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Why You Should Consider These Important Mistakes To Avoid When You Travel
When planning a trip you think of everything you need to get done. Packing, documents to take along, luggage, scheduling and planning. You know the routine. Have you ever stopped to think about the important mistakes to avoid when you travel? Probably not.
Worst of all, some of these are easy to miss.
If you are a frequent flyer, then you know where I am going with this. Or maybe not.
Don’t fall victim to your own mistakes.
1. Do Not Post A Picture Of Your Boarding Pass On Social Media
Excitement! The day has finally arrived.
Heading off on a well-deserved holiday, luggage packed, about to head to the Airport.
Boarding pass printed, and you are eager to share your next adventure with friends and family!
Before you head out, you decide to post a picture of your boarding pass on Facebook. Great!
Yay, no traffic, you arrive at the Airport and you are the second person in line at the check-in counter.
Could this day be any more perfect? Well, things are about to change.
The lady at the counter informs you that you are no longer booked on the flight. Your booking was cancelled an hour ago.
Wait what? Impossible. I never cancelled my booking. Ah….yes, YOU didn’t but someone else did!
And it’s all your fault. Ouch!
You haven’t left the city, let alone the country and already you have made one of the important mistakes to avoid when you travel.
You see when you take a picture of your Boarding pass and post it on Social Media for the world to see, what happens? The world sees it. Someone who thinks they are funny (or is just an A-hole) now has the following information: your first and last name, booking reference number, e-ticket number, flight time, airline information.
All this person needs to do is go to the airline’s website, fill in your last name and booking reference number, and cancel your flight! Yep – it’s that easy!
If you are a constant email checker, you will be alerted to the cancellation confirmation email immediately.
Shock, shock, horror! (Insert tears, frustration, and anger here).
Ask yourself, is the hassle of booking a new ticket, forking out money while going through customer service calls and emails for 6 – 12 weeks really worth it?
Would having to forfeit a refund due to lack of judgement be worth the picture you posted on Facebook?
No – I don’t think so.
2. Do Not Pack Essential Documents Or Medication In Checked Baggage
Luggage gets lost.
I always wonder at Airports when I see people complaining, arguing, crying about losing their important documents and medication.
All these items were packed into the checked baggage and now misplaced. Your suitcase is headed on a flight from Europe to Antarctica!
Piece of advice? Keep all originals documents on you – make copies of all your documents before leaving home. Copies can stay in your checked baggage.
You might want to read a post I wrote on effective and blissful travel which focuses on how to really enjoy yourself and relax when you are on vacation.
Medication – I don’t have to explain why this is a bad idea do I?
3. Do Not Joke About Bombs Or About Smuggled Items
Now, you might think of this as silly or insignificant, but you really do not want to make even the smallest joke about bombs or smuggled items. Don’t tell stories about stuff you have heard or been reading on the news.
Neither at the Airport nor on the plane. No matter how innocent you are, comments like these could get you into some serious trouble.
And whatever you do, don’t tweet about it!
If I had to choose any of the five important mistakes to avoid when you travel, I would say this is one to avoid at all costs. You could land into some serious s#@t by ignoring this one.
Did you hear the story about the two British friends headed to the United States on holiday? One of them tweeted “’I’m going to destroy America and dig up Marilyn Monroe?”
‘Destroy’ – British slang for partying. The part with Marilyn – a joke.
Federal agents didn’t find it so funny.
After being arrested upon arrival, locked in a cell with drug dealers they were deported back to England.
Here you can read their story in detail. You have been warned. 🙂
4. Do Not Carry Large Amounts Of Money On You
Self-explanatory. No one wants to lose cash on holiday after spending enough to be able to go on a trip.
Minimize the amount of cash you take with you.
When going out on day trips try not to take ALL your money with you.
Lock it up in the hotel safe.
Take a little more than what you may need for the day (in case of an emergency).
Just don’t carry it all with you.
5. Do Not Exchange Money At The Airport
You could end up losing out on a significant amount of cash if you exchange Euros or Dollars at the airport.
The Airport charges have high fees, so find out if your bank has an international branch and machines, or partner with an institution in the country you are visiting.
Plastic will be your best option depending on where you are going on holiday.
And There You Have It – My top five tips for important mistakes to avoid when you travel.
Sure, there are always other things to consider too.
Keep these in mind and save yourself both headache and heartache.
Can you think of other important mistakes to avoid that will help others?
I would love to hear them and grow this list!
Share them with me in the comments section below.