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Traveling internationally is at once exciting and extremely stressful. Especially, if it’s your very first trip abroad. There are so many things to consider and prepare for a whole different place. I understand that the excitement overwhelms every other emotion or worry but a well-planned trip will only make your experience better.
My first ever trip abroad
I was an avid traveler but I had only explored my own country. Once I had checked off almost everything there was to see in my country, it was time to travel abroad. I chose Copenhagen as my first ever international destination. Not only was I excited but the night before my flight, I got so anxious, I couldn’t sleep. But thanks to some of my friends who already had experience with international travel, I was not only able to book cheap flights to Copenhagen, but I was also well prepared in terms of packing.
Common mistakes to avoid
1. Booking too much
While it’s a great thing to book accommodation and some tours beforehand, make sure to leave off enough space to make your trip flexible. Do some research and find out what kind of things are time specific or require advance booking and book only those.
2. Trying to see all of it
One thing you need to accept is that you can’t possibly visit every attraction in the said place in one single visit. Most cities are too big that you’ll hardly be able to see everything there let alone move on to other cities. Best way to go about things is to decide beforehand what kind of experience you’re in the mood of and see attractions related to that.
Since I totally made this mistake, I’ll tell you from experience that nothing good comes from panicking. If you forgot to book something, stay calm and book it when you do remember. Everything has a solution and one should always stay calm to be able to deal with most problems.
4. Too much shopping
Keep in mind that the maximum luggage limit on your ticket is applied in both ways. If you’re planning on going wild while shopping, then take very few things along. Even then, you should try not to buy too much because sometimes, it’s just the charm of a foreign place when if you think about it you can find that same thing back at home at a reasonable price.
5. Falling for tourist traps
Tourist traps are a way to get an unsuspecting tourist to pay more for average service or items. Best way to avoid it is to not trust everything you see. Some tourist traps are outright scams! So if something sounds too good to be true, chances are it usually isn’t. Also if you stand out too much like a tourist, then people may try to coax you into paying more. Try to act confident and don’t worry all that much if you do make a mistake. Everything is part of the experience.
1. Get travel insurance
No matter where you’re going it’s always a good idea to be safe and get a good travel insurance. Not only will it come handy in tough times while traveling but it’ll also give you a peace of mind.
2. Consult your doctor
There are some countries that aren’t all that safe to travel to in terms of health safety. Consult your doctor and get the necessary vaccinations before you travel and also ask if you will be fine doing so. I know some people follow a very specific lifestyle, so an advice from a professional doctor never hurts.
3. Extra copies of your passport
When you’re traveling abroad, the single most