Common mistakes when travelling abroad (Part 1)

travel-insurance-tipsWatch out travellers! Below are the common mistakes that you are prone to do when travelling abroad. Take not and try to avoid these silly bloopers:

1.     Having an over ambitious itinerary

One of the most important things to take note is to keep things flexible and open for changes. Instead of trying to cover as much destinations as possible, you should keep your itinerary easy and simple. Focus on one place slowly at a time to uncover hidden gems and valuable revelations. This way, you will be able to get the best out of your travel.

2.     Over packing

Pack only what you need and know you’ll use, not what you think you’ll use.  Buy the rest at your destination (possibly at a fraction of the price).  Once fully packed, review everything you have and try to reduce the load a little bit more.

3.    Not double checking your documents and bookings for errors

Double-check your documents and reservations for everything from hotels, flights, trains, buses, etc. Make sure that the timing printed on your tickets conforms to your schedule and the location is correct. Most importantly, make sure that your name is printed accurately on your transportation tickets lest you might have trouble leaving or entering a country.

4.     Not Buying Travel Insurance

Spending those extra few dollars will give you the benefit of feeling more secure in case something happens (lost baggage, trip delay or cancelation, medical emergency, etc.).  Read the fine prints to see what is included and if it suits your needs.

5.     Not making copies of important documents

Have a hard copy of your documents (passport, IDs, travel insurance policy, credit cards) with you, and a digital copy safe (if possible, as a password protected .pdf) on a “secret” email account you can easily access.  In case of losing your original documents, copies facilitate your identity verification and quicken the renewal process.
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