Traveling Tips For The Inexperienced Traveler

Traveling Tips For The Inexperienced Traveler

Ten things you should know before you go on your first adventure.
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Traveling is one of the best opportunities a person can be given. Not only do you get to explore something new, but traveling can also change you as a person. However, to make the best of your traveling experience, I've found that there is some things you should know before you begin. Here are the top 10 things an inexperienced traveler should know.

1. Be ready for change.

Stepping out of your everyday ordinary life into a new place full of new cultures can be scary. But don't fear! You may discover some great things you want to take back with you in your own personal life. Just be ready for whats going to happen and embrace the change you are about to embark on.

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

This is so important. Don't let yourself just feel lost and confused the whole time. It will end up making your experience less enjoyable. Ask questions, even to strangers. You never know how helpful and friendly the locals can be.

3. Don't fall into tourists traps.

Go to some of the big and iconic places that everyone says to go to. But don't spend all of your time going to these huge tourists attractions. Some of the best places you will find are the places you didn't expect. Make a balance between classic tourist and aimless traveler.

4. Do your research.

With that being said, doing some research ahead of time will really help you in the long run. Not only will this help give you an idea of where to go, but you could also research about the places' history and culture. Being aware of your surroundings and why they're there will only make you be more appreciative of your opportunity to be there.

5. Physically and mentally prepare yourself.

Physically, you're most likely going to be doing a lot of walking so make sure to prepare yourself for that. But even being mentally prepared will be essential. As mentioned before, change is about to happen and if you aren't ready or expecting this change then you may have a big reality shock.

6. Explore as much as you can; you can sleep later.

Along with physically preparing yourself, getting enough sleep during your travels is important. But who knows if you're ever going to be given the opportunity to go back to wherever you're traveling to? My advice is explore now, sleep later. Take advantage of being in this new place. Don't over do it to the point that you are too exhausted to enjoy anything, but also don't let yourself sleep in till noon like you might do back home.

7. Emerge yourself into the culture.

Yes, you're a tourist, but don't always act like one. The locals will have much more appreciation for you if you respect and are aware of their customs versus you being confused about everything.

8. Try everything.

I don't care if you say you're a picky eater, afraid of heights, don't enjoy history, etc. When you're abroad, you will never be able to fully experience it unless you try everything. You may or may not like it, but at least you can say you did it.

9. Don't spend all of your time on your phone.

In today's society, we are so obsessed with our phones that it has come to the point where we don't truly experience life because we spend our time texting or posting rather than looking at the real world right in front of us. When you're abroad, you can survive not using your phone the whole time. Use your phone to take pictures, post occasionally and keep in contact with family and friends back home. There's no need to be on it 24/7.

10. Embrace every experience you are given.

After all of the tips I have given so far, it leads up to this final tip. You never know when you will be able to go back so truly just embrace every opportunity you are given. If you do this, you will have one of the best experiences of your life and learn so many things that you would have never known before.

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30 Places Every Millennial Girl Needs To Travel To BEFORE She Turns 30

Live your best life, all around the world.
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I am a travel enthusiast. There is nowhere I do not want to go.

Traveling the world is one of my biggest goals in life and I am determined to make it happen. The world is so big and I would love to see every inch of it at some point or another.

However, if I can travel to these 30 places before I turn 30, I will feel as though I have accomplished more than enough.

1. New York City, New York

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. Los Angeles, California

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Walt Disney World, Florida

10. Chicago, Illinois

11. Nassau, Bahamas

12. Cozumel, Mexico

13. Cancún, Mexico

14. Bridgetown, Barbados

15. Basseterre, St. Kitts

16. Philipsburg, St. Maarten

17. Montego Bay, Jamacia

18. Christiansted, St. Croix

19. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

21. Tortola Baths, Tortola

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

23. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

24. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

25. Oranjestad, Aruba

26. Mykonos, Greece

27. London, England

28. Paris, France

29. Barcelona, Spain

30. Rome, Italy

Okay, so these are 30 places I want to go out of like, a million. I have traveled to some of these places and would not hesitate one second to go back.

