Five Things to Know Before You Travel Overseas

Monday, January 20, 2014

 Given that it’s the season of holiday movies, it’s nearly impossible to not watch American television and not eventually run into Home Alone. For the very few who have never seen the John Hughes classic, it chronicles the story of one child named Kevin who accidentally is left home by his ill-prepared family when they go to Paris for Christmas. Rather than contact his neighbors, family, friends or even the police to let them know what has happened, Kevin takes the opportunity to spend some quality time at home – and take care of a few neighborhood robbers.
It’s a Christmas favorite for many families, but it can also be actually a quite scary reminder to future travelers: it’s best to be prudent when travelling. Even if you don’t leave a family member at home, you could forget to do something or have anxiety about leaving something attended, which could cause unneeded stress when you’re trying to relax on your vacation. With that in mind, here are five things to remember before you travel overseas:

Make Sure Your Prescriptions and Insurance Is in Order: Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t get sick or you don’t need your medicine. Ensure that all prescriptions are renewed, so you have enough during your trip, and also speak with your insurance company to know if you’re covered or not if you need healthcare overseas. If not, there are overseas insurance programs out there.

Have Local Cash: Depending on where you go, you might not be able to use your credit card as many businesses no longer accept magnetic strip credit cards. Therefore, it’s important to have local cash, but don’t get the cash as soon as you get off the plane. Airports tend to have higher conversion rates.

Register at your Embassy: For security purposes, it‘s best to register at the US Embassy, so you can be contacted in the event of an emergency

Get a Houseguest: The McCallisters would have never had an issue if they hired a houseguest. They would have known that Kevin was safe and enjoyed their trip. Even if you don’t forget your child, a houseguest can take care of pets, collect mail, take out the trash and make sure the house looks occupied to potential burglars.

Know Your Destination: When you purchase a luxury villa in Tuscany for the week, it pays dividends to know where you’re going. We have provided a link to some popular events and spots and also have friendly staff members here who can guide you during your stay. No matter where you go, though, make sure to look at guide books, visitors’ websites and other resources, so you have an idea of what to do when you get there.

For more information about our Tuscany villas and travel to Tuscany in general, contact us today.

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