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Any advice for a young, inexperienced traveler?

If you could offer advice to a young, inexperienced traveler, what would it be?  Any advice would do. :)

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  • Alex Jorge

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    Hi Christian,

    What a great question! Here are a few tips:

    Push your limit but don't loose your sense of comfort

    Start small if that helps you get comfortable about travelling. People always say jump right in and I couldn't agree more but your common sense of things keeps you safe and allows you to understand your environment better. You need to get used to travelling so you don't feel like you're hopelessly lost (I mean mentally not directionally). Feeling comfortable when in a strange place is the best lesson travel will teach you ;)

    Stay safe

    This isn't just about not getting pick-pocketed. You should always read about health risks and vaccinations you must take when travelling to different parts of the world. Make sure to take appropriate medication with you. Also, keep your valuables (enough money to survive one day, embassy and emergency contacts, travel document, addresses) on your body at all times, and keep a copy of your passport somewhere else. Lastly, some countries have higher crime rates than others so do your research in advance and make sure to plan travel and transfers with accredited safe sources (and avoid nighttime and isolated pick-up/drop-off points).

    Interact and engage

    Stay in hostels, travel by public transport, visit local bars and restaurants... and meet people. Travel will afford you some amazing sights. More importantly it will offer you the amazing experiences and different perspectives of people you meet along the way. Remember to be respectful of different cultures and accept that you may not always agreed with a stranger's idea, but that you will grow by letting them share it with you regardless.

    Look for opportunities

    Travel is expensive so look for ways to experience the world on a budget. There are loads of companies that help young people find work or volunteer opportunities aboard. Also, ask your parents and friends who they know in different countries, you would be amazed at how long lost friends may jump at the chance to host you. Lastly, you can always experience a different city as a student, with study abroad and exchange programmes.

    Start now

    Really... start as soon as you can

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      Couldn't have said it better. · (2 likelikes)

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  • Courtney Robinson

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    Great question, Christian!

    Keep two different journals--one of what you did each day and one of what you were feeling. I did that when I went to live in Paris on my own and I look at both at least once a year.

    I would also say not to spend money on souvenirs but instead, try to hold on to a few significant pieces of paper ephemera or other unexpected tokens like, say, a bus ticket from a special day or even a leaf from a park (as long as it's dead!).

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    • Jillian G.

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      Great advice. :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Christa Harlin

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    Stay in a hostel or a bed and breakfast to save money! Before you book a tour make sure there isn't a cheaper way to do it on your own! For example I almost paid 25 dollars for a tour through a National Park when it turns out I could go through the park on my own for like 2 dollars! Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Check for picture ID's when you get in a cab and if there is no meter ask how much the trip will be before you let them take you anywhere. Don't use the currency exchanges. The best exchange rates are the ATMs in other country! Always email a scanned version of your passport before you leave and call your banks and let them know where you will be going! Do research on high seasons and low seasons and if your strapped for cash maybe go during the low season if you don't mind the weather being off a bit. Go to trip advisor to plan your trip! Use Kayak when planning your flight. And make sure you start an airline rewards program! You don't necessarily need a credit card to do this but I hear you rack up on points faster this way. MAKE SURE you have enough money left after your trip to get by in your everyday life :) This might mean not going out to eat as much while at home. Getting roomates. Buying less clothes. Using a lot of coupons and so on and so forth. Hope this helps!

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  • Kim B Wise

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    These are amazing answers you've been given!! Way to go community!!

    Take a Tour

    My best advice is to take a tour of the city one of the first days you are in a location if they are offered. You'll get an understanding about what is going on where and the areas you'd like to further explore. This way you don't find your favorite place on your last day there.

    Be Wary of Cab Fares

    Step into a local hotel and ask if you can get help catching a cab. They'll often arrange the fare for you too so you don't get charged too much.

