Saturday, January 26, 2013

Traveling Alone

Traveling alone as a single woman can seem challenging, or for some downright impossible. But it doesn't have to be a frightening experience. I recently returned from a trip to Wales in the UK and in the next few posts I thought I would share some ideas about traveling in a foreign country as a woman alone.

First do good research in advance. If you are traveling overseas, check your passport expiration date. If your passport expires while you are abroad you have a very big problem. Check to see if you need a visa well in advance of the trip. If you need a visa for the country you are visiting, it may take some time to secure it.

Check the expiration dates on any credit cards or debit cards you will be using on the trip. If you debit card expires while you are abroad you may not be able to get needed cash. When your departure date gets close let your bank and credit card companies know that you will be in another country. If they see unexpected charges from a foreign country they may suspend use of the card until they can verify your transactions.  This can create problems paying for things and require you to call the company and confirm that the charges were made by you.

Good preparation can make a trip easy and fun.
For the next several posts I will give you tips on traveling alone as well as some highlights from my trip.  If you have tips for traveling alone, please share those with my readers!



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