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Five Essential Tips for Young Travelers 


During spring break, I traveled to Switzerland, France, and England with my brother and sister for 10 days. Even though this was my first time traveling over nine hours without my parents, let alone to another country, I had a wonderful time. This experience made me think of five essential tips for young travelers that I found useful myself and that other people my age should know, too. 

  1. BE PREPARED. Whether it’s making sure you have crucial travel documents or your phone provider plan has international 5G data, it is extremely crucial that you are fully prepped for your trip. If going to a country that speaks a different language, make sure you know a couple of important phrases, such as where is your hotel/hostel, where the bathroom is, and so forth. Researching the specific parts you are going to, such as safety, pickpockets, locals, etc., is also really important. Planning an itinerary of what you would like to do on your trip is an underrated option because traveling with others or yourself gives your vacation structure and a clear-cut plan of what you/your group want to do.
  2. Embrace the culture. If you are going to a country or location that is completely different from where you live, it is essential that you embrace the area you are going to. Learning new facts and talking to locals is really useful. Small talk is another great tool to have. My sister is the best at creating conversations with complete strangers, and I am slowly picking up on it. You never know what you can pick up or even get a discount or two by creating a simple conversation.
  3. Travel with an open mind. Alongside embracing the new culture you’re in, traveling with an open mind is a key trait to have in order to have a fun trip. Eating new foods and not being afraid to ask questions about street names or why Paris is split up by districts by the River Seine makes locals feel proud of their city and come off as more welcoming to you. 
  4. Get some rest. Remember, you’re on vacation, so it is important to kick back and relax wherever you are and escape the busy rush of school, practice, and work. Catching some sleep on your flight is a great way to adjust to time zone changes, especially if you have to get up early throughout your trip. 
  5. Stay connected. It is always important to check in with family and friends while traveling, especially abroad, for safety reasons and to keep those close to you in less of a panic when you don’t send pictures of every place that you see.

I had a wonderful trip, and I look forward to traveling more independently.

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Kwame Anim-Somuah
Kwame Anim-Somuah, Director of Public Relations
Kwame is the Director of Public Relations for The Rambler. This is his first year on the staff. Outside of writing, he enjoys soccer, listening to music, and watching sports. He hopes to pursue an economics or journalism degree in college.
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