It’s summer time and the living is easy. For many, it’s vacation season. Time to get away from the daily grind and kick back on a near or distant shore. But before you go, here are a few health and financial tips (5 to be exact) from a seasoned traveler who has explored many a clime and made it back to tell the tale.
- Use your credit card
Be sure to use your We Florida Financial card to pay for flight and dwelling expenses. Using the card enables you to easily book your hotel and gives you the benefits of travel and emergency assistance as well as accident and baggage delay insurance. Also, to ensure that your card will work, don’t forget to notify the credit union of your vacation dates and destination.
- Get your shots
No, not the alcoholic variety. Speak to your physician and make sure you get any necessary CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommended vaccinations at least 10 days before you travel.
- Bring your medication and toiletries
Pack your prescription medicine, sunscreen, insect repellent, aspirin, diarrhea tablets, cortisone crème, etc. Many people do not know that common over-the-counter items might not be readily available especially in developing countries with no pharmacies on every corner. I like to keep a “foreign travel” medicine bag packed and ready-to-go in my suitcase at all times. The contents have come in handy on more occasions than I can count!
- Curtail your culinary sense of adventure
Of course the purpose of a vacation is cultural awareness and immersion. But many foreign foods, if you are not familiar with them, might not be kind to you. In Japan, I had no problem consuming the exotic and raw street food in the markets. I was familiar with this type of eating. My travel mates were not so lucky. When in doubt, say no and take lots of photos instead.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
My husband and I felt perfectly safe walking on the streets of Beijing. But we would not do it in many other countries. Travel in groups when possible. Ask questions and practice caution.
So that’s it. Go ahead, find your perfect destination, make your plans and stay safe. Happy summer. Bon Voyage and enjoy!