I cannot believe that in exactly 24 hours I will be making my way to Italy. For those of you that don’t know, I have never left the country before! Nope, not even our boarding countries, Canada and Mexico. Shocking I know! This year I made it my new years resolution to buy a passport and leave the country, CHECK AND (almost) CHECK! 🙂
Earlier today I asked YOU to share your best travel tips, tricks and secrets over Instagram. I got an overwhelming amount of feedback and it was incredibly helpful. So, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the tips and tricks I have learned with my fellow newbie travelers. I will be sharing tips for everything from food, safety, money, and just enjoying your travels!
Comment below if I missed anything and share your tips!
Tips for Traveling Abroad
The Plane Ride
- Bring extra snacks
- A good eye mask and a book is a necessity
- Bring wipes to sanitize your seat
How to stay safe
- Don’t tell taxi drivers you are traveling, they may take advantage since you do not know the area
- Bring a few color copies of your passport, plus leave one with your family. Should your passport get stolen this will speed up the process
- Beware of free public Wifi, do not log-on, use passwords or make purchases online
- Don’t bring attention to yourself, don’t be an “obvious” or “obnoxious” tourist
- Read up on common crimes and scams in the areas you are visiting
- Share your itinerary and travel destinations with a family or friend
Watch your money
- Bring a cross body to hold your valuables and money in
- Always have your purse in front of you, keep your hand on it when walking in crowded areas or traveling
- Don’t put anything in your back pocket
- Bring a hideaway fanny pack to hide your passport, cash and credit cards under clothes when traveling
- Call you bank and let them know you are traveling to avoid any issues with your credit cards
- Make sure you know the most current currency exchange to avoid over spending
- Monitor your credit card
- When possible use cash, people try to scan credit card stripes (plus your bank will charge you for each transaction)
- Keep your cash separated – some in you wallet, some in backpack, some in your luggage, etc.
- Bring an international outlet adapter, this one came highly recommended
- Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry on in case your luggage gets lost
- Get Guide books + local maps in case you don’t have service or access to WiFi
- Bring hand sanitizer and stock up on vitamins to build up your immune system
- Pack light!
- Learn common phrases, especially “Do you speak english?”
- The food is always better where people hardly speak english
- Don’t be afraid to try new things!
- Find a midnight bakery – many of the bakeries open as early as 3-4AM and start selling fresh baked goods in the back
- If you have a sensitive stomach (like me) bring medication to help ease upset stomachs
- Ask the locals! They will always know the best hole in the wall spots
- Leave room for Spontaneity
- Comfy shoes are a must!
- Don’t be afraid to rest and take it it easy
- Schedule time to just relax and enjoy yourself, don’t over do it
- Some of your plans won’t work out, don’t stress
- Be open to experiencing new cultures