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Let’s face it, the world has become a much smaller place. With the advent of the airplane, traveling all over the world has become almost routine. Discount vacation brokers have made vacationing overseas affordable for almost everybody. Although world travel hasn’t become old hat to us yet, we are beginning to get our globe-trotting legs under us. The more we travel, the more we learn. Here are just a few of the things that we think travelers should make sure to have before planning that next international vacation!
Things You Need to Travel Internationally
This probably goes unsaid, but just in case you didn’t know, you are going to need a passport to travel outside of your home country. Make sure to apply well before your expected date of departure as it could take up to 6 weeks to receive your new ID. You may also want to make sure that your photo looks decent. You’ll have to live with it for the next 10 years or so, so be sure to freshen up a bit before you get that picture snapped. Unfortunately, I am speaking from experience on this one.
2) Credit Card with No Foreign Transaction Fees
So, you’re on the trip of a lifetime. You are overseas in…let’s just say London. You’re stoked to go out and see the sights of the city. You’ve got tickets for waiting for you at the will call of your favorite West End theater. You go to pull out your wallet to pay for the tickets…and it is gone! Missing! NO! What are you going to do? How are you going to eat? Transferring money overseas can cost you an arm and a leg. If only you had opted for a credit card with no foreign transaction fees, you could have avoided those high fees!
Not only will opening a traveler’s card make you sound cool to the ladies (or the gents), but it can be a lifesaver if you travel frequently. Plus, it makes currency exchanges a breeze…because…well…it’s figured out for you. You may even be able to find credit cards offering sweet signup bonuses that can help you travel for free to your destination.
3) Decent Luggage
Whether you are going to your mom’s over Thanksgiving weekend or to Caribbean for a second honeymoon, you are going to want to have a decent set of luggage. It doesn’t have to be super fancy or anything. In fact, we purchased our luggage off of Craigslist. Still, your bags are going to need to be big enough to carry the stuff you want to take with you. Personally, I love expandable luggage because you can get a little more space out of it when needed. Be careful though. Airlines will restrict both the size and the weight of your bags and you’ll be charged more if you go over these restrictions.
These are just a few of the things that you may want to have in place before your next big adventure. I am sure that there are a ton of items I am missing, so help me out here! Share your travel “must-haves” in the comments below!