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International Travel Checklist

International Travel Checklist – Regardless of how many times you’ve traveled domestically, preparing for an international trip can be overwhelming. There are so many things to think about, including customs, border crossings, visas, how to get around while you’re there, and, of course, long plane rides. But international travel can be rewarding and exciting, and sometimes even stress-free. Here are the top tips to prepare for international vacation. International Travel Checklist Get your passport If you don’t already have a passport, now is the time to get one. It should only take 6 weeks, but in case it takes longer, it’s a good idea to get one right when you start planning. Already have a passport? Be sure to check the expiration date well in advance of your departure date. Also, remember you need to get a new one if you have changed your name; if you have gotten married, … Read more

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Change Your Name on an Airline Ticket Lessons Learned

I posted about a name change on my airline ticket.. In the end, I was able to travel on that ticket without paying a fee — but it wasn’t easy. Read on to learn how to fly with your current ticket, without paying any fees, plus 5 tips for tips for flying without changing your ticket.

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Eco-Friendly Hotel ~ Finding a LEED Hotel or Green Hotel

There are many ways to go about greening your hotel stay. Finding an eco-friendly hotel is the first way to make a big impact. Large hotels, especially in urban areas, consume a lot of energy. Between their many guest rooms and common spaces, conference centers and restaurants, they have the potential to leave a heavy carbon footprint. Many eco-travelers assume they’re restricted to eco-lodges and low-impact hostels to travel green, but this is not true. Thanks to LEED certification, it is possible to find an eco-friendly hotel or resort, or a green hotel. What is a LEED-Certified hotel? An acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED sets a universal eco-standard for hotels, making it easier for travelers to see — even at a glance — whether the hotel they want to book is green. How does it work? Resorts striving for LEED hotel certification must assemble a project team … Read more

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Argentina Money Hacks: Costs, ATMs, Coin Shortage

However, if you’re ever planning on visiting the country there are two other key things to note and they are so important they warrant a separate post…. So, when you head to Argentina make sure you either plan to visit the ATM frequently, bring US Dollars to exchange, or (and I hate to suggest this) bring Traveler’s Checks.

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12 Tips to Reduce your Carbon Footprint when Traveling

Reduce your Carbon Footprint – Many people are increasingly concerned with their personal contribution to carbon emissions and try to live a green lifestyle, but what if you want to travel? The following 12 tips will help you keep your carbon footprint as low as possible without disrupting your trip. Tips to Reduce your Carbon Footprint when Traveling Don’t Fly or Fly Smart It may be quick and convenient, but flying is one of the worst carbon polluters. So, if you can get to your destination without flying then you should certainly choose this option (especially, domestically). Car, train, bus etc, are all less detrimental to the environment in most cases. If in doubt, the BeFrugal website allows you to calculate the best mode of transport for your journey. If there are several of you going by car, try to stick to the least amount of vehicles. If you have … Read more