Travel Tips

How to Travel (In 5 Completely Obvious Steps)

I’ve noticed a lot of travel bloggers writing posts about how to do seemingly easy things, like “How to Book a Cheap Flight”, “How to Quit Your Job” and “How to Plan a Trip”. I always assumed people knew how to do these things, but maybe I’ve been overestimating my audience. Do the masses out there really know anything? I’ve been talking about travel, but do they (or you, because if you’re reading this you’re my audience) even know how to get started? I thought about getting some famous musicians together to write a charity song about it, but it’s easier just to teach you now. So here it is, my definitive guide on how to travel*.

*These tips are about world travel – if you just want to travel in your own country you can stop reading now and go for a walk!

Get a passport

You might not know what a passport is, but if you turn up to the airport without one you won’t be able to leave the country. Passports are little books with blank pages in them. My passport is black, but don’t be too concerned if yours isn’t black as well, as different countries have different colours. Contact your government to get a passport (I can already envision you guys writing me emails expecting ME to send you one – I can’t do that, sorry!).

Choose a destination

You’d think this would be easy, but I’ve seen plenty of articles on how to do it, so people are obviously struggling with it. There are 221 countries in the world – that’s a lot to think about, so I’ll make it easier for you. Take the first letter of your name and then type into Google “countries that start with (put the letter in here)”. My name starts with J, so my options are Jordan, Japan, Jamaica and Jersey. Out of those 4, I’d go for Japan. See how I cut down 221 countries into 4 easy options? It really is that simple! (If there are no countries that start with the first letter of your name, either do it with your middle name or just give up and forget about travelling).

Book a flight

I don’t know how people can write whole articles on this – finding a cheap flight really isn’t that hard. There are a lot of cheap flight search sites, so choose 1 (or better yet, try all of them), type the name of the country you’re planning on going to and then push the search button. You’ll see many flights, I’d advise to choose the cheapest one, but that’s up to you (after all, you get what you pay for!).

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Organise a visa

Some countries don’t really trust you, so they make you get a document (in the travel industry we call it a visa) to confirm who you are and if you’re from a country that they like. If you’re from a popular country like New Zealand then you won’t need a visa to get into most countries, but if you’re from an unpopular country, like the Philippines, then you probably will (don’t worry Filipinos, I like you, it’s just my government that doesn’t). To get a visa, get in touch with the embassy for the country you wish to visit (important tip: the flight you book and the visa you arrange should both be for the same country).

Get on the plane

You haven’t really travelled until you’ve boarded the plane (or bus, boat, train, car etc, but plane sounds better). You can’t take water through security, so make sure you drink it before hand or you’ll have to throw it out. You’ll also have your bags (and if you’re unlucky, your body) searched for illegal items, so make sure you either hide them well or leave them at home. You then need to board the plane and sit in the seat that the airline assigns you. Then sit back, relax and feel the rush of pride that knowing how to travel brings you, for you are now an expert and can impart your knowledge on future generations.

Do you know how to travel? Do you have any advice for first time travellers? Let me know!

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Jon Algie

A travel blogger from New Zealand who hates talking about himself in the third person and has no imagination when it comes to naming websites.
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  1. March 16, 2015 at 10:54 am — Reply

    Hi Jon,

    4 years ago, I never flew. Nor did I travel internationally. This post is for the billions and billions of people who have never traveled outside of a 30 minute or 2 hour road trip. I was 36 by the way, and grew up in the USA. I had the means to do it yet, I just didn’t. So I’d no clue in hell how to do any of this stuff so you’re providing a beyond valued service. Of course since 4 years ago I’ve traveled non stop and have flown some 63 times and have filled up my passport once 😉 But really, this post is awesome, and helpful, for folks new to traveling and hey there are many cats like that out there.

    Thanks Jon!

    Tweeting from Bali.


    • March 16, 2015 at 11:32 am — Reply

      Cheers Ryan, I was 25 before I travelled anywhere other than Australia, I think in some ways it’s good to do it a bit later in life!

  2. March 16, 2015 at 6:09 pm — Reply

    Thanks Jon but I’m confused your article really isn’t clear at all. Should I get the visa before or after I book the plane tickets???

    Just kidding… loved your article though had a blast reading it.

    • March 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm — Reply

      Haha, well I’ve seen it done both ways so they are interchangeable I guess!

  3. Monika
    March 17, 2015 at 11:06 pm — Reply

    Love this post! In here you are saying to people one big true – everyone can travel! And that is true, especially now, as getting a cheap flight somewhere is really nothing complicated.

    • March 18, 2015 at 2:17 pm — Reply

      Exactly, definitely not as hard as some people make out!

  4. March 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    But what do I do after I get on the plane and sit down? Do I just stay on board and come back home?

    • March 18, 2015 at 2:18 pm — Reply

      Haha, looks like I might have to write a sequel, I don’t want people stuck at the airport like Tom Hanks in the Terminal!

  5. March 19, 2015 at 7:44 am — Reply

    Dammit, I’ve been doing it wrong this entire time! Thanks so much for this article, I’m now going to go and redo all of my trips again but this time I’m going to do it right 🙂

    • March 22, 2015 at 11:04 am — Reply

      It’s never too late to learn how to travel properly Fabio, today is the first day of the rest of your life!

  6. tina
    November 10, 2015 at 11:28 am — Reply

    Hi Jon,

    Well I’m a Filipina and I think hate is not the word. I’m planning my “world expeditions”this 2016 ,got inspired by the the famous travel bloggers now too: .

    Somehow, I end up to your blog and found such interesting and helpful advice, however, you are right we Filipinos don’t have an easy access “internationally” , one big reason I could give would be–being part of a Third World Country. Smh

    Thanks for sharing your tips tho! More travels and keep on inspiring other travelers.


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