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Handy tips for a first time traveller

 Handy tips for a first time traveller (Photo: iStock)

Planning a first-time travel experience can be both exciting and formidable. While each first-time traveller's preferences are different and unique, there are common things that are synonymous with each first travel trip. To ensure that your trip is comfortable and enjoyable, here are a few things you need to adhere to.


Your first step for your first-time travel is to choose a destination. After settling on this, proceed to do thorough research and plan to make the best of your time first trip. If you are interested in visiting for instance an historical site, be sure to check out all other attractions near your destinations.


If you are taking on travel as a hobby, or if you are going to travel a lot, and if you are going to travel to multiple places, then you need to invest in good travel equipment. Some of these include a good backpack that fits in well, good travelling shoes, a camera, a hat, and clothing to match the travel and destination, depending on the weather at your destination.


This comes with a lot of excitement, apprehension, and anxiety, just like is the case when taking up a new assignment, project, or charting in an unfamiliar environment. It can be also overwhelming. However, this is just new to you, but not new to the world of travel. Many professional travellers started just at the point you are, so you should not be afraid to explore the world.


Plan your budget carefully. To keep you abreast on how to get about budgeting for your trip, do some research on advice and tips from seasoned travel experts. However, travel experts recommend that a good rule on the budget for a first-time traveller is to plan your expenses as carefully as you can, and then carry as much money as you think you will need.

However, this is not to say you go out and spend all the money. This is so that you do not get embarrassed if you run out of finances before you get safely home. Otherwise, stick to your budget, and save as much as possible as you will need all the cash for your next trip.


First, you need to understand what is off-season, and what makes this time of the year to be called off-season. Why the peak season, and why are rates higher than the off-season? If you understand the difference between the two, then it will guide you to plan for your travel time. Depending on your itinerary, you will learn whether to travel during the off-season or peak season.

Familiarise yourself with your destination

Read as much as possible about your destination before you set out. For instance, familiarise yourself with the dos and don'ts; what is the weather like? What is the acceptable dress code? Are there popular activities, sights, and sounds? You must answer all the important questions before you leave for your trip.


Since this is your first trip, pack light. Depending on the nature of your trip, consider what would be necessary for the trip. Familiarise yourself with the kind of weight you plan to carry by giving it a test run.

Other accessories

These items are necessary whether for your first or subsequence trips. They include first aid, medication, a camera, a journal, earplugs, toiletry, a battery pack and a water filter.

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