Solo Travel: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Traveling Abroad For The First Time Solo Travel

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By Kelsey Marie -Traveling abroad for the first time can be a bit scary. There is a mix of excitement and anxiety about what’s in store while exploring a new country.

However, your first time abroad should be filled with nothing but positive memories and experiences.

To get the most out of your travel abroad, here are 5 mistakes to avoid:

Not Changing Currency

The U.S. dollar is not accepted in most countries. If you’re going to use your bank card, make sure to call your bank ahead of time and let them know the dates you’ll be traveling so they won’t flag your account for fraud.

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To avoid international charges with your bank, it’s best to use cash when abroad. When shopping at markets or at certain stores, cash is the only currency accepted, adding to another reason why you should have local currency with you at all times.

You can exchange currency at your bank prior to departing on your trip for a lower fee than currency exchange counters at the airport.

Not Packing A Power Adaptor

Many countries have different power outlets than in the U.S., so it’s best to purchase a power adaptor so you can charge your phone, laptop, and other electronics. Travel adaptors are generally easy to find and budget-friendly. You can also find them at the airport.

Not Keeping Up With Your Passport

Your passport is probably the most important item to pack and keep track of when on your trip. Without it, you won’t be able to board your flight nor get back home.

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Find a designated spot for your passport so it doesn’t get lost while traveling. Also, leave your passport in a safe place in your room while exploring your destination unless you’ll need it when out.

Not Being Mindful Of The Local Language

When traveling to a foreign country, it’s important to remember that not everyone speaks or understands English. If you’re going to be in a place that speaks a foreign language, it will be very helpful to learn a few important words and phrases in the language.

Not only will you be able to communicate with the locals, but they will feel happy and respected that you are making an effort.

Sweating The Small Stuff

Everyone makes mistakes and it’s inevitable that you’ll run into a few problems on your first trip abroad, but the key is to not let that kill your joy.

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If you lose something, forget something or run into travel delays and cancellations, remember to stay calm and find a solution.

Every situation is what you make it — so remember to have fun!

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