Monday, 30 January 2017

5 international travel tips that you need to know

For many of us, holiday travel is part of life.
However, an overseas trip may add a layer of stress. Reason being, it involves more time to prepare when you are already overloaded with shopping & holiday plans, year-end work projects.
Before things get too irresistible, we have compiled a list of hot tips that can help you better prepare for your trip.

1.      Money tips for international travel:
You have to call your bank and credit card companies to let them know when you will be away. If you do not do this, your bank can suspend your card for possible suspicious activity.
Check to see if you’ve a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees. If you do not have one, you could consider a new card without these fees and can save more money.
Many credit card companies will mail out cards overnight at no charge, so be sure to ask about this if you are travelling within a week.
Take a credit card with a smart chip. Many countries use payment machines that only take cards with smart chips that are less susceptible to fraud.
Get money ahead of time. Although you’ll likely find an ATM when you land, it is helpful to have money on hand in the proper currency when you arrive.

2.      Passport and safety tips for international travel:
Always ensure that your passport is ready to go and that you’ve included your passport number in your airline ticketing information.
You can make copies of your passport and pack one copy in your luggage and leave one at home with someone you trust.
You can also store an electronic copy. In this way, if you lose your passport, you can fall back on the copies to prove your citizenship and can get back home more easily.
You can also enrol in the Smart Traveller Enrolment Program (STEP) through the U.S. Department of State.
If you are a U.S. citizen or national, you can enroll your trip with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country you are planning to visit.
This will help the embassy reach you in an emergency and you will also get important information regarding safety conditions in your destination country.

3.      Packing and airport tips for international travel:
Ideally, your luggage should not exceed the airline’s maximum weight limit. So make sure you check on this ahead of time.
This way you will not be charged extra. It is also advisable to pack one day’s worth of clothes and your medications in a carry-on bag.
You can check-in for your flight in advance and download the airline app onto your phone. When you arrive to the airport, it can save you from the hassle of finding your paper ticket.

4.       Insurance tips for international travel:
If you are travelling to visit grandma and using airline miles to pay for your flight, then you do not need travel insurance.
But if you are taking a vacation complete with hotels, tours, flights, and more, buying travel insurance is a smart move.
Reason being, certain policies will compensate you if you’ve to cancel your trip or leave early.
However, you will not be eligible for some coverage if you purchase insurance within 10 days of your departure date. There’re still other policies you can purchase up until the day before you leave.
You can call your health insurance provider to check whether medical costs are covered in your destination country or not. Many insurance companies only cover health care in the United States.
If so, you might need to consider purchasing medical insurance through a travel insurance provider.
You can pack your trip insurance policy plan information, including your company contact details and plan number.
You can also store a copy electronically and leave one at home. In this way, you can access it in case you lose the information you brought with you.
Before you leave, you can surely come up with other odds and ends to take care of like placing a mail hold & adding a roaming option to your phone plan.

5.      Get a proper Check-up and Appropriate Vaccination:
Always have a physical prior to your trip to make sure that you are healthy enough to travel abroad, and ensure that you know the health concerns of the country you are planning to visit.
Numerous worldwide travel destinations need vaccinations prior to your arrival. So make sure you know the immunizations you need and that you are immunized prior to your trip.

If this is your first time travelling abroad, or if you just need a refresher here is a list of tips you should do or otherwise bring before your trip:

Security & Health
1.       Check-in with your doctor and insurance carrier
2.       Bring copies of your passport.
3.       Leave a copy of your passport.
1.       Look up the monetary conversion before you go
2.       Make sure your credit card will work in the country you’re visiting.
3.       Always have local cash
4.       Call your bank or credit card provider.
Local Research:
1.       Check the voltage of your electronics.
2.       Activate your phone’s global capabilities.
3.       Bring a charger adapter.
Luggage & packing:
1.       To check a bag or not to check bag
2.       Bring snacks.
3.       To check a bag or not to check bag

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