We all want a holiday that is smoothly orchestrated to the last detail. However, here are some ways in which you can ruin your vacation easily and how to avoid these pitfalls.
Forgetting to check the travel documents needed
Many western nations have the liberty of their citizens being allowed in most countries without a visa or with some simple paperwork upon entry. However, others have to plan ahead and have the right travel documents on hand or you will be barred from entry.
Quick Fix: A basic Google search should direct you about all the immigration documents you will need to carry upon your person. Ensure that you start this procedure at the earliest as some visas can take weeks to process.
You have chosen the wrong travel partner
When traveling with someone, you might have to also plan the trip keeping in mind your travel partner’s preferences and limitations. Ideally, you should travel with someone you are comfortable with.
Quick Fix: just because someone is your spouse or good friend, that does not immediately mean they will be a good travel buddy. It is better to travel solo or go with a person you feel will like to do similar things with your on the trip.
Not addressing problems during your trip
When you travel abroad, communication with your travel mate is very essential. If you are travelling with someone where you are unhappy about them leaving wet towels on the floor or getting up late, keeping a lid over the issue will only result in it being blown off one day.
Quick Fix: If you are experiencing a problem, the best thing is to do is to talk about it with the other person from a non-accusatory perspective. Effective communication can get you over great hurdles.
You keep socializing to a minimum
The whole idea of travelling is to go out there and experience the world – and that is not likely to happen if you keep only to the person you’re with. For example, if you are travelling to an all-inclusive resort it is just too easy to miss out on the local culture.
Quick Fix: Be open to talking to people, whether it’s with a local shop owner or a person you meet in an art gallery (or wherever you visit). You never know what meeting a new person might teach you.
You overbudget your vacation
Overspending on a holiday can seem like the right thing to do when you’re having fun but the rush is bound to go away after a while. If you are travelling with a partner, ensure that you both agree on what you wish to spend. Going a little over budget is totally acceptable, but do not go way above budget.
Quick Fix: Set a certain budget and stick to it. If you’re travelling with someone, make a list of the costs involved and who will be spending on what.
You only stick to the familiar
Travelling means doing new things and seeing something you haven’t seen before. Don’t hang on to the familiar just to be comfy.
Quick Fix: Get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to try something you have never experienced before when you travel.