Top 5 Mistakes Made By Rookie Travellers
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According to Fox News, one of the worst mistakes made by American travellers is the assumption that nobody else speaks English abroad. Whether it's making snide remarks or being blatantly rude, U.S expat and travel advisor Rease Kirchner told the news outlet that she is often, "appalled by the
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Whether you're a frequent flyer or a novice nomad, travelling to another country means contending with a new set of rules and norms, and often an unfamiliar language, so every type of traveller is likely to make a few mistakes. Here's a list of top five first-time travel blunders, and how you can avoid making them yourself.
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Darcie Connell at Mint.com suggests that newbies should, "avoid changing large amounts of money at airports or hotels. They charge high transaction rates because of their convenient location. Instead, change money at a local bank to get a better rate." Once you've dodged that first and biggest mistake, she also recommends that you steer clear
When you're abroad it pays to have a combination of credit cards, prepaid currency cards and cash. Keep them in separate locations in the event that one is lost or stolen.
Paying full price
Only someone who's never booked a holiday would ever pay full price for anything. With so many options now available for booking holidays, there's no excuse for paying full price
Price comparison websites like Skyscanner.net will give you a broad range of flights available to your destination giving you the option to select fewer stop-overs, shorter transfers and flexible dates to ensure the best prices.
A simple safety rule when travelling is to refuse the help of anyone who approaches you. Even though they might seem like the most friendly local, they often either have an agenda, something to sell or just have plain ill-intentions.
Jennifer Kellas from Muyeson Guides told Fox.news.com that you should never keep your wallet and your passport together, or within easy reach, advising green travellers to use a shoulder bag in lieu of a backpack and always secure valuables
The New York Times' travel reporter Susan Heller famously said, "when preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money." It's a
Someone who's never travelled might not know that there are luggage allowance restrictions on every airline or that there are increasingly tough restrictions on carry-on bags. Liz Weiss told The Huffington Post that "with steep checked-baggage fees increasing already lofty flight costs, experienced globetrotters often suggest stripping down to the absolute essentials. Add the burden of shouldering a bulky bag along spread out terminal walkways and you can see why savvy travellers are taking advantage of smart, minimalist packing." She lists some tips to lighten your load including making a checklist, packing neutral shades, pack ahead of time, learn to layer and research the best ways to pack and fold your clothing.
When it comes to the big question "what to wear?" the best advice is to just dress as you normally would. While the fashion websites and brands will encourage you to go for resort wear and outlandish prints, dressing like a wealthy jet-setter will only end up attracting the wrong kind of attention, especially in developing countries.
One of the biggest mistakes a rookie traveller can make is to be insensitive to the world at large. Take a bit of time to research where you're travelling to and what might be appropriate attire. If you're going to a highly religious country whether it's Vatican City, Bangkok or Beirut respect the culture by remaining well covered. If you're planning on pounding the pavement in any European city, then just wear your usual wardrobe, don't invest in hiking boots and a comfortable backpack or you'll just become an easy target for local thieves. The way you present yourself can either help you become an invisible visitor, or be spotted as the first-time traveller you are.
Not getting the right kind of insurance
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