6 Travel Mistakes to Avoid

Before we start, it’s important to know there is no wrong way to travel. Your vacation and trip is all about what you want to do and what you want to see. If you want to go spend eight hours in a museum, then do it. If you want to go sit at the same cafe three days in a row, then you should do it.

There are certain mistakes that you should avoid when preparing and looking for a destination. Consider this blog a bit of a warning about making sure you stay away from certain pitfalls.

Nor is this going to be advice on how to avoid tourist traps. Tourist traps are called tourist traps because tourists love doing X activities. Don’t feel like you should constantly be avoiding these traps.

So, let’s go ahead and dive into the six mistakes you should avoid when you’re traveling.

Packing Too Much

For those of us that grew up with an overbearing (or just normal) Mom, we were always reminded to pack this and that “just in case”.

When you’re traveling, you’re likely going to be carrying around your suitcase and carry on bag with you just about wherever you go. While they may not seem too heavy at the beginning, they can become quite heavy after a few trips up and downstairs. Plus, you don’t want to have to pay extra for a couple more pounds

That’s why when you’re packing you need to use the “will I need this” thought process instead of the “I might use this” idea. Your space is precious and so is your back health. Make sure you’re packing efficiently and only bringing what you need. 

Ignoring Visa Requirements

When traveling to a new country, it’s important to look up the visa requirements for each country. Some places may not require you to have a tourist visa while others may require you obtain an e-visa ahead of traveling. 

Some may ask for your housing information or proof of funds as well. Other countries may ask for vaccination proof, in order to show you’re not bringing any infectious diseases in. Before you travel, make sure you’ve looked up all this information so you’re not stopped at the border.

Alerting Your Banks

One of the benefits of technology is advanced fraud protection. Many times, credit card companies will put a block on any suspicious purchase, even if it’s not coming from a different country.

When it comes to traveling, you need to make sure you’ve alerted your bank of your travel plans. Tell them where you’re going and for how long. The worst thing that can happen is being denied withdrawing cash before you even start your vacation. 

Not Buying Travel Insurance

While it may seem like a hassle to buy yet another form of insurance, travel insurance is necessary for any long term trips, especially those where adventure may be involved. 

No one ever plans to get in an accident, but the unexpected happens from time to time. Make sure you research on potential travel insurance in order to see which plan is best for your adventures. Don’t be caught between a rock and a hard place.

Ignoring Personal Diversion

Travel is great but it can also be exhausting. Airports and train stations all seem to look alike after a while during the endless cycle of moving.

Many people think they may not have time or reason for a bit of R&R during their R&R but it’s important to keep you from getting bored or simply for a quiet night. Bring a book or make sure you can check up on your favorite series no matter where you are in the world. 

Overdoing It

OK, there was a bit of a lie at the beginning of this post. Yes, there is no wrong way to travel, but one thing you should definitely avoid doing is trying to do too much on your trip.

You might have only a few weeks of vacation and you’d like to pack in as much as possible, but this will only make you tired and anxious. Instead of being able to enjoy what you’re doing or potential activities, you’ll always be thinking about the next thing or running around.

At the end, you may realize you never really enjoyed one place because you were always on the way to the next one. Take the time to enjoy your trips and planned activities, making sure you capitalize on your vacation. 

Victoria Brewood
victoria@pommietravels.com

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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