5 Mistakes to Avoid with a Foreign Holiday

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We all love jetting off to a tropical paradise, to recharge our batteries, yet there is a lot to plan when flying to another country. Things can and do go wrong and with that in mind, here are a few holiday mistakes to avoid at all costs.

  • Forgetting essential documentation – If you are thinking this is impossible, we can assure you passports and air tickets have been left at home, which isn’t exactly the best way to start your holiday. Make sure that one person in your travel group has all the essential documentation within easy reach. If every adult carries their own documentation, it takes ages to gather up tickets, passports and boarding passes. Checking into the amazing Anantara Veli Maldives Resort does not require much by way of ID and they have safes in every suite.
  1. Overpacking – It is oh so easy to pack more than you actually need; it is perfectly natural to want to be as comfortable as possible, but when you have laid out all your luggage, review it one more time and ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” If you are travelling to a beach resort, you will be able to buy leisure garments at low prices, so don’t fill your suitcase with shorts and T-shirts. Of course, you need to research the weather at your destination and take suitable clothing; it is worth noting that you will need luggage space for souvenirs.
  2. Creating a heavy itinerary – The last thing you need is a tight schedule, when you are under pressure to make a connecting flight, travelling is never fun. We all need time out when on vacation, so don’t set too rigid an itinerary, otherwise, you won’t enjoy the experience. Tour for two days then take a day to rest, which ensures you have the energy to enjoy your holiday. The great thing about the web is that Google can find anything and everything, enabling you to plan every step of your holiday. Free days can be spent at the resort, where everything is at hand.
  3. Failure to research – Imagine arriving in a country where a huge National Holiday is happening and you weren’t even aware of this! Or finding out that you are limited to the money you can exchange; it doesn’t take long to find out all about a strange culture and knowing more will enrich your experience. Learn some basic phrases in the local language and read up on the history to get an idea of how the people are. Holidays are times for preserving family memories.
  4. Visa issues – This only happens if you don’t research the visa situation; your visa status will likely depend on your home country, and a quick look at their embassy website in your home country will tell you what you need to know. Tour operators advise regarding visas and in many cases, you can get a visa-on-arrival (VOA). Never overstay your visa, as this can lead to fines, deportation and even jail!

If you are planning to visit the Maldives, get ready for what will surely be the holiday of a lifetime.

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