Tips for a First-Time Traveler, Part 1

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If you’ve never traveled before, the idea can be equally exciting and intimidating. Traveling gets easier the more you do it, but no matter where you go, you’ll be sure to have fun! Here, our PHL parking company shares part one of a two-part blog series that includes some of our favorite tips for first-time travelers:

Don’t always use the guidebook.

Guidebooks are great for finding things like accommodations, restaurants, public transportation, attractions, and more. However, you don’t always have to abide by them. Instead, ask locals for recommendations. They’ll likely point you in a direction that lets you experience a more authentic way of life.

Check flight prices early.

As soon as you know your travel dates, start checking flight prices. While you’ll likely find the best deal about 7 1/2 weeks out, knowing what a good price is can help. This way, if you do find a deal earlier, you can buy your flight with confidence.

Take lots of pictures.

We don’t just mean the Instagram-worthy kind. Our PHL parking company suggests taking pictures of anything you want! It will give you a great way to relive your trip later and some fun, not-so-posed shots to make you smile.

Don’t do too much.

Traveling for the first time can be exciting, and it can be easy to want to cram in as much as possible. Do yourself a favor and try not to plan too much. Instead, plan some down-time and go exploring. Many times, the best experiences are the ones that are unplanned.

Pack lightly.

If it’s your first time traveling, it can be easy to overpack. Try your best to pack only what you’ll need. When it comes to clothing, pack mix-and-match outfits. When it comes to toiletries, remember your hotel will likely have things on-hand. And when it comes to shoes, pack pairs that are light and comfortable.

Allot for extra money.

Budgeting out your trip is a great idea, but you don’t want to be too strapped for cash. Wherever you go, our PHL parking company suggests taking a little extra money with you. You’ll be able to spend it on something fun like a souvenir, a ferry ride, a sweet treat, or just an extra drink or two.

Ditch the cell phone.

Not entirely, of course, but try to limit your usage. Cell phones can distract us from what’s going on around us and it’s easy to miss out on the moment. Make yourself a promise to limit how often you browse your social media, email, the internet, and more.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our “Tips for a First-Time Traveler” blog series!