Anxious about your First International Holiday? Calm nerves with this advice!

January 31, 2018
tips for first international holiday

Hey everyone! Holidays can be stressful, no doubt about it. There are so many things to consider, and items that can’t be forgotten. For those who are going on their first international holiday, there are a few things to be made aware of. There’s nothing better than counting down the days, planning all the places to visit and of course, packing! Over the years I have made a list of tips I swear by – hopefully, it will help ease any nerves.

Create a Packing List.

There is nothing worse than unpacking in the hotel and find that you have forgotten important items (Ii.e. phone charger/foreign adapter). That’s why it is best to create a packing list of everything you need; and another one for when you are packing to come home (to ensure you do not forget anything).

Check Your Airlines Terms and Conditions.

Checking what your airline provider allows / prohibits makes the whole airport process much smoother. It also means that you do not have to sacrifice the 500ml of hairspray you bought because it was on offer (yes that did happen to me, and yes I was old enough to know better).

Also check the baggage allowances before you go to the airport – if you are found to be carrying more than permitted you may be incurred a charge. I know for a fact that would be a bad start to a holiday!

british airways baggage requirements
British Airways Restricted Items

Check The Weather Before You Arrive.

Keep track of the weather for up to a week before you arrive on holiday to properly prepare. Nothing worse than being on your first international holiday and not preparing for the weather shift It also means that you pack the right clothes and accessories.

Weather Barcelona

Take Priority Of Any Essential Documents.

Although this seems particularly obvious, misplacing your passport or boarding tickets can be easily avoided. Keeping them on your person is the best chance of not losing them – investing in a bum bag could be a good idea.

Take Out Travel Insurance and Medical Card.

If you live in Europe and travelling to another European country you may be eligible for an EHIC; which will allow you to healthcare should the worst happen while away. Also, protecting yourself from lost luggage and delayed flights is an absolute must. On that note, declare to your insurance provider of any health problems, inform your airline if required, and don’t forget to pack any medicine!

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Revise Your Itinerary.

It is best to know what your plan is while away, so no time is wasted and you get the most out of the time away. Some places may require tickets, many of which are pre-bookable so make sure what can be booked beforehand – it just saves time and confusion while away.

Learn Directions to Key Locations Beforehand

Although this seems quite tedious and long, it is best to know the route to the hotel before you arrive on your holiday – most likely you’ll be tired from travelling and want an easy way to catch up on sleep. Also, find out the nearest restaurants, so if you fancy a night of convenience food the option is there for you – without being charged masses for room service.

Bring A Mini Translator / Dictionary

Although many tourist holidays do not require expect top notch linguistic skills, it is best to know a few key phrases. This can allow you to be friendly to locals, but also helps for those that may not speak English.

Remember To Have Fun!

Amidst all the worrying and stress, holidays are time to let your hair down, so enjoy every minute! In some cases it can be a once in a lifetime opportunity so make the most of your first international holiday and have fun!

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  • Reply
    Gail Henderson
    February 1, 2018 at 9:42 am

    A great list Sophia. X

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    February 2, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    This is a wonderful post Sophia! It’s always a good idea to refer to your post! Marvelous

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    Chomeuse with a Chou
    February 2, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    A very comprehensive and useful list, thank you! My additional tip would be to remember that the world will not end if anything non-essential gets left behind – my husband once left our (only) suitcase outside our front door when we were flying to the UK for a wedding. We survived and managed to improvise (but I still haven’t let him forget it ;).

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      Sophia Patel
      February 5, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Such a good point, but oh no! Thanks for reading!

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    February 2, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    These are great tips! I always make a list when I’m packing because I too often forget essential items if I don’t!

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