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.
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 to 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.
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.
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.
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!