If I’m going to be gone for a nice long vacation, there are things I normally do to prepare for my trip. Below you will find the 5 things to do before you leave on vacation.

 

 

1. CALL YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY

 

 I always call them before I leave the country. I have had the unfortunate experience to be in a foreign country, trying to make a purchase and not be able to because the card was declined. This wasn’t because I didn’t have any credit, it was because the credit card company was trying to protect me from fraudulent charges.

I had to call them and straighten everything out. It was a simple phone call but if you don’t have access to a phone, trying to make a call can be an arduous process. So, let your CC company know where you will be traveling before you leave. And if you have a CC or debit card through your bank, let them know.

 

2. CUT OFF ANY SERVICES YOU CAN DO WITHOUT

If I am going to be gone for a few weeks, I will call my Internet provider, my cell phone company and my cable service and put these on hold so that I am not paying for a bill while I am gone. I don’t use my cell phone when I’m traveling to make calls, so that isn’t an issue.

And since I normally travel with my computer, I don’t need Internet access on my phone. If the thought of not using your phone makes you nervous, see if you can alter your plan for the time you will be gone. My cell phone company has worked with me when I call them and tell them I will be out of the country, maybe yours will as well.

 

3. PUT A VACATION HOLD ON YOUR MAIL

One thing that can be an attention getter is an overstuffed mailbox. There is no reason to broadcast to everyone that passes by your residence that you are not picking up your mail. You can go to the post office near your home and ask for a vacation hold, and all of your mail will be saved for you at the post office. When you return from vacation, your mail will be waiting for you.

 

 

4. LEAVE A COPY OF YOUR ITINERARY WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST

It is very important that someone know where you are, especially if you are traveling to a foreign country. When I was a Tour Manager, I would send my parents an Excel spreadsheet that had all my hotel information, the dates I would be staying in each hotel, and my flight information.

This way, they could look at the spreadsheet at anytime and know where I was supposed to be. Now that I’m no longer a Tour Manager, I still let them know where I will be staying (I give them the address of the apartments I’ve rented), and the number of the telephone that I am using. Since I normally buy a local cell phone when I travel overseas, incoming calls are free for me and my parents can reach me at anytime which makes them very happy.

 

 

5. ALWAYS CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR YOUR DESTINATION

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I was traveling with a friend of mine and when we got to our destination, she didn’t have the correct clothing. I asked her why she didn’t pack accordingly and she said, “But it’s always hot here! I just knew it would be warm.”

Well, it wasn’t. It was chilly and not at all suitable for the summer clothes she packed. She had to buy a jacket, a pair of pants,  and a pair of shoes because she was really cold. This was several years ago and I have since learned that if I’m traveling with someone, I now tell them what the weather will be because I always check before leaving.

 

I hope these tips have helped you, is there

anything you do before you leave?

 

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Some people travel. Roni IS travel. For over 20 years she has been traveling the world and now shares her unique insight with her worldwide audience on her blog, www.RoniTheTravelGuru.com. Whether you have never gotten on a plane or are a seasoned traveler, the expertise and insider knowledge she shares on her blog will help you make your travels an adventure. No where else can you find the uniquely helpful ins and out given to you by someone who has lived overseas for 4 years, speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, and works for a major airline. And guess what? She’s also a licensed elementary teacher and has an MBA.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Roni! I do a couple of other things to add to your list. I make two copies of our passports and leave one with my itinerary person and keep the other copy with us, but separate from the actual passports. The other thing I do is make sure I have the country’s currency with me and I divide that up between everyone on the trip in case it gets lost or stolen. And the last two things I do are – I check to see if any shits are required for where we are traveling and if any travel visas need to be filed before we go. I’m sure I do more things, too, but those are the ones that popped in my head. Love your blog!!

  2. I really like the idea of putting the travel itinerary inside of a spreadsheet. Its super convenient to have all of the information in one place. Its also easy to send to someone else. I traveled to China with a group and I was amazed at the coordination of it. Traveling on my own seemed a little overwhelming but, post like this have some really helpful ideas.

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