Oversaving, overpackaging, hesitating buying what you like, fearing street food or something like that? Oops! Those are mistakes that could ruin your trip.
At home, with your complete wardrobe available, there’s no reason not to run through work, workout and working-the-clubs outfits in a single day. But when your life is crammed into a couple bags, your fashion morality changes.Those socks you wore on the plane should be good for another go.The purple tee you slept in ought to be alright for a third wear. Yesterday’s undies? Well, the same.
According to a recent survey by Travelodge, two-thirds of travelers typically return from a trip with at least six unworn outfits.
> The lesson: You don’t need a new set of anything for each day of a trip. Figure on at least two wears for (almost) everything.
There is nothing worse than having to haul over-sized luggage along with you during the trip
2. Not buying something you like as soon as you see it
You think you’re gonna circle back to that shop?
You think you’ll see a cheaper, better version somewhere else?
No, you won’t.
That evocative street painting or those Metallica nesting dolls you didn’t buy? Now not having them will haunt you for the rest of your life.
> When you see something you like, just buy it and live without regret.
Wait on the curb for a ride in a sweat-soaked van and risk being the last one dropped off on a nine-hotel run, all in the name of saving a few bucks?
Oh no, your time is worth more than that.
Besides, too much transportation also make you feel much tired and spend more for means of transport.
Lack of important information makes you unable to discover new places.
4. Underestimating the departure time
Speaking of London, it’s easy to underestimate the several hundred miles of concourse you’ll likely be obliged to traverse and the time-consuming security searches that create jumbled queues and make travelers look more like internment camp refugees than cosmopolitan jet setters.
Arriving anything less than two hours before an international flight is risky, but even a longer cushion can get dicey.
5. Buying cheap flip-flops
Buying cheap flip-flops may sometimes mean paying expensive for another.
You think, “I’m only gonna wear ‘em for a week, I might not even take ‘em home, why buy the good ones?” The answer comes when you blow out a toe strap and shred the bottom of your foot a mile into a hike across the local lava beds.
And now you have to go back.
6. Fearing street food
No one wants to get sick on vacation, but why travel all the way to Thailand or Mexico and not eat the local grub?
Certainly, the locals don’t like food poisoning any more than you do. So don’t worry, be more brave so that you can get a chance to enjoy tasty food and experience the daily life of local people. If they’re in line, consider the place vetted and assume you’re going to be fine.
7. No updating necessary information for the trip
Although guidebooks often contain quite enough and detailed information but not always believable and updated. Therefore, you should spend time asking for advice from those who have experiences or local people.
When booking hotel, instead of relying on the advertisement posts on online websites, you should check on the map to make sure the hotel you will stay is near the city center and easy for transport during the trip here. Besides, you should print the booking information in which there are your full name, address and hotel telephone instead of saving them on your e-mail account because you couldn’t always activate your mail during the trip.
In case you travel by air and want to get cheap tickets, just follow the website of that airline often.
If you are supposed to travel abroad, make sure that you’ve got the information about customs and habits of people living in the place you are supposed to go. Besides, don’t forget to read the requirements and regulations at entertainment centers, hotels,… carefully. A wrong action, despite small and carelessly, can be ignored in your country but in another, you may be fined seriously. Respecting local people by your positive attitude and proper action, you will always be welcomed.
8. Over-reliance on Guidebooks
Making a travel plan using only your guidebook is like making a plan to stand in line at the bank for a week.
Guidebooks are great – we use them all the time – but it’s better to pull just one or two suggestions per day from a guide that thousands of like-minded travelers have read or downloaded.
9. Not buying the full insurance policy
We’re not a bunch of free spenders — except when the boss whips out the company credit card at the pub — but a lot of the mistakes on this list come down to adding a significant amount of stress to your life in the name of saving a few bucks.
If you actually end up needing the travel insurance you purchased (a move a significant percentage of our staff thinks is silly in the first place), you’re going to want the full coverage.
Just because you’re in a country where the beer is cheap, it doesn’t mean the healthcare is.
That bargain insurance policy might pay for your flight home when you crash your motor scooter on a winding road in some island paradise.
But it won’t cover the $5,000 in stitches and sponge baths you racked up during your three-day international hospital stay.
10. Obsessive photography
The obsession/obligation to document every street scene, statue and starter course kills the spontaneity and visceral experience that should be the backbone of travel.
It’s now so easy to take photos that one click leads to another.
Before you know it, you have 300 pictures on your phone comprising old buildings, blurry sunsets and plates of food.
Congratulations. Your trip is now defined by low-quality images on a handset that, trust us, nobody back home wants to spend 20 minutes scrolling through.
11. Not checking visa requirements before departure
It’s a nightmare come true when you get turned away at the ticket counter on departure day because you didn’t realize Brazil requires citizens of your benighted country to secure a visa before travel.
For certainty, find all necessary information about visa requirements at places you are supposed to go and make sure that you have enough time to comlete all before departure.
Not checking visa requirements before departure makes you unable to come to where you want.
12. Using a credit card to get cash
This is the fastest way of paying through the nose for the privilege of paying through the nose.
Credit card companies charge a high transaction fee (up to 15%) for using a card to get cash.
These special transactions also attract a higher associated fees than other purchases: the ATM-owning bank will charge a fee; if you’re withdrawing a foreign currency the exchange rate will be miserly; and if you’re not paying off your balance each month, credit card companies in some countries will apply your partial payments to normal purchases (with a lower interest rate, say 9%) before applying them to those cash advances (which have a much higher interest rate), milking your desperation for every pitiless penny.
13. Not printing out reservation details
They’re already on your phone and computer, so why bother with hard copies of your hotel name and address?
Because your phone, computer, tablet and other electronics might not work with the local network as soon as you land, especially after crossing oceans.
Now, where are you supposed to go, dear guys?