Your first step when thinking about traveling out of the country should be to thoroughly research the safety of the destination. To access the U. S. State Department's travel advisories click here
Every country has rules about how people can come across its borders. For the most current information about travel documentation, visit the U. S. State Department.
Before you travel, make sure you'll be able to pay for goods and services without any issues. It's a good idea to take at least two credit cards with you. Call your credit card company before you travel to let them know when and where you'll be travelling.
It's also a good idea to have some of the local currency on hand. Your bank can probably help you obtain foreign currency. You can also obtain exchange rate information and order currency online from services like Travelex.
What should you take with you? Use our packing checklist to make sure you have everything you need.
First, you have to ask yourself if you pet likes to travel. Second, you have to find out if your destination allows pets. For foreign travel, that includes understanding the quarantine rules before you fly. And your pet might need a passport for some destinations. Check out Pet Travel for more information.
Citymapper - find your way easily around major cities.
Google Translate - When travelling abroad, you'll likely come across a shop or restaurant where no one speaks English. Google Translate can help whether you need a couple of words or take a photo of a menu or sign for a full translation.
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