• Don't make these common travel mistakes

    2013-07-19

    Many travelers do their research to figure out what tips they can use to create the best possible trip. However, all of this extra help doesn't always keep tourists from making common travel mistakes. There are a few traps that many tourists fall into if they are not careful, so it's important to always be on the lookout for situations that could end up hindering your travel experience, NBC News reports.

    Here are some of the most common mistakes that travelers should take steps to avoid:

    Waiting too long to book a trip
    The process of planning and booking a trip can be long. Many travelers want to make sure they've explored every option and found the best possible deal, but often this leads to procrastination - which can backfire in the long run. Waiting too long to finalize plans can cause travelers to miss out on lower prices or leave them standing by as the final spots are snatched up, so it's important to find a balance between shopping around and reserving space.

    Pack too much
    Packing the right amount of clothing is difficult for many travelers, but most should remember the mantra "less is more" as they prepare for a trip. Nothing can bring about a bad mood faster than lugging heavy bags around an airport or - even worse - finding out that pieces of luggage weigh too much and will cost extra. To prevent this problem, pack light. Not only will this make the journey more enjoyable, but it also ensures that any damage or loss of possessions won't be as significant.

    Not venturing from popular tourist spots
    There are some tourist destinations that are not to be missed. Whether it's the Colosseum in Rome, Buckingham Palace in London or the Eiffel Tower in Paris, these iconic locales are known throughout the world, and as such, they are popular tourist spots. While most travelers will certainly want to make sure they check these locations off their itinerary, those who only visit the most popular spots are missing out. Authentic restaurants, quiet neighborhoods and less crowded landmarks will feature true examples of the local culture that shouldn't be missed.

    Not buying insurance
    Travel insurance is something every globetrotter should invest in, especially if they plan on indulging in an adventure travel trip. The right policy can protect a traveler when a medical emergency arises, so choosing a plan can save time, money and frustration in the event an obstacle should pop up.

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