International Travel Tips


Remember a little while back when I posted 5 International Travel Tips over on Meet Me in Paradise (refresh your memory here)?  Well, since then, I’ve thought of some more.  Here they are:

1.  If you’re visiting somewhere that’s known for its pick-pockets, wear a cross-body purse.  It’s harder to get off you, which makes you less of a target for purse-snachers.  Gents, put your wallet in your front pocket instead of a back one.  Losing your wallet is abroad really sucks.  Trust me, I’ve been there.

2.  If you, like most of my readers, are an American, you should be warned that your phone might not work abroad.  If it does, it’s probably going to be really expensive.  It’s definitely worth calling your cell phone company before your trip so you know what your options are.  If in doubt, keep your cell phone on airplane mode so that you’re not constantly using data.

3.  You may need an adapter to plug in your electronics.  This is something that didn’t occur to me before my first trip abroad.  I recommend that you research the voltage and outlets and consider getting an adapter before you go.  Nice hotels will often loan you one in a pinch.

So that’s 8 tips in total.  If you have one that I left you, please leave it in the comments!


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7 Responses to International Travel Tips

  1. AJ says:

    I went to Europe about 12 years ago and my mom made me wear a crossbody bag and made sure it was under my jacket the whole time. Not a fashion statement, but it also didn’t get picked/stolen. All great tips!


  2. I don’t remember if this was in your first batch of tips or not, but always let your bank know you’re going abroad! I lived in Florence for a semester and my credit cards actually got frozen the first week I was there because they thought there was “suspicious” activity on my account. It was such a hassle!

  3. Love your tips Rachel! I totally agree about the cross body bag, my friend was living in Paris and had her wallet, passport and phone stolen! She had to go to the Canadian embassy and had to try to prove who she was without any id. It was the biggest nightmare because they wouldn’t let her parents wire her money until they verified her identity, which took almost a week! Thankfully her friends were able to loan her money otherwise she wouldn’t have been able to buy food!

    xo jen

  4. Kelly says:

    These are great, especially the note about the adapter!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  5. Jessica says:

    The adapter is such an easy thing to overlook!

    (If you’re interested, I’m giving away a Stella Valle necklace. Details here.)

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