Keep these things in mind to make yourself comfortable and the trip enjoyable !!
1.Fights with your travel buddy. Whether it’s your family or your friends, you will get sick of whomever you are traveling with. You are spending every waking moment together (likely more time than you’ve ever spent before) and learning about each others’ weird quirks and habits. And you might experience moments of such abhorrence that you’ll wonder why on earth you decided to travel with them in the first place.
What to do: Don’t make any rash decisions like ditching them to travel the rest of the road on your own. These are the people you liked before you got on the plane, you’re just now seeing a different side of them (also, they are probably feeling the same way about you). Take a breather, or even a few hours apart, and you will get over it.
2.”I want my mommy” moments. If this is also your first time traveling without the fam, be prepared to miss them. We know what you’re thinking. “No way! I booked this trip to escape and find my independence!” You will. But between the loud hostels and exhausting, long days, you will also find a deeper appreciation for your own bed and your family’s warm embrace.
What to do: Do not bump up your return flight. Feeling homesick is completely normal, even after 10 trips abroad. But it is also completely temporary. Just stay in touch as much as you can and remember that this is just a trip, not forever.
3.Falling in love with a foreigner. Whether it’s your tour guide, some random person driving by on a Vespa, or the dude who checked you into the hostel, you will fall in love with a foreigner during your first trip abroad. But just like your first love, your first travel love will be the most special.
What to do: Embrace this feeling. But don’t go overboard. Relocating to another country for a gorgeous guy you exchanged glances with on the street is not super-realistic. If you do actually form a relationship with this person, try to stay in touch. See what happens when you get home—you never know!
4.Getting lost. You can have every map known to man and all the apps Lonely Planet recommends, but you will still get lost. It’s completely unavoidable, and a sort of initiation into the vagabond life.
What to do: Don’t panic. In fact, enjoy it. Getting lost is an easy way to see the best a destination has to offer. Of course, after a while you will need to find your way back (especially if it is getting dark). Prepare yourself for this moment by knowing basic directional vocab in the language of the land you are visiting, as well as your hotel’s address and phone number.
5. Wi-Fi equals LIFE. Whether it’s a museum, a restaurant, or a public restroom, the first question you will ask everywhere you go will be: Do you have Wi-Fi?! This will be your first time living without constant access to the digital world, without being able to text and talk as you please, or post every moment of your life to Instagram.
What to do: Keep your phone on airplane mode throughout the entire trip. This way you will be able to use Wi-Fi without using data, as coming home to ridiculous roaming charges is not fun. You also might want to learn how to ask about Wi-Fi in the country’s native tongue. But don’t spend too much time surfing. There is an entire world out there to see, and it just might pass you by while you are updating your status.
6.You’re gonna get sick. Don’t worry, we aren’t talking full-blown mid-trip flu. There will be at least a few stomach aches here and there. As you adjust to different food, water, and time zones, your body is bound to react, whether it’s during the trip or once you get home.
What to do: Travel with anti-diarrheal pills, check the country’s guidelines for drinking the tap water, and take precautions to get over jet lag. If it’s getting worse, give yourself a day of rest. The world will still be there tomorrow. The quicker you rest, the quicker you will get better and back to traveling.
7. Changing plans. Travel is unpredictable. You will hit bumps in the road like bad weather, a beautiful boy, or long lines at a museum that will force you to reassess the plan you had.
What to do: Hate to break it to you, but there really isn’t anything you can do besides… well…let go. If you’re a “planner,” plan to be un-planned, and have some backup plans ready just in case.
8. “OMG I lost my passport, I am going to be stuck here forever” moments. You’re packing and unpacking every few days, putting your passport in a safe, taking it out, switching bags—”misplacing” this important little book is a constant source of panic. Luckily, it will probably be safely stashed in a pocket somewhere, and as you continue to travel, the freak-outs will start to disappear.
What to do: We do not blame you for freaking out over a possibly lost passport. But to dull the pain a little bit, make a few copies (one to take with you and one to leave at home), know where the embassies are, and last but not least, take a deep breath and a moment to think about where you always put your passport, because it’s probably there. Take these precautions and freak-outs will seem way less necessary. You will get home, don’t fret.
9. Money woes. As much as you’ve budgeted, you really can’t predict how much you will spend. With all the running around, you will be much hungrier than predicted, tickets will have tas you forgot to factor in, and a different currency can zap your bank account. Cue financial freak-out.
What to do: If you must budget, factor in an emergency stash for unexpected costs and fees.
10. Learning the art of packing light. You are only allowed to make the mistake of packing eight pairs of shoes for a nine-day trip to Italy once. After your first trip, it will become inherently clear that you did not need half of the stuff you packed.
What to do: Don’t be too hard on yourself and consider it a lesson learned.
11. Losing something you love. Your favorite heels and studded clutch unfortunately were not made to be stuffed in your suitcase. Accept the damage.
What to do: Don’t bring the items you love. We know it’s tough; your favorite Marc Jacobs bag is
perfect for Paris. But between late-night crepes and possible pickpockets, it’s not worth the risk.