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Travel Newbies! Learn from My Mistakes

When it comes to travel, we’ve never had it better. Budget airlines, online research, and shorter journey times have opened doors that were previously shut. Subsequently, more and more people are joining the globetrotting revolution, and it’s never too late for you to join it.

Whether you’re planning to go backpacking or take a city break doesn’t matter. Those first few trips can be daunting, even if you’re going with friends. You’ll probably have a phenomenal time regardless, but avoiding a few common mistakes will undeniably make the trips even better. And I should know because I’ve committed most of them.

Here’s all you need to know.   

Destination & Timing Are Key

Like me, you’ve probably heard the old cliché “a holiday is what you make of it” on a million and one occasions. While there is some truth to the statement, you’d be sorely mistaken for thinking that your choice of destination doesn’t matter.

We all love a bargain, and I’ve no issue with booking a cheap vacation. Having said that, it won’t feel like a bargain if you don’t enjoy the trip. After all, it’s still cost you money as well as annual leave. The best way to overcome this problem is to compile a bucket list and focus on those locations.

Likewise, the time of year you travel can make a world of difference to your enjoyment. Depending on your preferences, you may wish to attend or avoid certain cultural events. Meanwhile, climate conditions could impact the opportunities too.

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The Journey & Company Matters

We’re all for getting value for money, and going indirect can often save vast sums of money. However, I know someone who flew to Zimbabwe and then got an 18-hour coach to South Africa just to save $100. By the time they arrived, they were already drained for the rest of the trip. Sometimes, that comfort is worth the additional cost. As with anything, finding the balance is key.

Another factor to consider is your travel party. Vacations have been known to end friendships. Just because you like someone, it doesn’t mean you can handle their company for a fortnight. Think carefully before booking together, especially if one of you prefers to sit by the pool while the other loves adventure.

Conflicting interests could ruin everything.

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The Right Clothing Makes A Difference

Have I ever ignored the suggested attire and done my own thing? Yes. Have I regretted it? Definitely.   

I’m not telling you how to dress per se. However, there’s no denying that comfortable clothing for the climate and activities is essential. Whether it’s thongs shoes for the beach or walking boots for a trek, footwear is arguably the most important of all.   

Just remember to always pack water, sun lotion, and other key items too. Otherwise, feeling uncomfortable will put a strain on the entire trip.

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Good Organisation Will Pay Dividends

Packing the right stuff is just one part of your pre-trip planning, though. In truth, being organised in every aspect is crucial if you want to enjoy your vacation to the max. Forget it at your peril.

That’s not to suggest that you need to have a regimented schedule. Nonetheless, using Google Trips to find the right hotel, best excursions, and other factors will save you a lot of time when you arrive. In turn, this will allow you to actively go out and enjoy your temporary surroundings.

Oh, and adding a translator App to your phone is always advised. Seriously, there’s nothing more frustrating than feeling lost and unable to communicate!


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