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So when I first started traveling back in 2010 I made a lot of mistakes a lot
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of rookie mistake
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so hopefully in this video you will learn from my mistakes. So these are my
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rookie travel mistakes for you guys and gals not to make when you are starting
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on your trips and travels
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these are all the mistakes so I personally done and learn from
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let’s get started. First off packing to much. That is like number one tip that most
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people do is they bring too much stuff and then you got to carry all this stuff
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with you and you have all this extra stuff that you’re not even going to use
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or wear and it’s just going to weight, weighting you down
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Not packing the right shoes. Shoes are so important because you walk a lot when
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you travel you do a lot of activities. When you travel to really make sure you
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are planning the right shoes you need running shoes you need hiking shoes do
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you need like sandals
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do you need like evening shoes trust me blisters and sore feet are the bane of
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the travelers existence because then you don’t want to travel anymore you don’t
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walk anymore
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that would suck it really does suck. Not planning out your laundry days
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laundry is a thing not properly planning where you’re going to do laundry in your
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travels is a big rookie mistake
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suddenly you find that you are out of everything clean and you really need to
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do laundry but your place that you’re staying at might not have laundry
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facilities or it might be super super expensive where they charge you like
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current item
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so really make sure that you’re on the lookout for your combination and if they
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have water facilities and really try and plan that more in advance and ahead of
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time so you never get stuck with dirty underwear. Forgetting your power cord
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your chargers plugged in because you are currently charging up the batteries on
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the electronics are charging the batteries on your phone
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happens all the time, all the time to rookie travelers. A lot of the hotels and
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hostels you stay at
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probably have a spare phone charger or spare camera battery charger from
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previous travelers that have left theirs in the hotel room. If you ask
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the front desk
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I promise you they probably have a spare set of them because it happens all the
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time so don’t forget these. It’s important
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Over scheduling is a huge rookie mistake because people want to do everything
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granted I understand because you were in this foreign country that don’t know if
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you’re ever going to visit again you want to see and do everything
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however if you try and see and do everything every day on your travels
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you are going to be exhausted you are going to wear yourself out and you’re
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not going to enjoy it as much
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trust me. And also it leads you up for failure so something falls through or if
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something takes longer than you thought it would, or of you get stuck in traffic
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then there’s no like buffer zone, there’s no time off
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Invest in a watch or just get a watch
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there’s a lot of cheap watches you can find and vendors around the world but
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telling the time and knowing what time it is is very very crucial
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it’s a big rookie mistake to not know the time and also just to rely on your
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phone all the time because you don’t always want to be whipping out your
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phone and checking it when you want to check the time especially when you’re
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traveling and you might be juggling a lot of stuff and you don’t want to or if
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you’re just going to sketchy area you don’t want to like flash your phone
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around
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you’re going to be running on a lot of timelines regardless of how your travel
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schedule is. There is going to be buses or planes or trains or hotel check-in
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times for showtimes there’s gonna be a lot of things that are going to require
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knowing the time. Data.
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Data for your cellular device. Have a plan for it whether that be you putting on a
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data plan when you’re at home
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so before you go you got data so you know that you can access the internet
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went abroad or buying a sim card in a local country and knowing that again you
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have access and make a sure your phone is unlocked before you do that because data
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is like the most amazing thing when you travel when you have data
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the world is open to you and everything is great and good and and things can get
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solved then you have a problem you can solve it
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trust me you live in the age where you can have data everywhere in the world
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so please figure out how you can access that, or deal with that or if you
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aren’t going to buy data or put a data plan on know your Wi-Fi plan
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what I mean is always be looking for a wi-fi I always been looking for a wi-fi
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Make sure wherever you’re staying has good Wi-Fi. I’ve always pick a restaurant
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and accommodations that have Wi-Fi
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always always always and this is regardless if you have data on your
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phone or not or if you’re just doing it on Wi-Fi have traveled a lot with just
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using Wi-Fi. Amazing Wi-Fi is everywhere in the world it’s getting better and
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better
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but there’s a lot of accessibility everywhere that you go
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but I always make sure that we’re eating I’m staying
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I have Wi-Fi and I’ll make sure I test it out before I sit down if I’m eating
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at a restaurant
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I will sit there well ask for the Wi-Fi and i’ll test it out and make sure it
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works before I sit down and order because sometimes they say they have
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Wi-Fi and they do not have Wi-Fi is important we like Wi-Fi. One of
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the biggest mistakes as a rookie traveler is drinking out a lot and
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spending a lot of money on those nights out now I’m not saying you shouldn’t go
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out or drink or party
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I’m saying is being very very cautious of how much money you spend at night and
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try to pre drink because booze are probably really really cheap in the
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country you’re in
