Showing posts with label abroad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label abroad. Show all posts

Monday, December 8, 2014

How To Successfully Travel Internationally

Traveling to different countries is high on our priorities list! Last summer Sakura traveled to Japan (where half of her family is from) and last year Karen traveled to Paris and London. Karen loved it so much that she went back to Paris again this year (see our "A Girl's Guide To Paris" post). With all of our travels, we have collected a lot of information to help us make our travels easier. We want to share with you our tips/advice as you make your plans to travel abroad. Find our tips/advice below with direct links to many important things we think you should get. Leave a comment in the comments section below with any other tips you have for successfully traveling internationally.
  • Print your boarding pass and receipts.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, especially socks.
  • Always double look-double look your home prior to leaving to make sure you didn't leave anything behind, double check your taxi as you exit it, double check the security tray at the airport.
  • Guard your passport with your life! Have a special passport holder (here is a super cute passport holder from Target)
  • Wear glasses if you are a contacts wearer (it's likely you will fall asleep and it's no fun waking up with sticky eyes).
  • Carry on a toothbrush, hand sanitizer, and makeup wipes.
  • Weigh your bags before you leave the house (click here for an awesome, cheap luggage weight)
  • Download Viber and/or WhatsApp so you can make calls for free whenever you have Wifi.
  • However, we recommend paying for a temporary Hotspot via your phone provider because not everywhere has Wifi and it can be difficult to navigate a different country without an internet connection at the drop of a dime.
  • Bring a portable charger. When you're exploring, you don't want your phone to die!
  • Exchange your currency in your city airport to avoid the other country's fees.
  • Download iTranslate & Currency Converter app. For traveling to Europe, use the Euro to Dollar app.
  • Buy ear plugs!
  • Get locks for your suitcase. In some airports they open up your luggage if they can.
  • Buy European Adapter plugs (for those traveling to Europe). American plugs will not work in their outlets.
  • Lastly, if you're going to bring your own hair blow dryer be sure to use a voltage converter (different than an outlet adapter). While not all hotels or hostels have the type of hair blow dryer you would prefer, using your own could cause an explosion or fire.
Safe travels!
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