The best way to achieve a successful adventure vacation is to pinpoint where you could go wrong. Take heed from these 17 ways to ruin your travels.
1. Lose something very important to you early
For starters, why are you travelling with something very important to you anyway? If you don’t have a good answer to this question, don’t bring it. If you must travel with this precious possession, keep it in the same safe place the whole time. There’s nothing worse than regret right out of the gate.
2. Book tricky flight connections
Flights are bad enough when they’re on schedule. Do yourself a favour and play it safe with connection times.
3. Trust everyone
Trusting in people is a good thing. Trusting everyone is just stupid. No matter where you go in this world, there will be someone waiting to take advantage of you. Remember, you can be polite and cautious at the same time.
4. Travel at the wrong time
Arriving in the destination of your dreams isn’t nearly as satisfying if you do so in the middle of the windy/rainy season and a heated political election is just around the corner.
5. Don’t plan for arrival
Saying “I’ll figure that out when I get there,” is just lazy talk for “I care more about present me than future me.” Don’t be lazy.
6. Summon Roaming charges
It’s 2013 and people are still citing horror stories of $1,000+ roaming charges. Good for cell phone companies I guess?
7. Don’t carry an emergency phone
As steep as roaming charges are, it’s usually a good idea to have an emergency phone. Unforeseen circumstances are travels best friend. In turn, your backup phone can suddenly be your best friend.
8. Buy loads of needless souvenirs at the beginning of your trip
Trust me, the person you bought the 10 lb tribal statue for isn’t going to derive any additional significance from the gesture just because you lugged it around for two weeks.
9. Lose your passport
Ewww. That would be ugly.
10. Pack too much
Okay, maybe packing too much isn’t going to “ruin your trip,” but it may ruin your back.
11. Fill yourself with expectations
Expectations are the root of all disappointment. It was Aldous Huxley who said, “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” If this is true, keep an open mind.
12. Do what others think you should do instead of what you want to
No matter where you go, someone will tell you, “Oh you just must do this or that.” Must you?
13. Over schedule your days with unrealistic plans
A packed schedule is great for options, but can be a trip killer if you take it too seriously.
14. Take a cheapo camera
Cameras are no longer expensive, even good ones. The difference between a cheap and decent camera can be as little as $20. It’s worth it (on any budget) to have high quality pictures.
15. Neglect sun protection
It’s such a tragic irony that westerners travel great distances to find the sun, and the sun alone is the one who spoils the travels.
16. Don’t buy travel medical insurance
An injury abroad is bad. An injury abroad without insurance is worse. Not only could it ruin your vacation, it could potentially ruin your life.
17. Forget to call your credit card company
Relying on your credit card, only to have it cancelled, is a common and devastating dilemma. Don’t learn this one the hard way.