The two great sins of packing are overdoing it and leaving important stuff behind. Follow these tips to make sure you and all the essentials get where you’re going. In the past 18 months, I’ve boarded airplanes more than 30 times in a dozen countries. Each time, I’ve gotten a bit better at packing and a bit less likely to forget things that make traveling easier. Here are my suggestions for stress-free packing for your next adventure. Choose the best luggage Choosing the right luggage is sometimes the hardest part of packing. It’s important to be nimble while navigating crowds and narrow alleyways, but bringing a pack that’s too small can create other challenges. If everything only just fits in your pack, you may end up wasting a lot of time repacking when you move hotels. A wheeled suitcase, a duffel, and a backpack all have pros and cons. When I’m deciding which type to bring, I consider how often and for how long I’ll need to carry my … [Read more...] about How to Pack for Adventure Travel
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Every once in a while I’ll be on a tour or staying at a hotel where I can’t help but hear the conversations around me. Sometimes I hear something that makes me stop what I’m doing and listen. The latest happened on a trip to Peru recently when one traveler asked, in amazement, “Why would you use a debit card to pay for an $8,000 tour? Are you out of your mind?!” The recipient of this question mumbled something about responsible spending and not going into debt, but the others at the table hit him with a barrage of arguments that had him saying, “Okay, OKAY—I get it. So what card should I get?” On the one hand, you’ve got to admire a guy who got to retirement age without putting things on a credit card. That restraint and fiscal responsibility are admirable. On the other hand, half the people at that table I was eavesdropping on had not paid for their flight—they cashed in miles to get to Peru. This guy, on the other hand, had … [Read more...] about Are You Getting All the Credit Card Perks for Travelers?
By Ann Carrns Published 9:09 pm PST, Friday, February 15, 2019 Customers wait in line at a Dollar rental car counter at San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif., Monday, May 9, 2011. Hertz is raising the stakes in its pursuit of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. in hopes of besting rival Avis' efforts to acquire the Oklahoma-based car rental agency. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) less Customers wait in line at a Dollar rental car counter at San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif., Monday, May 9, 2011. Hertz is raising the stakes in its pursuit of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group ... more Photo: Paul Sakuma / AP Photo: Paul Sakuma / AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Customers wait in line at a Dollar rental car counter at San Jose International Airport … [Read more...] about Renting cars with a debit card is made easier at Dollar and Thrifty
Travel alone can be an intimidating thing. If you’ve never been outside your home country, the idea of getting on a plane bound for an entirely unfamiliar place can be terrifying. When I first decided to move to Thailand, I had never been to Asia, never traveled much on my own, and didn’t have any idea what I was doing. To say I was nervous would be a big understatement. But what you’ll quickly discover when you travel to a new place, is that while it might be intimidating at first, it’s almost always worth it. If you’re a new traveler, you probably have a hundred questions, doubts, and concerns about what it will be like. Whether you’re going on a weekend trip or traveling around the world for a year, it can be a lot to prepare for. Here are a few tips to ensure your next trip includes all the fun and none of the stress. View Contents1 Be Cautious But Not Fearful2 Make Use of Technology3 Get a Good Carry On Bag4 Book Your Flights Through Comparison … [Read more...] about Top 10 Tips for those Traveling Alone for the First Time
19 Dec 10 Brilliant Credit Card and Money Tips for Traveling Abroad Posted at 20:53h in Blog by Victoria You need to know the rules about your credit card when traveling to another country. Learn these 10 brilliant tips for using a credit card internationally. Do you want to travel abroad and explore the world? More Americans are traveling to other countries with a record 80 million traveling abroad in 2016. Don’t be overwhelmed with how to exchange money and how you will pay for your purchases – your credit card will help you take advantage of the best conversion rates. You need to know the rules about your credit card when traveling to another country. Learn these 10 brilliant tips for using a credit card internationally. 1. Let the Bank Know You are Traveling First and foremost, let the bank know you plan to travel to another country. This is a huge red flag, and the bank may freeze your account if they don’t know you are abroad. The last … [Read more...] about 10 Brilliant Credit Card and Money Tips for Traveling Abroad