1.) Arriving at the Destination After Dark
I have done this before many times but it just makes it harder to get to your accommodations and you are a little more on edge.
2.) Using public Wifi Without Security
Make sure when using public wifi you don’t log in to any bank account, pay for things with your credit card, or use any other personal information that could be stolen.
3.) Not Keeping in Touch
Even if it’s hard to give an itinerary of your trip to a family member and/ or a close friend. Also, try to stay in contact with them as often as you can so someone knows that you are ok.
4.) Not Keeping Your Passport in a Safe & Hidden Place (Along with some extra cash)
If for any reason you are pickpocketed it’s always good to have your passport and some money hidden in a place they wouldn’t be able to reach. I usually travel with a money belt that I put underneath my pants.
5.) Ignoring Your Instincts
I don’t know where I would be without my gut instincts. This is my warning sign for everything. Listen to it and never doubt it – I promise you it’s almost always right.
6.) Being Medically Unprepared
You never know what’s going to happen to you so it’s always good to be covered just in case something does. I always travel with medical insurance. Most companies give you quote based off of the duration of your stay so you don’t have to worry about it being that expensive.
7.) Packing Too Much
When traveling it’s always best to bring the bare minimum. It’s not necessary to bring that extra shirt or pair of nice shoes. If you a questioning it – don’t bring it. I have found the only thing I was glad I brought a little extra of was my underwear.
8.) Not Bringing a Travel Lock
There have been a couple times I have forgotten to bring a travel lock and if you plan to stay in a hostel it’s a must have to make sure your items stay safe.
9.) Not Checking Your Cell Phone Plan
Make sure you understand your cell phone plan in-and-out before you travel. Even if you buy an international plan for the duration of your stay some companies don’t supply data internationally, as well as some companies don’t cover every country.
10.) Not Informing Your Credit Card Company That You Are Traveling
I have run into this issue a handful of times between who I am traveling with and my own cards. It’s getting less necessary to tell your credit card companies when and where you are traveling to, but it’s still good to do it just in case. The last thing you need when traveling is to have your main source of money be shut down for a few hours or even worse a few days.
11.) Not Checking Visa Requirements Before You Travel
When traveling to foreign places you should always check out visa requirements. Some countries don’t require anything, some you can get the visa right when you enter, but there are others that require much more. In some countries you need to have a visa month’s before you travel, some require you to have a tour booked or come through an organization, and in some situations you may not be able to go to the country at all because of your country of origin.
For more info on visa requirements check out VisaHQ
12.) Not Getting Your Travel Vaccines
Always check what vaccines you will need before you travel. Not only is it a life saver, but some countries won’t let you in without certain ones. If you don’t have the vaccine and they require it before you enter you might be forced to get it there on the spot pay a super large fee and risk of unsterile equipment.
13.) Not Registering With the Nearest Embassy
Before you go on your trip it’s good to check in with all the embassies of the countries you will be visiting. You never know what could happen and it’s better that they know you will be there so they can assist you in the case of lost passport or natural disaster.