We asked our Facebook community to share some of their best advice when travelling. Things that you need to know before you head off on a trip of a lifetime. Here are some of the best comments we received...
"Don’t let the fear stop you from following you heart. I came abroad alone not knowing a soul and even though it was scary I didn’t let that stop me. Travelling alone has shaped me into who I am today and I wouldn’t change that for the world."
"Do the research before you go. Ask around once you arrive (St Christopher’s staff, other travellers, the locals) and don’t be afraid to change your plans!"
"My best piece of travel advice is this: Always look out the window. It sounds rather silly but, the views that you can see when you just turn your head are amazing. They also make the long coach/train trips bearable"
Sofia Herrera Poggio
"Take lots of pictures!"
"Rehydration solution is your friend when hungover! Get up, get it down ya and get out there and see the city you’re in! Don’t lie in, you can sleep when you’re dead."
"Don’t put it off, just leave. Drop everything and go. This is your chance, we only have one life. Fulfil your wanderlust and see the world."
"Don’t over plan the whole trip, leave a little room to just explore and let your mood take you where you want to go!"
"Flight stopovers are a great way to see two beautiful cities in one trip!"
"Don’t over pack! You don’t really need to take your hair dryer or straighteners! There are places to buy things if you really need something. Most of all just have fun!"
"Worry about the future, in the future. Travelling is the best investment ever! Just saying..."
"Step out of your comfort zone and do things you wouldn’t usually do. Say yes if you have the opportunity to skydive, say yes to a spontaneous road trip, say yes to anything that excites you but makes you scared."
"Get lost and walk around like a local"
"When travelling take a bag of tangerines (or similar) with you and have at least two a day. That gives you vitamin C dose whilst maintaining hydration levels. I was told that when staying at your Camden hostel and put to good use when spending a week in the Edinburgh hostel."
"Don’t be scared when leaving alone, just do your first step and live your adventure"
"Research research research and take recommendations. Whether it's travel routes or where to dine, don’t underestimate the power of TripAdvisor and friends who have already been to the city."