9 Ways to Ruin Your Vacation

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4. Retreating to the Safety of Mickey D’s Instead of Trying the Local Fare

Sometimes familiarity can be a comfort, but when you’ve put out a lot of money to take that trip to France only to spend all of your meals at the Paris McDonalds, you will live to regret it. You can save a lot of money taking a staycation instead and wearing the sweater your Grandma made you to rock that you’re-not-from-around-here vibe around town.

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5. Not Leaving the Resort

Again, being in a foreign country, your first instinct might be to stay put on the resort with people that look like you, speak your language and have the same background as you. But what you will be missing out on is the rich cultural experience that lies just outside of those gates. Remember that there are pools and patios around the world that look just like the one you’re lounging by, but there is only one Havana Cuba, only one Amazon Rainforest, and so forth.

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6. Not Having Insurance

It seems trivial — maybe unnecessary — until you start hearing the horror stories of uninsured travelers returning home with $50,000 medical bills from a sea-doo accident or a bout of extreme diarrhea. It’s better to be sure and safe than sorry and sore. Pack your common sense, people.

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Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

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Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.