As the pandemic fades and countries and restaurants reopen their doors to tourists and residents alike, the need for travel increases. After more than a year of being cooped up in the house or with pets, it appears as though what we all sorely need is a decent vacation.

However, if you’re like me and entered the quarantine as a child and are now leaving as an adult, the prospect of solo travel can be frightening. As I get ready to go on my first semi-solo trip, I’ve put together a list of the best advice I’ve gotten from people who have talked to me about my fears.

1. Never take on more debt than you can afford to lose.

The most critical piece of travel advice I’ve received is to never take more money than you’re willing to lose. Always carry only the amount of cash necessary for the day—no more—and keep some money stowed away in a safe place for emergencies.

2. Make duplicates of critical documents at all times.

While mistakes happen to the best of us, when they include your passport or other vital documents, it can be difficult to recover. To be ready for the worst-case scenario, it might be a good idea to print copies of any important documents.

3. Always ensure that you have access to transportation.

When you’re on the hunt for the hottest restaurants or the most beautiful beaches, the logistics of getting there can get lost in the excitement. So, before you get to your paradise, make sure transportation is on your to-do list.

4. Take a look at Reddit.

For those unfamiliar with Reddit, it is capable of far more than memes and grad school insider tips. On Reddit, there are communities of individuals who frequently ask the same questions you do, whether it’s about where to vacation, where to avoid, or someplace you really must visit. Redditors are privy to insider information. Seriously,

5. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity.

This is a significant one. Apart from being the backdrop for your next Instagram photo or fantasy vacation week, the location you’re staying at is someone else’s home, and it will remain so long after you depart. Therefore, when traveling, be conscious of your surroundings; they are probably already tired of visitors, and after all, we are all healing from a pandemic.

6. Keep an eye on travel blogs.

Travel bloggers offer valuable insight into where to go, how to navigate each activity, and even pictures to accompany their advice. Therefore, if you are in desperate need of information on Portugal in the next 24 hours leading up to your travel, I recommend watching a couple of vlogs at double speed.

7. Keep an eye on your finances.

Although many nations accept Visa debit or credit cards, it’s still a good idea to verify with your bank to ensure that the location where you’re going accepts your card. It would be a shame to land and be unable to visit the restaurant of your dreams.

8. Don’t forget to bring the necessary outlets.

While charging outlets are not the most interesting item to consider, they are a must for everyone. When traveling to a different nation, outlets may vary, so it’s a good idea to get several on Amazon beforehand to avoid having to purchase pricey ones at the airport.

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