your ATM card overseas
bank ATM card is a good way to get foreign currency at favorable
using an ATM Card to obtain foreign currency you benefit from the
wholesale rates available to banks.
These are better than the rates offered by change bureaus, hotels
and businesses that will accept foreign money.
and more ATM machines that accept U.S. cards are being installed around
the world. Before going
overseas, you should check with your bank to make sure that foreign ATM
machines will take your card. Also,
most ATMs outside the U.S. accept only four-digit numbers as PINs.
If your PIN uses letters or has more than four digits, you should
ATMs outside the U.S. do not allow transactions with multiple accounts.
This means your transaction will be routed to your primary
account." from USA Today
limit carry-on luggage to ONE piece not to exceed a 45-inch dimension,
as it must fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead
comfortably for the flight, wearing clothes that allow freedom of
movement and shoes that slip on and off easily.
leave your luggage unattended for any length of time…no matter how
short. Do not accept
packages from strangers to carry on to the plane for them.
time for international flights is normally two hours prior to departure.
When checking in at the airport, a valid passport is needed as
proof of identification for international travelers.
along a moisturizer, as the air in the plane cabin is extremely dry.
In order to avoid jet lag, limit caffeine, alcohol and carbonated
beverages. Rather, opt for
natural fruit juices and water.
raincoat and rain hat (or poncho) are easier to use when sightseeing
than an umbrella.
sure to pack important items such as documents, money, medications,
keys, etc. on your person or in your carry-on luggage.
Never pack these items in your checked luggage.
not make yourself a target by wearing expensive jewelry. A
good way to conceal your money and valuables is by purchasing an
inexpensive, lightweight pouch that attaches around your waist and is
worn under your clothes.
not over-pack. Leave room
in your suitcase for souvenirs.
you are traveling with a companion, consider cross-packing your clothing
with them. Put half of your items in your companion's luggage and
vice-versa. This will ease
the frustration of lost luggage.
along a small backpack. When
you are touring, fill it with bottled water, tissues, notebook and pen.
It will also come in handy for carrying souvenirs.
forget these travel sized necessities:
sewing kit, first-aid kit, tissues, travel clock, toiletries,
notebook and pen, pre-printed address labels (for sending postcards),
plastic "zip-locking" bags (for storing open bottles and containers.
your film and batteries in the US.
Remember to bring extra for your video camera.
Just for fun, try to learn the Greek alphabet so you can read some of the signs.