Ask a young person what he or she wants to do in the next three years, and it’s all but guaranteed that “travel” tops almost every list. After all, we are the Wanderlust Generation—the generation that wants to see the world, experience new things, get lost.
But here’s a fun fact about getting lost: It actually sucks, especially when you’re trying to get the most out of that plane ticket you just dropped two months’ rent on. Worse than that, losing your sense of orientation in a new place can be scary — even dangerous.
Even though new maps, new languages and spotty Wi-Fi can be intimidating, there are a few easy-to-follow steps to keep getting lost to a minimum. Here are five ways to catch your bearings and hit the ground running the next time you hit the road. Study up, wanderers.