Tips For First-Time Travelers: Copy Your Passport, Ditch The Itinerary
Published on August 13, 2010
HOW ABOUT NOT TO GET DRUNK LIKE A PIG WHEN YOU ARE ABROAD?????
now that is a good advise.
A trick I use is to cover my guidebooks with scrapbook paper or brown paper bags or something to make them look like journals or reading books, versus a guidebook that screams "I'm not from here!" That way I have my maps or guide or key phrases handy without being pegged as a foreigner.
Also, bring a roll of toilet paper. You just never know.
Oh, shoot you said "travel virgin" Yes, I was that once....sorry, I was skimming and, well, I read wrong. My bad.
How about making sure you know the value of local currency so that you don't get ripped off and don't over inflate the local economy.
Definitely agree with the comment about not planning too much.
Let's see, first-time tips. Make sure you speak to at least 3 strangers every day (locals, hostelmates, etc...); pack a flashlight, ear plugs and travel alarm clock; and take copious amounts of pictures.