Few Travel Mistakes
& How to Avoid Them
It’s tempting to bring
outfits for every possible occasion, but it makes it difficult to haul your
luggage around, and you may get stuck with high baggage fees for accidentally
exceeding the weight limit. Instead, pack your bag as usual, then take out half
the clothes you originally planned. You won’t wear all of them.
It’s important to know what your plan covers to avoid data roaming
fees. Not covered? Turn off your data before you get on the plane and leave
your phone in airplane mode (you’ll still be able to connect to wi-fi). If data
is important to you, look into buying an international plan or buying a local
SIM card once you arrive.
Flight conditions can be unpredictable. If one gets delayed, you
might be forced to rush through an unfamiliar airport to make your connecting
flight, and you might not make it in time. It’s best to book them with a safe
buffer in between.
As soon as you leave the airport, you’ll need local currency to
take public transportation or cab rides in many countries. Taking out money
from the airport’s ATMs gives you better exchange rates, so get what you need
there, and maybe a little extra for emergencies.We use our credit card whenever
possible, but we always keep cash on hand. Visiting local markets is a must
when we travel — and many of these places don’t accept credit cards.
Being turned away at a foreign checkpoint will be expensive,
time-consuming, and possibly put an end to your trip. There are several
websites that list visa requirements for different countries.
This limits your opportunities. You’ll be too busy to find hidden
gems or follow up on tips from locals, and the hassle of so much travel can be
stressful. Make sure you give yourself some time to relax and soak up the best
of what each destination has to offer.
It’s an unnecessary hassle to have to rummage through your bags
for your itinerary, and you might not have access to a printer for another copy
if you lose it. If you can, keep your itinerary in its own pocket of a bag or
keep an electronic copy on your phone.