I thought this would be interesting – have you thought about the 10 worst travel mistakes to avoid? Even experienced travellers make these mistakes. They may seem obvious at first, but knowing about them will hopefully help you avoid learning from painful first hand experience.
- Forgetting your passport – or not having at least 6 months validity left. This has happened to more of us than care to admit it.
- Checking baggage. Most experienced travellers will only have carryon luggage – if at all possible.
- Getting annoyed with airport security. Unfortunately they hold all the power and occasionally you’ll encounter someone who abuses it. Getting frustrated or angry won’t help get you through to your gate any faster – in fact, you can end up missing your flight. Under no circumstances mention the word bomb anywhere in the airport.
- Not checking stopover duration. Getting stuck in an airport for 8 hours isn’t much fun and will have you wishing you’d spent the extra few hundred dollars to fly direct. This is where your travel agent can assist.
- Drinking too much alcohol on the flight. Airplanes already dehydrate you – drinking will make that worse, stop you from sleeping properly and leave you more susceptible to catching a bug.
- Leaving your iPad / phone / wallet in the seat pocket in front of you.
- Missing a meeting because you overslept because of jet lag. Check your alarm clock – know what it sounds like and then put it out of reach so you can’t simply turn it off. Also ask for a wake up call as a backup.
- Missing flights because you misjudged traffic conditions. Ask your hotel concierge about peak traffic hours and if anything special is going on in town. A marathon can cut a city in half – leading to delays of over an hour.
- Forgetting your reading glasses.
- Religiously sticking to one airline or network to maximise points/miles. The reality is they are often difficult to redeem and expire quickly yet many road warriors go out of their way to fly on an airline, even when it’s more expensive, takes longer and is less convenient.
Here are a couple of bonus tips:
- Not having adequate insurance coverage. You should consider medical, car, flight and belongings. Your travel agent can arrange your insurance also.
- Not having an online backup of all your files in case your laptop gets lost or stolen
Have we missed any of your top 10 mistakes to avoid? If so, please send them to me. I would like to know.
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