Friday, March 7, 2014
Probably the best thing about using credit cards when traveling overseas is that credit card purchases are exchanged at the interbank exchange rate. That's usually the best rate you can get for currency exchange. However, you may be charged a currency conversion fee by that issuer each time you make a purchase. In most cases these fees are lower than if you exchanged money at bank or facility in that country.
Check around and find a credit card that doesn't add those fees. You can find a list at www.cardhub.com.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
If you have multiple reservations for car, hotels, etc. you may want to email a copy of those and of your itinerary to yourself. That way, you always have it with you and don't need to look for a paper copy in your bag.
If you plan on using your phone to retrieve that information, be sure you aren't piling up a bunch of roaming charges.
You could also include a list of medication you regularly take, in case you need to purchase some. If your medication is a prescription, consider including the name and number of your physician.
Monday, March 3, 2014
If you are traveling outside your own country for the first time or traveling to a different country for the first time, you may want to research the laws of the country you are visiting.
Do you need a special driver's license if you're renting a car? Do you need specific insurance?
Are there any State Department safety risks?
Will you need to get any vaccinations before you visit? Do you know how far in advance you need to have those vaccinations?
Do you know why you receive two car rental agreements in Germany? One is in English and one is in German. The English one is for you...the German one for the police.
Friday, February 28, 2014
California's Pacific Coast Highway has been called one of the best US road trips by several magazines. It's easy to see why.
From sunshine to fog, this drive never disappoints as it jogs along cliff side beaches. Take time to enjoy towering redwoods, serene farms with happy grazing cattle, walks on the beach, and of course...the sunsets.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Ever travel with duct tape and dental floss? Why not? The uses are endless.
You don't need to take the whole roll of duct tape. Wrap some around a pencil , a straw, or the little package of dental floss.
You can fix just about anything for a short amount of time with these two, from buttons and hems to broken zippers.
I'll give some ideas later...what are some things you have used them for when traveling?
Monday, February 24, 2014
If you've ever lost your luggage when traveling...even for just a couple of hours...you know what it's like to try to describe it to the lost and found people.
It's black, the zipper goes all the way around, there's red tape on the handles, it's about this big, it has my name on an airport tag...
Next time, take a photo of you standing next to your luggage. It still is black with red tape on the handles...but at least they will know it's your luggage. Think about using a sturdier name tag instead of the paper ones provided at the check in counter. It may help.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
You probably know you need to allow four to six weeks to get a new or replacement passport. And, you probably know that in several countries you need six month's worth of validity remaining on it in order to enter.
Did you know you can expedite the process if necessary? It will cost you about an extra $60...
Did you also know that some countries like South Africa require at least one fully blank visa page in your passport? Without it, you may be refused entry. If you travel a lot, it would be a good idea to check your pages.