1) Bring copies of your passport -In most European countries, passport is the only approved official document for identification so in case you lose it or it gets stolen is good to have a few back up copies.
2) Notify your bank that you will be traveling abroad – In Eastern Europe all major credit cards are accepted. The most popular ones being Visa & MasterCard and using the more modern chip-and-pin cards. American Express, Diners & Discover are rather rare. Notify your bank about the countries you will be traveling through so that you have no problems regarding blocking of your credit cards.
3) Always have local cash – Although credit cards are widely accepted, still cash is the most popular way of payment and having local cash will help you a lot when traveling to remote areas.
4) Avoid exchanging money in airports or train stations – Generally exchange offices in airports & train stations are huge rip-offs. Try as much as possible to use banks and banks ATM, as you will not pay that many fees and exchange rate will be correct.
5) Bring an electrical plug adapter – Eastern Europe is using different plugs than North America for example so before traveling make sure that you buy a travel charger or an adapter for Europe and check the voltage of your electronics.
6) Pack and extra set of clothes in your carry on luggage – Due to the large number of passengers, airlines lose daily a number of suitcases. Make sure that you are not one of those that arrive in a new country with nothing to wear except for what they have one for a couple of days till the luggage arrives. Pack a few items of prime necessity in your carry on luggage.
7) Activate your phone’s global plan – It’s less expensive to activate a roaming plan than calling when you are abroad and paying the huge roaming fees and it also saves you a lot of trouble.
8) Make sure you have an overseas insurance policy – If you are abroad and you need medical assistance its always good to have an insurance that can cover your costs.
9) Check the weather – In the last few years, weather has changed a lot so make sure you check the weather before traveling so that you will have proper clothes in your luggage.
10) Download any apps you might need on your trip – A lot of apps provide you with great information regarding the latest news in the places where you travel. Highly recommended are the weather, translation and maps apps. On our tours you will be provided with maps of the country and maps of your itinerary.