5 Biggest Travel Mistakes to Avoid


Even though traveling is one of the most enjoyable pastimes that exist, it’s safe to say that there are plenty of things that can go wrong. Since travel is so expensive it’s incredibly important that you make sure you cover all your bases. Finding yourself on vacation stressed out and wishing you would have done things differently is no way to spend your trip. To help ensure you have the best possible travel experience, here are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid.

Overpacking Your Suitcase

Even though it might seem like you’ll need everything on your list, more often than not you won’t end up needing all of it. If you overpack you’ll find yourself hauling around an extremely heavy bag that will only slow you down. 

This is important advice, especially for older travelers. If you’re over the age of 60, then the last thing you want to do is haul around a heavy bag that could injure you. Pack only what you need, and always leave room in your bag for bringing things back home. Besides being uncomfortable and inconvenient, it can also be costly to travel with an over-packed bag.

Not Checking Travel Documents

Before you travel it’s important that you check the expiration date on your passport. There is nothing worse than finding yourself on a trip and realizing that your travel documentation is expired. Give yourself ample time to get everything renewed before leaving on your trip. Emergency passports are time-consuming and expensive should you find yourself having to get one overseas. All it takes is a little bit of foresight and you’ll save yourself a whole world of trouble.

Only Sticking to Tourist-Dense Restaurants

When visiting somewhere, it’s tempting to go online and rely on Google to find where you should eat. However, it’s often the first results on Google which are the most tourist dense. While there’s no doubt that many of these restaurants are probably good, more often than not there are even better restaurants a little off the beaten trail. Don’t be afraid to ask locals where they eat, because usually, they are the best resource.

Booking Last Minute

Booking at the last minute is one of the worst things you can do for your travel budget.  Last-minute tickets are considerably more expensive not to mention you’ll find fewer options. Whether you’re booking a hotel or an airplane, book as far in advance as you can and you’ll thank yourself for it later.  

Taking Cabs Everywhere

It may seem like the easy solution to take cabs throughout your trip. However, stepping outside of your comfort zone and relying on public transportation is often one of the greatest things you can do for a better travel experience. Not only is it a fraction of the cost of cabs, but you’ll also find you have a much more authentic experience.  There is nothing like riding the tube in London to get a real feel for the local culture.