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Travel mistakes everyone makes during the holidays

November 26, 2018

{ url: "", caption: "Save yourself some time and search for rooms in hotels with familiar names<\/a>. Small boutique lodgings don\u2019t offer as many deals as big chains, Becky Hypolite, travel agent and owner of Crystal & Clear Travel<\/a>, says. \u201CThey also don\u2019t vacuum as often, which means a higher chance of bed bugs<\/a>,\u201D she adds. \u201CMake sure you read reviews on rooms.\u201D (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109731999", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Avoiding Big Chain Hotels", },

{ url: "", caption: "\u201CThe best time to book a flight<\/a> is on Tuesday night or Wednesday early morning,\u201D Ivy Chou, travel expert at DealsPlus<\/a>, says. \u201CAnd the best time to fly is on a Wednesday because it\u2019s farthest from the weekend,\u201D she adds. \u201CCompanies want to push sales.\u201D The timing is similar with hotels. The heaviest travel days are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Sunday and Monday after. High demand means high prices. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732000", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Booking a Flight on the Wrong Day", },

{ url: "", caption: "\u201CI personally never book in advance unless it\u2019s something very specific like a wine tasting with a 5-course meal,\u201D Hypolite says. If it\u2019s something general \u2014 like a ride on a double-decker bus<\/a> \u2014 buy a ticket when you get there. \u201CThis is how you get the most bang for your buck<\/a>,\u201D she adds. There are a lot of options, and booking ahead makes it hard to exchange or cancel without having to pay extra. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732001", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Booking Tours in Advance", },

{ url: "", caption: "Don\u2019t be shy; you can save yourself a lot of money<\/a>. Not finding a good deal online doesn\u2019t mean one is not available. \u201CTravel agents do 98 percent of the sales again,\u201D Hypolite says. \u201CBetween Priceline, Expedia, Kayak, etc., companies have no idea what you really want.\u201D Agents aim to match or even beat their prices, she adds, getting you a good deal<\/a>. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732002", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Not Asking for Discounts", },

{ url: "", caption: "The only aspect of travel over which you have full control<\/a> is your luggage. Don\u2019t check bags because then you\u2019ll have to spend more time at the airport and away from friends and family waiting for it at the carousel. Many people pack too many clothes but end up wearing a pair of jeans or two and a few tops. Besides, checked bags often get lost. Also, by packing light you can save money on baggage fees. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732003", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Overpacking", },

{ url: "", caption: "There are a handful of benefits to flying<\/a> at night \u2014 typically lower rates, fewer delays, less crowded airports<\/a> and the potential to sleep through the flight \u2014 but what many people don\u2019t realize is that there are also fewer delays during the morning. After analyzing 6 million flights<\/a>, experts recommend avoiding flights between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. to dodge delays that get worse as the day goes on. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732004", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Flying During the Day", },

{ url: "", caption: "Charge all of you electronic devices and download all of the movies, shows, videos, music and games you know you\u2019ll be watching, listening to or playing. You can\u2019t count on the airport<\/a> or airline\u2019s Wi-Fi, which is often not free and and may be slow. Don\u2019t waste a minute being annoyed; it\u2019s not good for your health<\/a>. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732005", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Not Bringing Your Own Entertainment", },

{ url: "", caption: "Make your time at the airport minimal. Head straight to the security check line<\/a>. Make sure you print your boarding pass if you have to. Not all airlines<\/a> give you the option to board the plane by scanning your ticket from your phone. Sign up for flight alerts to be notified if there are any changes to your flight. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732006", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Not Checking In Online", },

{ url: "", caption: "The TSA has a lot of rules<\/a>, and you may be unlucky enough to pass through a security point where the agents are very strict. If they ask you to open the presents so they can see inside, you have to do it. Also, know what you cannot carry in a carry-on, just in case. The TSA recommends that passengers place presents in gift bags or wrap gifts after arriving. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732007", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Wrapping Gifts in Advance", },

{ url: "", caption: "Traveling tends to dehydrate you, which can wreak havoc on your body<\/a>. It\u2019s important to keep water on hand. Staying hydrated will help you feel better when you land, keeping energy levels up. Dehydration dries your skin and causes muscle cramps, headaches<\/a>, bad breath<\/a>, fatigue and bad mood. Don\u2019t do any of these to yourself. Bring your own bottle and refill it often to save money. (iStock)", credit: "(iStock)", authorsHtml: "By iStock ", sourceId: "109732008", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Forgetting to Drink Water", },

{ url: "", caption: "Time is money. So when you call the airline to book a flight, the travel agent will charge you a fee. It usually is between $15 and $35. Calling your credit card provider to book a flight \u2013 with your reward points or not \u2014 will also cost you extra<\/a>. New air bookings made by phone are additional $39 per ticket, according to AmEx Travel<\/a>. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732009", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Booking Tickets Over the Phone", },

