You’ve decided to go travelling—great choice! But, now you’ve got a million questions buzzing around your head, right? We’ve devised a list of the 10 most need to know questions for first time travellers to put you at ease about your big adventure!
1) How do I decide where to go?
The world is an amazing place, full of incredible countries and cities, each offering something unique and different. When picking your destination, think about what you want to see, what you want to do and what you want to experience. Remember, this trip is about YOU, so don’t feel obliged to follow the crowd or to make alterations to suit someone else.
Pick a country or a couple of countries which you have a genuine interest in and that are ideal for first time travellers, that way you’ll get a lot more out of your trip!
2) How long should I go travelling for?
There’s no right or wrong answer to this question. It all depends on what you want to see, where you want to go and what your budget allows. We’d suggest at least a one month trip, as this would give you enough time to cram in some great destinations, adventures and excursions. Anything longer is a bonus!
3) Should I go travelling with friends or go solo?
It’s completely up to you, the pros and cons for each are endless.
Going with friends is great, as it’s an opportunity to share an unforgettable experience together. However, you need to think long and hard about whether the person/people you intend to go with share the same attitude towards travelling as you, whether you can spend prolonged periods of time with them and do they want to go/see/ or do the same destinations and activities as you.
4) How much money should I take with me?
In short, take more money than you think you’ll need.
Budgeting is the key to success here, so make a plan of how much you want to spend day to day; take into consideration your three meals a day, water supplies, accommodation, travel and any excursions or trips you want to do. Then take a little more to cover any unexpected expenses.
5) How do I decide on how to take my money?
It’s wise to carry your money in many different forms. Travel cards come in very handy, as these work much like your direct debit would at home. You’ll be issued a chip and pin card, most companies will give you a second card as a back-up too. The card can be topped up online or by someone at home, which is a bonus.
It’s also wise to carry a little bit of cash with you at all times, as not all places will accept cards. We’d also suggest taking a credit card too, in case of emergencies, you never know what could happen so be prepared for every eventuality.
6) How do I know if I need a vaccination and are they free?
Not all destinations require a vaccination, but researching where you’re going a good couple of months before your trip is vital. Some vaccinations may need to be taken in courses, often taking a few months to complete or some may need a few doses to ensure full immunity. Do your own research, then make a Doctor’s appointment to gain some professional advice.
Most vaccinations are free, but some can be quite pricey. Vaccinations such as hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, tick-borne encephalitis, TB and yellow fever are all chargeable. It could cost you around £150 for a full course of one of these, so take this into account -when saving for your trip.
7) What is a visa and how do I know if I need one?
In short, a visa is a legal document that allows you to enter a particular country. It will usually state the reasons for your trip and the length of time you can spend in the country. Not all countries require a visa to enter; some countries will allow British Citizens into the country without a visa for a certain period of time. Take a look at the country’s UK based embassy website for more information, details can be found on www.fco.gov.uk.
8) Do I really need travel insurance?
Yes, yes, YES! This might be an extra that first time travellers forget, but whatever you do, don’t skip out on buying insurance, as we keep saying, you really don’t know what can happen, so make sure you’re covered. As well as being covered for the usual necessities e.g. flight delay, lost/stolen luggage/ valuables and medical costs, make sure you’re covered for all the activities you want to partake in. Extreme sports or more dangerous activities can rack up the cost of your insurance, so be prepared to pay more.
9) Who do I need to tell if I’m going travelling?
It’s important that you inform family and friends when you’re going travelling, where you’re travelling to and roughly how long you’ll be spending in each destination. You should also make sure that you keep in contact regularly with people at home so they know you’re safe and well.
It’s also important to inform your bank of your whereabouts, especially if you’re planning on using your debit or credit card abroad. If you fail to do so and you use your card abroad your bank may flag the activity as suspicious and block your card.
You should also inform your employer and your landlord that you’ll be out of the country and when you’re likely to be back.
10) What will I need to bring with me?
Once you’ve decided on where you’ll be travelling to it’s important to plan what to bring with you. Don’t forget the essentials but also don’t overpack as packing space is valuable!
We hope this has helped some of you first time travellers out there! Check out our essentials list that no traveller should leave home without.