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Travel tip: travelling abroad for the first time? Always travel to the neighbouring countries for its cheaper airfares & less homesickness.
Travelling abroad for the first time is a mixture of both excitement & anticipation. For the travel enthusiasts, any travel assignment is adventurous! My first abroad trip (trip to Srilanka) was more anticipative & less fear, all thanks to my solo travelling experiences in India. However, there were some invisible hurdles that made my first trip little risky but gave me a good learning curve for my next abroad outing. Therefore, I am going to share the tips to use before planning your first abroad trip. These tips will help you plan your abroad trip accordingly.
1.Cash is the king!
There are some countries where Cash speaks no matter what. Sometimes, Forex card does not work & it became a problem for me when I found it difficult to withdraw cash despite having enough cash to complete the trip. Using Forex card as a second choice payment gateway is a safer option while on a foreign trip. Therefore, my recommendation is: keep lots of paper currency with you as the forex card may work with few banks only!
2. Take up some photography course before the trip!
Taking photos during your journey is a part of the travel ritual. Get enrolled in some photography course online; so that, you can learn how to capture, edit & make an ordinary photo look best! Who knows, you may put your best photos on sale & earn some cash!
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3. Reach out to the Embassy!
The only rescue boat in your new country is your country’s embassy. They can be at your rescue whenever you are in trouble. Despite being an experienced traveller, taking down the contact details of my country’s embassy had come in handy.
4.A myth that cheap currency means cheap expenditure!
The currency of Srilanka was excessively lower than my country’s currency, but the expenses like food, transport, accommodation were costlier than my home currency! I saw myself spending 2000 Lankan rupees for a buffet lunch! transport fare of 100 rupees for 5 minutes of commute, which means the country with a cheaper currency value comes up with more expenses than with the country with the highest valued currency! Therefore, if you have decided to travel to the country with a currency cheaper than yours, Please research the day-to-day expenses in Google!
5.Buying the right Souvenirs
Souvenir is not just a memory, it is an emotion! However, buying the souvenir just for a showcase use or showing it to your friends is less helpful. Instead, buy a souvenir like a Crockery set, Keychain etc which would be great for your household use. In this way, your souvenir will not only give you memoirs but also gives you a helping hand in your daily life.
Bonus Tip: Jetlag
Jetlag is one of the common problem faced by the travellers during their journey. I didn’t face any Jetlag issue as my destination’s time zone shared the same time with my country’s time zone. Do take precautionary measures if your journey covers different time zones, as it will prevent you from spoiling your vacation.
(link: Jetlag tips)
Happy Journey! 🙂