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I have always had an itch for travel. There is so much on this beautiful earth to explore, which is why I don’t like going to the same places twice! I know lots of people who enjoy going to Florida or Pigeon Forge every year for vacation but not me. I want the adventure! Dad and I have talked about taking a trip for years and we finally did it! He gave me a budget and I made all the arrangements. Basically I was his personal tour guide! So where did I decide to take my Dad? Eastern Europe of course! We went to Prague, Vienna and Budapest.
There are a few things you should know before traveling abroad.
1. Pack light! We each had a small carry on suitcase for the duration of our trip. This makes traveling on planes, buses, subways, etc incredibly easy. You really don’t need as much as you think you do!
While sitting on the plane I was commenting that my driver’s license was going to renew in a few months but that I still had 2 years left on my passport. After hearing this Dad quickly scrambled to find his passport and discovered he had 6 months left before it expired! So make sure to check the date before boarding the plane!
3. Health Insurance
Did you know that your personal medical insurance does not extend outside of the United States? That means if you are injured overseas and return to the US for treatment, you coverage will be void. We purchased policies for our trip in less than five minutes through MedEx Assist. You simply put the dates of your travel, your destinations, and your age. Two policies for our trip cost a total of $60. Here is a blog link to learn more. International Travel
4. Bring a Map
When I go out of the country I don't purchase an international data plan. I am there to explore and learn, not to be on my phone! That also means that I cannot use my phone's GPS to figure out where I am, which is just fine with me. I am a big fan of Streetwise maps. They are easy to fold, laminated and show the public transit lines so it's easy to navigate.
We had an amazing trip and created so many wonderful memories. I'm fortunate enough that I get to work with my Dad every day, but getting to travel abroad was even better and something I will never forget! Below is a video with a few snippets from our trip!