Over half of American vacationers feel stressed out when planning a trip. And let’s face it, between sifting through dozens of hotels, creating an itinerary, and trying to stay within budget, planning a vacation takes a lot of time and energy.
But your upcoming trip doesn’t have to be plagued with stress and anxiety. In fact, by following a few tips and tricks, you can avoid some rookie mistakes and learn how to travel like a pro.
Do you want to know more? Keep reading to discover the most stress-inducing travel planning mistakes to avoid.
1. Skipping Travel Insurance
It’s no secret that vacations are expensive. You may feel the need to save wherever you can, but travel insurance is one place you shouldn’t cut back on.
Your travel insurance will reimburse you if you need to cancel or postpone your trip for any reason. Many policies will also payout if the airline lost your luggage and you need to buy clothes and other necessities while on vacation.
While nobody wants to think of the worst-case scenario, buying travel insurance could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars if something were to go wrong.
When your days are already busy, it can be hard to find the time to plan your vacation. However, you want to start planning early, so you have time to find the best deals.
Scour sites like WorldRoamer to compare hotels, and check back regularly to see if the price drops. But make sure you’re clearing your cookies or searching in incognito mode as many sites will raise their prices if they notice you have been visiting often.
3. Not Reading Reviews
We’ve all been there—you find a product that looks great online but you’re left disappointed when you finally see it in-person.
Hotels are no different. And the last thing you want is to be stressed out over an old or dirty hotel room. So, before you book your accommodations, make sure you read the reviews.
4. Under or Overbooking Your Itinerary
When your destination has so many fun activities available, it can be easy to fill up your itinerary. However, traveling can be exhausting, so make sure you don’t schedule too much. Leave room to sleep in and give yourself at least one day to just relax by the pool or have a spa day.
On the flip side, you’ll want to make sure you don’t give yourself too much downtime. Not scheduling enough can leave you feeling bored and unimpressed.
A good rule of thumb is to schedule one activity per day. You can then keep a list of available activities that you don’t have to book in advance (like sight-seeing, shopping, and visiting museums) to do when you have downtime.
How to Travel Like a Pro
Don’t let your upcoming vacation stress you out! By following the tips above, you can learn how to travel like a pro. From buying travel insurance to creating the perfect itinerary, there are many ways you can ensure your vacation goes off without a hitch.
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