12 Things I’d Tell Any New Traveler

As a new traveler, you’re likely excited to pack up your bags and head out to explore the world. You want to visit the best places—the must-see attractions, the hidden gems, and the off-the-beaten-path foods and experiences—and you want to do it all while experiencing the best of everything. New to travel? This is the best time of the year to do it. The weather is perfect, the crowds are thin, and you can get away on a budget. However, it’s also the time when you should be most wary since there’s so much to learn quickly.

Here are some tips to help you enjoy your trip.

1. Live In The Moment

Sometimes when we travel, we get so caught up at the moment that we forget to take in the sights. Looking at each photo that we take and feeling each new experience with our bodies is a great way to remember what you did and how you reacted and help you regain that perspective and enjoy the ride.

2. Don’t Take Things Too Seriously

Traveling is a fun and interesting way to experience the world. But it’s important to learn to take the “tourist mentality” out of your travel experience and remember that all things are really quite ordinary.

3. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

The great thing about travel is that it can be so personal, so diverse, exciting, and so far removed from your daily life that it can feel like the most exciting adventure of all. But, as with any adventure, you also have to prepare for the problems that can come up. For instance, when you’re traveling, you may feel like you don’t want to ask for help. You might fear that the people on the other end of the phone will think you’re an incompetent loser or that asking for help will somehow diminish your experience. But you’re probably wrong. It’s easy to feel stupid asking for help, but it’s always better to ask than to be stuck.

4. Don’t Be Afraid To Give Help

It amazes me how often I see people afraid to ask for help when they get lost. I used to think that not being able to figure something out was a sign of being a tough guy, but I’ve learned that being too independent is no good either. All too often, people won’t ask for help because they feel like they can’t admit that they’re lost.

5. Travel To Escape

Travel is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. It allows you to escape from your everyday life and immerse yourself in a new environment. You can go anywhere, see anything, do anything, and meet anyone. Being able to travel is like being young again, living on the edge, and having the world at your fingertips.

6. Travel To Experience

As a person who has traveled the world, I take great pride in being able to do so, and it’s because of the people I’ve met along the way. Whether it’s someone I met in Buenos Aires, Brazil, or New York City, my travels have all been because of people. When I’m traveling, I’m able to meet new people and experience a new culture, and I think that’s what makes a trip even more enjoyable.

7. Travel To Be Inspired

We travel for many reasons: to explore new places, experience new things, meet new people, learn, relax, and more. The thing that I’d tell a new traveler to do is to immerse themselves in the culture of the place they are visiting. Go beyond the tourist sites, and experience the people, the food, the music, the dance, the shops, the markets.

8. Travel To Meet New People

Travel is a wonderful way to re-locate ourselves and go to new places. On the other hand, it is also a time when we can learn a lot about the world, meet new people, and discover new things. It’s best to be able to create memories and stories to share with the ones we love.

9. Travel To Develop New Skills

One of the best parts of travel is the opportunity to expand your skills, and the better you get at something, the more you can make in your job. There are so many possibilities for learning new skills, which can lead to many fulfilling experiences. From cooking to photography, language to journalism, there are plenty of different areas where you can hone your skills.

10. Travel To Make New Friends

I know the idea of traveling to meet new people sound like a great way to meet someone new, but let’s face it: most of the time, it’s a huge waste of time. I’ve never met an individual I’ve traveled with whom I didn’t like. But, that’s also not to say that traveling is a waste of time. In fact, it’s an essential part of your life and is where the magic happens. Without traveling, there would be no “long-distance” friends or lovers, and without traveling, there would be no new experiences.

11. Travel To Experience New Cultures

If you are worried that the world is getting smaller, you need to try living abroad. It is an experience and perspective that you cannot get from just traveling from place to place. You need to experience a new culture, and you have to experience it on your own. You need to see it from the point of view of a local and feel it with your heart as well as with your mind.

12. Travel To Live A Life Of Adventure

All of us do travel. Whether it’s a cross-country road trip, a weekend getaway to visit family, or a weekend airfare to see a friend, we travel. And, like many travelers, I enjoy travel for its own sake, and not just as a means to an end. There’s something about getting out of town, getting away from it all, and experiencing the world.