    DK Travel Guides

    I LOVE these travel guides. They show you everything important to see in most major cities with lots of photos and the layout of most major sites. (No, I don't work for them, they are just the best!) They'll show you the must see places in any location.

    Take Common Medicines Along

    I carry natural remedies to ward off any local bacteria I can't handle especially in third world countries where the water isn't great. Visit your local health food store for more information.

    Eat Locally!

    Tourist food is fine but you'll get the true flavors of the area by eating off the tourist circuit. I search for the favorite restaurants of the locals and give them a try. I learn so much about the culture this way!

    Keep Your Eyes Open

    No matter how you travel, pay attention to what is going on around you. The cultural rules and local customs are not the same as the ones you have back home. Treat the people in the places you visit with respect and courtesy and you'll likely keep yourself safe. Don't allow yourself to be lead off the beaten path if you are concerned.

    I hope you have a terrific time!!

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  • Joanna Lai

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    Just start and go! =)

    For young people, limited money can be a reason for not traveling. You can travel on a budget and live creatively. If there's a will, there's a way.

    And where ever you go, take the time to know the local culture. Just don't have out with people from your country. Immerse yourself in something new.

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  • Alay Paun

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    Travel with an open heart

    Wherever you go have respect

    Whoever you meet, smile

    Travel with an open heart

    But keep your wits

    Its good to trust but the world is not your playground

    Be safe, be good, and have fun

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  • Karen Barlow

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    Don't wait until you're old to start. If you have the opportunity to travel while you're in school, do it. Learn as much as you can about the rules (how to get into a country legally, what to do/not to do to stay out of trouble) and then experience as much as you can within those basic limits. Talk to locals and buy stuff from them if you can - don't just see the major tourist attractions unless that's all you have time or money for. (Anyone who says there's a "right" way to travel is full of it.) Travel light - you will need much less "stuff" than you think you will. GO GO GO GO GO!!!! :)

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  • Max Lloyd-Jones

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    Do not believe the well-perpetuated idea that your actions committed towards the people around will remain forever where they occurred. You will carry everything with you wherever you go for the rest of your life. Whether it be ditching the hostel in the early morning to avoid the person you just slept with, screaming profanity at the train conductor who ripped you off or even taking a book from an exchange without giving one back. While traveling for long periods of time there can be a sense of timelessness where you feel like you can do anything and never have to pay the consequences. But you will. Maybe not then, maybe not for years. But it will catch up with you and it will hurt. Big time. So always do the right thing even if you don't feel you really understand why you are doing it yet. It'll save you a lot of expensive bar tabs or therapy down the road. But maybe you have to mess up to understand anyway. Who knows. That's all I got. Good luck!

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  • Amanda Kingsmith

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    Hey Christian,


    I'm a travel podcast host, and on our podcast, we discuss topics around traveling on your own, and traveling for the first time. Check out The World Wanderers on iTunes under podcast or visit www.theworldwanderers.com.

    Some of my best advice for someone who has never traveled before is to just go. It's going to be awkward, scary, and uncomfortable at times, but it is also going to be life changing in more ways that I can even describe. Hostel World is one of my best resources for finding a good place to stay with other young people with like interests. There are hostels in almost every corner of the world now, and Hostel World is the best site to book through, in my opinion. I would also recommend checking out Contiki Tours, G Adventures, or Bus About, depending on where you want to go. These are such great tour companies for young people, and it is such a great way to see a place (or places), to meet people, and to become comfortable with the idea of traveling.

    Where is top of your list to travel?

    I would love to chat further, so feel free to shoot me a message if you'd like :)

    Cheers,

    Amanda

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  • Tina Yentzer

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    Memorize your Social Security number! If you don't know it and are stranded, and have nobody to call for help, you will have problems trying to replace documents. Also check your passport's expiration date if yours is one that was issued for just five years and you haven't used it for a while. While it sounds like a no-brainer, this advice is provided by a mom whose college-aged daughter was not allowed to fly to meet her family at a destination vacation because her passport had expired. While the rest of the family was chilling on a faraway beach, she was stuck in a passport office trying to get an emergency renewal and everyone missed her desperate messages asking what her social security number was. Yes, she should have known it and, yeah, she could have checked her passport. Bet it never happens again!

