The Beginner’s Guide To International Travel

Traveling creates valuable experiences and memories that can be cherished for a lifetime. It is also a privilege to travel, and is beneficial for many reasons.

Exploring different places and cultures; traveling allows you to grow and progress as a person.

If you:

  • Haven’t gone abroad in years.
  • Don’t travel often.
  • Have never ever been traveling.
  • Want to travel more but aren’t sure how to prepare in the best way

…then this guide is for you! Here are our top 10 tips for a newbie to international travel.

1. Don’t Forget Your Passport

This really doesn’t need to be said, but it is so crucial. Don’t forget your passport.

If you do then you will not be able to fly anywhere – end of story. If you don’t have your passport or it needs renewing or replacing, then pop into your local post office to pick up a free form.

Once filled in, make sure you take it into the post office and opt for a ‘check and send’ service before you send it off.

Alternatively, you can apply, renew, or replace a passport online via the government’s website.

Applying for (or renewing) a passport – plus check and send – incurs a fee but it’s not very expensive. Also, it only needs to be renewed every 10 years (or every time your appearance dramatically changes.)


2. Do Your Research

When searching for a place to visit in the world, make sure you do your research. Before going abroad check online for:

  • Places of interest
  • Laws and customs
  • The weather
  • The best time of the year to visit
  • Current political climate of the country you want to visit

There are a plethora of resources out there to keep you informed and up to date with your knowledge. These include travel websites, magazines, blogs and newspapers.


3. Be Prepared

This tip will probably be one of the biggest things you will have to do when planning and booking a holiday.

As well as having your passport, make sure you have all the necessary resources, requirements and documents.

First of all, research documentation and check if you would need a visa for the country (or countries) you’d like to visit. If so, then research what type of visa you would need.

Secondly, certain parts of the world are much more susceptible to particular diseases, so make you get vaccinated and take medications if need be.

You can check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website to see if you need to get jabs, but still, visit your local pharmacy for over-the-counter medications and treatments you might need just in case. Research getting a health card too.

Another thing: make sure you buy a mobile phone so that you can have a separate phone from your main one.

Make sure it has plenty of credit and data, and make sure you store essential numbers and emergency contacts (i.e. your parents and the Foreign Office.)

Plus, don’t forget to take out travel insurance! While you plan to enjoy your time abroad, you never know when things might go wrong, so don’t put it all down to luck and hope for the best.

You can take out insurance via your bank or insurance companies.


4. Pack Essentials

Pack up your beauty essentials so that you can keep your skin and body well-nourished and protected throughout the duration of your trip. Many beauty brands now create mini travel kits. You will need:

  • Suncream
  • Lip balm
  • Body cream/moisturizer/lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Face wash
  • Eye mask
  • Face mask
  • Sanitation
  • Body fragrance

Also, be mindful of the 100ml rule when flying from UK airports.


5. Think About Your Budget

The last thing you’d want to do is to jet off somewhere on holiday and find that your money doesn’t go far.

Worst of all, you don’t want to go broke halfway through your holiday so make sure you research costs (flights, hotels, food, accommodation, etc) and save up. Also, make sure you look out for travel deals and discounts.


6. Plan An Itinerary

Some people like to make their holidays as spontaneous as possible, but it’s usually best to plan ahead.

Look at your holiday schedule and decide how you want to spend your days on the trip. Plan your activities  – sightseeing, dining out, going for walks, etc.


7. Take a Camera

Traveling creates the best memories that will stay in your mind forever, so don’t forget to take a camera and get snapping!

If you have Instagram, then don’t forget to post on there too.


8. Get Booking

Some people plan the perfect holiday, but they never get around to taking the plunge, so go on and get booking!

Start off by doing some research, then book flights and accommodation. Once that’s done you can plan the rest of the trip (see the point about the itinerary).


9. Stay Safe

No matter where you are in the world, it’s imperative that stay safe and have your wits about you.

Also, exercise caution beforehand. Don’t post where and when you are going to your destination on social media as this may attract potential burglars and turn location tracking settings off on your phone.


10. Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses

If you’re off to a hot country then make sure you pack away a pair of shades. Aviator, cat-eye and oversized sunglasses are really popular sunglasses to take away on holiday.

Last vital tip: GO!

Go ahead and enjoy your trip!



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