Traveling for the first time can be very disconcerting, especially if you are traveling alone. Having been there myself I’m here to tell you it is not all that bad. In fact, I learned a lot about myself on their solo journeys.
Being on your own really builds your self confidence. I feel like I came back a completely different person after my first solo trip. I recommend you do it at least once in your lifetime.
There are several things I learned when traveling. And while I could probably write an entire book on just simple hints, here are the main ones. I also came across a great website that echos this advice.
This is very important. I can tell you have many times this has saved me. If you lose your wallet, or your bank card won’t work (it happens a lot), be sure to have some nice hard cash available. Stash it in a sock, hat, hidden pocket in backpack. Anywhere you know you can reach if it you need too. Just don’t forget where you put it!
Try, try again
A lot of times locals can spot a tourist a miles away and may try to discourage a visit to a certain area or a part of town. Definitely don’t give up if it is something your to-do list. While you may not be able to get through the first time, keep trying. When one door shuts a window opens.
Make Eye Contact
The world is not as scary as the media makes it out to be. Sure, there are certain places one should avoid, but those will be easy to know when locals are on your side. Most locals are very nice especially if you make eye contact and offer a simple hello.
Hugely important. Make sure you have a decent camera that is hard core and will be able to keep up with your traveling. There is nothing worse than having a camera that doesn’t work at the most inopportune time. These images will most likely be the best souvenir you will have to take home. And for the love of Pete, pack batteries.
Back up everything
While locals are mostly nice and welcoming, just like any other place in the world, theft happens. Especially when you least expect it. Make sure you have hard copies and digital copies in case this does happen. Also, make sure you have a great password on all sensitive information.
Our memories are good. But often when you are taking in so much information you can only remember so much. Keep a daily journal of you activities, how you felt, who you met, etc. You never know how vital that information might be down the road, not just for memory’s sake but also if you decide to revisit in the future and want to make contact again.