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With the improvements in air travel, it seems as though the whole world is now easily accessible; this is why more and more young adults tend to go travelling before college or before hitting the world of work. Regardless of your age, it’s not hard to get excited by the prospect of going away for a while and not coming home. However, you might be put off by not knowing where to start. If you’re nodding along, don’t panic because we have some simple tips here today!
Pack Light - Before anything else, you need to be extremely careful not to overpack. After a good amount of clothes, you might go for your phone, laptop, PrivacyDevil (to keep your information secure), socket adapter, and a couple of other necessities. After this, you should stick to the bare minimum because you don’t want to get tired of lugging a huge bag around after just two weeks!
Remember, you can always buy clothing or items on your travels (this is much better than having to throw your own belongings away to make your bag lighter).
Laundry - If you plan well enough, you should be able to stay in accommodation with laundry facilities. If you’re moving around quite frequently, laundry facilities won’t be necessary at every stop but you should plan for these stops along the way. If you’re on a small budget and the country has Airbnb, this can be a superb option because many allow the use of laundry facilities if they have them available.
Plan Ahead - Although it might seem liberating to go with the wind and see where the world takes you, this is a bad idea for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you might be left for weeks without access to laundry facilities. Secondly, you need to know when you’ll have access to WiFi and when you won’t (unless you’ll have data on your mobile contract). When on the other side of the world, the last thing you want is to get lost with no internet and no way of communicating to the locals.
Budget - If you don’t plan your spending carefully, you’ll end up coming home after six weeks with your tail between your legs. Once again, it might not seem ‘freeing’ to have a budget but it needs to be in place if you want to stay away for three months (or perhaps even more). By keeping an eye on your finances, you’ll know when you need to be frugal and when you can enjoy your new surroundings with more freedom.
Talk with the Locals - Often, people close themselves off when they go travelling but this closes off a whole world of opportunity for you. By communicating with the locals and immersing yourself into the experience, you might just get invited to stay at somebody’s home (and save money for the evening). If you’re not too comfortable with this, you can at least enjoy a meal of the local cuisine.
Be Flexible - Although we said you need to plan, you also need to be flexible and patient in your travels. Despite all the planning, sometimes things will go wrong like a delayed flight, a cancelled train, or an overbooked hotel. As long as you have flexibility and patience, you’ll soon find a solution.
Be Smart - Finally, we recommend being smart all the way through your travels; this includes all of the tips above and many others. For example, enquire about prices of services before you get started (including travel), stay hydrated, buy insurance, alert the credit card company of your trip, be mindful of other cultures, bring a first aid kit, carry emergency cash, be creative, and have the best time of your life!