Mistake #9: Overdoing it

It’s easy to get carried away with everything you plan to see and do, especially if this is one of your first major trips.  Chances are, you’ll also want to plan every detail of your trip down to the minute in the hopes of cramming everything in while staying on schedule.

The truth is, even the best laid plans can fall apart, especially when traveling to new countries. 

While we always recommend creating an itinerary (see page 6), it’s also important to remember to slow down and enjoy the experience.  Don’t think of this as the one and only trip you’ll ever take. Instead, stay in the moment and minimize stress by not trying to do too much on one trip.

Getting yourself stressed out defeats the purpose of a relaxing and memorable vacation.

Instead, leave enough room in your schedule for off-the-beaten-track adventures! You never know what you may encounter during your travels and you wouldn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to experience something new just because you overbooked yourself and are short on time. 

You also want to make sure you have extra time for when things go wrong, such as traffic jams, delayed flights, or other issues out of your control.

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