just moved to Germany seven months ago and I am constantly having to remember not to take too much gear with me when I travel around. You really seem to have a lot of knowledge about traveling and you are a good inspiration to those who are ready to take it on.

I have a few tips as well about what is important to pack, how you should expect to feel when traveling, and what kind of bag to bring with you. Check out my advice here.

http://www.bergmann-net.de/dibe/bergwerk/blog/

Oscar Torres

I’m planning my second trip to Europe and I find most of this very helpful, it even helped me on my last year’s first trip there.
What I consider a bit difficult , even when I would like to try it if possible, is going with the flow, no be tight with my schedule , etc.
Normally I go there on Summer, I travel by train and in some places it is mandatory to buy seats reservations well ahead on time even if I already buy a global pass for example the one on eurail.
Also, I travelled last year using mostly airbnb ( I can’t sleep on hostels) and I found out that in order to find good locations and prices, I need to reserve also with enough time, otherwise it would be so hard , specially in countries as Norway.
So According to my experience it is not true I can travel with the flow, I need to make reservations, many of them don’t allow you to change plans, or you will have to pay sometimes 50% of your canceled nights, or worst, some have strict reservation on airbnb, even hostels in summer are hard to find (I won’t use them anyhow) and need to be reserved well ahead.

I do agree completly, to rush through a bucket list makes the memories fade away. Relax, lean back, talk to people, remember the view, the food, the smiles, the warm winds, the snow, or whatever you are exploring.

There are good tips, thanks for this!

Great tips for the first time traveler. One I would add to the list is “don’t be afraid to be alone.”

I actually never take a guidebook when I travel. I just do a bit of internet research and then hit the city and head to the closest tourist info bureau. I get all sorts of great tips from the folks who work there as they are locals, and have seen some amazing places because of it.

This is such great advice! Especially the tip about traveling slow. I am a fairly new traveller and made the mistake of trying to cram too much in to a trip. I enjoy reading your blog and learning from you.

Feels like this post was written for me :) Thanks!

Great advise for new travelers and season travelers as well. I particularly like the Travel Slow suggestion. I have been on trips with a fast pace and it was not very satisfying. I find that it is better to take more time on your trip or do less things so that you can immerse yourself in them and enjoy yourself better.

I feel very lucky because my parents took me on trips overseas since I was 3. Also, it’s much easier to see many countries when you’re in Europe as everything is close by unlike in North America.
Those are very great tips. Especially travel slow: the only thing I didn’t like about travelling was sleeping so little, having to see all the main things… Now that I’m travelling indefinitely I love being able to say “no, I didn’t see the David this time, there was a massive queue and I really wanted to chill in a coffee shop and finish my book, but I’ll see it when I go back to Florence”.
And I think the don’t pack too much stuff is also very, very good advice, especially for new travellers! I love travelling with just a backpack :)

My god this is a great post! Exactly the kind of things I try to get across in my own blog. Traveling is the best thing in the world, and you can never have enough experiences or meet too many friends when on the road. I also think people should have goals in mind for what they want to do in their travels, and don’t give up until they achieve them. But just getting out of one’s own country from time to time is vitally important for everyone on the planet!

Really great advice! It’s all so true, people need to go for it! (PS. I’m not sure about “scream like a girl”!)

I absolutely agree regards you are never alone. I was shy when I started travelling and people asked how I could travel alone to new countries all of the time. The truth I told them is that you are always with other and new people. You stay in the local youth hostel and within minutes are already talking to new fellow travellers. There is always a great community to become a part of.

I would also have put stop thinking too much pre-trip and just go for it! Too much planning ahead of time kills the adventure!

Heather

When the first time you travel alone, your entire purse is stolen… you quickly learn most of the above. plan for extra cash and emergencies. obviously my plans had to completely change while I attempted to get cash and obtain a temporary passport so that I could continue the rest of my trip. Met a girl named Mel, who kept me entertained and my mind of my troubles and helped me get money from overseas. We exchanged info. Turned out, we were both heading to Paris right after London, so we met there and wasted and entire afternoon in a park just because we wanted to have a little picnic. I added a day in Paris because she wanted me to go to Disney World with her, so I did. We still keep in contact 3 years later and are still trying to plan a reunion that will include a Disney World somewhere, as we share a love for Disney and I have already been to the 2 in the US. I now make a list of things I definitely want to see, but I leave most of my time for sleeping, wandering, making friends, and seeing things the locals and other travelers suggest. After losing everything on your first trip out.. everything is a breeze.

