Travellers should be able to really experience the ethos of the country they visit, let themselves be drawn to the unknown and not be afraid to follow the white rabbit, which will inevitably lead to special connections and to experience situations that will be unique.
However, even the most experienced traveller can lose valuables or have an unexpected traveling problem. Whether you are doing business or living overseas anywhere else, these tips will ensure you have safe and enjoyable travels.
Below are the six most common travelling mistakes people make and some tips on how to avoid them so next time you travel, you won’t find yourself out of pocket.
6 Common Travelling Mistakes: Learn How to Avoid Them
It’s attractive to bring outfits for every possible occasion, but it makes it problematic to tow 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, you don’t have to sacrifice style, and you can always do some laundry on the road.
Check you cell phone plan
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 WiFi). If data is important to you, look into buying an international plan or buying a local SIM card once you arrive.
Not booking enough time between flights
Flight conditions can be unpredictable. If one is late, you might be enforced to rush through an unaware airport to make your connecting flight, and you might not make it in time.
It’s best to book flights with a safe buffer in between. Plan for at least a two-hour layover. It might seem like an annoying waste of time, but the last thing you want to do is have to pay $100s for a new ticket.
Not withdrawing local currency
As soon as you leave the airport, you’ll need local currency to take local 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 when 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.
Not informing your credit card company of the trip
Credit card companies’ flag foreign transactions in case of credit card fraud and may freeze your account, so be sure you inform your company ahead of time. While you’re at it, find out if they charge a foreign transaction fee, so there are no surprises.
Not double checking hotel and accommodation bookings
Many hotel sites and third-party sites allow you to leave detailed information for the individual property. This information can include special requests ranging from a folding bed for a child to asking for a quiet room away from the elevator.
While an apartment hotel will typically honor the requests made, you can’t always assume the staff will see that information before check-in. It’s a good idea to call the hotel directly after booking to ensure your needs will be met.
These are the top six common mistakes which actually repeated all the time. Help fellow travelers avoiding the common travelling mistakes, by sharing your tips with me in the comments.