Aspire. Dread. Zeal. Traveling for the first time will provide you with a wave of diverging emotions. You will leave to travel around the world, you will not know what to expect. You will have to indulge in things you’ve never done before. To effectively deal with your lack of preparedness, follow the guidebooks. You’re young and inexperienced and you will make a lot of mistakes. You’ll have no idea about the things you’ll be engaging in. But that is the real adventure of your first vacation.
Fear is a strong restraint. Taking the leap into the unbeaten routes is dreadful, but remember you are not the only person to travel the globe. You are not inventing the new continents or discovering or investigating unresearched territories.
There are well-known travel trails out there and people to accompany along the way. If thousands of people are able to make their way around the globe every year, so can you.
Guidebooks are handy for a basic overview of a destination, but you cannot expect them to share the current unconventional paths. The best way is to get in touch with the residents to find what is trending right now. Ask your hotel staff or the other co-travelers for recommendations.
Locals are your ultimate source for updated on last minute travel information. Unless a guidebook is virtual and updated very often, it’s probably of no use, so do not live and depend on it. Let say you’re someone traveling from north to explore south, it will be challenging for you because of the language barrier. For example, someone who comes to Mumbai, via Delhi to Mumbai Flights.
It is appealing to try to see it all. With limited vacation time, you might try to compress everything and rush through 10 cities in 10 days. In the end, all that you will have with you are pictures of that place, strain and a cyclone of experiences but no real insights of the places you went.
Do not rush through your trip. Take your time, have a relaxing day in the park or just sit in a renowned cafe and look at people. Slow it down. This will give you time to deep dive into a culture and take it all in.
You will meet a lot of people on the road. Some of them might also turn out to be good friends. Also, sometimes you might forget to take their contact information and you will end up regretting it forever. Facebook and Emails make it easier for you to stay in touch with these newly met people, so make sure you get their contact information. Do not let your new buddies vanish into memories.
When each day is scheduled and there is an agenda to follow you will be left drained out. You rush,and when there are too many plans made there is no time left for you to live the happy moments of your travel.
Add some stretch ability to your routine and try to be adaptable. Plan two or maximum three activities for a day and keep the rest of the time open. And you will realize that it was more of a delighting experience and less of strain. It will leave you surprised.