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Are you making these common rookie travel mistakes?

common travel mistakes

You’re excited. You’re going to head off for the first overseas trip, and it’s an incredible feeling.

Additionally, it is a daunting feeling. What will you find out of Australia’s borders? What will the world throw in you? How can you cope?

These are the common ones that rookie adventurers commit.


It is tempting, on that first daunting trip off, to get everything locked in — each hostel, each transfer, every breakfast, lunch and dinner. That way you don’t need to worry about anything. But you’ll soon come to realise it pays to have some flexibility. Book in the large things, sure.

Working with a travel agent for everything

While it’s now easy for you to book an entire trip yourself over the internet, I can understand the need to have the safety net of a travel agent. But that doesn’t mean you must use them for everything. Book your flights, and maybe an accommodation package. But you’ll generally save money if you look after everything else.

Being fearful of locals

You can always spot the first-timers, hands guarding their money belts, faces set to suspicion, continually trying to figure out what the scam is, who’s trying to rip them off. It’s hard when you first begin to spot the crooks from the friendly locals, so plenty of people just mistrust everyone. That’s a mistake though. The vast majority of locals are not out for you. It can pay to trust them now and then you will earn a whole lot more friends.