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One thing is certain: Canadians love to travel! However, most people aren’t born expert travellers.
Becoming An Expert Traveller Improves Your Experience Away From Home
It’s just something you gain with actual on-the-road experience.
When travelling, there are many things to be considered, such as what to pack, how much cash to take, what to choose between Aeroplan and Air Miles, and what happens in case of a missed flight or lost luggage.
All these uncertainties can be stressful and prevent you from fully enjoying your travel experience.
Nevertheless, in the beginning, it’s normal to make many mistakes.
Travel savviness involves numerous tiny errors, missed buses, cultural unawareness, and foolish behaviour.
But it is all worth it, I promise! Studies have shown that happiness’s secret is spending money on experiences, not things.
In the end, mistakes are nothing but experiences. You learn from them, and they become opportunities for growth and improvement.
Common Mistakes A Traveller Will Make
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To speed up the process a bit and help you avoid some of the common mistakes people make when travelling, we have put together this list of tips and tricks:
Travel Alone At Least Once In Your Life
Travelling alone is the best way to learn the art of travel hacking, as you will be forced to think outside the box and have no one next to you to rely on for making decisions.
Travelling solo can teach you how to fend for yourself, handle unfamiliar situations, talk to people, and discover your capabilities.
Moreover, you can be super selfish and do whatever you want!
Cut Traveller Expenses With A Rewards Program
If you are a frequent traveller, you must consider the big picture.
Planning for the future and investing in a rewards program can pay off in the long run.
Collecting points and miles through everyday purchases can get you free flights, train tickets, accommodation, and many other perks!
In general, most Canadians prefer the Aeroplan rewards program because it belongs to Air Canada, the most popular airline in the country.
Aeroplan would be the most suitable choice if you’re looking to use miles for travel.
Air Miles is better for those who want to travel regularly within their province.
Take An Extra Credit Card With You
Travelling is unpredictable and sometimes disasters do happen, trust me, I’ve been there.
It’s always good to be prepared and have a backup bank or credit card in case you lose yours.
Sometimes, a certain credit card type might not work in a particular country or region.
It’s unpleasant being stuck on an island in Indonesia with no cash and without the possibility to withdraw money from the ATM!
Use No-Fee Bank Cards
No-fee bank cards are a great idea when travelling to a foreign country.
Nobody wants to give their hard-earned cash to a bank when there are many other opportunities to spend them!
Try getting a bank card that doesn’t charge foreign transactions or ATM fees.
If you are travelling for a long time, you will feel those lost dollars!
Don’t Neglect The Local Traveller Tourism Office
Many people rely solely on online sources to get info about the places they travel to.
However, online information can be biased or misleading, so don’t always trust what you read.
Tourism offices are well-informed about everything that goes on and have a wealth of information.
They can tell you face-to-face about special events, free activities, discounts, and transportation.
As an experienced traveller, you must know this underrated travel habit that can save you time and money!
Always Carry A Lock
Locks can be useful, especially for those staying in hostels and sharing a room.
I’ve stayed in many hostels during my travels mainly because it saved me money, but I always protected my belongings.
A small combination lock doesn’t take up much space and can make a huge difference.
However, avoid the ones with keys because you can lose the key or even lock it in your luggage.
Trust me, we’ve all been there!
Another helpful tip is to take pictures of your luggage so airport personnel can easily identify it in case it gets lost.
Make Extra Copies Of Important Documents.
This is a MUST, I repeat, a must.
When the unexpected happens, being a novice traveller will feel awful! Expert travellers don’t understand the notion of unexpected events.
They are always prepared and keep extra copies of their passport and essential documents.
They also have a copy sent to their e-mail.
Additional copies come in handy when you lose your passport and have to make a statement at the police, but also if you don’t want to carry the original around towns, beaches, and jungles.
Get Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is one of the most important things an expert traveller never neglects.
Chances are you will never use it, but if something happens, you don’t want to lose thousands of dollars.
Travel insurance can offer protection in case you get sick, but also if your flights get cancelled, get robbed, or need to get back home early.
Some of the most common stories travellers tell are about their camera or bag being stolen, falling and breaking an arm or a leg, or just a small cut in a rock that needs a few stitches at the emergency room and a tetanus vaccine, so travel insurance should be a priority.
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