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Don’t Let This Happen to You: Some Travel Tips to make your Next trip abroad easier

I have not traveled abroad in quite some time, and I thought I did all the researched that I needed to do, but apparently I had not, and I had a few me mishaps along the way. So now without further adieu I would like to share a few travel tips I learned so you don’t make the same mistakes I did.

1) When going down the stairs with your luggage, carry it—don’t let it drop down step by step. I did this as I was leaving the house and when I got the third step, one of the wheels broke off and took the plastic boarder along with it. More or less ripping one corner open. I had not even left for the air port yet. I had to drag my luggage while carrying an overnight bag on the train then through Jamaica Queens and on to the air shuttle. Luckily I was able to buy a new suitcase at the air port. This was not fun. And I mentioned my mishap to a couple of people who saw me struggling and they both respond that the same thing had happened to them. So apparently it is common. Don’t let his happen to you. Lift your luggage when going up and down stairs and steep curbs.

 call your bank and inform them that you will be out of the country and the dates you will be traveling. Otherwise they will suspend your card thinking the activity is fraud

2) As we know electrical systems are different abroad then the U.S. So to that end I went out and bought U.S. to Southern Europe adaptors thinking I was set. I was not. First I tried to plug in my curling iron in the bathroom outlet…nothing. Hmmm. The I tried a heating pad at the same outlet…noting. I thought it must be the outlet and then tried the heating pad in another outlet. And as soon as I flipped the on switch there was a loud boom, a flash of white light and the distinct smell of smoke. Then I noticed the TV and gone off. OK, that can’t be good. Turns out the voltage is also higher in Europe then the U.S, so you also need a converter in addition to an adaptor. Hmm good to know. And I found this out when I texted Josephina of  Josephina Collection who was also in Paris for PFW, she informed me she burned out her hot rollers making the same mistake. Luckily the wiring in the hotel was fine, it just tripped the circuit breaker. But my heating pad is toast. So if you plan on bringing multiple electrical devices abroad make sure to also purchase a converter.

3) No one mentions this: but call your bank and inform them that you will be out of the country and the dates you will be traveling. Otherwise they will suspend your card thinking the activity is fraud. I learned this the hard way.

4) And finally—pay attention. One afternoon I stepped in to a Starbucks to use the restroom, the wifi and to get a quick bite. Well when I reached in to my bag and unzipped my wallet— no ATM card. I knew it could not have been stolen as I still had my wallet and it had been zipped shut. I started to freak, but calmed myself and thought when did I last use the card? It was the night before at the Monoprix where I stopped to buy some dinner. I got back on the Metro and went back to the Monoprix and…yes they had my card. I had left it there. Whew! So pay extra attention when traveling and always, always double check you have your ATM card after every transaction.


  1. Love your tip about the starbuck I always let my suitcase tumble lol. So glad you sharing your experiences.

  2. Good thing you got your ATM card back. I always try to be extra vigilant when I travel just because I’m not familiar with the surroundings. I’ve had the bank thing happen before too.

  3. Sounds like you’ve definitely learnt from experience! Great tips. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Europe! xx


  4. These are really great tips and about calling and informing the bank, I’m shocked at how many people are not aware of it! My husband and I are sure to inform the bank every time we travel and yes, a converter is a MUST!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  6. These are great tips. Calling the bank is really important. I would also add that you should bring some cash with you just in case. I learned the hard way when the ATM in London ate my ATM card. It didn’t understand the date on the card,which was 12/31/16 but the machine read it as 31/12/16. Thankfully, I did have some cash on me. Otherwise, I probably would have had to go get cash advance off my credit card.Hope you had a wonderful trip.

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  10. I’m so glad that you were able to get your card back, that could have been horrible. I travel every few weeks for work so I am always very cautious for travelling, especially as a woman. I always think these are normal things to know, but you’re right for some people if not travelling a lot it’s not something you think about. Electric adapters and outlets are essential to have especially when travelling to US, UK, and EU.

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