Top 5 Most Common Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Traveling is an exciting part of life, but it, too, comes with its fair share of mishaps. Whether you just got the travel bug and are eager to start exploring the world or are an experienced traveler, you’re not insured against making a mistake here and there. Here are five crucial mistakes many travelers make and how to avoid them. These will spare you time, money, and headaches!

1. Overweight or Oversized Luggage

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As tempting as it may be to stuff “just another” pair of shoes, pants, or pajamas in, think again. Airlines make a lot of money on rookie mistakes like thinking you can get away with showing up with an oversized or overweight bag at the airport. This is especially important when you’re flying budget airlines, as they always find ways to charge you. Always check the baggage allowance, especially the bag size and weight, as well as the forbidden items.

2. Spending Too Much Time in Big Cities

When traveling, it can get quite tempting to just stay in the same city for longer or even spend your entire holiday there. Fight through that comfort zone and dare to go outside the big cities because there’s often a lot of magic that awaits right outside them.

3. Leaving Little Time Between Layovers

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There’s no greater shock than missing a flight because your connecting flight was delayed or, worse, canceled. Be sure to leave a good two-to-four-hour window between flights. If you’re traveling internationally, you’ll also have to go through security and immigration customs again, so keep that in mind before heading for the nearest lounge. This applies not only to flights, though. Delays can happen with virtually any type of transportation, so it’s best to have enough leeway between connections.

4. Eating Right Outside Tourist Sites

It may be convenient, but it’s usually the fastest way to get poor-quality yet very overpriced food. Not to mention the lousy service. This is one of those mistakes that can cost you not just money, but your good mood, too. Walk a couple of blocks away from the busy tourist sites or ask a local for recommendations. You won’t regret it.

5. Not Knowing Local Scams

taxi cabs Just like travel mistakes, scams are a part of life. Before heading to someplace new, research the crime rates of the destination, how safe it is, and what tourist traps and scams are common. It could be anything from creative thieves and overpriced taxi rides, to “tram scams” like they do in Budapest and other capitals.

Other Mistakes to Avoid

A big part of present-day travel is finding the so-called “hidden gems.” While that’s great, you’ll also find adventure and novelty in some widely popularized destinations (like the Dominican Republic!). Another common mistake is being afraid to travel alone. Although you need to be extra cautious and avoid certain destinations, solo travel can be incredibly rewarding, and it’s worth trying!

How to Make Haitian Epis Lamb Skewers at Your Next Barbecue

How to Make Haitian Epis Lamb Skewers at Your Next Barbecue

Looking for something new and exciting to serve for your next family get-together? Then this recipe will surely become one of your staples for upcoming barbecue parties! Marinated in flavorful Haitian Epis, these lamb skewers are tender, smoky, and easy to prepare. Follow along with this simple, yet impressive, recipe. You won’t regret it!

The Necessary Ingredients

To make around 10 skewers, you’ll need:

  • 1.3 pounds of lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 medium red onions, both cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Around 5 ounces of Haitian Epis paste
  • A teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • A teaspoon of black pepper
  • A teaspoon of Maldon salt flakes

Haitian Epis paste

To make some dipping sauce for serving from the Haitian Epis paste, you’ll require:

  • Around 7 ounces of Haitian Epis paste
  • One teaspoon of Maldon salt flakes
  • A teaspoon of black pepper
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil

Marinate for Optimal Flavor

Start by seasoning the lamb along with the red onion by placing them in a bowl and adding a teaspoon each of Maldon salt flakes, black pepper, and smoked paprika. Toss to combine and then add 4 teaspoons of the Haitian Epis paste. Mix thoroughly to coat the meat and onions. Let the meat marinate for 30 minutes or, ideally, overnight.

Prep and Grill the Lamb Skewers

Preheat your grill to medium-high or around 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Assemble the lamb skewers, alternating between meat and onion in a one-to-one ratio. Three to four pieces of onion and meat should fit on one skewer. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for around 10 minutes. Use tongs to flip the skewers every 2-3 minutes.

Haitian Epis Lamb Skewers As the skewers are cooking, make a dipping sauce from the Haitian Epis paste. Simply heat up the olive oil in a pan over medium heat and add the prepared Haitian Epis and seasoning. Stir occasionally and cook for 5-7 minutes. The paste will turn thicker and darker green. The perfect addition to delicious skewers!