Four Pieces of Advice for First-Time Travelers
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” –T.S. Eliot
There are a few things in this world that feel quite as exciting as your first brush with travel to a new place. Apart from the excitement, you are bound to feel a range of emotions—from enthusiasm and euphoria to fear and anxiety. While the former feelings are to be expected from a first-time traveler, the latter range of emotions is perfectly normal as well—especially if you are traveling alone. Traveling to a foreign place can be pretty daunting as there is no telling what you would expect. If you are not a seasoned traveler or have not even set foot outside of your home country, the prospect of this venture alone can be overwhelming. However, you should not let this deter you from having an exhilarating experience. To make the trip a little bit less intimidating for you, it is best if you brushed up on some travel pieces of advice tailored explicitly for first-timers just like you.
Here are some of the pieces of advice you should probably take to heart:
1.) Know your options
It is only natural for you to book the first available hotel room you see considering that this is your first time and you really do not know anything about the particular city. This is where researching comes in. Before booking that plane ticket, it is best to research the particular area where you will be staying. Apart from this, do not immediately book a hotel. You might not know it, but Airbnb offerings in Two Serendra, for example, might be available. Apart from being a lot cheaper than your standard hotel room, most Airbnb bookings have that homely and relaxing feel most homes have.
2.) Do not be scared
It is understandable to be fearful. After all, venturing into the unknown feels pretty reckless from a sheltered standpoint. However, remember that fear is a powerful and crippling deterrent, but it should not stop you from your endeavor. Remember, you are not the first person to the travel the world. You would not be making groundbreaking discoveries nor exploring unchartered territories. In this regard, the travel trail out there is sure to be well-worn, and most assuredly, you would find people to help guide you along the way.
3.) Do not live by your guidebook
Guidebooks are incredibly rigid, albeit useful, tools when it comes to the general overview of a destination. While they may be practical, they are not necessarily indispensable. Sure, you can use them to get a bit of a background of the place you are visiting, but you will never find the latest off-the-beaten path attractions, restaurants, bars and places in them. If you truly want to discover the best of what the city can offer, connect with locals and ask around for what is hot at the moment. Alternatively, you can ask the other travelers or the hostel staff for any recommendations.
4.) Travel slow
When it comes to traveling, you should stop and smell the roses. Literally. Although it can be rather tempting to see what the city has to offer all in one day—especially with a limited vacation time, you would not be really enjoying anything if you rushed through your itinerary. Sure, you might have been to twenty cities in 20 days, but just how much have you truly enjoyed traveling to those cities? Did you have any experiences and travel anecdotes worth sharing? Or did you perhaps just fill your camera roll for your social media feed? Remember, traveling is an experience, go slow and savor every moment of it. You would realize just how rewarding it would be if you took time to savor every moment of your travel.