Taking a trip can be exciting, but preparing for that same trip can be exhausting. You can run into a lot of problems just getting your documents settled, your passport in order, your visa stamped on, and any kind of permit or document signed. You can spend hours and hours of packing, and you may still forget something.
Or worse, you can spend hours and hours packing your clothes and then have no space left over for the things that you want to bring with you back home. Of course, if the airline loses your luggage, then that can be the worst of all, and it can be something that is not unforeseen when it comes to running to the airport at the last minute.
Before you start thinking that technology is your friend and that you can still travel as much as you wish, and as late in the game as you want, think again. There are so many things that can go wrong when you do anything at the last minute: you can lose your documents and passports, the airline can lose your luggage, and with the storm going on all about you, you could very well lose your mind. And when you start traveling on a discount package, you may encounter hidden fees well after you have settled on the package that you want. Here are the other things that could go wrong with discount travel if you are not vigilant and careful.
– In general, discount travel can involve the whole package including airfare, accommodations, and even a guided tour. The good thing about such packages is that they save you time and money when you need to get a lot of touring done within a fixed span of time. The disadvantage is that sometimes, such packages can be expensive and you may not get to do things on your own, especially walks, hikes, or shopping, when you are on a set schedule.
– Another disadvantage of discount travel is that sometimes, the restaurants, tour groups, and gift shops involved in the discount travel package all know each other, and have arranged for higher fees for tourists that visit an area. From a capitalist perspective, this is almost understandable, even expected. But keep in mind that a lot of the things that will be thrown your way during a discount tour or package will be overpriced. Don’t forget this even in your last minute panic!
– One advantage of discount travel is that it saves you money, but take note that not everything on this planet is free – and even if it’s advertise as free, it won’t be completely free, or will be of low quality. For instance, you could be sold discount travel for your last minute trip, but you will have to take many more flights and have a lot of layovers in order to be accommodated.
This can be tiring for you, and when you finally get to your destination, you can be exhausted and out of whack. Or you might be given a lot of discounts, but when your credit card bill comes in, you can see a lot of hidden fees added on.
These are only a few disadvantages of last minute discount travel. For more information on how you can avoid these pitfalls, do a lot of online research and talk to your travel agent.