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I guarantee you going to l a local supermarket and buying a bottle of wine
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or buying some hard liquor and mixing some drinks
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it’s going to be a lot cheaper and will save you
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in the long run a general traveling than just buying drinks when you get to a
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place. Not understanding tipping etiquette if you’re American used to
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tipping
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I think it’s like twenty percent it’s what you tip on almost everything
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I don’t know how that came about but you tip for almost everything around the
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world there are lots of places that you don’t tip at all. Yet Americans like
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to tip and sometimes very touristy places in these countries will put on
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tips will ask for tips so request tips and make you feel like it’s a custom
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sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. There is like so many different rules in
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regards to tipping one of the biggest rookie mistakes is, one, not checking your
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bill for tips sometimes in the touristy parts they add in a tip in your bail
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without you noticing it
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I know sneaky, sneaky. The other thing is not knowing what percentage to tip
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because sometimes five percent is like great if you had an amazing meal
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five ten percent is like wow yes thank you so much
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it’s not required it’s only if they went above and beyond
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there’s a lot of different rules in regards to tipping etiquette
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so research it and now it’s before you go. Short connection times when you are
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traveling when you are booking your flights that you are going through
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customs or you’re entering another country you are going to be entering
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that country’s customs and sometimes you might even need to do a second line of
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security
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this takes time so make sure that you have an adequate amount of connection
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time I like to allow domestic no less than an hour connecting time
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international so when you’re entering another country in your connection two
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hours at a minimum because custom blinds can become crazy and I know people
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miss flights
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I’m not miss why is that crazy about this but I’ve almost missed flights
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it’s a rookie mistake don’t do it. Thinking you’re going to save money by
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flying into a cheaper airport not checking how much or how long or how
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even to get from the airport to your combination
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when you arrive at a destination this is screwed me over many times as they even
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an experienced traveler
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for example Panama City $35 us to get from the airport to my connection
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there was a dollar bus. A dollar fifty for a bus
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public bus actually the coach public bus to get from the airport to downtown
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that’s a big difference from thirty-five dollars to dollar-fifty. Not checking the
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train or bus or metro schedules before you embark on your day
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if you were venturing out anywhere in the city and you’re going to be taking
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public transportation
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they run on a schedule and you do not want to find yourself stranded in a place
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because you missed the last bus back, sometimes buses end really early
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there’s been several cities like when I was in Valparaíso the last bus back was
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at seven pm, 7 p.m., when I want to go visit there i want to make sure that i
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was on that last bus back so i actually pre purchase the ticket so unlike coach
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buses you can do that you can like pre purchase your tickets but make sure you
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know when the last trains are when the buses back our and have that written
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down or at least written like in your memory bank
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so you’re not stranded. Not comparing public transportation to private
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transportation when looking for transportation around places a lot of
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times when you’re traveling you’re getting to places there are multiple
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options to get there
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there is a private way where you can hire a shuttle or private man
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or there is a public transportation way which is like local buses
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make sure you know the difference between the two, what’s the better option
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what’s the cheaper option there is generally multiple options so research
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that because there have been many times as a rookie that i have taken the
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private transportation to get there and paid an extraordinarily large amount for
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like not just a slightly more comfier seat then the public way that takes me a
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little bit longer but it keeps and heaps and heaps cheaper
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taxis I
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a taxi i mean taxis negotiating with your taxi driver beforehand or watching
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the meter
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it’s one of the two. Sometimes it’s better to negotiate as flat right and
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sometimes it’s better to take the meter but make sure you’re watching the meter
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at this is something that generally the accommodation staff so wherever you’re
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staying
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they’ll know what’s the best way to go but taxis are like the biggest rip off
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in the travel game. Not calling your bank before him and notifying them that you
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were going to be other country especially if you are just starting with
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your travel adventures and your bank’s not used to you spending money in foreign
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countries now ATMs are the best way to withdraw money went abroad not using
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currency exchanges ATMs secured ATMs so make sure that your bank knows that you
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are traveling to these foreign countries and you tell them when what country is
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what dates you’re going to be gone so they don’t shut off your cards which
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happens a lot to fellow travelers and to myself
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this happens because your bank bless its heart is just trying to prevent your
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money from being stolen
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it has good intentions but sometimes you just need your money
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so notify your bank. Exchanging large amounts of money or just carring large
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amounts of money
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you don’t really ever want to have a lot of money on you. Trust me
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you can access your money ATMs are all over the world
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you don’t need to be carrying huge wads of cash on you
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this is what it just set you up for a whole lot of failure of losing we’re
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getting your money stolen, that’s a lot of money to juggle. Only, only take out
