Passwords

Some travel experts suggest changing passwords after a trip. Why? If you’ve used sites or an ATM where you used a password, you could be subject to identity issues.

If you like the password you have for your ATM for instance, change it before you go to something you can remember. Then, change it back to your favorite when you return home.

I’ve never done this. How about you?

Stop the Mail!

If you are planning on being gone for an extended trip…longer than a day…what do you do about your mail or your newspapers?

If you have a house sitter, the problem is solved.

But, if you don’t have someone staying in your house or don’t have a neighbor picking up your paper and mail, what do you do? It would be a good idea to stop both the mail delivery and the paper delivery.

That way, no one can see the pile of newspapers in your driveway and figure you’re not at home.

Visit USPS.com to use its Hold Mail Service. They’ll hold your mail for a minimum of three days and a maximum of 30 consecutive days.

Will it Rain?

Before leaving, before packing for your trip, do you check the weather at your destination?

You can check it a week or so prior and then again the day before. Will it be exactly as the forecast? Probably not…but at least you’ll have some idea of what to pack.

Then, pack accordingly. You can almost always pick up an umbrella from a street vendor in case of unexpected showers. If you plan to dress in layers, you’ll probably be ready for most weather changes.

Did You Pay Your Bills?

If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, you’ll probably have bills that come due during that time.

You could make advance payments before you leave. Check the due dates and schedule or make those payments in advance.

How Much?

Before traveling, check your wallet. It’s a good idea to have cash so you don’t have to use an ATM right away. Avoid those ATM fees, if you can.

And, if you’ve made that trip to the ATM, you probably received $20 bills. This is great…until you want to leave a tip for the taxi driver, the maid, or the doorman.

Make sure you have some smaller bills as well.