Most Common Travel Mistakes

Taking a vacation requires a lot of planning and preparation. However, sometimes the unexpected does happen. We’ve included some of the most common mistakes that travelers make, as well as the best ways to avoid them!

  • Not notifying your bank before you leave.

One of the fastest ways to have your bank account closed and your debit card declined is by not notifying your bank before making purchases in an unusual destination. This can ensure your bank will not be suspicious of any “unusual activity” and will leave you be on your trip. Also, there are many banks that have foreign branches which can be helpful to know before you arrive in case you need to access a bank while you are away.

  • Over packing.

Packing too much is one the most common mistakes travelers make whether it their first trip or they have been traveling for years. Most airlines have luggage weight limit restrictions and if you exceed the weight limit you will most likely be charged a hefty fee. Make a list of the bare essentials you need while on your trip and stick to only those items in order to avoid over packing and saving yourself the hassle and money.

  • Not factoring in time zones when traveling.

Understanding traveling through different time zones can sometimes be complicated. Make sure to write down the time it takes to get from point A to point B and how many time zones you will be crossing and make sure to factor it into your scheduled itinerary. It is also important to remember the effects of jet lag and to research ways on how to help prevent it so you can feel your best.

  • Not paying attention to travel times.

Make sure to give yourself at least a couple of hours between scheduled flights to allow for any possible delay including flight delays, long lines, and traveling within the terminals of the airport. This is one of the most common ways travelers miss connecting flights and can easily be avoided.

  • Assuming you don’t need travel protection.

It’s never safe to assume that you won’t need protections such as trip cancellation insurance or emergency medical coverage while traveling. Unexpected situations can arise before you take your vacation, especially if you’ve booked early in advance, as well as when you are away. Travelers are always thankful that they invested in protecting themselves and their investments.

  • Not doing enough research.

Often people books trips to faraway places because they have either seen pictures, or heard good things about it, but then stop reading about it after they have made travel plans. It is important to research the local customs, the climate, what the destination has to offer, and what they should expect as a tourist. This will ensure a better overall experience.

Do you have any tips on how to avoid mistakes while traveling? Let us know!


  1. When traveling internationally make copies of your passport photo page. Leave copies with someone at home, and if traveling with others exchange passport copies with them as well.

  2. It’s a big mistake not to check with your cell phone provider to see what is and is not included in your service. Huge roaming bills do not take long to accumulate.

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