The time has come for you to plan your first trip and you want it to be perfect, but it started to look that planning isn’t as easy or simple as you thought. Maybe the lack of previous experience is a great factor that does not let you cover all the essentials and even pushes you to make some mistakes that will change your trip from an amazing experience to an unpleasant one. Fear not, other people’s failures are useful because we can learn from them; for that, here are 4 of the most common mistakes made by rookie travelers and how to avoid them.
Ignoring your Passport dates
When you start to plan a trip, the first thing you think about is where and when are you going to travel. Once those questions are answered you must check the expiration dates of your legal documents, especially your passport.
A bunch of European countries demand their visitors to count with a passport valid for three months past their departure, and others from Asia require valid passports to at least six months past their return flight. In order to avoid legal problems abroad, check if your passport is next to expire, and if that’s the case, renew it. You also have to check if you need a visa to enter the country you have in mind and process it as soon as you can.
The rookie traveler will tend to pack a lot of things that, maybe, won’t use at all on his trip; some of those things are not even going to leave the luggage and will only add weight and waste space. Don’t panic, there are a lot of handy things that could help you with some accidents that may occur, but you don’t need to be prepared for the worst case scenario. There are a lot of things such as cosmetics that you can purchase along the way.
Pack only the necessary clothes. You don’t need to wear a brand new outfit every day. Also, if you use laundry services, you can make the luggage from 2 weeks last for a month.
In addition, get to know the weight limits of your airline, if you know how much you can take with you, you will be prepared to avoid the overweight luggage fees.
Ignoring Travel Insurance
A lot of things can happen as you’re tripping, and the unexpected happenings can cause spending more than you expected or even loose all you invested in bookings. Insurances are important purchases that must be done to protect your vacations and buy travel insurance as soon as you book your first trip.
Best plans are those who include delayed or lost luggage, medical assistance, trip cancellations and others. Imagine how much extra money you will spend if you don’t get those things covered (Important! Notify your bank that you will be traveling so they don’t take your financial movements abroad as fraudulent).
Not engaging with locals
It’s time for you to shine and leave your shyness at home. Not everything can be found on TripAdvisor or Yelp! The locals know their cities better than anyone and can suggest you the best places to spend time in. Don’t let language be a barrier, carry a dictionary with the most common phrases and don’t miss the opportunity to make your trip far better than you planned.
Now that you’ve read those tips, you’re not an expert traveler, but you saved yourself from some unnecessary headaches. Now, keep on planning and have a safe trip!