These are the bare essentials, the must haves. Ensure to get these ticked off before you head off anywhere.
Organise your Passport
Your passport is the most important thing you will have while traveling. More than money, more than your phone with all your selfies, and even more important than your lucky Superman undies. Without your passport, you will not be able to leave your home country, and if you happen to lose it while you are away, you may not be able to get home until you organise a new or emergency passport.
Passports can take a few days to many weeks to get organised, so this is the first point of call before any trip. Generally you will need to provide documents like birth certificates or similar, and other forms of identification in order to have a passport issued. Check how long until your passport expires, as some countries will not allow entry with less than 6 months validity.
- Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia
- When organising your passport, get some extra passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen
|United States of America Passport Information
Organise Travel VISAs
Aside from your passport, you may need is travel VISAs – most countries require for you to apply to get entry to their country before you can enter, even if just going on a holiday or in transit to get to another country. You may not even be let on the plane by the airline if you don’t have the correct VISA.
Every country is different, with different entry AND exit conditions. Some (but not all) countries will allow people to enter with a tourist VISA that is obtained on the border. Other countries will need you to have a VISA pre-organised in your home country before you leave. There are different types of VISAs for each country and reason for visiting. Some of the different VISAs available are: tourist, multiple entry, working holiday, student, VISA on arrival, sponsored. It is important to check the VISA requirements of your nationality, with the countries you intend to visit.
A couple of useful websites to assist you in finding out if you need a visa or not;
NOTE: While the above can provide a great guideline, we strongly recommend you double check the with the government / authority of the countries you plan on visiting to ensure you are receiving accurate information.
- Check the VISA requirements for all countries you will visit, as well as how long you will stay
- Check the VISA requirements for any country which you have to transit through or have a stopover in, and ensure you will be allowed entry or stopover there
It can be quite costly to get travel insurance. It can be even more costly if you don’t have it. It isn’t fun, it isn’t sexy, but it could literally save your life. It is one of those things that is a boring, must have of life. Kind of like a job. There are numerous horror stories around, and some of those stories have been documented in the following:
Make sure you take out comprehensive travel insurance, and you go through all of the situations that it covers. Ensure it covers you for the places you plan to visit and the things you plan to do; it will be clearly written in the agreement, so be sure make sure you know what you can and can’t do.
If you are going for a long time, or a significant amount of time, look into an Annual plan, it may work out cheaper for you in the long run.
- Know exactly where you’re going to go and what you plan on doing
- Get comprehensive insurance that will cover your entire trip, including any activities you might do and countries you might visit
Money and Currency
When traveling, make sure you have enough money for your trip – plus some. Depending on where you go, you will want to research how much you can expect to be spending per day. Once your food, accommodation, and transport is sorted (these will be your primary costs), then you have your secondary costs to figure out; entry to attractions like museums and shows, snacks, public transport in the day, tipping etc.
It is good practice to over-estimate how much you will need, and then have left over money.
One of the more convenient and safest way of keeping money when you travel is on travel cards, which are in the currency of the destination you are going. Shop around, as different travel cards offer different rates, and often using a travel card can generally have less fees associated with it than your regular ATM or credit card. If you are going to use your regular credit/debit card, make sure to contact your bank to let them know you are going overseas, so they don’t accidently block your access to cash while you are traveling.
The good thing is if your first time traveling is to Europe, many countries now use one currency; the Euro. Be aware of other countries in the region that may not use the Euro, such as the UK and Switzerland.
Whenever it comes to things like money and currency conversion, it is important to shop around to get the best deal. We have included some of the more well known cards here to get you started, but it is recommended to find the best one that suits your needs:
Pretty much anywhere in the world you go, will have ATM’s and eftpos for you to use your cards (except some very remote areas – make sure to do your research). Travelers cheques are old school. It’s kind of like using a Nokia 5110 – reliable, but not convenient at all.
- Get a travel card in the currency of where you are traveling to
- Let your bank know that you are going overseas
- Take photos of the front and backs of your cards and email them to yourself, incase you lose them you will have their details recorded
Learn the language
When traveling, even making the smallest effort to communicate in the local language can go a long way, especially if it is your first time traveling alone. Remember; if you are in their country and can’t speak their language, that is your problem, not theirs.
Some useful phrases to learn are:
Exit (so you can find your way out of stations, airports etc)
As well as this, when communicating without the aide of being able to speak the language, having polite body language and smiling goes a long way. Also if you can’t speak the language, keeping your voice at a regular level and not yelling will make the interaction run much smoother.
