When you travel, it is easy to make mistakes especially if you are a first time traveler or traveling out of the country. These mistakes can not only ruin your trip, but can be quite costly. And since traveling out of the country is so expensive to start with the last thing you need is to spend more money. Here are some mistakes to avoid while traveling abroad.
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First and foremost, always have proper documentation for wherever you might be traveling. Some countries simply require a passport, while others ask for a visa. If you do not have the documents you need or if they are expired, you will be turned away and asked to return to your country. Not only is this extremely embarrassing, but it is also extremely costly consider the cost of an overseas plane ticket. So, be sure to have all up to date documentations when traveling.
Second, be prepared with the proper currency. To avoid any additional fees that may ensue during converting your money, convert before you travel. Rather than heading to the bank or converting at the airport use a currency converter, which will give the best rates on any conversion.
Third, always travel on off days. To save yourself some cash never travel on the busiest days, you will end up spending a fortune. In general, stay away from traveling on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday as these are always busier travel days. If you are traveling for the holidays, try to avoid traveling one or two days before the holiday and one or two days after, as these flights are bound to cost more. Rather consider traveling on off days, or on the holiday itself. This might not be ideal, but will save money.
Finally, shop before you buy. This goes for just about anything on your trip. Before you book your flight take the time to shop multiple airlines and multiple travel sites before you book. Never wait until the last minute to book your flight, it is always better to plan ahead. Hotels are just another expense you will want to shop around for. Also consider when booking a hotel to avoid peak stay times like the weekend, since many hotels raise rates. Finally, shop around for the things you buy while on your trip. We tend to be more liberal with our money when on vacation, and then have buyer’s remorse when we get home. So, continue to be a bargain hunter throughout your trip.