Tips For First Time Travelers'

By Hand On The Hip - 1/17/2020

Photo by Capturing the human heart. on Unsplash

Did you resolve to travel this year? Even if you have explored your country a lot, traveling internationally can seem overwhelming. You don’t have to worry, though, because here are some tips to help ease your nerves and get you out the door in no time!


Getting a passport is your first hurdle to international travel. Getting a passport will cost a little money, but the big thing to keep in mind is how long it takes to get one in the mail. There is an application to fill out online. You will also need a passport approved photo to send in with the application. Once you mail that in, you wait for it to be processed, and your passport mailed back to you. Getting a reply can take up to two months. You can pay to have it expedited, but that will still take several weeks. Make sure you plan and have your passport before booking international travel.

Money, Money, Money

If you are traveling to a new country, there are a few things you need to know about money. First, notify your bank that you will be traveling. You don’t want your accounts frozen for suspicious activity in the middle of your vacation. Secondly, you should make sure you will have access to your money. Your debit card should work in most countries, but it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra cash just in case. It is also a good idea to have a credit card in your hotel room in case your wallet is stolen or lost, so you don’t end up stranded in an unfamiliar area.


If you are traveling alone, or even if you have someone to go with you, it is important to be safe during your travels. Some countries have a smart traveler’s notice you can sign up for that will send you alerts about natural disasters, political unrest, or other problems to be aware of while you are in a specific country. Tourists are targets for thieves and pickpockets. Keeping an eye on your possessions will help prevent this. Travel insurance is also usually a good idea for people traveling internationally. Always make sure someone knows where you are and when you will be back home.


Research beforehand what transportation will be like in the cities you are visiting. Most places will have transportation companies set up like We Chauffeur Melbourne in Australia or Cape Town Chauffeur Services in Africa. Anywhere you go will have a similar company that can make sure you get safely from one place to the next.

Don’t Rush It

If you have never traveled internationally before, then get ready to become good friends with jet lag. You will need some time to adjust to a new time zone, so consider that. If you pack all your days with activities, you are not going to enjoy them because you will be half asleep. Take some time to breathe and adjust, and then get to exploring!

P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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