(and How to Avoid Them!)

Even the savviest of travelers have been known to take a misstep every now and then. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s important to be aware of common travel mistakes, so you can learn how best to avoid them.
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Our DTN team has compiled a list of classic travel blunders and the steps you can take to be sure you don’t fall victim to these common mistakes:

1)   Overpacking

You’ll be tempted to listen to the classic “what-ifs” that will to enter your mind. “What if it’s cold? What if it’s hot? What if I need these shoes? What if I need that scarf?” Quiet your mind and create a list of necessities. Packing only the essentials will make transportation easier, and will eliminate the possibility of additional charges for an overweight checked bag.

2)   No Emergency Fund

Smart travelers know that storing an extra stash of cash in a discrete spot is a wise decision. As you pack, tuck away $20 in the front pocket of your favorite pair of jeans and another $20 bill in the inside zipper of your carryon.  In the unlikely event that your purse or wallet is stolen, you will have an emergency fund on hand to make a phone call, get gas or call a taxi.

3)   Not Booking Ahead

Booking your trip in advance will help establish a guaranteed room and lower rate. Websites like HotelCoupons.com offer valuable hotel savings and make it easy to plan your trip and book hotel rooms online. When planning ahead of time, travelers should also take into account holidays, peak and off-season windows, and conferences that might influence the cost of your trip.

4)   Forgetting Your ID

It’s a rookie move that has been known to strike expert travelers. In the rush to pack and reach your destination on time, you realize you have forgotten one of the most important things on your packing list: your identification. Avoid this blunder by storing your identification in a safe place the night before your trip. For added security, make a photocopy of your ID (front and back) and store it in your luggage. If you lose your wallet, a copy of your ID will expedite the replacement process.

5)   Not Tipping

To tip or not to tip? This really shouldn’t have to be a question. When in doubt, it’s always wise to err on the side of caution.  Always be sure to tip your server, taxi or pedicab driver 15-20 percent.  Other suggested tips include: $1-2/bag for skycaps, bellhops, doormen, and parking valets if they handle bags, $1 per coat for coatroom attendants, $1 per diner at buffets, and $2-5 per night for the hotel housekeeper.

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