There are many translation apps out there, so having one of these could help you in a long way, as well as creating a translation cheatsheet. We have included a link to the comprehensive and free Google Translate.
Google Translate for iPhone
Google Translate for Android
- Learn the few key phrases
- Make a translation cheatsheet
- Download a translation app
Weather and climate of the place you’re going
The issue of packing has been strongly debated many time, since the first person traveled abroad away from home. Essentially packing effectively comes down to three things:
Pack less overall, but pack smarter
Pack more underwear
Pack for comfort first
The idea of this is that you will never need as much stuff as you thought you did – primarily out of necessity, because washing may not always be a day or two away. You will rarely need more than 1 pair of shoes or more than one dressy outfit, you will soon become at peace with wearing something more than once, and you will always need more underwear and more socks than what you’d planned for.
Items that can have multiple uses are a must – a scarf can act as sub protection, for warmth, and even as a makeshift towel. An oversized hoodie can be used for warmth, as a pillow, or to cover your eyes when you’re trying to catch some sleep on the plane.
Check luggage allowances – You need to be aware that you will be carrying this bag at times, and airlines do have weight limits. If taking multiple flights with different carriers, check ALL the weight limits of your flights so you don’t get caught out.
If you have a travel partner – It is a good idea to put an outfit in their bag and one of their outfits in yours, incase one of lost luggage – then at least you have a fresh outfit to wear until you can sort something out.
For dirty clothes – Get some big zip lock bags so they don’t affect the clean clothes that are yet to be worn.
Some random but useful items to have in your luggage (not carry on) are superglue, a headlamp and a swiss army knife. It is amazing how often these come in handy.
- Pack more underwear
- Check weight limits for all flights
- Get some big ziplock bags
- Pack an oversized hoodie, a headlamp, a Swiss Army Knife, and superglue
The guys over at Smarter Travel have come up with this print friendly list which is a great start for your travel packing list!
Destination and Cultural Research
When you go traveling for the first time, you are going to notice something; things are going to be different – and really, that’s kind of the whole point, you have chosen your first time travel destination for a reason. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared, and there is even some things you will really want to prepare yourself for. The most important thing though; don’t let the potential for accidents prevent you from having a great time!
If you’re from a developed western country, you are pretty used to being able to drink water from the tap, finding toilet paper in almost every bathroom, and knowing what to expect from food and how your body will react to it. These are just some of the things that you will find could be different when you go traveling – and the only way to find out is to do your research.
Having an upset stomach and spending days in the bathroom, or worse yet, bed or hospital, can have easily be prevented with a little bit of research. Even if these things do happen, thanks to getting the recommended items in your medicine pack, you will be able to overcome these situations in as timely manner as possible.
If the local laws seem harsh compared to the standards in your own country, you still need to obey them. You can’t expect preferential treatment just because you are a foreigner. In some countries, not covering your shoulders/legs, or even having dual nationality is forbidden.
To get prepared, reading a guidebook or websites online will pay dividends – the small tips and hints of advice can make a huge difference to your trip. We have included a checklist of go-to points you will want to research, to make sure you will be prepared to have a great time!
A great resource is the destination advice that Lonely Planet offers – simply choose your destination, then look up interesting and essential information. Can be seen here:
- Find out local laws – always obey them!
- Is it ok to drink the water
- Types of food – street food etc
- Research local scams – taxi’s, hiring bikes/scooters etc
- Bartering customs
- Checking dual nationality rules for your destinations
Staying in touch can be hard while traveling, and with the internet and all of the apps available so prominent, this can be the easiest way to communicate and get in touch with home.
International roaming rates can range from slightly more to horrifically expensive, so if you will be in a country for any significant amount of time, it is advisable to get a simcard – even if only to use the data component of it.
INTERNATIONAL CALLING CARDS – Another way to stay in touch is getting an international calling card. These usually work out to be considerably cheaper than paying the standard from a hotel room rate, international roaming, or even international calls from your local simcard.
CALLING FROM THE INTERNET – If you’ve got access to the internet, through either your simcard or wifi, calling for free using different apps is available, or topping up your Skype or Viber accounts with some credit means that you can call regular phone numbers without the reciever needing internet connection. it works kind of like an international calling card – except you are calling through the internet, and from your phone/tablet.
The international emergency number, from any mobile phone worldwide, is 112. It will even work if the phone is locked, has no sim card, or has no reception from your provider – it will access the network if it gets reception from any provider.
