How to Travel 🤔?
never been abroad or out of state?
here’s a quick guide to get you started
Airplane ticket 🎫
I suggest downloading the app Hopper, as it allows you to track prices. It sends out alerts if or when prices increase/decrease for the dates you choose. Two other options I use are Google Flights or Skyscanner. However, my #1 is Hopper.
Hotel/ Air BnB/ Hostel 🏨
Where you stay depends on your preference. I prefer Air BnB’s because they are usually cheaper than a hotel but cleaner than a hostel. It also allows me to be more selective. However, some hotels provide breakfast which I rarely eat but that might work for you. At an Air BnB, you can also cook for yourself if you don’t want to eat out every day. A site I recommend that encompasses all these options is booking.com. My pick, however, is airbnb.com. Be sure to note where your place of stay is located. Is it near a market, pharmacy, clubs or are you in the outskirts where certain necessities you might need aren’t as accessible. A simple pro & cons list should do the trick.
Budget for what you plan on doing during your trip. This includes food, sites, transportation, souvenirs and contingencies.
I utilize Charles Schwab debit/brokerage account and I highly suggest this for everyone traveling overseas as they do not charge you an exchange rate fee. As an added bonus they rebate you any money charged at an ATM for withdrawals at the end of the month.
How do you plan on getting from the airport to the hotel or getting around in general? I like to save my coin 💰 so I’m all about taking public transportation or walking. The cab is for rare occasions in cities where it is cheap. For example, we had a van pick us up from the airport from Marrakesh for only 💲10!!! Here is where you have to do your research, transportation for me is where I like to cut corners to make up for whatever I spend on food 😂😅. It also connects back to the location, if you stay in the city center most sites will or should be a walkable distance or a short train/bus ride.
As previously stated in my how to layer post; one-word PACKING CUBES❗️
After you have purchased your ticket, be sure to check the weather ☔ for the time you go to ensure that you're dressed and packed appropriately. This is also, pertains to the religion/customs that the country your visiting follows. What are and aren’t you allowed to wear, as you want to be respectful of the country’s culture, rules and regulations.
Portable charger 📲🔌
This is a must have because is comes in handy if there aren’t outlets nearby to charge your phone or other devices.
Tourist Sites 🏯🗼🕍🕌🏞🏛
Research time, are you planning on having a tour guide or do you plan on visiting the sites solo dolo? Sometimes you need to have a tour guide for safety reasons so be sure to do your research and book ahead. One of the booking sites I’ve had luck with is viator.com (tripadvisor.com is another option).
After you’ve done your research on what sites you would like to visit, pre-purchase your tickets online. Unless you're going during an offseason, buying your tickets ahead of time saves you a lot of hassle and time. You avoid the long lines and if it is a tour, at least you already know the exact time as opposed to having to wait since your pre-booked.
Assess your environment, don’t get too caught up and not acknowledge your surroundings. That way you avoid being an easy target or prey for pickpocketers etc. Make sure your traveling light, just your essentials. If your traveling with a bag, be sure it is in on your person at all times and in front of you (my suggestion as it has worked for me).
Stay open-minded, things might go haywire but just stay calm. Tap into your resourcefulness as a human being, remain respectful. Don’t be afraid to ask questions not from the public because in some countries they will try to charge you but to the workers in the hotel or perhaps the owner of your air bnb. I try to seek places that locals go so I get more of a cultural experience. Those are my major tidbits of advice to get you started if you have questions comment below. Till next time lovelies and happy traveling 😘!