Recently, I've been writing a lot of travel articles for a website which is still under development. My articles are supposed to invite more tourists to our country and I really enjoyed writing about my own experiences. However, information about a certain place is only one of the many things you need to get when planning a vacation. So, here's a list of things you need to know and prepare when going out of the country:
1. Know where to go.
Of course, you need to have a specific country in mind. Will it be a tropical country or a cold one? Is it in the West or the East? You might get stuck in deciding, since the world has over a hundred countries to choose from. You might want to consider your interests (surfing, mountain climbing, etc.) or certain tourist spots you want to visit (Eiffel Tower, Stonehenge, etc.) in choosing where to go.
2. Make an itenerary.
A lot of people consult a travel agency and hire a tour guide for their trips. But if you want to explore the country on your own, you need to have a travel plan. I suggest you get a map of the country and plot the places you want to visit. It's better if you go in just one direction - from south to north or east to west, for example - to reduce travel time and money. Book hotels ahead of time and think of the best mode of transportation for you.
3. Read travel blogs.
Don't just settle on advertisements. A lot of travel blogs offer real and unbiased review of the places you want to see, so you won't have to expect too much only to get disappointed in the end. These blogs also give tips about traveling, the do's and dont's of the places, and the unusual things you can see.
4. Look for remote places.
Sure, most people want to go to popular places. But if you want to be hip and counter-culture, you should get information about amazing places that don't get visited by a mass of tourists. Who knows, you might be the first one to discover the beauty of the place and get the chance to let the whole world know about your trip.
5. Plan your wardrobe wisely.
Learn to travel light. You should be able to mix and match your clothes. Also, your clothes should be appropriate to any kind of weather. Just bring sachets or packets of your necessary items, not whole bottles or boxes. Traveling with little luggage is more convenient for you.
6. Learn the country's language and culture.
You should study even just the basic conversational phrases, like asking for directions, asking for prices of items or services, and ordering food. Also, knowing some of the country's customs and traditions will keep you from getting embarrassed or offending the locals.
When going abroad, always hope for the best but expect the worse. Although not everything happens according to plan, it is still better if you organize your trip and not just go where the wind takes you.