Heading off on an adventure in the coming months? Taking time out from the world is fun, but you’ll need to be ready for what it has to offer you. Plan ahead with our helpful guide. Here are five ways to be a good traveller by being prepared.
Think about how much money you’re going to need before heading off on your travels. Do you imagine you’ll be breaking into four figures for expenses alone? Regardless, start saving months in advance of the time you’re meant to head off.
Having a wad of spare cash free when you get to your destination is going to make things much easier for you when you do arrive. Having the peace of mind to know you can afford what you want (within reason) will take a weight off your mind.
Learn some of the local languages
Pick up some keywords and phrases in the language of the country you’ve chosen to visit. There are plenty of reasons why you should brush up on a language before you travel, with some of the more prevalent including:
- Being able to ask for directions
- Talking to staff at a hotel or restaurant
- Understanding menus when ordering
While this makes everything easier for you, it’s also a nice sign of respect to your local hosts to at least make an effort – even if sometimes you do fail miserably in the process.
Learn everything you can about where you’re headed. This includes anything from local customs to the average prices you’d expect to pay in the region. Maybe even check and see if there are any special events being hosted on the days when you’ll be there.
Perhaps most importantly, it’d be wise to try and find out what there is to do in the area. Having a rough idea of this will make planning much easier in the long-term.
Plan your holiday
And, on that note, don’t forget to plan. You don’t have to regimentally stick to whatever it is you set out to do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a basic sketch in your mind of your plan of action.
Use online planning tools to come up with a rough idea of what you want to do and when. Think about what’s feasible and plot your adventure accordingly.
Choose your travel partner wisely
If you’re still struggling to think of how best to be prepared (which, quite frankly, you shouldn’t be after reading our list), you can always adopt the reverse approach and consider all the traits of bad travel partners.
Think about the last type of person you’d want to be stuck on a holiday with, and plan your actions and pre-travel prep according to the reverse of that. Sometimes finding your course of action can be dependent on what you don’t want to be like, rather than what you do.
Worried you won’t be a good traveller? You would be wise to follow the advice handed out in this guide. Do you have any other tips or advice?
*This is a guest post written by Isabel Leong from belaroundtheworld.com