Travel writers mostly discuss what to do when you travel, but you rarely find discussions about what you should not do when you are on the road. There are even times when travellers make a lot of mistakes that lead to lost time, wasted money and even missed opportunities.
Here are two common travel mistakes that you should avoid:
Avoid eating near a major tourist site
Of course, there are a lot of restaurants where you can eat while you are on a major tourist site. However, the price near those major places is mostly double the price and half the serving and flavour of what you’ll find elsewhere. When food establishments know that visitors are not coming back, then they do not have any problems with consistency and quality.
So instead of trying to eat near a major tourist spot, walk at least five blocks away from one. The further you are from the tourist spot, the cheaper and tastier the food would get. You can also search through websites like OpenRice, Foursquare or Yelp and see the locals rating.
Avoid exchanging money at the airport
Exchanging your money at the airport is a very bad decision because they mostly give customers the worst exchange rates. The safest way and is mostly close to getting an interbank rate is when you just use an ATM or credit card. Simply using your plastic will avoid getting ripped off in money exchanges.
Never exchange money unless you need it. And in some cases, you may really have to exchange cash, then go to the nearest bank to get better rates, otherwise stick to plastic.