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Don’t Make These Travel Mistakes: Part 2

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Nailing down the best ways to travel takes time and practice and if you haven’t traveled much, you may be prone to making some common travel mistakes. Here are some more our EWR Airport parking members’ favorite mistakes that you should avoid on any trip (read Part 1 here):

Not checking flight prices early

If you’ve ever booked a flight, you know that prices can change at the drop of a hat. When you’re planning a trip, make sure you check the price of your flight early. This way, you can track it as it fluctuates; you’ll know what a good deal is when you see it and you can book it quickly.

Forgetting to budget

While you’re on vacation, it’s easy to forget about money and spend more than you want to. Instead of returning home with less money than you’d like, budget out your trip and stick to it. Plan out how much you’re allowed to spend on food, drinks, souvenirs, public transportation, and more.

Booking a short layover

No one wants to spend hours in the airport in between flights, so a short layover always sounds better than a long layover. However, if your layover is too short, you can risk missing your connecting flight if your first flight is delayed or running late. When booking your flights, plan a layover of at least an hour so that you don’t have to go running through the airport trying to catch your next flight.

Following the tourist trail

Everyone goes to see the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower, but not many travelers visit the hidden gems of a city. While popular attractions may be worth a look, don’t spend all of your time on the tourist trail. Instead, talk to locals and find out where the best places are – you may be surprised at how much fun you have.

Keeping all of your money in one place

Whether you’re traveling with cash, credit cards, or a combination of both, don’t make the mistake of keeping it all in one place. Instead, keep some of it in your hotel room, some of it in your wallet or purse, and some of it on your body (such as in your sock). This way, if you end up losing it or you’re robbed, you’ll still have a backup supply.

Being too trusting

With that being said, it’s also important that you don’t be too trusting – especially in foreign countries. Many locals in other countries have ways of pickpocketing international travelers, swindling them out of their money, or tricking them into paying for things they don’t want to pay for. Be alert and careful during your trip.