Once upon a time ... when travel was fun ...
and then the world changed and seats were bad,
service was bad, prices were bad, food was gone,
rules were horrible, and travel was punishment
and you never see your bags again if you landed
where you were suppose to.
So what mistakes are travelers making during their trips?
1. Not getting enough sleep
2. Assuming you know the visa requirements
Nothing like being denied boarding due to a Custom gotcha at midnight
in a foreign country. Things to have: CIA World Factbook, US Dept of
State Travel Alerts, UK Foreign Travel Advice site, Center for Disease
Control and a global religious holiday calendar app.
3. Not being prepared
Check that you have: shoes, toiletries, your/spouse's lipstick, battery
charger, phone, computer. Don't leave home without them, except
maybe the lipstick.
4. Last Minute Hotel Reservations
Good hotels and good priced rooms go fast especially months ahead of
a major convention or event. Plan on finding any room miles away and
get to know the cab drivers early for better service, and don't skip on the
5. Keep Addresses Handy
Use your smart phone to find the address your going to. Watch out for
the periodic turn left here and it's a one-way street going to the right.
6. Scheduling Leisure
Especially on longer solo trips, have some downtime to refresh yourself.
Doing leisure before a business trip can steal your restful leisure benefit.
7. Red-eye Flight; who needs a hotel
Watch out for the no-rooms available until after 3:00 PM or later to kill
your sleep ... you want to arrive to the airport awake and functioning.
8. Get Global Entry
This simply application gives you pre-approved clearance to breeze
through immigration. Some major credit cards will extend you a credit
for the fee.
9. Double Check Your Flight Coupons
Forgetting to consider changes in time zones, travel times to an airport,
to a hotel, the correct flight and that it is still scheduled, etc.
10. Flying Non-Stop
Having time at the hotel to refresh and unpack can allow you a better
evening thus better morning.
11. No Speaka de Language
Know some basic keywords for the country you're going to, such as:
Yes, No, Help, Doctor, Police, Hotel, Taxi, and Eat for starters.
12. Delays to Print Simple Things
Printing something at a hotel or other locations can be near impossible.
Print needed documents once your plans are locked down while at home.
13. Breakfast in the Morning
Insure you know the times and where it is and if it comes to the room or
you go to it. Different countries have different processes and customs.
14. Passports are Gotta Haves
A lost Passport, if there is a US Embassy in town, can take 3-4 business
days. Keep them locked in the hotel room save when not needed.
15. Know Your Calling Plan
Long distance in the US is nothing on a cell phone. Long distance in a
foreign country can cost you dearly, sometimes more than the room
16. Last Minute Planning
What ever you do, how ever detailed you are, you will be miserable.
17. Travel Light
Being dependent on items that are not essential will hurt your trip.
18. Good Comfortable Shoes
Armies move on their feet and thus have good boot. Think about the
footwear you will need for long days of walking.
19. Get Emergency Medical Insurance
Medical care is not uniform. Insure you have automatic coverage for
emergency medical evacuation insurance as you never know what may
happen. Also be aware of rare food encounters from around the world.
20. Budget some Fun Time
Think about a "me day" to end a trip with.