How to See the World Whilst Avoiding the Common Travel Mistakes

Thinking about taking a holiday this year? Maybe you want to get out and see as much of the globe as possible before tackling the hard-grind of the “real world”? If you’ve got your heart set on an adventure, be sure to avoid these four common travel mistakes. 

  1. Tourist attractions

Some tourist attractions are breath-taking spectacles of manmade and natural beauty which will inspire you for a lifetime. Others are just a means of getting as much money as possible from unwitting visitors as possible. 

The Huffington Post provides a useful list of some of the most overrated tourist destinations in the world, with their selection including the likes of Loch Ness, the Empire State Building and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

All of these spots offer some basic value, but will no doubt have a myriad of overpriced eateries and services everywhere within a 2-mile radius.


Library of Celsus | Ephesus
Library of Celsus | Ephesus
  1. Changing money

We’d advise you always exchange money before you travel – but if you’re heading through a series of different countries and that isn’t possible, be sure to follow the advice handed out by 1cover regarding the subject.

Getting ripped off when exchanging cash is one of the most common travel mistakes and they suggest a number of tactics which will ensure you don’t get short-changed (pun intended) when you transfer between one currency and another. Some of their top suggestions include:

  • Only going to moneychangers who are located in public areas (not down alleyways)
  • Making sure to only exchange money when you see a sign which confirms they’re an authorized vendor
  • Keeping your eyes on the transaction at all times

It’s wrong to assume the worst of people naturally, but sadly a few rotten eggs ruin it for the legitimate traders out there. 

  1. Street food 

You’re probably expecting this to say you should avoid eating street food. In reality, the opposite is true – so long as you’re careful. Legal Nomads provide a useful guide when it comes to this.

Some of the top tips they provide include:

  • Watching to see how many and what types of people are shopping from each stall Try to go with the local crowd, as they’ll know best which foods are more digestible
  • Choose a kitchen where you can actually see the food being produced. This will give you a great idea about hygiene standards
  • Bring your own cutlery. Sometimes it’s the utensils provided by stalls which transfer disease. Keep your own with you to prevent this.
Roasted Duck at a market in Chinatown San Francisco
Roasted Ducks at a market in Chinatown San Francisco

Common sense is the name of the game when it comes to avoiding getting sick with street food. Eating at these establishments can save you a lot of money if you’re smart.

  1. Relying too heavily on the guidebook

We’re not saying to disregard your guidebook altogether, but it’s certainly true that regimentally sticking to it will only result in you missing out on the nitty-gritty majesty of the spot you’ve chosen to visit.

Sure, you’ll see all the marque locations which are raved about the world over – but will you get a real feel for the city, town or even village you’re visiting? Spend a day exploring on your own, without the guidebook holding your hand.

Make sure to watch out for these common mistakes the next time you head off on your travels. Having them in mind should help to prevent you falling into common pitfalls.

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