Bonjour $avvy Readers! We have an awesome guest post from Shawn Michaels, an adventure blogger, on mistakes to avoid when traveling. We can learn a lot from this list of 10 travel mistakes and be able to avoid them before they happen to us. You can visit Shawn over at The Smart Lad! Enjoy!~T$C
Whether it is your first international trip or you are a regular traveler to far-off places; there are certain mistakes that can often occur intentionally or unintentionally which might cause inconvenience to you. Here are the top 10 biggest travel mistakes that even a pro traveler can make and here’s how you can avoid them in the first place.
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1. Too Much Packing:
Though it’s always tempting to pack a lot of colorful outfits for all the possible reasons; however, you may find yourself stuck with baggage issues as you travel around. Moreover, if you are off to an international trip; over packing might cost you a lot of fees as you exceed the standard weight limit at the airport. So, it is recommended to bring few clothing accessories which are suited best for the climatic conditions and the best boots for staying comfortable throughout the trip.
We like to weigh our bags before we get to the airport so we know before we get there if we need to lighten our packing. Using a digital hanging luggage scale at home, you are able to see if you will pass or not before arriving at the check bag area. – T$C
2. Recharge Your Cell Phone Plan:
Want to avoid unnecessary data roaming charges? While setting off to any trip; make sure that you turn off your data plan before boarding the plane and connect to the local WIFI. If somehow you can’t turn off the data due to unavoidable reasons; try searching an international data plan or end up buying a local SIM card as you land.
3. Book An Advanced Flight:
One of the few hassles that every traveler goes through is not booking the flights in advance. Since the cancellations of flights or change of schedules depend solely on the discretion of the Airline Company; it is recommended to book advanced flights in a couple of Airlines to avoid the last-minute rush to the airport.
4. Not Stashing Extra Local Cash:
The moment you leave the airport; you will be needing the local currency of that particular destination where you are headed to in order to ride on public transport or taxis. If you will draw out money from the local ATMs; it will cost you the withdrawal charges which can vary from country to country. While traveling; relying on credit card solely is not recommended.
5. Leave Without Informing Credit Card Company:
While setting off to any travel destination; it is recommended to inform your credit card company beforehand so that they may keep a good look on your transactions and can block the credit card in advance in case of any fraud or mishap. Many credit card companies offer great discounts on travel plans so you should consult them before leaving.
6. Forgetting About Travel Insurance:
Since travel insurance covers a lot of perks for you including the cancellation fees and other expenses, for instance, medical expenses of all kinds; it is important to buy a suitable travel plan before you set off on an international trip.
7. Ignoring The Visa Requirements:
Going through the drill of visa processing in a foreign land can be a tedious process and it will be even more challenging if you have not made the required arrangements for visa processing in time. So, make sure that you don’t end up canceling your trip by taking care of all the visa requirements beforehand.
8. No Follow Ups Of Reservations:
Make sure that you carry a small satchel with you where you keep all of your reservation details, the copies of your passport and important documents especially while going abroad. This will come as very handy in the long run. Moreover, always follow-up on your hotel and transport reservation details to avoid any hassle.
9. Planning A Long Trip:
Though it might sound fascinating it will also limit your possibilities. Stuffing too many activities or planning to visit too many countries in one go will make you more exhausted and you will not be able to explore all the places along with their specialties.
10. Not Taking Care Of Your Valuables:
Probably the last thing you would want to experience on a trip is to get robbed or become a victim of a theft. So, go ahead and buy the latest Anti-theft bags with lots of hidden pockets where you can keep your valuables, your cash and necessary stuff that you can’t afford to lose at any cost on a holiday trip.
These bags on Amazon are a great option to reduce your risk of being robbed when traveling.
How do you avoid travel mistakes?
What is the biggest travel mistake you have made?