10 travel mistakes that can ruin your perfect holiday

10 travel mistakes that can ruin your perfect holiday

After booking your flight and hotel, travel resource site Smarter Travel has listed 10 common errors travellers make which can potentially mar their holiday.

If a traveller is not kept aware, he could end up with serious health or financial woes during or after the trip.

Think identity thefts only happen in movies? Smarter Travel says opportunities for such thefts can occur everywhere.

Travellers can have their identity stolen when they use their credit cards during transactions or even when they are enjoying free public Wi-Fi service.

These identity thieves, according to Smarter Travel, can take the person's details and open fraudulent accounts or ruin their credit.

By being prudent, it can also save travellers the trouble of cancelling their credit cards and re-applying for new ones.

Smarter Travel advises travellers to use secure Internet connections and also consider using an RFID-blocking wallet which prevents your credit cards from being scanned and charged fraudulently.

After the trip, looking through your credit card bill to make sure there are no unfamiliar transactions is another way to spot identity theft.

Every traveller is bound to indulge in some shopping or purchase gifts and souvenirs during their trip.

There may be many fake fashion products to be bought, but if you see any items for consumption that does not look legit, it is best to give it a pass.

According to Smarter Travel, tourists have been reported ill after consuming fake alcohol or medicine.

If you are consuming alcohol at a public place, it is better to purchase bottled beer than house pours as it may lower the risk of contamination.

Falling ill during a trip can be inevitable. Smarter Travel advises travellers to purchase medicine in their home country before leaving.

Find out what are the 10 travel errors you can make and how to avoid them.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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