Traveling can be a whirlwind adventure of fun and excitement, which is why everyone wants to ensure that their vacation goes as planned. That means no delays, not forgetting anything important, and not encountering a major catastrophe. While some of these things will crop up no matter what steps a person takes, there are many situations that can be avoided with a little foresight and pre-planning.
Here are 5 common mistakes everyone must avoid when traveling:
1. Not Verifying Passport and Visa Information
Passports have an expiration date, but that does not mean that a person can travel and use that passport right up until that date. Certain countries have rules that people cannot enter unless their passport has at three to six months remaining before it expires. As for Visas, each countries requirements are different, so travelers will want to check the rules long before they board their plane. No one will be happy to travel long distances to only be told that they need to return home on the next flight, because they do not have the necessary documentation.
2. Not Alerting Banks or Credit Card Companies
Traveling will mean using credit cards and bank cards to pay for purchases or take money out of ATMs. However, if a person does not notify their bank of their travel plans, the bank can place a hold on their accounts and deny any and all purchases. This can be a nightmare to straighten out when away from home, especially if a person is out of the country.
3. Placing Medicine and Valuables in Checked Luggage
Most people try to take as little as possible with them in their carry-on luggage on an airplane, so they pack their medicine and valuables into their checked luggage. However, that can become a huge problem when that luggage gets lost or doesn’t make it to the destination until a day or two after the person. Anything that a person needs immediately, like medication, as well as anything of value should always be packed into carry-on luggage.
4. Short Connection Times
That forty-five-minute connection time might not sound too bad when a person books their flight, but in reality, what airplane ever lands on time? And then, how quickly do people really get off it? People will want to take into consideration how large the airport is for their connecting flight as well, and then see if they can book a connecting flight that will give them plenty of time to land and get to their next gate. It is much better to have a two-hour layover and need to wait a little bit, then try to rush through a forty-five-minute layover and end up waiting in the airport for an additional day after missing the connecting flight.
5. Not Reconfirming
Reconfirming can seem like a waste of time to some people, but it can save a lot of frustration during a vacation as well. By reconfirming prior to a trip, a person will guarantee that everything is scheduled as planned. However, they may also find out that a certain tour or driver is no longer available, and it is better to find that out beforehand when other arrangements can still be made.
These five common mistakes can happen to everyone when traveling, but they are easy to avoid with a little pre-planning and research. Once a person has omitted these mistakes from their travel routine, they can work on some of the other common travel mistakes that people make. After a while, they will find that they are pros at traveling and never need to worry about anything.