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First Time Traveler’s Guide: Easy Tips for a Worry-Free Trip

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First Time Traveler’s Guide:  Easy Tips for a Worry-Free Trip

There is a ton of information along the internet highway, and for a first-time traveler, this guide will be an easy reference. Make sure your maiden trip to your chosen destination with a few easy to employ tips for a worry-free trip.

Be Prepared

First and foremost, do some research. Read public review sites, but remember to take in the info with a proverbial grain of salt. Ask friends and relatives who have been to your destination for advice or suggestions. Don’t be afraid to use a travel agent. They are making a comeback for good reasons. They can get you deals and get you past the velvet ropes in some cases.

Second, consider insurance. You can’t control things like world events and the weather. Ask your insurance provider for tips and check with your credit card company to see if they offer any free coverage; it’s not uncommon for companies to provide you with insurance for free.

Third, set a realistic budget. You can cut corners and plan everything to the letter, but sometimes we end up being a little less conscious of our budget with the mantra, “I’m on vacation!” Don’t forget to allow an expense cushion for unexpected fees like parking or impulse purchases.

Ready, Set, Go

Fourth, after plans are made and your trip is within a week away, call your hotel, restaurants, or any other reserved attractions to verify your plans. It’s also wise to ask questions at this time. Is there a dress code? Is the pool closed for refurbishments? Is your reservation correct?

Finally, let go and relax. If you’ve done your research, prepared properly, used a travel agent, have insurance, and verified your reservations, you should have too much to worry about. Remember, not everything in life goes according to plan, so be flexible with your plans and expectations.

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16 Comments

  1. robin Rue says

    I completely agree with doing your research ahead of time. It saves surprises down the line.

  2. Catherine Sargent says

    These a re all great tips. I always make sure that I have insurance when I travel. It is better to be safe than sorry. My best tip is to not stress and just have fun.

  3. Our Family World says

    I think first time travelers should also look into medical insurance coverage, especially if traveling abroad. It good to have insurance so we have peace of mind and enjoy our vacation to the fullest!

  4. Arlett (Chasing Joy) says

    I agree with all of these tips. Calling ahead to confirm things can save you a lot of stress if something isn’t set up properly.

  5. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    This is something every first time traveler should bookmark. The key to a great trip starts with getting EVERY SINGLE duck in a row.

  6. Vera Sweeney says

    I love this post! The importance of verifying your plans cannot be overstated.

  7. Maureen says

    These really are great tips for a first time traveler. I bet these will help out those who are looking to travel soon 🙂 Thanks for sharing these easy tips for a worry free trip!

  8. Liz Mays says

    I’m liking this advice! I do like to be prepared and make sure all my bases are covered for a big trip. It’s nice to be able to relax once you head out.

  9. Pam Wattenbarger says

    Setting a realistic budget is really important. You never know what could happen so it is important to budget in a little extra for emergencies.

  10. Theresa says

    Research way ahead of time is such a great tip. My husband will start planning our vacations a year in advance and will have almost everything planned down to the minute and penny lol

  11. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    There are some great tips here. I like the idea of checking with your credit card company for insurance. I know you are supposed to touch base with them also to let them know your destination for general awareness.

  12. Marcie W. says

    Preparation is key! I always joke that I need a vacation after planning a vacation due to all of the work and research involved.

  13. Janell Poulette says

    I remember how fun it was to explore new places when my husband and i first started dating. We went on road trips more than i could count. It’s great to do your research before hand and be prepared for anything, especially inclement weather.

  14. Crystal says

    Vacations are supposed to be vacations. I forget to let that sink in and relax. These are great tips to help prep so you can unwind.

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