How To Find The Right Spot

A Beginner’s Travel Guide

I love to travel!  No ifs buts or maybes.  If I had the opportunity I’d travel indefinitely as there is so much to see and photograph around the world.

How to find the right spot to travel is a challenge and then to work out all the details can cause a tremendous amount of stress for some.  Here are a few tips if you find the travel bug biting.

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Where To Go

You should treat your first overseas trip like you would when trying anything new, start small and if it’s not what you expected, consider it a learning experience. It’s very important Lake Wakatipu NZto choose a destination that interests you, otherwise you could be setting yourself up for a miserable trip.  The United Kingdom, Europe, and North America are excellent for beginners with English widely spoken, easy transportation and a familiar culture.  Closer to our Australian shores, there are countries in Asia that would suit less confident travelers.  You could consider Singapore or Japan for a taste of Asia without too much of a culture shock.  Definitely don’t overlook New Zealand, our nearest neighbor.  I can personally testify that New Zealand is a great holiday destination and for those choosing a photography holiday, New Zealand will not disappoint.

Length Of Trip

It’s best to give yourself time to experience the culture of a place before you consider moving on or heading home.  If you’re heading to Europe, two to three weeks may be a good time for your first adventure to get the feel of the place.  If your first trip is in Asia, maybe you’ll only want to try 7-10 days.  This all really depends on how comfortable you are being away from home without becoming mentally and physically exhausted, which can be a very real thing.

Book Your Trip

OK, now you’ve decided where you want to travel to and you’ve how long you’ll be away, the next step is to book.  One of the most convenient options is to book an all inclusive tour and book this through a travel agent or tour company.  Most shopping malls will have a travel agent and they will take care of all the details for you, which can relieve quite a deal of stress.  The only thing left to do is to turn up for your flight.

The other option is to book your own holiday and for that you’ll need an internet connection and a fair amount of patience.  The best place to begin is with your flights.  There are flight comparison websites so you can choose the best airline, and price for you.  All you need to do is input your arrival and departure destinations, with some dates, and you’ll have dozens of options for flights with costs displayed.  You’ll also be able to choose your seating preference and also any dietary requirements.Africa map kym mcleod

Where To Stay

Travel agents are also able to book your accommodation which will take away any hassle for you.  Alternatively, you could book your own accommodation.  Starting, you could use an accommodation comparison website.  These sites have many filters you can use like, price, facilities, location, services and customer ratings.  I’ve used these sites to book accommodation and they are very helpful.  For first time travelers, try to choose accommodation with a good rating and plenty of excellent customer reviews to avoid disappointment.  Once you’ve chosen accommodation, check out their direct site to see if there are any deals for booking direct with the hotel/bed’n’breakfast etc.  If not, book through the comparison website.  Many places will offer free cancellation up to 24-48 hours before your arrival time.

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One safe way to carry your money is to use travelers cards and they operate similar to standard savings accounts.  You can purchase them from banks or the post office.  You pre-load money that can be withdrawn from ATMs overseas in the local currency.  There may be small charges for this convenience, however the advantages far outweigh the costs.  It’s always advisable to have some local currency upon arrival at your destination.

On Arrival

If you are dreading booking your sigh-seeing activities, then book a ready made tour.  It’s stress-less and you’ll usually see the major tourist destinations on these tours.  You could also search online for ‘things to do’ at your destination.  Often the hotel where you stay will have a selection of brochures for things to do and they may also have an agent to book tours.

So with these tips on how to find the right spot for your holiday, go to it!  If you have any other tips on travelling for beginners, please leave them in the comments below.

Happy travelling and we may see you somewhere in this amazing world!

14 Replies to “How To Find The Right Spot”

  1. Darren says:

    Hi Kym.

    Some great travelling tips here. I think finding the right location is possibly the hardest part of all when it comes to travelling and adventure. What you see in tourist brochures often isn’t an accurate representation of a location. I think 2 weeks is a good minimum, as a lot of time gets taken up in transit and waiting around in airports and such.

    What’s you favourite travel destination?

    1. Kym says:

      Hey Darren, thanks for stopping by! You are so right about tourist brochures and then reality not meeting expectations.

      As I have yet to travel to Europe, my favourite destination would be New Zealand at present.

  2. Matt's Mom says:

    I agree that the hardest part is choosing where to go. I always know what kind of vacation I want, there are just so many places to choose from and for me, budget is where I start. That determines greatly where I can go. A smaller budget will keep me in the states, closer to home. Once I know where I am going, I generally start with the sites where you can book it all in a package and then price it separately just to make sure it is a bargain!

    1. Kym says:

      You are so right about choosing the right place and I’m right with you on the topic of a budget. If money wasn’t an issue we could choose anywhere to travel! You’ve got a good approach of booking a package and there are usually many to choose from these days.

  3. Daggok says:


    A Beginner’s Travel Guide!
    What a great Idea, you don’t know how right you are, I find traveling to be something unique But sadly the planning and all the things you need to have in mind before even starting the trip is so exhausting.
    This guide is a good way to have in just one spot everything you need to check and review while planning your vacations. So Thank you !


    1. Kym says:

      Thanks for your positive comments Ruben! Planning a trip can be exhausting, however with a little guidance it can be a lot less stressful.

  4. John says:

    Hi Kim great article!
    My next trip will be in Maui HI this Christmas. Can you tell me something about this island and what places should I visit? I see there are tons of activities to do and places to visit but I don’t have that much time for all of them. Can you recommend me some places to visit? Thank you

    1. Kym says:

      Well John, you’ve got me! I haven’t visited Maui, however I’d love to. My suggestion is check out the tour brochures and also any information your hotel offers. You can always do an online search on the TripAdvisor website, which has great information from travelers posting their reviews. Have a great trip!

  5. Cathy says:

    I was doing some research for my next travel spot and came across your website. Your information got me thinking about a few things. I’ve always wanted to visit Europe and didn’t know the time frame that I should allocate for it.

    Initially I thought about 10 days, but after you minus the time spent on the plane, there’s really not many days left. I like your idea of 2-3 weeks and I’ll start planning my vacation and budget based on that. Thanks for the tips.

    1. Kym says:

      Hi Cathy, so glad you stumbled upon my website. Welcome! Europe is definitely a destination on my list and considering the amount of time to go for has been on my mind too. As I live in Australia I would need to allow more than 10 days considering the travel time included. I think 2-3 weeks would be minimum as there is so much ground to cover over there. Glad you found this article helpful. Happy travelling!

  6. jschicanha says:

    Thank you for the information you shared with me.Its like you knew my plans,i am planned to have a tour with my family to go to thee waterfall, you have now provided me with the sufficient information on how to take of ourselves when taking a trip and you clearly stated the needs for us to have.thank you


    1. Kym says:

      So glad you found this article helpful! With a little research and planning, taking a trip is much easier and more enjoyable.

  7. Asen says:

    Hey Kym,

    I also love to travel.
    Luckily enough my girlfriend is keen on travelling as well. She also likes to do a very detailed research before every trip we take in order to be on the safe side.
    We always try to book ready made tours like you suggest because otherwise it is stressful indeed.
    Which one is your favorite place so far?

    1. Kym says:

      You’re on a winner if your girlfriend is organized to research before your holidays. I’ve never actually used a ready made tour yet, however we have friends that do them every year. My favorite place???? well, it would be a toss up between Phuket and New Zealand. Phuket for beaches and water and New Zealand for stunning mountains! Who knows, maybe I haven’t even visited my favorite place yet ! 🙂

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