The 101 for first time travelers

Travelling abroad for the first time is a fun, yet scary experience. Especially if the people in the country you’re visiting speak a foreign language. You may have your dictionary by your side, but it won’t thoroughly prepare you for what to expect in a foreign country.

Mark off the following list to ensure you are on your way to safely travelling abroad.

Do you have your passport?

Make copies of your passport and take them along. If  you lose your passport, you’ll be sure to have extra copies at hand to get back into the country or prove your citizenship. As an extra precautionary measure, leave a copy of your passport at home or with a loved one. Also have an electronic copy you can store in your email account. Be sure to certify the copies of your passport before leaving the country.


Do you have your luggage sorted?

Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry-on bag. If the airline loses your luggage, you’ll at least have clothes to wear. A messy spill on the plane won’t even be able to keep you down, you’ll be coming off the airplane in your new set of clothes.


Is your travelling allowance sorted?

In the excitement of exploring a new country, eating out at exotic restaurants, taking trains and taxis to and fro, and the endless shopping can take up all your spending money. Avoid the trap of overspending by withdrawing a budgeted amount every couple of days and stick to the limit you have set for yourself. Be sure to look up the monetary conversion before you go. Having a good sense of what the conversion rate is will allow you to wisely spend your travelling allowance.


Are you prepared for jet lag?

Jet lag is a dizzying, flu-like feeling that occurs shortly after landing, for the unlucky ones who might experience it. It can take the fun out of your trip but you can minimise its effects by taking a sleeping pill or herbal supplement like melatonin, these will aid you in achieving optimum rest during the flight. Don’t force yourself to stay awake during the flight, get in well deserved rest, if you’re on a long-haul flight. Sleeping after the flight might only worsen your jet lag. There’s only so much sightseeing you can do at night, so save your energy for the fun times during the day. If you’re landing during the day, be sure to stay awake at least a couple of hours before the airplane lands. If you’re landing during the night, try to stay awake on the airplane and be sure to have booked a hotel room. Whether you sleep on the flight will depend on your destination and your arrival time.

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