A vacation is perhaps the happiest one can ever be. Though it takes up so much of time, energy and money planning and executing things, there’s no better joy than in knowing that you’re going take off for your next holiday soon. However, sometimes, we make silly mistakes that have the potential to completely ruin the trip. Here are four worst travel decisions you must steer clear of.

Go without travel insurance on expensive international trips

It’s absolutely okay to skip travel insurance on certain types of trips, such as random inexpensive weekend getaways or domestic trips where you’ll have easy access to medical care if the need arises. But on longer international trips, having a travel insurance is always a good idea. It usually costs just a few bucks, but can save you thousands if your trip goes awry.

Risking your life for a selfie

It’s no surprise that we keep hearing news about people losing their lives while taking a selfie. It’s scary and calls for great cautiousness on a traveller’s part. Yes, we live in an age where it’s extremely important for us to get the perfect Instagram shot, but certainly not at the cost of your life. Therefore, be aware of your surroundings while taking a selfie, no matter how excited you are.

Not checking passport and visa requirements prior to travel

Imagine planning your trip for months on end, flying 14 hours across the ocean, and then arriving to find out that you don’t have the visa to enter the country. It’s a traveller’s worst nightmare. Therefore, to avoid such callousness, make sure to check the document requirements for your destination. Find out if you need a visa; if so, can you get one on arrival, or whether you need to obtain it in advance. Also, find out if the destination requires the passport to be valid for at least six months after your trip.

Over-scheduling

Your vacation should feel like a vacation – it should be anything but a forced adventure. If you’re a check-list junkie, calm yourself down and invest in some slow travel instead. Sometimes, understandably, you want to see as much as possible, but that can result in you feeling constantly rushed, without enough time to savour and reflect on what you’re seeing.