Don’t Make These Rookie Mistakes While Traveling

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Although traveling can sometimes seem a bit tedious and nerve-racking, it doesn’t have to be! Make your next trip a breeze by avoiding the following rookie mistakes.


Planning Faux Pas

Before you embark on any trip, big or small, it’s a great idea to plan! Why? A better planned trip = less mistakes made along the way. For example, when it comes to flying, avoid booking connecting flights with less than an hour overlay. If you leave yourself little time to switch planes, there’s a good chance you’ll miss your connecting flight. Another planning pro tip: check the time zones you’re traveling in! Whether it’s by plane, train or automobile, changing time zones can have a big impact on your plans. Don’t make the rookie mistake of missing your ride because of a time zone error. Also plan to have some time to rest before you tackle your vacation or trip. Avoid letting jet lag set the pace of your trip.


Pack Smart

Packing might be the trickiest part of a trip, especially when flying. When it comes to carry-ons, follow the 3-1-1 rule: liquids must be 3.4 oz. or less, fit in one quart-sized plastic bag, per one person. For a full list of what you’re allowed to pack in your luggage and carry-on check out the TSA’s full list. As you’re choosing outfits, shoes and toiletries, DON’T FORGET your ID and boarding pass! To make security as smooth as possible, keep them in an easy-to-reach spot. And most importantly, don’t over pack. It might be hard to leave behind those “just in case” items, but you’ll thank us in the end. Most hotels will provide you with the essentials (i.e. towels, soap, hair dryer) and avoiding the expensive overweight baggage fee is always a plus.


Tactless Traveling

You’ve planned, you’ve packed and now it’s time to travel! During your getaway, don’t throw your budget to the wind and overspend. One way to avoid this? Pay with cash! Studies show that people are less likely to overspend if they use cash rather than card. And although planning is important (hey, first paragraph), don’t let your travel itinerary define your trip. Travel guides are perfect for learning facts about the area, but don’t be afraid to take your own path. Find where the locals, not the tourists, go if you want to get the most unique experience possible.


Whether you’re a rookie or a frequent flyer, it’s easy to make mistakes while traveling! This year, avoid them by taking some of our tips into consideration. Good luck and happy travels!