Travel Tips for First Time Travelers with Hey Nadine

Alright guys welcome back to our channel There is no Samuel here today but I do have a lovely guest who has joined me

This is Nadine Hello! From the channel Hey Nadine and if you've been watching travel content on YouTube you've probably seen her stuff because she has been making videos for a long time How long? Like 10 years Haha Wow

It has been a long time So she is our travel expert today We've both been traveling for many years and that means we've made several mistakes along the way some of them sillier than others So today we thought we would share 10 common mistakes that first time travelers make and how you can avoid them So first tip before you head out is to contact your bank and let them know your bank and your credit card because if you're not used to traveling and you haven't done a lot of travel in foreign countries first thing you're going to do is when you go pay for something your credit card is going to get flagged and then they will cut you off and now suddenly you have no money

Um if you've been traveling for a long time generally your banks just know But if you are a first time traveller this can cause you a lot of headaches and has happend to many people I know It has happened to me before Myself included Yeah and it is the worst because then you are like I don't have money

You have to call up your bank and it is a headache so let your bank and credit card company know before you go Mmmhmm Another mistake I would say is booking parts of your trip in the wrong order I think it is very important to start with the big ticket items and then kind of like work down to the smaller things So maybe look at flights first, then your hotels and then your tours because if you have more flexibility with your travel dates you'll be able to get better deals so yeah start with big ticket items and then work your way down the list

Mmmhmm That is a very good one It helps you budget like yes plan everything better So packing proper footwear and packing for multiple seasons and seasonally This is kind of a big mistake especially like for example you're in a tropical warm climate and you think it is going to be sunny

So you pack all of these cute little sunny things but it rains in tropical climates as well So packing umbrellas or rain gear because if you're doing activities and you don't have that stuff you're just going to be miserable, wet and with a plastic bag typically over your body which is you know who really wants that? Um also like proper footwear you're going to be walking a lot when you travel So bringing proper footwear Footwear that you've like worked in Yes

Like you know that you can walk Not like brand new shoes that you're like testing out Brand new sandals like have solid footwear on your feet because when your feet get blisters and they hurt That is the worst You're not going to want to do stuff

You're goin to want to just not just do stuff Lie in bed with your feet up Forget sightseeing It doesn't make a very enjoyable experience so um and also packing like footwear that is multi-purpose and that fits certain different types of activities Packing like a good sneaker running shoe that you can use for like sports or higher activities like hiking packing like a nice sandal

Like a good walking shoe is really really important And then I like to pack like a nicer shoe That is for guys and girls Just having one like nicer pair of shoes A fancy dinner or date night

They don't have to be the craziest fanciest heels but more of like a wedge I love wedges because they are a versatile heel that you can kind of wear to dress up and you can just wear for like everyday stuff Okay so this next one is a mistake that I've made several times I don't seem to learn But often times I forget to look up how to get from the airport to my hotel

And then I'll arrive at my destination It'll be like 2am in the morning and it is like oh crap what am I going to do next So yeah before you leave on the trip like find out is there a train, is there a metro, is there a bus Like how are you going to reach the city centre Are you going to pay for a taxi, do they have uber so that you're not stranded there stressing out

Like what am I going to do tonight? Yeah This has happened to me so many times Like in Panama I was in Panama and I didn't know how I was going to get there I was like talking to cab people and this guy wanted 30 US dollars to get me to my hostel and I was like I just saw these backpackers and I was like how where are you guys going? And they're like we're going to take this like public bus that is a dollar fifty

Woah To get there And it is like a couch bus It wasn't even like the public bus It was a couch bus

And so I just tagged along with them I'll do what you're doing Yeah And they like dropped us off and it was a 10 minute walk and boom for like 29 dollars saved There you go do your research

Tipping I another big rookie mistake that I've made multiple times is when I'm in a country and I'm sitting down at a restaurants I didn't look up the tipping etiquette of that country because it varies widely per country Some countries there is no tipping Some countries it is 10 percent and some it is 5 percent Some it is 10 percent

It is only the meal is absolutely amazing Sometimes it is only cash Just sometimes it is a little bit of spare change Sometimes it is rounding up Yeah

There is a variety of tipping methods and you don't want to be like stuck in a restaurant paying your bill and being like ought oh what do I do? What is it? Haha Then you come off as a rude customer overseas So another tip for me would be to always grab your hotels business card before you walk out of the door because if you're a little distracted like I am you may start wandering around and then when it is time to get back you're like oh where am staying again? What street was it on? And it actually happened to me and Sam when we were traveling in China We were in Guilin and we were just super excited to get out and go sightseeing take the cameras that we lost track of time and we lost track of where we were And then we spent like half an hour trying to retrace our steps

So never again getting lost in China or anywhere else always carry a business card with the address and some hotels also have a little map on the back of their business card that you can show a taxi driver So that is your tip Unrealistic expectations of your physical fitness Mmhmm So I don't know what it is but sometimes when we're on vacation well I know what it is

You want to plan a lot of fun activities and things to do However if you're planning like kayaking, standup paddle-boarding, hiking, biking, scuba diving Like all of these crazy fun activities It is great but sometimes we overestimate or was it underestimate our physical fitness level And these can be quite exhausting

