Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » Travel Buzz

Going Abroad: 3 Universal Tips for the First Time Overseas Traveler

Travelers Today       By    Ernest Hamilton

Updated: Aug 06, 2021 02:03 PM EDT

Text Size: A A A

Going Abroad: 3 Universal Tips for the First Time Overseas Traveler

(Photo: Going Abroad: 3 Universal Tips for the First Time Overseas Traveler )

Traveling overseas for the first time can be a scary experience, especially if you haven't done much travel within your own country. But, despite this being an intimidating experience, it can also be very exciting. 

When Americans travel abroad, many don't understand the difference in culture right away. As Americans, we have this western-washed idea about other countries that are brought to us largely from what the media tells us, and from books that we've read. While much of this information may be somewhat accurate, it doesn't adequately reflect the cultural diversity and differences that we experience on a first time visit. 

Traveling abroad requires a bit of cultural knowledge, and a willingness to adapt and adhere to local customs and policies.

Here, we'll discuss a few tips on how to navigate and experience a new place overseas on a first time visit.

Getting Around

The first thing that you need to understand is that people don't get around town in the same fashion overseas as one does in the United States. In fact each country has its own unique transportation norms that all the locals adhere to. Where some places are heavily traveled by foot and bicycle, others have no public transit available at all.

Most major cities will have some method of public transportation, whether this be a taxi system, public railways or buses. Regardless, these can be costly in some cities overseas. Another alternative to public transportation is to use a rideshare service. Numerous cities have rideshare services available, and all you have to do is download an app and order a ride. 

For the best experience in a new place, explore as much as you can on foot. This way you'll be able to create a much more personal experience, and see the region up close.

Learn the Culture

It's a known fact that most Americans expect a visitor from another country to know a little bit about the United States upon arriving. In fact, in most countries this is also true, and it's considered rude to visit a place without at least familiarizing yourself with the dos and don'ts of a region.

Overseas you'll find customs and social norms that are completely different from what you'd expect in the United States. 

For example, in places like Japan, riding on the train is a much quieter experience than what you'll find in the United States. You won't find many Japanese people talking on their cell phones when in public places. The Japanese are much quieter and reserved and have mutual respect for one another in this regard. 

These types of differences can be witnessed in nearly every overseas country to varying degrees. This is why it is essential for you to familiarize yourself with the customs and norms of the place you'll be visiting. 

Just to illustrate this, the V sign, commonly associated with "peace" in the United States has long been an offensive gesture in places like the UK, Ireland, Australia, India, and Pakistan. So think twice before you go throwing up the deuce. 

Choose a Local Experience 

No matter where you visit, overseas tourist destinations are full of traps designed to lure unsuspecting tourists in and hopefully take some of your money. If you stick to following the local's lead, you'll keep yourself safe from these tourist traps.

Keep an eye out for where locals are eating and shopping, as these are perhaps the best locations in town and offer the most direct cultural experience.

The best way to get the inside track on places the locals frequent is to talk to an experienced travel agent or check out an insider's guide. Many times expats will blog or write about their travel experience in-country, and this is information that you can use to your benefit. 

Or, you could just ask the locals themselves. But, you might want to brush up on the regional language before you start an awkward conversation. 

See Now: The U.S. had the highest number of Most Wanted properties, dominating the Hotels.com Loved By Guests Awards 2018

© 2022 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Most Popular

6 Tips For Traveling With Young Children

6 Tips For Traveling With Young Children

Planning for a trip takes some time, even if it's just you g

How Traveling Can Make You Happy

How Traveling Can Make You Happy

If you have never traveled before but are thinking of doing so then

Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

So there are a few islands that can be found off the Sco

How to Plan a Multi-Destination Honeymoon During COVID

How to Plan a Multi-Destination Honeymoon During COVID

You need to know how to plan appropriately and

7 Tips for Amazing Campus Visits

7 Tips for Amazing Campus Visits

A campus visit's significance could not be overstated. After all, fo

4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

Having a gallery wall brings plenty of benefits to your

Water Travel Options That Don’t Involve a Cruise

Water Travel Options That Don’t Involve a Cruise

There is something equally relaxing and invigorati

Photo by Erik Odiin on Unsplash

Things That Will Help Cost-Conscious Vacationers Save Money

There are several ways you can significan

Photo by Mikhail Nilov from Pexels

How to Make Vet Visits Affordable in 2022

If the situation is minor, you might be lucky and get away

Photo by Tim Samuel from Pexels

Know Your Florida Driving Rules

There is so much to do in the region, but we want to focus on some of

Photo by Ging Ang from Pexels

Holidaying in your own Country: Try these Fun Trips!

Many countries are opening their borders, but if

Photo by Jessica Lewis Creative from Pexels

The Best Tech Tools for Expats

Here’s a quick look at most versatile tech tools for expats on the m

Photo by Tobi from Pexels

How to Turn a Road Trip Into A Luxury Adventure

But a road trip doesn’t have to mean living on the

Australian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need to Know

Australian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need to Know

Do you want to become a citizen of Australia

Hair transplant Istanbul: Why is it so popular?

Hair Transplant Istanbul: Why is it so Popular?

Getting a hair transplant in Istanbul is affordable i

What’s Going on with Rental Cars Right Now?

What’s Going on with Rental Cars Right Now?

They are incredibly expensive, and they’re also in sh

Role of Professional companies in International Trade

Role of Professional companies in International Trade

International trade holds great importance in a

The 5 Best Wines from Germany

The 5 Best Wines from Germany

Riesling is Germany’s best-known wine, but the country makes other fi

Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

There is nothing like the great outdoors –– nature

The Best Tote Bags To Travel With in 2022

The Best Tote Bags To Travel With in 2022

Who knew you could pack your entire life away into one litt

7 Captivating Attractions for Kids in San Diego

7 Captivating Attractions for Kids in San Diego

San Diego is a magnificent place, and it would not be

travelers today

© 2022 TRAVELERS TODAY All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics