Avoid travel boo-boos on your next vacation with these expert tips: Not planning ahead Make sure your passport is still valid for at least 6 months if you’re going out of the country. This is necessary as you might not be allowed to board your flight if your passport is about to expire. You also […]
November 13, 2019
Avoid travel boo-boos on your next vacation with these expert tips:
Not planning ahead
Make sure your passport is still valid for at least 6 months if you’re going out of the country. This is necessary as you might not be allowed to board your flight if your passport is about to expire. You also need to check if your destination needs you to apply for a visa ahead of time, or if it’s possible to do a visa on arrival.
Booking a tight connecting flight
Sometimes you need to get connecting flights than flying straight to your destination. Don’t be tempted by short connections, thinking you’d be better off spending less time in an airport. You’ll need more leeway for possible flight delays or travel mishaps, so give yourself some breathing room and go with the longer layover if possible.
Not alerting your bank
Some banks will block your credit or debit card if you use it in another country without alerting them, as they will think of it as suspicious activity. Don’t be caught off guard and call them ahead of your trip.
Not double-checking your plans
Sit down and go through your plan. Did you book the right flights and are you aware of what time you need to be at the airport? Do you know how to get from the airport to your hotel? Where can you get local currency, and will it be open when you land? Do you have the address of your hotel? These might seem like little things that you think you already know, but it’s best to double-check before you go.
Don’t be the one sprawled on an airport floor discarding extra items, hoping you and your luggage will make it past the strict luggage limit. Check your airline’s luggage restrictions, both in terms of size and in what you’re allowed to bring.
Not reading reviews
The Internet is a wonderful, helpful place to read up about your destination, so make good use of it before you go. Skim through the hotel reviews on Agoda or Booking before you secure your accommodation, visit TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet for travel tips and trip ideas, crowdsource tips from friends who’ve been to the same destination.
Getting scammed or ripped off
Do your research well and be aware of the usual tourist scams in your destination. A typical scam around the world is a faulty taxi meter, so make sure you check the meter before you hop on or negotiate for a better price. Going sightseeing? Go with a reputable travel agency who will have your best interests in mind.
Roaming incurs expensive and unwanted charges that will take a toll on your budget. Be mindful and make sure that you’re not using your cellular data. Need to stay connected while on the road? Look into picking up a local sim card or a rent a mobile wifi router. You can also opt to jjust use the free wi-fi in your hotel or in restaurants or cafes.
Taking too many pictures
Snapping photos is an essential part of traveling, but experiences are also a crucial part of it. Don’t spend the whole vacation glued to your camera – step out from behind the viewfinder and let yourself live the moment.
Not paying attention
Don’t get so absorbed that you forget to pay attention. Don’t leave your valuables unattended, count your change before you leave an establishment, don’t tempt robbers by wearing flashy jewelry or flaunting your gadgets.