Before you jet off on that international trip, make sure you do these five things.
Consider travel insurance
Consider travel insurance if you’re traveling abroad because. Most travel insurance plans are fairly cheap, even if you’re traveling for an extended period of time or visiting multiple countries.
Reach out to your cell phone provider
Do you know the rules and charges for international use that your mobile provider has in place? Your plan might not include international texting, data or calling. You might be able to add on an international pass that lets you use data and calling services for a set time period.
Remember to turn off data roaming and cellular data. Try using WiFi as much as possible.
Figure out the best way to exchange money
The currency in your destination country is probably not the U.S. dollar, so you might need to exchange some dollars for local currency. Research exchange rates before you leave.
Many credit cards don’t have foreign transaction fees, but it’s a good idea to have some local cash, which you can get through ATMs and banks.
Know the locations of banks and ATMs
Research where the local banks and ATMs are in the areas you’re visiting.
Tell your credit card company that you’re traveling
Suspected fraud means your credit card company might turn off your cards at the worst possible time. Call your bank or credit card company up and let them know where you’re traveling and for how long.