There are plenty of mistakes travelers make that lead to wasted money, wasted time, and missed opportunities.

If you avoid these common mistakes, you’ll travel cheaper, smarter and generally more.


DO NOT eat near a tourist site

Food near any major attraction is going to be twice the average price and taste of what you’ll find elsewhere.


DO NOT carry traveler’s checks

Traveler’s checks are checks issued by banks for a predetermined value that allows the bearer to exchange the check for cash anywhere in the world.


DO NOT overlook travel insurance

It may seem like a ridiculous added expense, but travel is a bit of an unknown and you never know what might happen along the way.


DO NOT go through the local tourist office

I am always amazed at how few tourists visit the local tourist office.