Traveling is something that many look forward to but aren’t sure how to go about it. As exciting as it may be, traveling isn’t as simple as it appears. It requires planning and budgeting to ensure everything goes smoothly. If this is your first time traveling, you want to do it right, so it’s a memorable experience. Here’s everything that a beginner traveler needs to know.
Don’t pack too much
You’ll need to bring along a few things before embarking on your trip. However, there’s a difference between packing what you need and packing everything you think you need. It’s astounding how many people end up overpacking their suitcases. If you’re planning on traveling for a few months, then you’re going to need a fair share of luggage. But if we’re talking about a week or two vacation, you only need one suitcase plus a carry-on bag. You don’t need to pack up your entire house. Not to mention having less luggage can help ensure safe travel since there is less of a chance that an item will get lost or stolen when you have your eyes elsewhere. To give you a better idea, here’s what you always need to pack:
- Four to five sets of fresh clothes
- Extra toiletries
- Your laptop
- An external charger for your phone
- An extra pair of shoes
What you need to pack does depend on where you’re headed, as you’ll need to pack clothes that are suitable for any weather that comes your way.
Get an estimate of the cost
It’s common knowledge that traveling is going to be expensive in some capacity. That’s why it’s very important for you to budget everything before anything else. The cost of hotels, transportation, food and souvenirs can get out of control without proper planning. Furthermore, there are quite a few areas that are generally more expensive than others, so you’ll have to account for that as well. Once you have a general idea of how much you’re going to be spending, your next step is to prepare the finances.
This can be easier said than done as paying for a trip out-of-pocket can put a hefty strain on your financial plan. That’s it’s recommended you look for an alternative source of funding for your first trip. In this scenario, the best way to quickly get the money you need is to take out a personal loan. Before applying, make sure your credit score is in good shape and be ready to provide the lender with the necessary information. Another small tip we can give you is to seek out a private lender if you want to have some leeway. Private lenders can offer reduced interest rates, which makes it far easier to manage the payments going forward.
Don’t eat airplane or train food
Try to avoid consuming the available food on the airplane or train. It’s notorious for being ridiculously low quality. And in the case of a train, it can be unrealistically expensive. The soda you see at the market for $1 is about $4 or $5 on the train. Snacks, like chips, can be around $3. It’s best to bring your own snacks rather than splurge in the restaurant car.