Updated: Oct 19
You’ve been dreaming about this vacation for months. Everything is planned down to the last
detail. Nothing could go wrong… right? Take it from us – even the most meticulously planned trip can go awry from an unexpected crisis. And sometimes, those mishaps can come from the most unexpected places, despite your months of careful planning. We are all about
making travel go as smoothly as possible for you, which is why we’ve compiled a list of
rookie travel mistakes to avoid! It’s the next best thing to letting us plan your vacation for
1) Do you really need all those shoes? Obviously, yes, you do need all those shoes – but do you need to bring them all with you? Be realistic about what you’re packing. Aim for a capsule wardrobe, and leave room in your luggage for all the fabulous new things you’re
going to buy.
2) Alert your bank. Few things are more frustrating than having your card declined when you’re trying to pay for dinner because the bank suspects someone’s run off with your card details. Let them know you’ll be traveling and where you’re going to avoid this issue.
3) Keep important things with you. Just in case your luggage decides to go off adventuring without you, keep important items (including a change of clothes) in your
carry-on. And keep absolutely essential items - medication, passport, etc. – in your handbag or personal item.
4) Leave time for naps. We know you’re excited and want to see everything, but vacation should be relaxing. If you’re running from one activity to the next without time to breathe, you’ll be heading home more tired than you left! Plan for some downtime, whether you use it for resting or for being spontaneous!
5) Beware of short layovers. You think you’re being clever by planning for short layovers with less time hanging around in the airport on connecting flights. But if your first flight is delayed at all, you’ll end up running from one end of the airport to the other and possibly missing it altogether.
6) Don’t be THAT tourist. Yes, English is becoming more common around the world, but please don’t be that person, the one who expects everyone to speak English. Learn a few phrases before you go, download a language app (Google translate is your new bestie), and
make an effort.
7) Educate yourself. It’s common courtesy as well as common sense to learn the local rules and customs before you arrive in a new place. It only takes a quick search online. Besides avoiding insulting the locals by unwittingly doing something they find offensive; it could also save you money. Don’t blame us if you get a $1,000 fine for chewing gum in Singapore!
8) Talk to the locals. Want to know where the best restaurants are? What hidden gems you absolutely must not miss. Talk to the people who actually live there. They’ll know all the
secret treasures that you might miss out on if you rely solely on guidebooks. But please use this tip to your discretion. Be mindful of who you are receiving this information from.
9) Spread your cash around. Don’t carry your money all in one place. If, God forbid,
something happens, and you lose a stash of cash, you’re rest assured knowing you have more cash squirreled away elsewhere in your luggage or in the hotel room.
10) Just buy the travel insurance, trust us. Look. We know everyone is trying to save money, but the one thing you should NOT scrimp on is travel insurance. If, again God forbid,
something goes wrong, travel insurance can be the difference between you being able to continue enjoying your trip or having to figure out a way to hitchhike home from a foreign country. The peace of mind is worth the few extra bucks.
Hooray! You're in the know. You can enjoy a stress-free vacation now that you're all clued up on what not to do when traveling. Planning on taking an amazing vacation any time soon? How does a trip to Dubai sound? Pack your bags, click that link, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
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