Today, independent journeys are becoming more and more popular. There are plenty of articles about people, who traveled around the world with the backpack only. If you are inspired by such examples, and also think to go for a trip, then read this article first, which may save you from the troubles.
1. Too many stuff
When you are planning a long-time independent journey for the first time, you want to take as many things as possible. But, as the experience shows, the more people travel – the fewer things they carry behind the back. Experts say that at least 6 things that inexperienced tourist puts in luggage are not used at all. Thus, remember the simple rule: one piece of closing for two days will be more than enough. The ability to pack for a trip will come with experience, but it is better to start taking minimum things from the beginning.
2. Strict route planning
Most often the beginning travelers start their journey with planning and usually it leads to the very strict route. In this way, inexperienced travelers want to save themselves from surprise situations and stress by planning the entire route, calculating all the changes and stops, and booking all the tickets in advance. In the real life, any unforeseen circumstance can arise in the most unexpected moment and your plan will be destroyed. Therefore, of course, it is necessary to plan a trip, but leave some space in your schedule for flight delays or other surprise situations.
3. Quick inspection
All travelers, the beginners and professionals, want to see and visit as many places as possible. Sometimes it leads to a very quick inspection of the city. Beginning travelers can make a huge mistake by trying to get to all sights to make a few obligatory pictures. In this case, they are missing many other interesting things. Experienced travelers are more relaxed. They are trying to “taste” the local culture by walking on the streets and communicating with locals. It is hard to do the same when you are running from one point to another.
Modern man cannot do without mobile communication. This also includes communication with friends and family when you are abroad. However, the wrong roaming rate can make you a bankrupt just in a few days. The advice is simple: choose the rate carefully before the journey. Travelers that are staying in one country for one week or longer should think about buying a SIM-card of a local mobile communication company. It may offer much more attractive rates for the Internet and calls to other countries.
5. Booking hotels in the city center
Wherever you go, the housing prices in the center of the city are much higher than in the suburbs or in the country. Many beginning tourists try to find hotels right in the center or near the most popular sights. Of course, the price will be high and the quality may not correspond. Think of hotel or apartments a little bit further. You can find some additional interesting sights and places around the non-tourist areas on your way. But try to avoid unsafe districts. Usually, you can find the information about such places on the tourist forums.
6. Restaurant food
The vast majority of inexperienced travelers, especially being in the third world countries, refuse to indulge local street food. But often, these fears are groundless. Remember that the locals value their health as much as you are. Moreover, restaurant food may be quite expensive, like in Scandinavian countries.
7. Taking too many photos
Virtually every tourist has this “disease”. Travelers make hundreds and thousands of photos of the main attractions and sights. Firstly, there are plenty photos of these attractions on the Internet made by professional photographers. Secondly, almost no one is reviewing its 1500 vacation photos. Try to find some unique foreshortening by enjoying a walk.
These are only the typical mistakes made by inexperienced travelers. If you are planning your first independent journey, take advantage of the suggestions and do not hesitate to contact some experience travelers for an advice.