There are all sorts of adventures waiting for you around the world, whether you want to see the pyramids in Egypt, take a picture next to the Eifel tower, or surf off the coast of the Bahamas. If you want to see the world, take a look at these seven tips for travelling internationally.
Create a Budget for Your Travel
Unless you have an unlimited amount of money to spend, you should create a budget for your travels. Remember that it costs more money to travel to developed countries than third-world countries. However, there are always unexpected expenses, so you should have a solid emergency fund designated for your trip. Take into account how long you’re going to be gone, what attractions you want to see that might cost money, how you’re going to get there, where you’re going to stay, and what you’re going to eat.
Most airlines charge a fee for every bag you want to check. You can save money if you’re able to travel with just a carry-on bag. Plus, it’s a lot easier to move around once you get to your destination if you only have to carry one small bag, and you don’t have to worry about it getting lost at the airport.
If your trip is too long, or you’re unable to make everything fit in a carry-on, pack lightly and efficiently to keep the bags to a minimum.
Buy “Around the World Airline Tickets”
If you’re planning a trip with several stops, don’t book several one-way airline tickets. Instead, some airlines allow you to book “around the world tickets.” They are priced based on mileage instead of destinations. Of course, you do need to look at the restrictions before booking. For instance, you typically have to end your trip in the same place you started and the amount of time allowed for a layover is sometimes only 24 hours.
Consider Alternative Travelling Options
Travelling by plane isn’t the only way to get from one destination to another. As a matter of fact, it is sometimes the most expensive. You can save a lot of money on your travel costs if you’re willing to ride a bus or the train. Ferries are also an option for crossing over bodies of water. Of course, renting a car is another great option if you’re looking to save money.
Look for the Cheapest Hotel Accommodations
There’s no need to spend a lot of money on a hotel when you’re travelling because you won’t spend much time in it. It’s really just a place to rest your head at the end of the day.
Of course, you should also compare the perks of one hotel to another. For instance, look for a hotel with a pool or gym if you want that, and a continental breakfast can also save you money. However, if you’re going to spend more than one night in a place, you may want to find a hostel or bed and breakfast since they offer a more authentic cultural experience.
Account for Power Differences
If you’re like most people, you wouldn’t dream of travelling without your mobile devices and laptop. However, travelling internationally presents all sorts of problems with your electronics. Remember that power outlets are not the same in every country. You may need to purchase a converter to use the electronics you bring from home.
Additionally, cellphone towers vary depending on where you are. That’s why you need to get a good phone that can easily change SIM cards and plans for when you’re travelling. That way you can make calls and use data without spending a fortune.
Research Restaurants Before You Travel
One of the best things about travelling is trying new foods at local restaurants. However, most people don’t want to spend a lot of money for a meal. That’s why you should research restaurants before you travel — to get a good feel for the food that is available and how much it will cost you to eat there. Of course, there will always be a McDonald’s or some other fast food place no matter where you go, if you need a quick bite to eat.
These are just a few of things you should keep in mind as you’re planning your trip around the world. The more preparation you do, the better your trip will be. Of course, you should leave some room for spontaneity. Do you have any other tips for planning a trip around the world? Leave a comment.