Before You Explore | Top 5 Things To Do

Between 48 to 72 hours before departure most of the planning has ended and packing is done. So, what can you do in the meantime? Here are five tips for a trip with less stress, and a smooth return.

1. Pay your monthly bills. | Depending on where you are going, internet access can be limited or non-existent. Pay your bills in advance, and have something less to worry about.

2. Check for outlet compatibility.  |  You remembered to pack all your gadgets and chargers....now what?  They don't fit? You can get a universal travel adapter online prior to departure, they will be much less expensive.

3. Call your bank and credit cards to let them know you are traveling. | Most credit cards have been upgraded to "chip technology." and you may not need to contact them.  If you don't have the chip yet, it is always helpful for them to know so your funds aren't frozen en route.

4. Make a copy of your passport and other identification documents.  |  Life is unpredictable. Because of that, you should make a copy of your passport, driver's license, and other relevant travel documents. Keep a set in your home, and one in the safe of your hotel room

5. Check if your phone will work where you are going.  |   Not all phones work at the same frequency ranges.  Get in contact with your cell phone provider and confirm your phone will work where you are going. If it does, ask about any roaming charges. { calls made over Wi-Fi can also be charged roaming fees}.  Also ask about a SIM card for that location.

Check-in for your flight and GO!    Some airlines will automatically check you in for your flight "x" hours before it's departure. Others will let you take care of it. If you check-in at home it might save you time at the airport (especially if you are only taking a carry-on).  Safe Travels!