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6 things not to do when you travel

New to travelling and you are off on your first international trip? We are sure that you must have researched at least a dozen websites for the list of things to do, places to see, and what not. But, did you ever look for the things that you shouldn’t do on your travel? Here are the 6 things not do when you travel.

1. Do not overpack

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One of the common mistakes people do when they are going on travel is overpacking. Packing is one of the clear differentiators between a seasoned traveller and a rookie. We know, it is tempting to pack all your fancy clothes and flaunt your style in a new country. But, overpacking will only be stressful. While overpacking makes it difficult to move through airports, public transportation, and between destinations, you will also end up paying extra for baggage. So, there’s the added headache of carrying the luggage weighing scale. Packing light will also help in saving a lot of time which otherwise would be required to pack and finding your stuff is a lot easier.

A good tip is, pack your luggage well in advance and leave it that way. When you are just a few days away from the trip go back to the things you have packed and remove the stuff that you will not be needing.

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2. Do not forget to inform your bank about travelling

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You have planned your trip, got your visas, packed your clothes, and all set to go. So, you go bragging about going on a trip to your friends, family, and every other soul you find in social media. But wait, aren’t you missing to inform someone important? We are talking about your bank. While it may seem like a trivial issue to overlook, not informing your bank about going on an international trip may lead to getting your credit card blocked for unusual activity. And trust us, it is the worst feeling to roam cashless in a new destination. So, take some time off your busy schedule and go inform your bank.

3. Do not skip travel insurance

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We have had plenty of our clients asking too many questions about the need for a travel insurance and the way they pronounce ‘travel insurance’ is itself a testimony to the fact how much they hate it. Yes, travel insurance is an added expense. But, you are travelling to a new destination that you barely know and there are tons of possibilities that your trip may go wrong. You may fall sick, lose your passport, have your wallet stolen, and get stuck because of a natural disaster. Not to sound negative but all this is a possibility. At this high point, a travel insurance is what that will come to your rescue. While there is a wide range of options to choose from, double check on the list of things that get covered by travel insurance. This will help you choose better.

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4. Do not rush through the destinations

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We Indians are always over-ambitious. We want to explore how many ever destinations we can in a short span of time with the limited resource we have. So, we cram our itinerary with too many destinations. In our head, the math seems very simple. We spend a limited amount of time in each destination and then go exploring others. But, what happens in real-time is you go hurrying through the destinations at a lightning pace that you even forget the fact you have already visited the destination in the first place. This is totally the opposite of what travel was supposed to be. When you are visiting a major destination, you need to stay for at least a minimum of 4 days to get the hang of the place. And always remember, transit takes a lot of time than you actually think. So give a lot of thought before planning your itinerary. The best way to do this is through Pickyourtrail.

5. Do not take too many photos

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Are you one of those people, who clicks photos faster than the lightning itself? Then this is for you. Clicking photographs of a new place is good. It helps in building lasting memories, there is no denying that. But, there is something called too many photos. And in an age when we are tech-savvy and living more for the social media than for ourselves, it is essential for us to take our focus away from the external disturbances and soak in the beautiful moment in front. And there are instances where people have the photos of the experiences they have had but actually don’t remember it. That is the level of intrusion these devices have in our lives. The next time you visit, take fewer photos and practice more ‘living in the moment’.

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6. Do not exchange your currency at the airport

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The moment you get down at the airport, you get the urge to head on to the currency exchange booth in the airport. While the feeling is totally understandable, it is not the right thing to do. Airports always have the worst exchange rates and if you want to see your money go down the drain, airport currency exchange booths are the right way. On the other hand, if you want to get the best exchange rates use an ATM or a Credit card.

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