Not that this topic is ever far from my mind, but certainly as the weather starts to become colder I look for ways to get myself and my family into a warmer climate and plan some trips. As I start planning there are always some things I make sure I have considered, so here are some tips to help make any traveling you choose to do be less stressful and more fun!
Traveling should always be fun, it gives you the chance to explore the world, or at least your own country. There are so many different places to see and cultures to learn about, whether you’re going on a road trip or taking a cruise. While things don’t always go entirely to plan, you should still return from your trip having enjoyed yourself. You should be careful, though, or silly mistakes could ruin your travels. If you don’t pay attention when you’re planning your trip, things might not go well. Some mistakes might even mean you don’t get to go on your trip at all. So watch out for these big mistakes if you want to have a good time.
Not Getting Your Travel Documents in Order
One of the worst things that could happen is that you go abroad and you’re not even allowed into the country. Or you end up starting your trip with a big fine because you didn’t pay attention to the customs rules. The first thing you need to do is sort out your passport, which you’ll need to make sure is valid. If you need a new passport for the first time or you need to replace a lost or stolen one, you will need to meet with a passport acceptance agent. You can find out more about that here. For some countries, your passport might need to be valid for at least six months when you travel. You might also need a visa or visa waiver, and you will often need to fill out a customs card, which you are often given during travel. Make sure you tell the truth on all documents.
Neglecting to Research How to Stay Safe
Staying safe when you’re traveling is an interesting thing to consider. No one can ever be 100% sure of their safety, but there are still ways to try to stay safe and be aware of the most likely dangers. For example, women and minorities might check what sort of attitudes they might come across. Everyone should check information about common crimes, especially violent crime, as well as the political situation in any of their destinations. A safe trip is a more enjoyable one.
Being Unaware of Cultural Differences and Local Laws
Every country is different, and even various regions within a country have their differences. That’s why it’s important to understand some of the most important customs and laws when you visit a country. Is it unacceptable to show too much skin? How do people greet each other? What are the laws about bringing in fruits and vegetables, carrying drugs and medication, or even showing affection to other people in public?
Racking Up Hidden Expenses
Make sure you don’t have to cut your trip short because your money is running out. Some hidden costs can give you a nasty surprise if you’re not careful. You could end up paying huge data roaming charges on your phone if you don’t turn roaming off. You might incur large fees from your credit card, so check how much they charge for using it in a foreign country. Check your bank balance and other finances to make sure you’re not spending too much.
Don’t let silly mistakes ruin your trip. Be prepared, and you’ll have a much better time, no matter where you go.