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7 Biggest Travel Blunders That Can Ruin Any Trip

Kate Gitman 6 months ago - in Travel&Life

No trip is absolutely perfect; many travelers are guilty of committing some of the biggest travel blunders that can ruin any vacation and getaway. You can forget your international travel passport, or money, or phone, so your trip may end without even starting. Or, you may get to your destination and find out that you forgot some important things. Instead of enjoying your vacation, you may end up thinking about your problems and home. Whether you travel out of country or out of the state, here are seven biggest travel blunders that you should avoid making at all costs.

1. Poor planning

Don’t expect your travel agent to plan your trip for you. You should make some plans too. With today’s technological advances, it’s easy to plan a trip. Do your own research before going to your destination. Travel agents are not able to know about every destination so they often can’t help you to make your trip more exciting. Learn about your destination in advance so that you could help your travel agent to make smarter choices. Poor planning can easily ruin any trip.

2. Ignoring discounts

Before booking and buying, always look for discounts online. Ignoring discounts is one of the biggest travel blunders most travelers make without realizing that they can significantly reduce their travel expenses. There are many websites that offer great discounts if you book through their websites.

3. Stress

Stress can ruin anything in your life, including your vacation. Learn how to cope with stress and make sure you relax and enjoy your trip to the fullest. Don’t worry about those mistakes you made before the trip and don’t allow your bad airport experience to spoil your mood. You spend too much time on stress at work, so why not enjoy a stress-free vacation right now?

4. Checking international travel passport validity

You chose your travel destination, bought tickets and booked a hotel room. Moreover, you packed your bags. Now you are happy and think everything is fine, however did you check your international travel passport validity? If your passport has less than 6 months left to run, it’s a huge problem. Never check your international travel passport validity right before the flight, do it well in advance.

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5. Avoiding taxi

While taxi can be expensive, it’s the fastest way to get to your final destination without any problems. If you choose public transport, you will waste your time. It’s always great to use public transport when traveling around the city. When you arrive at the airport, though, taxi is the best option to consider, of course, if you can afford it.

6. Being rude

When you stay at the hotel, avoid being rude with its staff. Don’t expect a good service, if you don’t respect and don’t tip the hotel staff. I know it’s hard to tip that woman at the hotel’s front desk or even doorman when you are a budget traveler, but you don’t have to tip a lot of cash. After all, they try to make your life more comfortable while you are in a foreign country, so wouldn’t you want to thank them for it?

7. Ignoring credit cards

I have always been against using credit cards. When it comes to traveling, credit cards can help you save some cash and avoid difficult situations. Just because you take your credit card doesn’t mean you should use it for shopping only. Just keep it in your purse just in case. If you travel out of country let your credit card company know where you go so that they don’t cancel your credit card.

Travel blunders have advantages and disadvantages. If you committed any of these travel blunders, don’t worry. Learn from them and avoid committing them in the future. Sometimes even the most experienced travelers make mistakes but they know how to find a solution and enjoy a stress-free trip. Whether you are an experienced traveler or it’s your first trip, proper planning will help you avoid any travel blunders. Have you ever committed any of these blunders?