Arriving in a new country

  • Use wikitravel.org to research on arrival Visa info. Summary of a country. Buy and download a copy of Lonely Planet guide book and keep it on the cloud drive and on the phone.
  • Book first night of the accommodation of the first city I will arrive to. If I decide to stay longer, I will add more nights or go out and find another accommodation that is better.
  • I stay in hostels most of the time because it is easier to meet people from there. I look up Hostelworld, Hostelbooker, and Tripadvisor for my accommodation choices. I check the review across the 3 sites to make sure they are inline. I often choose smaller hostel for more mature travellers instead of party hostel.
  • Always choose an arrival time that is during the day, even if it cost extra.
  • Take local currency from ATM at the airport, withdraw odd numbers so you will have change to give to the taxi or bus. (e.g. withdraw 1900 instead of 2000)
  • Hookup my phone with local sim card for data. (for instant research and maps)
  • Take a day to settle, research or ask the hostel/guesthouse host where to visit upon arrival.
  • Look at overall big map, use Google image or pinterest to find out what is worth my time to visit¬† (e.g. amazing landscapes) and find out the route that can get there cheaply with no backtracking.
  • I stay in a same city for 3 to 7 days, and if it is a good base to visit surrounding area, I pin myself for 2 weeks up to a month.
  • No disappointment on what I didn’t see. I am happy with what I had seen.