When I first set out on my maiden voyage, I was terrified and completely unprepared. If only I had a helpful blogger like well, myself, to guide me through the murky waters to the promise lands that awaits.  I wish someone gave me some helpful tips.   It is quite exhilarating to leave your home, where you feel safe and are accustomed to your day-to-day life. This is why people travel, because it’s a life changing experience that you can only achieve by being adventurous. Life can become boring and humdrum but a little travel sprinkled into your life will no doubt jazz things up.

It’s time to spread your wings and see how much greener the grass is on the other side. Plan a trip, no matter how far, just do it. Book your ticket and the rest will fall into place, I promise. Once that flight, train or hot air balloon is booked, the trip will literally figure itself out. By reserving a ticket, you are making yourself book the rest of the trip. You will do research and find the perfect place to stay, things to see and adventures to go on.

Here are the five tips I wish someone told me before I went on my first backpacking trip across Europe. Hopefully they help you plan a fantastic and life changing journey.

Be Adventurous

Simple, take chances and don’t be afraid, because fear will ruin your adventurous side. If you don’t take a first step then you will never try anything new and that is what traveling is all about. Open yourself up to new things and broaden your horizon.   One thing to remember is that you are never alone when traveling, because there are thousands of people out there just like you and just knowing that may ease your fear.

Take your Time

Literally take time to smell the roses. Don’t rush through your trip because you want to see it all, you can never see everything. This will give you a great reason to return one day and see what you missed and revisit your favorite places. Go slow and truly take it in; you aren’t on vacation to run around like a chicken with its head cut off. Take a stroll through a park or eat a leisurely lunch at a cute little café.

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Pack Light

For heaven’s sake, don’t go crazy and bring everything you own. Pack clothing that can be worn multiple times, leave your gadgets at home and make a pre packing list. I way over packed for my first European trip and I regretted it every day I put that heavy bag on my back. You will be with that bag more than you think, so pack smart. I advise you to get a smaller bag than you think you will need so you can’t possibly over pack.

Worldwide Phone

Either get a worldwide sim card for your phone or buy a cheap international burner phone; you’ll thank me later. Not having a phone makes you feel unsafe and naked, since we have become so dependant on our phones. Having this little lifeline to your world back home will help with homesickness and just day to day logistics.

Hide Your Money

LISTEN! Hide your dang money or someone will take it. Pick pocketing is serious business and in tourist destinations especially prevalent. Hide your wallet and purse when in public and also while in your hotel rooms. I even stash some cash in articles of clothing just in case, you never know. It’s better to be safe than sorry and no one wants to be penniless when you are so far from home.

Good luck fellow adventurer. May the wind always be at your back and the sun on your face.