7 International Travel Tips to Keep You Safe

Many of you are getting ready to travel to Paris for the Inaugural Disneyland Paris Race Weekend.  While some of you may be working with travel agents, many of you planned your trips on your own.  For my travel clients, I always try to put together several resource emails so that they can access information they may need both before and during their adventures.

1) Make Copies of Passports
All travelers in your party MUST have a current passport when traveling abroad.  It’s important to have copies of the passport in case something happens.  I always recommend to my clients that they make two (2) copies of each traveler’s passport. Keep one copy in a secure location or with a trusted family member. Keep the second copy with you in a secure area and/or take a photo and keep it on your phone.

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2) Airport Transfers
There’s nothing worse than arriving at an airport, especially in a foreign country, and not having any idea how you’re going to get from the airport to your hotel. You should always scope out whether you’ll take a shuttle, private car or the train ahead of time.

3) Travelers Checks
It’s a good idea to take some traveler’s checks with you to change into foreign currency upon your arrival at your destination. Most of the time, you’ll be able to use your credit card, but you should travel with some ability to change cash into foreign currency.

4) Cell Phones
Keep in mind that you can use Wi-Fi on your cell phone and not incur roaming and data charges during international travel. It’s important to note that your current data and cell usage plan does not always transfer to overseas use. Contact your cell phone carrier to find out about using your cell phone oversees. Most carriers offer the ability to purchase a 1 month International Travel Plan.  If you don’t purchase a plan from your carrier, it’s best to turn off your “Data Roaming” and/or “Cellular Data Usage” in your devices settings. This will prevent you from incurring very expensive roaming charges. You’ll still be able to connect to Wi-Fi in your hotel or any other location where Wi-Fi is available.

5) Know the location of the US Embassy
Know where the US Embassy is wherever you are traveling. Keep their address in your phone or, better yet, your brain in case of emergency.

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6) Consider signing up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
Consider signing up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive notifications and alerts in case of emergency. Registering your trip with the US Embassy also allows them to track US Citizens in the country in the event of an issue.

7) Tipping Guidelines
Tipping is one of those things that varies across the world. These tipping guidelines are a great resources for standards in varies countries. 

These tips will help you stay safe as you cross all those destinations off your bucket list!

Happy Travels!

Are you a seasoned travel? What tips do you share with friends and family that you’ve learned over the years?

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Cassandra Burke is a Forensic Scientist by day, and a Group Fitness Instructor, Swim Team Coordinator and Travel Agent by night. A Breast Cancer Survivor since 2010, she writes about her journey as well as her struggles – training for triathlons and races, struggling to get back her health, and balancing family life all while building her brand and finding her purpose after cancer. Subscribe to Cassandra’s newsletter for updates and follow @poweredbybling on social media! For endurance sport race travel and custom family vacation travel, visit her at pbbtravel.com.

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