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Biggest Travel Mistakes
Post Last Modified – February 28, 2024 ¦

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6 Most Common Travel Mistakes To Avoid

I always enjoy receiving 🎨 colorful travel infographics that offer useful information for; travel inspiration, helpful tips and much more. I received this one outlining a few of the …

🤔 Biggest Travel Mistakes, 🤔

people make when traveling. A few interesting tips I thought would be worthwhile passing on to you. 🙂

International Travel Mistakes To Avoid # 1

Failing To Check The Expiry Date On Your Passport

travel documents

This is perhaps one of the most common mistakes people make, when getting ready to go on vacation. They forget to check the expiry date on their 🛂 passport and/or, on any other necessary documents required such as a; travel tourist visa.

In most cases, your 📰 passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of your extended stay, in the country you will be visiting.

Unfortunately, this has happened to friends of ours in the past. They were all set to head out for a 2 week 🏝 tropical vacation, only to discover when they arrived at the ✈ airport to check in, their passports had expired 3 months previously. 😢

What a horrible way to ruin a long awaited vacation!

* Check the expiry dates on all your necessary documents, well in advance of your travel date.*

What We Should {NOT Do} When Travelling # 2

NOT Purchasing Travel Insurance

travel insurance

I’ve said this time and time again, if you can afford to travel, you can afford travel insurance. Be sure to check out my previous articles here on; travel insurance.

They can be found at …

📰 Cheapest Insurance Not Always Best 📰

and …
📰 Travel Insurance Coverage Tips, 📰

to learn the ins and outs of purchasing insurance for your protection.

travel vacation injury

Don’t ever think nothing will ever happen to you or your family when traveling. It’s always when you least expect it, that something will happen.

Years ago, I almost broke my neck 🏄 wave boarding while on vacation in the 🏝 Dominican Republic.
Without ⚕ travel medical insurance and should I have been hospitalized, it could have cost me 💰 thousands of dollars a day, out of my own pocket.

* In many countries, if you can’t prove you have insurance or the money to cover your bills, they won’t even admit you to 🏥 hospital or even just to receive ⚕ medical treatment.

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Biggest Travel Problems # 3

Overpacking or Packing Incorrectly

Overpacking For Vacation

I continue to be amazed by the amount people 🧳 pack for a typical – two week vacation. I’ve seen people check 🧳 multiple bags along with carry-on for their vacation.

The old saying goes among experts;

“Only pack what you are – Sure to Wear, and then still remove half from your luggage.”

It’s ok to wear your travel wear more than once when traveling. Most hotels and destinations do offer clothes 🧺 washing for your convenience. My son and I traveled throughout {India and Vietnam} a few seasons ago, we had no trouble getting our clothes washed wherever we were.

Why have to lug around heavy luggage when there’s no need to, especially when airlines have strict weight rules and extra charges for overweight and extra baggage!

What NOT To Do As A Tourist # 4

Failing To Mix With The Locals

Varanasi India Local

This is something that really 🤔 puzzles me as well, when traveling.

Isn’t the whole travel experience to new exciting destinations around the world, is to meet and mix with the locals and experience their culture? ❓ Don’t be afraid to approach locals and start a conversation. You will be amazed at what you can learn and discover, by mixing and enjoying interacting with the local people.  

We’ve discovered over the years of travel that it most cases, local people are eager to talk with foreigners, and learn more about where you’re from!

Worst Travel Mistakes # 5

Failing To Notify Credit Card / Debit Card Institutions

credit card theft

Not a huge problem any more, but if you’re going to be away for extended periods of time, it’s a good practice to notify your 🏦 financial institutions.

You certainly don’t want your 💳 credit or debit cards blocked while away, especially when you’re trying to access cash from an 🏧 ATM.

Recently, I was told by one credit card company and to my surprise, that it was no longer necessary to notify them. I guess unless there is some very unusual activity taking place with your card, they won’t block them anymore. ❓

Should they for some reason become blocked, you can always call their toll free customer service number found on the back of the cards.

How {NOT} To Travel # 6

Not Sampling The Local Cuisine

Hello Hong Kong Food Tour

This is one of the things I absolutely love to do, when traveling to new destinations. We thoroughly enjoy; 🚶 Walking Food Tours when traveling, getting a chance to learn and experience the local cuisine.

Taking a guided food tour is the safest and most enjoyable way, to sample some of the local dishes. Many of the most popular eating establishments attended by locals in the area, that you would be hard-pressed to find on your own.

Check out one of my walking food tours I enjoyed in Hong Kong, and see why you shouldn’t miss out on one of the great things to do when traveling. My recent post and photos can be found here at …

🍲 Hello Hong Kong Food Tours. 🍲

Have a look at the 🎨 colorful infographic below, that was created on this subject. There are many more mistakes people make when traveling, but these are just a few tips and suggestions, to keep in mind when planning your next vacation.

Common Travel Mistakes
Infographic Presented by Grand European Travel

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In one final note and something I see all too often, are those people who travel to foreign destinations, who do not respect the local culture and beliefs of the people whose country they are guests in.

Always be respectful and adhere to their local customs and rules when traveling. 

Please – Don’t Be Rude!!

A great part of travel, is too experience the local culture and customs. One should never make comparisons and expect everything to be just the same as at home.

I often wonder why these people who do compare and complain, travel in the first place. 🤔

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A Blogger Since 2012, Robert has a {Passion for Travel}, having worked in the industry for over 35 years. He enjoys sharing special moments & tips on; Travel, Health & Wellness, Book Reviews and much more!

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