Common Travel Questions

THE ART OF TRAVEL

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THIS BLOG?

This blog strives to unite and empower a community of travel lovers and digital nomads. Plus, the Art of Travel is the #1 travel blog on the Internet. On our website, you will discover valuable information about destinations worldwide, connect with other world travelers, and learn a variety of tips and tricks. 

We write articles on a variety of topics. You can visit our topics page and browse through our most popular themes. In addition, use our interactive world map to explore your future destinations. Find out what type of traveler you are by taking our Travel Personality Test. You can also calculate how long it will take you to see the entire would with our Travel Calculator. Before a trip, don’t forget to check our Resources and Travel Hacks pages for useful planning information.

Lastly, visit The Art of Travel Shop, where you will find all the necessary items and little pleasantries for your future trips.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING?

The Art of Travel has existed since 2015. You can read the full story of its creation on Our Story page.

HOW CAN I START MY OWN TRAVEL BLOG?

If you are thinking about starting a blog, keep in mind that it requires a lot of work and attention if you really want it to be successful. You will have to invest serious time and sometimes even money.

First steps to starting a blog:

  • Pick a good name for your blog
  • Choose a hosting service
  • Install WordPress for free
  • Learn how to use WordPress
  • Get a great blog theme
  • Download useful plugins
  • Take some travel blogging courses
  • Write and make money with your blog

The basic rules for successful blogging are:

  • Be authentic and close to your readers.
  • Use your Social Media to connect, but don’t make it automatic.
  • Create a business plan that works for you.

If you are interested in starting your own blog but are unsure, you can start by writing for us and becoming a part of our team. 

ARE YOU REAL? WHO CREATES YOUR BLOG?

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We are real 🙂 To learn the story behind the creators of The Art of Travel, check out Our Story page. Visit the team page to view a list of all the members of our team and their bios. You can find a list of our writers here. If you would like to become a part of our writing team, click here for more information. 

HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?

You can always contact us through our website contact form if you have specific questions. Otherwise, information on how to stay in touch with us on our various platforms is below.

How can I stay in touch with you and your blog?

It’s great you’ve asked! There are four ways to do that:

  • Bookmark The Art of Travel website for easy access. We update our page and add new content regularly.
  • Subscribe to our newsletters and receive news straight to your mailbox. No spam! Just the valuable information. You can do this on our website. 
  • Follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.
  • Register on our Forum page and take part in discussions. Share your personal experience and get in touch with travelers from all around the world.

CAN YOU POST A LINK TO MY BUSINESS FOR FREE?

If you want to promote your business for free, you can write an article for our blog and include a link to your own website. However, the article should be of great value for our readers and not look like an advertisement for a particular service, product or business.

DO YOU MAKE MONEY WITH YOU BLOG? IF SO, HOW?

Yes, we do. One of the main ways we make money is through merchandise sales on our online store. We sell unique products designed specifically to suit travelers, including clothing, luggage accessories, and travel essentials for every nomad.

I HAVE A TRAVEL AGENCY/BUSINESS/BLOG/COMPANY. CAN YOU PROMOTE ME ON YOUR WEBSITE?

Sure. Just contact us and we will discuss options.

I WANT TO WRITE A GUEST POST FOR YOUR BLOG. WHAT DO I DO?

We love when readers write for us! If you want to join our team of writers, simply contact us and visit the ‘Write for Us’ page for more information. After you contact us we will get back to you to discuss details. 

HOW OFTEN DO YOU READ BOOKS?

Personally, I read a lot. On average, I may finish up to 5 to 7 books every month. I am also a movie lover so I watch a lot of films and documentaries. Reading also comes in handy when you travel a lot. A good book helps pass the time whether I am waiting in the airport, in-flight, or on a long bus ride. You can read anywhere.

These days, you can also read by listening to an audiobook. I use Audible and have a personal collection of over 100 audiobooks. Reading also adds to my perspective on things and the world. I love and enjoy learning about new cultures and places. Sometimes, I will read travel stories about a place I am about to visit.

