Don’t Let Fear Get in the Way! Tips on Travelling Unfamiliar Destinations
Travelling to a place you know absolutely nothing about can be terrifying, but don’t give in to fear. This will surely be one of the most unforgettable and fun experience you’ll ever have in your life. All you need is to keep yourself acquainted and prepared, and you’ll eventually realize that it’s just the same as travelling to any other popular destination.
- Prepare All Travel Documents
Be familiar with immigration laws to avoid problems upon arrival. Book your ticket and your accommodation in advance, especially when you expect to arrive at night time. You don’t want to be roaming around an unfamiliar place at night, looking for a place to stay, with all your valuables in hand.
- Read About the Place
Take a pause and do a bit of research about your destination. A little knowledge about the place will help you make tactful decisions and will keep you in the right mindset while on the trip. Also, know the local emergency number and keep it with you at all times.
- Blend In
Try to blend in or at least stand out less when exploring new places. Notice how locals dress and dress accordingly. Obvious signs that a person is a tourist include wearing sandals with socks, carrying a camera around the neck and a map sticking out of the pocket.
- Interact With Locals
Ask around for fare and transportation, tourist sites and shops and boutiques nearby. Have some small chit-chats to know more about their culture. If you can’t understand their dialect, be polite and just smile and nod.
- Trust Everyone and No One
Exploring new places allows you to meet new people, but it also makes you vulnerable. You can hang out with them, travel around and share things with them, but not lend them money or buy any expensive things from them. Remember, scam artists are often the most charming people; you want to be open-minded, but don’t let your guards down for your safety.
- Avoid Broadcasting Your Lack of Knowledge
During these trips, you only have limited knowledge about the place, so you might have to ask around for directions. Unless you are in a touristy area, be careful about pulling out your map or asking around to figure out where you are. This is a dead giveaway that you are not familiar of the place.
Setting foot into an unknown place requires thorough homework and a lot of guts. With the help of these travel tips, you can bid goodbye to the fear that’s holding you back to explore the place you know nothing about.
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