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There is so much of the world to see, and so much out there to do, so it’s amazing to think that some people are embarking on their very first travel adventure. When you are an experienced traveller, it can be easy to forget what it’s like to do it all for the first time, and when you’re new to the wanderlust life, you might not know what to expect, so here is a little taste.
You will learn so much
Travelling is such an amazing way to learn about yourself and the world around you. By experiencing new things, and meeting new people, you will change the way you see the world for the better. You will learn how to work to a budget and be adaptable as things don’t always go the way you’d like them too! You will learn to enjoy the little things and stop and smell the roses, and develop the ability to communicate with strangers, even with a language barrier. You will learn more from travelling than you ever did from school! Find out 10 things travel taught me.
You will worry
Planning a trip can be pretty stressful when you are doing it for the first time and there is a lot that can go wrong. For example, 25% of travellers admit to missing a flight! Not the best way to start your trip!
You will probably check your documents a million times and pack and repack your suitcase, to make sure you haven’t missed anything off your extensive list, however when everything goes right, you will feel pride like you’ve never experienced before — you did it!
The culture can be a shock
In some places, you expect a lot of things to be different, but even if you are travelling between English-speaking countries such as Australia, America, and the UK, you will notice some weird differences.
Remember that you must tip in America, but Europe is much more relaxed about it, plug sockets are different across the three so pack adapters, and in some places, you may have to pay to use the toilet! It’s not always the places where you would expect a completely different culture that will surprise you, so keep an open mind.
People are mostly friendly
Most of the time, the people you meet on your travels will be friendly and helpful, however, being a tourist, you are a target for a lot of scams and more unkind people will try and take advantage of you. Agree on a fare before your taxi drives off as they will try and get a higher price out of you, be aware of anyone trying to pushily sell you anything that you don’t want and always watch your bag as tourists are often victims of pickpockets.
You will probably get addicted
There is a reason that so many people travel constantly — it really is a bug! There is something amazing about getting to experience new cultures and meet new people, see sights that others can only dream about and get away from your everyday life. The chances are that on your airplane back you will already be looking for your next trip and adding a few more places to your never-ending bucket list!
Getting to experience travel for the first time is amazing. It can be stressful and scary but ultimately it is one of the best things you can spend your time and money on, and I’m sure you will love it! This is my advice to first-time solo travellers.