5 Frustrating Mistakes While Planning A Trip

Even the most meticulously planned trip is subject to mistakes, but with a little insider know-how, you can avoid making the common mistakes that can derail a vacation. Stick to the guidelines below, and you’re more likely to have a trip that’s memorable not for lost luggage and rushed sightseeing, but for the thrill of discovering a new place and savoring it.

Not booking enough connection time between flights
Leaving a window of at least  2 hours between connecting flights will significantly drop your chances of missing your flight or having your luggage lost. Having only 45 minutes to connect between flights might seem okay, because you feel like it will help you cut short the amount of time spent hanging out at a dismal food court or even in the lounge—but it’s often not enough, especially in large airports where the gates could be far apart. Don’t rely on airlines to do the math for you, either Flights can’t be booked unless it is a legitimate change time according to that airport, and usually if it’s the minimum change time and airlines let you book that, they will make it work.
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, or make sure the one you already have hasn’t expired. Plus, in certain countries you need at least six months’ worth of validity remaining to enter, if you’re planning to board a plane in less than two weeks, make an appointment at your local passport agency and quickly get your passport. If you’ve traveled so much you’ve practically worn out your passport, flip through it as a precaution: Frequent travelers should make sure that they have enough pages in their passports, For example, South African law requires travelers to have one fully blank visa page in the passport; without the requisite number of pages, you may be refused entry. No one wants that.
Underestimating the location of your hotel from the city center
When you’re visiting a city, sometimes booking a more expensive hotel that’s in the center of where most of your itinerary revolve around can be a better financial decision in the long run than staying out in the outskirt and spending money and time on transportation. Use time you save to explore or just relax in your hotel room. Particularly if you are going to a country that’s usually hot in the noon… you might need to go back to your hotel room and rest before going out later in the evening. That’s not easy to do if your hotel is a 30-minute bus ride away. Plus, if it’s a family vacation, taking kids on unfamiliar trains or taxis with few breaks will increase the possibility that you’ll have a frustrating visit.
Trying to do too much in one trip
Allot a minimum number of hours to things you want to do and give enough space and rest to each activities. A lot of people say, ‘I just want to do just one night in whatever and one night in so-and-so. Slow down! By the time you either load all the bags into the car, drive, and park, you won’t have that much of a day left. The same goes for multiple activities. Make time for resting, for example,going to Rome and  planning to see the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, and the Basillica in the same day is overkill.
Not being honest about your interests, likes, and dislikes
There’s no shame in wanting to eat in a local restaurant rather than dining in a downtown restaurants or preferring to check out the local Museum rather than going to the Cinema for the latest film. Before you plan vacation activities that others insist you’ll enjoy, sit down and think hard about what you want your trip to be, then follow your own itinerary. Many people plan the trip they think they would love rather than the trip they actually want, If you rarely set foot in a cinema, why plan a trip there especially when you know you won’t be keen about it? A lack of self-awareness is the major problem of most tourists, it is even greater danger when relying on recommendations from people with very different tastes. Your trip, your experience should be based on your own desires.

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