“The greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the very first time.” –Bill Bryson

There is nothing more exhilarating and euphoric than traveling for the first time.

The moment you see clouds from the window of the plane when you depart to the instant step onto a foreign tarmac as soon as you arrive are two experiences unlike any other. Indeed, seeing a new place is like looking at the world with a new and fresh pair of eyes and it leaves you with a feeling of awe. However, before you embark on your journey and start your odyssey of discovering new cultures and foreign countries, it is best if you curbed your enthusiasm for a bit. This is not to say that you should not be hyped about your prospective travel, but it is best if you armed yourself with the necessary information first before booking that plane ticket. After all, even seasoned travelers would have things they are wary about when traveling to a foreign country for the very first time. In this regard, there ought to be some things you should take into consideration, not only for your personal safety and welfare but to make the most out of your travel excursion as well.

So, if you are planning to book a trip, here are some handy tips to keep in mind:

  1. Start somewhere easy

If you have never been anywhere in your life, it might be best if you eased into traveling by looking for destinations that are easy. The reality is, some places are far easier to travel to than the rest. This probably means it would not take you two plane rides to get there and it would not cost you so much. Alternatively, you can opt to travel domestically. If you have never been to the capital city, why not look for things to do in Makati? Or explore Metro Manila at night?

  1. Get your phone sorted out

Before you travel, you need to have your phone sorted out. This means getting it unlocked so that you can use an international sim while you are traveling. Sure, you might wish to avail of a travel data plan and use your existing number. However, do remember that these travel data plans are excessively overpriced and if you wish to stay on budget (and save a whole lot more), it is best if you bought a local sim card instead which effectively gives you the same perks as your existing sim card.

  1. Have the right luggage

Invest on a good travel bag or luggage. You need it more than you think. If you want to expedite your travel and have your belongings at all times, get a backpack and avoid stroller bags. This is because the latter are such a fuss to bring around with you. A good backpack would effectively achieve the same thing as a stroller would without the frills. Only bring big suitcases and strollers when you absolutely have to such as having to pack your skiing gear or the like.

  1. Pack light

It might seem like a challenge but it is very much doable. Sure, you might get the urge to fill your bags to the brim and plan for an OOTD every single day but unless you are planning to hold a photo shoot to wherever you might be going, it might be best if you packed only your essentials. Sure, you would always have that sense of foreboding that you might have left something behind that you would potentially need but packing light is a lot better than spending extra just to have your bags checked in. Furthermore, you really would not want to lug around those bags and strollers the moment you arrive and leave, do you?