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.
South Philadelphia is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods — with attitude to boot. The foodie, Italian neighborhood continues to rise through the ranks as one of the city’s longest-lasting, cuisine-centric locales, but with a lot of new blood moving in.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
While it’s unlikely you’d go all the way to Lisbon, Portugal, for just one dish, there’s certainly one bite you must have while you’re there: the egg tart. Pastel de nata (cream pastry) is a national obsession that has become a bucket-list bite for nearly every traveler to the country’s seaside capital. Fortunately for tourists, the city’s most iconic landmark, Belém Tower, is located just across the street and down the shoreline from the city’s undisputed powerhouse of pastel, Pastéis de Bélem. Unfortunately for visitors, the line leading to Pastéis de Bélem’s bakery counter may be the longest line found anywhere in the city, as salivating hordes wait their turn to taste the original, secret recipe invented by the monks of the nearby Jerónimos Monastery in Santa Maria de Bélem, itself an architecture masterpiece that places it at the top of any Lisbon must-list.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
According to a recent study from financial services company Allianz Global Assistance, more than a third of Americans haven’t taken a vacation in two years. For this study, a vacation is considered a leisure trip of at least a week to a destination more than 100 miles away.