Things That Can Ruin Your Travels And How To Avoid Them

Traveling is a fantastic experience. It’s the chance to explore new places, to take a break and simply enjoy the delights that the world has to offer. When you travel, you can make some amazing memories that will last a lifetime. However, things can happen during your travels that can turn your trip from a dream to a nightmare.

Enjoy great travels every time by taking a look at the things that can ruin your travels, and get advice on how to avoid them.
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Not doing your research

When booking your travels, it’s important that you research everything carefully first. Make sure that your destination fits in with what you want to get out of your travels – a city break can be a very different kind of trip to a beach break. By doing some research before you book anything, you’ll know what you can expect and discover what there is to know about your upcoming destination.

There are many travel websites that make it easy to plan your next adventure, and you can also talk to friends or family about their experiences to help you get a more first-hand account of what somewhere is like. It’s worth doing some extra research to make sure that you are fully happy with your chosen destination rather than booking something on a whim and being disappointed.
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Not budgeting for your travels

Creating a travel budget is difficult, especially if you’ve never been to a destination before. The internet can be a good place to find out how much you’ll need for accommodation, food, activities, etc., so you should be able to draw up a realistic budget. There’s nothing worse than being caught short when it comes to your travel money and is something that could put a downer on your trip.

It’s better to take too much money with you than not enough, so aim to over budget where possible. Keep an emergency fund to hand just in case, and investing in a no-fee overseas credit card could be a wise move should you need additional funds while you’re away. Budget Your Trip is a great website that can help you figure out how much money you’ll need to take with you and give you an idea of what costs you can expect.
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An accident or illness

An accident or illness can ruin your break, and in most cases can be difficult to avoid. There are some basics tips for avoiding getting sick while traveling that you should follow that can help keep you happy and healthy during your trip. Remember to get any vaccinations that you may need in advance of your travels and seek medical advice if you have any existing conditions.

Accidents are even more difficult to avoid, but if you do suffer an injury during your trip – there is help available to you. Travel insurance can help cover your medical costs, but if the accident wasn’t your fault, then a personal injury lawyer like Brent Adams at could help you get compensation. Keep your travel documents to hand and record details of any accidents as soon as they happen to help ensure the most positive outcome.
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Not switching off

Your vacation or trip is your chance to relax and take a break from it all. However, if you don’t fully switch off – you might not enjoy it as much as you could. While phones and tablets are useful for helping you get around, plenty of people enjoyed traveling without them in the past. Make the decision to disconnect from work and your life back home to truly enjoy your trip.

If you must check your texts, emails and social media pages – do it first thing in the morning or before you go to sleep. Leaving your phone in your hotel room during the day will give you a freeing feeling that will let you enjoy your experiences. Read up on the different strategies you can use to help you switch off while on vacation and you’ll have a much more relaxing time, for example somewhere on a hammock.

Being prepared is the best way to ensure your dream trip stays that way. There’s a lot of potential for things to go wrong during your travels, but many of these things can be avoided. If you’re an inexperienced traveler, then reading travel advice for first-time adventure seekers could help you feel more prepared. Even if things do go wrong during your trip, many people find that’s where some of their most memorable stories come from – so try to make the best of any situation you find yourself in.

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  1. Well said! It’s the details that we sometimes overlook that can really ruin our vacation. Let’s not forget safe guarding our travel documents. Thank you for sharing.😊 Hope you have an amazing week.

  2. I always had a credit card(for emergencies), which I obtained specifically for my travel. In the end you might be only travelling somewhere once, you do not want it ruined by lack of funds.
    Thing is no matter how well you plan, things will often not run according to plan, especially in some countries, who have their own particular notion of time. It can feel frustrating sometimes but I learned to go with the flow. I have had coaches break down, train carriages catch fire and in Mongolia we had started to head off with totally the wrong guide but it is all something to talk about when you finally get home.

  3. I agree with you about “not switching off”. When I go on vacations with my family, I get especially stressed about all the museums and tourist attractions that everyone wants to see. Sometimes you just gotta enjoy the scenery and soak in the sun.

  4. Another thing that can ruin your travel is finding the place to have a lunch or dinner :). That happens all the time to us: we get tired, we want to eat, we start looking for a place and we can’t agree on that.

      1. You’re welcome! I mean you followed my old website/account. Sorry I forget to write it in the first post.
        I’m sure gonna read your blogs💕💕💕

  5. Great advice! 🙂 One thing I learned from my 5 day trek in Peru is: if you are hiking at a higher altitude, please make sure to get a pair of hiking boots at least a half size bigger. Everything starts swelling at higher altitude w/ low O2.
    I wrote a post about this too a month back!

  6. Good advice Ula! Be prepared as the boy scouts liked to tout! I also second your advice about medical cover abroad! Don’t forget it no matter how indestructible you feel!

  7. Good advice, Ula! I love your blog 🙂 It’s really helpful and inspiring at the same time. Please do visit my blog and let me know if you’ve any suggestions or comments 🙂 Thanks.

  8. Research: Checked V
    Budget: Checked V
    Vaccination: Not applicable (if my health permits)
    Switching off: (Only come-at-able by emergency)
    Ready for my vacation! 🙂
    Best regatds, Heidi

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