Travelling abroad is an amazing experience! You get the chance to immerse yourself in a different culture, meet interesting people. However, travelling abroad can be intimidating especially if you've never done it before. But, there's nothing to fear! With the right preparation, your trip will go smoothly. That's where we come in!
Research is your best friend
Before going anywhere it is important that you do little research on the place. This way you avoid looking like a confused tourist. You should research the basics as any cultural norms you should follow. Once the boring but important research is out of the way you can turn your attention to something more fun. I'm not suggesting you plan your entire trip, but it's not a struggle to find something to do at the last minute. Say you're travelling to the gorgeous island Malta, well simply googling 'best things to do in Malta' will reveal an endless list of activities you can do. Researching will be your savior so I do not know if you are going to France or Colombia.
Do not overpack
I think almost everyone is guilty of this. We're only going away for a week but we're going to triple the amount of clothes because 'Hey! Maybe I am going to use 3 shirts per day. So, I recommend you do not overpack for a couple of reasons. The first is that you can not take many souvenirs back if your luggage is filled with clothes. Plus, carrying all those clothes around will be a workout and not worth the stress or effort. Pack light and you will be closer to a blissful time abroad.
Do not leave it for the last minute
I can not stress this enough! Leaving everything for the last minute is a recipe for disaster. Do not print your ticket or download it at the minute because the universe is cruel and at that time your printer will not work or will stop working. Get your ticket in advance and make sure you have your passports and other documents in order.
Most importantly, do not go to the airport one hour before your flight no matter how close you live or take ages going through departure. Take it from everyone who missed it because a panini and drink from Costa Coffee were more important than getting on the plane. Get everything ready in advance, leave enough time in between stops and you'll be closer to your smooth journey.
Travelling abroad is nothing to worry about. Remaining calm is the best thing you can do so that your head is not all over the place. When things get stressful, have a cup of tea or take a deep breath and remember that things will work out!
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