As the pandemic slowly begins to disappear and countries and restaurants begin to reopen their doors to tourists and locals, there is a demand for travel. After being stuck in the house or with pets for more than a year, it seems like we are all having a great vacation.
However, if you are like me and started the quarantine as a child and leave as a legal adult, the idea of solo travel can be daunting. As I prepared for my first semi-trip, I wrote down a list of all the best tips I had received from people for whom I had expressed my concern.
1. Never take more money than you are willing to lose.
The most important piece of advice I get when I travel is to never take in more money than you are willing to lose. Always take the amount of cash you need for the day – nothing more – and make sure you hide money somewhere safe for emergencies.
2. Always print copies of important documents.
Mistakes happen to the best of us; however, if it is your passport or other important documents, it may be difficult to recover. So, to prepare for the worst, it can be helpful to print out copies of all your important documents, just in case.
3. Always make sure you have transportation.
Amidst the search for the hottest eateries or the most beautiful beaches, how you will get there, often get lost in the excitement. So make sure transportation is on your to-do list before you land in your paradise.
4. Browse Reddit.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Reddit is good for so much more than memes and tips for school. On Reddit, there are communities of people who often ask the same questions as you are, whether it’s about where to travel, places to avoid or places to appear on your travel list. Reddit people know the inside. Serious.
5. Be culturally aware.
This is a big one. Besides being your next Instagram picture or your dream vacation week, this is where you go home, someone else’s house, and it’s going to stay far away after you leave. So be aware of the people about you when you are traveling. They are probably already tired of tourists, and yet we are all recovering from a pandemic.
6. Look at travel blogs.
Travel bloggers provide great insight on where to go, how to go through each activity and even footage to go along with recommendations. So if you urgently need to know what Portugal is like in the next 24 hours before your flight, I need to keep an eye on some double-speed vlogs.
7. Keep track of your finances.
Although many countries accept Visa debit or credit cards, it is still important to check with your bank to see if the place you are going to accept the card you are using. It will be very difficult to land and not go to the restaurant you dreamed of.
8. Bring the right outlets.
Charging points are not the most exciting thing to think about, but everyone needs them. If you travel to another country, the stores change sometimes, so it can be helpful to buy in advance at Amazon so you don’t have to buy expensive at the airport.
9. Dress for the occasion.
Look at the weather and the humidity. You do not want to get caught up in a sundress in the rain, even if it’s a cute one.
10. Make sure you have Wi-Fi and WhatsApp.
For those [of us] Wi-Fi and WhatsApp are very important to love sending photos to family or signing up for holidays. If you are not familiar, WhatsApp is a free app that allows you to send a message to your contacts via Wi-Fi (or data if you have an international plan). Make sure you have it before you leave.
I hope you enjoy this list of tips I learned and will appreciate in the coming weeks. Happy travels!
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