First Time Travellers

In the travel community, there’s often snobbery. Admit it, people exclude others because their trips weren’t DIY enough, or perhaps because they’ve only been to ‘tourist’ resorts, as opposed to those favoured by backpackers. But why does it need to be so cliquey? If you’re someone who’s always felt a little left out, or like you can’t ask for advice – and yet you want to travel – here’s a few tips to help you get on the way…

Money

When you’re away travelling, especially in remote areas, there’s a temptation to carry tons of money for emergencies. Whilst this isn’t necessarily flawed thinking, it does make you a target. You should carry a range of different types of money on you – from cash through to card and so on, in order to have a backup plan in every situation. Keep them separate – hiding one of these somewhere really random like your shoe or your bra will potentially be a saving grace, too, in case of loss or theft. If you run out, luckily Azimo allows family and friends back home to send to almost anywhere in the world at a very inexpensive rate.

Language

If you’re going somewhere off the beaten track, bear in mind that not everybody is going to speak English. In fact, it might be that none of them do at all! You’re best to do your research into cultural practices and basics in the language. Obviously, a lot of stuff is universal, such as smiling, gesturing, etc. But you don’t want to offend anyone, and it’s frustrating not being able to get a point across. So, ensure that you’re heard (and fed) by brushing up before you go.

Make Friends

Not everyone you meet is going to isolate you, in fact, some people will have the same idea as you – to explore their cultural horizons! You’ll want to meet as many people, travelers and natives, as possible, because they’ll be able to guide you about things to do, tell you where to stay or even invite you to their homes for current or future expeditions. We all benefit a lot from getting to know people from all over the world, so it’s the best investment you can do, wherever you are in the world. Just be sure to be extra careful as you would be back home – there are some wonderful people obviously, but sadly others will just be looking to take advantage of your trust.