10 things I’d tell a new traveler
When I first set off backpacking alone in 2015, I made all the ‘typical’ rookie errors. Although they were small like phone and camera being stolen (no insurance), trusting the wrong people, being scammed etc, these experiences shaped who I am today.
I would say I am an independent person and although setting off travelling did give me a wave of mixed emotions, fundamentally travelling has (and still does) taught me a lot of vital life experiences I’ll never forget.
1. Have confidence, keep your wits about you and don’t be scared to make mistakes✨
2. Take more money than you think. Although some places are super cheap, it’s good security 💵
3. Go with the flow. Don’t follow a strict travel itinerary. My biggest regret were all the pre-booked flights I never took as I met new people and plans changed! 🙈 BE adventurous!
4. Buy a good phone with a camera, and have a spare crappy one! Thankfully I was travelling with two phones. So when the first one got stolen (out of my pocket), I had a crappy spare for the rest of my trip.
5. Travel light. The amount of stuff I dumped in hostels was insane! You really don’t need much
6. Make extra copies of your passport, visas etc. Although I didn’t use mine, it doesn’t matter - I felt safer knowing I had them.
7. Use a travel card like revolut or monza that doesn’t charge you a fee. But also take an extra bank card with you too and keep separately.
8. Don’t buy a money belt. Thieves KNOW they exist and it basically screams “look at me, I have money!”
9. Stay in hostels, it’s the best place to meet people.
10. Get travel insurance!! SO vital and you won’t regret it when something gets stolen.