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Tips from Ladyslipper Travel

  1. If you have never had a passport, get one now! Don’t be caught unprepared if you are hit by the ‘travel bug’ or your family or friends invite you join them on a fabulous trip to Mexico or a cruise. Going fishing in Canada? You’ll soon need one for that, too. If you have a passport, be sure that it is valid for 6 months beyond the date that you plan to return from your trip. Arriving at the airport/cruise ship terminal without proper documentation will result in denial of boarding.
  2. Carry a copy of your passport separate from the original. Keep the copy with you and original in the hotel safe when you arrive at your destination.
  3. Travel light—a small carry on suitcase and daypack should be enough to carry you through on most vacations. Bring clothes that mix and match and layer. Bring only what you know you need, not what you think you might need! Picking up that extra tube of toothpaste in the local store is just part of the adventure. Yes, they have Crest in Timbuktu.
  4. ATM cards are the best way to get cash. You do not have to pay interest on the money that you withdraw. Most international airports have ATM machines for immediate access to the local currency. Withdraw enough cash to last you for awhile to avoid excess fees.  Credit/debit cards are the best way to pay for purchases and assure the most current exchange rate.  Let your credit card company and bank know that you are traveling to avoid having your account closed due to suspicious charges and ask your bank to increase the daily withdrawal limit.  Carry the emergency phone number of your credit card company in a place separate from the card in case of loss.
  5. Tipping—find out the local customs from your guide or travel agent. 
  6. Always carry medications with you and not in you luggage. Carry a list of your prescription medications with you, along with the name and phone number of your primary physician.
  7. Renting a car in a foreign country? Even if the country does not require one, an international driver’s permit will be invaluable in the event of an accident or traffic ‘situation'. Verify that liability insurance/CDW is covered in the county to which you are traveling by your auto insurance carrier or the credit card used to rent the car.
  8. Traveling to a destination for the first time? Do some research first to enhance the experience. Don’t be surprised that Chinese food is served in China—yes, I once traveled with a person who was surprised by that!
  9. Enjoy and learn from cultural differences. After all, you don’t travel to find things that are the same as home, so avoid comparing. Learning to say ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ in the local language will go along way with the people you meet!
  10. Use a travel agent that you know and trust. We are dedicated professionals who want you to have extraordinary travel experiences at the best value. 



“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain