6 Tips for Travelling to Unknown Destinations
Today’s guest post comes from self-professed Travelholic Trevor McDonald, a traveller who loves to get off the beaten track wherever he can. In this article, he sets out his 6 best tips for travelling to unknown destinations.
Travelling to unknown destinations is every traveller’s definition of adventure. There are new sights to see, new people to meet, and new experiences to have. But how do you prepare for these great new places?
Here, we’ll share six tips for travelling to off the beaten track destinations, including packing strategically, getting your car ready to hit the road, researching the city beforehand, consulting travel experts, letting go, and preparing ahead of time.
The most important thing to do when travelling to an unknown destination is to pack strategically. If you’ve never been to a place before, it can be hard to know what to pack, so pack a mix of things to be prepared for any adventure. For example, you might want to include:
- Lots of layers. Where you’re going might have a lot of weather changes, so pack t-shirts, light sweaters, and maybe one thicker jacket (depending on the season)
- Different kinds of shoes. You might be walking a lot so could need some comfortable sneakers. If you’re planning on having a night out, bring some nicer shoes. And if you’re headed to the beach, don’t forget your flip flops!
- Compact luggage. If you’re travelling to an unknown destination, you might not know the space requirements. Pack compactly and only bring a carry-on if possible to save yourself time, money, and hassle.
Get Your Car Ready to Hit the Road
If you’re taking a road trip to a new destination, make sure to get the car ready before you head out on the road. Check with your mechanic to do any routine maintenance to save yourself any emergencies on the road. If you’re concerned your car can’t make it, think about leasing or buying a new vehicle.
Dealers will often cut you a great deal on some vehicles that are great for road trips including new Volvo cars, Toyotas, Audis, and Volkswagens. These cars are known for their reliability and are great for hitting the road to your surprise destination.
Do a Little Research
Most of the fun of going to a new destination is the surprises along the way, but you might benefit from doing some preliminary research before your trip. Look up places to stay, the route you will take, and some of the best restaurants that can’t be missed in your city of choice.
Consult Travel Experts
There are countless travel bloggers online that can help you on your way to your unknown destination. Consulting these travel experts won’t ruin the surprise, but will instead get you prepared and excited for your adventure. Survival Guides are a great resource online that will guide you through the highlights of your unknown destination.
Let it Go
One of the hardest things about spontaneous travel is just being able to let go and have your own adventure. Too often, we get caught up in our daily lives and can’t find the flexibility to get away. But if you want to experience something new, book those tickets, make the time, and go for it! Let it go for some serious last-minute adventures.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Even if you book a spontaneous trip, you can still start preparing ahead of time to make your adventure worthwhile. Make sure you have enough money saved up to have the flexibility to travel and buy any travelling accessories ahead of time. That way, when the last-minute trip comes up, you will be ready to drop everything and explore.
Adventuring to new lands is exciting and by following these tips, you can make the most of travelling to your unknown destinations.
Trevor is a freelance writer and a self-proclaimed “Travelholic”. He enjoys travelling to parts unknown, sampling local cuisines, and sharing his experiences with the world. In his free time, you can find him planning his next trip or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.