PLANNING A TRIP

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HOW DO I START TRAVELING?

  • Make a firm decision
  • Save enough money or get a freelance job that allows you to work remotely 
  • Pick a destination
  • Book the flight and accommodation
  • Pack your bags
  • Leave
  • Have fun and share your story with us!

I HAVE A LOT OF MONEY AND TIME. WHERE SHOULD I GO?

All roads are open to you. There is definitely a place you’ve always dreamt of visiting; some destination you’ve read about or seen in a movie? If you have no idea where you want to go, surf our blog and check out our “Top 20 Most Visited Cities in 2016” article. If people from all over the world go to these places, chances are you will like them too.

WHAT GUIDEBOOKS DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR PLANNING A TRIP?

We believe that the digital era has already arrived. So, it is best to use digital guidebooks and mobile apps, which provide the necessary planning information. You will find a full list of useful apps on our Resources and Travel Hacks pages. Also, don’t forget to make our website a bookmark in your mobile device. We also have valuable advice and useful information, which will help you on your journey.

DO YOU HAVE ANY PACKING TIPS?

We have a collection of packing tips on our Travel Hacks page. You should really check it out!

WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU USE TO GATHER INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TARGET DESTINATION?

If you are going to a new destination, buy a guidebook or download a digital version. We also recommend that you talk to people who have already visited the destination. You can also find useful information online at a variety of websites. Check out our interactive world map where you can gather more information about destinations around the world. Make sure, if possible, to visit the travel/consulate website of the country you are visiting to stay up to date on breaking travel-related news.  

HOW MUCH IN ADVANCE SHOULD I START PLANNING MY TRIP?

You should start planning about two months before the trip. At this time, you will be able to buy airplane tickets at the best price and book the best deals on hotels. Plus, you will have enough time to organize everything and plan your trip so that you do not forget something vital. Although, depending on your finances and your work, you may need to start saving and requesting time off sooner than two months prior to your trip. 

MONEY

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HOW CAN I MAKE MONEY WHILE TRAVELING?

If you are skilled at writing or taking photographs, you can try to sell your works to travel magazines or websites. However, you should arrange this in advance. Contact the magazines, newspapers, websites, both local and international, to see if they are ready to buy your content.

There are also other jobs, which you can do while traveling. The freelance world offers multiple opportunities. You can check out freelance websites such as Upwork, to explore options. If your job allows you to work outside of the office and all you need is your laptop, what else can stop you from traveling?

I AM THINKING ABOUT QUITTING MY JOB AND TRAVELING THE WORLD? WHAT SHOULD I KNOW?

Just one thing: don’t quit your job, unless you have a good backup plan. If you can do your job outside of the office, it’s a perfect middle ground. Otherwise, you should find a freelance job or save up a trust fund of sorts before you leave everything behind. If you do not make proper preparations you’ll be very disappointed after a couple of months.

HOW CAN I AFFORD TO TRAVEL?

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO TO…?

To answer this question, we need more information. Do you prefer to travel on a budget or luxuriously? Do you prefer to live in a hostel or a hotel suite? Do you fly in a business class or ride a bus? You can check our Travel Calculator or the Lonely Planet website, where you will find a daily estimated budget for every country around the world.

HOW CAN I CALCULATE HOW MUCH I WILL SPEND WHILE TRAVELING?

There are various mobile apps that help you to do just that. You can install TripSaver or another. You can find a comprehensive list of useful apps on our Resources and Travel Hacks pages.

HOW CAN I FILE MY U.S. TAXES WHILE LIVING ABROAD?

There are multiple online services that allow you to do that. You can choose IRS, H&R Block or Turbo Tax, whichever is preferable to you.

HOW CAN I CONVERT MY DOLLARS INTO…?

