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Happy Easter Monday …..time for some travel talk….

We have been doing some traveling for awhile now. When it is cold at home we hit the warmer climates. We have travelled quite a bit and some of the challenges of traveling and getting to your destination can be daunting at times. I always pack too much and we end of bringing what I never wear. We usually go away for extended periods of time, from a month to three months. Some of the things I learnt this trip, was to pack light tops, with a variety of solids pants, capris or shorts and a few pair of slip on sandals with a pair or two of dressy shoes. If you are wondering if you should bring it, don’t as you can always shop when you get there…lol…we could always use some retail therapy…It is difficult when cruising as you have to bring formal wear and smart casual to wear to the dining room, however you should bring half as much as you think you will need. We always carry with us a luggage weigh scale as airlines are strict in the weight of your bags. We have acquired duffle bags that we are able to collapse put in the suitcase for those purchases you are going to make on your trip. Another tip is to bring what you think you will need in case you get sick as it is difficult in countries that the language is an issue to be able to buy what you need based on your knowledge of what you can buy in Canada.  We have learnt a lot about medical insurance and what countries will accept coverage and through our experience many require you to pay up front and get your money back from your insured when you get back. Very important you read your coverage and know exactly what you are covered for and are not covered for.

I make a list list of what I will need when away and before I leave I check the list to make sure that everything on it is packed. If you need currency of the country you are going to visit…check with your bank to see if they can order it in for you…my experience is to give this at least a week to come in. Most countries accept US dollars, however there are those market stalls that only accept their money. Also check to see what the better exchange is for you to purchase in. Also note that at times when you leave that country that currency may not be exchangeable back to your local currency when you arrive home. Always look online or through a currency exchange centre what the exchange rate is for that country you are in at the present time. This will give you a basis to know if you are getting a fair exchange rate when you are purchasing in the local currency.

Hope you are having a wonderful Easter Monday!