5 Worst Mistakes an International Traveler Can Make

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Author: The Traveling Professor/Tuesday, January 1, 2019/Categories: Travel Tips

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Here is The Traveling Professor's list of the top 5 worst mistakes an international traveler can make:

Not Having Travel Insurance:  the chance of losing luggage, having a trip delayed or cancelled, getting sick or even worse, needing to be evacuated from an overseas trip back home is slim.  However, the cost can be great.  See The Traveling Professor's comments about travel insurance in this The New York Times article by The Haggler.  Why international travelers don't have travel insurance is a mystery to The Professor, even though it can sometimes be obtained free, with the right travel credit card.

Taking a Ride from the Airport/Train Station to the Hotel when Solicited Inside the Lobby/Station: Some unscrupulous people prey on travelers arriving from a long, tiring trip with an offer for a quick ride to the hotel.  Don't do it or expect an exorbitant fee (or even worse).  Only take public transportation, use a registered ride share program, a shuttle or an official taxi into town.

Use a Money Exchange Booth:  Travelers are just asking to be ripped off with high commissions when doing so.  It is so easy just to take money out from an ATM or use a credit card whenever possible.

Book an Award Flight Connecting through London:  Taxes and fees for flights through London, even on award miles, can approximate the cost of purchasing a ticket outright with money.

Not Advising Banks of Travel Plans:  In order to use credit/ATM cards overseas, banks need to be notified of travel plans

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