If you know the destination you are headed to, visit the page for that location on our website, and you will find all the necessary information there. You can access all of our destination pages from the interactive world map

IS IT POSSIBLE TO TRAVEL ON $1,500/MONTH, INCLUDING ACCOMDATION, FOOD, TRANSPORTATION, ETC.?

Although it may not seem like a large amount of money, in fact, $1,500 a month is enough to travel around the world. Of course, some people can spend $10,000 USD a month on travel while others will live off just $500. In most countries, $1,000 a month is considered enough amount to live comfortably and easily get around.

BUDGET TRAVELING

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IS IT POSSIBLE TO TRAVEL ON A BUDGET AND STILL TRY THE BEST OF THE COUNTRY’S CUISINE?

Of course! Eating local food is always cheaper, and you gain valuable experience too. You just need to follow these rules:

  • Eat where locals eat
  • Avoid cafes and restaurants in tourist areas; they are usually overpriced
  • Look for Couchsurfing opportunities and ask your host for recommendations
  • You can even buy food in the local supermarket and try to cook something yourself
  • Don’t avoid street food

IS BUDGET TRAVEL ONLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE? CAN I TRAVEL ON A BUDGET, EVEN IF I AM IN MY 40′S?

We believe budget traveling doesn’t depend on your age. There are women who fly low-cost airlines and live in hostels even in their 60’s. Of course, there are not a lot of them. Just because it is not as common doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.

WHICH DESTINATIONS MAXIMIZE YOUR BUDGET?

According to popular opinion, the cheapest and most attractive tourist destinations are in Southeast Asia. You won’t be able to find a better deal: the prices are low, and you get a lot for your money while you are there. Also, the food, the climate, the beaches and the people’s hospitality are just wonderful. India is another great destination for budget tourists. China and Eastern Europe also have appealing budget locations.

WHAT IS SOME GOOD ADVICE FOR THOSE WHO DON’T BELIEVE THEY CAN AFFORD TO TRAVEL?

There are people in the world who can’t travel because they are really poor and don’t even have enough money for food or clothes. But if you buy new clothes regularly, go to the movies sometimes, and eat in a restaurant occasionally, then you can afford to travel. You might have to cut down on expenses, work more, or travel on a low budget; however, it is totally worth the effort. Also, there are opportunities where you can work and travel. For more details please visit our Digital Nomads page.

DOES BUDGET TRAVEL ALWAYS MEAN CHEAP TRAVEL?

Budget traveling means getting the most value for every dollar you spend. It’s not always about being cheap. You can have as much fun when traveling on a budget as you do on an expensive trip. Sometimes, it is more fun.

IS IT TRUE THAT TRAVELING WITH A GROUP IS CHEAPER THAN TRAVELING ALONE?

It is true. Very often, renting accommodations for over three people is cheaper than living alone; this applies to buying food and renting a car too. Also, traveling in a group is more fun and can be more comfortable for the first-time travelers.

CAN I TRAVEL FOR FREE?

There are a lot of options to travel without spending much money. Numerous volunteer projects offer this opportunity. Also, there are such variants as WWOOF, WorkAway, or HelpX, where you work for accommodation. Another popular method is either studying or teaching abroad. Check out our Resources page to find out more.

WHAT IS THE CHEAPEST WAY TO…?

Cheapest is not always the best way. We always look for a combination of a reasonable price and high quality, and you should too. It may seem impossible, but you can find quality without breaking your budget, you just have to know where to look. Read our blog to learn how.

Also, be careful with what appears cheap. An inexpensive flight could also mean taking a night taxi to get to the airport, or booking a hotel for a 30-hour layover, or even parking a car at the airport. These unexpected costs can make a seemingly inexpensive flight quite pricey.

DESTINATIONS

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WHAT SHOULD I SEE IN…? WHAT CAN I DO FOR FREE IN…?

We have valuable information about all of the most popular world destinations on our blog, and some of the less popular spots too. However, if you need information about somewhere specific, you can either search on our blog or write a comment asking us to write about that destination if we haven’t already.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESTINATION?

