Most people like to travel , depending on their time and their financial situation. It provides a certain excitation and fun factor to visit another country and see other cultures. And on the way learn something new and interesting.
But many people are uncertain of what should they do, and how they could prepare for the journey. There is a little fear as well, safety reasons for one. They do not know how to have, or what should they do when going into and unfamiliar place. Will everything be alright? Is it safe? How will the people react if I do something wrong?
On some of those questions I will provide a short answer. In my time that I worked as a travel agent , I learned a lot about the way how to travel safely and what thing are taboo and what is acceptable. Every new trip is an intense experience, and I would highly recommend to anyone to travel as much as they can.
First of all, be prepared. Before you go somewhere, be sure to check out what place you are visiting. Find out more about the country you are going to. Learn more about their culture, find out as much information as you can. It would not be good when you do something to insult people, and you will not even know why. Simply use the internet, and check the basic information about the people and country in general. If you are going by a travel agency, ask you travel guide to tell you some things that are useful on your trip. But every good travel agent will tell you that by themselves.
Second, be sure to check the basic things that are related to visa (if you need one), and how long you can stay in that country. For example, some countries that have a lot of tourist destinations can give you a visa for 3 months. But most people do not know, or simply do not read all the information that was given to them, that you have to report to the Immigration after 2 month period. They just forget it, or they do not know. And then the following thing happens. Went they want to leave and after 3 month stay, they would have to pay a large amount of money because their visa is not confirmed. And the sum of money that you have to pay can be quite high. So always check at your travel agency, or directly in Immigration for as much information as you can.
When you arrive at your destination, remember that you are a foreigner. Try to learn about their behavior, and the simple things like a greeting in their language. Be polite! You are after all a guest there. Most tourist places are used to foreigners, so they do not mind if someone makes a small mistake.
Always find out more about money exchange. It can happen that in some countries exchange offices have different exchange rates for buying and selling foreign money. If that is the case, be sure to look around for the exchange office that is the most profitable. If you are uncertain, in the beginning just change a small amount of money for food and drink than later when you find out which exchange office offers better rates, change more money.
Keep your passport and money safe. When you are going out for a walk, be sure to have the money on you so that it can not be stolen. You can take small bag that go over the shoulder or around the waist. They are small, but hard to reach. And if someone wants to take something, because it is close to your body, you will notice right away. Try not to take all your money with you. Carry only as much as you think you will spend. So even if you get robbed or you just forget your bag somewhere, the loss would not be that great.
Depending on how long you stay in certain country, find out if you have to carry your passport all the time. If it is not required from you to permanently carry a passport, leave it some place safe, like in a safety deposit box in your hotel. Do not lose it. Your passport is worth more than the money you carry. So always check it first.
I hope that briefly answered some of the questions asked by new travelers. I will further explain about useful things on traveling in my next article.
Enjoy your trip and be smart.