- Europe only allows a max of five digits in your pin code for your debit card
This is probably one of the most important ones on this list. When traveling to Europe change your code to five digits. Even if your bank says you won’t have any problems, in my experience you will. It is better to be safe than sorry.
- Roll your clothes NOT Fold when packing
This is a basic one that most of you will probably know, but it is just too important to leave out. Rolling your clothes will prevent wrinkles on your clothes and will save room in your suitcase.
- TSA Pre Check is a life saver
TSA pre check allows you to skip the line at airports in the United States. If you travel a lot for work or pleasure within the U.S., this a must. Basically, you pay a one-time fee of $85 (valid up to five years) and the TSA runs a back round check on you. Once you are approved, you will get the benefits of SKIPPING THE LINE for security, not having to take off your shoes, belts, or take out your laptop!!!
- You can withdraw a maximum of $300 from your bank a day
For most banks you can only withdraw a max of $300 when on vacation so it is good to have some money already in the particular currency you need just in case $300 is not enough. Plus, in places like England that have the pound or Paris that have the Euro, the American Dollar is weaker than those currencies, so you will only be able to withdraw the equivalent amount of $300 in the currency you need.
- Arrive at the airport a minimum of 2 hours before your flight
Obviously you want to get there early because you never know what is going to go wrong or how long the security line is going to be, but also to let your bags you are checking to go on the airplane have enough time to get on your plane.
***Story Time: Last summer my dad and I were traveling to Paris from SFO and had a layover in Dublin. We got to the airport an hour and half before our flights and checking in our bags. We made our flight with plenty of time to spare, but when we arrived in Paris, to our dismay, my dad’s bag got lost. Thanks Airlingus Airlines. We were fortunate enough that a couple days later they located our bag and said it had never left SFO. Apparently it missed our flight! We got our bag 5 days after we arrived, so we had to go out and buy my dad new clothes. Luckily they didn’t lose my bag or I what have been even more pissed than I already was. Everything turned out all right, but it was still an inconvenience. So moral of the story arrive early and don’t take Airlingus Airlines.
- Don’t be afraid to leave your nice camera at the hotel one day.
We get so caught up in trying to take nice picture and Snapchatting what we are doing, so all our friends can see, but we forget to enjoy the beautiful place we are in. I tried to do this specifically when I was in Paris especially on the Seine River Cruise (highly recommend btw). I took a couple nice pictures on my iPhone, but I really focused on being in the moment and trying to take in all that was around me and that’s river cruise is what I remember most fondly of that trip.
***I also got a really nice picture of the river (below) shot on my iPhone!