Top 10 Travel Mistakes You Should Avoid

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January and early February are usually the busiest months for travel booking, as people try to shift the post-Christmas blues by planning their summer holiday. Whether you are flying long-haul for a few weeks in August or driving across the UK for a short spring weekend break, you will want your holiday to be as relaxing and stress-free as possible. After all, none of get very much time off work so we need to make the most of it! This blog, which we originally published in 2011, outlines some of the most common, yet very avoidable, travel mistakes.

If you have any top tips which we haven’t included, we would love to hear from you. Just add a comment sharing your secrets to a fantastic break.

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid While Travelling

Making travel plans takes time and patience. Sometimes this can get a bit hectic when plans all of a sudden change. The following tips offer advice on how to avoid travel mishaps, and to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip.

  • Avoid booking tickets too late – Waiting until the last minute almost always results in high prices. To find the best deals, look far in advance for your flight destinations, whether it is cross continent or within Europe.
  • Avoid booking accommodation last minute or upon arrival – It’s always best to book in advance, especially during high season when hotels tend to book up quickly. In addition to the high prices and lack of options when you book late, some countries tend to be quite strict at immigration requiring the address of where you are planning on staying
  • Avoid packing too much – The extra weight is not worth it! More often than not, many people tend to over pack, pay the extra baggage fees, and end up not even using or wearing half of their items. Pack the necessities, and leave room for items you’d rather pick up during your travels.
  • Avoid forgetting to bring photocopies of your passport – It happens to the best of us. I have had the unfortunate event of getting my passport stolen, but with the photocopies of my passport, I was issued a new one right away from the consulate. It decreases the time tremendously to have these photocopies when an emergency like this occurs.
  • Avoid forgetting to tag or lock your luggage – Always tag your luggage with your name, address, and contact information before handing your luggage off through security. If it gets lost, the fastest way to get it back is when your contact details are clearly labelled on your luggage.
  • Avoid forgetting to validate your train ticket – This could be an expensive mistake if you forget to stop at the little yellow box to validate your ticket before boarding the train. You might face a huge fine, or even be kicked off the train.
  • Avoid not knowing your confirmation codes – Save yourself time and unwanted confusion when airlines mistakenly lose your flight registration information.  Printing or writing confirmation codes ahead of time will keep you one step ahead of them, which makes the process run a bit more smoothly. Use your smartphone to take photos of your booking paperwork, your boarding pass etc, it all helps.
  • Avoid not knowing some of the local language – While you do not have to be fluent in the language of the country, locals always appreciate it when you attempt some of the general phrases. It’s all part of the culture, and your efforts will make it that much easier to get around, and you might even enjoy trying to speak in a different language.
  • Avoid exchanging money before you travel – Exchanging money before you travel typically results in high exchange rates and unnecessary commission fees. Don’t change money at the airport, it’s always more expensive. Consider using a prepaid card loaded with foreign currency. It’s convenient, and can be the least expensive option.
  • Avoid seeing too much in a short time – Although travellers typically want to see it all, this will leave you feeling worn out and struggling to remember all the sights. Be realistic. Plan a few excursions and allow yourself the time to soak in the culture and people watching can be as interesting as a museum.

If you’re one of those who cannot decide where to take 2014’s holiday, we can help. Get in touch to let us know what you want from your holiday and we will provide all the information you need; flight times, hotel options, excursions, entertainment and whatever else you may need.

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  1. / ReplyKarin Oprach
    Hello there, Just a thought about the copy of passport, an alternative is to have a scan copy in your gmail or other email you can access anywhere. I like reading your post regularly. Thank you Karin Multiplicity in Geneva

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