It’s so exciting being able to finally travel to a new place, venturing from the world you’re so used to experiencing. But with navigating through something new, we so often hold onto things that bring us comfort and make us feel secure with our normal lives back at home. This can lead us to making mistakes when traveling and we’re here to talk about all the common ones new travelers make and how to avoid them!
As a first time traveler you usually feel unsure of what you might need, so you tend to bring along everything you own. You know, like that travel size hair spray even though you haven’t used hairspray in the last 4 months. Trust us when we say to only bring things you absolutely need, the rest is easy to purchase when you reach your destination if you end up needing it. You’d be surprised how little you actually need and never use when you’re traveling!
It’s easy to get high hopes for your adventure after months, maybe even years, of planning the perfect first trip. But keep in mind things happen, whether it be weather changes, travel delays, or getting sick. We can’t plan for these things, but don’t let them ruin your mood! Take it one moment at a time and try not to let it dampen your spirit, because then you’ll end up missing all the amazing experiences you could still have.
While we are all trying to be conscious of our spending and focus on being budget travelers, it’s also important to think of just how much your lifestyle could be affected just by trying to shave on certain accommodations during your trip. Booking a hostel is a great affordable option for traveling in Europe, but if you choose to forgo the extra $5 per night it costs for WiFi, you might find yourself struggling to always look for free public WiFi at a restaurant or store when you need to look something simple up. These little inconveniences add more time to your trip, so it’s good to decide if the cheapest option for certain things is worth the time or energy you’d spend in order to save a small amount of money.
If your first trip is not independent traveling, like taking a cruise or using a tour company, often times you can find yourself in areas that have a lot of popular chain stores to make a profit from tourism. While this is still good for the local economy, consider making purchases from some local shops and restaurants too that help drive small business economy.
As a first time traveler, you want to be able to see it all. You can get caught up in trying to accomplish so much in your first trip, that it ends up being stressful and a lot of pressure to try to complete everything. But remember to account for some downtime in your adventure just in case you want to walk around an area or take an extra moment to enjoy some coffee at a coffee shop, without worrying that it’s taking away time from another thing on your minute-by-minute itinerary. It’s okay to not accomplish everything, slow down to really enjoy, embrace, and experience the things you are able to do.