15 common travel mistakes and how to avoid them

Making mistakes while traveling is quite common, especially if we move looking for the unknown. Many times these mistakes are not dangerous, but sometimes they can cause a traumatic experience and make us lose a lot of money.

If you want to be warned, keep reading and you will know 15 of the most common mistakes we make on a trip.

1. Programming too ambitious trips.

If we do not leave room for some flexibility we can have problems. Keep in mind that you may have to change some of your plans due to weather conditions, for example. It also foresees that the expenses can shoot up and go out of our budget. In that case, it may also be necessary to make a change of plans. When organizing a vacation, keep in mind that you must have additional time to avoid possible delays that make you lose connections. This can throw away our ambitious and strict programming. Instead of this, leave at least two hours between each flight to avoid any possible loss of our flight. Do not insist on seeing everything in one trip. If you finally do not get it,

2. Errors when preparing the luggage.

When we prepare to prepare our backpack, suitcase or travel bag, we must focus on what is really necessary. Only carry what we are going to use. In the first place, carrying too much weight can cause us great problems. In some airports they force you to divide the weight of your suitcases if they weigh too much. It would not be the first time we see families in some tape opening their bags and putting part of the luggage in plastic bags, precisely to distribute the weight of them. You can consider the possibility of buying some necessary things in your destination, mainly if it is a cheap place. Our advice is that, once full, review what you have considered important and try to further reduce the burden, selecting what is really essential.

3. Only read tourist guides.

Although they represent an article of great importance, they are made to give information about the trips, but not to organize them. This will be our work. If you are looking for advice, it is interesting to hear the opinion of other travelers. They are fine precisely like that, as guides, but trusting blindly in them, without investigating other options, can give us a very partial and biased view of our future journey. Exploring once in the chosen place and taking the initiative to choose activities, based on previous research, can ensure a great experience.

A good search of information before traveling, to be able to make an itinerary adapted to our tastes and needs is vital to avoid last minute surprises.

4. Do not make a realistic budget.

The amount that we have for our trip, must include a game for incidentals or unexpected expenses. If we have a budget that is not too excessive, we must organize activities and expenses that are appropriate to it. Keep in mind that adjusting too much almost always goes wrong. It is not about imposing restrictions on us, but about organizing ourselves well to avoid the distaste of finding ourselves in a strange place without money.

5. Trust 100% in the indications of any person.

Many times, we want to reach a site and ask a local person how to do it. The best thing is not to trust a single explanation, but to ask several different people. It is possible that said person doubts, does not understand exactly what we are asking him (if he does not speak our language), etc. If we trust the first explanation, we can end up anywhere, closer or further away from the site we are looking for.

6. Do not notify the bank that we are going to travel abroad.

If we want to avoid unpleasant surprises at the last minute, we must inform our bank that we are going to travel abroad. If you want to avoid being able to cancel your debit card for the “unusual activity” that your trip will generate, notify the bank in advance of the situation and confirm that you can use this payment method in each and every one of the countries you are going to visit.

7. Do not make backup copies of the videos and photos you make during the trip.

Ideally, you should make a backup on a regular basis. Our memories are of the most valuable things that we bring from the visit. It is important to keep them to avoid last minute dislikes.

8. Do not check the trip information.

Ignore errors in the documentation regarding reservations (hotels, flights, trains, etc.), or in our personal data can create very serious problems. Always remember to check the place and time of the trip and make sure you have made the reservation correctly. In many cases, problems also arise because our name or surnames are badly written and the ground staff puts obstacles to us when boarding. Reviewing our personal data will favor a quiet trip. On the other hand, keep in mind that many cities have several different airports. Make sure you have booked all the reservations from the correct airport.

9. Not knowing the different time zones and the consequences of jet lag.

It is important to know the time difference that will exist between the country of origin and the country of visit, in order to organize our excursions. We must also inform us about how to deal with the feared jet lag. We recommend that when you arrive at your destination you try to endure the dream until the night comes. In this way you will be able to adapt to the rhythm of the new country. In a few hours you will be able to adapt perfectly. You can take a shower when you get to the accommodation with what you will be able to clear a bit to continue the rhythm until the night.

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10. Do not make copies of the most important documents.

Our ID, passport, travel insurance, etc., are vitally important documents when traveling. For this reason it is important to always carry a copy of them and leave it safe. Never carry the copy and the original together in the same bag. It is also interesting to take a digital copy (a pdf, for example) of them in the cloud or in our e-mail. Maybe they will not help us to carry out all the actions like the original, but they will undoubtedly speed up any recovery procedure and will serve as support for our allegations in case of loss or theft.

11. Pretend to take all our money changed from home.

We are probably going to visit different countries. If our destination is Europe, it is possible that all countries have the same currency, the euro. If this is the case, it is easier, although it is not recommended to bring everything changed. If we also travel to countries with different currencies, the main recommendation is to withdraw money from the ATMs when arriving at each destination (check with our entity before leaving that we have this possibility) or look for currency exchange offices in the cities. Making the change at airports is usually not advisable, because of the unfavorable rates they normally offer. As we said before, it is vital that our bank or bank explains the conditions for the use of our card abroad. We must know, for example,

12. Travel confidently. The growing danger of pickpockets.

Increasingly, we hear about the gangs of pickpockets that are settling alarmingly in many major cities and tourist destinations. You must know this reality to be able to take action. The best way to act on it is by putting our common sense into practice. Do not keep valuables in view. Be careful with technological devices. Use inner pockets and carry our handbags always in view, in the front part of our body. Be alert in the crowds and detect when some stranger touches us when passing by our side, gives us a blow or stops to ask us something possibly in order to distract us so that a buddy can take away our belongings.

To avoid trouble, we must be alert to potential pickpockets.

On the other hand, it is important not to take all our money together, in the same place. Distribute in different pockets and leave a part in good security will serve so that, in case of theft, we always have the means to continue our journey resolutely.

13. Do not conduct a search for information prior to the trip.

This point depends to a large extent on the expectations with which we travel. It is true that we can let ourselves be carried away by what they tell us in the programmed excursions, but from we recommend that you investigate all aspects of the destination. This will allow us to enjoy even more, knowing the site we are going to visit, we will organize our time better, we will choose the best sites, etc.

14. Do not travel with a positive mentality 100%. Be angry and show a pessimistic attitude in the face of any mishap.

Whenever we go on a trip, we must put on our best mood. Recharge of positivity and leave behind the anger. Even if we have some setbacks, we should take it as a part of the experience and in any case, learn from it. It does not mean that we do not express our frustrations, but that we take things in the best possible spirit. Let’s try that nothing spoils our trip. Being tolerant and patient can give us a plus when it comes to enjoying our adventure.

15. Go with unrealistic and idealized expectations.

Traveling with an open mind is another thing that will ensure enjoyment. If we have idealized our trip, dreaming it as something perfect, at the first setback, we will possibly end up frustrated.

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