The most relaxing vacations can be ruined when common travel mistakes occur. Yes, we've all been there. One moment you're dreaming about kicking back on the beach in the Bahamas and the next, you're stressing because you forgot to order your passport.
If you follow the tips below, your next vacation will be stress-free and one to remember ... for the right reasons.
Make sure there is enough time between connecting flights
It is important to leave at least an hour and a half between connecting flights. This will decrease your changes of missing your flight, having your luggage lost and other travel mishaps. When in doubt, check with your travel agent. They are familiar with the airports and can provide a good estimate for you.
Apply for your passport early
Passport processing can take anywhere from four to six week. As soon as you start planning for your trip out of the country, you need to apply for a passport. Already have a passport? Make sure it hasn't expired or isn't close to expiring. Some countries require a minimum of six months' validity remaining to enter.
Remember to relax
It is very tempting to fit in as much as you can when you're traveling. However, it is important to give yourself enough time to see the sites and enjoy the city! Also make sure to factor in time for packing and traveling time. Besides, seeing the city by strolling around can lead to some of the best site seeing. Travel insurance can also help you relax. If you know you're covered from the unexpected, you can enjoy the city without worry.
Do your research
Before taking off on vacation, take some time to research your destination - pick out restaurants, locations you'd like to visit, and accommodations that meet your needs. Although winging it can be fun, having an outline in mind, can ensure you have an enjoyable experience.
Protect your trip
Investing in travel insurance is important for any vacation. Travel insurance can protect you from flight delays, flight cancellations, bad weather, illness and more. With protection against the unexpected, you can kick back and relax.