Do You Make These 20 Common Travel Mistakes?

Expecting Things to be Like Home

One of the main reasons we travel is to experience something – and some place – new. You’ll get more from your journey if you expect things to be different, instead of the same as they are at home. Different cultures have different ways of doing things, and daily life can vary widely from country to country. If you expect to find the North American version of timekeeping and customer service wherever you go, you’ll simply be setting yourself up for frustration. Decide ahead of time to go with the flow, and you’ll be sure to enjoy where it takes you.

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