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Travel tips: First-timer’s guide to successful international trip

Published on Feb 01, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Here is an in-depth guide with 15 travel tips to help first-time international travellers make the most of their adventure

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Going on your first international trip is always a thrilling prospect as brimming with the idea of taking your first international flight, getting a first-hand experience of visiting all those exotic locations that you have only seen on social media pages and immersing yourself in a foreign culture are feelings that everyone wants to experience. International holiday tours can be exciting but making the most of these trips requires meticulous planning to ensure that your journey is smooth and memorable. In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Sandeep Arora, Director at Brightsun Travel Private Limited India, shared an in-depth guide to help first-time international travellers make the most of their adventure: (Photo by Arnel Hasanovic on Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 01, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Going on your first international trip is always a thrilling prospect as brimming with the idea of taking your first international flight, getting a first-hand experience of visiting all those exotic locations that you have only seen on social media pages and immersing yourself in a foreign culture are feelings that everyone wants to experience. International holiday tours can be exciting but making the most of these trips requires meticulous planning to ensure that your journey is smooth and memorable. In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Sandeep Arora, Director at Brightsun Travel Private Limited India, shared an in-depth guide to help first-time international travellers make the most of their adventure: (Photo by Arnel Hasanovic on Unsplash)

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1. Choose Your Destination Wisely: There are numerous exotic places to visit but select a destination that aligns with your interests and preferences. Thoroughly research the visa requirements, safety and health precautions to make informed decisions. This will also help you start your preparations ahead of time. (AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 01, 2024 07:00 AM IST

1. Choose Your Destination Wisely: There are numerous exotic places to visit but select a destination that aligns with your interests and preferences. Thoroughly research the visa requirements, safety and health precautions to make informed decisions. This will also help you start your preparations ahead of time. (AFP)

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2. Set a Realistic Budget: Calculate all anticipated expenses, including flights, accommodation, food, activities and travel insurance. Also, be prepared for unexpected expenses and allocate a contingency fund to cover emergencies or unforeseen circumstances. (Photo by Taryn Elliott on Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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2. Set a Realistic Budget: Calculate all anticipated expenses, including flights, accommodation, food, activities and travel insurance. Also, be prepared for unexpected expenses and allocate a contingency fund to cover emergencies or unforeseen circumstances. (Photo by Taryn Elliott on Pexels)

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3. Book Flights and Accommodation in Advance: Planning in advance will help you get competitive flight deals and accommodation at a better cost with guaranteed availability. Always ensure to read multiple reviews before selecting lodging options that suit your needs and preferences. (Images Bazaar) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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3. Book Flights and Accommodation in Advance: Planning in advance will help you get competitive flight deals and accommodation at a better cost with guaranteed availability. Always ensure to read multiple reviews before selecting lodging options that suit your needs and preferences. (Images Bazaar)

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4. Pack Light and Smart: Travelers usually go overboard with their wardrobe selection and end up with more than the required baggage. Instead, choose clothes based on the weather and itinerary of your destination. Select versatile clothing options that can be mixed and matched for a new look every time. But first and foremost, ensure to pack essential travel documents, like passport, visa, travel insurance, etc. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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4. Pack Light and Smart: Travelers usually go overboard with their wardrobe selection and end up with more than the required baggage. Instead, choose clothes based on the weather and itinerary of your destination. Select versatile clothing options that can be mixed and matched for a new look every time. But first and foremost, ensure to pack essential travel documents, like passport, visa, travel insurance, etc. (Unsplash)

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5. Learn Basic Phrases: Familiarize yourself with common phrases of greetings in the local language to enhance communication. Read up on the history and culture to have a better understanding of the place and its people. You can also download translation apps to help you communicate with the locals. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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5. Learn Basic Phrases: Familiarize yourself with common phrases of greetings in the local language to enhance communication. Read up on the history and culture to have a better understanding of the place and its people. You can also download translation apps to help you communicate with the locals. (Unsplash)

