First time travelling abroad can be nerve-wrecking and exciting at the same time. It is common to feel nervous as it is your first time travel to different country where you may not understand the local language, culture, etc. However, it is great to be brave and decide to travel because it can broaden your horizon. There are many things you can learn from travelling that you may not earn from other places or occasion.
Most common mistakes of first time travelers
There is no need to worry about making mistakes when travelling because you can learn a thing or two from them. Besides, even seasoned travelers still experience the most common mishaps and problems. Therefore, you don’t have to be afraid to travel just because you feel like you are going to make mistakes. To help you be more prepared, here are examples of most common mistakes done by first time travelers.
Using travel agent for everything
It is helpful to use travel agent especially when you are travelling to rather less touristy place to ensure your safety. However, it is also highly recommended not to use travel agent for everything especially when your travel destination is pretty popular. You can book the hotel and flight using travel agent. However, give yourself a chance to do something by yourself such as planning itinerary, finding local foods, etc.
Avoiding the locals at all cost
It is understandable to feel afraid of the strangers. However, avoiding the locals just because you are afraid of them being strangers will make you uncomfortable throughout the trip. Everything might seem suspicious in the eyes of first time travelers. However, you don’t really have to be so closed-off. Sometimes, you can let yourself loosen up and make friends with the locals. Not every stranger is a bad guy.
Overbooking the trip
It is most common thing done by first time travelers because they are afraid to be not enough prepared for the trip. They end up overbooking to make sure that everything is in check. Booking everything will limit your flexibility to enjoy the trip because you will be bound to the things you have booked. Instead, book important things such as for accommodation. Meanwhile, you don’t have to book restaurants for having lunch or dinner. You can go exploring the city and food hunting.
Over-planning your itinerary
It is often that first time travelers feel like they have to visit every tourist attraction during their travel. They end up having over tight schedule for their trip without giving themselves a break. They insist on visiting 12 tourist attractions in a day and plan to visit other 10 tourist sites the next day. However, it is not a good idea at all. You will end up not enjoy the trip at all. Do not force yourself to see and do everything especially when your time is short. Choose the things you’d like to do and see the most and make the most of them so you have memorable trip.