FREE MESSAGING/CALLS – For free messaging and calls, if you are using Apple products (Mac, iPhone, iPad), you will be able to use iMessage and FaceTime, which will use wifi/internet data as opposed to SMS credits or phone call credits. For both Apple and Android, the most popular messaging apps are WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and WeChat. Once you download these apps, they will scan your phonebook and let you know who in your contacts has the same app – then you can start messaging/calling for free. NOTE: Some of these apps have a nominal once off cost associated with them.
TRAVEL SIM CARD – If you are going to be needing to stay in contact while away, these can be a great option. While often having a higher upfront cost associated with them, they often allow you to receive free calls while you’re in certain countries, and then charge you as required for outgoing calls.
- Unlocked phone or tablet, that will accept international sim cards
- Check which friends/family which apps they use
- Install messaging apps: WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, WeChat
- International Calling Card or Skype/Viber account topped up
- International Sim Card
Free wifi is common these days – try and find some at local fast food restaurants like McDonalds or Burger King. Other places with free wifi are usually libraries, cafes, hotels, some restaurants, even some cities public transport systems have free wifi.
Being sick is never fun – let alone while you’re on holidays. A few simple preparations can make a huge difference.
Firstly, before you go, you want to research your destination and ask your doctor to make sure you have all the right immunisations. Some countries require you have them before entering, so it is best to know this well in advance, as some immunisations will require you to visit a doctor multiple times. Any other health recommendations, your doctor will be able to advise you on.
If you take prescription medicines, you will want to pack these into your hand luggage and your everyday pack (or pocket), and a spare in your main luggage, and even another spare in a travel partners bag. Also take a script too, just incase you need to get it filled while overseas.
As well as the serious stuff, there is a few things that will come in handy; painkillers (paracetomol, ibuprofen, aspirin), band aids, and immodium. It’s not that you cant get these oversea’s, it’s just that when you need them – the last thing you will want to do is go shopping to go find them. Have them from the start and you’ll be well positioned.
Contraceptives are also highly recommended if you’re that way inclined. Again, be prepare – at that moment the last thing you want to do is go shopping.
Some other useful items to pack into your “go everywhere” kit is a small pack of travelers tissues, sunscreen and lip balm. Tissues are not just for blowing your nose – they are also for places that may not provide toilet paper, and sunscreen and lip balm because being burnt and having chapped lips is no fun for anybody.
- check recommended immunisations and visit doctor
- painkillers – eg paracetomol, ibuprofen, aspirin
- band aids
- lip balm
- tissues (toilet paper)
Drink water. PLENTY of water. It is amazing how much walking and how dehydrated you become while traveling. What is even more amazing is how good you feel when properly hydrated.
When talking tech and travel, the list is potentially endless… tablets, GoPro’s, phones, cameras, laptops, chargers, battery packs…. etc etc. We have tried to compile the most useful pieces of tech that will assist in your travels!
If you’re traveling for a while, and unsure where the next charger is going to be, you can’t go wrong with a basic Nokia phone. Something like this (LINK) is going to have a battery that will last you days, and if you lose it, its not such a big deal due to the price.
That doesn’t have any of the key features you might want while traveling though… like a camera, internet connection etc. For this reason, we recommend a power bank, for those times when a charger or powerpoint is too far away. Or if you want to charge and have multiple power points, GadgetGuy.com.au did a great review on this powerboard / travel adapter / usb plug combo here: http://www.gadgetguy.com.au/product/belkin-travel-surge-protector/
If you dont want to fork out the money for a specialist item like that, you will only ever need one travel adapter if you take a small powerboard. One adapter + one powerboard = 4 power outlets.
If your device allows it, spare batteries are a must. If you don’t care for originals, and are willing to take a risk it may not work (or may even do damage to your device), cheap spare batteries can be bought for pretty much everything on eBay.
While you’re away you’ll want to be takings photos – and lots of them! A second memory card is always recommended. You can never have too many photos!
- Power bank / spare batteries
- Chargers – best to take two just in case
- travel adapter + powerboard
Fast food restaurants, some stations, hotels, and libraries often have powerpoints. Take your charger with you, and find yourself a nice corner to sit in while you charge your device.
Who to tell
When you go traveling, backpacking, on a tour or on a holiday, it is important to let the right people know. As well as blasting it out across social media, there is a serious side to telling the right people too. This includes letting your friends/family know your travel plans, where you’ll be staying, how to best contact you and even advising different organisations of your plans.
