Money-saving tips for traveling abroad

Vacations: International Travel

Traveling Abroad? 10 Ways to Protect Your Money


A world-record traveler tells how to avoid a range of rip-offs when you go abroad. Here are some tips and pointers for staying safe that he picked up along the way.

6 Ways to Prep your Finances for International Travel


Whether your travel international destination is near or far, setting aside some time to prepare your finances beforehand can pay dividends. Follow this 6-step financial checklist before you embark on an international trip.

Travel medical insurance: Don't leave without it


Before you start shopping for travel medical insurance, call your existing health insurance company to determine if it includes any international coverage. If not, ask your insurer if it sells supplemental travel medical policies or if it partners with another provider that does. Beyond that, the U.S. State Department's website maintains a list of travel medical insurance providers.

5 Moves to Save Money on Overseas Travel


Want to have a seamless trip overseas? Then make sure you hammer out a checklist of money moves before leaving. Preparing a budget, getting currency exchange quotes and checking on foreign ATM bank fees can leave you more time -- and money -- for swank Parisian cafes. Here are five money moves that can help you avoid mad dashes for cash while traipsing the cobblestones of Florence, Italy.

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Currency Exchange when Traveling


If you're not careful, currency conversion fees can cost more than you expect. To get the best bang for your U.S. dollar abroad, update your knowledge of currency exchange. Before your next trip, take a look at the best and worst methods of currency exchange. By using the best practices and avoiding the worst, you'll save money on your next trip.

5 Tips for European Travel on a Budget


European travel on the cheap is tougher to achieve. Luckily, experts have plenty of tips for slashing costs on European travel this summer.

How to Travel When There's a Terrorist Threat


If you're already an anxious traveler fearful of flying or of foreign places, news of a terrorist threat may be the tipping point that causes you to cancel your plans. When the U.S. Department of State closes embassies in any country, travelers with plans to visit them have to assess personal risk and decide whether to keep their itineraries intact. Here are some suggestions on being an informed traveler.

6 Overseas Vacation Destinations on the Cheap


Turn on the news, and it seems yet another country is in an economic tailspin. But a country's fiscal woes could mean good fortune for U.S. travelers. Here's a rundown of the cheapest and (relatively) safest destinations where your dollar will stretch further.

Going Abroad: Who Offers EMV Credit Cards?


If you plan to visit another country, your credit card may not work in some stores, restaurants and highway tollbooths, among other places. That's because magnetic-strip cards have been replaced with EMV credit cards, named for developers Europay, MasterCard and Visa, in many countries.

How to Travel Abroad with No EMV Credit Card


Your magnetic-strip credit card may get denied overseas as more merchants abroad accept only EMV credit cards. But here are ways to get around without a special-chip card.

Pay Like a Local: Pack a Special Card for Travel Abroad


Credit cards with microchips are multiplying for U.S. globetrotters. Should you carry one?

How to Get the Best Out of Hostelling

courtesy of HostelBookers

Today's breed of hostels is making it even easier to travel on a budget. Hostels are definitely improving their game and the industry is in fact very competitive. This is great news for backpackers who reap the benefits of properties constantly playing a game of one-upmanship with each other offering more and more facilities. So, to make sure you are getting the best out of hostelling, here is a useful checklist to ensure you get the most for money.

Credit Card Tips for International Travelers

Bill Hardekopf

Before you leave the country or order anything from a merchant that is not based in the United States, it is a good idea to call your issuer and ask about the foreign transaction fee. You can save yourself some money by using a credit card that doesn't charge a fee for foreign transactions.

Off to Europe? 5 Reasons to Pack an ATM Card


Your ATM debit card can be an easy, cheap way to get cash in Europe. Bank exchange rates and transaction fees can be far lower than using credit cards or traveler's checks. But there are other reasons: European ATMs are easy to use and there are lots of them.

Travelling Abroad

Mrs. Frugal

If you enjoy travelling abroad but lack a sizeable travel budget, consider an international volunteer program. If you have two to three weeks, want to enjoy travelling abroad and give back at the same time, we encourage you to check them out.

8 Ways to Boost the Value of Your Dollar During International Travel


Are there smart ways to stretch your dollar during international travel? Although the value of the dollar fluctuates, it generally has been down in recent years against the euro, pound and yen. Well-traveled bloggers, expats, authors and other experts suggested eight dollar-boosting tips for spring or summer vacations abroad.

See the World!

Rachel Muller

Do you ever dream about living, working, or just travelling abroad, but think it's out of your reach financially? It might not be as impossible as you think.

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