12 things I would every new traveler

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hope. Anxiety. Excitement. Traveling for the first time gave me wave of conflicting emotions. As I travel around the world, the left, I did not know what to expect. I was not well traveled and was as green as they come. No one I knew had ever done before. To compensate for my lack of willingness, I followed my guide and wet my feet with tours. I was young and inexperienced, and I have a lot of beginners travel error.

12 things I would every new traveler - Tell
A large sign hanging above my head that said, "I have no idea what I'm doing."
Now, with 10 years of travel under my belt, I know better. If I could sit on my younger self, before he left for his trip around the world, I would give him this advice:

not afraid

Girl traveler jumping off a cliff into Caribbean waters
fear a effective means. Deterrence. Taking the plunge into the unknown is scary, but they are not the first person to travel the world. Discover not to explore new continents or unknown areas.
It is is a well-worn track travel and to lead people on the way to help you. If millions of people around the world make their way each year, so you can.
you feel scared and nervous, but they are just like any other position.

Do not live by your guide.

Guidebook being read by a traveler on a bus
Guides are useful for a general overview of an object, but you will never get the latest off-the-beaten path sights, bars or restaurants you. For the best things with the locals to find out what is currently hot. Ask other travelers or the hostel staff for recommendations.
The people are the best source of up-to-the-minute travel information. Unless a leader is often digitally and updated, it is probably out of date, so do not live and breathe by it.

travel slowly.

Nomadic Matt traveling slowly in Vietnam rice patty field
It can be tempting to try to see them all. With limited vacation time, we always try to squeeze everything - rushing through 20 cities in 20 days or 100 countries in our travel around the world. At the end, all we have to show it are photos, stress and a whirlwind of experiences, but no real knowledge of the places we went.
(If you try to rush through Australia, you are burned out and see everything but nothing seen. You'll wish you have it slower.)
do not rush your trip , Take the time to observe a relaxing day at the park or just sitting in a café people spend. Slower. It gives you time to drink deeply from a culture, and take it all in.

Get contact information of the people.

you will make a lot of friends on the street. Some of them will be friends for life. But sometimes you do not get their contact information and you regret it forever (you are still wondering what happened with this amazing couple you met in Panama!). Facebook and email make it easy to stay in touch with people for years after the trip, so that people get the contact information! Do not let your new friends in the memory fade.

You do not need much gear.

Way too much gear to pack in a backpack
If you went to Costa Rica in 03, she brought a bag with tons of material filled - hiking boots and pants, fleece jacket, too many clothes and more toiletries than a CVS. There were all sitting in your pocket, takes up space, as they are dragged across the country
The lesson :. Pack light. You have less to carry. Buy a small bag so that you are not trying to pack everything under the sun. If you really need something, you can pick it up as you go.
Trust me, you will not need as much equipment as you think!

Get a phone.

Three kinds of Apple iPhones good for travelers
You will meet a lot of people on the road who want to see you again. While Facebook can stay in touch to be practical, it is not ideal for planning meet-ups, when people are constantly on the move. Do your friends get the message? Will they be there? Who knows!
Cheap mobile phones and SIM cards are available worldwide. Invest, so that you stay in a in contact with your new friends. In this way, you will not ask if you were standing on, or if your friends just changed their plans and went to Rome.

Go with the flow.

Traveling man standing on a mountain after hiking it
If the time scheduled and there are schedules to follow stressed. Very stressed. They rush. And if you plan too much, there is no room to experience the serendipity of travel.
Put some flexibility in your schedule and go with the flow. Plan one or two activities and let the rest of the day happened. It will be a more pleasant and less stressful experience. You will be surprised what happens (as if your friend invites you to an island in Thailand and you stay a whole month).
Let unfold life.

Take extra money.

Money and foreign currency from all over the world
Travel is not as expensive as you think - will travel 40 $ per day, or in Europe through Asia to 15 $ -. but you will learn always unexpected expenses
Have a pillow! No matter how well you plan budget, you can never for all disasters or itinerary changes (such as you will suddenly fly to Fiji and learn to dive). No matter how well you plan, can always come up with something and your budget whack from throwing.
take more money than you think you need. You will not regret it.

Do not be so shy.

I know that you are introverted. I know you're worried about what people think. It takes courage to talk to strangers, but everyone is in the same boat. to all others are looking for friends solo travelers. You want to meet new people.
Just say "hello" and everything else will fall into place. Ask people to connect drinking games and talking in hostels. No one ever says no. Take the first step. Take your headphones off, turn to the person next to you and say hello.
You have nothing to lose and in the process, that is how you get over your shyness, new friends (and end on a couple weddings upwards), and better conversation.

Be adventurous.

Adventurous kayaking down the river in Austin
I know you do not like heights. I know you do not like sports. And while you will violate your tailbone, you will not regret the boat jumps in Galápagos. You can scream like a girl, but she loved swing this canyon. And in the end, not these maggots taste good?
Challenge yourself. Take Risks. Try new things. You can get some hate it, but you will regret none of it. You will walk more confidently.

You are not stuck.

Home and cars in a suburban neighborhood
If you hate to travel and not having fun, stop and rest. Spend a few days in Amsterdam or Sydney. Relax. If you still hate travel there when you get back on the road to go home. There is no shame.
It is better to try and fail than not try. Always remember you can go home if you do not have fun. You are not stuck with your decision to travel.

You're not alone.

Group of traveling friends posing in Australia
Wherever you go, there is a network of travelers is, his friends, give advice or tips and help you. Experience, point in the right direction, and your mentors. You are not there on your own. They become friends. You'll be okay. Even if you are traveling alone, you will never be alone.
I know that you are heading out into the unknown nervous. That is normal. It is to take care of human nature, but you make it to be because of your journey on the road and a better person.
breathe so deeply, relax and enjoy!
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