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1. Posted by payleigh (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I'm new here and am looking to go travelling, I've never had the guts to go on my own but I'm determined to do it this year, any hints and helpers to get me started? :)

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 182 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

First Tip: Start by providing some more information on your profile - people like to see that and it speaks volumes.

Follow that up with more information on where you want to go/ what your travel style is/ how long you wish to travel.

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

A lot depends on where you're starting, where you want to go, how long you have, high-medium-low budget, mode of travel, etc.

For starters if you are crossing a national border, you need a passport. Depending on where you're going, you may need a visa. If you plan to rent a car, there are age requirements and you may need an International Driver's Permit.

Suggestion . . . Start fairly close to home so the language is familiar and if you get in a pickle, you can easily arrange help. I'd use public transportation on a first trip so you don't have to deal with rental agencies unless you can drive your own (insured) car. If you're social, plan to stay in hostels so you'll meet other travelers easily. If you prefer to stay by yourself, try hotels where you can get information from the staff.

If you want more specific advice, you might consider telling us where you'll be starting and some of your travel interests. Is there any place you've always wanted to visit?

4. Posted by Nan Zhou (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi so these are my steps to plan any trip

1. Pick a country that you want to go the most and pick one that is "traveller friendly". The easiest is always to start at a major city in your own country, so you dont need to worry about cultural shock or language issues.

2. Do some research on where to stay (Airbnb.com, hotels.com etc), what to do (www.airbnb.com, viator.com, just general google search etc, youtube.com for video blogs and reviews); and good food options etc

3. WRITE down your research (you can use excel but I recommend -snip-

4. Once you have decided how many days you want to go, buy your plane/train/bus ticket and book your accommodation.

Have fun!

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

There is a blue banner across the top of your screen. At the far right is a white silhouette of a head with a small arrow pointing down. Click there and scroll down to the Travel Planner. This is a terrific travel planner that is a part of TravellersPoint and can be used to help plan your trips. You can keep all your web sites and maps together in one place and make notes on all of them. If you are just getting started doing travel planning, it should be a great help. Be sure to download the little applet (Add to Travel Plan) so you can easily save all the web sites you want into the appropriate trip.

Have fun.

6. Posted by oblak (Inactive 23 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Great tips from everyone here!

Mine would be starting out a trip with someone and then going your own way after a day or two. This is what I did when I first did a solo trip. It give you confidence to get familiar with the place first with someone else with you, so when you're on your own, it's easier to get around. It lessens probability that you'll chicken out and cancel, too.

Good luck!

7. Posted by ChuChuTrainGo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Before you start booking tickets and accommodation, check the travel requirements for your nationality. Ultimately, you can show up with no reservations and make it work, but not having the right visa will stop you in your tracks

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10. Posted by kate_vn1263 (Budding Member 14 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I was like you. But after the first trip, I know that I love traveling so much. I was scared about somthing dangerous happens when I travel. But after everything, I met many friendly people. They help me a lot on my way. I know interesting knowledge when I talked to them :)

First time is really difficult so search information where you will go carefully. ( which you see on internet maybe have difference from real. But it is ok. You will feel enjoyable about this )