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EXPENSIVE TRAVEL MISTAKES TO AVOID AT ALL COSTS

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If you are scrimping and saving, and watching the pennies, all so you can afford a week or to join the glorious sunshine come August, you will already know that holidays can be expensive. But what you might not know it that you can make some pretty costly mistakes that can not only ruin your time away but also break the bank. Read on to find out what they are, and how you can do your best to avoid them.

 

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Booking with a disreputable provider

 

This is a big no-no. Any break away that you book, whether in this country or abroad should be done through a reputable ABTA protected provider. This is because if the provider goes out of business before you get to go away, you will be covered for reimbursement.

 

In a similar vein, it’s also a good idea to get the best holiday insurance that you can afford. Then if your flights are delayed, your accommodation isn’t as you expect it, or you have an accident,  you will be covered and not end up out of pocket as well as being put out.

 

Visiting a country in political turmoil

 

Some folks are all about the adventure when they book a trip, and there is nothing wrong with that. After all getting away from it all can be exciting and fun with so many different places to visit. But something that can often backfire is booking a trip to an area that is currently experiencing political upheaval such as Tibet, Egypt, and Iraq.

 

Not only do these areas provide a greater risk to personal safety in some cases, but are often much more difficult to get to and gain access to. This means delays and hassle are almost inevitable. Which can mean increased costs as you have to pay for accommodation, while all of these things get sorted out. If, in fact, they do get sorted out.

 

Not checking your documents before you travel.

 

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A massive mistake that far too many people make that can cost a lot of money is not checking their documents before they travel. If you don’t have the right documentation, you can be refused entry into a country.

 

Remember too that it’s not often a case of a simple no, but a delay after a long flight and an immigration by border official to discern whether you will be granted access or not.

 

There are many countries that require a visa or is waivers such as Europe, Australia, and Canada, which you can read more about at official-canada-eta.com. That means without them you are not getting in, no matter how much you have spent on flights and accommodation. Which can result in a massive waste of money and a huge disappointment.

 

Buying excursion from your tour operator

 

Lastly, another way that you can end up paying out much more than you need to when on holiday is by booking all of your excursions with your travel operator. Yes, it can be convenient to do so. Although you do have to watch that 2-hour presentation and waste your first morning.

 

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But you will probably find that similar excursions are on offer elsewhere for a lower price and that you can even probably book them online before you go, saving you money and time.

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3 REASONS YOU SHOULD EXPLORE THE WORLD

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There are so many reasons as to why you should really get out there and venture out of the country that you have lived the majority of your life in. The world has so much to offer, but in more ways that you may think. There are different cultures, cuisines, views and scents for you to take in; animals you may never have seen before, people that hold the same views and beliefs but can only tell you in another language. The ability for us to travel so easily nowadays is one that we should take advantage of and utilise to our heart’s desire – it may see you actually more in pocket in the long run…

 

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It’ll Help You Improve Life Skills

 

There’s a lot that you have to prepare before you go travelling. Looking up visa or ESTA information and organising what you have to do in order to travel to certain countries is one life skill that quite a lot of experienced people still don’t have. If you get immersed in the different cultures, you can pick up on care tips, cooking know-how and generally how to get yourself from A to B without much fuss. It’s also worth noting that a good handful of people have developed their personality skills whilst travelling; not only do different countries have a whole host of different etiquettes and rules that their people have developed over time, but you may find that they’re not as personable as you would like. Learning how to talk (and more importantly when to talk) in these situations could see you in good stead for future jobs where you are involved with those from other cultures.

 

You’ll Make Connections

 

Make a good impression and it’ll be one that’ll last a lifetime. Make a bad impression and it’ll last even further. Always try and stick with the former – be kind, be open-minded and be polite. You don’t know where it will eventually get you. There may be a chance for you to stay out travelling and be able to stay with those you have made friends with for free, or a lot cheaper than you had initially anticipated. Jobs can be found for you, or even recommended to you as they know that you will fit the bill and are happy to pass on your details.

 

 

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Bring Back What You’ve Learned

 

Know that something is big business in a country that you’ve visited and may think that it will work back at home? You’ve got an idea you can expand on. Seen a certain way of cooking a dish that you know that your friends and family will love? You’ve got a recipe you can sell. Got stories to tell, pictures to paint a thousand words and folklore to spread? You’ve got a book in your head, waiting to burst out. There are so many money-making opportunities with travelling that it’s often easy to overlook them and just put them to one side as a “nice experience”. Make the most of them and milk your experiences for all that they’ve got – you could be sitting on a small fortune!

 

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3 CLEAR SIGNS OF GOOD INSURANCE

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These days, you can pretty much take out an insurance policy on anything you like – chances are, there will be a company somewhere willing to sell you such a policy. Of course, this is not to say that it is always necessary. But when you do want to take out insurance on something, either because it is a legal duty or because you just want to, then you want to know that you are going for a policy which you can trust, and a company which you feel you can rely on. It can be hard to know that is is the case, but as long as you keep your eye out for a few key signs, you should be able to spot good insurance policies when you see them. Let’s take a look at a few of those signs, so that you can be in a better position to find policies that suit you and which you can trust.

 

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Trustworthy Broker

 

These days, the majority of insurance companies work through brokers. If you are unsure what that is, it is actually quite simple. Essentially, the broker is the person or organisation who deals with the customer-facing aspects of the business. While the insurance company themselves actually deals with the policy and so on, the broker communicates with you directly, and is often the one who decide on whether a claim is successful or not. As your main point of contact, you probably want to be able to feel that you can trust them – and this is a good sign of an insurance company you might want to go for. If you can’t trust them, then it might eventually result in you taking out professional broker claims against them or worse – and you can believe that they don’t want that!

 

Fair Premium

 

It goes without saying that you will expect to pay some kind of a premium. After all, they have to make their money somehow. But you should be savvy when shopping around, and treat it like any other purchase which you might make. Be sure to go for a premium which you feel is fair for the policy you are getting. This can be hard to determine, especially if you are not experienced, so make sure to ask a financial advisor if you feel you need to. As long as the premium is fair, you will probably feel that you are happy with your choice, so this is a major sign to look out for.

 

Clear Terms

 

There are few things more frustrating than when an insurance company fails to be clear in their communications with you. When this happens, it can result in you losing out on a lot of money in the worst case scenario, and that is why you want to go for a company which is absolutely clear in its terms at all times. Be sure to read through the terms of the policy when you take it out – and if there is anything dodgy, then don’t go for it, but go elsewhere instead.

 

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