Traveling internationally at a young age can be very daunting and even scary. As it will involve traveling hundreds if not thousands of miles and requiring a long-haul flight. That itself makes many people nervous, especially on your own. In fact most people never travel far because of their fear of flying, a hurdle that is hard for people to get past. Especially since taking a train or coach is not often a viable option, because of the amount of extra days required to make the same trip.
So what are the vital areas that require attention when preparing for a long-haul flight and during the trip itself. Well here are a few points that covers before and during. A few tips that will hopefully make it a little less daunting experience.
Because the trip is international, it will be vital the flight is not missed for several reasons. The first being the cost of another ticket may be unaffordable and secondly, there may not be another flight for several days or even weeks.
Double checking flight departure and arrival times, although repeated it is wise advice. Have friends and family also double check everything after purchasing and on the day. Don’t be that person arriving a day early or even a day late.
Being fully prepared also includes checking connecting flights, or even scheduled trains that will be required on arrival. Taking into account the time difference and how tired you may be. Jet lag affects people in different ways, so never leave things with only a few minutes to spare. Leave plenty of time, in order to collect your baggage and in case of any delays.
Ensure that you have checked what suitable items that can and cannot be packed within your hand luggage and suitcase. Overlooking these simple tasks can make for problems before and after the flight. This includes checking for any tourist warnings and extra information. For example, will you require travel vaccines to protect yourself from fevers and travel-related infections.
A great tip, that not many first time travelers consider is the language barrier that may exist. This can result in simple things such as asking for directions or asking for help. Simply learning key phrases such as “Thank you”, “Goodbye” and “Hello” might just make the trip that much easier. Since many locals perhaps will be happier to help since you were willing to make the effort.
And lastly, one of the main areas that must be covered before leaving is to have travel insurance. Although no problems will be expected, traveling to countries such as America could prove problematic if you have no insurance. It will also provide peace of mind for yourself and loved ones.
Playing It Safe Throughout The Trip
Once you have made the flight and touched down into your destination country, made it to the hotel and finally settled in, there is still many more tips that can help make the trip more enjoyable and safe for everyone.
The first challenge is learning how to adapt to different cultures and the weather. Being understanding and being mindful of local traditions will be vital to being able to fit in. The food will most likely be different, but being able to indulge in local food and culture is the key to enjoying a trip or holiday to another country. Whilst also being prepared for all kinds of weather. So should you have packed water-proofs or additional sunblock.
On your first day, it’s wise to generally get a feel for the place. See what shops and activities are nearby. This can help you schedule the rest of the trip. If you were to schedule everything beforehand you may end up missing out on a opportunity.
Also, being conservative throughout the trip is key. Not leaving money or any other valuable such as a digital camera or mobile phone visible will help deter from any potential thief’s. Tourists are vulnerable because they will most likely have money and other items on their person. Being wise and using common sense is recommended.
The last tip that can help the first time international traveler, is to be smart when communicating with loved ones back home. Making and receiving calls can cost an extortionate amount when roaming. Therefore ensure that to avoid costs, an alternative means of communications is used. The most popular ways of doing so whilst in another country is to utilize apps. There are many different apps available that allow a service similar to text, but is carried out over a Wi-Fi connection instead of a network connection.