When wanderlust seizes your imagination, your list of potential destinations will probably become endless. Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone, the redwoods of California, Broadway and the culture of Manhattan, the white sand beaches of Flordia. But wait! Is it time to see first-hand Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance? The Great Wall of China? The blues and whites of the Greek Islands? Once you have decided to don your backpack or stuff your suitcase, you need a plan. Here a few tips for the beginner on his/her journey.
Budget for the Beginner Choose Your Season and Your Reason How much money can you afford to spend for your excursion, and how much time do you have to explore? Investigate airline and hotel costs for a possible destination first. Peak travel times for certain destinations will be more expensive and often crowded. Italy in November can have fairly mild weather and less crowds at museums, with off-season or shoulder-season savings. The Caribbean beckons the inhabitants of wintry weather in the Northeast region of the States.
If turquoise waters and scuba diving are the attraction, then visiting in early summer or fall might be just as enjoyable. Type of Trip: All-inclusive Vacation or Tour Package or Do-ti-Yourself Get-Away All-inclusive vacations and tour packages can save money. Examine what’s included to decide if the package is going to give you what you want. However, as a beginner, don’t forget to consider other factors. If you hate traveling on a bus with other people from place to place, and become irritated with loud talkers or tardy trip mates, a guided tour may be a poor choice.
An hotel and air package can also save money, but allow freedom to spend time where you want, without being herded on and off a bus. If you decide to plan your trip yourself and make your own reservations, as a beginner, you need to do your homework carefully. Leave plenty of time before your desired departure date to investigate air fares and hotels. Make use of the internet. A site such as Trip Advisor offers good overviews and ratings of hotels all over the world. Contributor reviews provide details on the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Booking an Amsterdam hotel in August for a February trip can not only guarantee a bed a modest but highly rated small hotel near the museums, but also slashes the price when book so far ahead. If the thought of sleeping on someone’s couch to save money doesn’t scare you or renting someone’s home appeals to you, visit those web sites to learn more Classroom Reminders: Pay Attention, Study, Learn, Ask Questions One of the most important travel tips for beginners is to become a student again. Learn as much as you can about your destination.
What do want to see, what do want to know that you don’t already? What is the currency of the country you’re visiting? What languages are spoken there; what are key words and phrases you can master before you go? Are there areas to avoid altogether or only at night? What is the weather like when you plan to go? How much time to you need to see the sights you want? Would one week in one city, such as Florence, Italy, be better than six nights in three cities? What are the transportation options? What advice to the experts on travel channels or websites has for you? Do your homework! Bodybuilding: Travel Light If you will be on and off busses, trains, and planes, lugging a full wardrobe is a real hassle. Pack the necessities, bring a different accessory or tie to change-up something you’ve worn before. Bring COMFORTABLE shoes. Leave high heels at home unless they are a necessity. You will find that your travel lighter as you travel more Bon Voyage.