Almost one third of Romanians are feeling stressed when planning a trip
The study conducted by the free travel metasearch momondo.ro team shows that 29% of Romanians worry about how their travel plans will unfold. Germans are the least stressed (13% of respondents) and Americans have the most doubts (41% of study participants).
Planning a vacation brings a lot of enthusiasm, but it seems that for many travelers it disappears or comes with a set of worries about things that might not happen in line with expectations.
One reason that puts our country at the top of the ranking is the accuracy of the reservations: 41% of Romanians ask themselves during a trip if they have made all the reservations correctly. The respondents from Sweden (40%) were very close to us, and at the opposite end were the participants from Germany (24%). This reason is becoming more and more worrying as the age of the interviewed persons increases, reaching up to 52% of those between 56 and 65 years old.
The most common travel planning mistakes and tips to avoid them
- Wrong entry of travel data.
Many travelers make mistakes when booking flights or accommodation by entering the wrong month in the calendar. The most common errors are selecting June instead of July (or vice versa) or entering the number corresponding to the month: the 6th month instead of the 7th (or vice versa). We recommend the multiple verification of the selected data, or even the verification by another person before making the payment, because the subsequent change of travel data for a low-cost flight may be even more expensive than purchasing a new ticket.
- Wrong / incomplete introduction of contact details.
Schedule changes are common especially for air travel, and they are usually sent by SMS / email to all passengers. Incorrectly entering contact details can prevent one from knowing the information regarding the canceled or rescheduled flights, which will affect the entire vacation.
In addition to re-checking the entered data, a preventive measure can be to check the previous flight of an aircraft, because if there were delays in previous flight segments, they are likely to impact the following flights as well. You can check this on air traffic monitoring sites.
- Wrong introduction of flight segments.
Especially in the case of separately purchased layover flights, it is often the case that the flight segments are not booked correctly, wrongly selecting the departure or destination cities (they can be selected in reverse order) or selecting the wrong flight data when a flight segment occurs during midnight. Some travelers may skip this and purchase the flight ticket for a different date than necessary (either the next day or the previous day). Again, it is advisable to cross check the flight dates and hours, to avoid inconveniences.
- Not using a flight segment.
In the case of non-use of a flight segment, most companies consider not using the entire chain that would follow that segment, so there is a possibility of reselling those places. For example, a Bucharest – Amsterdam – Bangkok flight for which the Bucharest – Amsterdam segment was not used will have the possibility of the traveler not appearing in the Amsterdam – Bangkok segment. Of course, the company will find a solution to compensate for this in case of registration for the second flight segment, but these solutions may also include rescheduling the respective flight, so it is recommended to signal the resumption of the trip in this case, to avoid reorganizing the trips.
The study has been made on data collected in 2019 through an online survey among 23,400 respondents from 22 countries, out of which 1006 are Romanians of 18 to 65 years old.