When doing your travel planning consider these Five tips!
VISA AND PASSPORT RULES
The responsibility is always on you, the traveler, to know all the visa and rules for all the countries you are visiting. Rules can often change without warning, so be alert and check with each country’s embassy. When doing travel planning, know which are the proper documents, you may be blocked at the front end of your trip from leaving. There are far too many stories of people being denied boarding for a cruise because they didn’t have all the documents for a port of call. Check every stop (even if it’s only a stopover on the way to somewhere else). NOTE: Some countries have passport rules that will prevent you from entering if your passport expires in less than 6 months. Don’t assume it’s good until the expiration date.
A wise rule of thumb is to always verify, within 24 hours of BOOKING your trip, the dates and destinations for accuracy. Then do it again 24-48 hours before your DEPARTURE. Consider taking a print-out of your itinerary and confirmation numbers on your trip.
Record credit card numbers and add credit card hotline numbers, airline contacts and embassy/consulate numbers to your smart phone. If you keep this vital information in an online organizer (i.e. Evernote), you know you can always gain access whenever you need it.
Remember to check vaccination requirements or recommendations for your destination countries. One reliable source is the World Health Organization, available online at www.who.int
CELL PHONE SERVICE
If traveling abroad or cruising be sure to always check with your wireless carrier for your rate plan rules, and coverage areas.
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