The Ultimate Travel Checklist

10. Tell the banks you’re traveling

It probably takes less than 10 minutes and saves you a massive headache. Have you ever had you card blocked for “suspicious activity” after using it abroad? I have, and it’s not cool!

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Kevin George / Shutterstock

11. Who’s taking care of the pets?

It can be stressful to leave it to the last minute to sort this detail out. Whether it’s your neighbors, family, friends, pet hotels, or a house sitter, don’t forget about the little fellows.

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Javier Brosch / Shutterstock

12. Is it the right time to visit the country?

If you try to visit a country during a major festival, you might find yourself stressing out because the accommodations and flights are fully booked. Plus, it can also be expensive to go during a busy time of the year.

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Atomazul / Shutterstock



The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.