• Look over your documents.  Ensure that you are aware of hotel and tour locations and allot the appropriate amount of travel time.
  • Check in for your flight and get your boarding passes ready 24 hours ahead of time.
  • Purchasing travel insurance is a plus. It will cover things like trip cancellation, trip interruption and health issues. Most personal insurance is not accepted internationally.
  • Contact your wireless provider about an international rate plan and your service options in your destination.
  • If possible, use credit cards instead of debit cards. Credits cards offer a higher level of protection if lost or stolen. Debit cards are linked to your assets. It may take a while for banks to reissue stolen funds to your account.
  • Try to keep small bills on you for tips, drivers, tour-guides, etc.
  • Contact your credit card company to let them know you will be traveling out of the country to prevent interruptions on your accounts
  • Photocopy your passport; just in case anything is lost or stolen you can still prove your identity to authorities.  You may also want to give a copy to family along with your itinerary.
  • Check currency exchange rates.  Depending on destination it may be cheaper to purchase ahead of time or by ATM when you get there.
  • Obtain power adapters and converters.  These vary depending on destination, be sure to check and purchase the appropriate devices to charge your electronics.
  • If your flight is delayed, and you have purchased travel insurance– be sure to keep all delay related receipts, boarding passes, and reason for flight delay (if you can get the desk attendant to stamp or write the reason for the delay on your boarding pass or take a photo with the cancel or delay sign from your phone.) Check your insurance carrier for particulars about payment for delay times.
  • If your luggage is delayed or damaged be sure to go right to the luggage claim area and file a claim for lost luggage or luggage damage. You will need this documentation to file an insurance claim.
  • Things are going to be different in each new place you visit.  Relax. Go with the flow.   After all, isn’t that the reason you are going on your vacation in the first place?
  • Bring your sense of humor. We can plan everything, but sometimes, things happen. Embrace it and have a good time anyway!