Travel and vacations are awesome, it’s getting from one place to another that can be stressful and unpleasant, especially when you’re traveling to a foreign country. Be sure to do these 3 things BEFORE you leave the airport to reduce stress and get your trip off to a great start.

Also, check out the bonus tip for a soulful reminder about managing your time on arrival at your destination.

These are the links I reference in the video (there are bonuses for you to use them if you’re interested):

Having a specific savings account for travel is a great way to save for your trips.

These banks charge no ATM fees anywhere in the world. In addition, they reimburse you for fees charged by other banks on your ATM transactions.

Radius – http://bit.ly/37QoFkr

If you use this link to open an account and keep a balance of $500 by the end of 60 days, we both get $50.

Aspiration – http://bit.ly/3bOfOks

Aspiration also offers a $50 for you and $50 for me if you use the link above, under these conditions: Accounts must be open and in good standing for a minimum of ten business days, the referred customer must use their Aspiration debit card to make at least $250 worth of cumulative transactions within 60 days of account opening.

These statements are made in March 2021. While these policies have been long standing at these banks, please check for current specifics at the time you apply.

We also have a video on the most awesome Travel Hacks for your Phone.

And if you haven’t found it yet, we have a whole page of Travel Tips and Tutorials. There’s stuff here for both new and seasoned travelers.

Video Transcript

So you’ve just landed. You’re in a strange place, you’re tired, you’ve been on a plane for who knows how many hours, you’ve got to find your way around, you’ve got to get your luggage, you’ve got to find transport to your hotel, and you’re just exhausted.

But there are three things you want to do before you leave the airport that’ll make your life a whole lot easier.

I also have a bonus tip at the end and it’s something that is easy to forget, and that we all forget.

So let’s get started.

The first tip, and the first thing you should do before leaving the airport, is get some cash. Some people will say never exchange money at the airport, you’re going to get ripped off, the exchange rates are horrible. But I’m not talking about a lot of cash. I’m talking about some pocket money, $50 to 100, and that will get you through your first day. It’ll get you lunch, it’ll get you your taxi ride. If you can’t find an ATM close to your hotel really quickly it will make your life easier to know that you have some cash in your pocket.

You may be traveling in a way where you use almost exclusively plastic, but there are always times there are certain vendors that will never take plastic, so it’s always good to have some money in your pocket.

The tricky part about this is you never know quite where it’s going to occur in the airport. I have seen airports where it comes up before you get to through customs, I’ve seen it right after, I’ve seen it after you’re all the way through all the technical stuff and Immigration and all that. So you have to keep your eye out for both a regular bank, a forex, remember forex is foreign exchange, or an ATM. If you see an ATM in an airport, it should probably take your bank card no matter what it is. There’s always going to be exceptions to that so don’t hate me if I’m wrong. Just keep your eye out for the ATM, or the forex, because that’ll let you put a little cash.

And if you lose a few dollars because you did your transaction at the airport instead of the bank, let’s face it, in the scope of a big trip like you’re taking, it’s not that big a deal to spend a little extra once for the peace of mind and convenience it’s going to create for you.

I’m fortunate enough to have a bank that doesn’t charge for ATM transactions anywhere in the world. There are a few banks that do this and I’ll leave links to them in the description. They are online banks and I think you do need a US address for the banks I’m going to share with you.

So definitely double check your bank cards and know what you’re going to get charged at an ATM.

I can highly recommend if you’re traveling to set up a bank where you just keep your travel funds in it. This will help you keep from paying hundreds of dollars in fees over the course of your trip, so make sure you’re using the best ATM card you can when you travel.

Whether you get it before you even get to the country you’re coming to, or you get it in the airport, be sure you have a little bit of cash in the local money before you leave the airport.

Tip number two. When you’re in the airport, get yourself a local sim card. Your trip will be so much easier if you just have a local phone number. You don’t have to worry about roaming charges, and people around like your guide, or your driver, or the hotel, will be able to get in touch with you no problem.

Some people will say you’re going to get ripped off, the sim cards at the airport aren’t a good deal. It’s just not that big a difference. Usually you have a choice of several carriers. The difference in the deals for the amount you’re going to be using the sim card just isn’t enough dollars to worry about. Oh hey, I’m going to get to my hotel, then I’m going to find a place to buy it, and then I’m going to get it set up. Just get it on your way in. It’s a whole lot easier, and then you don’t have to worry about it. You’ll have your phone working completely for the whole trip.

By the way, I have a trick for dealing with that new phone number you just got. I cover it thoroughly in my three favorite Phone Travel Hacks video. I’ll put a link to it in the description and make it sure it’s one of the end cards at the end of this video – it makes your life so much easier when you do this, and you can do it on the road from your phone.

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The third thing you want to do before leaving the airport, set up your hotel’s location in your map app, whatever map app you use. The GPS should still be working. Set up your hotel location so you know where you’re going. This is both for safety, to make sure there’s nothing nefarious going on, and to make sure you’re on the right path, because cab drivers as I’ve said, don’t always know where they’re going. So it’s good to sort of back them up and make sure you’re headed in the right direction. It’s also very much for peace of mind.

A lot of the tips we give are for peace of mind, especially the ones for when you first arrive and there’s so much stress. We’re just trying to make it easier so that travel isn’t stressful, so you don’t start your vacation out in a stressful manner.

And that brings me to the bonus tip.

One of the most important things you can do, and it’s something that’s really easy to forget, and I forget to do it all the time. Oh man, I always forget. I’m sitting there making sure Tim’s with me, and you know he’s mostly blind so I take care of the luggage, I gotta figure out how we’re gonna get to where we’re going, and it’s easy to forget this, but BREATHE. Pause and breathe.

Your arrival at your hotel is rarely so scheduled that the difference between getting there 30 minutes after you get off the plane, or an hour ,or an hour and a half after you arrive at four in the afternoon, five in the afternoon, whatever time you’re arriving. It doesn’t matter. You know they’re going to be there waiting for you. Your room’s going to be waiting for you.

Once you arrive at the airport, don’t stress. There’s not a hurry to do anything.

We’re used to rushing around all the time. We’re used to rushing through airports. But once you’ve arrived there is no reason to rush. If you need to stop and have a coffee and a cake, if you need to stop and have some lunch ,or just a drink, just relax and take your time getting to your destination.

There are some airports where there really is nothing to do and it is just a get through and get out, but even then you don’t have to hurry. You can still do it at your own pace. Don’t let anyone rush you.

If you need a moment, and you have an opportunity, take a moment breathe. You will get to the exit when you get there. You will get to the taxi when you get there. You will get to the hotel when you get there. There is no reason to start that end of your trip out in a stressful rush. So remember to breathe.

There are three things you want to do before you leave the airport on your next trip. You want to get some local cash, you want to get a local sim card, and you want to set the location of your hotel in your map app.

These three things will make your life easier, it’ll ensure that your arrival is smoother and it will take a lot of the stress out of your trip to have these things set up before you even leave the airport.

Trust me, it makes a big difference.

And don’t forget to breathe.

And don’t forget to drop a like on our video, if you’re still with me, and check out all our other tutorials. We have translation tutorials, money tutorials, all our tutorials are designed to make your life easier when you travel.

We’ll see you next time.

Team Hazard

Old, fat and disabled and traveling the world anyway. Join Trina and Tim as they wander around the planet bringing you honest stories about the people and places they encounter.

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