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Gennady Podolsky’s Tips for Avoiding 8 Common Travel Mistakes

Traveling requires careful planning, but many focus on more than must-see sights and packing lists without considering essential practices to avoid, says global travel advisor Gennady Podolsky. He outlines eight frequent travel faux pas and how to prevent them.

Don’t over-plan Days.

Trying to visit too many destinations and attractions often leads to burnout from a hectic schedule instead of fun, meaningful experiences, cautions Podolsky. Travelers feel rushed, wolfing down meals to stay on time rather than leisurely enjoying the culture. He recommends requesting tour operators include open blocks for relaxation or independent exploration to experience destinations truly. Refusing reflects poorly on them.

Pack Light 

Podolsky advises that overpacking creates hassle, such as hauling heavy bags that leave little room for souvenirs. He suggests a minimalist approach starting with carry-ons, packing necessities only after halving an initial list. Neutrally colored versatile clothing requiring less laundry facilitates this.

Leave Valuables Home

Thieves target jewelry, devices, and other valuables, so travelers should secure possessions and avoid flaunting wealth, warns Podolsky. He recommends difficult-to-access pockets and cross-body bags over handled purses. They are slimming wallets by removing unnecessary card foils and pickpockets. Inexpensive RFID-blocking technology also protects data.

Respect Local Cultures

Vacations offer opportunities to experience different customs when travelers educate themselves beforehand via guidebooks, videos, and language essentials, showing respect. However, some need to be made aware, offending locals by violating conventions, lacking courtesy,y or breaking laws, notes Podolsky. Remembering your guest status elicits goodwill.

Discover Hidden Gems

Podolsky explains that major attractions draw crowds, and commercialization often needs more authenticity. Venturing off-the-beaten-path reveals richer cultural experiences with distinct vibes. He advises researching hidden gems and talking to locals for customized recommendations beyond one-size-fits-all itineraries.

Avoid Overpriced Tourist Restaurants 

Though convenient, on-site eateries at top attractions are overpriced and lower quality than area alternatives, warns Podolsky. Locals happily suggest favorite affordable neighborhood restaurants and signature dishes, better capturing regional flavors. Airbnb hosts also provide dining ideas.

Inform the Bank About the Travel 

Preparing logistics, Podolsky says travelers often overlook a simple but vital step – notifying financial institutions to pre-approve foreign purchases and prevent fraud lockouts. A quick call or email with destination details alleviates this hassle.

Evaluate Insurance Coverage

Travel hiccups happen, so insurance protects against expensive problems, though policies vary. Podolsky urges comprehending terms to avoid excluded high-risk activities or lacking emergency overseas support. Reviewing a policy’s fine print prevents confusion and unintended costs later.

Avoiding these mistakes requires some diligence upfront, acknowledges Podolsky, but enables smoother, more satisfying trips that inspire repeat visits down the road.