Travel Tips May 14, 2018
Here Are The 5 Most Cringe-Worthy Mistakes People Make While Traveling
Think you have what it takes to blend in like a local? Do you feel like you have travel safety down pat? Are you totally confident in your ability to avoid embarrassing social faux pas on a plane? Even veteran travelers should take a look at this list of the most cringe-inducing mistakes that people make while wandering the country.
1. Not carrying cash (separately from your cards).
In today’s world, it seems almost unthinkable that your credit card can’t carry you through your travels without a hitch. However, you never know what could happen on the road. A store’s card reader might be down, you wallet could fall off the cruise ship, or your bank might flag your out-of-state transaction as suspect and freeze down your card. At times like these, having a few hundred dollars in actual paper money could mean the different between buying enough food to last you until you can sort out the problem and having to head home early.
2. Not reading the fine print.
This goes for pretty much any agreement you enter into while traveling. Everything from R.V. rental contracts to excursion tour tickets usually come with a bit of fine print. Not checking to make sure you fully understand the terms of the deal (e.g. no cancellations, no refunds, the ferry only operates on full moons, etc.) could leave you high and dry if things don’t go exactly to plan.
This one should be obvious, but one of the most self-sabotaging things you can do while traveling is packing your bags to the point of bursting. Unless you’re traveling somewhere with no stores and no laundry facilities for more than two weeks, you probably don’t need to bring half your closet. Even if you are planning an extended trip, it’s always best to under-pack a bit and pick up the odd toiletry or pair of socks as needed.
Similarly, it’s always a mistake to overpack your backpack or purse when you’re just headed out to explore a new city for a few hours. Do you really need a full bottle of sunscreen, two pairs of sunglasses, a book, a sweater, a jacket, and all of your credit cards for a two-hour excursion to a museum? Probably not.
4. Not taking airline guidelines seriously.
When the TSA says they need all your liquids in correctly sized containers, you best squirt that shampoo into a travel bottle. Not paying attention to rules about things like liquids, electronics, and luggage weight can net you serious financial losses when it comes to getting through the airport, not to mention the major delays that come with having to re-pack in the terminal or submit to additional safety screening.
5. Ignoring local customs.
Think paying attention to local customs only applies if you’re traveling out of the country? Think again. Not being aware of your surroundings and how the locals behave can have a major impact on your fun and safety. For example, you might be totally used to leaving your laptop or phone on a coffee shop table while you head to the counter to order another beverage. However, in some areas this is very risky behavior that could lead to swiped valuables. Similarly, chatting up a stranger on a bus might be perfectly acceptable in your hometown, but might be considered highly unwelcome attention in a big city across the country.
Moral of the story: play by the rules to make sure your dream vacation doesn’t turn into a nightmare. For more tips on how to make the most of your travels without spending a fortune, click