Now, I don’t know about you but when I first started solo travelling I made many mistakes. Part of me wants to say something like, ‘Oh but from mistakes we grow!’ but I know if I can prevent others from making these mistakes then I’m going to do just that!
–Not alerting your bank when you go abroad. I can’t begin to stress how important this is, especially if you rely on one card when travelling. A bank may assume a random international purchase is an indication that a card is stolen, consequently freezing your card in the process. Most online banking features have a travel section where you can input the dates of your travels within seconds. This helps to avoid being stranded abroad with zero access to your funds. Trust me, it isn’t fun!
–Not checking the length of your layovers. Guys, if you follow me on other social platforms you will remember the stress I had trying to grab a connecting flight. I stupidly trusted my search engine’s word when it selected flight options for me, so you can imagine my shock the night before when I realised I had like, 20 minutes to catch the connecting flight. The way I ran through the airport still remains one of my most stressful moments to this very day. Double check the amount of time you have to make flight transitions!
–The above point connects (haha get it?) nicely onto another mistake I’ve made when travelling in the past. If you are going abroad for leisure, always select ‘Flexible Dates’ when searching for flights. You could potentially be saving hundreds of coins. I’m sure we have all noticed certain days are just cheaper to fly out on, but by selecting ‘Flexi Dates’ you’ll also be able to notice the difference time makes. For example, a night flight the day before your planned departure could be so much cheaper than your initial morning flight the following day. Pay attention to the little details.
–Not visiting museums/attractions during lunch hour. Yup hear me out on this. Unless you can get up early to avoid all the queues, you can bet your last dollar on long-ish lines at pretty much any tourist attraction. However, you can reduce the length of queues by exploring busy locations during the hours most people eat. I have always found from my own experience that between 2pm -5 pm things get crowded. I understand it. People have slept-in, casually had lunch and are ready to explore, so this is why ticking planned attractions off your list before then/during lunch is wise. If you can’t stomach the thought (again, another pun sorry) of waking up early, this little trick is the next best thing.
See you in the next post guys!