Especially if you're in a hot tropical place and you don't realize how much the heat takes it out of you Or even if you're in like a colder place how like cold the weather is Essentially it is like playing up your physical strength and your fitness level in those activities especially because you're trying to like but I don't know about you guys but I like love trying new things Trying new things I don't know how difficult they're going to be so you know just not being too overachieving Pace yourself

Pacing yourself Yes I think another mistake a lot of first time travelers make is underestimating distances between two places Like you may be looking at a map of Europe and thinking hmm Porto to Madrid that is so doable And then you get yourself into a bit of a pickle like Sam and I recently did when we thought maybe I don't know a bus would be like 5 hours and then we realize this is going to take us 2 days to get from point A to point B because there are no direct connections

So always make sure to check like is there a bus Is there a train? Is there a something connecting these two cities Also keep in mind what are the road conditions like? Are there going to be highways or are these dirt roads? So don't just think that because two places appear close on a map that it is going to be smooth sailing Small change Small change especially in like a cash based place is always so important to have on you and the problem is that most ATMs give you the biggest bills

Mmmhmm And a lot of the like small vendors, the like transportation you just need the smaller bills The smaller change So I'm always on the lookout that when I get those big bills is to try and exchange them as soon as I can and as quick as I can and I'll do these in like the bigger shops like bigger grocery stores or like bigger like shopping places um that I know will have that change on hand That I'm not like wiping out like some small like vendors

All of his like change and sticking him with this one bill It is just so important to have smaller bills and just for like side tips too It is really important Okay I think another common mistake is only doing what your guidebook says And your guidebook is going to be very limited because often times they just cover the main attractions

You know They only have a few pages where they can give you information and then they may suggest a few restaurants but that is where everyone is flocking because everyone is reading the same guidebook So I would suggest you know maybe asking locals for their suggestions of what you can do in a city Ask your receptionist, ask your taxi driver Yeah

Yeah It is just the simple anybody that you meet that literally lives in that country or that place will have their own personal recommendations Yeah And it is as simple as that Mmmhmm

Buying your souvenirs on the day 1 Especially you have a longer trip and if you have a shorter trip it is not really that big of a deal but if you're like going for like a few weeks, a few months then buying big souvenirs on day 1 you're going to be carrying that around with you for the rest of your trip and you don't think it is going to be a big deal but it is I've done this multiple times I bought paintings in Brazil, I bought like this Venetian masks in Venice, I brought these Turkish lamps Oh man

These Turkish lamps Those are so difficult to travel with I've done the same It is the worst Um so try to avoid buying them on day 1

If you do find something that you really really love ship it home Yes It might cost you a bit more but then honestly you're going to save yourself so much travel Or like so much hassle I should say in carrying it with you for the entire rest of your trip I think another very common travel mistake is planning an itinerary that is just way too busy

I know if it is your first time traveling to a particular region it is easy to get very excited but if you want to see like 7 European countries in 10 days you're just going to be exhausted like rushing from one place to the next Also you can't really see a country in a day or a day and a half So I always think it is best to like focus on a smaller region or just choose one country that you really want to you explore and you can always come back You can have future trips where you see the rest of the countries that you're kind fo like ooh that looks interesting Laundry

So if you're going for a trip longer than a week chances are you're going to be doing laundry because packing more than a weeks worth of clothes it just doesn't make sense Like as a traveler you honestly only ever need a weeks worth of clothing because you can do laundry Laundry is available to you There are multiple different ways to do it Sometimes hotels will have a laundry place that you can do

I wouldn't recommend doing the like individual piece laundry that can get very expensive Yeah That hotels offer but there is also external laundry mats that you can go to if you're staying at like hostels Book hostels with laundry facilities I always kind of like to have a plan for my laundry so I know um around that one week timeline you know making sure I know where I'm going to do that

And then I'll just kind of reciprocate that on my way or you can go a week and a half like you can re-wear the same things over and over but make a plan for laundry and bring some wash packets with you yes because you can a little bit of sink laundry A little bit of bathtub laundry I only discovered those recently Like earlier this year you can buy like these little packs with laundry detergent and if you're doing like socks and underwear in the sink you've got detergent instead of a bar of soap It is so good

I was like what? They sell these Mmmhmm So yeah good tip And last but not least I feel like we should mention travel insurance because if you can afford to book a trip you can afford travel insurance This should be like mandatory because if anything happens overseas

You get into an accident or anything you could end up paying a lot of money Yeah Thousands Tens of thousands Maybe even hundreds of thousands like if you have to get evacuated or something like that

And I mean there are certain countries out there that will treat you for free because there is like public medical healthcare systems but more often than not you're going to end up paying so don't take any chances Alright guys so I hope you enjoyed those travel tips for first time travelers so you don't make the same mistakes we made So thank you Nadine for coming over to our channel If you guys want to check out her videos we're going to have the links in the description box and little things popping up somewhere around here So yeah go check out her channel

She has some really cool travel videos and lots of very informational travel tips So thanks for watching and we'll see you next time Bye Bye

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