How first-time travelers can prepare for an unforgettable adventure

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Travel Tips to Make Your Adventure Unforgettable

28 Mar Travel Tips to Make Your Adventure Unforgettable

Today I have an article for you outlining 7 travel tips to make your adventure/holiday unforgettable. Whether these tips are used over the Easter weekend or for a adventure you have planned for the summer. This article is a guest post from Katleen Brown. If you would like to find out more about the author and check out her website and social media handles then scroll to the bottom of the article. If you are interested in guest posting then contact me via the Contact Page; if you would also like more information then you can check the Write For Us page too.

I hope you all have a good Easter weekend. Now, time for the article.

Travel Tips to Make Your Adventure Unforgettable

It’s spring already and before you know it, summer will come along and it’s time for a vacation. In order to have a great time and make unforgettable memories, it’s important to start planning already and make sure you know where to go and what to bring. In this article, we’re going to reveal 7 helpful travel tips to follow in order to have a lot of carefree moments to make your adventure unforgettable.

Know where to eat

The first thing you should consider when planning your vacation is where or what to eat. Why? It’s because considering various options can help you plan your budget. This part includes doing a little research where you can find out average food and drink prices at destinations you choose. Here are a few ideas to eat and enjoy various tastes of different cultures and still avoiding spending too much money:

  • Plan ahead i.e. look for various restaurants with affordable prices
  • Pack a few snacks and bring them with you
  • Take advantage of everything your hotel has to offer i.e. if your hotel offers free breakfast and dinner, then opt for healthy foods or foods that you haven’t eaten before instead of waffles
  • Eat where locals eat because in most cases, tourist places are expensive
  • Avoid hotel room service, it’s usually expensive, and opt to eat in restaurants or fast food places located near colleges, they’re usually cheaper because students don’t have too much money to spend in the first place
  • Always join a forum or some other group online where you can communicate with people who travel around the world and see where they ate when they traveled to the same destination as you.

Know how to make your own adventures

Regardless where you decide to go you should always know how to make your own adventure. This guarantees an unforgettable time and abundance of new memories that you will cherish forever. Knowing how to make your own adventure allows you to experience everything that a particular destination has to offer. Before we get started, it is very important that you plan your adventure and make sure you are getting the best price for what you are after when it comes to travel and accommodation. For example, if you prefer to fly via private jet, planning the flight to your destination using a specialist website such as Jettly can help you to save money before even landing at your destination.

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Here are a few tips:

  • Before you go read books or articles about that destination, you can also read travel blogs etc.
  • When you travel, get up early to get a chance to explore without too many tourists
  • Communicate with locals
  • Learn basic phrases of the local language
  • Use the public transport
  • Explore as much as you can and not just places where other tourists go, explore the entire place and get to see other places as well
  • Travel as light as possible, too many travel bags would slow you down
  • Take your hobbies with you i.e. if you’re into architecture, visit different buildings
  • If you’re traveling alone, pair up with some other traveler and make beautiful memories together
  • Don’t plan various activities all day every day
  • Take a jog in a local park

  • Learn to do something e.g. take cooking class, surfing class
  • Don’t talk about politics or religion
  • Don’t be obsessed with taking pictures all the time; try to soak in as much as you can using your eyes only. Spend 10 minutes just looking around and then take photos
  • You don’t really need to buy different souvenirs
  • Say YES to almost everything; try different things that you can’t do at home

Know what gadgets to take

Although most websites would advise you not to use technology when you travel, you should definitely use all the perks it has to offer. Nowadays, there are numerous gadgets and apps you can use to avoid stress and confusion which often come when you travel. Here are the latest tech news about gadgets you should take to your trip or apps you should download:

