When it comes to travel, for some people everything comes naturally and, for others, it can seem a little daunting. Trying to plan the perfect trip, knowing where to go and what to see, and making sure you have an adventure to remember — it can all add up to seem super stressful. But when you do it right, there is nothing better, so here are five common mistakes that travellers make and how you can avoid them!
This is certainly not something Jamie and I are guilty of as you know we love to take snaps whenever we can, but I do think it’s an important part of travel to document your adventures. Whether you want to just take fun selfies in front of landmarks, or make a Youtube video of all the fun things you do, it’s great to be able to look back on.
Of course, it’s important to get the balance right; make sure you are living in the moment and not just taking photos for social media.
Some people will overpack and bring so much more than they need for their trip, while others will end up forgetting several crucial things. Make sure you know your airlines weight limits to avoid a fee and write yourself a list to ensure you don’t forget anything.
A good rule is to take out half of what you pack, as you just won’t need everything. Double up on outfits that can be layered and pack some versatile pieces that you can dress up or down.
Your family is always going to worry if you are off travelling, but there are some things you can do to make sure you will be safe. For example, as a general rule of thumb, if something seems too good to be true, it might well be, so follow your gut and get yourself out of the situation.
When it comes to food, make sure whatever you are eating is cooked entirely through to avoid food poisoning and having to claim on your insurance! When you’re out and about, keep your belongings in sight and try not let anyone see how much money you are carrying with you.
When you are going to a new place, especially a really tourist-centric one, it can be easy to get carried away with everything that there is to see and do, but trying to squeeze everything into one trip is a mistake. It’s hard to enjoy what you are doing if you are constantly rushing to the next activity, and a strict itinerary gives you no time for flexibility or spontaneity.
Try to prioritise the things you really want to do and leave room to just relax, or in case you find something along the way that you want to experience. You’ll have a much better time!
Again, this is a really important one. As much as you might do plenty of research on what to eat or where to go, it’s just as vital to research the etiquette and rules of a new country, to ensure that you are being respectful and don’t end up being arrested!
Read up on things like whether you are expected to tip, and how much it should be, as these rules are different all around the world. Know the stance on modesty, smoking, and drinking. It’s also a good idea to research about rough areas, or well-known scams — as they say, knowledge is power.
Hopefully, those mistakes have helped you think about your own travel adventures, and you now know how not to make them. The biggest mistake you can make is not travelling, as it’s such an amazing experience and will give you memories to last a lifetime! If you can think of any other common traveller mistakes, let me know in the comments.
*This is a guest post.