First-time international travelers have to often deal with the culture-shock involved with unfamiliar air-travel procedures, alien cultures, rules and often, a totally different way of doing simple things.
Expanding on an article in Jaunted, some tidbits that may come in handy for first-time travelers overseas include:
- WiFi Internet is not necessarily available at all world airports; Starbucks does have WiFi in its city cafes worldwide, but sometimes there is a fee to use the service and connections may be quite slow;
- Many hotels do not offer free Wifi in their rooms. Charges can be quite high for this service, but the hotel may offer it for free in its lobby or public areas.
- Power in hotel rooms in many international countries is activated with the room key by placing it in the “slot” over the light switch by the room entrance door – if you’re charging your tablet, phone or camera and leave the room with your key, the power will go out and the device will no longer charge;
- Using simple straightforward words is often the best option;
- Speaking slowly and more softly goes a long way when talking to someone for whom English is not a first-language;
- One should be prepared for jetlag after long-haul flights – be sure to walk around the plane during the flight, wear loose clothing, avoid caffeine and try to sleep on the flight;
- In many third-world countries, market vendors should be completely ignored to avoid being followed and hounded by them – unless you’re planning to make a purchase.
Do you have any other suggestions that would help first-time international travelers?