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what you need for the whatever period of time here and if you’re in countries for
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small periods of time or larger periods of time. Not having enough small change
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that’s right small change is key and king, key and King everywhere in the world
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maybe they don’t always use coins they actually use small bills most places but
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ATMs are going to give you big bills
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everywhere you go there giving you a big bills bills are really hard for most
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vendors to take especially if you’re not traveling in your traveling in smaller
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places or less developed places so making sure you’re always changing out
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and getting the smallest bills possible and changing those larger bills when you
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have the opportunity to change those large bills so that means like using
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large bills in restaurants or places or shopping malls places that that are a
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little bit bigger that can accept it so that you can have that small change for
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things like bus tokens or tips or vendors like market vendors that only
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take cash
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you want to have small bills lots of small change. Eating at the expensive
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doors restaurants they’re just really expensive tourist restaurant they’re
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always like two times the price of the local restaurants. Big rookie mistake
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we usually find the tourists restaurants near the tourist destinations
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you will be able to tell the tourist restaurant when you see it try to avoid
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those. Eating the foods you are used to versus the local foods you are in
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foreign countries you’re going to gravitate to like your comfort foods
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foods you’re used to
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Don’t do that, because one, that’s probably why you’re going to get food
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poisoning
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maybe you are used to pizza and pasta at home but in that country is not used to
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making pizza and pasta maybe their dish is like curry
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they’re not going to know how to make that properly they’re not going to know
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the food safety with it and they might not have the ingredients
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super fresh so you can get an old ingredients versus the local foods that
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generally are really well sourced, they know how to make it because they’ve been
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making it forever, thats their food
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you’re less likely to get sick by it and also you get to try new food which is
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awesome. Unrealistic expectations about your physical fitness
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you might think you are really fit and you can go all day walking and you’ll
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come to realize that
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yes travel wears you out a lot more than you think it does mentally and
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physically so don’t push yourself too crazy when you were out and abroad
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because you’re not gonna enjoy yourself into
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it can just meet you into a whole lot of problems obviously go out and try two
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things but just be realistic about your expectations so don’t get like to crazy
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Hyping
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things up too much. This is something i did when i first started traveling is a
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hyped destinations because i wanted to go there so bad i was like this
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oh my god this is my dreams my travel I’m so excited to be your Great Wall of
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China hyping it up and you get there and sometimes things don’t always live up to
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the expectations you are expecting it because people like the internet is full
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of these beautiful photoshop photos of these destinations you like wow this
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could be so magical and sometimes when you get there you’re like okay it’s
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awesome
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it’s cool but you can be slightly disappointed and you never want to be
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slightly disappointed
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one of the reasons why I don’t like to plan, i don’t personally like the plan too
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much because i don’t want to have all these like hyped up expectations of
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these destinations are places because I want to be pleasantly surprised so
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you’re just starting out
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don’t hype things up in your brain to do much it goes you feel really
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disappointed when they don’t work out your way and when things don’t go as
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planned. Making sure you leave room for socializing and making friends
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this is like if you’re especially if you are solo traveling, make friends
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socialize make time to do that trust me it will make your experience of travel
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so much more rich you will get to hear other people’s stories and it’s oh my
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god seriously like on the best part to travel so make sure you leave time for
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that you’re not just like running around taking photos and sightseeing everything
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meet some people have some conversations sit down and grab a beer and last forgetting
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Forgetting to say yes. Yes yes yes yes yes
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you need to learn to become a yes person especially when you first start traveling
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are a bit scary so you might be saying no to things so you might be like I
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don’t know what that out oh that’s not a good opportunity, but the more you learn
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to become comfortable with yourself and the more you learn to start saying yes
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to opportunities and situations
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obviously that the situation so you’re not like putting yourself and like
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something that’s dangerous
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but the more you see yes to things, the more enriching your travel experience
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will become and you’ll start to surprise yourself and all these really amazing
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things that you get up to
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and the stories and the people and the experiences that you’ll meet if you just
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didn’t say
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yes you just said no. So thank you so much for watching this video I hope you
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have learned lots lots of worky travel advice for beginners
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just starting out on the travel journey and and if you have started on the
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travel journey and you’ve been doing this for
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I don’t know maybe a year or less let me know is there anything that you’ve
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learned as a rookie traveler that you would dot yourself you’ve learned while
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traveling, down below in the comments I want to hear them because those i’m
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really curious because I’ve been traveling for so long now so rookie like
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certain things I just comes naturally to me
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but yeah so. That’s it thanks for watching this video don’t forget to
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your beautiful faces and a few more days with another video, bye