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9 Poor Decisions That Can Ruin Your Vacation

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Congratulations! You’ve saved your vacation days all year, and now you’re planning to use them on an actual vacation! No doubt, making every second of those precious vacation days count is at the top of your priority list, and one of the best things about vacations is that you get to do whatever you want with all that free time. Unfortunately, a lot of people make some seriously poor decisions while on vacation, and since we know you definitely don’t want to waste precious vacation time on bad choices, we’ve compiled this list to help you along. Below are the top nine decisions that can absolutely make-or-break your vacation!

9. Not Leaving Enough Time Between Connecting Flights

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One of the biggest mistakes people make often happens long before the vacation is even underway: not leaving enough time between connecting flights. Even if you ran track in college and know the airport like the back of your hand, there are too many things beyond your control that could cause you to miss your connecting flight. Don’t risk getting stuck at the airport just because the flight with the shorter layover was a little cheaper or because you think you’ll get an earlier jump on your vacation if you cut down on time between flights. Always make sure to schedule plenty of time to get to your connecting flight when making your flight reservation!

8. Opting for an “All-Inclusive” Resort

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All-inclusive resorts appeal to people for a reason. Who wouldn’t want to have a worry-free vacation where everything from food and drinks to accommodations are covered in one price? The problem with most of these resorts is that the brochures often make everything look a lot better than what you’ll get in reality. Unless you’re willing to drop a lot of money on a small room, rail liquor and frozen pizza, you may want to consider investing your money more wisely by vacationing a-la-carte style, instead.

7. Being a Slave to Your Itinerary

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Itineraries are great when planning your vacation, but sticking to them too religiously could mean missing out on spontaneous fun along the way. Don’t forget to plan for the possibility of random fun, and consider using your itinerary as more of a guide than a hard line. Even better, just make an outline of things you’d like to do while on vacation, and pencil in plenty of free time while you’re at it. That way, you’ll feel zero guilt about dipping into that swanky night club on a whim or spending some extra time relaxing on a beach somewhere, even if it means missing out on a guided tour you planned for.

Marissa is a talented writer and journalist with a strong background in covering physical and mental health issues. Find Marissa on LinkedIn!

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