How To Lose Your Travel Virginity

My name is Michaela and I’m a travel addict. 

Some think addict is a dirty word.

Not me.  I love to travel and I think about it all the time.  I’ve even accepted the fact that I work to fund my travel addiction.  Lately, traveling had lost its edge.  That is until I helped someone lose their travel virginity.

Some think you should wait to lose your travel virginity. 

They are looking for a permanent travel companion.  Others are afraid it’ll feel so good that they will become addicted – like that’s a bad thing.  Losing my travel virginity opened my eyes to an entirely new world of thrills and excitement.  Here’s how to lose yours:

 

Lose Your Travel Virginity

Avoid A Language Barrier

While losing your travel virginity is pleasurable no matter who you lose it to, I would suggest a country that communicates in a language that you understand.  Foreign-language countries may seem sexier, but this shouldn’t be a travel virgin’s first pick.

The key to a good experience is the ability to communicate your needs.  If you don’t speak the language, you may feel obligated to just lay back and let travel happen, instead of actively participating.

I lost my travel virginity to Germany and I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for this Country, but London took my breath away.

London was my first English speaking, European country.  It was so amazing that I thought about staying forever.  Traveling home and losing my “accent” and “foreign allure” wasn’t at all appealing.

Get With An Extrovert

At times, my relaxed nature prevents me from making the first move.  I’m lucky that I didn’t remain a travel virgin forever!

And while it may seem weird, it was my brother who actually pushed me to go ahead and lose it.  He’s more extroverted and is always ready to take a good risk.

Extroverts won’t allow you to get comfortable or forget about an opportunity to experience something wonderful.

If it weren’t for the help of my brother and his wife’s gentle guidance, I would have lost my travel virginity lying down.  Luckily, they made me get up and put some effort into the trip.  I had a blast!

Take A Tour

A good way to lose your travel virginity is in a group setting.  Some committed travelers turn up their noses to group tours.  These travelers are able to meet and fall in love with a country after a few days together.

For virgin travelers, a group setting is an easy way to get a feel for the country without the pressure of one-on-one interaction.

A tour will take you to the most popular places and put you in the best positions to get lots of pictures.  Take plenty; record yourself, even.  After your first time, these memories will get you in the mood to travel again.

Try Everything

Don’t be a prude.  Try everything!  How else will you know what you like?

No, you can’t take someone’s word for it.  Don’t worry about who may find out or what others will say about you.  The experience is yours alone.

Remember that quote by Mark Twain –  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

No regrets, just enjoy it.

Final Tips:

  • I don’t use protection.  I’ve had a few close calls and almost missed a flight or cruise ship, but I like to live on the wild side.  If travel insurance makes you feel at ease, use it.  Whatever it takes to get you traveling.
  •  Losing your travel virginity can be frightening, but don’t be afraid to make the first move.  It might not be a cinematic experience, but the more you travel, the better you’ll get and the better it will feel.  Trust me on this one.
  • If you’re not comfortable planning everything on your own, go to a friend for help.  I’ve been helping a few friends lose their travel virginities and your friends will be more than happy to help you.  When you lose it, be sure to come back and tell me about it.  I want all the juicy details.

Travel Addicts:  Any other recommendations for our travel virgins?

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  •  Hi name’s Katelyn and I’m a travel addict 😉 haha! …. any recommendations eh! Enjoy it. Live it. and do not forget to Experience it.

    • Ahahaha! Great tips, Katelyn!

  • Thanks for this tip! And great point. Locals usually have good recommendations. When I have no idea what to order, I just tell the server to surprise me!

  • Love this! Proud Travel Addict  here 😉

    • 🙂 It seems like there are lots of us around!

  • inka

    Nice way of putting it. And, like you, I’m a very happy addict.

    • Hi Inka! Welcome to the travel addict’s group! Don’t forget to convert a few friends! 😉

  • jenjenk

    I can’t remember a time that I didn’t love the thrill of traveling somewhere [ok, except maybe a few road trips that my parents dragged me on].  I’m always shocked & amazed when I meet someone who hates traveling or has never traveled!  Great tips/advice for 1st timers. 🙂

    • Thanks! It’s surprising to me too! I find myself offering to put together road trips for peopel who haven’t traveled outside of their state. I can’t imagine anyone not loving to travel!

  • Great tips…When I lost my travel virginity I went to Asia with an introvert without a tour haha…It wall worked out well though and I’ve been hooked ever since:)

    • Hi Deej! Glad that things worked out. And welcome to the travel addict’s group!