12 Things To Do In The First 24 Hours of Travel - Smarter Traveler

Your trip is finally underway! You managed to nail the 27 things to do before you left home, you are stress free and excited to get your adventure underway. But, you are probably tired and anxious making you unsure what to do next. In this blog we dive into the 12 things to do within those crucial first 24 hours to ensure a seamless transition into your exciting overseas adventure.
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Get the must do's done so you can enjoy the adventures you travelled for.

Get the must do's done so you can enjoy the adventures you travelled for.

001- Plan your Escape

Nope we ain’t talking prison break or drug mule escape plans (I hope you don’t plan to get arrested). When you first land and collect your bags it is easy to get lost in the excitement of your new environment. Take a deep breath after you get through the security checks and then take a look around the airport. You might be thinking, “What the hell am I doing looking around the airport?”
Well friend this is the best time to figure out your plans for departure. Find out where the rental drop off is, the departure lounge, amenities and check in kiosks for your departure airline/s. Find out the best route from the taxi stands, locate the closest Information desks & money exchange kiosks (if you need them). Planning for departure upon arrival will remove the stress and rush that naturally occurs on your departure day.

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002- Get your tech & data sorted

If you haven’t already get yourself sorted with a SIM or Phone plan that works in your current destination then get one organised straight away. They are normally easy to find in most airports but be aware of scams (like anything do your research first), it is our recommendation to get your plan sorted before you leave home if possible.
“Nah, screw that I will just rely on local Wifi” Ummm… ok what if local wifi is slower than a squashed snail? Or, what if you need to book a shuttle from the middle of Butt F#%K nowhere?
In the world we live in stay connected at some level is pretty essential. Now, if you are planning on going on a retreat or phone free journey then skip this step. Just try to make sure you have all your needs ticked off before you go off the grid.

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003- Get yourself recharged

Depending on where you have come from and where you are traveling to you are probably feeling pretty weak and a little bit drained. Your best bet is to get your body some energy so you can get the next nine tasks underway. Find a place to sit and order yourself a light meal, ask for some water with salt and lemon (sounds weird I know), the salt will have crucial electrolytes that will help get your bodies cells functioning again.
Aim to put down between 300-500mL of water at least, flying dehydrates you so water is crucial. I don’t recommend coffee just yet, the lack of sleep with the hit of caffeine will result in a sensation that we refer to as ‘being wired.’

We ain't robots guys! Get fed, get hydrated & get energised for the amazing adventure that awaits you.

We ain't robots guys! Get fed, get hydrated & get energised for the amazing adventure that awaits you.

004- Take the Load off and Check In

Chances are you are pretty sick and tired of carrying around all your S#%T. So get yourself into your rental, your taxi, your shuttle or your tuk-tuk and make your way to your booked accommodation. Take the time to chat with the front desk staff member and figure out where the amenities are, the local tips and also be sure to figure out what the check out process is. Just like your airport departures you want to make leaving as stress free as possible.
Get all your belongings un-packed and organised and be sure to put any valuables in a safe lock box. In some countries it is better to leave your valuables in a lock box rather than carry them with you.

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005- Time to Reset the Stopwatch

It is essential to reset your bodies clock to your new time zone as soon as possible. The quicker you can get accustomed to the new timezone the sooner your Jet Lag will disappear.
If it is morning then find yourself a cute spot to have that first coffee and some pancakes. Then follow it up with your regular morning routine; go for a run, read the paper or have a shower while singing along to Toto by Africa.
If it is night time then follow your nightly routines, brush your teeth, clean yourself and jump into bed with your favourite book and get that essential 7 hours of sleep in.

Get into the swing of your timezone. Coffee and brekky in the morning even if you feel like sleeping for 12 hours straight!

Get into the swing of your timezone. Coffee and brekky in the morning even if you feel like sleeping for 12 hours straight!

006- Explore your surroundings

Don’t get caught in the trap of sitting around in your accomodation staring at your facebook feed. Get up and explore your local surroundings, take a tour around the city or hire a bike if you hate walking. The best way to kick yourself into the travelers mindset is to start exploring. We can guarantee you will feel better and more excited about the rest of your trip.

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007- Take some pictures

Even if you are rocking it with a smartphone get yourself into the habit of documenting what you see. Way in the future when you are wanting to reminisce about your time in europe or that incredible Volcano you climbed in South East Asia you are gonna want some images for the memory banks.
Photography even at the most basic level changes your perspective on what you see, taking photos everyday will spark a creativity in your mind and allow you to see things in a different way. Who knows you might just discover a new passion- Check out our Beginners Guide to get your photography legs under you.

See Also - Everything you need to know about photography
These guys had the right idea.

These guys had the right idea.

008- Get your devices charged

Unless you have managed to avoid the progress of our society chances are you have at least one or more smart devices or electronics in general. Now is the time to get them charged and ready to go. It is easy to procrastinate the little tasks when you are traveling but you will be thankful if you get them done while you have the time.
We recommend charging your devices every evening before you go to bed, but on day one you may need to get this done as soon as you get back from your local exploration.

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009- Let your Family/Loved Ones know you are OK

Unless you are the lone wolf you probably have someone out there who cares about you. Probable Mum, Dad or one of your siblings. Save them the worries and let them know that you have arrived safely at your new destination.

010- Check the local Weather

If you have done your research then your trip is booked at the right time of year for the weather you want. But, conditions change so check out the weather for the duration of the week to see if you need to make any adjustments to your bookings or to find out if indoor or outdoor activities are the right choice.
If it is raining in the next couple days and you have booked an overnight hike now might be the time to check you have all the weather proof gear you need.

Coffee is the nectar of the gods but you don't want to be stuck in a cafe all day, everyday cause you picked dry weather activities during a rainy season.

Coffee is the nectar of the gods but you don't want to be stuck in a cafe all day, everyday cause you picked dry weather activities during a rainy season.

011- Book your first Adventure

Don’t get stuck in your fancy accomodation with a spa, room service and gym. You are here to explore more than your regular everyday routines. Book your first adventure if you haven’t already and make it something that is a little outside your personal comfort zone.
If you have already pre-booked a trip then make your last minute checks to make sure all your gear is sorted, that your pick up location is known and confirmed & that your trip is still going ahead.

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012- Socialize

One of the greatest things about travel is the social aspect. For some reason when we are overseas our barriers are removed and we finally act ourselves, now is the time to go out and meet some new people from all over the world. Make connections with people in France, interact with the locals and tell stories using sign language and hand gestures. Who knows if you are a solo rider you may just find the love of your life in a random night market on the other side of the world.

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We hope that these 12 tips help you remove that arrival stress and kicks your incredible journey into gear. Have you picked up some great arrival tips?
Let us know in the comments below or DM us through our Instagram Feed.
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P & J