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Frequently Asked Questions About Travel

Q. What about traveling with an ATM or credit card?

A. You may not find ATM cash machines everywhere and if you do your cash withdraw might be in the form of a cash advance..so you'll pay more for it.

Q. Which type of credit card should I use abroad?

A. Visa is the credit card of choice in most countries.

Q. Should I use Travelers checks?

A. Not everyone will take travelers checks but you can cash them at money exchange places or you can try half cash, half travelers checks.

Q. What kind of cash should I take?

A. Take 100's newer than the year 2000.  and nice clean looking bills so you don't risk them being refused.

Q. Is it safe to carry cash?

A. Wear a money belt under your clothes. I remodeled one for my husband so it was smaller and more comfortable. He could fold $100's in half lengthwise and it was undetectable.

Keep your cash and credit cards in more than one place. That way if you are robbed you won't loose all your funds.

Keep your receipts to verify items on card statements after you return home and for tax purposes.

Q. Do you have any advice about my travel documents?

A. Make copies of your Passport. Leave one at home, and take one with you. but keep it seperate from your passport.

-Check your passport now to make sure it's not expired.

Q. What about my vaccines?

A. If necessary get a yellow fever vaccination and carry proof of same with you.  They are only good for ten years..so check.

You can get your vaccinations at the public health (travelers immunization) department in your area. Ask them what you need for malaria prophylaxis, and then ask your doctor to write an RX and to give you any additional advice. 

Q. Where can I find a credible, comprehensive source for all my health questions as well as immunization recommendations?

A. The CDC is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC is committed to achieving true improvements in people’s health. CDC applies research and findings to improve people’s daily lives and responds to health emergencies—something that distinguishes CDC from its peer agencies. Working with states and other partners, CDC provides a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks (including bioterrorism), implement disease prevention strategies, and maintain national health statistics. CDC also guards against international disease transmission, with personnel stationed in more than 25 foreign countries.

Q. What should I wear?

A. It depends on where you are going but as a general rule you can dress in layers. Cotton is the most breathable, absorbant fabric you can wear. Wool is the warmest even when wet. Polyester is highly advertised as "breathable and travel friendly," but are rarely comfortable when used as travel clothing. Oftentimes they are hot and smelly and tend to stick to you. In most cultures dressing modestly is culturally appropriate and a good idea. For men, light trousers, and long sleeve cotton shirts, along with some T- shirts is recommended. For women: ankle length skirts and light weight tops or blouses are useful in most counries. Shorts are not very popular outside of North America, the Pacific Islands, Austrialia, New Zealand and Holland.