4 Travel Mistakes I Made

The Dalai Lama once said, once a year go some place you’ve never been before. This is something I have been doing since 2015 and it has been absolutely incredible journey. But not all is as it seems, travel mistakes exist which often make the trip interesting. Obviously when travel mistakes are made, it is not always fun and can lead to anxiety for some. In this article I aim to share 4 travel mistakes I have made since I started solo travelling and learned from.

Travel is the healthiest addiction

I am very fortunate that most of the travel mistakes I have made have been within Europe. Somewhere close enough to home and not in some godforsaken jungle where no one can help me. Have you ever made such mistakes when traveling?

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4 Travel Mistakes I Made

I am a spontaneous person by nature and often making spontaneous decisions in my life. It has taken me a while to learn that I shouldn’t apply this attitude to all areas of my life. Some areas require forethought and other people’s wisdom and insight for moral support. But when it comes to traveling, somehow this kind of thinking is out the window.

Travel mistakes are always often bound to happen, sometimes its just a matter of time other times its just bad luck. On our recent adventure to Marseille, read our Travel Guide, we made 2 of the four mistakes I am sharing in this article. The worst part is it was two of us and these travel mistakes still occurred but we’ve learnt a lesson.

Not checking hotel location and proximity to city centre

Our recent adventure to Marseille was our first trip abroad together as a couple and we were excited. Unfortunately we were too excited that we’d booked a hotel and flights, we forgot to check the proximity to the city. This wouldn’t have been so bad if the Vitrolles part of Marseille had great public transportation.

Our flights and hotel room where non-refundable, the hotel never replied to our emails so we were stuck. Luckily this was days before our actual trip so we ended up booking another hotel in the center. Then called Expedia to inform the hotel we won’t check it as planned but will check it day before check-out. This had a happy ending but it cost us a pretty penny and taught us a lesson.

Tip: Always check your hotels proximity to the city centre and plan accordingly

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Neglecting to check publish transportation

Not checking public transportation in advance is a travel mistake I have made countless times. Its like I never learn, I am so used to booking über I didn’t think some places might not have it. When I took my parents to Tuscany for a 4-day getaway, I didn’t think to plan travel. I knew we wouldn’t be hiring a car so I figured we would über everywhere, unfortunately über is not in some parts. Taxis were expensive but what was cheap was public transport BUT it was infrequent and drivers never spot English.

Tip: Research public transport extensively, plan your routes and have alternatives

Not budgeting – Being broke is NOT the best time to travel

Budgeting is something I saw my mother do countless times as a child but somehow I still missed the lesson. It took me going to university, find myself in about £11k debt to realise I needed to change. I started budgeting my spending until I paid all my debt off and could live life how I wanted to. But somehow when it comes to solo traveling I rarely budget and don’t know why not.

It took me coming back with a £500 unplanned bill on my credit card to realise, I needed to budget my trips. This happened when I went on a trip with a friend, everything was set until it wasn’t. The hotel doesn’t take her kind of card and then we had transport issues to get to the venue. Then unplanned taxis which took us to a place in the middle of nowhere which didn’t have public transport. This was goes back to not researching hotel proximity to venue or public transport.

Tip: Have an emergency fund outside the credit card

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Not all those who wander are lost

Whenever I travel somewhere new I like to have an itinerary in place of few places I MUST see. Then the rest of the time I am happy to wander aimlessly and explore the city that way. But one mistake I seem to often make it not having any itinerary whatsoever.

One time I visited a new city and had no itinerary, I ended up wandering aimlessly and not founding any tourist attractions. The area I was in wasn’t one which was friendly to say the least and I paid a ridiculous amount to go somewhere else. Whilst I do not discourage traveling without an itinerary, its important to have reference points.

Tip: Research the city you’re visiting and plan your trip

These are some of the travel mistakes I have made on my travels, but fortunate all were sorted. One that I wouldn’t make is traveling without insurance, you never know what might happen. Always have adequate travel insurance for your trips and have a relaxing holiday.

What are some of the travel mistakes you’ve made?

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21 Comments

  1. May 6, 2018 / 11:47 am

    I have been on holiday before where the biggest travel mistake I made was not bringing enough money for me to travel which made for a stressful holiday. It’s important to plan before you go.

  2. Lynne Harper
    May 6, 2018 / 10:05 am

    I have been awful in the past in regards to making mistakes. But as I have gotten older I have started to nail our choices. Well hopefully ha x

  3. April 27, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    I’ve never been on a trip or vacation as such, but I’d love to go through the bad and good as it’s all about learning and experiencing new things – great tips though to help people out.

  4. April 25, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Love your tips. My worst is not budgeting properly, I’m trying to get better at it but I’m really bad for being impulsive and not thinking about things I’m doing and the cost building up!

    • April 26, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      I can definitely relate as some trips that’s so me

  5. Laura
    April 24, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    In the past I’ve been a nightmare for not budgeting correctly. Its something that I have to really focus on now so that I don’t make the same mistakes xxx

    • April 26, 2018 / 4:40 pm

      Oh i know exactly what you mean, its taken me a while to learn how to budget

  6. Zena's Suitcase
    April 24, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    I have definitely have made a few of these mistakes, not researching the hotel location and checking the public transport have both caused me problems

    • April 26, 2018 / 4:44 pm

      It’s such an obvious thing but its often overlooked until the last minute but learnt my lesson now

  7. Mellissa Williams
    April 24, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    I’ve done most, if not all of this – especially the proximity ones! I’m much better at planning now though

    • April 26, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      Same, steadily improving

  8. April 24, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    These are super great tips and I have done the same mistakes as you before when we booked our hotel 45 minutes away from the city so have learn from it and not doing it again in the future.

    Yeah Lifestyle

  9. Baby Isabella
    April 24, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    We’ve succumbed to the dreaded hotel location pitfall before and not reasearched distance from places. Ended up costing us a fortune in transfers!! Eeeek not making that mistake again!

  10. Super Busy Mum
    April 24, 2018 / 9:29 am

    I have never really been caught out – thankfully! I am too much of a triple planner for that! But this is a great post with helpful tips!

  11. April 24, 2018 / 9:08 am

    I’ve been caught out with bad location for a hotel before! And since getting stranded in Portugal when the Iceland volcano erupted, I always make sure I’ve got a spare credit card with me for emergencies.

  12. April 24, 2018 / 8:36 am

    Hotel location is the only thing I really check – that and to make sure I’ve got enough money. With regards to everything else, I like to keep it spontaneous and explore. 🙂

  13. Alison Rost
    April 24, 2018 / 6:50 am

    The location of your hotel or accommodation is really important and I think that’s one of the things we should always check! These are great pointers for people who are planning to visit a new place. Also, it’s good to have a budget for your trip!

  14. Jess Howliston
    April 23, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    Great tips! Me and my husband once booked a hotel and got the train thinking it was really close to the station. We soon realised it was actually miles away and were so tired from walking there with our cases we just wanted to sleep when we got there and dreaded the walk back to the train station the next day LOL!

  15. April 23, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    Hands up not checking proximity is something I would do and it really is one of the most vital things to do before you head away!

  16. April 23, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    We do that so much with not making sure what is about and getting the wrong location .

  17. April 23, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I am much like you and tend to have a plan of what to do when I go away and sometimes it’s nice to just wander and explore x

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