Who does not love travelling? The prospect of visiting a new place is definitely thrilling. It is fun as well as necessary to visit new places every year to take a break from your routine and de-stress. However, holidays need not be smooth sailing. Each one of us has had our share of bloopers and sometimes even serious mistakes. Here are 20 dumbest travel mistakes that people usually make while holidaying. However, this does not restrict to travelling for holidays, business trips, and other such trips can also be included.
Booking a wrong flight
Sometimes people book their tickets on the wrong flight for several reasons. Some do it by mistake and some do it just because of lack of awareness. In the first scenario, you can change your ticket as soon as you realize your mistake. But you may lose money if it is a non-refundable ticket. But in the other scenario, you may have to face a lot of problems. For instance, many people do not know that Dubai and Abu Dhabi are two different Emirates of the UAE. So they book a ticket for Dubai even if they want to go to Abu Dhabi. Although you can travel to the other Emirate in two hours, this mistake can cause you to lose money and cause problems in your plans.
Confusion in the travel date or time
If you have booked your ticket too much in advance, you may not remember the actual date of the journey and start your journey earlier or later. On the other hand, sometimes people tend to misread the dates. The biggest confusion comes when the departure of your train is at midnight. Most people get confused as to when they have to travel in such cases. So, instead of realizing your mistake after reaching the station or airport, always check the date and time on the ticket carefully. In case of confusion about the date and timings, call and check with the authorities.
Too much luggage
One of the most common mistakes that people do is carrying too much luggage. Although it is a personal choice, it can be quite a hindrance. Firstly, if you are travelling by flight, you will get charged for carrying extra luggage than permitted. If you are travelling by train or bus, it would cause you a lot of trouble to get all the bags and suitcases in and out of the vehicle, especially if it waits at a place only for a few minutes. So, travel light. Carry only a few essentials that you could wear in different ways by mix-matching.
Forgetting or losing your passport or visa
Passport and visa are the two most important things that you have to carry when you are going for a foreign trip. However, sometimes in the excitement of travelling abroad, you may forget to carry these. This is a really grave mistake as you will not be able to board a flight without it. Another thing that you have to ensure is that you have to keep these documents safe while you are holidaying. After all, you have to go back home too!
Another common passport related mistake, apart from forgetting it, is not checking its expiry date. Yes, you will be asked to provide the passport expiry details while booking your ticket. However, if you need to travel to an overseas location urgently and you book the ticket at the last moment, you would be in a soup if your passport has expired or nearing expiry.
Going to the wrong airport or railway station
Sometimes the city you are visiting may have more than one airport and you may get confused and go to the wrong one. Sometimes, your ticket would be booked from a particular train station and you go to another one without paying close attention to what is printed on the ticket. Such situations can cause you to miss your flight or train as well as a lot of money too. So, be careful about this.
Missing your flight due to some distraction
There are several people who have missed their flights even after checking in because they were distracted by something in the airport. In huge airports you may find something interesting or sleep off, thus not hearing the announcement and the flight takes off without you. On the other hand, some airports do not even make announcements and expect the passengers to reach the boarding gate on time. In such cases, you may not notice the time and miss the flight. So, take care and be vigilant.
Hotel bookings for the wrong date
Imagine that you have booked for a hotel room in another state or country for your holiday. Upon reaching there you realize that the date of booking is wrong. Either you arrived a day or two prior to the actual booking date or you have booked it for another month. Both situations are problematic, especially if it is a peak season when all the hotel bookings are full. So, always double check your hotel booking dates.
Not having extra cash for emergency
An emergency situation can come up anytime while you are travelling or holidaying. In these times, when debit cards and credit cards can be used anywhere, many people do not consider it important to carry cash with them. This can cause trouble when you get stuck in a place which does not have an ATM machine or is a place where credit cards are not accepted. Even if you are travelling outside your country, do not carry exact cash that you think that you need. Expenses may go beyond your expectations, and hence carrying extra cash is very crucial.
Not carrying clothes in your hand luggage
Many times, while travelling to a foreign destination, you have to change several flights. In these situations, luggage may get lost in transit. So, if you are vacationing to a foreign country and do not get your luggage when you arrive there, you won’t have any clothe to change. So, always carry a few essential clothes in your hand luggage. This will definitely help you.
Forgetting some of your luggage
This may happen when you have too many bags or travelling in a large group with too much luggage. You may forget to pick your luggage from the airport or forget it in the train or leave it at the waiting area while boarding your flight or train. As these things can happen quite commonly, always count your luggage before starting your journey, while boarding, after getting down, at the hotel, etc.
Picking up someone else’s luggage
This may have happen to a lot of us. You will be waiting for your red suitcase at the airport conveyor belt and you can see a sea of red suitcases, of the same size, brand and design. Moreover, you may pick up one thinking that it is yours, which probably would land you in trouble. Hence, always check the baggage tag before picking it up and taking it home. You can also put some sign on your bag to know it is yours like tying a ribbon or putting a pen mark, etc.
Not carrying weather friendly clothes
You may be staying in a place where it is extremely cold, but the place you are visiting would be too humid and hot. So, if you carry only your winter clothes to such a place, you may not be able to get out of your hotel room. Hence, always carry appropriate clothes. Most of the times, your travel agent would tell you about it. But if you are travelling on your own, do a thorough research and carry the right clothes and accessories.
Not having travel health insurance
Medical emergencies can occur anywhere, at any time, even during vacation. So, having travel health or medical insurance is extremely important, especially when you are travelling to a foreign country. For instance, you are visiting UK or USA and a medical emergency comes up. Medical treatments at these places are really expensive. Hence, if you do not have medical insurance, it is likely to cause a dent in your finance.
Getting onto the wrong train
This happens when there are frequent trains to the same destination. If there is a train before yours to the same location you are planning to go, check whether it is your train before boarding. It would be a really difficult journey if you have to travel for a long time without a seat as well as a ticket.
Sleeping off on the train and missing your destination
Sleeping off on the train is quite common, but what if you oversleep and miss your destination! That would be disastrous, especially if you are travelling for an important meeting or perhaps a family function. To avoid such a situation, set up an alarm on your mobile phone to wake you up at least an hour before the train reaches the destination. You can also ask a co-passenger to wake you up.
Not doing enough research
Many people forget to research about the place they are visiting. While you may know about some of the crucial things that you ought to visit in a particular place, you may not know the less famous but should-not-be-missed places. So, always research not only about the clothes that you should wear but also what you should visit when in a particular country or state.
Going on a cruise when you are sea sick
Yes, going on a cruise is exciting. But would it be fun if you are sick all the time. You would not be able to enjoy the trip and the worse thing is you would not be able to get off the ship once the journey begins. So if you know you are sea sick, avoid going on a cruise. However, if you want to go on a cruise, take proper medicines with you. They usually help.
Separating with your travel companion
Sometimes, you may get separated from your travel companion. Although this is not a very grave problem, it may become so if only one person is carrying the ticket and cash. To prevent such problem from happening, always keep your ticket with yourself, and split the cash too. This way you would not have any problem even if you get separated from your partner or group.
Not knowing your visa requirements
Not knowing the visa requirements of the country you plan to visit is one of the dumbest mistakes. You cannot travel to most countries without a proper visa. So, check the visa requirements in detail and be prepared. If you do not have the time for this, entrust this work to a travel agency or company who would take care of all the visa requirements as per the duration you are going to stay there.
These 20 dumbest travel mistakes can be easily avoided if you are aware about what not to do while travelling. Travelling and vacationing are meant for relaxation and not for getting stressed because of these mistakes. So, plan your travel carefully to ensure the best travelling experience every time.