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10 Silly Mistakes you should Never Make When Traveling

Planning any trip is too exciting for me; I’m sure we all go through this unique excitement. And this excitement tends to forget things. Believe me, if you forget something, it can be the most prominent travel mistake you can make on any trip. Let’s take a look at these helpful tips so that we don’t make such silly travel mistakes and spoil the fun of any trip. We have created a collection of information from personal learnings, and they might help you in many ways:

Overpacking the luggage

Overpacking the luggage

It’s always tempting to pack outfits for every possible occasion, but it is too difficult to carry the luggage around. Also, with a piece of bulkier luggage, you may be paying higher luggage fees for unfortunately exceeding the weight limit. So, what should be done; make a list of things you need for the trip and pack all the essential stuff accordingly. You can also get laundry done in the hotel while on the road. We all must think before we put that dress in the luggage as all the unnecessary items you pack for the cruise or hiking trip will eventually be a burden for yourself.

Failing to have foresight for the time between flights

Failing to have foresight for the time between flights

Sometimes, during a flight, we may have to interchange aircraft carriers at a location if we do not get a direct flight to our destination. Every day the weather changes, and sometimes it becomes difficult to predict the flight conditions. If any of the flights get delayed, you might land up in a fix and be forced to rush through an unfamiliar city airport to catch a connecting flight. A buffer between the flights will always help even if you land up at a big airport like Heathrow, which requires at least a two-hour layover to go through the security check.

Not buying local currency at the airport

Not buying local currency at the airport

Not everywhere we can make a payment through digital and online modes, sometimes even in developed cities. As soon as you leave the airport, you might be required to pay for public transportation or cab rides to the hotel in local currency. Taking out money from the ATMs can get you better exchange rates. Airport kiosks have an excessive amount of transaction charges levied on the currency exchange taking place at their counter. Try to use your credit card whenever possible, but keeping cash handy can give you a position to bargain on the products and services bought.

Using Cell Phones without a roaming plan

Using Cell Phones without a roaming plan

Cell Phone is the most essential electronic gadget that we need to carry on our trips and their bills can cause a greater worry once you’re through with the trip.

  • Before starting the trip, make sure you get the right plan that helps you avoid unwanted charges.
  • If you have not bought the right plan, turn off your data before you get on the plane and leave your phone in airplane mode.
  • Do thorough research to select the most appropriate plan suited to your needs. You can talk with your tour operators to buy an international sim card to keep in touch back home when you reach your destination.

Inform your Credit Card Company before traveling abroad

Inform your Credit Card Company before traveling abroad

Credit Card companies are very suspicious of any unusual activities happening on your card. If you travel abroad without intimating your bank or credit card company, it may lead to your credit/debit card getting canceled without your notice. Your foreign currency transactions done on your trip can be flagged as fraudulent, and your account can be frozen. Just call up your bank or Credit Card Company before you travel and inquire about the foreign currency transaction fees for no surprises later.

Forgetting to buy travel insurance

Forgetting to buy travel insurance

A prudent traveler always buys travel insurance. It helps safeguard the traveler and family from a plethora of things. Not many people know travel insurance help you in flight delays, flight cancellation, emergencies like accidents & loss of personal possessions, and other unfortunate happenings. Being prepared for the worst is the first step toward safety.

Not taking adequate care of valuables

Not taking adequate care of valuables

The is the most unfortunate thing on your trip, which can leave you broken. You are prone to attract the attention of pick-pockets if you carry expensive jewelry, cameras, and other luxurious stuff. Take precautions and store your jewelry in anti-theft bags, and even if you need to have these valuables, do it mindfully—a jacket with a zip pocket or a carry a bum bag to carry your valuables outside. A fatter wallet in the back pocket will attract the eye of thieves anywhere in the world.

Arriving at the airport late

Arriving at the airport late

Few travelers every day tend to miss their flights as they fail to underestimate the time required for a security check at the airport. If you’re traveling during a peak season, arrive at the airport three hours earlier as there may be longer lines than usual. You won’t like to watch your flight depart while standing helplessly in the queue. Make sure you’re at the airport before two hours on regular days to catch your flight peacefully.

Not keeping an eye on your Visa Paperwork

Not keeping an eye on your Visa Paperwork

Don’t get into a country without a visa, even if your flight has a halt. The officers won’t listen to the scenario you don’t know, and it’s an honest mistake. There are rules to be followed for entering a country and leaving a nation, and you don’t have a choice in it. Take time out and get your paperwork completed ensuring all the visas are valid on the date. You can check out these rules on the country’s government website and discuss with your tour operator for paperwork to be completed at your end.

Traveling in the peak season

Traveling in the peak season

Although peak season has the best weather, sometimes the travelers complain of the overcrowded destination. Most of the local vendors take advantage and tend to make everything expensive. Even the flights and the hotels are packed to capacity with late bookings inviting exorbitant prices. If the possibility exists, try to travel in the off-season, which will save money on flight bookings and hotel prices.