Packing the wrong shoes
Africa Studio/Shutterstock We wish every trip had the same ease and glamour as an episode of the Real Housewives—but, that’s not reality for most of us. One RD.com reader told us she loves high heels and packed several pairs of them for a trip to Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, these were not the ideal shoes for a hike through the rain forest, an excursion she had very much been looking forward to. Her hiking came to a halt when the straps on her heels broke, leaving her in desperate need of some new footwear. What shoes did she end up buying? A pair of aqua socks with alien heads on them because the stores didn’t carry her size. For her future excursions, this world traveler learned to always pack at least one pair of comfortable walking shoes. Packing mishaps are one of the more common vacation woes, but you should also check out these 10 little travel mistakes that can make your vacay more stressful than relaxing.
Assuming your cell phone is automatically ready for international use
DDOT Hammonds/Shutterstock We’ve all seen the real time pictures of our friends standing in front of the Eiffel Tower or some other coveted travel destination. International travel must be included on your cell phone plan, right? Nope. Each company has their own policy for international travel, which may include purchasing a special plan for the month of your trip or buying a local SIM card to make calls when you’re in another country. Before you leave home, make sure you check with your carrier, so you have the right plan in place to be able to share the amazing moments with your friends and family—without coming home to a $1,200 phone bill, as one poor traveler once did. To avoid that mistake, read up on the cheapest ways to make international calls.