Do You Make These 20 Common Travel Mistakes?

Perhaps you consider yourself a traveling pro, or maybe you’re new to jet setting. But, even if you are a seasoned traveler, you’re probably doing one or two things that could lead to problems on your trip. Below are some of the most common travel mistakes you might not know you’re making:

Assuming a Valid Passport Is All You Need

Even if you have checked that your passport is valid during your trip, keep in mind that certain countries, — Russia and China, for example — require that passports be valid for six months past the date of your flight home, and there are 26 European nations that require passports be valid for three months past your departure from the country.

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Not Checking Your Phone Plan

A few phone calls from Thailand shouldn’t cost more than your car, but it happens all the time to people who didn’t check their international phone plan. Call your carrier and find out about international phone charges, and how much data usage will cost.

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Not Using RFID Protectors

RFID protectors prevent thieves from obtaining your credit card and other information electronically — think 21st century pickpockets. Find them either in the form of a wallet made of special blocking material, or individual card sleeves.

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