My mind is on one thing right now…VACATION. That said, here are a few things to think about when traveling abroad.
Update mobile plan. If you want to text, check email, surf the web or make phone calls you best upgrade your plan to include international roaming, otherwise, you may have an unpleasant surprise when you get your next bill. Side note, you will also want to check if your device works abroad.
See if you need a visa. If you are traveling for short visits under 90 days, many countries do not require U.S. citizens to get a Visa. There are always exceptions so you should check before departing.
Contact your bank(s) and/or credit union. There is nothing worse than being on vacation only to have all your credit cards declined. Take a few minutes before you depart to inform your bank or credit union of when and where you will be traveling.
Obtain an international drivers license. For many countries a U.S. license will suffice, but again there are always exceptions. If you find you do need an international license, one can easily be obtained at AAA.
Buy converters for electrical devices. It is best to get these in the U.S. prior to departing, as voltage converters can be difficult to find abroad. (Read more here.)