Before you fly off into the sunset you may want to have a reality check.
Yes, a lot of great things are about to happen on your journey, but remember that there are also some unfortunate scenarios that are completely preventable.
Packing too much
It can be hard choosing what to leave behind, especially if you want to be as prepared as you can be. Find out beforehand how much weight you can bring aboard your flight and be careful to not to go over because the penalties are harsh. Also, remember that you will probably want to bring back some mementos so leave a little room in your luggae for any shopping you may want to do.
Not researching the destination
Even if you aren’t a meticulous researcher or planner and want to leave your destination a surprise, you should be at least a little prepared. From what the climate will be like to how to dress appropriately, it is a good idea to do some research before you leave.
Otherwise you might literally be left out in the cold.
Being too afraid to try new things
It’s when you are travelling that you really have the chance to experience and explore. That’s half the reason people travel at all. So enjoy this time to meet new people, do strange things and eat even stranger things. If not now than when?
Relying only on guide books
Guidebooks are there to inform your travels not define them. Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with the locals or other travellers and remember that there is a lot more to a place than what can be found in a guide book.
Not making copies of important documents
It is every traveller’s nightmare: having your important documents lost, stolen or destroyed. It’s a tragedy and it happens. You should not only have an extra set of hard copies that you keep safe, but you should also have a digital set of copies stored on the cloud. An easy way to do the latter is simply to send them to your own email address so you can access them anywhere you have an internet connection. These copies will help you verify your identity and hasten the renewal process.
Not planning enough or planning too much
You get two kinds of travelers: the type of traveler that likes to plan and the type that likes to take things as it comes.
You can have a wonderful time on your travels no matter what camp you fall into, but we wouldn’t recommend you are too absolute either way. For instance, you don’t have to plan every hour of every day, but it is a good idea to have a vague idea of the route you want to take. And on the other hand, even if you do like having a reliable itinerary, you will probably enjoy yourself more if there is a little room for flexibility and exploration.
You just need to find the balance that works best for you.