{ url: "", caption: "Using your miles to buy a ticket may seem like you\u2019re flying for free. But some airlines<\/a> have constraints. According to Airfare Watchdog<\/a>, using your miles may cost you $75 for \u201Clast-minute,\u201D which can vary between 20 days to three days before the flight date. Plus, you\u2019ll also have to pay the airport and fuel fees. In the end, depending on where you\u2019re going, you may have to pay the same amount as if you were not using your miles. You might as well save them then. (iStock)", credit: "(iStock)", authorsHtml: "By iStock ", sourceId: "109732010", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Using Your Miles", },

{ url: "", caption: "If you take them with you, you have to check a bag<\/a>. Most airlines will charge you at least $25 \u2014 it can sometimes even reach $75, especially if you\u2019re using a discount airline \u2014 for the first checked bag. Most hotels have shampoos, soaps and conditioners in the rooms, free for you to use as you please. Even buying a small-size shampoo or body wash at a local store will be less than $25. (iStock)", credit: "(iStock)", authorsHtml: "By iStock ", sourceId: "109732011", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Bringing Your Own Toiletries", },

{ url: "", caption: "Making vacation plans<\/a> and getting ready to stoke your wanderlust have been scientifically proven<\/a> to improve health. The largest boost in happiness comes from the simple act of planning a vacation. If you\u2019ve heard of the expression \u201CLife is about the journey, not the destination,\u201D this is what it means. Also, having a plan will save you time looking for what to do and places to go while you\u2019re supposed to be having fun<\/a>. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732012", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Not Planning Any Activities", },

{ url: "", caption: "Do you want to go to secret locations only locals know<\/a>? Be nice to them and make friends. Unspoiled<\/a> and almost empty beaches, forests, valleys, camping locations and hiking trails<\/a> may be within a few miles of where you\u2019re staying. But you may be missing out because you were too closed-minded and only read the travel brochure. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732013", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Not Talking to Locals", },

{ url: "", caption: "The unexpected experiences often end up being the most fun<\/a>. Plan as much as you can, but leave some room for maneuvering. What if you knew you were going to visit a museum but didn\u2019t like it? Don\u2019t endure it for another minute and leave. Go hiking, BASE jumping<\/a>, or surfing. Don\u2019t eat cheeseburgers all the time because \u201Cyou know what\u2019s in it\u201D \u2014 instead, try exotic cuisine. Avoid the tourist traps<\/a> and enjoy a real adventure. (iStock)", credit: "(iStock)", authorsHtml: "By iStock ", sourceId: "109732014", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Not Being Impulsive", },

{ url: "", caption: "It\u2019s easy to be carried away and misled when you visit a place you have never been before<\/a>. A quick Google search usually suggests the most popular sites. More people visit the recommended locations, resulting in overpriced foods and services. This is not to say that you should avoid popular destinations<\/a> such as Paris, Rome and London. Go on an adventure and get lost! These places have a lot more to offer than the unpleasantness that invariably comes with huge crowds. (iStock)", credit: "(iStock)", authorsHtml: "By iStock ", sourceId: "109732015", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Staying in Tourist Areas", },

{ url: "", caption: "Holiday travel is famous for long delays, bad weather and canceled flights. Travel insurance will reimburse you<\/a> if you need to change your flight or cancel your trip altogether. It also covers any items that may have been lost during delays. It usually costs around $20 per trip. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732016", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Not Buying Travel Insurance", },

{ url: "", caption: "This option is very convenient if you don\u2019t want to worry about anything<\/a> during your trip, including how to get to and from the airport. Tour operators have that covered. If there is a delay or the flight is canceled, they have to figure out a way to deliver what you pay for. They either make new arrangements at no cost to you or give you your money back. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732017", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Not Buying a Holiday Package", },

{ url: "", caption: "Your passport, credit cards and hotel reservations are very important documents of which you should have a copy<\/a> in case the originals get stolen. They can be used as proof that you actually made a reservation so you won\u2019t sleep on the street and\/or that you are a citizen and can enter the country. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732018", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Not Bringing Copies of Important Documents", },

{ url: "", caption: "People are addicted to their cell phones. It\u2019s a bond that is not easily broken, especially with so many Instagrammable spots<\/a> around you, but you should do very best to enjoy yourself and look up and around you instead of at your phone. Disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle and don\u2019t miss any magical moment while on a holiday. To truly unwind and relax, you can vacation at a destination where there is no cell service at all<\/a>. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "109732019", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Being on Your Phone All the Time", },


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The holidays are the perfect chance to relax and spend some quality time with friends and family, so the less you have on your plate, the more enjoyable your vacation will be. In order to minimize all mishaps and any stressful situations, make sure you avoid these travel mistakes that everyone makes during the holidays. (This story originally appeared on The Active Times.)
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