Whether traveling on summer holidays or going to a new city for a stressful business trip, there are a few careless mistakes that we all make at one time or another. The thing is, these mistakes can turn your trip into a disappointing one. Luckily, they can be prevented so that you avoid falling victim to their unpleasant consequences.
- Relying too much on guidebooks. They are helpful and provide useful travel information, we agree. But there’s nothing better than interacting with other travelers and the locals of your destination. The hotel staff, taxi driver and tourist information center are your best sources and will help more than any book can. Don’t forget to explore and rely on your own initiative. There’s so much more to a place than a guidebook can possibly convey!
- Overpacking. “The more, the merrier” simply does not apply when it comes to what to pack for a couple of days out of town. The majority of travelers have this issue, so don’t be dismayed. Just keep in mind that if you don’t wear it at home, you probably won’t wear it while away. Pack only what you need and know you will use and, remember, you can always buy additional items once you get to your destination. Once you’ve made your packing list, check it again to see if you can cross anything off and reduce the load a bit more.
- Time zones and tight connection times. If you have the chance to visit different cities on the same journey, don’t neglect to check the time zones you will be crossing. Plus, be aware that not checking the connection time in advance can result in a very stressful and frustrating experience, and it might end in missing your second plane. In order to avoid the headache, give yourself at least a couple of hours between flights just in case.
- Having an overambitious itinerary. We know what it’s like to get that travel buzz, but keep in mind that you just can’t see five countries in ten days. Travel is about the experience, so try to take a step back and focus on where you’d really like to go. Setting high expectations is fine, but you also need to be reasonable, so that you won’t need a vacation from your vacations. Take things one day at a time and be flexible with your planning; don’t be afraid to alter your plans due to unforeseen weather or budget restraints.
Create your own unique experience and try to avoid these common mistakes in order to enjoy your trip to the fullest.