You should check with your government for the latest travel advice, and if they offer it, even register your details and trip plans with them. This means while you are abroad they can get in contact with yourself of a loved one should something either happen to you, or something arise in the area where you are traveling.
On a more day-to-day level and as we mentioned earlier, you will want to let your bank know you are going abroad, as well as your phone company. This should allow you to use your credit/debit cards overseas, and allow you to use international roaming if you decide to.
- Let family and friends know – provide them an itinerary with contact details
- Check the latest travel advice from your government for where you’re traveling to
- Register with your Government that you’re going overseas
- Let your bank and phone company know you’ll be traveling
Expect the best, Prepare for the worst
While traveling overseas, you can expect to have an incredible time! With this said, it is important to remember that just because you’re on holiday, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared, so here we have some general travel advice on being prepared.
In case you lose your luggage / get robbed / become lost, we recommend always having $100 / 100 euro stashed away in your shoe somewhere. This way, even if you lose everything else, you will still be able to get a bed, some food, and the internet so that you can regroup and get in contact with the people you need to.
As well as this, if you have a spare credit/debit card, it can be a good idea to hide it in your suitcase/backpack incase your hand luggage gets stolen. Again, having a backup can play a crucial role.
As we mentioned before, emailing yourself copies of your passport, all your credit cards, travel visas you might have, drivers licence, health/travel insurance cards, serial numbers, and important phone numbers will make life a lot easier should any of these go missing. It is important to send yourself the front and back of them, as often the back has the emergency contact numbers on them.
- Hide spare money in your shoe
- Hide spare credit/debit card away from the rest of your cards
- Send yourself an email with photocopies / photos of passports, cards, visas, important phone numbers, drivers licence, health or travel insurance, serial numbers
How to Pack Effectively
Firstly you will want to pack nice and early – preferably 2 days before you leave. This way if you’ve forgotten anything, you can purchase it the next day. Also you will have time to weigh your luggage, make sure it’s within the limits, and then make changes and adjustments as necessary.
Clothes – When packing, depending on where you’re going and for how long, but rolling clothes generally works out better than folding them flat.
Electronics – In those cables, there is alot of metal and weight you might not have even considered. For the sake of knowing how it is being treated, and to save on your weight allowance, put all electronics in your hand luggage. You will also have easy access to chargers etc while you wait at airports and in transit.
Pockets – If you are really struggling with weight, pack your pockets with the heaviest stuff. Spare batteries, camera lenses, etc. As soon as your bags are weighed, you can put this stuff back in your hand luggage. Some airlines will weigh hand luggage, but we’ve never heard of them asking anyone to empty their pockets (not for weight purposes anyways).
Essential stuff – You will want all your essential travel documents in an easily accessible pocket; your passport and tickets or confirmation. You will need access to these a few times throughout your journey, so having them easily accessible will make life a world easier.
Carry On Luggage – There is different rules these days regarding carry on luggage, and what is and isn’t allowed. Weapons and drugs etc are of course out of the question, but there is also rules around liquids and gels also. It is best to check with your airline to make sure you are not carrying anything that will be confiscated form you at the airport.
- Weigh your bags and check against luggage limits
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and allow access to travel docs
- For long haul flights: toothbrush & toothpaste, fresh underwear & tshirt
- Check you have your passport and tickets
- Check that your passport and tickets are with you (yes, we know it is there twice)
While traveling, hostels and hotels will often have scales. Use these to check your luggage weight, then pack your pockets as effectively as you can!
How to carry Passport and Money
Carrying your passport and money while traveling has been covered many times, and there is lots of different opinions on the matter. We have reconciled the most objective and practical advice here.
Money Belts – There is the idea that money belts are kind of lame and useless – if people think this about you, then you are using money belts the wrong way. If you use a money belt, no one should know you have it. Note; this does not apply to money “necklaces”, as they are easily seen/found.
Money belts are a great idea – to store large amounts of money, a spare credit card and your passport. It should be kept under your pants, and it is for long term storage – that is, you will generally only need to go to it once a day maximum. Keep a regular wallet, and then the money belt for when you need a “top-up”.
Some situations will not lend themselves to money belts – for example, if you are going swimming. This is where common sense will come into play, and you will want to figure out the way to keep your passport (and money) safe. You can read more about how famous traveler Rick Steves uses a money belt https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/theft-scams/travel-moneybelt
Everyday Spending – A regular wallet is a great idea. This is something that you can put in your pocket. just to be clear – your FRONT pocket. NEVER ever ever your back pocket. You may as well have those ones stitched up, because pickpockets love the old back pocket as their favourite source of income.
