Have you ever planned so well for a weekendgetaway and then it turned into a nightmare? This happens often to some unlucky people especially when they do things the wrong way. Here are some blunders that you can easily avert and have a fun weekend trip.
Getting a hotel that is too far from the attractions
Weekend trips are typically short. This means that time is a factor to put into consideration. Whenever you are planning a short trip always go for the hotels near the sites you will be visiting. This will end up saving a lot of your time and money that you would otherwise have spent on transport.
Trying to make the most out of everything
A weekend getaway is meant to help you relax and unwind for that short period of time. You can choose one specific town or city and spend quality time exploring it. Have all the activities you intend to do scheduled so that you don’t have to unceremoniously jump from one attraction to the next. Set realistic goals on what you can do within the short time frame.
Not being ready for the new time zone
Being on a long flight can be tiring and when you reach your destination all you want to do is sleep. However, this is a weekend trip and you only have a few days. The faster you get used to the new time zone the better it will be for you. Avoid taking a nap and instead, start right away with the planned activities on your trip schedule.
Forgetting to map out your destination
It can be quite frustrating to arrive at a destination and you don’t know which route will take you to an attraction site or a restaurant. Getting lost here and there will waste a lot of your time. At the end of the day, you will even realize that you did not visit some sites on your list. Plan ahead and know how best to get to the place you intend to visit.
Going for the flights that have multiple connections
We all want to save on costs during a vacation that’s why a flight with several connections may seem like the better option. However, in a case like this one, it is not. You don’t have much time and facing delays due to bad weather or at times cancellations will ruin your entire weekend trip. Go for a direct airline and save yourself the stress.
Putting your life at risk for the sake of a selfie
I had to add this on the list of the worst travel mistakes, whether it’s on a weekend getaway or a long vacation. Very many people are dying while attempting to take selfies in dangerous spots. Stay away from any risky place especially the cliff of a rock or seas with rough waves. Your life is not worth risking for a selfie.
Ignoring passport and visa requirements
This is very important when traveling to a foreign country. You might reach your destination and be denied entry because you lack the required visa for that country. Check-in advance and be sure you have the passports and visa required for that country you are traveling to.
Sacrificing your safety
If you are in a new place, you probably don’t know much about that area. For this reason, safety should be your priority. When going back to your hotel and its late at night, take a taxi even if it’s only a walking distance. In addition, don’t stay in a cheap neighborhood that doesn’t look that safe because you want to save some coins.
Avoiding travel vaccination
The last thing you will ever want is coming back from a trip and falling ill from a disease you picked up. Check out the CDC website for the vaccines required for your travel destination. This is vital even for short trips. Diseases won’t know you are only there for a short vacation.
Forgetting to check for bedbugs
Once bedbugs find their way into your home, it will take you an arm and a leg to get rid of them. In this case, it’s better if they never reach your home. Check your hotel room to ascertain that there are no bedbugs there. Otherwise, they will crawl into your clothes or suitcase and you will carry them right back home.