5 Common Travel Planning Mistakes

by Martin Ita-as
originally published on Inquirer.net

Travel planning can be a really exciting experience. Just imagining all the awesome things you’ll see and do can instantly give you butterflies in your belly. But enthusiasm can instantly turn to annoyance if your travel plans somehow go awry at any given moment. While there is no such thing as a completely flawless travel plan, there are ways you can avoid elements that can easily ruin your journey.

Booking the First Cheap Fare You See
Travel booking can be a bit of a chore, especially with how fast-paced our lives are these days. Booking the first cheap flight you see might spell disaster for you in the long run if you aren’t careful about checking all the details and full price range. Always take the time to look around for some great travel packages and compare everything–from prices, itinerary to inclusions–to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth without any hidden fines.

Planning a “Just Enough” Budget
You may feel like a budget that’s “just enough” to cover all your expenses may be a good thing, but it definitely pays to have a little more money than what the initial budget allows. The extra cash may be useful when unexpected expenses pop up, especially if you want to make the most of your trip with extra tours, meals and souvenirs.

Overdoing the Itinerary
It’s understandable this may be your “once in a lifetime” trip and that you want to see as much as you can; but you won’t be able to enjoy them all if you’re too exhausted from constantly transferring and waiting in line. Set a reasonable number of big destinations to visit so that you can keep on schedule and fully experience the sights around you.

Guessing Destination Distances
Keeping a concise itinerary is one thing, but making sure you can seamlessly travel between those places is essential to making the most of your proposed travel schedule. Make a list of all your proposed destinations and try to plan out a feasible route between them, using online maps and travel guides to check the distances between all of them.

Skipping the Travel Insurance
It may seem inconsequential at first, but you never really know what might happen during your journey. If you need insurance while you’re in your home country, you’ll definitely need some while you’re outside of it too! Always look into what services the company can offer you many days before your travel and feel secure knowing that somebody has got your back during your adventures.

Keep these planning blunders in mind and avoid them as much as you can. Your first step should always start with a solid strategy, which means looking over all the details and making sure that your ideal trip is actually doable. Happy planning!