It’s always changing! We have ten people on our team, together we have visited at least one fourth of the world, and everyone has his or her own personal favorite place on Earth. We prefer to think of ourselves as citizens of the world and so we can’t pick only one country or city.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO TO…?

The best time to go anywhere is when it suits you and when you are ready. Of course, every destination has a high and low season. During the low season, weather can be bad and tourist facilities may be closed. On the other hand, everything tends to be cheaper this time of year. During the high season, you are sure to meet huge tourist crowds, overpriced services, and overbooked hotels. So, it’s all up to you. There is no perfect time to go anywhere; it all depends on what you want from your trip. 

FLIGHTS

CAN I FLY WITHOUT A RETURN TICKET?

This depends on the airline. Some are really strict and won’t even let you on board without proof of a continuing ticket. However, every country has its own rules and regulations. In any case, if possible, you would be wise to get a refundable airline ticket or a cheap bus ticket just to satisfy them.

ARE THERE MONEY SAVING HACKS FOR PURCHASING AIRLINE TICKETS?

Sure. In fact, airplane tickets can become the smallest part of your travel spending. You will find plenty of money-saving hacks on our Travel Hacks page. 

I NOTICED THAT FARES GO UP WHEN YOU SEARCH THE SAME DESTINATION AGAIN. WHY IS THAT?

There is evidence that airlines raise the prices by tracking your IP address. To avoid this, you should clear the history and cookies or use an “incognito” window on your browser.

CAN I GIVE MY MILEAGE POINTS OR REWARDS TO MY RELATIVES?

Yes you can, but only a restricted amount. Also, there is always a fee involved. Fees vary depending on the airline

ACCOMMODATIONS

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DO ACCOMMODATIONS CHARGE EXTRA FOR SOLO TRAVELERS?

Some do but many of them don’t. Also, if a single room in a hotel is too expensive for you, you can always book a bed in a hostel dormitory.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHERE TO STAY?

This is not an easy decision. However, when picking your accommodations, consider these factors:

  • Location
    • Pick lodging that is close to public transport routes or your intended destinations
  • Room Types
    • Often hotels sell single rooms at cheaper rates than doubles
  • Safety
    • Look at the neighborhood safety, and ensure the accommodation has 24-hour reception and a safe/locker in the room

WHAT IS A HOSTEL?

A hostel is an inexpensive form of lodging, which looks like a student dormitory. At hostels you share a big room with other travelers. Some hostels also offer private rooms, but they are still cheaper compared to hotels. Hostels can be used as both short-term and long-term accommodations, as most of them provide equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. Usually, this kind of accommodation is popular among younger travelers, although most facilities don’t have an age limit.

IS STAYING AT A HOSTEL SAFE? WHAT ABOUT THE MOVIE ‘HOSTEL?’

Never believe movies, especially in the horror genre. First of all, Eastern Europe looks nothing like how it is shown in Hostel. Secondly, we can’t lie, there are some horrible hostels and they can be found at cheap destinations as well as in expensive cities such as Paris, New York, and London. All you need to do to avoid trouble is read reviews carefully and use trustworthy booking websites, like Booking.Com or HostelWorld. Of course, sometimes something can still slip through, but if you follow this advice it is unlikely.  Hostels are cheap, they remind you of college, and they are an easy way to meet new people. However, you should come prepared with flip flops for the shower and a padlock for your locker.

HOW DO I SELECT A GOOD HOSTEL TO STAY IN IF I’VE NEVER BEEN TO ONE?

Go to HostelWorld or Booking.com and read the feedback carefully. Sometimes, you can miss something important but just read through the reviews carefully and you should be alright. If necessary, you can always use TripAdvisor as a backup for reviews too.

VISA & BORDER CONTROL

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DOES YOUR BLOG HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT VISAS?

Yes. Our site offers information about visas, including how to apply for a tourist visa and articles answering common questions. 

HOW CAN I STAY IN A COUNTRY LONGER THAN A TOURIST VISA ALLOWS?