Luciano

Excellent post. Winston Churchill once said that the only thing to fear is fear itself and that is so true. I feel that most people never reach their potential because of the fear that keeps them bound. I recently returned from a six day trip to the coffee region of Colombia. Although, I did not see everything I wanted to, it was so nice to be able to spend quality time with my friend and some new friends that we made. Often times, the connections we make emotionally with people are much more important then the things that we see in our travels.

Great tips here! I definitely know about packing light – I always get the feeling I’m not bringing enough, but you have to learn to suppress that feeling sometimes! Your back will thank you for the lighter load!

Excellent tips! I especially agree with the “Travel slow” tip! Sometimes it’s better to fully enjoy one place slowly rather than to run to all touristy destinations in a day or to try to visit 10 countries in a week!

Thanks for sharing your tips. I am a newbie traveler heading off in 5 weeks to Europe. I need all the help I can get. This post has helped a lot, thanks.

NomadicMatt

Glad you liked it!

Hey, I recognize that neighborhood (the photo under the “You aren’t stuck” category)! Did you take that pic, Matt? You’ve been to Buffalo?

We love the tip about not ever feeling stuck. We once “felt stuck” after staying with an ex boyfriend in Berlin for two months – when we decided to break up halfway through our trip, we felt like we couldn’t do much besides wait for our plane ticket a month away. As most negatives can be turned into positives, this one was the same. We felt stuck but we stuck it out and actually met a ton of new people in the hostel we stayed at and in a few CouchSurfers’ homes. Don’t ever feel like you HAVE to do something!

Superb information for a new traveler to any country, with the help of this traveler feel confident and take all the stuff which are needed while travelling…We are a travel agency for New Zealand in India, we will share this info with our travelers, good stuff matt….

Paola

This is great advice thanks so much I love your blog!

Rohan Kotasthane

I still wonder how nice it would be if cellphones were used just for calling people and not for finding the nearest restaurant …. do it yourself buddy … Agere with you Matt …
Had just been to Mcleodganj . Met some awesome people there …
“You are all by yourself” .. that is the feeling that gives me a rush … Just do what you are sent for on this planet .. roam around…
You could gaze at the sky .. not knowing it yourself ..

Great list Matt! I would also tell my younger self to travel more and worry about building a career less. But, it’s never too late, right?

Hey Matt! This blog post of yours was so informative for a new traveller like me. Your tricks of the trade has surely helped me and inspired me to become a frequent traveller. The best advice on this post was “to go with the flow”. I should really incorporate that in my next travel.

Don’t be shy – this was the key to everything else when I first started travelling. I made myself come and talk to strangers, be at parties with strangers, just push myself to go and talk with the locals. Well, this has always revealed amazing experiences ad opportunities for me and usually made things happen that turned crucial for my entire trip. Fate or coincidence – nobody knows, but daring to go into the unknown makes wonders.

I couldn’t agree more on this “realize you saw everything but nothing at all. You’ll wish you did it slower”
Sometimes when you enter a new country and read about all the things that is possible to do, you somehow want to do them all! But sometimes the best days were when you where just relaxing on a café looking at the locals walking by or just sitting in a park reading a good book. Thank you for this great article! :)

Ashlyne

This is great advice for a new traveler! One thing I do that is helpful is I create a packing list beforehand. Its not related to things to do on the trip itself, but its helpful so you wont forget important things. I forgot my phone charger on my last vacation, I also forgot a long sleeve shirt, and shampoo/conditioner. Thankfully I was able to get those things once I arrived, but in another country, it can be difficult to find those basic neccessities if you cant speak the language, and are in a rush to check into a hotel. Anyways, I liked this post, it is great advice!

Fascinating article and great comments!

my wife & I are just getting ready to transition into travel hacking, we have talked for years about travelling, but have always felt constrained

however, some recent events have opened a window of opportunity for us and we should soon be sharing our own travel adventures

all the best,

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