When going abroad, it’s a given that you’re going to need to spend some money. It’s likely that you’ve already looked at comparing flights and hotels as most travelers will do. However, that’s not where your financial preparation ends. You need to go a little further, making sure you’re budgeting for all expenses involved and keeping all parties up-to-date. Here’s what you need to ensure before you go.
That everyone is kept in the loop
It’s an all-too-common occurrence and it’s easily prevented. If you fail to let your bank and credit card providers know that you’re going abroad about a week in advance, what do you expect they’ll do when they see your accounts and cards being used halfway across the world? They’re going to cancel them, of course. Be smart and keep them in the loop. Make sure you know how to contact your bank in an emergency, as well. Ask them about alternative ways to reach them as their regular numbers might not be available when you’re overseas.
How much you can expect to spend
If you want your trip to go smoothly, then you should be doing plenty of research before you go over. Learning the exchange rate isn’t enough. You should be looking at things like restaurant menus and online listings for different expenses when you’re over there. That doesn’t just include different tourist activities. It means buying water, food, even a pair of sunglasses in case you need them when you get there. There’s no point putting together a travel budget unless you know how much purchasing power you actually have.
That you are fully covered
You should never travel without travel insurance. That’s a given. There are too many variables to imagine that you’re going to be fine without it. But travel insurance isn’t the only kind you should consider. If you’re hoping to take a drive abroad, your existing car insurance might cover you in neighboring countries but it won’t cover you half-way around the world. Looking at choices of insurance can ensure you’re safe to drive without getting in real trouble. There are plenty of providers that can help cover you abroad. Of course, if you’re just traveling to the other side of the country, you’re likely to be covered. You’re even likely to be temporarily covered for extra insurance like PIP if you don’t get it at home.
That you have some backup
Credit cards have mostly made other kinds of currency something of a redundancy when traveling. But if you rely too much on one thing, they also become a huge weakness. You need some backups in case your card becomes inaccessible. Getting some of the local currency might be a good idea but traveler’s checks are still a relevant alternative and easy to cash in if you have any left over.
Failing to prepare your money can lead to all kinds of disasters. You might not be able to drive as you would like abroad, and you might be stranded trying to get in contact with your bank when your cards are frozen. Be smart, take the time to prepare.