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.