The last thing you want when you're traveling with your kids is to have a major financial problem. While most trips families take are probably incident free, the State Department indicates its 250 U.S. embassies and consulates receive calls every day from United States citizens seeking help for problems that occur during their travels. You can avoid some of these problems by paying attention to what you are doing and being aware of the latest travel scams. Check FBI's Scams & Safety web page (www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/) for the latest ways thieves try to trick travelers out of money.
If you’ve traveled at all, chances are you’ve either fallen for a travel scam, or have had someone try to pull one on you. Going on a vacation or traveling shouldn’t be a scary experience. If you know about the scams that are out there, you should be able to avoid them. Here are seven tricky travel scams that you should know about before you take that trip.
Carrying too much cash while traveling abroad in a new and foreign country is foolish, no matter where you are. But if you insist – keep in mind that it’s easy to draw attention to yourself if you’re carrying a wad of bills, so if you must carry a decent amount of paper money with you, split up your money and store them in several safe places – like hidden areas of your bag(s), in a hidden wallet-type bag, or even in your sock if you must. Either way, don’t carry more than you are willing to lose, and yet still be able to continue traveling.
I do realize that the title suggests perhaps worse possible events than what I am going to cover here, but I feel that this is vital information for anyone looking to travel the world – as I wish I would have been a bit better prepared when I first started traveling. Travel is, unfortunately, more complicated than just roaming and seeing all of the great, new and strange things of this world... When you’re getting ready to head out on a trip, you have to consider many things, like Visas, financials, route-planning, logistics, and insurance, among other things.
This post isn’t so much to be a definitive guide, but I thought it would be prevalent to talk a little about some of the banking options that new travelers should consider before going abroad. Some of these tips are varied and random, while others may sound simple or whimsical, but I encourage you to consider your options, research a little and do what works best for you...
Everyone loves a holiday – it doesn’t matter where it is, or for how long (although sometimes it never seems long enough!) but it is great to get away for a while. You can recharge your batteries, see new places, meet new people and create some truly fantastic memories with your partner, friends or family. To ensure you have the best holiday possible, take steps to protect yourself and your money and you will always have the best time.
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