10 Biggest Mistakes Made by Travellers

Every experienced traveler has a war story or two of missed flights, nights spent in train stations, or full vacation days at an embassy trying to get missing paperwork.  This list may help you avert disaster, but remember that the biggest travel mistake of all is to not keep a sense of humor about your mistakes!

Here are the Top 10 Biggest Mistakes Made by Travelers:

  1. Over packing –If you have to sit on the suitcase to zip it up, you’ve packed too much.
  2. Passport expiration – Check the expiration date the day you start planning your trip and make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months after your planned return.
  3. Timing – Leaving too little time between flight connections, forgetting time zone differences, or just being lax when it comes to timing. When you are flying, timing is everything.
  4. Medication – Getting refills in some countries isn’t easy, so travel with all that you will need.  Also, never put medications in checked luggage!
  5. Confirm reservations – Make sure you have a written confirmation, and if it is a smaller hotel, checking in with them a couple of weeks before is a good idea.
  6. Electricity – If a day without a hairdryer or a laptop is a day spent in agony, make sure to bring the appropriate adaptor.
  7. Money – Not checking to see if your ATM card works in other countries. Check with your bank to make sure you will be able to use it in destination, and bring some cash to get you started.
  8. Leaving valuables behind – When you come back to the hotel each night, make it a habit to leave your key on the safe so when you’re ready for a final departure you’ll be reminded to have one last look.
  9. Language – Not learning how to say “help” in another language… or “hello” and “thank-you” for that matter. A few words can go a LONG way.
  10. Packing the wrong clothes – Mispacking can seriously affect the enjoyment of a trip, and yet we often don’t put enough thought into what we are packing.  Consider weather, AND what you will be doing… not just what looks good!

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