Common Travel Mistakes to Avoid
Making mistakes is inevitable whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent traveler. Even the smallest mistakes can ruin your entire trip, and the best way to avoid making them is to be aware of them. Here’s a list of mistakes that we usually make when travelling and how to avoid them.
- Booking Everything
If it is your first time to go on a trip to a specific place, it is very tempting to book everything beforehand. This seems very convenient, and it makes you feel at ease to have literally everything booked including every transfer, meal, trip, and your whole itinerary.
It’s fine to have some things prepared once you’re there, especially the hotel where you’ll be staying, as well as some of your biggest travel plans. But make sure to spare time and be flexible. Remember that the best adventures sometimes happen from unplanned moments.
- Getting Everything Planned with a Travel Agency
These days, you can have your entire trip booked at once with a travel agency and it can be as convenient as clicking away on your computer. But doing things conveniently means getting the most bang for your buck.
While it’s fine to book your flights or even an accommodation package, do keep in mind that you will spend less when you book things yourself. Search online for the cheapest tours featuring tourist attractions, entrance fees for amusements parks, and transfers from the airport to your hotel.
- Poor Budgeting
Underestimating expenses is one of the most common mistake travelers make. It is our nature to estimate and round costs to the lowest possible amount, but this does not always work in our favor. Most things will cost more, if not double their price so make sure to have an extra budget for everything.
Be realistic with estimating costs. If you want to stay in a luxurious hotel, do not expect to pay a cheap price. If you want to ride a taxi instead of a train, expect the price to double, triple, or even quadruple.
- Packing Way Too Much
If you like dressing up, it can be fun to plan every outfit you’ll wear everyday while you’re on vacation. It can also be very tempting to bring your favorite pillow, but this results in bringing way too much clothes, pants, extra clothes, and shoes with you.
Heavy luggage is such as pain in the neck and when you exceed the weight limit, it will result in very expensive baggage fees. You might even end up repacking your baggage at the airport and having to leave some things behind to avoid the fee. Make sure to bring only the things that you really need to avoid over-packing nightmares.
- Not Getting Travel Insurance
Getting insurance when travelling is the most overlooked and taken for granted thing by travelers. They often see it as just an addition to their expenses, but the truth is, it could actually save you a hundred of bucks, or even more.
Travel insurance is essential since it covers disrupted flights. If an emergency arises and you can’t make it to your flight, you can book a new one with no, or very minimal, additional expense. Some travel insurance packages also cover medical expenses you may incur while overseas, and you can be reimbursed for lost or stolen baggage.
- Not Advising Your Bank
Cancelled funds, foreign transaction fees, deactivated credit cards, and not being able to withdraw funds: those are some of the bank-related problems that travelers may experience when they do not advise their banks regarding their travel plans. The next time you travel, make sure to give your bank a call.
This is to make sure that funds are available and not cancelled while you’re there, and also to make them aware of your credit card transactions. As some banks flag transactions made oversees and freeze your credit card to avoid fraud. To avoid surprise fees, they can advise you if there will be fees on transactions or if you could use your cards in a specific country.
- Underestimating Traffic
Simply underestimating traffic can cost you hundreds of dollars. When you don’t arrive on time at the airport, you may miss you flight. Missing your flight means missing the entire trip. It is important to anticipate traffic and other unplanned events that might happen on your way to the airport.
- The Importance of your Hand Carry Baggage
Packing carry-on baggage can be more important than we think. Just like our check in baggage, carry-ons need to be packed well with specific necessities, especially if you’ll be on a long flight such as medical prescriptions, travel and other important documents, extra shirts for changing, and valuable items.
It is important to keep an eye on your carry-on baggage because checked in bags tend to get lost more often than the carry-ons. Never keep money or other valuables in bags that you will check in.
These mistakes may seem very simple, but even the simplest mistakes can ruin your mood, or even the entire trip. With proper planning and organization, these mistakes can be avoided.