Traveling to a new country or city can be an enriching experience, but sometimes travel can turn into a nightmare. Making sure to have plans for that next big trip and avoiding major mistakes like those below will make sure a vacation is smooth, relaxing, and rejuvenating.


Airlines—some in particular—have been known for their absurd baggage rules. Depending on the flight, most passengers are given either one carry-on or one checked bag. Rolling up clothes and packing liquid items like soaps and creams in separate bags can help to save space and prevent a headache or extra baggage fee from the airline.

Forgetting Power Adapters

When traveling to a different country, it is important to check that chargers and electronics will be able to plug in. An American outlet plug won’t work in Asia, Great Britain, or Australia. Power adapters are cheap, and looking at a chart like this can help make sure there are no unexpected problems when recharging cameras, phones, or laptops.

Not Spending Enough

It can be easy to give into the need for traveling, but not spending enough can guarantee an unpleasant vacation.

Cheap flights can lead to long layovers, bad hotels can cost comfort, and saving on experiences cheapens the entire vacation. Worse yet, not staying in a location long enough will make the whole trip feel like a mad rush instead of a relaxing moment.

However, this does not mean a traveler should spend more than they can afford. It is best to first plan and save for a trip. In the long run, an extra week of savings can make a big difference in how enjoyable a trip is.

Not Having International Cell Phone Service

Before leaving the normal area of service, it is smart to check with cell phone providers to make sure phones will work across borders. Many companies offer short plans for those going abroad, but savvy travelers can also purchase disposable SIM cards at their destination.

Planning Flights Too Close Together

Airlines are on-time around 88% of the time, but it is best to make sure that flights with layovers are not too close together. Layovers of less than one hour can sometimes prevent travelers from reaching their destinations. It is best to plan for these events and make sure that in the case of a delayed flight there will be a buffer.