In this wallet, it is recommended to keep minimum in there; that days money and a credit card / debit card.
Hotel / Hostel Safes – Generally these are fine – generally. The problem is that when you have your passport and money on you, you know exactly where it is at all times. Safes, as safe as they sound (heh), do not offer this knowledge. Use your best judgement, and know that items have been stolen from hotel / hostel safes in the past – albeit a rare occurrence.
Emergency Money – It can be a good idea to stash an amount of money somewhere other than your wallet or money belt. Maybe a $50 or $100 in your shoe, this is the emergency stash incase everything else is gone! This money will let you get some food, some internet to gather yourself and even somewhere to sleep.
- Money belt or similar, to stash your passport and long term money storage
- Wallet for everyday spending (which will live in your front pocket)
- Stash of money somewhere
As a general rule, you will want to arrive at the airport three hours prior to your flights departure time. This obviously depends on your airport of departure, your airline, the country of departure etc. Dont forget to allow time for your goodbyes and farewells in your early arrival planning.
Airline Check in
Depending on who you fly with, check in times can vary, so you should always check with the airline or your travel agent who you booked the flight with. At check in, they will provide you with:
your boarding pass for the flight
baggage receipts for luggage you check in
departure forms (if required)
your seat for the flight
you will want to check the departure boards regularly, to see what time your flight is expected to leave, what gate it is leaving from, and any delays that may come up
Immigration and Customs
If you are flying international, you will be going through immigration, customs and security. When going through these, you will need to show your passport and travel ticket. These procedures can take quite some time, so being early is important. When dealing with these officials, the trick is to answer their questions honestly, without joking around, and stick to the point. They will scan/stamp your passport, and then you are ready to rock!
Both domestic and international air travel can involve metal detectors, baggage inspection machines (ok for computers/film/electronics) and individual bag searches.
Generally you will be asked to remove laptops/ipads from your bag as it is goes through the scanner.
You will also need to empty your pockets of everything – phone, keys, wallet, coins, medicines etc.
Duty Free Shopping
Duty free shopping is available for international customers at most airports – usually located both before and after immigration and may also be available upon arrival. You will need to check the regulations for your destination as well as consider that you will be carrying this around for the rest of your trip.
Time to Relax
Once past security, immigration and customs, you are (hopefully) going to have a fair bit of time to relax before your flight. There will normally be food outlets, shops, and some airports even have executive lounges that you can go and relax. If you are flying business/first class, you will often have access to the private lounges.
Some airports have free wifi, some don’t. If yours doesn’t, go and find the executive / first class / business lounges – often the free wifi from inside will reach just outside the lounge, so if you sit on a well positioned seat its all yours to use!
While Flying / Driving / Training
To make long haul travel as pleasant as possible, there are a few things you can do to make the experience less painful. Primarily, you will want to try and get yourself into the sleeping patterns and timings of your destination if possible. To assist with sleeping, get yourself some earplugs, eye mask, and a travel pillow. If you are able to take them, sleeping pills can assist in sleeping in uncomfortable position. For the time when you are awake, you will want to keep yourself entertained. Most airlines offer in flight entertainment, but taking your own book / laptop / tablet / playing cards can make all the difference.
As well as this, getting up and going for a walk around can make you feel a world better. There will be other smart people doing this too, so it’s not uncommon to get up, go for a walk, and then even to stand in an out of the way area for a while to stretch your legs. If you have a long flight with a stopover in the middle, a toothbrush, toothpaste, fresh tshirt will make you feel great. Not to mention if your bags are lost, some fresh underwear will go a long way too.
Sometimes for long flights stopovers will be included; these could be a couple of hours, to the next day. If you have an extended period time at an airport, do a bit of research and see if they have executive lounges that are open to the public and what the cost is. Instead of sitting out the front of McDonalds, you could be getting a massage, having a shower, and lazing around on some lounges using free wifi. While not the cheap, this can take a long trip from frustrating to almost enjoyable.
Getting to your accommodation from airport
So you’ve been on two flights, crossed half the globe, bloodshot eyes, have a cramp in your leg AND your back, you’re jetlagged and have now finally arrived at your destination…. now what. It is highly recommended that you research before you get to your destination how you will get from the airport to your accommodation. Not everywhere will have reliable public transport / taxis / shuttles, so it is best to organise this before you get there, and so researching this before you arrive will make life far more enjoyable.
