Perhaps there was a time when you traveled without a care in the world. A backpack and passport were all you needed, while adventure and excitement were all you wanted.
But now you’re a little bit older and a little bit wiser. While you still yearn for the unique thrills of visiting faraway places, it’s time to do so with the maturity acquired in adulthood.
When traveling as an adult, there are many things that you should keep in mind as you are planning your adventure. Here are five solid tips for traveling around the world:
Prepare Your Finances
Preparing your finances for travel is the best way you can make your trip as smooth and successful as possible. Researching prices and saving will save you a lot of headaches and panic later on. Look up exchange rates and be prepared to have multiple forms of payment and some cash with you. Invest in a wallet or bag that is more secure to keep your money safe. Especially when traveling with other people, make sure that you are upfront about finances and priorities. Setting clear expectations ahead of time will help everyone. Don’t forget travel and life insurance, either. It can be tempting to skip out on this cost, but paying an insurance premium or two is a small price to pay to ensure you and your loved ones are covered in case something unexpected happens.
Local Customs and Culture
Depending on where you are traveling, nothing makes you look more like an immature tourist than not respecting local customs. It is advisable to research dress codes, look at pictures of where you will be traveling and seek out advice from travel blogs or guides. In many countries, museums and other attractions will have strictly enforced dress codes. It may not mean a suit and tie, but it can mean longer shorts or skirts and covering shoulders. It is always better to be prepared and travel with layers. Respect the local culture, and you will have a better experience.
Try the Local Food
If you have specific dietary needs or you are not an adventurous eater, then it can be tempting to eat at places that are more familiar to those back home. Some of the best travel advice as an adult includes trying the local cuisine. Do not just settle for fast food or tourist trap restaurants. Go where the locals go. More often than not, you will find something on the menu that is appealing. And you can still swing by that fast food joint later if you happen to hit a dud.
Explore More Than Typical Tourist Sights
Of course, you are going to want to check out some of the main attractions and landmarks, but it’s important that you take the time to seek out some things that are off the beaten path. Before your trip, follow some people that are local to the area on different platforms and take note of what some of their favorite things to do are. Also, never be afraid to ask the locals what their favorite restaurant or activity is. You will not regret experiencing something less touristy.
More than anything, be flexible on your trip. This includes everything from dietary preferences (not needs), weather, finances, unexpected closings, and more. If you try to plan your days loosely, it will give you more time to explore while also allowing you to switch things around as needed. Being flexible also includes checking in with your physical and mental health (and those of any group members) to make sure that you are up for whatever you have planned that day. It is better to skip something and rest than to have a miserable time.