International Travel Reminder

Recently I flew out of the country and did not follow my own standard protocol.  I failed to notify my banks of the trip.

As you would have it my ATM card declined a withdrawal and my credit card was declined after a few transactions.  I ended up wasting international phone minutes to call the bank and clarify the situation which basically made for a higher than normal withdrawal cost for me.

Banks usually will allow you to notify of travel dates ahead of time and also to note countries being visited so that your transactions don’t get blocked.  Take a few minutes ahead of time to save time and money while abroad.

Do you have other travel recommendations that others should consider?

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