“To travel is to make mistakes-explore and learn something new”. However, repeating the same mistakes that could be avoided is imprudent. And, nothing can be worse than encountering difficulties and stressful situations while on a deliberate, well-planned sabbatical from them, isn’t it?
Despite of measures to skilfully plan a trip, we all end up making mistakes, only to later regret our ignorance and carelessness. Because here at Vedanta we believe in making sure our travellers have a trouble-free trip, we have come up with 10 commonly made travel mistakes that you should avoid.
1. Over – planning:
Being a little impulsive does no harm. Do you keep a rigidly bound schedule to follow on your trip? Don’t fret over planning everything tightly or insist on preparing a daily schedule. Over-planning only makes you time-bound, limiting your flexibility to make alterations. So, have a rough idea about your trip, but always be open to changes.
2. Stop thinking that you know the best time to book tickets:
Often, people procrastinate booking tickets with the intention of booking them later. However, remember that many, along with you, are travelling at the same time. Make bookings as soon as possible when there is availability, not relying on future schemes or your past experiences with booking.
3. Assuming your passport and other documents are ready to go:
Do you find out that your passport needs renewal only days before your trip? Well, this happens more often than you think it does. Taking for granted that your passport and similar important documents are good to go would not be the wisest way to think. Always make sure, the first thing before planning a trip that your important documents are all ready to be used. Because all your efforts would be in vain if you passport has expired or is lost.
4. Not booking enough connection time between journeys:
With travel fatigue acting on you, making flight or train changes can be strenuous. There is always a fear of making terminal transitions between two connecting flights, especially those situated far away from each other. Boarding the next train in a hurry can also prove troublesome. In order to smoothly board the next flight/train, do not forget to give yourself a buffer time.
5. Trying to do too much in one trip:
You want to make the most out of a trip, especially when it is to a new place altogether, isn’t it? It is this desire of most travellers that makes their itinerary overly ambitious; cramming more than what is achievable. But in doing this, you might not fully enjoy the beauty of a place with the fear of reaching another destination, also ending up tired and completely exhausted. In contrast to that, skipping a few places will allow to fully enjoy the places you visit, also giving you sufficient time to rest.
According to a recent survey by Travelodge, two-thirds of travellers typically return from a trip with at least six unworn outfits. Travellers tend to over-pack thus overloading their back-pack only to spare lesser space for exclusive articles or souvenirs from the place to be visited. Lesser, low maintenance clothes that could be repeated should be packed in a compact suitcase. This will not only provide comfort, but also prove to be easily manageable which travelling from one place to another.
7. Arriving without a place to stay:
If you think you would conveniently find a hotel or lodge to stay at, then you might be a little mistaken. Travellers give making hotel reservations a miss, assuming that rooms might be available. However,pre-bookings would save time and efforts, allowing you to travel without worrying about vacancies. Also, you wouldn’t like to wander around, from one hotel to another for room vacancy after a long tiring journey, would you?
8. Sticking to the tourist trap:
If you follow only what the Guidebook tells you, or you take away only what it has to offer you, then you are not fully exploring the place you visit. You must’ve come across the phrase “Go to Paris, and get lost”. Following that, go places the guidebook does not include, embrace wanderlust and explore-because many times, places less hyped are more interesting.
9. Not buying something the first time you see it:
Travellers usually come with a fix amount of time allotted to specific locations. With so much new to explore, re-visiting places would not spare time for the necessary activities that need to be done. Often while out on a shopping spree, you don’t buy something you like instantly; thinking there might be better options ahead or that you might come later and pick it up. However, it might always not be possible to re-visit. Hence, it is advisable to make the purchase immediately before you can’t buy it at all, for you don’t know what lies ahead.
10. Handling money and other belongings to strangers:
If you handle your belongings to strangers while travelling in an unfamiliar place, then you should cease to do that at once. Chances of people quietly walking away with your belongings are very high, especially for tourists who are assumed to be naïve by the locals. You would be helpless without money in your pocket and lose useful assets like your cell phone, documents, and jewellery. Remember, in an alien location, you can trust no one but yourself.
So, trips are not made to whine over our travel mistakes but to utilise that time well. Plan your trip efficiently, keeping in mind all parameters. This will reduce your chances of committing mistakes and help you make the most out of a trip.