There are plenty of things you do want to do when traveling, but what about the stuff you DON’T want to do? Nobody really talks about these, so today’s post will focus on some of the things you absolutely should not be doing when you’re on vacation. Some of these tips apply to solo travelers, while others are for families, groups, etc. Have a read, and be sure you don’t fall victim to these things!
Go off alone
Never go off alone when you’re traveling, particularly when you’re in a group. It will just cause confusion, not to mention you put yourself in danger. For solo travelers, you’re already technically alone. However, your version of this can be: don’t go off the beaten track alone. Stay within the touristy areas, and avoid wandering off into the wilderness with nobody else around you.
Disrespect the culture
The joy of traveling is that you can experience new cultures and see new things. Unfortunately, this comes with a warning sign attached to it. You should research the culture of the place you’re visiting before you go, ensuring that you don’t do anything disrespectful. For example, in some parts of Asia, it is disrespectful to wear shoes indoors. To avoid faux pa’s like this, be sure to read up on the culture and follow any set rules.
Forget your travel documents
This is a massive no-no as it will throw your entire trip up in the air. There are few things worse than getting to the airport and realizing you don’t have your passport. It’s even worse if you land in a foreign country and don’t have your visa. To avoid difficult phone calls with an immigration lawyer, you should always double and triple-check that you have your travel documents on you. Not only that, but keep multiple copies of any papers you have, just in case you lose one while traveling.
Take money out of ATMs
Technically, you can do this, but it should be avoided. Most banks will have fees attached to withdrawals from foreign ATMs. So, you can rack up a pretty expensive holiday bill if you keep making endless withdrawals during your trip. Instead, the best thing to do is use a card with no foreign transaction fees. You can pay via card as usual, but you aren’t charged anything extra. Bring some cash with you as well, just in case places don’t accept card payments.
Forget to check any rules before you go
This is more of a COVID-related thing, seeing as there are travel restrictions in place across the world. Just because you can travel out of your country, it doesn’t mean you can enter another without facing restrictions. You don’t want to plan a trip, then land in the country and realize you have to quarantine for 10 days!
That’s where we’ll end things for today; five things you don’t want to do when traveling. Keep all of these things in mind before planning your next trip, ensuring that you don’t end up making a mess of your vacation.