Do You Make These 20 Common Travel Mistakes?

Traveling with Checked Luggage

Place a carry-on size suitcase on your bed. Place the pile of things you think you need for you trip next to it. Now figure out how to make the pile fit into the suitcase. It can be challenging to travel extra-light, especially when your journey is long or requires a variety of different types of clothing. But here are some incentives for making the extra effort: no standing in line to check your bags, no waiting around to collect your bags, no frustration over damaged belongings, and no dealing with the stress of lost or missing luggage in a foreign country. Need we say more?

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