As many of you know, I recently got back to the United States after a trip to Europe. We toured Ireland, Wales and England for what seemed like too short of a journey. Travel lust has set it in and I’m already planning a future backpacking trip in Wales.
A few travelers in our group had never been on a plane, much less out of the country. It’s nerve wracking, yet exciting, to be doing something you’ve never done before. So, I decided to let you all in on a few basic travel tips that help you during a trip overseas.
- Don’t forget your passport. Yes, I know. This seems self explanatory, but some people do forget. Also, while your traveling from hotel to hotel, or country to country, make sure you always keep your passport in one place. A friend on my trip forgot her passport at one of our hotels. It happens. Make sure to keep a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust.
- Mo’ money, mo’ problems. One subject people always ask about is money. Please don’t convert dollars to euros or pounds before heading overseas. The conversion rate is staggering. Wait until you get to an airport ATM to draw out cash (there are ATM’s everywhere, don’t worry about access). Also, many credit and debit cards work overseas. I would recommend Capital One or Visa .
- Safety first. Some travelers are so scared of pickpockets that they don’t enjoy walking through a city. Be vigilant of your surroundings, but make sure to take in the atmosphere.
- People are people. A girl we traveled with told me her greatest fear was not fitting in overseas. Traveling is a perfect way to see that all people eat, sleep and breathe. Don’t be scared to ask questions of the locals, or to travel a little outside your comfort zone. Most people are willing to give directions and tips about their city.
I hope these basic tips help you in planning your next adventure. Let me know where you’re going in the comments below!