You have to leave and come back with a visa extension. In some cases, like in Thailand, you can just cross the border, go to another country and then come back. For other places, it is more complicated. The best way, however, is to obtain a long-term visa before arrival.

WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE STRICTEST IMMIGRATION AND BORDER CROSSING?

It is hard to say for sure but it is probably the United Kingdom. Their border control officers always ask several grueling questions. Plus, you need to have serious proof of your onward travel and many people get denied entrance anyway. Also, Ireland is quite strict.

HEALTH & SAFETY

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WHAT SHOULD I DO TO STAY HEALTHY AND FIT DURING MY TRIPS?

It highly depends on each person’s individual health state and habits. However, here is some basic advice:

  • Drink a lot of water, in hot climates particularly
  • Don’t abuse alcohol
  • Avoid fatty food, especially before the flight
  • Find time to work out

WHAT ABOUT MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASE VACCINATIONS?

You should never mess with your health. If you are going to an exotic destination, you should have all the vaccinations and take all the pills your doctor recommends.

IS THERE A CHANCE OF GETTING SICK FROM EATING FOOD FROM STREET VENDORS?

There is a risk of getting sick from almost everything. Of course, you need to think and be careful when you buy food in the street. However, you shouldn’t be overcautious.

I HEAR THAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS A GREAT DANGER NOWADAYS. IS IT TRUE?

It is true. However, it doesn’t refer to travelers much. All you need to remember is to keep your passport to yourself and always have a copy (both printed and digital), and you’ll be fine!

IS TRAVELING SOLO DANGEROUS FOR A WOMAN?

We could also ask “Is it dangerous for a woman to go to a supermarket alone?” Safety during travel doesn’t really depend on gender. At the Art of Travel, we don’t encourage gender stereotypes. Women do not travel differently than men. Of course, in some places, you need to be a little more careful than in the others. As a rule, you just need to follow a few simple safety rules. Visit our Adventure Travel page for more information on solo travel. You can also read our articles ‘Solo Female Travel on Rise: A Report‘ and ‘7 Safest Destinations for Solo Female Travelers.’

HOW CAN I KEEP MY MONEY AND VALUABLES SAFE WHILE TRAVELING?

If you travel alone, you are your own safe and bodyguard. Try to keep an eye on all your valuables. Spread your cash out and put it in different places. Many experienced travelers use money belts, and that’s a great idea. Anyway, you shouldn’t have all your money in cash, or all that cash in one place. This is particularly true if you are on a long trip. Take debit and credit cards with you, but remember to check if your destination has ATMs.

Always have a backup debit card hidden somewhere in your main luggage, in case you lose the first one or it gets stolen. In a hotel, it is better to keep all your valuables in a safe or a locker. When you are out, don’t flash your valuables in public without necessity. Always get good travel insurance so you are covered in the case of an unpredictable situation.

Always have a backup debit card hidden somewhere in your main luggage, in case you lose the first one or it gets stolen. In a hotel, it is better to keep all your valuables in a safe or a locker. When you are out, don’t flash your valuables in public without necessity. Always get good travel insurance so you are covered in the case of an unpredictable situation.

HOW CAN I CONVINCE MY FAMILY NOT TO WORRY ABOUT ME?

If you travel often, naturally your family and friends will be worried about you. If you want to convince them that traveling isn’t dangerous, here are a few things you can try:

  • Have a serious conversation and find out what concerns them
  • Let them in on the planning process
  • Decide on the communication methods you will use when you are gone
  • Invite them to go with you

HOW CAN YOU MAKE SURE TO FEEL SAFE WHILE TRAVELING ALONE?

There is a difference between being safe and feeling safe. So, if you want to be safe there are basic rules, which you should respect. For a full list, check out our Adventure Travel page, the solo travel section in particular. If you have trouble feeling safe, there may be a psychological problem you are suffering from, so you will need to see a specialist.

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO…?