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6. Notify Your Bank and Mobile Carrier: Inform your bank and mobile carrier about your travel plans to avoid any disruptions in card usage or communication. Consider getting a local SIM card or an international data plan to stay connected with your family back home. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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6. Notify Your Bank and Mobile Carrier: Inform your bank and mobile carrier about your travel plans to avoid any disruptions in card usage or communication. Consider getting a local SIM card or an international data plan to stay connected with your family back home. (Unsplash)

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7. Travel Insurance is a Must: Purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost belongings and other unforeseen events. Prioritise your safety and peace of mind throughout the journey. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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7. Travel Insurance is a Must: Purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost belongings and other unforeseen events. Prioritise your safety and peace of mind throughout the journey. (Unsplash)

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8. Create a Travel Itinerary: International trips don’t happen often, so meticulously plan your travel to cover all the must-see attractions and activities. However, do not overload your itinerary. Instead, leave some room for spontaneous adventures and to relax and soak in the beauty of the place. (Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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8. Create a Travel Itinerary: International trips don’t happen often, so meticulously plan your travel to cover all the must-see attractions and activities. However, do not overload your itinerary. Instead, leave some room for spontaneous adventures and to relax and soak in the beauty of the place. (Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash)

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9. Stay Safe and Healthy: Adhere to local safety guidelines, stay aware of your surroundings and maintain caution. Keep copies of your passport and other essential documents in case of emergencies. Take necessary health precautions, including vaccinations, based on the destination's requirements. (Photo by Elina Fairytale on Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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9. Stay Safe and Healthy: Adhere to local safety guidelines, stay aware of your surroundings and maintain caution. Keep copies of your passport and other essential documents in case of emergencies. Take necessary health precautions, including vaccinations, based on the destination's requirements. (Photo by Elina Fairytale on Pexels)

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10. Stay Connected: Share your itinerary with trusted friends and family members and maintain regular communication to keep them informed about your whereabouts and well-being. (Adobe stock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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10. Stay Connected: Share your itinerary with trusted friends and family members and maintain regular communication to keep them informed about your whereabouts and well-being. (Adobe stock)

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11. Respect Local Culture: Research the customs and traditions of your destination. Dress appropriately and adhere to local etiquette to show respect. Immerse yourself in the local culture to know the place better. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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11. Respect Local Culture: Research the customs and traditions of your destination. Dress appropriately and adhere to local etiquette to show respect. Immerse yourself in the local culture to know the place better. (Pixabay)

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12. Manage Your Finances: Carry a reasonable amount of local currency for small expenses and track your expenditures to avoid overspending. (File Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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12. Manage Your Finances: Carry a reasonable amount of local currency for small expenses and track your expenditures to avoid overspending. (File Photo)

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13. Be Open to New Experiences: Embrace the opportunity to learn about different cultures, try new cuisines and meet new people you encounter on your journey. Be open-minded and receptive to the richness of the world.(File Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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13. Be Open to New Experiences: Embrace the opportunity to learn about different cultures, try new cuisines and meet new people you encounter on your journey. Be open-minded and receptive to the richness of the world.(File Photo)

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14. Stay Informed About Local News: Stay updated on local news and events that may affect your travel plans, allowing you to make informed decisions and adjustments accordingly. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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14. Stay Informed About Local News: Stay updated on local news and events that may affect your travel plans, allowing you to make informed decisions and adjustments accordingly. (Pixabay)

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15. Enjoy the Journey: Take loads of Insta-ready photographs, journal your experience through social media posts and live feeds, savor every moment of this exciting adventure to create memories that will last a lifetime. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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15. Enjoy the Journey: Take loads of Insta-ready photographs, journal your experience through social media posts and live feeds, savor every moment of this exciting adventure to create memories that will last a lifetime. (Unsplash)

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International journeys are a transformative experience. There are moments when you can finally realize your feelings for fernweh. So, kindle the wanderlust in you and embark on a voyage to broaden your horizons and create unforgettable memories. (Photo REUTERS/Tingshu Wang) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Feb 01, 2024 07:00 AM IST

International journeys are a transformative experience. There are moments when you can finally realize your feelings for fernweh. So, kindle the wanderlust in you and embark on a voyage to broaden your horizons and create unforgettable memories. (Photo REUTERS/Tingshu Wang)

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