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  • Jenny Herman

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    make copies of your passport and credit cards before you go

    take pictures of your luggage inside and out before checking


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      And keep those copies separate from the actual passport and credit cards. I learned the hard way when all was stolen. Fortunately the hotel had made a copy of my passport when I checked in. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Justin Schmid

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    Pack well. I use a bunch of stuff sacks to group everything together. And the stuff sacks also smash down to a way smaller size than you'd believe. Extremely handy.


    Also, a Camelbak or collapsible water bottles are a huge help. I've never regretted bringing them.


    Oh, and a headlamp of some sort. Invaluable in so many situations.

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      Amen on the headlamp. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Billy Cassano

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    This is just a minor point but I have always found it helpful to arrive in a new city during the day to give myself at least a few hours of daylight to find whatever it is I am looking for. Also, read "vagabonding".

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      Annnd I just bought Vagabonding. Thanks for the rec! · (1 likelikes)

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      Yessssss, get ready to mark that book up! Let's compare notes! · (1 likelikes)

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    Get a flight rewards card now. Whoever you end up flying, make sure you get ff miles from that airline. If you can get one credit card, I would look at Chase's options. Never ever leave your luggage out of sight. Not even above your head. Underpack and take layers...trust me. Don't change money until you have landed, don't overplan, and walk around a city before you decide what to spend money on, be it museums or entertainment or dinner. Have a smile and open attitude and the world will be your oyster.

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    Proper Planning: Once you have decided to go to a place, read all the information available, be it through blog, online travel guides, or travelers’ reviews. If you are travelling to a foreign country learn basic etiquettes. Plan your journey in advance so that you can bargain or get good discount. While finalizing for a place to stay, try to stay in local hostel or bed and breakfast options because travel always comes with a cost. Websites like airbnb and hostel world provides good options. Look if local people can host you so that you can come to know about place, culture and stories. Believe me local people will always surprise you with their information and stories and you can save good amount of money.

    Interaction is the Key: Whenever you go to a new place interact with locals, don’t feel like as if you are tourist or dress as a fancy tourist, try to be one of them. This is how you learn. Eat local food, try new cuisine, be respectful about local people and culture and try to imbibe difference. Look for volunteering opportunities it gives many new opportunities for interaction.

    Stay Safe: Every place is different so don’t keep all your money at one place. Once you are travelling you will mostly be in hurry or lost in happiness of seeing new places so carry less and manageable stuff with yourself. Don’t Carry expensive items and keep extra copy of tickets and paasport.I always note down emergency numbers and keep them in bag, in case if I ever loose my phone or if battery drains unknowingly, i can always have these numbers in hand.

    Read Weather reports: Pack your bags according to weather reports and carry necessary medicines especially if you are going to remote place.

    And most important follow your instincts, pack your bag and share your travel stories with us.


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  • Lyn Coveleski Fisher

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    Make your first trip abroad to a country that speaks your language (more or less). It is hard enough to get used to a new culture without having to deal with the language issue. So if you are from America, start with somewhere in the UK

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  • Peter Lloyd-Jones

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    Lots of good answers toa great question.


    I think you have more advice than you will know what to do with.


    here are my 2 cents worth:


    Take a deep breath and do nothing but observe the first day you are in a new country especially if its in a very different environment. Most mistakes, rip offs take place in the first 24 hours . Sit at a cafe and watch to get a feel for the place and absorb the atmosphere before getting involved or moving on.

    Don't always use a guide book esp the Lonely one as everybody else has the same one and you will be traveling in a circus. Talk to people and follow your instinct and get lost. It will deepen your experience, allow you to meet different / local people and will not just be another place to tick off on your list . You will look back at those times as the best times.


