The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Planning a Trip

The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Planning A Trip - HappyGirlLife

The other day I overheard someone talking to a friend about a bad travel experience. The conversation went something like this:

Guy A: “Hey, where are you traveling to next?”

Guy B: “Oh, I’m going to [insert country name here].”

Guy A: “Oh, really? I didn’t like it there, the people were so rude – it was like New York City on steroids. I would never go there again.”

Guy B: “Seriously? Aw, man, I may need to rethink this trip.”

After listening to this exchange of words, I thought about what a shame it would be if Guy B actually took the advice of his friend and decided to change his travel plans.

I’m sure this situation has happened to you, too. You’re excited about going on a trip and then someone tells you about their horrible travel experience and then you’re suddenly rethinking whether or not you should go there. Well, my advice to you is this…don’t let someone else’s bad travel experience deter you from traveling there.  

Just don’t do it – this is the biggest mistake you can make when planning a trip!

We’re all different, and we prefer different things. Some people prefer dogs over cats, some prefer cats over dogs, some don’t even like animals at all. Traveling is the same. Just because someone you know didn’t enjoy a particular travel destination doesn’t mean that you would feel the same way. Do your own research and make a decision that you’re comfortable with based on what you want to get out of your trip.

Yes, when it comes to travel, getting the advice of people that you know is a completely human thing to do. But take it for what it is, advice. Advice that you have the choice to determine whether or not you want to take.

If I would have made my decision about traveling to Branson, Missouri based on the unpleasant feedback that I received from others, I would have missed out on a pretty neat place. Yes, it’s “old fashioned”. Yes, it’s like an “old folks Las Vegas”, but there was a certain quality of charm about that city that I appreciated…and I’m glad that I visited.

Let’s see the world!  Let’s not allow anyone (or their opinions) to cause us to rethink our travel bucket lists.

Have you ever been somewhere that was completely different from what your friends described?

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    Amanda Love
    March 24, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Oh I’ve heard horrible things about places I wanted to visit but that has never really put a damper on my urge to travel. I would LOVE to visit Australia but hearing about all the poisonous snakes and animals still makes me want to visit. 🙂

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    March 24, 2016 at 10:49 am

    One person’s experience definitely wouldn’t sway me from visiting somewhere I really wanted to go! Everyone enjoys different things so you never know if you’ll love something, even if someone you know hated it.

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    travel blogger
    March 24, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful tip! This happens to me all the time, and people want me to justify a location I picked. I have learned to just ignore it! I love to travel, I love new places, and I am excited about experiencing new cultures. Not everyone else feels this way.

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    Liz Mays
    March 24, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    This is a great point. It think it’s good to experience new places for yourself. I loved living in Michigan but some people might say it’s too cold.

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    March 24, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    This is such an important thing to consider. The one thing I do listen to when planning a trip, however, is people’s hotel and restaurant recommendations. Don’t want to live through their mistakes of a crappy hotel or gross food!

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    Heather lawrence
    March 24, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Normally we don’t talk to many people about our travel plans.
    I figure they aren’t paying for the trip I don’t really need their input especially if it’s negative.
    We have learned from the past that one bad experience doesn’t necessarily mean the place sucks.
    But we do read reviews.. more then a couple of bad ones and we pick somewhere else.

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    Angelic Sinova
    March 24, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    It’s so important to not allow anyone or their opinions cause you to rethink our travel plans! Everyone is different and reacts to things differently. Sometimes it’s just better to experience things firsthand <3

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    March 24, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    I agree with you, people are different and have different experiences as well… pick a spot and go!

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    March 24, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Very great article.. It’s all about journey, everybody have their own opinions and no need to change plan.

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    March 25, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I agree. I don’t listen to anyone’s opinion of vacation destinations. I made that mistake once and the place they said was so much fun, was a complete bore fest. LOL. I am sure it works the other way around as well. I say pick your place and see for yourself.

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    Theresa Sutton
    March 25, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Agreed! I’ve spoken to people who have told me how horrible Germany is. I typically respond by telling them that I had the pleasure of spending almost 7 years there and had a fabulous time. That normally shuts them up. One trip is not enough to determine how the entire county is…

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    March 25, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Great to know. We haven’t planned or gone on a trip in about 4 years now, which is awful and we need to. but I really don’t know where to begin !

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    Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green
    March 25, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I totally agree, just because someone else had a bad experiene doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love it. Shoot their idea of fun or bad probably isn’t the same as mine. I look to form an opinion based on my own experience.

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    March 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I totally agree! I have wanted to visit so many places that got bad reviews from family and friends!

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    Amanda Tempel
    March 27, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I agree too! I’m actually planning a trip soon, so I’m really glad I saw this.

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    Becca Wilson
    March 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Every place is different for everyone. I wish that could experience some of them for myself!

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    March 29, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Seriously. I live in the exact same town as someone and they tell me that everyone here is rude to each other. I find it to be more friendly to strangers than any place else i’ve lived. It all depends on your own experience.

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    Jessica Simms
    March 30, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I have been to restaurants or businesses that people swear they had the most horrible experience at this place. I feel like its the time you go and all the other factors that seem to play into a day in a place. I am always weary of a place when someone has a bad experience but also am still semi-willing to try it. I would love to be pleasantly surprised if it works out perfectly.

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