Travel Mistakes to Avoid

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Travel Mistakes to Avoid

Travel Mistakes to Avoid

As much as we love to travel overseas, it can often come with a lot of stress and anxiety.

To help minimise the amount of stress and anxiety you may endure, we've put together a list of common travel mistakes and how to avoid them.

Mobile phone plan

There is nothing worse then coming back from a holiday to an insanely big phone bill or even worse, not being bale to use your phone at all! To help avoid this from happening, check with your mobile phone provider what international plans they provide or what your current plan includes before leaving. This could save you hundreds of dollars and is definitely worth checking out.

Over packing

Over packing is something we've all done at some point or another but when you're travelling, especially overseas, this is something you want to try to avoid.

Make a list of all the items you need or you think you may need, pack your bag and then reevaluate those items. Chances are you inadvertently added things in that you don't actually need.

Not buying travel insurance

We always like to go on holidays thinking nothing will happen but the reality is we just don't know. Buying travel insurance could save you thousands of dollars should something happen to you. You're better off having it and not needing it then needing it and not having it. Speak to your travel agent about your options and finding the one that suits you best.

Not checking your passport validity

Most countries require a minimum of 6 months validity to be left on your passport by the time you return from your trip. If you are unsure of the country's passport requirements please contact your travel agent to find out. It is important to do this well before you plan on travelling just in case you need to update your passport.

Not checking visa requirements

Another mistake that could easily be avoided is not checking the visa requirements for the country you are travelling to. Check with your travel agent on what visa's you will require when you book to ensure you have ample time to apply for any if required.

Overly ambitious itineraries

We understand making the most of your holiday but at what expense? You want to be able to enjoy each and every experience you have without feeling rushed, tired or unwell. Give yourself a rest day here and there as well as some downtime each day so you can relax and unwind. Try your best to plan you activities before you go but give yourself some room to move things around once you're there.

Not budgeting correctly and not having contingency money

This is a big one! Many a time travellers under estimate how much they are going to spend. Be realistic with your money and know that it is better to have over budgeted than under budgeted. Make sure you have some contingency money at hand should you need it for anything unforeseen.

Not backing up pictures or having enough phone storage

There's nothing worse then going to take that perfect holiday photo and realising you don't have any storage left or even worse, taking the perfect photo and losing it because you didn't back up your photos! Back your photos up regularly and make sure you have enough storage so you can take those envious travel pics!

Not factoring time zone changes

Not factoring in time zone changes can cause massive issues when it comes to flights, transfers and hotel check ins. If you are unsure of the timezone differences, most phones will have world clocks that you can view or you can speak to your travel agent and they can help you.

Not keeping your valuables safe

When travelling overseas remember not to leave your valuables lying around. Even in hotels rooms, try and keep them hidden in either the safe or a secure compartment. No one wants their valuables taken but the reality is it can and it does happen so do your best to try and prevent this from happening by keeping them hidden.

Not making copies of your important documents

You never know when you might need a hard copy of an important document. This could be your flight details in case your phone goes flat or copies of your passport and identification in case they get stolen. It's always good to have backup copies should you ever find yourself in a position where you can't access your main documents.

Not splitting up your cash/having all your money in one place

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is storing all of your cash in one place. That may either be on your person when out and about or in your accommodation. Pick pockets are common in many overseas destinations and they typically target tourists. Only carry the amount of cash you need for that day on you and leave the rest in a safe at your accommodation. If you happen to be targeted and the pick pockets manage to take something, they will only get away with a small amount.

Not doing your research

No matter where you go you should always do your research on the destination you're travelling to. This way you will be fully aware of events, weather changes, laws, etc before leaving. It's better to be prepared and have this information prior to arriving then be blindsided when you get there.

Being culturally insensitive

Remember every country is different, they all have different laws, different cultures and different lifestyles. Please remember to be culturally sensitive and respectful of the people around you and country you're in. This goes hand in hand with doing your research. Make sure you are aware or what is expected of you in a foreign country and do your best to adhere to these expectations.

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