Mistakes are often seen as an important part of the learning curve, but sometimes mistakes could result in costly blunders that are best avoided. This fact holds true especially when you are travelling abroad, this time around, to Sri Lanka. As you venture off on your adventure, minimising the occurrence of certain mistakes will make you trip safer, cheaper and overall a more enjoyable experience. Here are some of the most common mistakes travellers make and how to avoid them.
- Not planning ahead
Heading to a foreign land is something that you would be looking forward to. But with the appeal for adventure and thirst for spontaneity you might often forget to plan important things that are essential for your stay. Since there are many interesting places to visit in Sri Lanka and amazing things to do, you might want to prepare a rough plan or tour itinerary for your stay. This will not only help you decide on how you want to spend your vacation time, it will also prevent you from planning too many things to do in a limited time.
- Packing mistakes
This is a common mistake that first time travellers to Sri Lanka tend to make. As you plan to spend time away from home your nerves might make you want to pack everything that comes to mind. The solution to this problem is simple. All you need to do is make a list of essentials, go over this list a couple of times to make sure you didn’t miss anything, and stick to what you think is important. Take a look at some of our packing tips for girls and boys that will help you get master this stage like a pro. Also make a note of things you need to carry along with you as you explore Sri Lanka so you can leave the rest behind at your hotel or wherever you are certain your belongings will be safe.
- Booking blunders
Think you got your bookings all sorted out? Well, think again. Actually think again, again and again! Booking blunders are costly and can even make your holiday a waking nightmare. That is why planning your accommodation should be a top priority when you travel abroad. Here at Yoho Bed, we provide you with a wide array of accommodation options that will help you book a high quality property almost anywhere in the island. If you take a look at some of our properties in leading tourist hotspots like Colombo, Kandy, Galle and many more, you will see how easy it is to find accommodation to make your vacation safe and enjoyable.
- Not carrying enough local currency
While you might think your credit card is the answer to all your monetary requirements, overseas it is equally important to carry around enough cash to cover daily expenses. It is best to convert some cash to the local currency before you leave home because exchange counters at airports might charge higher fees. Make sure you have a few thousands of rupees in hand (preferably in change) to use for all your street shopping, transportation and other expenses along the way. An ATM withdrawal is also an option you can consider but be vary of withdrawal fees.
- Falling prey to scams
Sri Lanka is a very hospitable nation, but this does not mean that the country is free from scammers. Tourists are common targets for various scams so be on the alert for anything that sounds shady and out of the ordinary.
- Not understanding the culture
Among the many attractions in Sri Lanka you will visit during your stay most are known for the immense cultural and historical value they hold. So as you visit these sites you might want to be mindful of your behaviour and pay due respect to various local customs and religious practices. Some common norms include removing headgear, footwear and wearing conservative clothing when entering sites of worship. In addition you might want to be mindful of your conduct in public and even make sure you don’t pose for photos that are disrespectful to religions.