14 Ways to Screw Up an International Trip

There are countless things that could go wrong on an international trip, and many of them are out of your control. However, there’s possibly an equal number of ways to screw up your trip, and unfortunately no one to blame but yourself.

Most of the time, if you have a checklist to go through before every trip, you should generally be fine. But, sometimes a seemingly small mistake such as packing too much stuff, could be a nightmare you’ll have to endure throughout the whole journey.

Keep reading to find out about different ways to screw up your trip — and hopefully avoid them!

1. Booking the Wrong Dates

Imagine arriving at the airport with your luggage only to find out your flight is not until a week later? Or maybe trying to check-in at a hotel and learning you’re a month early? It’s probably the worst way to start your trip.

Although nowadays there are plenty of mobile applications to keep you organized, it’s still quite surprising how many people book the wrong dates. The best course of action is to double-check many times before booking anything, otherwise, if you can afford it, just buy a flexible or refundable ticket just in case.

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2. Not Renewing an Expired (Or About to Expire) Passport

Generally speaking, you can’t travel abroad without your passport, unless of course your country is part of a political bloc like the European Union, where citizens can travel with normal IDs. In addition to that, most countries won’t let you enter if you have fewer than six months validity on the passport.

The last thing you want is to be denied boarding at the airport and seeing your trip ending before it had a chance to start. It’s also important to make sure you have the right visa for the destination you’re visiting — don’t assume you don’t need one.

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