VIDEO: Tips for International Travel

Tips for International Travel
Whether you’re going to see the great sights of Europe or visit a tiny village in the South Pacific, international travel takes some planning. At we’ve picked four key tips to make sure things go smoothly. 

First, get passports and visas.  About 2 to 3 months before your departure, make sure that everyone in your group, including newborns, has a valid passport.  Also, find out if your travel will require you to carry a visa.  Some countries require them and others don’t, but don’t procrastinate, because some application processes can take weeks.

Second, tee up your cell phones and credit cards.  If you plan on making phone calls or searching the web while overseas, find out how much it will cost you. You might decide to add an international roaming plan or use video chat instead.  Also, notify your bank and ask about surcharges for credit card purchases while abroad.

Third, learn the roads.  Before you rent a car, get familiar with the local driving conditions, laws, and customs. Country-specific information can be found on the U.S. State Department’s International Travel site.  

Fourth, familiarize yourself with the destination’s culture.  Learn basic phrases like hello, yes, and no. Also, find out if there are any customs, such as appropriate attire, that might be different from your own culture.

Traveling internationally can seem overwhelming, but with a little planning, you’ll be on your way! 

Published: 10 Sep 2012 | Last Updated: 12 Sep 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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