Category: Travel Planning

My best travel planning tips and tricks.

Best debit cards for traveling to Europe

Traveling internationally is always expensive so anything you can do to stretch your money a little further is great. One area you can save just a bit more is how you use your debit cards when you travel overseas. Debit cards provide basic access to your bank account. But banks vary very much in how much they charge you for using your debit card internationally. Read on to see what major US banks charge for using a Debit Card while traveling internationally.

How to make sure your electronic gadgets work in Europe

Traveling can create lots of fun memories, but many times we can have trouble recording those memories if our electrical devices like cameras and camcorders do not work properly in a different country. These days, with the many advances in technology we only need to work about two important issues in order to ensure our electronic gadgets work properly in Europe. Read on to find out how to prepare your electrical devices for travel.

The most important step toward being a smart traveler

When traveling, bad experiences can come from anywhere: transportation, lodging, the food or the people we travel with. While all these are common causes of frustration for tourists, the most common and elusive source of unhappiness while traveling comes from one unexpected place. That place is yourself. Read on to discover the one most important reasons tourists are often frustrated and how to prepare for it so you can always enjoy your traveling experience.

3 best tips for driving in England

Whenever you travel to a foreign country, renting a car is a great way to explore a new place without being tied to train and bus schedules. With a car, you get the freedom to explore a lot more than simply the big tourist attractions. However, when traveling to England, the prospect of driving in a foreign country and on the wrong side of the road is daunting. In the course of time I have found a few things that make driving in England a lot less stressful. Read on to find the best advice for driving in England.

How to get the best foreign currency exchange rate while traveling to Europe

One reason why travel is so easy these days is because of credit cards and atm cards. It is extremely easy to convert your money into the local currency so you don’t have to worry about buying foreign currency before leaving. This is great, but most people have no clue what their bank charges them for this convenience. So, if you are not careful, this convenience can cost you lots of money on taxes and fees. However, when it comes to finances for your vacation abroad, there are few simple things that you do to make sure you don’t pay extra for your vacation. Read on to find the simplest ways for getting the best foreign currency exchange rate while you travel.

Best credit cards for traveling to Europe

Credit Card For the financially responsible person it’s pretty easy to get a good credit card in the US. No annual fees and pretty much no cost for using the credit card in the US. The choices are numerous with no clear winner. However, when it comes to getting a great credit card for using in Europe, then the choices simpler. There are only few great choices. Read on to find out what is the best credit card for international travel.

How to switch maps on Garmin GPS system

Having a GPS Unit while travelling seems old fashioned these days because of our cell phones. However, they can save you a lot of money and frustration because a GPS unit does not need an expensive mobile phone data plan or wifi signal. You just need to have the right maps, turn it on and it just works. This is why I always bring my old Garmin GPS unit when I travel. Read on to see why I purchased a Garmin GPS and how I learned to switch the maps on my Garmin Nuvi GPS.

4 easy things that make long distance car travel easier on children

Baby traveling in car seatTraveling in California takes a long time. Probably it’s a general statement that applies to the whole of United States, but particularly to Southern California. Whenever we have to travel from Southern California to Northern California we take into account hours of travel…it’s pretty much a day if you count stopping to eat some food and getting out of the car to stretch your legs. If you throw some young children into the mix, then the equation gets a little more complicated. However, there are a few things to do that make the trip to Northern California a little more bearable.

The most photographed tourist attractions in the world

I have recently read a paper presented at the International World Wide Web conference. This paper had to do with a large collection (30 million) of Flickr photos. While the main topic of the paper was about organizing such large collections, a secondary result of the research was some really cool lists with the most photographed cities and tourist attractions in those cities. So, here are these cool statistics.

5 easy ways to save lots of money on transportation in Europe

ProhibitedEurope is very different when it comes to means of transportation. While most of us in America, especially in California, rely almost entirely on our cars, Europeans rely most of the times on public transportation. This clearly shows that we prefer to travel alone or just with a few people while Europeans prefer mass transportation like trains, subway and buses. Without trying to analyze which pattern is better, I will write a few tips regarding travel in Europe.

10 simple rules for using your Debit and Credit Cards in Europe

The convenience of ATM cards and Credit cards extends worldwide, including Europe, thanks to a few global cash networks. These networks allow debit and credit cards to be used in different countries just as you would used them at home in the US. You should have no problems using your American cards anywhere in Europe provided you check a few things before you leave. In addition, if you apply a few simple rules you can also save a bit of money as well when you travel to Europe. This article will outline these few things you need to know before you use your ATM and Credit Cards in Europe.

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