Whether you are beating the crowds in early December on your way to London or traveling to Rio for New Years, International holiday travel can be exciting and wonderful.
To avoid the pitfalls that might make a trip painful or terrible, expect the best but prepare for the worst and follow five simple international travel tips this holiday season:
Sign your passport, and fill in emergency information
Update and sign your valid passport, and a visa, if required. Don’t forget to also fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
Qipit itinerary, passport and other important documents
Make sure you are protected in case of theft, loss or other emergency by making easy to access digital backup copies of important documents. Qipit, a free service, turns any camera phone into a mobile scanner so you can convert important documents (travelers checks, driver’s license, passport or itinerary), into enhanced easy-to-read digital copies that can be saved online, emailed or faxed right from your phone to anywhere in the world.
Review your insurance coverage
Confirm with your medical insurance provider that your policy applies overseas and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If your coverage does not cover you abroad, consider supplemental insurance.
Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws
While visiting a foreign country, you are subject to its laws.
The State Department website has useful safety and other information about the countries you will visit.
Don’t make yourself a target
To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear flashy clothing or jewelry. Further, do not carry excessive amounts of cash.
Lastly, do not leave your luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.
By following the five tips above this little bit of preparation will ensure that this holiday travel season is the best yet for you and your family.
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