You’ve scrimped and you’ve saved and your long-awaited trip is finally upon you, but travel has the ability to sneak in fees here and there that can end up costing you a lot more than you had budgeted for. Here are a few such fees to be aware of and tips on how to evade them.
With airlines, especially those with ridiculously low fares, watch out for last-minute add-on fees that aren’t included in your ticket price. Things like seat selection, in-flight meals, priority boarding and even printing your boarding pass can come with extra costs. Know what’s included before you book your ticket.
Do your research and know what fees may await you when you land in your destination country. Some countries require visas for U.S. nationals, which may or may not come with additional entry fees upon arrival. For visas you can simply purchase once you arrive, you may not be aware of these fees until you get there.
Try not to exchange any of your dollar bills before you depart as the fees will be astronomical, and as tempting as it may be, bypass the currency exchange booths at the airport, which also charge heavy fees to change money. Instead, pull cash out of an ATM in your destination for the lowest possible conversion rates. Just be sure to alert your bank in advance that you’ll be using your card abroad.
In the same vein, check to see which (if any) of your credit cards come with international transaction fees. Use only those with no fees, or plan to use cash consistently, saving the card for emergencies only.
Somewhere between Paris, Provence and the border with Switzerland is the charming riverside city of Lyon, a burgeoning culinary capital in a country with one of the world’s best cuisines. Lyon’s reputation as a food destination grew within the past decade, and visitors flock to the less-crazed and friendlier town for a more laid-back approach to French cuisine.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
For winter hikes or cold-weather activity in general, it’s important to stay warm and protected from the elements. With that said, you’ll also be pretty active and may want to be mobile, able to remove or add layers and adapt to your changing body temperature. Consider packing some gear to help you stay on top of it all.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
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