The Most Common 10 Mistakes People Make When Traveling
1. You get too many luggage
It’s very tempting to get your clothes for every possible occasion, but you may be able to pay extra baggage charges to overcome the weight limit. Instead, pack as usual, then remove half of the clothes you originally planned. You will not wear them all and even if you do, you can always take them to a laundry room.
2. You don’t check your mobile phone offer
It’s important to know what your offer covers to avoid roaming charges or a huge bill. Uncovered? Stop the data before you board the plane and leave your phone in the airplane mode (however, you will be able to connect to Wi-Fi).
However, if you want to get in touch with your home, you can buy a local SIM card once you get there. Alternatively, in some mobile operators there are prepay cards free of charge or free minutes in almost any country you travel.
3. You don’t reserve enough time between flights
Flight conditions may be unpredictable. If a flight is late, you may be forced to hurry through an unknown airport to catch your next flight and you may not do it in time. It is best to reserve them with a secure time interval between them.
4. Do not buy the local currency at the airport
As soon as you leave the airport, you will need the local currency to take public transport or taxy in many countries. ATMs provide you with better exchange rates, so withdraw as much as you need, and perhaps a little more for emergencies. Use your credit card whenever possible, but always keep money at your fingertips. Visiting local markets is a must when traveling – and many of these places do not accept any card.
5. You don’t tell your bank about your travel plans
Banks sometimes report foreign transactions as credit card fraud and can freeze your account, so make sure you inform your bank in advance. If you still call the bank and find out if there is a foreign transaction fee, so you will not have any surprises.
6. You don’t buy travel insurance
Travel insurance covers cancellation fees, so if unexpectedly you can not take your vacation or business trip, you will not waste too much money. Some plans also cover emergency medical expenses if health insurance does not cover you outside the country.
7. You don’t check the visa issuance criteria
To be denied to entry into a foreign country will be expensive, time consuming and eventually will put an end to your journey. There are several sites that list the visa requirements for different countries, so find out before you leave.
8. You plan too many activities or countries in one trip
This limits your opportunities. You will be too busy to find hidden attractions or to follow local counseling, and the difficulty of traveling can be stressful. Make sure you give yourself time to relax and enjoy the best of every visited destination.
9. You don’t keep track of booking details
It is a useless mistake to have your itinerary search through your bags, and you may not have access to a printer for another copy if you lose it. If you can, keep the itinerary in your own pocket or keep an electronic copy on your phone.
10. You don’t take enough care of valuable objects and goods
Theft is the last thing you want to go through, so avoid as much as possible the opportunity of an “opportunist” to take possession of your goods by keeping them with you whenever possible.