1) Determine Where You Want to Go
This may seem wicked elementary, but I’ve talked to plenty of people who ‘regret’ not going to their dream destination. All I’m saying is Determine where you want to go, and Make it happen. Just do it
2) Determine Who You Want To go With
This could be tricky because your best friend may be the worst travel partners. You want to preferably travel internationally with someone who’s independent, easy-going, travels frequently and down for whatever shenanigans may go down.
Go with someone that shares your interest, your energy and is within the same financial threshold you’r in. (or find yourself a sugar mama hahah)
3) Create an Open Itinerary
If you’re anything like me and want to see all the hot spots and attractions, then make an itinerary.
Make sure it’s balanced out and you emphasizes on the places you absolutely want to go, but keep it open at the same time for the smaller, filler activities in between. You never know what hidden gems you’ll find if you both plan and keep it spontaneous
4) YouTube Travel Vloggers and Read up on Blogs
This is probably the easiest and cheapest way to get the best insight from people who were previously in your shoes. They may be more experienced, or even working professionals. This will help map out your route and make your vacation that much easier.
I got a ton of good visual insight on what to expect when I arrive at the airport, the best way to navigate to my hotel, where to go for nightlife, foods to try and how to not get scammed.
5) Reach Out to Friends and Relatives
This should really should be number one.. but the best research I did was through Facebook. You’d be surprised at the amount of people that were more than happy to share their exquisite insight.
Quick Thank You to Kara Elizabeth, Kelsey Labranche, Lauren Tancora, Rebecca Reylynne, and Cythera Salve for giving me the absolute best tips for Thailand!
6) Make a Copy of your Passport and Contents in your Wallet
Depending on the country, theft may be an issue as well as scams. So again, please please do your research, read up on your blogs and look out for things to avoid.
A good way to be proactive is to make copies of everything identification and financially related. The best way to avoid a disaster is to anticipate one.
7) Diversify your Spending Money
Carry minimal amounts of cash. $40 USD got me through airport food, refreshments and snacks for the flight.
Notify your bank when traveling of course, otherwise you’d be screwed; as well as your credit card company and always check to see what fees may be incurred for foreign transactions
Diversifying your spending money as opposed to just having straight cash stored in your fanny pack can save you a major headache.
8) Mentally Prepare Yourself for the Long Flight
Also, if you’re broke like me, most likely you’ll be flying economy class. You’ll be surrounded by baby’s crying, 3 year olds kicking the back of your seat for 10 hours straight, and some ill mannered middle aged man picking his nose so nonchaulantly all flight long.
Don’t sweat it. Dress comfortably, put on some classical music and bust out your favorite NY Times best seller. Stretch out often, wash your face, brush your teeth often and take a couple shots of your favorite duty-free whiskey. Recline your chair, use your awkward neck pillow to fit that perfect angle and just remember the next time you wake up, you’ll be that much closer to your……9 hour layover
9) Pack LIGHT AF
I had the full intention to pack light, fill my weekender bag halfway in anticipation of shopping sprees and souvenirs to bring back… however I was unable to bring my bag without fully filling it up with clothes I most likely won’t wear. LOL but if you can survive without those second pairs of chuck’s… leave em at home.
Bring one instagram outfit and one going out outfit lol everything else you can buy at the country you’re visiting.
10) Buy the Biggest Portable Charger you can find
living in NYC for the passed few months have given me low-battery-anxiety pretty much every weekend, happy hour and gym session so I should have done this a lot sooner, but especially when traveling to another country. You always want access to your phone for directions, hotel reservation numbers, etc.
I found a really good deal at Best Buy but you can get them on amazon. 20,000 Mah is a bit excessive considering my phone’s battery is about 3,000 Mah but fuck it. The bigger the better. amiright ladies (as my sister would say) hahah
11) Leave Your Phone at Home
A bunch of you just made the international “WTF’ face lol i’m kidding… take photos please.. keep it, store it, share it, delete it.. repeat. Be mindful to not have it out if you’re visiting temples or other religious sanctuaries, but otherwise HAVE FUN! You’ve worked so hard to get to this point so ENJOY yourself. Don’t be afraid to try new things, keep an open mind and above all else: