Hello First-time Travelers!

Posted by on February 2, 2009

Are you going on a trip to a particular place for the first-time? Will you be setting foot in a foreign and unfamiliar soil? This blog site is created for you. I have been to many places, and the first time I stepped into unfamiliar territory I had to feel my way and rely on what I have on-hand especially when all I had were travel books, maps and print-outs from the web. My friends and I make our own itinerary. It is truly advisable to check out anything about the place before going on a trip. Yet, you need not necessarily hire a travel agent or tour guide to get you around every time you visit a place for the first time. A little help from locals can add spice to your first-time travels. It can give you the freedom to explore the place and enjoy the feeling of not spending much, based on my own travel experiences. You can take my word on some tips and information on the places I visited but feel free to be creative and be adventurous. I may offer some advice here and there but, as they say, “experience is the best teacher”. So, read on and find out more about my first-time travel adventures.

I want to make things easy for you. If you want to view the articles I wrote in this site, click the Table of Contents tab.

Photos used in this site are taken by the author, unless otherwise indicated.

And since I’m from the Philippines, I invite you to travel to my country as well.

Video taken from the Best Destination Travel TV site.

53 Responses to Hello First-time Travelers!

  1. vince

    Nice blog, when you can drop by http://www.explorephilippines.net

  2. Accommodation in Dublin

    Every person have their own thrill in their first time trip.

  3. Kat

    Hey! Nice blog, I like it. I was hoping to go on a trip this summer, but money situation is a bit tight. Luckily I live near Lake Constance, so I could just go cycling round there and pretend it’s a holiday! :)

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    “I have been to many places, and the first time I stepped into unfamiliar territory all I had were travel books, maps and print-outs from the web.A little help from locals add spice to my first-time travels.”
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  5. Erin

    I have been browsing through your blog and just wanted to say that is so informative and descriptive. First time travel for me is so daunting, especially when I am on my own. Reading about your experiences helps alot.

    Cheers Erin

    • firsttimetravel

      Thank you so much! I’m glad my site was helpful to travelers like you. :-)

  6. Irene

    hi! like your site its a big help to fellow travelers – keep it up!

    irene

  7. conor

    Just as Erin said I find travel very daunting when I am on my own, I have travelled to the states alot on my own but I plan to go further a field next year so keep up the great posts. Thanks.

  8. carmel

    I am going to Australia next year sometime and I am really worried about money and savings while I am there. What would be your main tips?

    • firsttimetravel

      You can search the net for affordable hotels and eateries within your budget. Visit tourist spots that may not require you entrance fees. Take the public transport like trains or subways instead of a cab. You can do the tour by yourself or if you have a friend living there rather than getting a package tour. Hope these help.

  9. Melissa B.

    Interesting concept! SITS sent me by, and I’m glad they did…

    Old Master

  10. Bali Villas

    I really like your idea about the concept of first time travelers. It’s like opening a road for new enthusiasts.

    • firsttimetravel

      Thanks so much! Please drop by here every now and then.

  11. Val

    Nice idea! The first time to Ireland, we purchased way too many books from Borders, but had the most fun planning out our trip ourselves. It was such an adventure! The 2nd time was still so much fun in the planning stages even tho we used the internet a lot more.

  12. Hotel Bedding

    Just found your blog – love it!!!

  13. Daniel

    An interesting way to set up the site — via a Table of Contents. Thanks. Lots of things to check out here. Look forward to keeping abreast of your postings!

    • firsttimetravel

      Whenever I visit blog sites, I have no idea what articles where written previously and I find difficulty browsing each article. So, I thought better to have a Table of Contents page so it will be easy to go from one article to another.

  14. Tinka

    Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a great Monday :)))

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  16. Ryan

    Thanks for all the information you have provided it is appreciated.

  17. Emalee

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog yesterday! Hope your weekend is great!!

  18. Susie's Homemade

    I am here to welcome you to SITs! I hope you enjoy the party:-)

  19. Christine

    Great blog posts! Stopping in from SITs :)

  20. Mary Catherine

    Happy Friday!

  21. Compare Cheap Flights

    Interesting concept! SITS sent me by, and I’m glad they did…

  22. HeartBabyHome

    Nice blog – impressive awards and I LOVE your photos. Maybe I’m getting the travel bug, eh?
    >sits

  23. Mama Mary

    Wow, I would love to travel to all of these places! One of my best friends has been to Hong Kong and Indonesia and just loved it. The photos in the right side bar are making me want to pack a bag and head out right now. Happy SITS Day!. : )

  24. LisaDay

    Getting a local perspective is a great idea. Not only do they know where to do, they would know when and when not to visit as well.

    LisaDay

  25. Michelle

    I LOVE all of your beautiful pictures. It makes me want to visit Asia sometime soon. My husband was born in Laos, but we haven’t been able to go and visit yet. I can’t wait… it looks absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Drew H.

    Thats a Great Video I had No Idea How Beautiful The Philippines Were I Have a Friend Who lives There 9 Months out of the Year and Comes back to The states on Business and is Constantly Telling me to Visit.I Thought Because Everything is so Cheap there Now I Know Its also Beautiful Drew H.

  27. Jason

    Claire,
    Great job putting this Carnival together…I really enjoyed it.
    Jason

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  30. William K Wallace

    I have never been to the Philippines yet…with the emphasis on the yet, because one of these days I’m going to visit for an extended stay. Looks like an amazing country to explore…

    • firsttimetravel

      Yes, “yet” is the operative word. I hope you visit and explore our beautiful country someday.

  31. pinoy boy

    very cool and informative blog, a new discovery in the travel blog world! keep it up!!!

  32. tourism

    Thanx for the post. I am gonna travel for Africa in few days. I will keep your tips in mind as that will be my first abroad travel.

  33. Bluegreen Kirk

    Are you still posting on the this blog? Looks like you had a great site going keep up to great content.

  34. NB

    I completely agree with the fact that locals can give you added flavor to your journeys and help you find hidden treasures within the locales. However, I also think that you shouldn’t skip the tourist-y things just because they are main attractions. If you go to New York City and don’t go to the Top of the Rock or at least look at the Statue of Liberty, you might regret missing these popular attractions. At the very least, when one appears on TV or in a movie, you can say you’ve been there. Perhaps split up your travel schedule to include both tourist attractions and your own self-guided tour. I’ve found many websites that can help you find locals to guide you, too; one of which is linked to this comment, but many of which you can find through google or other search engines. I’d be careful who you trust, though, and what kind of impression you make, but all in all, locals are a great opportunity to get to know places!

  35. Dylan

    A fitting blog for first time travelers… very informative. :)

  36. Nomadic Samuel

    I’d love to see you revive your blog.

  37. Jan's Travel and Tours

    Nice blog…keep on posting!

    • firsttimetravel

      Thanks for visiting my site. :) Please do drop by every now and then. More posts to come!

  38. Terence

    Very interesting and awesome blog. I look forward to read more of your posts.

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