Top 5 Travel Tips For New Travelers

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1. Don’t be scared!

The world is a beautiful place, full of kind people.  Yes, there are bad people too.  That’s why you’re aware of your surroundings… always, even at home.

Listen to the locals and use common sense.  But don’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back from traveling.

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School kids on a field trip, South Africa. August 2013

2. Eat where the locals eat.

Millions of people live in other countries, eat the local food, and stay alive and healthy!

Observe the local restaurants (street vendors too!), and choose a place that stays crowded and busy.  That means the food is, not only delicious, but also fresh.

3. Travel light.

Stores in other countries sell shampoo.  They also sell toothpaste.  In fact, they sell pretty much everything you need to survive for a few weeks or even longer.

Remember, you have to carry all your belongings with you everywhere you go. On buses, trains, airplanes, up and down stairs, down cobblestone roads…

4. Don’t worry if you don’t speak the language…

… and don’t be upset if the people there don’t speak English!

Have a nice smile, get creative with the gestures, and learn to say “thank you” in the local language.

5. Roll with the punches and enjoy the ride.

Just because we’re used to doing something a certain way doesn’t mean it’s the only right way to do things.

If you’re in Japan, the train will arrive on time to the minute.  If you’re in South America, buses will be an hour late, or a few hours late, and nobody seems to care.  Take a walk down the street, buy some food from a street vendor, look at the people around you, strike up a conversation with a stranger.  Enjoy the journey…

Usaquen Bogota Colombia road path alley open door travel

Usaquen, Bogota, Colombia. November 2013

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