Sometimes it feels like you have to do a reverse mortgage on your house (does anyone really know what that is, btw?) just to take a vacation! Maybe that’s why many Americans don’t take all of their allotted vacation time they get from work. Seriously, though. Vacations are expensive. And if you don’t do your research, planning, and saving beforehand, it could be devastating to your credit score.
Not all credit cards are created equal. There are a lot of popular cards out there that you probably shouldn’t take overseas with you. Take, for example, the Chase Freedom credit card. It’s one of the most popular credit cards Chase has. Unfortunately, it has a 3% foreign transaction fee.
Thankfully, there’s an easy solution: take a credit card with you that has no foreign transaction fee. And there are a ton of options at your disposal.
Two things you should know about these options first:
When traveling, it’s important that you can pack everything you need, and easily have access to it. That is why, when possible, I try not to check a bag.
It’s certainly in your best interest to pack a carry-on instead of checking a bag. It’s cheaper, your luggage is less likely to be lost, you’ll have everything you need with you at all times, and it’ll save you time.
Yes, packing is important. And you also need to know how to do it. Which is probably why the questions I get the most deal with packing. One of them is, “what’s in your bag?”
I've decided to answer that question in this post. So without further ado, the following is everything I can fit in my carry-on(s):
Sometimes it’s almost impossible not to check a bag, like, for example, when you’re going on a long trip. I mean, that’s certainly what I do when I plan on being out of town for at least a week. It's only natural.
But, ultimately, the less you have to check a bag, the better. Why? There are several reasons:
Navigating your way through an airport. It’s something people focus a lot on during their travels, even though we try to spend as little time as possible there.
Something that helps save time and effort (and probably your sanity) while at the airport is making sure you have everything you need, and that you’re organized. And that’s exactly what the following five items are for.
One of the most annoying parts of traveling is going through the TSA security line. Yeah, the part of your travels where you basically have to strip down to your skivvies in front of strangers so you can board the flight to wherever it is you’re going.
I’ve written about how I feel about the TSA before, but here’s something you may not realize about their rules. There is a way you can get your favorite drink (bigger than 3.4 ounces) past security!
A reminder of TSA’s 3-1-1 rule
You’ll want to read this if you fly American Airlines a lot, simply to avoid confusion the next time you buy a ticket and it says you’re boarding in Group 5 or Group 6.
American is changing their boarding process. More accurately, they’re changing the names of the boarding groups.
Currently, when you’re at a gate waiting to board, those who board first are First Class passengers, active military, AAdvantage Executive Platinum, etc. Here’s a complete list of their boarding process as it is now:
This year’s trip to Europe is booked. And so far, I would say I’m getting a pretty good deal for my girlfriend and myself. The four tickets - two there and two back - cost me a total of $260. You read that right. $260. That’s what I’m paying in taxes for the four tickets.
The flights to Europe and back
Airbnb is changing the way people travel. Since their founding in 2008, they have exploded into a multi-billion dollar company that gives travelers more choices when it comes to lodging.
And the company isn’t only great for travelers, it’s also a great way to make a little extra cash when you’re not traveling (which can then help fund your next vacation!). But how much can you actually make? I’ll break it down for ya.
So you’re tired of the cold weather? Can’t say that I blame you. Logically, then, you’d love to get a break from the bone-chilling cold, right? Unfortunately, there’s that four letter word that strikes fear in the hearts of those who are either starting, trying to start, or growing their family: Zika. Yes, the virus is something you should still consider when picking a vacation destination.
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