Are you making these six travel mistakes?

Whether you are a regular or first-time traveler, you are prone to making some mistakes which will cause you some stress and even spoil your trip. However, with a little research and planning, you can avoid some of these common travel blunders and enjoy your vacation.

Here are some travel mistakes you should avoid:

1. Not having travel insurance

Travel insurance will cover medical emergencies while you are outside the country. Some packages will even cover air evacuation back to your country. In addition, travel insurance covers cancellation penalties in case something comes up and you cannot make your trip. This could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

2. Packing too much

Many people get excited about their trips and end up packing too many things that they don’t really need. Traveling light will lower your expenses on check-in baggage and save you from wasting time waiting for your luggage to be cleared on arrival. You will be able to move around easily and thus enjoy the trip even more. Make a list of what is absolutely necessary (especially clothes) and be sure to stick to it.         

3. Not renewing your passport

Long before making any travel plans, you need to check the expiry date of your passport. If the passport is due to expire within the next six to eight months, be sure to renew it. Some countries will not accept passports that have less than six months to expiry. You can get more info about passport renewal on sites such as US passport guide. If you are a frequent international traveler, it would be advisable to apply for a passport with extra pages.

4. Not getting local currency

As soon as you arrive at your destination, be sure to get some local currency at the airport. Even if you have a credit card, it might not be accepted in some places. You will need cash to take a cab, shop or take care of emergencies. However, avoid the temptation of carrying too much cash all at once. Don’t forget to inform your credit card provider of your travel arrangements. If they are not aware and detect any foreign transactions, your account could be frozen. You should also find out if there is an additional foreign transaction fee charged.

5. Not checking visa requirements

One of the greatest mistakes you could make is failing to check the visa requirements of your travel destination. Being stopped at a foreign checkpoint can be a very time-consuming, expensive and embarrassing affair. It could even mean the end of your trip. The good news is that you can learn everything about visa requirements from sites such as World Travel Guide.       

6. Failing to create travel advisories

Creating travel advisories is very important to avoid any distractions while traveling. Inform family of your whereabouts, call your bank concerning your credit or debit card, and set up an auto-response email. However, this does not include announcing on social media that you will be taking a trip. Revealing your private plans on Facebook or Twitter could only make you vulnerable to security risks.    

Charles Mburugu is a HubSpot-certified content marketer with over eight years experience in various industries. Check out his portfolio and connect on LinkedIn.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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