Reaching a new, unfamiliar destination brings the adventurous side of me (and I know, you too). The feeling of something new, something mysterious, something unfamiliar make your trip even more exciting. Questions like “what to do”, “where to go first” and other questions. I’ve been there. And I had my fair share of embarrassment whenever I can’t communicate well with the locals with unfamiliar language.
What to do? Here are my recommendations:
- Try to read up on the customs and traditions of a country before you travel there. Even the simplest things can happen differently depending on where you are. If you show that you are prepared to totally envelop yourself in the culture, people will welcome you with open arms. This will make your vacation much more enjoyable.
- Do not be afraid to ask your tour guide for their credentials. Many tour guides are often required to carry a permit. Do not be shy about asking to see it. If you are spending your money on their services, it is well within your right to do so.
- Consider traveling to small towns if you are on a budget. Small towns have their own unique charm and attractions. You can usually find historical districts and picturesque scenery in town. Accommodations are usually very affordable. Because the town is not a tourist attraction, this is a good option for a quiet getaway.
- Always try the local cuisine when you visit a new destination. Part of a country or localities culture and lifestyle is in the food. You can’t completely experience these places without trying all that their food has to offer. Seek out the experience of locals and ask for their favourite lunch and dinner spots, then make several of those must-do’s of your list.
- Prior to traveling abroad, take some time to familiarise yourselves with the local laws of the country you are visiting. Laws can be very different from country to country. Consulates cannot step over local laws, so if you do break one, even if you were unaware of it, you will be held accountable.
- When planning to travel to a country that uses a very different language or even alphabet than your own, it’s a good idea to get precise, up to date information about exactly how to travel to hotel bookings or sites of interest ahead of time. Often, maps or travel guides won’t go into the amount of detail necessary, so make sure to have a custom map which shows everything you’ll need.
While there truly is no place like home, there are thousands of beautiful, exotic, and history-rich places on this planet that simply should not be missed. Whether you are planning a trip to a nearby state park or an expedition to the highest mountain peak, you are sure to enjoy these travel tips.
The well-prepared traveler is one who does his or her research. Great bargains, faster trips, and hassle-free travel are all waiting for you. All it takes to find them is a little self-education.