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So, you are getting ready to travel abroad for the first time? With your ticket and passport in hand, there is still so much planning before you head to the airport. International travel requires a bit of pre-planning to ensure smooth sailing on your vacation.
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Five Travel Essentials for First Time Travelers:
1. Copy of your Passport
For first time international travelers, do not forget about potential traveler’s worst nightmares. We all hope for the best, but it is wise to plan for something to go wrong. Make a copy of your passport and credit cards and keep them separately, just in case they get lost or stolen.
A copy of your passport will make getting a temporary replacement from the local embassy easier. A copy of your credit cards includes the customer service phone number to quickly cancel your cards, before a thief can rack up undesirable charges.
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3. Credit Card with no foreign transaction fee
We always recommend carrying a certain amount of foreign currency when traveling, whether you convert the money at your home bank or at a currency exchange.
However, it is so easy now in many countries to use your credit card and skip the worry of carrying large amounts of cash or ending the trip with extra foreign currency. In many cases you also get a better exchange rate through your credit card.
Make sure to double check if your credit card charges foreign transaction fees, and if it does, sign up for a no-fee travel credit card to use during your trip.
Also, make sure to let your financial provider know the dates and destinations on your international trip, so the fraud prevention team does not block your credit card.
4. Quality headphones
It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of visiting a new country for the first time. Do not forget what it takes to get to an international destination: long flights, layovers, and sometimes bus or train transfers. High quality and noise canceling headphones help you shift into full relaxation mode no matter the environment.
The most important thing to remember when traveling abroad for the first time is to pack a positive attitude. Visiting a foreign country can mean new customs, new languages, new foods and new social norms, to explore, experience and enjoy.
5. Electric Plug Adaptor and Converter
The most surprising thing for first time travelers is when they walk into the hotel room, ready to relax and charge their cellphone, only to find the charging cord does not fit in the wall plug.
Purchase an electric plug adaptor that will fit in the country you are visiting or opt for a multipurpose adaptor that will work in a majority of locations around the world.
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