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Traveling abroad is fun and exciting as you experience new cultures, unique food and stunning architecture. Traveling to new foreign places can be the journey of a lifetime.

Traveling abroad can also be daunting and present problems along the way. But it doesn’t have to be confusing if you prepare. Stay aware and plan ahead for your best trip ever.

Here’s what to think about before you leave on your international trip.

How will you get around?

One of the biggest stressors of any trip is the transportation. How will you be getting to and from each destination? A bit of research on local means of transportation for your international trip can save a lot of time and hassle.  

Cabs can be expensive. Uber doesn’t work in every city. A train won’t get you to a precise location. Will you be needing to take a ferry or boat? Depending on where you are traveling, you may even consider renting a car.

Would you feel comfortable driving in a foreign country that may have roads facing the opposite directions and different laws? If you are up for that adventure, make sure your license will be valid in the country you are going to and that you can legally rent a car.

If you would rather kick back and have someone else do the driving, you have countless options for getting around. Just be sure to research in advance.

What socket types are used?

You have just arrived at your destination and start to unpack. You take out your camera, phone, earphones, and your tablet, only to realize you cannot charge any of them because all of your plugs differ. What are you going to do now?

You need an adapter, and depending on where you are, it might not be easy to get. There are 15 different types of plugs in use today. If you are traveling to a couple different countries on your trip, that could be as many different types of plugs. That’s a lot of space and extra money.

Adapters have always been fickle. They take up space and aren't easy to find in shops. They often break because there are more amps coming in than the fuse can handle. But now, there is a solution for charging your devices abroad.

Zendure Passport adapter is like a passport. It works for outlets in over 150 countries, and even has an auto-resetting fuse. With four USB ports present, you can charge up to five devices at a time with your Passport.

And if your device doesn’t have the greatest battery life, but needs to last you a day while you travel, use a portable charger. Zendure A8 QC holds enough power to charge your phone 7 to 9 times. And it charges fast thanks to Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

How will you pay when traveling abroad?

Not every country is pushing towards debit or credit cards. Certain places like to use the traditional method. And that’s why you should make sure to bring money with you. Exchanging your currency when you arrive at the airport is the easiest and safest way to go.  

Using cards abroad can also bring on fees. Check with your bank before you go, and also let them know you will be traveling internationally. Your card could be frozen if you do not make the proper arrangements. Sort this out before you go, or you may find yourself without funds.

Do laws and rules differ in the country you are traveling to?

Alcohol isn't legal to drink in public places in every country, and some countries don’t allow alcohol at all. Crossing the road isn't legal if there are no crossing paths in certain countries. You can get fined for breaking rules you may not even know existed!

Certain countries might look similar at times, but rules differ. When traveling abroad, you need to do your research ahead of time and stay aware.

Have fun and stay safe abroad

Plan for your international trip so you don’t have any problems. It is important to know what type of transportation you will be using as you won’t get anywhere without it.

Power is just as important in today’s era of electronics. Make sure you have an adapter that works everywhere you will be traveling. Check with you bank before you go to avoid any extra fees. And most importantly, make sure you follow the rules while having fun.

Written by Michael Smolski

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