Tips for traveling abroad:
- Pay down credit card balances to ensure that you will have enough credit
while away. It is a great idea to take two different credit cards, as well as
- Make sure you do not have too many digits in your PIN. Many
foreign ATM’s will not accept more than four digits. In addition, retain
the telephone numbers to call for lost or stolen debit and credit cards.
two copies of your passport. Leave one copy at home with someone who can be easily
contacted and take the other copy with you on your trip, keeping it in a safe
place, separate from the original.
- Purchase as much of your trip as possible
before leaving the US. Look for hotels and packages that will guarantee their
rates in US dollars.
- Obtain enough foreign currency to pay for incidentals when
you first arrive, such as the taxi ride from the airport to your hotel. You will
want to have enough local currency to get you through the first day, or until
the ATMs or banks open. Banks and ATMs will generally have a more favorable exchange
- Eat where the locals eat: hotel dining is typically the most expensive
choice. Make breakfast and/or lunch your main meal as often as is enjoyable… the
early meals can be up to 50% the price of dinner, even at the same establishment.
for your VAT (Value Added Tax) refund. When traveling in a country in which the
VAT is assessed, ask for the refund forms when shopping, and keep all purchase
receipts. In some countries, the VAT is as high as 24%!
- It is a great idea to
buy hand sanitizer for use when there is no sink available. A product such as “Purell” requires
no water or towels, and a drop on your hands will, in seconds, make them clean
and bacteria free.
- Purchase several pre-paid telephone calling cards. They are
the simplest and cheapest way to call home. The US country code is 01 when calling
home from overseas.
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