Travelling for the first time

For some, travel only becomes a possibility when they have more time on their hands, such as when they retire. But with the world at your feet, where do you go and how do you get there?

If your circle of friends is always taking about where they’ve been and where they’re off to next, but you are yet to step foot outside your own home state, then its well and truly time to get bitten by the travel bug.

Despite what seasoned travellers might have you believe, prior travel experience is not a pre-requisite to international travel. Everybody has to start somewhere and the best way to start is with a trip which is not too daunting.

The reasons you’ve put off travel in the past may have seemed valid at the time, but all issues can be overcome. You might be concerned about the long flights, the language barrier, being single or having a partner who doesn’t want to travel, but if your desire to travel is strong, there are ways and means to help make it happen.

Here are some ideas to help you on your way to booking your first trip:

Start off small
If you really haven’t travelled much previously, why not consider a short trip to a capital city or a road trip to the country? Get the feel for being away from home. Or if you’re confident travelling within Australia, but have yet to venture overseas, there are many countries within a few hours reach which can provide you with an international holiday without the long flight times. These include New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

Break it down
Break your journey into smaller legs with stopovers in cities along the way. This will give you a chance to stretch your legs, have a good rest and experience another city. If you are travelling to Europe, consider a short stopover in Singapore, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

Consider cruising
Imagine waking to a different port each day, you do your travelling while you are sleeping, leaving your days to enjoy tours ashore. You get to return to the comfort of the ship each day and satisfy your tastes with an endless supply of food. There’s no time to be bored with all the free activities on the ship. If you have a partner who doesn’t want to travel, consider sharing a cabin with your friends or members of a local travel or community group.

Join an organised tour
This is the easiest way for a first time traveller to enjoy their trip without the worry of organising everything. Having an English-speaking guide will ease any problems you might experience of not speaking the local language. If you are travelling on your own, you will meet other single travellers with whom you can do activities. And there’s every chance you’ll make friends from around the world that you can stay in touch with for years to come.

Dream big
Even if you’re just experiencing travel for the first time, that doesn’t mean you can’t dream of the trip of a lifetime. Each time you venture somewhere new, think of it as one step closer to that round-the-world trip, or the trek across Asia, whatever takes your fancy. And remember to speak to people you meet about their experiences, you’ll be surprised by how much information and inspiration you’ll gather along the way.

Stay safe
While we’re all for encouraging people to try something new, just because you’re in a different country doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind. The common-sense rules of being aware of your surroundings, staying alert to possible dangers and always letting someone you know where you are and what you’re doing still apply.

Now that you’re inspired to take the first step into the world of travel, start planning your exciting adventure today!

For travel tips once you are booked and ready to go download Australian Seniors Insurance Agency free Ebook – 50 Travel Tips for Seniors at www.seniors.com.au/ebook

For further information or to purchase your domestic or international travel insurance, visit Australian Seniors Insurance Agency: www.seniors.com.au or call 13 76 76.

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