I went on my first press trip to Turkey last week. Cook’s Club Adakoy Resort in Marmaris was an incredible experience I will never forget.
From canoeing down Marmaris to a sunset cruise and walking through Nimara Cave, there was so much to enjoy and get involved in.
Alongside meeting other talented journalists and immersing myself in culture, I learned valuable lessons which have equipped me for future trips.
Here are the do’s and don’ts for your first press trip:
DO KEEP YOUR PASSPORT SAFE
It goes without saying, your passport is an extremely important document which must be kept safe.
As you travel, ensure your passport is in a secure, safe place which only you can access when needed. This also goes for your boarding passes and any other essential documents which are vital for your press trip.
DON’T BE LATE
It is polite and professional to make sure you’re punctual to meet your group.
Being late is not a great first look and can frustrate other group members who show up on time. Try your very best to keep to timings and communicate with others so they are aware of your whereabouts.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
If you want to prepare well for your first press trip, then taking time for some background research is the best way to go.
Not only will this provide you with a good insight into where you’re going, but you’ll also carry a well-grounded understanding of the area you intend to travel to.
DON’T REFUSE FOODS OFFERED
Accept meals offered to you and try new foods that you aren’t familiar with. This is a great way to immerse yourself into new cultural meals and get involved with everything on offer.
DO ASK QUESTIONS
It is always a good idea to find out more. Whether it’s regarding your schedule or activities planned, knowing more will deepen your understanding and maybe even find out some interesting facts!
DON’T WANDER FROM THE GROUP
Don’t leave your group unnecessarily. If you are on a tour or group activity, make sure you stick with other members of the team rather than walking off on your own.
DO MAKE NOTES
Aside from remaining focused on what you’re doing, note taking will keep you engaged in the activity and help you remember all the information you’ve learned.
It’s easier to collect all your ideas whilst they’re fresh in your mind. Writing in the moment can help you lay out all your thoughts in an organised, well structured manner.
DON’T ACT BORED OR UNINTERESTED
Make sure you engage with all activities planned during your trip. Remember, it is rude to leave early or make crude comments about what you partake in.
Always be positive and act ready for tasks arranged on the trip agenda. Even if you don’t particularly enjoy something, focus on what you have learned or new skills you have gained which are valuable to take away.
DO HAVE FUN
Press trips are supposed to be fun and filled with new things to discover and explore. Make sure you make the most of every moment by making memories and taking lots of photos.