Not reading online reviews
Before you book every last tour, excursion, and experience, Elizabeth Blasi, travel expert and blogger, recommends taking the extra time to comb through reviews on popular travel sites before you click “book.” She explains that while many sites like Expedia and Booking.com make it super-simple to carve out an itinerary, many charge up to three times more than others that offer the exact service. “Read the reviews on TripAdvisor or Yelp, call the tour company directly, and see what is included in their tour,” she says. And if you want a better deal? Compare the cost of renting a car to see a treasured site or landmark or find out if you can hire a driver for the day instead. “Sometimes this route gives you an interesting local’s perspective, and they may have insights into making your trip more memorable,” she adds.
Not checking the fine print of rental cars
Depending on where your wanderlust takes you, it is sometimes smarter to rent a car than to call an Uber or rely on public transport. If you decide to try driving on the other side of the road or on an infamous highway made for making memories, Ardene Emmelkamp, leisure travel consultant, urges travelers to read—and re-read!—the fine print in your contract before you sign on the dotted line. “On occasion, car companies will add insurance without your knowledge. This unexpected charge can add hundreds of dollars to your travel expenses,” she shares. Remember, since many travel credit cards, like Chase Sapphire, include car rental insurance, there may be no need to add additional coverage.