A Checklist Before an International Trip

We are less than a month away until our international trip.  I still haven’t researched things to do in the country we will be visiting, and I have a few things to take care of before jetting off.  I thought I’d share my checklist of things to do before our trip to hopefully help someone else with their own travels.  Thanks for stopping by!

Notify Your Bank of an International Trip

Make sure you tell your bank and credit card companies of your trip or else you may find your cards not working abroad.

Double Check If You Need a Visa to Enter the Country

I’ve double checked and we are okay.

Do Currency Exchange in Advance

I like to use Travelex so we don’t have to deal with currency exchange at the airport.

Figure Out Transportation from the Airport to the Hotel

I still haven’t researched how to get to our hotel once we land.  We may just pay for the convenience of a taxi.

Pay Rent and Other Bills Before You Take Off

Since we’re leaving on May 1, we need to make sure we pay rent.






Helpful Tips Before an International Trip

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Safety is always a priority when I travel.  Before choosing a place to visit, I first research what neighborhoods or areas to avoid.  Despite great deals on Hotel.com, Expedia, or other sites like Priceline, I base my accommodations on location.  I even go as far as looking at Google streetview, and if I’m happy with the vicinity, then I go ahead and book.  The other thing that I research especially when leaving the country is common tourist scams.  I don’t think anyone wants to be scammed, and I sure as heck don’t want to be kidnapped like the movie, Taken.  So other than researching safety, below are some other things to think about before jetting off to another country:

  1. Adapter plug for your phone and electronics.
  2. Check to see if the country you’re visiting requires a visa.  For Americans visiting Australia, it’s a requirement before entering the counter.  However, if you’re going to France you don’t need one.
  3. Your passport.  Invest in a passport holder so you don’t lose it.  For me, I put mine in a wristlet to be hands free when going through airport security.
  4. A credit card that doesn’t charge international fees.
  5. Currency exchange for transportation costs.  I’ve only used Travelex, but you can probably exchange currency at the airport.
  6. Initial transportation. Are you going to take a taxi, a bus, shuttle, train, subway, or Uber?
  7. Earbuds for watching movies on the plane.  You can use the ones provided in-flight, but for germaphobes, bring your own.
  8. Hand sanitizer and/or wipes if you want to wipe down your pullout tray and seat belt buckle.
  9. Water.  This will help you stay hydrated.  I once landed with a huge migraine because I didn’t drink enough water on the plane.
  10. Comfortable walking shoes if you plan to do a lot of walking.  As tourists, it’s recommended.
  11. In my opinion, a carry-on is enough for a trip.  A checked bag is okay if you have a direct flight, but I wouldn’t recommend it otherwise.  The less stuff you bring, the less that gets stolen.
  12. Dramamine if you get motion sickness.

What to Wear on your flight:

Comfortable clothes.  Just remember you’ll be sitting for at least 10 hours or more.  For those on birth control, overweight, or of old age, compression socks are highly recommended to prevent an embolism.  Yes, that’s right an embolism.


What NOT to pack:

  1. Fine jewelry.  You’ll probably get mugged.
  2. High heels unless you really plan on fine dining and/or a photo shoot.

Hope these tips were helpful!

Paris for Art Lovers

For anyone traveling to Paris, I highly recommend the Museum Pass.  Not only do you get to bypass lines, you get access to some of the world’s best works of art.  Below are a few photos I was able to take from our trip back in September 2016.

Musee Rodin
Napoleon’s Mausoleum
Le Pompidou
Mondrian in the Le Pompidou
Musee D’Orsay
Van Gogh in Musee D’Orsay
Monet in Musse D’Orsay
Notre Dame
Saint Chapelle