Traveling is one of the most enriching things you can do for yourself and your family. However, even the most experienced travelers make mistakes, which can cause them to miss out on a memorable experience. Here are some of the most common mistakes and how you can avoid them:
Taking your documents for granted
Never take your travel documents for granted. This is especially true if you are traveling domestically with children in the U.S. USA Today notes that while children under the age of 14 don’t need identification some airlines will require a birth certificate to prove their age. It is best to carry it with you, as you don’t want to get stuck at an airport due to not having the right documentation.
Not bringing equipment that will make your life easier
Always consider if the equipment you are bringing will make your life easier. Are you going to be struggling with a suitcase that is difficult to carry? If so it may be best to invest in a new one. If you’re traveling with a baby or toddler, The Insider discourages you from packing bulky pushchairs as these will make it much harder for you to move around. A good stroller needs to be easy-to-use, robust, and light. The selection of single pram pushchairs on iCandy shows how modern strollers are easy to fold, which makes them very accommodating when using public transport. If you are bringing your car, a compact stroller will also allow for more space in the trunk. It is these simple tips that can make all the difference to whether your travels are stressful or carefree.
Not buying travel insurance
You can never be too careful when you travel and although insurance can be expensive, it’s worth it. La Jolla Mom founder and travel expert Katie Dillion is a stern believer in travel insurance: “One of the biggest mistakes people can make when traveling is to skip travel insurance. This can cause people to travel when they don’t want to, or to lose money on prepaid airfare because they can’t go on their planned trip.” There’s a lot about traveling that is hard to predict. Travel insurance covers your expenses if you have to pay for a new flight because you missed the one you booked.
Not doing your research
One of the most important things you need to research before traveling is the local cuisine, as you might be allergic to some of the staple ingredients locals use. Doing your research also allows you to make note of the appropriate clothes to wear, especially if you’re going to conservative countries with specific dress codes. Research the basic dos and don’ts so you don’t end up packing the wrong clothes or violating the local laws.
Ignoring hotel reviews
Don’t concentrate only on the rooms and amenities of specific a hotel when it comes to choosing your accommodation. Pay attention to the feedback provided by past guests and steer clear of hotels that have a lot of negative feedback. Our ‘Find a Hotel to Fit Your Travel Needs’ article recommends you check if the hotel offers basics like an inclusive breakfast or 24-hour amenities. The last thing you want is to be paying extra because you didn’t research ahead of time.
With the right preparation, all of the above mistakes are easy to avoid. It is just about having the mindset to see potential problems and finding solutions to them.