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Travel Mistakes Not to Make

Even the most carefully planned trip can have problems but with a little insider know-how, you can avoid making them. Here are some of the most common travel mistakes not to make.

Not applying for your passport early enough. Routine passport processing takes about four to six weeks, so as soon as you start planning for your trip, apply for a passport - if you need one. You can pay for a rush to pick it up of 24 hours if it’s you left it too long, but it will cost you about $110.
Also, don’t forget that certain countries you need 3 to 6 months’ worth of validity remaining to enter.

Speaking of not allowing enough time, another mistake I see is not booking enough connection time between flights. Leaving a window of at least an hour and a half between connecting flights will significantly drop your chances of missing your flight or having your luggage lost.

Now one thing that I consistently have told you travelers out there is to do your research. I can’t emphasize this enough. When it comes to booking a hotel this is very important. One of the worst mistakes people make are underestimating the location of your hotel from the city center or where you want to spend the most time.

This can cost you in unnecessary transfer costs or even a car rental if attractions are just too far. Even if the hotel is cheaper, you need to weigh in the hassle and added costs of having to travel back and forth to get where you want to go.

Another travel mistake is trying to do too much in one trip. This can cause a lot of stress and defeats the purpose of a holiday. Make a list of “musts” and “maybes” and go from there.

And finally, when making your “musts” and “maybes”, I highly recommend venturing off the beaten path. Sticking to tourist traps is not the way to get an authentic experience of the destination. Again, do a little research online or ask for recommendations from your travel agent.

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