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I enjoy reading about seasoned travelers’ experiences around the world, but what about us newbies? Can we voice our raw experiences for the people who are still scared to book that flight deal? I may have not traveled to Paris but I’ll catch up. So, here’s my beginner’s guide to traveling for first timers like myself.

So, let’s start with funds.
You don’t have to spend much to travel. Weekend trips work because it’s cost-effective. My trip to New York/Philly costs me $383.09 – flight, transportation, and hotel included. You can spend less than $500 for a trip, it’s possible. Just catch those flight deals.

Research.
This is important, I like to know my environment. Get off TheShadeRoom and do research on where you’re heading. “No shade.” Find out what the nightlife is like and what areas to avoid.

Trip itinerary.
I want my family to know where I am for safety reasons. I create an itinerary for them to know my whereabouts.

Pack light.
I will never use a full-size luggage again. I pack light to avoid airport fees! I packed four days’ worth of clothes in my purse! Yes, my purse! Just pack your favorites.

Google Maps.
It works great for those traveling by foot, car and public transportation. This app is critical to have and is less expensive than Uber.

Don’t stand out.
Leave the flexing for your hometown. Period. You don’t want to draw too much attention or look like a tourist.

Hostels.
Hostels have become very popular over the years and it’s cost effective. You can spend $20-$55 a night depending on the location and the accommodations provided. I tried a hostel in Philly that I book again. You’ll meet other solo travelers and hear their stories about traveling the world (inspiring much?). FYI, hostels do not allow locals to stay. So, you won’t dorm with a homeless person.

These tips have helped me along the way and I am excited to share them with those ready to explore on their own. To all my seasoned solo travelers or travelers in general please guide us and leave some extra tips in the comments.

Aurelie Victoria

Instagram: @aurelie_victoriaaa

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