Traveling is undoubtedly an exciting venture. The thought of discovering uncharted territory is something that everyone should experience in their lifetime.
However, it would be wise to exercise a few sensible things while traveling (especially if it’s for a long period of time). Here are just a few costly travel mistakes that should be avoided if you’re planning to jet-set to a sunny destination.
1. Service Plan for your Phone
Though traveling should be a means for you to unplug from your tech-toys, life happens, and sometimes it is necessary to answer to a few important emails, or upload that X-Pro II filtered Instagram photo to let your loved ones know you are in fact alive (and living life)!
However, a milli-second of using phone while it’s under ‘international roaming,’ is a costly mistake. Using your mobile device to change your Facebook status, can add a hefty few hundred dollars to your phone bill.
If you’re planning on traveling for a long period of time, it would be smart to add an international service plan for your mobile device. After all, adding forty dollars on your existing plan would be a better investment, than having to spend four hundred dollars for thirty seconds of used data.
2. Losing your Passport
Having a lost or stolen passport can be a HUGE pain to deal with. But sometimes, it happens. Not only does it cause unnecessary stress, tracking down the consulate and misplaced documents can become a costly affair and a waste of precious vacation time.
Of course, a lost or stolen passport will always cause some unbridled levels of anxiety. In order to avoid the semantics of tracking down your precious documents, make copies of your passport, and leave one in your suitcase and another with someone back at home.
This makes tracing documents significantly easier than starting from scratch.
3. Over-packing what you can carry
Think twice before thinking that you’ll need that extra pair of shoes for your trip. Not only does over packing your suitcase mean a heavier load to carry, but it can also mean extra fees added because of your over-weight bag.
There’s a reason for why the advice “only pack what you can carry,” still exists. It’s golden advice to avoid paying your weight in golden fees.
4. Forgetting to call your credit card company
This is the kind of situation where your credit card company has all the best intentions for you. Any far-fetched, seemingly impulsive purchases from a country that you rarely visit (if at all), would spell ‘fraudulent behavior’ to any credit company.
Before you know it, they’ve cut off your main line of spending, and you’re left to frantically figure out how you to regain access to your funds.
Call your credit card company before your departure so that they know not to cancel your card after discovering that really expensive shoe purchase from Paris.
5. Tourist Traps
Sure, visiting the Eiffel Tower would be a once in a lifetime experience. It is definitely worth your while to visit some of the most iconic places in the world. However, be aware that popular tourist attractions also mean they fall peril to the obligatory tourist trap. Expect to pay astronomical prices to see these well-known attractions.
While we’re all for seeing these great sights, we’d recommend venturing beyond them as well. There are plenty of hidden gems along many parts of the world that are just as beautiful and FREE (yes, there are things in life that are free)!