You should check with official resources for this kind of information, this includes travel bureaus and consulate websites. Our Resources page has some useful links on travel safety as well, don’t miss it.

COMMUNICATION

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I AM VERY CLOSE TO MY FAMILY BUT I WANT TO TRAVEL. HOW CAN I STAY IN TOUCH WITH THEM?

Thanks to modern technology, staying in touch with our loved ones couldn’t be easier. Apart from regular phone calls, you’ve got Skype, Viber, Whatsapp, and many other avenues to contact your friends and family. The biggest difficulty in communication comes from the difference in time zones. If you can coordinate specific times to talk with your family, you will have no problem staying in touch. Sometimes you have to be prepared to be out of cell service or Wi-Fi depending on your destination, but you can discuss this with your family before you leave. 

HAS TRAVELING BECOME HARDER? IS IT MORE DIFFICULT TO MAKE LOCAL CONNECTIONS AND ABSORB LOCAL CULTURE NOW?

Of course, nowadays people are much more tied to their gadgets and consequently, communication can be harder. On the other hand, with the help of electronics, you can reduce your homesickness and feel closer to home. Also, making acquaintance with locals has never been easier. Couchsurfing, Airbnb, and MeetUp are handy services, which will help you greatly while traveling. An added perk of using these services is that they allow you to meet locals in your destination.

HOW CAN YOU OVERCOME THE LANGAUGE BARRIER?

Language is usually not such a big deal, especially if you know English. In every corner of the world, you can typically find someone who speaks it. In popular tourist areas, people commonly speak English as a second language. This is particularly true for people who work in the tourist industry. In some situations, you can also rely on the language of gestures to communicate when needed.

HOW CAN I MEET PEOPLE WHILE TRAVELING?

If you want to meet new people while traveling, there are several ways to do so:

  • Stay in communal places, such as hostels, or use Couchsurfing.
  • Attend a local meeting for travelers. For example, Couchsurfing organizes these types of events in cities worldwide.
  • Create a public trip on Couchsurfing, even if you already have accommodation. Let people know you will be in their location and want to meet and spend some quality time together.
  • Join a group activity, such as a free tour, a cooking class, or an excursion.
  • Meetup.Com is a great way to meet locals with similar interests.
  • Let your Twitter and Facebook accounts know where you are headed. Maybe some locals will contact you themselves.

CAN I REALLY ABSORB THE CULTURE AND GET TO KNOW LOCALS WITHOUT SPEAKING THEIR LANGUAGE?

Without much communication, it is hard, you are right. However, you can always use sign language or find English-speakers. Use such websites as Couchsurfing or Meet Up, to find other people who speak English.

WORKING/STUDYING ABROAD

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I AM THINKING OF STUDYING/WORKING ABROAD. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

You can check out our Resources page for useful links about studying/working abroad. We recommend that you choose some unusual destination and have a totally different experience than any of your friends. Become a Peace Corps volunteer in some third-world country or attend a university in Eastern Europe, for example, Poland or the Czech Republic. Australia, Africa, South America – the whole world is open for you!

WHAT OPTIONS ARE THERE FOR WORKING ABROAD?

There are numerous opportunities for working abroad. You can teach, become an au pair, work on a boat or a cruise ship – all these options give you a chance to both earn some money and see the world. Check out our Resources page for more information.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE A STUDENT WHO WANTS TO TRAVEL?

If you are a student and you dream about traveling, try studying abroad for a semester or two. This opportunity will give you access to the best cities in foreign countries. You will be able to dive deeply into the local culture. You will gain new friends, a valuable experience and an endless list of opportunities.

HOW CAN I WORK OVERSEAS WITHOUT A DUAL CITIZENSHIP?

You need to apply for a work visa in advance. 

GENERAL TRAVEL QUESTIONS

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HOW DO I GET OVER FEELING AWKWARD WHEN DOING THINGS ALONE?

