Unfortunately, some of these can be very frustrating and/or expensive. Here are 5 common travel mistakes you don’t want to make.
- Not Leaving Enough Time Between Connecting Flights
If you have to take a connecting flight to reach your destination, remember to allow a 1-2 hour window between the flights. You never know what might happen to cause a flight delay: a maintenance issue, weather, the airline forgetting to schedule a crew (this has happened to me!), etc. Waiting at the airport might seem like a drag, but missing your connecting flight is far worse. If you must catch a connection with a shorter window, use the same airline all the way through.
Only bring what you need. You’re the one who has to haul it around with you. Having to carry too much can make you tired and sore. If you forget something, you should be able to buy it when you get to your destination, especially if you’re traveling domestically. Over packing can lead to an over-the-weight-limit fee, usually $50. (Do you really want to give the airlines more money?) And remember to leave some extra space for shopping and souvenirs!
- Over Scheduling your Itinerary
Tying to do or see too much while traveling can be exhausting and make your trip less enjoyable. Be sure to include some down time so you can relax and recharge. This is especially important if you’re getting to sleep late and getting up early. The idea of a vacation is to relax and enjoy. By craming your itinerary, you are simply defeating the purpose.
- Not Budgeting Appropriately
Being in a foreign country without money is a scary thought. One of the biggest drawbacks of under budgeting is that you will spend way too much time in maintaining your budget and less time actually enjoy your trip. Plan an extra 20% into your budget for unforeseen expenses. Remember, just because you have the extra money doesn’t mean you have to spend it!
- Carry-on Your Valuables
Unfortunately we’ve recently seen some baggage handlers being less than honest. Remember to keep your valuables with you and not in your suitcase. Keep in mind, some airlines have limited overhead space and the suitcase you thought you could carry on may have to be checked. Be sure you remove any valuables and medications you have with you and put them in the “personal item” you’re allowed to carry on (purse, tote bag, computer case, etc.)
I’m guilty of over packing. Sometimes it’s just hard to know what you’ll feel like wearing. I also pack too many gadgets. Not only do they take up room, you have to pack the cords. Are you guilty of any of these? Share in the comments below.
Here’s to a smooth trip the next time you travel!