Monday, October 17, 2016

First Time in Europe?

Many people are experience international travelers. But, we've all been somewhere for the first time.

What should you know about traveling internationally? Should you learn the language? Do you know what the exchange rate is?

First, it's a good idea to learn a few phrases in the language wherever you're going. Words like yes, no, please, thank you, good morning are a few you should master. Knowing the difference between Departures and Arrivals is another good thing to be able to read.

Check out the exchange rate before you go and figure out how to calculate it once you get to your destination. Is that $1 US or 1 Euro?

There are so many more which I will talk about in upcoming posts.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Rental Car Questions

What do you do if you've rented a car, are ready to return it, and the rental car place is closed? What do you do if that place doesn't open before your flight leaves?

Should you park it at the rental car place, lock it, and leave the keys in the drop slot?

Do you know if your insurance covers any damage to the car once you leave it?

Will you be charged for damage that didn't occur while you had the car?

Do the circumstances change if you're in Europe or in the US?

So many questions... You might want to think about these when you rent the car.

Ask what their hours are. Ask what you should do if they're closed when you get there. Ask what you are responsible for. Ask if there happens to be a holiday on the date you want to return the car. Some places are closed on national or even city holidays.

If you've rented at a major airport, this situation probably won't ever happen. Still, it's a good idea to check their hours and the policy for returning at all hours of the day and night.

If it's a small's a really good idea to know what to do.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Come With Me to Palm Springs

Have you been to Palm Springs lately?What were your favorite spots to eat, drink, visit, and shop?

That's where I'm headed this week.

Looking forward to checking out some spots I've never been. I'll tell you all about it on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. #VisitPalmSprings

Let me know what you think.

Monday, October 10, 2016

I'm Sick and I'm Not Home

You're on vacation and you get sick.

What do you do?

Be prepared by packing a few treatment items. I don't mean pack the entire medicine cabinet. A few basics will go a long ways. Don't forget to check your insurance to see what is covered when you're away from home.

Include these:

Pain or fever reducers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin
Diarrhea medication
Motion sickness medication

Also include:

Spare pair of contact lens or eyeglasses
Extra prescription medications
Your health insurance card
Your physician's name and phone number

If you're really sick, you may need to contact a health professional.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Your Phone Has Gone Swimming

Your smart phone has everything in it. Everything.

What happens if you're in London and it breaks? What happens if it goes swimming in the Thames?

Have you synced all your information to another device?

If not, those important phone numbers, credit card contact numbers, your travel itinerary are gone.

Good thing to think about before your leave for your next trip.

Monday, October 3, 2016

What Should I Buy?

You’re stuck in an airport, wandering the duty-free shops. Everything is bright, shiny, and beckoning. It’s duty free. Right?

Even though you may find a deal once in a great while, it’s not a given that your duty-free purchase is a good buy. In fact, you’ll most likely find those electronic goods, beauty products, and high end purses usually cost less at home or online.

Do your homework before you fly. Get some idea of what products cost. Look at those you think you might be tempted to purchase.

One exception to this would be locally made or hand-crafted gifts made in that region.

How about neck pillows? You see them at every stand in every airport. If you really think you need a neck pillow, buy it before you leave home. Travel clothing websites, online, Amazon, and so many more carry them for a fraction of the cost at the airport.

Another thing that may grab your attention, is getting your foreign currency when you first land in a different country. Stop. Currency exchange desks in airports will charge a high transaction fee. Really high, in some cases. Sure, it’s convenient. But, probably not worth the fees.

Before you fly, get some money at your local bank. Many do not have foreign transaction fees.

Or, wait until you get to your destination. An ATM from a national bank will change less of a transaction fee than the airport.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Eurail Pass

If you have never traveled by train in Europe, it's something you should try. 
It can be an affordable way to see some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery. It's also a convenient and comfortable way to get from one place to the next.
If you will be traveling from country to country or doing a bunch of traveling, try out the Eurail Pass. Here are some tips which may help you when using the Eurail Pass.
Use your pass on days where you will be traveling on longer train journeys. If you will be on the train for more than three hours, the Eurail Pass is cost effective. If the ride is shorter, it's not such a savings.
Use your pass if you will be on an overnight train. If you start at 7 pm or later, you will have until midnight the next day to use only one day of your pass. 
Most high speed trains in Europe require seat reservations. If you are using your Eurail Pass, you need to pre-book those early.