Of course, getting a table for one, going to a cinema by yourself or asking for help in the street alone can be very awkward. But you need to overcome this fear. How? Just do it. Take a book with you when you eat in a restaurant alone. Don’t be afraid to ask people on the street for help. Hold your head high when walking into a cinema or a festival alone. There is no reason to feel ashamed about traveling alone, many people do it, and it is a rich and rewarding experience. And don’t forget that people around you are just strangers and you will never see them again!

DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO TRAVELS WITH A PET?

We don’t happen to know a lot of people who travel with their pets. These people exist, but you probably won’t see them in hostels. Most hotels don’t allow their guests to bring their animals either; this is particularly true of budget hotels. In luxury accommodations, you are certainly allowed to do whatever you want and to come with whoever you want.

HOW CAN I DEAL WITH THE INEVITABILITY OF COMING HOME FROM A TRIP?

It all depends on the trip. Sometimes you get homesick and want to see your family and friends so much that you are really happy to go home. However, if you are depressed after coming home from a trip, try filling your time with something: take a class, learn something new. It can take a little while to readjust to home after a trip so give yourself some time. If nothing helps, do the easiest thing: just buy a ticket and head somewhere new!

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE ON BOOKING THROUGH TRAVEL AGENCIES?

Travel agencies can be useful for some trips, such as weddings, cruises, honeymoons, group tours, etc. But in all the other situations, you will find much better deals by yourself.

SHOULD I TRAVEL ALONE OR WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS?

It totally and completely depends on you. Traveling with a group of friends is usually cheaper, because you can rent a car or an apartment and split the price instead of booking a single room in a hotel or flying everywhere. It is also more fun! However, if you are a little bit of an anti-social person, you will probably feel more comfortable traveling alone, or with a person you love. If you prefer to travel solo, you should check out our Adventure Travel page, the solo travel section particularly. There you will find useful advice about traveling alone.

SHOULD I TAKE A GROUP TOUR OR EXPLORE INDEPENDENTLY?

It’s up to you. If you don’t feel confident when traveling independently even within your own country, then an organized tour will probably be a better option for you. But! We assume you’ll never know if you like independent travel if you never try. Of course, if you travel independently you will have more to arrange and organize. In exchange, you get more freedom, fun, valuable experiences, knowledge, and it is also likely that you will spend less on the same trip!

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU GET TIRED OF TRAVELING? IF EVERYTHING LOOKS LIKE YOU’VE ALREADY SEEN IT BEFORE?

If you start to get tired of traveling, stop, take a break and stay in one place for awhile. When you feel that the desire to travel has returned, then pack up and hit the road. There is no need to push yourself, traveling is meant to be a joyful experience, so take as long as you need to rest and recuperate.

WILL NOT HAVING A COLLEGE DEGREE AFFECT MY ABILITY TO TRAVEL? CAN I GET A DEGREE ONLINE WHILE ON THE ROAD?

If you do not have a college degree that will not impact your travel at all. No one will ask for your diploma when you check into a hotel or buy an airplane ticket. Also, getting a degree online is quite easy now. We are living in the digital era, right?

I AM THINKING ABOUT QUITTING COLLEGE AND TRAVELING, SHOULD I DO IT?

This is totally up to you, but we don’t recommend. It is never too late to start traveling. You can always try yourself as a travel blogger or a travel photographer. It may seem easy, but it’s really not. Starting and developing a travel blog requires a huge effort and, most importantly, money. Also, most people give up quickly, not receiving the result immediately. However, education will never be a bargain and may become a great backup plan in many life situations. So, think twice before quitting and don’t rush into anything.

HOW DO YOU COPE WITH LONELINESS WHEN TRAVELING ALONE?

Traveling alone has its pros and cons. Sometimes you can feel lonely. On the other hand, while traveling you always meet new people and have new experiences, so it is hard to feel totally alone. Nevertheless, if you feel down, avoid sightseeing for a day and just stay in your hostel watching a movie. There is always someone to talk to in a hostel kitchen, while sipping a cup of tea or coffee.

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