If you wish for a stress-free vacation abroad then there’s a 90% chance you’ll return disappointed. Why? Well, you ran into a situation you didn’t plan for, before your outing. For rookie travelers, it’s a common scene as they are bound to make mistakes. To avoid them, here’s a list of goof-ups that first-timers should keep an eye on.
Overstuffing your backpack
Imagine stuffing yourself with a 7-course meal, rife with delicious dishes. Following the eating spree, I am sure you’ll be unable to move because of the overeating. Sadly your suitcase and bags can’t stop you from stuffing them with your whole wardrobe. Heavy luggage is hard to manage and it reduces your travel experience, especially if it’s a short excursion. So stop overstuffing your bags, amigo!
No local currency
You can’t pay a local rickshaw ride in India with a credit card. Make sure you grab changes of the local currency to pay for public transportation and local markets. Airport ATMs have a good exchange rate. If you’re old-fashioned, you’ll find exchange booths at every international airport.
Ignoring the weather reports
When I was a child, my parents took me to Disneyland, Paris. Sadly it was raining cats and dogs in the city of amour. It soured my experience of what an amusement park is. I started hating amusement parks from there-on. If you don’t want Mother Earth to spit on your pleasure trip, heed the weather reports on TV! Even the Internet can also show you weather predictions for as far as a week.
No homework on your Visa requirements
Some places have weird Visa pre-requisites. Nigeria asks for R 6,000 security deposit to its embassy which is refunded when you leave Nigeria. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, doesn’t allow women below the age of 30 to travel alone. Ensure that the destination you are picking has none of such requirements. To be turned back from the airport after wasting money and time is excruciatingly humiliating.
No homework on your budget
Let me tell you, a good foreign tour can be very expensive. It shouldn’t bankrupt you for the rest of your life. Some globe-trotters end up spending half of their savings on a single outing. Your planned itinerary is your weapon against bankruptcy.
Keep your finger on the trigger against these common mistakes. These can create big problems in your journey. Good luck!