International travel can be excited, exhilarating, and stressful. Your trip can either be a one to remember, or a nightmare that you want to forget. The following seven tips are meant to be a guide for you as you head out on your next big adventure.
1. Leave American stereotypes behind you- Americans are often stereotyped as loud, boisterous, and proud. When you are traveling in another country, do your best to leave all of those stereotypes behind. Try to remain as quiet and understated as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, just be mindful of the people around you.
2. Keep your passport with you at all times- Your passport is your ticket back into America, so you should keep it on your person, preferably in a hidden passport holder. If your hotel or resort offers a locked safe for storage, you could consider leaving your documentation there, but be cautious.
3. Take the local transportation- Tackling the Chinese subway, riding a bike through a small village in Germany, enduring a rickshaw in India: when visiting another country, consider taking the transportation that the locals use. This practice will give you a different view of the city and a better appreciation for the culture.
4. Don’t flaunt your money- Many people from other countries believe that Americans are very rich. Americans are certainly better-off than others, but you probably don’t want to be considered a target for theft. Keep your money well hidden. Separating your travel money into different bags is also a good idea.
5. Try all the experiences that you can- Most likely, you will only be able to visit the country one or two times, so soak in everything that you can. Explore every cool building, climb every mountain, and taste everything.
6. Eat new food- When in a new country, it’s tempting to eat only the things that you are familiar with. But resist the urge to find the nearest McDonalds. Don’t be afraid to try the squid, the weirdly-shaped fruit, or even the horse meat.
7. Put your camera down- Most importantly, enjoy your experience. In today’s technology age, it’s so easy to live your adventure through a camera lens. And while you certainly want to document your trip to remember it, every once in a while, put your camera down and soak in what’s going on around you.