Travel Tuesday: Planning for international travel
Winter is whipping by, which means travel season will be here before you know it. If a trip overseas is in your plans, Scott McMurren has the 411 on international travel to get you started in the right direction.
“It’s just a few months before our international non-stops come back into play and make international travel more convenient,” said Scott McMurren, Daybreak’s travel guru. “But even that trip through Canada, you need a passport, so get your passport.”
Check your passport’s expiration date, too. McMurren says your passport must be valid for six months after your date of travel or the airlines will turn you away.
Before you head out of the country, consider signing up for Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP) through the U.S. Department of State, McMurren advises.
“It’s a way for you to let the local consulate know where you are and they will send you email blasts, political insurrection or volcano or tsunami [warnings],” he said.
There’s a new way to pay while traveling overseas and you don’t need to exchange any currency. It’s all about the debit card with the best exchange rates.
“Nobody uses those stupid booths at the airport anymore,” McMurren said. “Let your bank know in advance that you are traveling … Also, boost your daily limit.”
If you prefer using the local coin, there is a foreign currency exchange at the Wells Fargo branch near Fifth Avenue and Gambell Street.