5 Tips For Travellers To A New Country

A great deal of us get excited about visiting a country for the first time, packing the bags, booking the hotel etc, even the most mundane tasks are exciting when we are preparing for a holiday.

But there’s a few important things to consider before you leave the comforts of your home. Things that’ll make or break your time on the foreign and uncharted lands of your chosen destination.

Are you travelling for the first time? Going somewhere and want to feel safe and comfortable in from the get go. Cool, then get pen and paper (or your smartphone lol) and note these 5 essential tips on going abroad to a new country!

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1. The Culture of the Country

Every country has its own distinct culture and there are societal norms you must abide by to prevent causing offence. This is especially important for countries in South East Asia and the Middle East. To cite just two examples, shoes must be removed before entering a home and you should not use your left hand to pass things to people, particularly food items. People in other countries are generally very tolerant of visitors to their country but it is still wise to read up on the most important cultural aspects before you arrive.

2. Entry Requirements

Different countries have different entry requirements and these requirements are usually based on your nationality and any reciprocal agreements that your host country has with your home country. For example, most people visiting Thailand can obtain a 30-day stamp without the need for a visa. Whereas some nationalities need to apply for a visa in advance well in advance of the date of travel. Many travellers have fallen foul of these rules and found themselves unable to board their flight. It’s absolutely imperative that you do your due diligence by researching what is required of you before you go away!

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3. Accommodation

The standard of accommodation available in some countries, particularly Africa or Asia can be very basic in comparison to what you are used to. The tourist hotspots such as Bali for example, have a wide range of accommodation suitable for almost every budget from the high quality and luxurious Cantik Seminyak villas to backpacker accommodation you can get for a just a few dollars. Beware you do get what you pay for at the end of the day, so if you are on holiday it is definitely worth going a bit more upmarket than the cheapest option.

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4. Vaccinations and Medical Treatment

Dependent on your destination, the standard of medical care may be much lower than you are accustomed to. Also, in serious cases you may need to be airlifted to a hospital with a higher standard of expertise. For this reason, it is of utmost importance that you obtain comprehensive health insurance. The media is awash with people who have had accidents overseas and, in the absence of insurance, have been left with a bill running into hundreds of thousands of dollars. There are also some countries where vaccinations are recommended, book an appointment with your GP or a travel clinic well in advance of your departure date.

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5. Right Clothing Essentials

Depending on your destination, you will need to pack the right clothing. If you are heading to the tropics, it’s best to pack cotton clothing if you have it. If not, you can usually pick up some suitable clothing at very good prices at your destination. Places like Bali and Thailand have a large selection of clothes that you can buy for a few dollars. Conversely, if you are heading to a colder destination such as Nepal or north India, you will need to pack a decent down coat and decent shoes. 

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Happy Travels

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What are the go-to tips you’d give to someone going abroad for the first time? Do you agree with most of these provided? Feel free to leave them in the comments below. I hope these tips have given you an insi

ght into some of the essentials you need to know when visiting a country for the first time. Safe and happy travels!

P.S. And – don’t forget your passport!

Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures


Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!



  1. July 1, 2019 / 10:53 am

    Another great thorough and informative travel post from you Bro. The cultural etiquette of a country is so so so important. It is easy to forget that you’re a stranger on new turf. This post also reminded me to look into my vaccinations for my Asia trip later this year.

    PS. Loving the site bro, easy to navigate and I can find what I’m looking for with ease.


    • July 1, 2019 / 12:28 pm

      Great list of things to keep in mind when traveling to a new country! Thanks for sharing 😎

      • Johnny
        July 1, 2019 / 2:33 pm

        No worries Sarah 🙂

    • Johnny
      July 2, 2019 / 7:27 am

      Exactly that b! Gotta respect the turf you’re on and not make yourself more of an outsider than you originally were. Can’t wait to hear the gems you’re gonna be dropping about Asia 🙌🏾

      Thank you Sis, you don’t know how much that P.S means to me 👊🏾

  2. July 1, 2019 / 1:24 pm

    This is such a good list of important things to remember when traveling! A lot of times these “boring” details get left out when all the excitement of a trip sets in, great to have the reminder!!!

    • Johnny
      July 1, 2019 / 2:33 pm

      Yeah absolutely true! As boring as they may seem they allow us to have a holiday or trip in the first place. A necessary evil I’d say

  3. July 2, 2019 / 8:06 am

    It’s so easy to just book a holiday and go without thinking about these important factors.

    I really think it’s important to respect the countries we visit and their traditions especially.

    Great post, as always x

  4. July 2, 2019 / 3:05 pm

    Really great advice and information … I especially like that you mentioned medication/healthcare etc as this is often left off helpful lists!

  5. aimsysantics
    July 2, 2019 / 5:13 pm

    Great tips! I would second researching your destination. Not only will you have knowledge of the culture you are going to, but what places are best to explore and visit!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo

    • Johnny
      July 3, 2019 / 8:26 am

      Thank you Aimsy 🙂 Exactly that, generally speaking doing your due diligence is very key for a lot of things you do in life!

    • Johnny
      July 3, 2019 / 8:23 am

      Aye!!! Great minds think alike hahaha! Yeah currency rates are definitely worth mentioning. I also liked how you discussed language and the weather in your one, it’s crucial that people acclimatise to the new environment they’re in

  6. July 3, 2019 / 9:14 am

    A great list and some really useful tips, especially the health insurance one as I think so many people get caught up in the excitement of booking a holiday it can often get forgotten! Thanks for sharing 😊

  7. The Sacred Space AP
    July 5, 2019 / 4:16 am

    Fab list! An extremely useful read. I am planning to holiday to a new country next year so I will be remembering this list and doing more research on the country.
    Thank you for sharing!

  8. July 5, 2019 / 8:48 am

    I love this post!
    It’s a very useful read.
    Something I have tried to do in recent trips is to immerse myself in the culture of the country I’m visiting.
    I believe it makes for an even better holiday experience.
    Kelle – http://www.itskellesspace.com

  9. July 7, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    Such a fab post. I’m off to Thailand in October and I’d never thought about things like taking shoes off so I def need to look into that!
    Laura – http://laurajayres.com

    • Johnny
      July 7, 2019 / 2:39 pm

      Yeah try and do as much research into the country as you can. Shows you appreciate the country’s culture and way of living 😊

  10. Millie
    July 14, 2019 / 10:40 am

    I haven’t ever been outside of Europe or anywhere that I needed to think of a visa or vaccinations so I sometimes forget that it is required! Hopefully I can get outside Europe sometime soon and use these tips!

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