Even the best-planned trips can end up badly if you commit even one of these all-too-common travel blunders. Here are some guidelines to help make your vacation memorable not because you lost your luggage or you didn’t see a famous tourist spot.
Not leaving a window of at least an hour and a half between connecting flights
Forty-five minutes between flights is not enough. There are a lot of factors that can delay you from your next flight. This is why you need to anticipate such circumstances. You could be having trouble with your luggage. Some stuff might go through security check without hitch, but could cause trouble when you get to another airport.
Not applying for or updating your passport earlier
Passport processing could run from four to six weeks; some countries even take almost two months. If you’ve already booked your flight, make sure that there is at least two months for you to process your travel documents. Otherwise, you will be wasting money if you can’t fly on the day of your departure because you don’t have updated documents.
Failing to consider the travel time between your hotel and where the action is
You might want opt to book a hotel that’s outside the city just because it’s cheaper. But if you think about it, the amount of time it takes for you to get to and from the city center and the money you need to spend for fare might just be more than what you would have spent for a hotel in the middle of the city.
Allowing yourself to be pressured to do things you don’t want to do
You might just want to lay by the beach all day or just hop from one café to another. There’s no shame in wanting to do that. You don’t need to let your companions pressure you into going on guided tours with them just because you don’t want to be labeled as a “killjoy” or worse, a “recluse”. Take these tips into mind so you can ensure a wonderful holiday that’s memorable for all the right reasons.
Photos by: Emran Kassim, Tony Webster, Grand Canyon National Park, Steve Johnson