XploreAsia Intern Shares a few Tips on Traveling Internationally
Boss your first time abroad by taking tome tips from our own first time traveler Ashia!
Joining XploreAsia is all about embracing adventure and changing lives. We know it can be scary for someone who has never traveled internationally before, so as a first time international traveler herself, our marketing intern Ashia shares a few tips on getting started in your new country.
So you want to travel, eh? Do you know the first thing about traveling? You don’t? Well, the good news is, I’m here to steer you in the right direction. In my previous blog I wrote about my first ever experience traveling abroad, and now I’m going to bestow my newfound knowledge on all of you.
The idea of traveling abroad can seem a bit scary, especially for it to be your first time. However, don’t fret, I have a few useful tips to help you get started while on your first international trip.
Research, Research, Research
My first tip is something you should do before you leave your home country. As a first time international traveler, you should get familiar with the country you’re going to. The easiest way to do this is to look at videos on YouTube. You can find anything on YouTube, you can look at vlogs, short videos or even find creators talking about their time in that country. This can be very helpful as it can give you an idea of what the country looks like, how the weather is at the time of year you’re going, and even places to visit for when you arrive.
Speaking of arriving to your destination, my next tip is for when you have gotten rid of your jet lag. Hop onto the local transportation and explore the city. If you don’t want to figure out the local transportation just yet, then get your daily steps in and go for a nice walk around town. It’s important to get a feel for the area you are staying in, so that you know what’s close to you and what’s not. If you are a bit timid because it is a new area, and you don’t necessarily know where you are going, do not, I repeat, do not be afraid to ask questions. No matter where you are, the locals are always pleased to answer any questions you may have. If they can’t answer your question fully, than they will point you to the person who can.
Visit the market
While getting familiar with the area, you can stop by any of the local markets and have a look around to see what you can find. In Thailand, there are two different types of markets you can visit: there are your everyday local markets where you can get a lot of local snacks and traditional foods; or you can go to one of the night markets in your area where you can get things like local food, handmade bags and clothes, electronics and more.
Learn the Lingo
While in this new country, as a first time international traveler, it is also important that you know some of the language. Now, you don’t necessarily have to be fluent in the language before you arrive, but it’s always useful to know the basics. My next tip is to download a language app. There are plenty of phrasebook apps that provide you a handy dictionary of commonly used sentences right on your phone, or you can explore learning software apps such as Duolino or Memrise (both completely free!). Make sure to do your research on apps before downloading, as some are less credible than others.
Try new food
A good way to practice your new language skills would be to go out and try new foods. My fifth tip for you is to eat at as many local restaurants and food stalls as you can. Once you get familiar with your area, you will be able to find so many delicious places to eat where you can make friends with the owners and staff, and they can also help you try something new and teach you even more words in their language.
Once you finish eating, you may even want to step out and see what the nightlife is like in your area. This is an easy way to make friends, practice the language, and have a great time all at once.
Aside from exploring the city, my next tip for you is to try and explore the natural wonders in your area. You can visit national parks to ethically see animals in their natural habitats. You can hike over mountains or through caves- try to find our what kinds of trails are available in your area. Visit temples and museums to get a feel for the history and culture of your new home. As a first time international traveler, there is so much to explore in the new world around you, so don’t be afraid to get out and see it for yourself.
It can seem scary as a first-time traveler, but this leads me to my last and final tip.
If you read this blog and still have no idea where to start in regards to your new adventure, then you can start by joining the XploreAsia family as an ESL teacher. At XploreAsia, we place teachers in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Costa Rica, South Korea and China. We see our TESOL graduates going off to explore the world and teach English, whilst making a difference in their new communities. Our team is with you every step of the way. The course also includes a one-week cultural orientation to get you immersed and feeling confident in your new surroundings.
If you want to learn more about how you can make a difference and experience traveling for the first time, then head over to our website.