After a several years of traveling the world, I’ve certainly
learned my fair share of lessons. Like the time I was robbed on
a train because I was busy thinking of something …or the time
when I almost missed my bus to Italy … or when I’ve wasted a
lot of time on searching for a good and cheapest restaurants, or
for the right station to get the train, or find a way to get to the
landlord who will give me the keys of a rental apartment..
Some of these travel mistakes can be simply avoided and some
of them are just a part of traveling. Be sure you cannot plan for
everything. However, keeping a few important tips in mind will
make your trips much easier.
During my modest experience, I’ve gathered 20 most useful
tricks and tips to help you save time, money, avoid mistakes,
and travel like a pro!
Here’s a list of 20 tips you should do or bring before your trip:
- Check-in with your doctor and insurance carrier.
Double check and make sure that you have all of the proper
vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential
prescriptions. Also, ask you medical insurance provider if your
policy applies overseas for emergencies.
- Check your documents
This is the main step you must accomplish: make sure to bring
your ID Card and Passport with you, as long as any other
documentation needed. You can travel across most of Europe’s
countries just showing your ID Card. But you may need your
Passport or even some kind of visa to go to other destinations.
Make sure to look for the requirements in each embassy.
Keep an eye on the passport expiration date: for most
countries, it needs to be valid for over six months from the date
of the flight. Are you going to drive in your destination? In that
case, you may have to request the international driving license,
but only if you travel to a country that has not joined the EU.
- Bring copies of your passport. If your passport gets
stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into
the country, or be able to prove your citizenship.
- Leave a copy of your passport. For extra backup, leave a
copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust.
Consider making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well.
- Register with your embassy. If there’s a problem in the
country, this will make it easier for your government to contact
you and get you to safety.
Plan in advance but stay flexible
Have travelling goals, key cities, and highlights, make sure you
aren’t missing festivals or any other fun events in the city which
you going to visit also be sure to research as a few national
dishes to try. You don’t want to leave the country without
experiencing what its known for. – but be flexible too – you’ll
learn on the road so be ready to adapt your route!
Booking in advance might be cheaper
If you really don’t want miss out on a great hostel deal, check it
in advance. You can of course book on your way if needed!
Check the weather at your destination- Pick the
right season to go:
It only takes a moment to google the weather. Friendly
advices… do it! Some regions you’re better off avoiding during
rainy season unless you’re a fan of a daily downpour and
difficult travelling conditions. This way, you can decide whether
those extra layers or a raincoat are necessary.
Print copies of your accommodation reservation
Although almost everywhere will accept a copy of a reservation
on a smartphone or laptop nowadays, it never hurts to have a
This way if you don’t have cell service or wifi, you don’t have to
You are prepared and that makes everything much easier.
Print copies of your tickets
As with accommodation reservations, not everyone will accept digital copies of tickets.
We’ve had this trouble on trains quite often, and the result —
buying a whole new ticket while on the train even though we
had a confirmation number and digital copy on our smartphone
— was not only frustrating but also super expensive.
Let our mistakes be your guide, and don’t let the same thing
happen to you!
Double-check the dates for your reservations
this advise comes from one of my mistakes When I made the
reservation for the wrong day .
Mistakes will never stopped of happening so that’s why re-
check your reservations if it is filled out with the right date and
right day before getting the reservations done
Always make sure to double-check the dates!
Buy a train pass
If you are travelling around Europe check out the Interrail. It
may be worth buying a country pass as it could make your
experience cheaper than buying multiple train tickets!
Always have local cash and enough changes.
Not every place takes credit cards. Especially important places
like trains or buses where most of the time you may need
changes for having tickets from that machine … this reminded
me of that time in Netherlands metro station I was badly looking
for changes to get my tickets .
Buy tickets now for places you know you want to
visit or see
By buying in advance you’ll be able to skip more lines, and find
more deals targeted toward you.
Guidebooks usually include maps, keywords or phrases, and
give you enough detail on certain sites that you won’t need to
purchase the pamphlet at the venue. And download apps
before you travel. Avoid downloading charges from your
wireless carrier and get your apps before you leave.
Get good shoes.
You walk a lot when you travel. Don’t beat up your feet. Love
them as much as they love you, and they’ll take you to amazing
ALWAYS take at least 2 pairs of shoes with you. You don’t want
to travel with wet shoes… right?
Bring some snacks for the airplane or airport
Depending on your flight, train or bus ride, there might not be
many, or any, food options available.
Always plan to bring some snacks to hold you over until you
arrive at your destination.
We usually hit up the grocery store and stock up on cheap,
Other than the necessary electronics, don’t bring valuables with
you. Expensive jewelry could attract thieves who are experts at
targeting tourists. If you do bring valuables, always travel with
them in your carry-on, or keep them locked up in the hotel safe.
If you wear prescription glasses, pack an extra pair.
Use closed baggage tags to label each bag. Put your name,
address and phone number both inside and outside your
Check your luggage twice
Let’s be honest: do you really need all that stuff? The most-
common mistake is taking with you something that you
don’t really know if you are going to need. We all tend to
overload our case with clothes, accessories and other things
that we didn’t even remember carrying at the end of the trip.
Moreover, each airline has its own regulations about
maximum weight you can carry on board.Figure out what will
you do during your trip and according to that, prepare the stuff
you really need to bring with you. Don’t let “just in case” fool
Be Light and Be Punctual!
It doesn’t matter if it is a national or international flight, you have
to arrive early. Everyday there are more flights, more people
flying and more mess in the airports. Avoid the unnecessary
stress and get to the check-in desk with at least two hours in