Scared? You’re not the only one
I remember being a fresh faced newbie backpacker turning up at my first hostel after 35 hours of travelling from Manchester, UK to Auckland, New Zealand. Truthfully, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I soon realised the position I put myself in was shared by so many people around me. Every traveller I spoke to had been through or was going through the same thing. The shared experience brings travellers together and you soon realise you’re not alone.
Tip: Talk to other travellers, some of the best conversations I have ever had have been in hostel rooms or bars with fellow travellers. The knowledge and spirit possessed by other travellers will help you on your journey.
If you really want to travel YOU need to make it happen, you might need to take a few risks when stepping into the unknown but the experience you gain will forever repay your bravery.
Tip: Familiarise yourself with destinations and the cost of travel, look online, its never been easier to find out information about all aspects of travelling. While it is wise to book ahead; don’t make all plans concrete. Stay flexible so you can choose what you want to do and when you want to do it once you are there.
Homesickness: Your Home Doesn’t Go Anywhere
Your travelling could be the start of something bigger or just a one off short time away. Make sure you make the most of your travels and don’t waste your time fantasizing of home and letting homesickness get in the way of having a good time.
Tip: If you’re concerned about being away from home, dont worry, just remember you can find your comforts, family and friends exactly where you left them when you return. Make the most of your adventure.
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Theres an old saying, “If you do what you always do, you’ll get what you always get.” Try something brave and the rewards you see in return may surprise you. Test yourself and you might get a glimpse of what you are capable of once you let go and get out into the big bad world.
Tip: If you see a chance to do something you want to do – take it! To me, thats what travel is all about.
Are you planning your first trip, or do you have any advice you could give to somebody just starting out? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.