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Tips for Making the Most of an Overseas Trip

Travel Team | Jul 20, 2022

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Pyramids, ancient ruins, and sphynx in Egypt.

Traveling overseas is exciting but comes with its own unique challenges. To limit the stress when traveling so far from home, there are some things you can do to limit travel headaches.

Double check your passport’s expiration date.

Be sure to have enough time still left just in case you are delayed returning. The general rule of thumb is to have at least six months remaining before you leave. Make a copy of your passport and keep it digitally on your phone or laptop, and in the cloud in case, you lose it. This can help when getting a replacement.

Decide on how you will make purchases.

It always makes sense to have a bit of cash on hand, so think about when to exchange currency. For the bulk of your purchases, credit cards often offer the best exchange rates. It is a good idea to let your credit card companies know you will be traveling and using the card. Many cards will block purchases or deactivate the card when they see activity in an unusual location without notice. The same goes for your bank card if you plan to use an ATM. Let your bank know you’ll be abroad, so they don’t turn off your card. One final tip about credit cards: research which cards are most accepted at your destination. We’ve learned from personal experience that some companies are more widely used than others in certain regions. You don’t want to be in rural South America only to find out that no store will accept your brand of a credit card.

Understand COVID protocols for the countries that you visit.

Stay updated on any requirements so that you are able to enter the country and return home with as few complications as possible. Also be aware of testing requirements at your destination and home country for return, if masks are required on flights and other public transportation, and what quarantine protocols exist if any.

Do your research.

Understanding the places you travel can help you to avoid issues along the way. Everything from what you can bring into a country, to local customs, to travel alerts are all important pieces of info that can only improve your trip. Register with the U.S. Embassy in the country you’re traveling to before you leave and make a list of important contacts to keep on your phone.

Be flexible.

You might find the pace abroad is different from your day-to-day norm. Or that meals take far longer to complete. Embrace the change and be flexible with the experience for the best outcomes. You might even find these cultural differences enjoyable if you can learn to go with the flow.

Planning helps, but don’t go it alone. Travel insurance offers protection from the unexpected. Explore the options, which may vary depending on where you are going and the length of your stay. Discover the protection Seven Corners can give you.

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