Thursday, 4 December 2014

mistakes when travelling

                  Biggest mistakes people make when travelling

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Packing Too Many Shoes
You know how many pairs of shoes you need for a trip? Two. One fancy and one casual. Add sneakers if you want to work out.

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Not Doing Your Homework
Flying blind may seem fun and adventurous. But not so much if you find that you've wandered into a bad neighborhood at night in a strange country where you don't speak the language. Researching the most basic details about your destination (such as where not to go) can be the ounce of prevention that'll save you a pound of hardship.

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Being Mean to an Airline Employee
This includes flight attendants, gate agents, phone reps, and baggage handlers. Even if the one you encounter really is unpleasant and the airline really is jerking you around, being mean or lashing out never accomplishes anything. At the end of the day, your life (or at least your vacation) is in these people's hands. And trust us: No matter how bad things can seem at the moment, they have the power to make things worse for you ("Hello, TSA..."). So take a deep breath and stay calm.

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Forgetting to change money At home we’re used to there being an ATM on every corner. Most foreign countries simply don’t operate like that. Change soon, change early, and change a lot. We recommend never even landing in a foreign country without having on hand some of its currency. Change your money at your home airport so that you don’t risk long lines when you land.

Relying Too Heavily on Public Transport
Getting around via local bus and train can be a tremendously rewarding experience, but you need to give yourself other options. Try exploring the city on foot, for instance.

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Packing Wine, Olive Oil, and Other Glass Bottles
This never turns out well. You think you can avoid paying to ship bottles of wine and olive oil home by wrapping them in an old T-shirt and nestling them in the middle of your suitcase, but you are wrong. A glass bottle makes it home intact and without ruining all of your clothes only about 25 percent of the time. Don’t risk it. Ship it.

Cheaping Out on Upgrades
If your flight is 3 hours or longer and you can get an upgrade to a roomier seat for less than $150, do it. Your comfort and peace of mind are well worth the price of a clothes shopping trip.

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Not Dressing Properly
You don't climb the Alps in shorts and T-shirt. Or wear clothes that offend the locals where you're travelling. This falls squarely in the "Do Your Homework" category. Research the proper attire, culturally and/or weather-wise, before your trip.

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Using a Credit or Debit Card Without Informing Your Bank
Nothing brings a fun vacation to a screeching halt faster than having your card declined because your issuer got worried about all that unusual activity in a new location. Yes, this can be cleared up with one phone call. But if you're overseas, an international phone call can be expensive. Before you go on a trip, give your card issuer a heads-up.

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Forgetting converters and charges
Forgetting your electricity converter can be the equivalent of leaving your camera, cell phone, and computer at home since you very well could end up with nowhere to charge your devices.

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Leaving your raincoat at home                                                                                                        "But the forecast says the weather's going to be perfect," you say. And we all know that weather forecasts are 100 percent accurate, right? No, they're not. And you'd be surprised at how quickly an unexpected rainstorm can harsh your vacation mellow: Your options are to stay in your hotel room until the storm ends or run around looking for an umbrella and/or raincoat. One option just sucks and the other one will get you drenched. Avoid the whole mess and just pack a little rain gear.

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Flying In on the Same Day Your Cruise Is Departing
Flying in to your departure port on the same day your cruise leaves is just a recipe for disaster. If your flight gets delayed, your cruise ship leaves without you, taking your nonrefundable fare with it. And even if you do make it to your cruise on time, you spend your entire flight stressing over the ticking clock, sweating every single possible delay and silently hating your fellow passengers ("Come on, slowpokes! Shove your bags in the bin, sit the @%$# down, and let's get this plane in the air! I got a boat to catch!"). Get to the departure port city a day early and spring for a hotel — consider it a form of travel insurance for what you paid for the cruise. Explore the town and, more important, begin your cruise stress-free.

Forgetting to Pack Sunscreen
This one should be obvious. Remember: The sun shines in other countries, too.

Seeing Too Many (Or Not Enough) Tourist Attractions
It's a delicate balance. Some are a waste of time, some you might regret missing. One of our editors still regrets skipping the Taj Mahal and not skipping the Mona Lisa ("A total letdown," she says of the latter).  Avoid this by carefully planning ahead what you want to see, not what you think you should see.

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Not Journaling About Your Vacation
You'll wish you had. 


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