WHERE TO BEGIN

Whenever you travel, you need to be aware of one of the most important things- handling money. Always notify your bank of where you will be to avoid your cards being frozen because of a fraud alert. In other countries, withdraw the maximum amount of cash needed to avoid paying high international bank/atm fees. It is always a good idea to keep emergency cash in a separate pocket or location in case your wallet or bags are stolen. Do not flaunt money or valuables! Doing so will easily make you a target.

 

Traveling is not as easy as just booking a plane ticket and exploring new worlds. Every country has their own set of visa and vaccination requirements. Do your research BEFORE you book! Some countries will not even let you board the plane without a visa and proper  vaccinations. Every visa has its own fee (some might even be free) but always set aside a budget just in case!

 

Getting travel rewards by using the right credit card can be a lifesaver.  Earning points on your card for travel necessities such as hotels, hostels, restaurants, rental cars and transportation can help you save money down the road.  Credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred (or Reserve if you can swing it), American Express Gold Card, or other credit cards can benefit you in the long run.  Even if you don’t reap the rewards immediately on your trip, they can be used to upgrade your flight back home to make the final leg of your journey more comfortable.  Extra leg room and a few free drinks goes a long way after living out of a backpack for the last few months.