9 Useful International Travel Tips for First-Time Travelers

The two most important things you should buy before you leave home are a good bag that fits you well and a good pair of shoes that are comfy.

1. Invest in good equipment

To tell you the truth, nobody likes to shell out cash for travel insurance when they are going to be traveling internationally. But you should still go ahead and do it. Have faith in me on this one.

2. Purchase travel insurance

I suggest reading my post on managing your trip budget for more information, but a good rule of thumb is to plan your backpacking expenditures carefully and carry twice as much money as you believe you'll need.

3. Plan your budget carefully

No, you shouldn't fear traveling. Be wise about it when traveling. Read backpacking and travel safety advice and remain mindful of your surroundings on your journey.

4. Brush up on safety tips

Spending money in a foreign nation without notice can flag your account, and you don't want to be in a foreign country without bank access. Consult your bank and credit card issuers regarding overseas transaction costs.

5. Talk to your bank

If you're going somewhere, tent camping might be a choice and a great way to save a lot of money. You'll have to bring a tent, but it might be worth it for you to save money.

6. Consider camping, if possible, to save money

A work exchange might be the coolest and cheapest way to really get into a trip. It also lets you stay longer and get a real feel for the culture by living and working with locals.

7. Do a work exchange program to stay longer

The best question to ask when considering off-season travel is what makes this time of year the off-season? There’s a reason peak times are popular, I assure you.

8. Consider traveling during off-season

I can’t stress this first time travelers tip enough. Read up on your destination before you go. Is haggling acceptable? Is tipping expected? What’s considered appropriate attire in various situations?

9. Familiarize yourself with your destination