Advice For A First Time Traveller

Travelling for the very first time can be terrifying. There are so many things to remember, like tickets, passposrts etc. Airports are so stressful for even the most relaxed people. This is why I can appreciate it when people are scared to travel. Flying on a plane can be so daunting, never mind going through everything else as well. From travel insurance to plane nerves I share my advice for a first time traveller.

Don’t Panic

This is, undoubtedly, a lot easier said than done. If you start to feel overwhelmed or panicky just stop, take a seat and ground yourself. It’s only stressful because you don’t know what you’re doing. Take a breather and your brain will recollaborate and calm down making it easier for you to find your way through airports and around a foreign city.

Get Travel Insurance

Although the hope is that you won’t need it, you may regret it if you don’t take out travel insurance. Don’t get left with nothing if you lose everything. Insurance isn’t that expensive if you look in the right places so research to find the best deal for you. Insurance is important because of unpredictable things that may happen on your holiday – such as planes being delayed etc.

Don’t Drink On The Flight

It might seem like a natural thing to drink alcohol to take away the nerves, but it will make you dehydrated and make the flight seem longer. Water is better to drink because you’ll be hydrated and have more energy when the plane lands. Besides, it’s better to drink reasonably priced drinks when you land instead of overpriced plane alcohol!

Carry Water Bottles With You

This will save you a large amount of money when you’re walking about on holiday. If you carry your own water you’ll make less stops in coffee shops for drinks due to dehydration. Although one or two coffee shops are nice for a rest you’ll regret the extra expenditure of not taking water bottles with you. It’s just not worth the extra money.

Pack For All Weathers

The likelihood is that you’ll be visiting somewhere with a different climate to your own meaning you can’t predict the weather. Even if the forecast says sun, still pack for colder weather because you might find yourself freezing if you don’t. Weather can be very unpredictable, so even if you think you know what to pack, reevaluate.

Don’t Over schedule Yourself

You want to have a nice relaxing time on your holiday and not rushing around getting to the next place. Allow yourself a nice relaxing time and take breaks between activities. I think if I could live my first holiday again I’d schedule things for the morning, take a break around 3pm so you can schedule more for the evenings. It’s important to rest or you’ll be over tired and groggy.

Book A Walking Tour

It’s good to get your bearings early on in your holiday, it’s good to spend less time reading maps and getting lost and have more time to enjoy yourself. Feeling lost can make you feel disorientated and stop you from actually absorbing everything around you. It also gives you the chance to see the big attractions early on so you can explore other parts of the city.

That’s my advice for a first time traveller. If you have anything else to add please share your ideas below and help first time travellers.

Author: Jodie Paterson

I'm Jodie Paterson, a 23 year old Edinburgh based blogger! Born and raised in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, I quickly grew a passion for writing, photography and many other creative ventures due to the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surrounded me, and I'm now 5 years in to my blogging journey and still absolutely loving it!

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