Many travelers often make some basic mistakes when traveling abroad. Here is a summary of some mistakes that you should know in order not to have trouble on your European travel itinerary, especially those who plan to travel independently.
1. Keep all your money in one place
Carrying money with you is a good thing, but travelers should store extra money at some secret locations. You can drill holes in a bar of soap and hide money in it or put money in shoes and hair brushes.
2. Do not check all transportation options
Car rental costs are very expensive. If not traveling by road, you should check public transport or Uber. Hotels occasionally transport guests for free and cheap to the airport. Many cities in Europe have high-speed trains that take visitors from the airport to the city center.
3. Trust travel guide books
From the moment of seat belts on the plane, visitors have many magazines providing information about the destination. But they are essentially advertisements and restaurants or hotels have to pay extra for a beautiful view. Places that are cheap and reliable are never mentioned. So apps like CamFind will help you find the most accurate information.
4. Do not contact the bank first
You must first decide whether to use a credit card and see if it will cost you a fee. To be sure, you should contact your bank to find out about the privileges enjoyed when using a credit card abroad.
5. Skip moving insurance
A simple accident will not be a problem in your country, but can cost a lot of money when traveling abroad. We always think that bad things won’t happen to us, but sometimes they happen. Therefore, you should spend a little extra money to buy insurance when traveling.
6. Don’t know how to tip
In some countries including the US, the tip for service is usually 15-20%. In many European countries, tips are included in the bill. Find out before you travel to save unnecessary tips.
There is one thing that DichauAu.net has ever encountered is a tip story in the Netherlands for not finding out in advance. Specifically, in the rib shop in Amsterdam, the shop that international students often talk about is unlimited delight. This restaurant has rib dishes for 12.9 Eur (new price increase), unlimited feeding but you can not eat the second place because it is quite sick (like you eat at some Pepperonis shops). The shop also requires you to order drinks, the cheapest dish must also be over 3 Euros, so the total is not very cheap. Not to mention, when paying for the restaurant, it was required to tip, but according to Dutch customs that my friend lived there told me there was no need to tip, we were deceived. The required tip is on the invoice, probably 10-15%, and when I give 40 Eur to both people (pay less than 35 Eur, they consider it as a tip and not return). It was in a hurry so we didn’t have time to ask for it, but when we came back we felt a little warm. Hope you do not encounter such a situation.
7. Being pickpocketed
Nothing is worse than losing all your papers, credit cards and phones while traveling abroad. Therefore, you should avoid wearing clothes and expensive bags, if you do not want to attract the attention of pickpockets. Please divide the valuables into different bags and store some things at the hotel. You can buy belts for money and keep an eye on your wealth.
8. Exchange money
Do your research on whether exchanging money at home is more beneficial or exchanging money in the country you are more profitable. If you spend less, exchanging money can be more expensive than using a swipe card. For credit cards issued by Vietnamese banks, you will be charged when paying in foreign currencies, the lowest is 1.5% (for cards with large transactions), while an average of 2- 2.5% or more. In particular, avoid withdrawing money from ATMs because there will be additional withdrawal fees if you use a credit card.
If you travel to Europe, to countries using the common Euro, keep exchanging money in Vietnam for sure. The exchange rate is updated here by DichauAu.net, you can refer to. If you have a long time to prepare for the trip, please take time to change money properly.
DichauAu.net has had a traumatic experience when hesitating to change money, only a few days late due to delayed VISA, but right in the French presidential election, the EUR rose sharply, less than 1 week was lost. 1,000 VND / EUR. Also a few million damage, not less.
9. Booking in advance
Advance booking is only effective if you have a fixed plan. In other cases, travelers should avoid booking as you may miss out on discount opportunities at other hotels. In addition, you will not be charged if you want to leave the room earlier.
However, you should also book in advance if going on the peak of holidays, festivals if you do not want to be lonely on the street. Choose the right time and make a reasonable reservation for your trip.
10. Refuse to share the car
Visitors can hear about home-sharing services like Couchsurfing, but there is also a car-sharing app like BlaBlaCar. It helps you find locals and other travelers who need to travel along the route.
11. Forget the 6 blocks rule
Food often costs double the price of 6 buildings around an attractive tourist destination. Move away from the crowded tourist spot to enjoy authentic service at a much cheaper price. Street food markets are always the best choice.
12. Move into daytime time
Night is sleep time. But visitors can still sleep and save money on their room by moving at night. This saves you a considerable amount of money when traveling.