First time we go abroad
With some, this happens in infancy, with others in advanced. But most of us sooner or later find ourselves abroad.
What kind of “rake” do beginners usually “attack” and how to avoid these common mistakes?
Travelers are sometimes completely uninterested in the country. Browse through the Internet, collect information about the country where you are going on vacation. You should know not only the main attractions, but also the rules of conduct, laws regarding tourists: what clothes are considered indecent, what you will have to pay a fine for, and for which you can even end up in jail, which items cannot be imported or exported. It will be useful to talk with experienced travelers at specialized forums and find out everything about possible acclimatization, about how visitors are usually deceived and what are the main dangers that lie in wait for them, what is the fare for a taxi and other services – without this information it is so easy to get into trouble!
As a rule, a novice tourist spends a lot of time getting comfortable in a new place. Arriving in a new city, immediately go to the state tourist information center. Such establishments are located at the station, at the airport, in the center, near the main attractions. Take a card there (usually it’s free) and ask all the pressing questions. At the same time take a look at interesting museums and excursions. How to find good restaurants? In European countries, you can try to talk with the hotel administrator and ask him where he likes to visit, which clubs he goes to. But be careful: in Asian countries you are most likely to be sent to a “brother” or “matchmaker” establishment, where your “adviser” receives a percentage for attracting clients.
The most important document
Some tourists worry where to hide their passport and money. Some travelers always carry a passport with them, while others, on the contrary, prefer to leave it in the hotel safe. Remember: there is no completely safe way to store documents and valuables. In addition, in some countries (for example, Spain), you are required by law to have the citizen’s basic document with you to present it when you pay with a plastic card. Therefore, be sure to make a copy, assure it of a notary public and wear separately. Sometimes it can replace a passport. Such a copy will help you out if something happens after all with the passport and you have to contact the Russian consulate.
The language barrier
To be in a foreign land where everyone around speaks an incomprehensible language is a lot of stress. But this does not mean that you should not leave the hotel. Of course, it’s good if you are fluent in foreign dialects, but you can very well choose a country for your first voyage, where they speak an exotic language and do not understand well even in English. Always carry a card with the name, address and telephone of the hotel and the coordinates of your guide (if you have one, of course). To be more independent, learn primitive phrases: “how much does it cost?” (The answer can be discussed “on the fingers”), “where is .. and where am I now?” (In this case, it’s better to have a card with you on which you can show all the necessary information).
Most likely, you will continuously transfer prices from local currency to rubles or the usual euro. Sometimes the result can be shocking: the price ratio for different goods and services in different countries can differ quite significantly, so do not spoil your nerves, remembering how much you would pay for the same trip by tram in your hometown. Better determine how much you can afford to spend. Relate this figure to local prices (again, it does not hurt to find out this information in advance). If the result is deplorable – either master the art of traveling for a penny, or refuse to travel at all: you are going to rest, is it worth it to spoil the journey for yourself and others with continuous talk about money?
Sometimes money runs out suddenly. The reason for this is all sorts of small expenses, which cannot be avoided. But you can minimize them! Find out if there are taxes from tourists in the country where you are traveling (for example, for spending the night in hotels) – sometimes their size in different hotels can be different. Try to find the most profitable ticket so as not to spend a lot of money on public transport. Be sure to leave a certain amount on the card “just in case”. Despite the fact that you have insurance, sometimes you still have to pay for the treatment yourself, and the insurance company undertakes to compensate for the costs, but after returning to their homeland.
Embrace the immense
Beginner tourists are not used to counting forces and strive to embrace the immense. Even if you are hyperactive, you will not be able to see absolutely everything. Accept this thought and do not torment yourself and fellow travelers. In advance, select the places to visit, correlate this with the time.