Had I known is always at last. Right? Well…not if you have been well informed.
Here are 8 of the most common travel mistakes that first-time travellers and frequent flyers make:
- Failure to check passport: The best time to check if your passport and other travel documents are in order is the moment you decide to travel. Passports expire and require renewal every now and then. It’s also important to check for updates and instructions for visa requirements and other mandatory travel documents if you’re travelling abroad.
- Improper Research: It’s not enough to pick a destination based on the idyllic sights and hotels alone. There are several things that need to be considered like the cultural views, political issues, availability and proximity to medical help, safety and so much more. Proper research will ease your mind and help you to enjoy your trip.
- Unrealistic Expectations: The white sands and crystal blue waters you saw on Pinterest could turn out to be a big disappointment. Always keep in mind that the internet has a filter, it’s called Photoshop. Consider doing an in-depth research so you know exactly what to expect; also, the best way to form an opinion about a place is not through hearsay.
- Failure to buy local currency: Check the exchange rates before your trip and make sure to grab some local currency at the airport—it’s safe and convenient. Also, try not to solely rely on credit cards, some countries mostly use cash for transactions. No matter what happens, do not wander around the city without any cash, no matter how little, on your person.
- Over-packing: It’s better to have room to bring something home from your trip than to return with five unworn outfits. Don’t pack for the worst case scenario, pack exactly what you need. Avoid bulky towels, guidebooks, valuables, and extra gadgets. Pack only the essentials; anything else can be bought from a shop near you.
- Failure to back up: The spoils of travel, apart from the memories and experiences are the photos. The best way to back up is by using free online hosts services like OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox. It’s very important to back up, in case your camera gets stolen or a nasty virus corrupts your files.
- Failure to make copies: Once you have your passport, IDs, travel insurance, credit cards, visa, other travel documents and personal documents all sorted out, it’s important to make digital copies and keep them securely online. In case of an emergency or a worst case scenario situation, this tip can be a lifesaver.
- Being scared of the locals: The culture you love so much was created and preserved by the locals. They know where all the fun and danger lies so it’s advisable to interact with them. Of course, they are some unscrupulous ones among them, like there are in every country, so be cautious, alert, and mindful.