Travel Tips Tuesday – International Edition!

Traveling internationally is one of the most rewarding experiences that a traveler can enjoy, and immersing yourself in a different country or culture can open your eyes to new and fantastic perspectives. That said, traveling internationally comes with its own set of challenges. Luckily, Travel Makers has some international travel tips that will help you out – lets jump right in!


  1. Check your passport expiration date and bring copies of it!

Any travel agent worth their salt will tell you that most countries won’t let you through customs unless your passport is valid for three months after you are scheduled to leave their country. While this is for security, it can be an unfortunate barrier for some wishing to travel abroad. Additionally, make copies of your passport in the event it is lost or stolen, as copies make its easier to work with the U.S. Embassy to help you get home.


  1. Register with your Embassy

Some places are relatively safe, but bad things can happen anywhere. In the event that something happens to you, letting the Embassy know your travel plans can help them help you should something go wrong. Use the Embassy! They’re there to help!

  1. Don’t forget the adapters

Nothing could be worse than sitting down at a beautiful seaside restaurant in Greece and realizing that you can’t take any pictures. Europe uses a different electrical system than we do here in the states, and you’ll need special adapters to charge all of your electronics. These can easily be found online, and its worth picking up a set if you plan on traveling abroad. That said, most large hotels overseas sell them in the snack area, but you’ll pay a hefty markup.

  1. For goodness sakes, don’t exchange your money at the airport

Airport currency exchanges are convenient, sure, but they’re going to charge a huge fee to switch out your money. Most U.S. banks allow you to exchange currency while you’re still inside the U.S., and require you to order the currency ahead of time before you pick it up. International ATMs are another option, but watch out for the ATM fees!

  1. Have a good time!

Finally, there joy of traveling internationally is that you get to meet new people, see new places, and try new things. Don’t be afraid to sample and exotic dish or learn a few words in a different language. The best part of travel is being to open yourself up to new experiences, so get out there and explore!


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International Travel Tips from Travel Makers