  • Quality camera or phone to capture beautiful images (the Cannon 70D is a great camera and very popular choice among photographers and filmmakers)
  • Portable notebook lock to prevent your gadget from being stolen
    kit to charge your phone (or other gadgets) regardless where you are
  • TripCase, excellent for frequent flyer’s as you get the opportunity to organize multiple flights
  • Bravolol a basic phrasebook in more than 13 languages. The app pronounces phrases for ease of use.
  • Noise canceling headphones, particularly when there are screaming kids on the plane (We recently reviewed the Audio-Technica M50x, our essential headwear for any occasion)
  • Citymapper is comprehensive, easy to use, and offers more detailed journey planner information than Google Maps
  • Portable external battery charger because you already know how batteries in gadgets today die quickly (Anchor or Native Union are two great choices for portable chargers, though Amazon has many different options)
  • Waterproof phone case
    is the app you definitely have to use. It’s go-to site for currency exchanges and rates and is no wonder why their app is so popular.

Know where to take best photos

So far, we have talked about eating, tech info, or how to make adventures, but let’s focus on destinations for a while. Are you into photography? Then you probably choose destinations according to landscapes you can capture. You want to explore more than just popular places where all people go. Here are a few ideas where you can go to capture breathtaking images:

    , Italy – the Eternal City is the go-to place for every photographer. It’s a popular destination but a must-visit place as well
    , Greece – the quality of light seen in Santorini can only be described as magical.

    – is a perfect place for all people who appreciate photography and stargazing. Here’s a tip, on the shore of the lake near the town you’ll find the Church of the Good Shepard that is perfectly positioned so you can capture Milky Way and beautiful sky together with this little church. It’s beautiful.
    – only here you can capture beautiful colors that start to dance on the sky above the ancient temple

    , Jordan – one of the most stunning places that you can capture
    , Japan – you have probably heard about the beauty of this place. It’s a heaven for photographers particularly during spring
    , Slovenia – this place looks like it came straight out of a fairytale.

Know what books to read

When you’re on a plane for hours or you’re in the train going from one destination to another watching a movie or listening to music aren’t the only things you can do. After all, you can’t watch movies for 6 hours because you’d get bored. This is a perfect opportunity to read a book. Naturally, you can opt to read books about your next destination or you can read some well-known literary works. There’s always a book you’ve wanted to read but didn’t have enough time. Here are a few suggestions:

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • The Saffron Gate by Linda Holeman
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

What 99 Percent Lifestyle’s Founder Conor Rees is currently reading:

  • Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerhcuk

Know the most underrated places you should definitely visit

Reason we travel is to relax, get to know different cultures, and have fun. However, we constantly see identical travel lists that always include London, Venice, Paris, or New York City. Yes, all these places are amazing and we’d even want to live there. But, this planet is big and offers thousands of different places that are as equally as beautiful and worth to visit. If you’re looking for some extraordinary place to visit here are a few tips:

    , Croatia (We wrote an article on this destination last year. Check it out here if you want to know what to do, where to eat and where to go in Cavtat – a 30 minute journey from Dubrovnik)
  • Budva, Montenegro
  • Bagan, Myanmar
  • Isle of Skye, Scotland
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Big Sur, California
  • Lake Garda, Italy
  • Tulum, Mexico
  • Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
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Know where to go to get inspired

Getting inspired isn’t the easiest task in the world. For centuries writers, painters, and other types of artists have traveled the world in search for a perfect place to get inspired. Even fashion designers inspire their entire collections according to cities that have the function of the muse. If you do something creative for a living and need to get inspired, here are a few places you should visit:

    – natural inspiration: Aurora Borealis – natural inspiration: the Adriatic sea – natural inspiration: the fjords – natural inspiration: Australian wilderness – natural inspiration: bamboo forests

    – natural inspiration: ice, the glaciers – natural inspiration: castles, vineyards, valleys – natural inspiration: women (Estonian women are one of the most beautiful women in the world) – natural inspiration: the architectural designs of Le Corbusier.


With tips from this article, you will be able to make unforgettable memories. Throughout this article you have had the opportunity to find out where to go, what to read, what to bring or eat and other travel tips. Now, all you have to do is to choose your destination and get ready.

