October 21, 2017

Pesky Travel Details

When planning a trip there are a ton of details to consider. As we focus on which hotels to stay in, restaurants to enjoy, sightseeing, train schedules or car rentals we may overlook some very important details.

One of these is travel insurance.  Traveling in the times of non-refundable flights and hotel cancellation fees, travel insurance may be an important item to purchase.  Tragedy can strike at any time making it necessary to return home or cancel our trip.  I’m sure we’ve all heard the horror stories of a traveler getting sick requiring a special flight home or an elderly parent gets sick while we’re in a foreign country.  This is where travel insurance comes in and the decision is yours; just remember to take time to consider whether to purchase travel insurance or not early enough in your planning cycle.  There are many travel insurance companies or you may want to look at www.insuremytrip.com who works with many companies offering travel insurance.  Before buying any insurance, make sure you check with your credit card companies as some of them include travel insurance.

ATM in Bradford on Avon England

ATM, Bradford on Avon by nicksarebi, on Flickr

If you’re traveling to a foreign country, dealing with local currency is something you need to give some thought to before leaving home.  Today, ATM’s make traveling to foreign countries so much easier!  So much so that when going to Europe I don’t usually take Euros with me (unless I have some left over) but grab money from an ATM once I arrive in the airport.  I usually only use ATMs or credit cards when traveling but you could opt for a prepaid cash card or even get local currency from your bank before leaving.  If you are getting money before you leave, make sure you do this ahead of time as most banks require you order the money which adds a few days to the process.

Make sure you give some thought to how you’re getting to the airport for your departing flight.  If you’re driving, take a look at your parking options before leaving.  Doing research or even reserving a spot may save you some money.  There are even companies out there that will compare the pricing at different airports for you.  Companies like Parking4Less offer Meet & Greet, Valet and Long Stay parking or they can help you find a hotel that includes parking.

Airport Parking

By Jim D. Woodward, on Flickr

The last thing to consider is whether to take a cell phone with you or if your cell will work in the country(s) you’ll be visiting.  If you’re with Verizon they offer a Global Travel program that will help you stay in contact while you’re away or just have a phone for safety reasons.

 

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Comments

  1. Umroh says:

    The technology in a sophisticated city

  2. Great points, Debbie. These are indeed pesky travel details that cannot be ignored.

    ATMs have made it easy and convenient to get access to funds when you travel – I’ve not used traveler’s checks, remember those? since the 70s or 80s.

    One thing to keep in mind is bank fees. Some banks charge extra to use your card to get cash internationally at the machines, some don’t. Most bank have international correspondent banks and they waive fees to withdraw funds. Before I leave home, I check which banks I can use and stick to only those banks. The fees, sometimes up to $5 per transaction, add up. I also get local currency so that I can take a taxi to my hotel.
    InsideJourneys recently posted..It’s Mango Season in Jamaica

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Very good point on the fees! I too call all my credit card companies to see what fees they charge and then use the least expensive.

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