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1. Posted by razzaefc (Budding Member 109 posts) 6y

hello all,i leave to go traveling in novemeber,thailand,oz,fiji,nz s africa, im going on my own and i dont no anyone who has been traveling before and im finding my planning pretty hard!

i dont no what sort of things i should be looking at doing between now and when i leave,all i seem to be doing is saving money to take,aswell as looking at a few nights accommodation in each place im staying.apart from that i feel useless, as i no there should a 101 things i could be doing to prepare myself, if any of you experienced or even inexperienced traverlers who have some ideas could give me, i would be grateful

thanks a bunch

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2001 posts) 6y

I know how you feel, because I'm also easily overwhelmed. I'd say to start with the basics:

Health - your vaccinations/medications and general health and condition for travel (some shots require a waiting period to be effective) I am personally quite healthy and do the minimum - Hep A for food-borne illness.

Money - your savings and the general projected cost of living in each location & your credit & traveling funds - you need to tell your bank(s) of your general itinerary so they will allow credit/debit transactions from a foreign terminal/location (I like using the ATM for debit transactions, but you need to check the area you travel in - check the website of your cr card - they list foreign ATMs - travelers checks useful if no ATM availability)

Visas & Passport

Tickets, Insurance & Confirmation

Itinerary - I suggest you keep it as flexible as possible (don't plan by the hour)

Luggage - I suggest a smaller pack

Clothing - keep it simple, washable and practical

Local Customs - check and list by location

Just start by making a list and prioritize it by date of the things that need to be done

Pre-travel exercise is one area often overlooked and an area that I find very important

(sure I've left a few things out, but that about all my little mind can think of this morning!)

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Mar-2010, at 12:25 by Daawgon ]

3. Posted by razzaefc (Budding Member 109 posts) 6y

thanks for the advice,much appreciated,hopefully a few more people can add to it