Although travel through travel agencies is still popular, independent travel abroad has surpassed them. Most travelers now prefer to make their own travel plans, choose a hotel and entertainment. However, in this matter, not everything is as simple as it would seem. What is the best way to prepare for independent travel abroad? This will be discussed in our article.
1. Don’t take a lot of things with you
Novice travelers are generally very restless and prudent. They take a responsible approach to the upcoming trip and draw up huge lists of necessary things in advance. This is not directed, because you always want to take more things in case “what if”. And the traveler’s imagination helps him a lot, drawing pictures of the most unforeseen, but quite real situations. And this is the main mistake, because you will have to carry this heavy load on yourself.
Tip: make a list of the essentials and try not to think about possible earthquakes, floods, missing luggage and other “horrors” of travel.
2. Take your time
Tourists who first left their country try to cover absolutely all the sights in the first couple of days of their stay in the new state. And this is one of the main mistakes. After all, running from monument to monument and from museum to museum, you are unlikely to feel the atmosphere of the country. Remember: quality is better than quantity. Visit the most significant places in your opinion, and leave the rest for the next trips.
3. Don’t be so gullible
According to statistics, most of the troubles during trips abroad occur precisely through the fault of the tourist, namely because of his gullibility. Understand that there are swindlers, crooks and thieves in any country, so you should not blindly follow a “benevolent” person along unfamiliar roads. There is no need to gladly accept the offer of a “guide” who will show you the way. And you should not come into conflict with the waiter who yells because of your refusal to tip. In other countries and traditions are completely different. Understand this and be prepared for anything.
4. Knowledge of local traditions
A little more about traditions. Before traveling to countries with strict regulations and appropriate mentality, try to prepare yourself. Read about the country you are going to, about its customs and, most importantly, prohibitions. As a rule, the locals are rather lenient towards tourists who violate some norms, but only if these violations relate to religion – then you will not envy the guilty one
5. Be open
At the same time, try to be open to everything new. Know how to respond with kindness for good, and with a smile – for a smile. Know how to make new acquaintances and talk about yourself. Try to be friendly even with those who do not inspire trust and sympathy. With this attitude, you will return to your homeland not only more educated, but also happy. You will have a truly unique experience of interacting with “other” people. And the language barrier, which weighs so much on many tourists, will be an excellent incentive to create strong friendly contacts with foreigners.