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4 Traveling Tips for Beginners

You are at that point where you decide that you need or want to do some traveling. That is good news, no matter from which perspective you look at it. It is nice to get out in the world and experience things you have never experienced before. However, traveling is not all about seeing new places and exploring unknown territories.

You also need to do some planning before embarking on an adventure. Planning does not refer only to choosing your destination and buying a plane ticket. It would have been nice to be that way. However, there is more to it than that.

Booking

The best thing you could do is start planning a few months in advance. Why? Because you can cut costs. Airplane tickets are less expensive if you buy them in advance. Also, if you can travel to a particular location off-season, that will spare you a few hundred dollars as well. There are numerous booking sites you can use where you can get the best prices.

Apart from plane tickets, do not forget to book a hotel (or multiple.) There are some which offer discounts for online booking. Also, if you plan on going on tours or participating in other activities, try to book those as well. As a matter of fact, you should book everything you know you want to do. It will spare you a lot of trouble and most important of all, time.

Documentation

That is one of the most important aspects. You cannot travel to a foreign state without the proper documentation. While some countries accept just a passport, others need a visa. Take India, for example. You will require a visa to get in. Fortunately, you can apply for an Indian e-visa.

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The entire process is online, it is affordable, and you do not have to go to the Indian consulate. Everything can be done in the comfort of your own home. You can even find passport photos online if you do not feel like going to a photo studio or drug store. The internet has made traveling easier than it was, let’s say, 20 years ago. You should take maximum advantage of it.

Currency

While there are exchange points at the destination, unfortunately, many tourists get ripped off by greedy people who are trying to take advantage of their lack of knowledge. That means you may find yourself in the situation in which you will convert your money at unfair rates. That is an undesirable thing, which is why you should make the exchange in your country, preferably at a bank. The chances of losing money are slim to none.

Luggage

You may be tempted to pack many things to take with you. However, that is always a mistake. Not only that large luggage will slow you down, but you have to pay more for it at the airport check-in. Take only what is necessary, and remember that you can always wash your clothes at the hotels you will be staying. So, pack light.

You may make some mistakes on your first trip, but that is entirely normal. In time, you will learn what to do and what not to do. You will learn from your mistakes, and each trip will become better and better. Just be patient and pay attention to every single detail, but try to keep in mind the tips above.

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Gay Aida Dumaguing (a.k.a. G) is a 29 years old Filipina traveler and food lover from Cebu Philippines who makes a living online as a SEO specialist, Social Media Manager, and Brand Ambassador. Follow her on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

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