Every new place is like a new adventure, and traveling will forever be so exciting and intruiging to me.

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10 Things To Do In Indiana To Make This Summer The Best Summer

Because let's face it, Indiana can be a pretty boring place.

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Often times our summer nights in Indiana consist of bonfires, Steak and Shake, and a trip to the local Walmart because we are just so bored! Let's face the inevitable conclusion, we were all born in a dreadfully boring state. Thankfully, there are places all over the state that are just waiting to be explored this summer! Pack your car, board your friends, and hit the road to experience some awesome adventures!

1. Turkey Run State Park in Parke County.

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What else can you think of other than the amazing feeling of hiking, camping, and enjoying the fresh air? With many places outside of the park to camp and stay, getting to the park is a short drive from nearby housing. The trails and beautiful sites will yield a perfect camping destination!

2. Zao Island in Valparaiso.

https://www.zaoisland.net/attractions/

With Go Karts, Mini Golf, Laser Tag, a Laser Maze, Game Rooms, Batting Cages, Slides, and even an Alligator Exhibit, this destination is the one stop you have to make for the summer! With family fun all around at good prices, this place will be the one place you will want to continuously visit! Plus they have pizza, too!

3. Indiana Dunes National Park in Chesterton.

https://www.nps.gov/indu/index.htm

Lining Lake Michigan, the Dunes is the perfect beach destination to go on a hot summer day. With hotels and restaurants lining the park, there will always be somewhere to stay and somewhere to eat, plus all of the amazing qualities of the park, such as swimming, hiking, and soaking up the sun rays, making this destination a trip you have to make!

4. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in Indianapolis.

https://www.childrensmuseum.org/

I think we can all agree that sometimes we are all kids at heart, and what better way to celebrate our "youth" than to take a visit to the Children's Museum! With exhibitions that contain Dinosaurs, an International Space Station, ways you can explore the everyday lives of Scientists, Fireworks of Glass, and many more, this is the perfect way at a decent price to spend your summer afternoon!

5. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus.

https://www.holidayworld.com/rides/firecracker/

This attraction hosts a variety of themed attractions, including coasters and water coasters! As well as having a wave pool, a river, and tube slides, this attraction is the perfect location to go when you want to have fun as well as a cool down from the hot summer sun!

6. Conner Prairie in Fishers.

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I don't know about you all but I LOVED when we got to go to Conner Prairie for a school field trip! Being one of the most visited outdoor museums in the country, Conner Prairie showcases the 19th-century lifestyle where you get to see 1836 Prairie Town, the William Conner House, and even experience what it was like in Indiana during the Civil War! This history destination will leave you in awe of how life used to be!

7. Bluespring Caverns in Bedford.

https://www.bluespringcaverns.com/

I was so jealous that my parents and sister got to experience these caves and I didn't! This underground river that stretches 21 miles houses many unusual and cool species, such as many amphibians, blind, and albino animals.

8. Indiana Medical History Museum in Indianapolis

https://www.imhm.org/

This museum is an old pathology building that houses an autopsy room, amphitheater, laboratories, photo archives, as well as records from when the hospital was up and running. This cool destination is home to outdated medical equipment as well as anatomical structures that are breathtaking to see.

9. Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort in Monticello.

http://www.indianabeach.com/

This fun beach gives us a little taste of everything, from rides, games, to even walking a boardwalk. Located on Lake Shafer, this amusement park is a fun time for those who are looking for a little taste of fair life, yet can't wait until August to get it!

10. Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis.

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Located in White River State Park, this zoo houses over 2,000 animals, all ranging from lions, elephants, and dolphins! As well as containing a botanical garden and exhibits where you can feed the animals, this zoo is a fun destination when searching for a fun break. Plus, who doesn't love visiting all the cool animals up close?

Whether you visit one or all of the destinations listed above, we have to acknowledge the fact that although Indiana can be a boring state, there are sometimes some pretty cool things we can do with an adventure around every corner!

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