It’s the last few weeks of summer, so that means it’s time to board planes, trains and automobiles to your favorite vacation spot so that you can soak up the final rays of summer sun. But, before you clock out, 50 Plus Report would like to present 5 travel mistakes to avoid this season that are important to keep in mind when planning to travel.
Even the most meticulously planned trip is subject to snafus, but with a little insider know-how, you can avoid making the common mistakes that can derail a vacation. If you can avoid these five travel mistakes, you’re guaranteed to have a trip that’s memorable not for lost luggage and guidebook gaffes, but for the thrill of discovering a new place!
1. Going all digital – In this day and age, your itinerary and confirmation numbers are already on your phone and computer, so why bother with hard copies of your flight number or hotel address, right? Wrong! Never underestimate the importance of a hard copy of your schedule because your electronics might not work with the local network as soon as you land.
2. Forgetting to be weather-wise — Remember, where you are does not reflect where you’re going — at least, weather wise. People often have an uncanny propensity for forgetting to factor in the destination environment, beyond simply warm vs. cold destinations. It’s important to see what the specific temperatures will be while at your destination. If there’s a fluke heat wave or a chance of rain for the entire week, you’ll want to be prepared.
3. Overlooking the tipping — Your mind may already be on the white sand beach, but don’t forget that you still will need a lot of help getting there. People often forget to have small bills at the beginning and end of trips for the taxi driver, bellhop, or for the housekeeper when checking out. Each time it means an extra trip to the hotel desk to get change. You’re used to heading to the ATM, which dispenses only $20 bills, so start collecting smaller currency a few days before you leave.
4. Traveling in style — Your travel options for getting around will depend on your destination, but there’s almost always a way to avoid blowing your budget while trying to get around. Skip taxis as much as possible and take advantage of public transportation, especially in large cities. Make sure your hotel is close to a bus or train line or within a reasonable walking distance.
5. Getting caught in the rush — It’s tempting to try and pack as much fun and excitement into a short trip as possible, but that can sometimes lead to over exhaustion, overexposure, and overspending. Factor in the time it takes to schlep bags, read maps and book tours, and it hardly seems worth the effort. Instead, do yourself a favor and slow down. Allow yourself the chance for simple pleasures like relaxing in a sidewalk café in Rome or strolling down the Champs-Élysées and you’ll end up with a richer vacation for it!
Courtesy of 50 PLUS REPORT
By Samantha Brown
For more AARP travel tips and information, visit Travel.AARP.org. Samantha Brown writes about travel topics for AARP Media.
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