    That's it from moi. Have fun and bon voyage!!


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  • Steve Shallenberger

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    I think everybody's experience is differnt. I travel to Europe as much as I can. I have lived in the UK and Germany for a number of years also. I usually research what I intend to do. I figure out where I want to go, alternatives. I usually only book my first and last location. Usually where my plane takes off and lands at. I figure how I'm going to travel. I usually get a Eurail pass good for the countries I plan on going to. But I have rented cars, but try various combinations of city drop off and pick up points. The cost can vary greatly. I've used Europcar in the past. Big cities and cars don't mix. On one trip I landed in Berlin, visited for 2-3 days. It was more expensive to rent a car in Berlin. So I took a train to Wronclaw, Poland. Spend a few days there and rented the car. I drove to a castle, Krakow, Zamosc, Wolf's Lair (Poland)Vilna, Kaunas, Memel (kailopedia?, Lithuania). Then I dropped the car off in Tallinn, Eastonia. If You travel with 1-2 other people, it can be less expensive or equal roughly to a train. I stayed in Tallinn a few days. Then ferry to Sweden, stayed in Stockholm, train to Oslo, went acrossed Norway. Then Denmark. So I got the Eurail pass for Scandinavia. I bought my ticket from Berlin to Wronclaw. Only big city I had Proublems in was krakow. I usually have a rough idea of where I want to go. I usually book the next few days of a trip as I get to the one before. So when I was in Wronclaw, I booked Krakow, when I was in Krakow, I booked Zamosc. Although when I go around holidays. I tend to book everything. It has caused me minimal Proublems. For Europe there is some crime there. Mostly it is passive crimes. Pick pockets, they'll pick things up if You lay it down. But I've rarely had Proublems, even with years of experience there. Be aware of surrounding if they are shady and don't leave Yourself open to be a victim. I've also experienced that when I go some place. I try really hard to learn some basic language skills. Even 12-20 words will be extremely helpful in my experience. Usually I learn like good day, thank you, how much, where is. Excuse me. Just basic words. But it has been my experience if I make the effort to speak in their native tongue. If they speak English well. They will engage me in English.

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  • Gary Witt

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    I'm an experienced traveler, and I think the answers you have gotten so far are absolutely great! If you follow them you will have a good time and be safe. I will add or echo a few things that I am reminded of after 5 weeks of wandering in Western Europe.

    Stay in hostels or use AirBnB, it's a great way to meet new people. Download the Hostel World app and join, it's cheap and valuable. If you need a cheap hotel, look for ones around the train station, which are usually 2 star. They are just fine. Take the city bus. You'll see more, it's cheap, and fun. Same for metros and trolleys. Try to get a credit card with a chip in it because many machines there require it, such as the metro stations.

    When traveling between cities, take the train. If you do, and you are traveling a lot in Europe, download the train schedule to your phone. if you Are traveling between many cities, a rail pass may be your best bet, and it is so easy, you just get on the train.

    Don't be afraid to eat at the little walk in, open front places, that's where I got the kebobs and pizza. Don't be afraid to ask for help, I never found anyone who wasn't willing to help me, and some really went out of their way to do so. A smile and a friendly attitude go a long way.

    try to see the famous Places, but give yourself time to just walk around the cities and look and talk to people.

    Good luck

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  • Anneli Dahl

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    I know this is a bit cliché but to get experience with traveling, you just have to get out there. Take a leap of faith, if you will. :D

    Everyone has been a baby penguin and every world traveler once were on their first big trip.

    I would say stay open and positive through your trip. Thing wont always take the turn you wanted or expected but it's how you handle the experience that matters. Who knows, it might turn into your lives best adventure.

    The fact that you are young doesn't really matter, I would advice to not go on any world-trip while you are still in school or under the age of 18. Mostly because that's the legal age in most countries.

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