You must be very excited, obviously, you’re about to head off for your first overseas trip, and it is indeed an amazing feeling. I bet you literally have butterflies in your stomach , at the same time there is also a daunting feeling. Feelings like ; What will you find outside Nigeria? What will your destination throw at you? How will you cope without your usual family and friends, and the big worry of how much you will have to spend on the trip? I know! I’ve been there.
At ALML GROUP, we know all these and hereby present a few insight on the common mistakes of a first time traveler, so you can learn from it. It is inevitable that you’ll make mistakes the first time you travel, they are common ones that rookie adventurers make.
Use a travel agent; We are aware of the fact that the world is fast becoming a global village, almost everyone is vast in the usage of internet, it is easy for you to book an entire trip yourself over the internet. It is best to seek the help of a learned travel agent to save yourself the stress and avoid the common mistakes of a rookie traveler. Allow the travel agent handle your travel processes, you don’t have to use them all the way, allow them guide you through the process.
Trying to see everything in a short time is a total turnoff for me, a lot of travel agencies these days set up trips like ” seven countries in 12days” and feel thats a good thing, its your big oversea trip, you want to see as much as possible , but thats a big mistake . You have to trust that you’ll travel again, instead of trying to see everywhere at once, slow down, get to know one country, or maybe two , and your appetite will be wet for a lifetime for similar adventures.
Do not underestimate costs ; To be sincere with you , everything will probably cost more than you think it will. From plane tickets to drinks , etc. Things will be more expensive, maybe twice as much as you’d planned, so here is the deal before you go on your trip, save up more money.
Avoid too much packing; remember you will buy things while you travel, you don’t need a large first aid kit , you really just have to park your basic necessities, take only the things you need.
Watch what you buy ; i know it’s possible to go bananas entering a store and tempted to buy a few things , you might spend thousands while shopping. You can possibly finish up your money while shopping because of a stop over. Avoid buying unnecessary things.
Don’t panic; generally in life things go wrong or rather , things might not go as you have planned it in your head, so be prepared. Things might go wrong and it’s not because you are a first timer, it’s a part of the process, and thats part of traveling. A lot of first timers allow it get to them, don’t get freaked out when things happen, it’s only going to make things worse.
Finally, it is very important to check that your debit/credit card would work where you are headed. Things change quite often.
At Alml Group cares about you, and thats why we thought its best to guide you through your first travel experience.
What do you think are the mistakes a first time traveller make ? you can leave a comment in the comment section.