It can be daunting to head out on your first travel adventure, especially if you're doing it by yourself. You're not sure what to pack, how you'll get around and whether you'll adapt to your new surroundings, but thankfully there are some ways to make it easier.
Whilst we can't guarantee that your trip will go without a hitch, learning these tried and tested habits of seasoned travellers will help calm those pre-travel nerves. £4 trillion is spent in the travel and tourism sector every year, so who better to learn from than those who have experienced it all before?
1) Looking out for deals
If you've already got your heart set on a destination, then there might not be too many life hacks to save a little extra cash. But for those of you whose feet are itching, but you're not quite sure where they want to go, there are a few tricks to help you along the way.
Jack's Flight Club have multiple offers for discounted flights to exotic locations, the perfect antidote if you fancy a change of scenery for bargain prices. There are also a few websites offering incredible package deals to some of the most popular cities in the world. Save the pennies now and it allows you to have a few more cocktails under the glorious sunshine.
2) Keeping an open mind
If you're embarking on a trip spanning several months, you need to be prepared for things not quite working out how you planned. Backpacking across South America seems like the ideal way to spend three months, but when you're stuck on the side of the road in a rural village because your bus has broken down, it's easy to become frustrated.
The trick to staying happy on your travels is keeping a cool head and an open mind. Your hostel is overbooked? Don't worry, just find another one that has cheaper drinks and nicer people. You left your favourite dress at the Airbnb in Peru? That's ok, it just gives you an excuse to try out some authentic, local clothing. As all veteran travellers will tell you: stay positive and positive things will happen.
3) Doing a lot of research
Some of us love to just completely wing it, setting off without a plan or a care. Whilst that's an admirable way to head out onto the road, it's worth doing a bit of research into where you're going. We're not saying you need a concrete itinerary detailed to the minute, but you need to know the must-sees in different countries. For example, if you're heading out to South Africa, it's worth checking out the best places for a safari.
Websites like Hostelworld and Airbnb have made finding accommodation easier than ever - you can see the best places to stay in the area in just a few clicks. Have a read of some of the reviews to find the right place for you, it will take some of the stress away from your journey.
Make a note of these worthy travel tips and you're all set for the trip of a lifetime, and don't forget the main habit of regular and first-time travellers - take lots of pictures to make your friends and family jealous.