1. Not Doing Enough Research
I can’t express this one enough. There have been plenty times where I think I know exactly how one hotel might compare to another or the best time to visit a country is. When doing research it is important to be thorough and look at multiple resources. Do not just read a couple reviews from one website and think it is a 5 star hotel at a low costs. Any hotel business can pay to have the most beautiful jaw dropping pictures of their establishment which is why I always look for visitor generated photos. Generally these are the photos that display the hidden ugliness behind those professionally advertised photos taken and paid for by the hotel.
Do not be gullible after reading five reviews describing a place is great or not. I’m not saying it’s bad to read good reviews but look for the ones that have lower ratings to see if you might come across anything that may be alarming or could be a problem for you personally. Usually when someone has a bad experience they don’t bother to write a review warning others. Compare multiple sites across the web to get the best most accurate vacation spot.
2. Booking At The Last Minute
This goes hand in hand with step 1. The more research you do the more time you will take planning your trip. This allows you to layout when, where, and what. If you know you are taking a trip and wait till last minute to book everything chances are you will be spending a lot more than you should have to. The earlier you start planning, saving, and buying your expenses, the more you will save overall.
3. Skimming Through Details On The Fine Print
You are paying for it so do not skim the details! Be sure to know exactly what you are receiving for your money’s worth!
Amateurs tend to skip going into details of the fine print when booking a trip. This can add to unfortunate and unnecessary surprises. It is a mistake that everyone has made before so it’s best to avoid it when you can. Essentially you are signing a contract with whatever booking website or travel agency you used to find your travel package. Even a simple glance at the final booking screen before paying can help reveal any additional fees or restrictions that could affect your trip. Here are the most common and usually missed details when booking a trip.
- Mandatory hotel “resort” fees
- Airline luggage fees
- All inclusive vs exclusive
Do not assume that just because your airline ticket is included in the package or that it states food is all inclusive that you don’t have to read anything else. You always want to check for any additional fees that may not be included when purchasing a bundle deal of a hotel, flight, and food option.
Tip: If you can prove a travel company or website did not adequately disclose certain fees you may be able to avoid paying for them. Contact your credit/debit card provider and consider a dispute if you can provide the necessary proof on a charge that was not enlisted in the fine print.
4. Not Buying Travel Insurance
It is always better to be safe than sorry. We are all victims of thinking “why pay for something that might not happen”. Only in the cases of something unfortunate that actually happens to you is when you start to regret that kind of thinking. Travel insurance can protect you in the event of a missed flight, lost, stolen, or damaged luggage, and even a medical emergency.
5. Packing Too Much Stuff
Utilize the amount of space in your luggage. Depending on how long you are planning to stay should reflect how much you bring. Go simple instead of being too extra. There is no need to bring more than 2 pairs of shoes. Remember that black goes with everything.
You definitely want to save space for anything you might buy on your trip. If there is something that is too big for your bag, consider buying this item while on vacation then selling it or donating it before you leave.
6. Packing A Bad Attitude
Even if you avoid all of the previous errors your entire trip can come down to number 6. Life is full of surprises and you never know what might happen. The important thing to remember is that you are on vacation and not to get wrapped up in the little things that may not go according to plan. No matter how much you plan, something can go wrong. The best thing to do sometimes is go with the flow. There have been countless times where I was on a trip with an itinerary and I got off course of the path. I then ended up in a part of town I didn’t plan for but came across some amazing architecture and places to eat. Be flexible and enjoy yourself even if things don’t go according to plan. Make the most out of your time and create new memories.
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