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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling Abroad

Everything You Need to Know About Traveling Abroad

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At Unity Travel, we are experts in all things music, lifestyle, and well… travel.

When it comes to traveling, especially abroad, it’s always good to be thorough. Make a checklist. There are the obvious items, like your passport, and the not-so-obvious, like 2 photocopies of your passport.

Here are our lil nuggets of wisdom to help you on your next adventure:

Money

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  • Look up the conversion rate before you go. The U.S. dollar and other currencies are always fluctuating.
  • As a rule of thumb, it’s always best to use a travel credit card. They will have the lowest exchange rate, and little-to-no swiping fees. Plus, you get those sweet, sweet travel points.
  • That being said, you should always bring some cash on you. In case you have a card malfunction, or for any other reason, just to be safe. Also, the American dollar is sometimes accepted in some places like Mexico and Canada.
  • You want to know when would be the best day for you to convert your money, and where would be the best place. The best place to exchange currency is at your local bank, their conversion will be exact. Avoid getting cash back from an ATM in the country you arrive in. Exchanging currency at the airport you arrive in are also rip-offs with high fees and profit margins.
  • Most importantly, don’t forget to tell your bank you are traveling. They may think the foreign card swipes are fraudulent and shut your card off. Trust me, there is nothing worse than getting ready to purchase that ice cold pina colada on the beach to only have your card decline.

Electronics

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  • Bring a charging adapter. This one should be a no-brainer, but many people forget. In this day and age, our phones are our lifeline when we travel. They help us with directions, they help us with translation, and we book things on them. If you’re phone dies and you don’t have the right kind of charger, you’re gonna have a bad time.
  • On the same note, bring an external charger. They are lifesavers. Especially for long flights, music festivals, and a long day exploring. Make sure you charge it every night when you get back to your room as well.
  • Check the voltage of your electronics. True story, I brought my mini-hairdryer out of the country. I used my charger adaptor, turned on my device, then the power in the entire hotel went out. Don’t be like me. Check the voltage.
  • Talk to your phone provider about traveling abroad. It may cost extra, but they will help you out as much as they can. I once left the country without talking to my provider and racked up an insanely high phone bill due to international roaming. The next time I left, I kept my phone in airplane mode the entire time. That was also not ideal.
  • Phone apps: Whatsapp is the best app for making phone calls and sending text messages. It works on wifi and you won’t get charged for sending SMS. If you’re traveling to a country where their language is not your native tongue, get a translation app to help communicate with locals. Yelp is great for finding the best local restaurants. And of course, make sure you have any type of map that has directions besides Apple Maps because that is truly the worst.

Packing

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  • Look up the rules, fees, and weight limits, and size requirements for luggage. Know ahead of time if you plan on checking or luggage. You don’t want to be surprised with extra fees last minute.
  • Pack an extra set of clothes on your carry on. You always want to prepare for the worst. If your luggage gets lost en route, at least you won’t be wearing 3-day-old underwear by the time you get your belongings back.
  • Roll your clothes when packing. It saves an unbelievable amount of space.
  • Bring a large scarf with you. It doesn’t take up too much space and they make great impromptu blankets.

Leisure

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  • Buy tickets for the places you want to visit ahead of time. When you’re on vacation, time is of the essence. You don’t want to spend hours where you could be exploring waiting in lines. If there is a museum, a show, concert, or activity you are interested in going to, get it ahead of time,
  • Research other events going on while you’re there. The best part about traveling is engulfing yourself in the local culture. There are many cultural events around the world happening every day, make sure you’re not missing out!

    Miscellaneous

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  • Make sure you have all the proper vaccinations and all of your prescriptions are renewed. If you have health insurance, see if your policy applies overseas. If it doesn’t, add extra coverage. Or purchase travelers health insurance.
  • Bring a mini-first aid kit
  • Never leave your phone or valuables in your back pocket.

Happy Travels!

 

 

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