It's 2020, and what a year it could be! Christmas is over and it’s now time to get planning for your year ahead. If the UK’s 2019 turbulent year was getting you down, then what better than to explore other countries, catch a break and discover something new?
You shouldn’t have to give up things for your New Year’s resolution. So, live your life and set travelling to new countries as your New Year’s resolution this year. See more, do more, live more.
Here are some helpful tips for your next trip away:
What essentials to pack when travelling
Let’s start with the most obvious, yet so easily forgettable:
Your passport. Don’t forget this one otherwise you won’t be going anywhere.
Money! You’re going to need the country’s currency when you arrive, especially for the taxi from the airport. Make sure you have plenty with you as you won’t want to be caught short.
Adapters. These days we can’t live without our gadgets so don’t forget to bring the relevant plug adapter with you. It’s also helpful to bring a plug cube with you if you have multiple devices or are sharing a room. Trust us on this one, they take up little space and it saves endless hours squabbling over the charger!
Essentials such as underwear, socks (the more the better), clothes and shoes can’t be forgotten.
Your regular toiletries bag plus a few extras including plenty of sun cream, after sun and insect repellent.
Sunglasses and hats
Beach towel and microfiber towel
Depending on the kind of countries you’re planning on travelling to and what you’re doing when you’re there, you may need to bring:
Tips for travelling alone:
Travelling alone is fantastic! It is a great way to fully immerse yourself into a culture, to meet new people and to try new things. Often when travelling accompanied you can tend to stay within your comfort zone, but solo travelling is a great way explore and take on a country’s culture. Some tips:
Do as the locals do. Ask them for recommendations! 9 out of 10 times they will know the best restaurants and venues, which are often off the beaten track and will only be known about by the locals.
Research the country or place before you get there and create a list of things you want to do and see when you’re there. Ask friends, family and colleagues for tips and recommendations if any of them have been before.
If you don’t speak the language in the country you are visiting you can download the ‘Google Translate’ app to your phone. You can also download the language which saves offline, meaning if you’re roaming around without any data, you can still covert a sentence or a meaning of a word.
Being alone does mean you need to have your wits about you. Make sure to stay safe and to take some precautions:
Make sure to have the British Embassy or British High Commission’s details stored in your phone in case you’re in need of any assistance whilst you’re in that country. It’s wise to have their contact number, email and address.
Make sure you know the way back to your accommodation or know where your accommodation is on a local map. Hotels and Hostels are usually quite good of making their customer aware of what’s around them on arrival.
Check in with people. Even though you’re travelling solo it is worth letting people know where you’re going whether that be family and friends or somebody at your accommodation. Download ‘Find My Friends’ and make sure some key people follow you on that so that they know where you are.
Do I need travel insurance?
In short, yes! Travel insurance is a must. We’re very blessed to have the NHS, but in the majority of foreign countries you would have to pay for medical care. Likewise, flights can be cancelled or delayed, which could affect another part of your trip, costing you to fork out even more money. In addition, carrying a lot of valuable possessions when travelling can make you a lucrative target. Valuables, including luggage, can easily get lost or stolen when abroad, especially if you’re travelling about and constantly on the move! Travel insurance helps to cover you and make the situation a little easier should something unfortunate happen.
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