Dealing with Jetlag
When you arrive somewhere, you want to try to get into the time patterns as quickly as possible; if you arrive in the morning, try to stay up for as long as possible (ok, maybe with a sneaky afternoon nap), and visa versa if you arrive in the afternoon, try to get to sleep at a reasonable time.
A good way of doing this is to rehydrate, and then start to eat and sleep by local time. Getting outside and going for a walk is a great way to adjust your sleep patterns to what the sun is doing in that part of the world.
- Travel Pillow
- Inflight entertainment (cards, laptop, tablet, novel etc)
- Sleeping Tablets
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Spare Underwear and tshirt
- Check stopovers – what is available at the airport
- Transferring from Airport to Accommodation
Safety, Locals and Other Travelers
We have already mentioned a few points earlier about carrying money, valuables and your passport. These are important, but will never trump your own personal safety – ultimately, they can be replaced, while you cannot.
Generally personal safety, whether it is your first time traveling alone or with a group, is going to be the same anywhere in the world – don’t accept candy from strangers, be wary of dark alleys, and if something is too good to be true, it probably is.
It is important to always check the local laws and rules – reading travel guides etc will alert you to anything that you may not have even realised would be unwelcome. As well as this, it is important to check with your local government or authority if there is any recommendations for where you’ll be traveling.
Interacting with Locals
Here at TourRadar, we are great believers that people in the world are in general good people. There may be a few people that have become misguided and make bad decisions, but overall the world is a good place, full of friendly people.
The places you will be visiting, the people you will be seeing – while you are on holidays, they may not be. It is important to remember this and be respectful of the fact you are visiting their country, and this is their home. For this reason, we always recommend a friendly smile, a few words in the native language (even if poorly pronounced!), and a calm approach. Over the years this approach has proven effective time and time again, especially when there may be cultural or language barriers in place.
While traveling, often we will cross paths with other travelers from other parts of the world. These experiences will only enrich your time abroad, being able to share details and stories of travels and adventures,
By putting in a small amount of effort and putting yourself out there a little bit, you will find it is quite easy to make friends with other travelers. The phrase “Hi, where abouts are you from?” will work wonders, and you will amaze yourself with how entertaining a simple puzzle or pack of cards is!
Documenting your Travels
Setting up your travel blog / journal
Documenting your travels is a great way to keep track of your trip and all the incredible, fun and exciting things that happened along the way. While WordPress is is the most commonly used platform in the world, it can take some getting used to; and if you are just keeping track of your travels for yourself and your loved ones, there are easier options out there. We have come up with this list based on ease of use, accessibility and likelihood that travelers will use it to keep track.
Facebook – Something as simple as keeping your facebook posts and photos up to date will help you keep track of your travels. If you dont want to be spamming your friends feeds, you can set your posts so that only you can see them, so that you can keep track, while not feeling like you are imposing on your friends.
Tumblr – User friendly, simple to set up, and has it’s own community. Tumblr allows you to follow other blogs also, so you can get their feed and updates into yours and allows you to repost, follow and comment on other peoples blog posts.
Blogspot/Blogger – Extremely simple to set up, and is more of a traditional “blog”. Set up and run by Google, you will need a Google account to set up a Blogspot blog, but once you have a Google account you can be up and running with a basic blog in a matter of minutes.
While traveling, it will be exciting and you will just want to soak everything up! A great way to remember what has happened while away is to take photos, and lots of them. With the cost of memory cards / portable hard drives these days, there isn’t really a reason not to take many photos.
There are some simple photography rules that will make your photos that much better; keep the horizon straight, try to keep about 1/3 or 2/3 of the frame sky (try not for half and half), and also make sure people are in focus!
While sights might be good, you will also want to remember the people that you had those experiences with, so it is recommended to take photos with your friends and other travelers in them! Asking a passer by to take a photo can be a good way to get a photo with you in it, as well as a way to interact with the locals.
Summary and Well Wishes
Going traveling can be exciting, nerve-racking, sometimes even plain scary, but most of all, it is to be enjoyed. While we have tried to cover the most important preparations for travel in this document, there is an infinite amount of other information out there on every style and type of travel that exists – we have tried to boil it down to these key elements you see above, that we feel will have the most positive effect on your adventures.
The world is full of good people, there is things that will happen that may set you back slightly, and there is always a new adventure around the corner.
Look after yourself, also look after others, enjoy the road, and safe travels.