About the Author

Katleen Brown is a health, beauty and fitness writer. She loves to publish her articles on various health related websites. In her spare time, likes to do research to bring awareness. Recognising the unity of body, mind, and outlook, she helps empower women to tune into their innate & inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish. Get in touch with her on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter or on her blog.

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I hope you all enjoyed this guest post from Katleen. Be sure to check out her social handles to find more of her work. I hope all of you have had a good Easter weekend and enjoy the Easter holidays. Where are you traveling this year? Let me know in the comments section down below.

First-time Travelers: 3 Things to Prepare for Your Most-awaited Trip

Planning to travel can be challenging, especially if it is your first time. There are a lot of things to prepare, and some first-time travelers might miss something. It is a long vacation time, and it is an opportunity to travel abroad. Families either have plans for a staycation or a tour getaway. Some families would go on a road trip and spend an adventure, while others would book the best Mongolia tour to handle everything they need. Your tour guide can save you a lot of time and suggest other attractions or restaurants you can visit after the tour.

But some people are clueless. They do not have anything on their sleeves to prepare and set up a travel plan. What they know is how to book their tickets, but some people do not have the experience. They rely on stock knowledge and what they believe can help them.

How should people prepare for a first-time trip? What are the things to do, especially if it is a trip abroad? There are various ways to prepare when you decide to travel. These travel tips also work for experienced travelers. It is a pre-departure preparation that everybody should follow by heart.

Travelers should check the destination and get the proper documents.

The first question that people should ask when planning a trip is where to go. There is plenty of destinations where people could visit. Most likely, those countries have different policies. Travelers should follow the rules the place offers for tourists.

People should check the country they plan to visit. Look for the nearest and affordable hotels. They can also check famous restaurants and other exciting things that they may see. It is a great way to know what kind of place tourists are visiting before booking a ticket.

Travel experts also suggest researching what places are safe or not. Check out the weather in a country if there are storm visits from time to time. People may watch the news to learn about some events. It is the simplest way to know what is going on in a place.

People may want to check and see if there are visa requirements in the country. Some destinations only need passports and have lenient rules. Others will need pre-interview requirements and all others.

All travelers should have these necessary documents to avoid the hassle. Nobody wants to get stuck at the airport because of entry problems. Remember Tom Hanks from the movie “The Terminal?” He got stuck at JFK airport due to visa restrictions.

Okay, enough of that. The important things to remember are the destination and the documents. Those two things make people eligible to plan on a trip.

first time traveler

Travelers should get necessary vaccinations.

Getting vaccinated is a rule in most countries before entry. Vaccines have been mandatory for all people, especially when COVID-19 started. It is one way to secure your safety and everybody else. Other countries also need people to get some vaccines. One example is the anti-malaria vaccines that some South-East Asian countries need before entry. Africa only allows people to enter if they have yellow fever vaccines. Vaccines for travelers will surely secure travelers while on tour. It is better to know these things to prepare for your dream destination.

Travelers should keep some cash in handy and prepare the essential things.

Traveling in other countries may be a little outdated. Some rural tourist destinations do not have automated machines to fill people with cash. Travelers should have cold cash in hand. Even restaurants in some places do not accept credit cards. So better be prepared for these kinds of situations.

Travelers should also learn to pack the things they need. Be sure to have a first aid kit included in the bag. It helps a lot when there is no nearby pharmacy to buy medicine. Travelers may also bring power banks to charge their cellphones. They can also bring chargers and a pocket Wi-Fi device to connect to the internet. Destinations like Japan have available sim cards at the airport. Tourists could connect through their Wi-Fi connection wherever they go.

One suggestion is to segregate the things to bring on a trip. Most people prepare zip locks and place their stuff separately. Then label the plastic bags to avoid confusion. Remember to keep valuables in a safe place to prevent loss.


Traveling may seem to be a lot of work, but all the effort you make is worth it. All it takes is to set the date ahead of time to avoid delays or problems. Being prepared will take you to places.




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