Traveling is a great way to get away from it all, but sometimes, things happen that are out of your control. Unfortunately, these mistakes can be costly and difficult to recover from.
Here are some common travel mistakes you should avoid!
This is one of the most common mistakes that people tend to make while traveling. Trying to pack everything and anything might seem like a good idea, but it isn’t. Just because you’ve packed some extra shoes or another pair of pants doesn’t mean you need them for your trip.
The more stuff you bring along with yourself, the heavier your backpack will get and more physically exhausted by having too much weight on your shoulders. Moreover, there’s no point in bringing something if it won’t come in handy when needed.
If you’re planning on going hiking, don’t forget about all those heavy clothes that cannot be worn during certain seasons; leave them at home instead. Also, remember to take only what’s necessary: phone, charger, laptop or tablet, passport, and wallet.
You don’t need to bring any extra clothes for the plane as you will probably be provided with one anyway.
Not Checking Visa Requirements
If you’re traveling to a country that requires visas, don’t leave for your trip without having them in hand. Visas are often not something you can obtain once you arrive at the destination, and they take time (sometimes weeks) to process.
So, if you don’t have one, make sure you look at the application details and apply. Failure to get one means an immediate return to home for most people, which is not what you want on vacation.
You must double-check the visa requirements for your destination(s) before you leave. In most cases, they will require visas for your country of origin, so you should always assume it is necessary. However, some countries require you to apply for a visa before traveling as there is no provision to receive them at the border on arrival.
If this applies to your travels, make sure you have all application materials on hand well before departing since they can take time (and sometimes money) to obtain. Also, don’t forget about transit visas if your flight stops in another country en route, as sometimes these can take several weeks to process and require particular documents from airlines. Again, something often overlooked by travelers who thought they were covered only to find themselves turned away with little recourse available at an airport.
Not Grabbing Some Local Currency at the Airport
This is a significant mistake that people make when traveling. While you can use your credit or debit card almost anywhere, some places do not accept those options as payment and instead will only take cash for transactions, including taxis, hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Therefore, it would help if you always arrived with local currency on hand so that you have the option to pay as needed while visiting a new destination. There is also a bonus if you plan and grab some foreign money at home before arriving in another country rather than exchanging it once you get off your flight or arrival transport.
This way, you avoid paying fees associated with trading currencies at airports and other travel hubs, which could be costly over time and add up fast. So, ensure that you grab some local money at the airport to make your travel better and easier.
Not Buying Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you financially if your trip doesn’t go as planned. It can cover things like canceled flights or lost luggage, and it’s essential for international travel. While some credit cards offer free travel insurance if you purchase part of your ticket with them (like Capital One), they typically don’t include emergency medical coverage.
If something goes wrong, this kind of protection could be invaluable—but only if you have it. So, make sure it’s on your checklist when planning a vacation.
Not Booking Enough Time in Between Flights
It is easy to get excited and rush through the airport, especially if you’re on a tight schedule. But rushing can lead to mistakes like missing your connecting flight.
It might be easier for some people than others, but even getting lost in an airport or forgetting where you parked your car can take up precious time that you could have used more efficiently. If possible, try not to book flights with less than 30 minutes between them; this will help ensure any mishaps don’t derail your travels too severely.
Traveling is a dream for many people, but it can be a nightmare if you don’t prepare correctly. Follow these tips to avoid the most common travel mistakes and help ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible!