The tropics may look like a different planet for someone who has never been there. Travelers, who are traveling for the first time to some of the islands near the Equator, should spare at least a month to prepare and know some facts of the place he is going to.
Whether you are destined to be in the Bahamas or the Maldives or the Philippine Islands or to any other tropical country, the most important thing is that you know your purpose why you are going there and how much persistence you have to stick with your goal.
The following pointers are for first-time tourists to the tropics.
Know Your Purpose
It is only through knowing your purpose of traveling before you can find contentment from your tour. If you are traveling to enjoy the sun, the beach must be for you. But if you want to know the way of life of the people, understand them while listening to them, then, you are more interested in culture over landscapes.
Learn Some of the Geography
Even if we have apps on our phones, studying our maps may also be as crucial. Bring your maps while you also install GPS or other online apps that deal with map and locations. By knowing the geography, you will be able to identify landmarks and famous places.
Learn the Do’s and Don’ts
Researching their laws will not get you out of trouble. Learning about their taboos and mores can free you from criticisms. It is truly advantageous when you also know trivial ordinances, religion, and traditional beliefs. You can also learn all these things from previous tourists.
Have a Contact
Having a contact in the country of your destination is always ideal. That is why it always better to hire travel agents because they can guide you while you are still on vacation. It is always nice to let somebody know where you are going on a particular day if you are alone.
Know What to Bring
Depending on how many days you stay will depend on the size of the insect repellent that you will buy. The tropics have mosquitos, flies and other insect that are always ready to have a little bite of you. You should also buy a lot of sunscreens, sunglasses, caps, and comfortable footwear.
Watch and Follow Vlogs
Vlogs are becoming famous for their content on travel destinations. You will be learning much from their YouTube channels about the places you want to travel to.