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Is it that wonderful and exciting time for your first trip abroad? We have a few tips so that you won’t miss a beat while preparing for your trip.
 
Most importantly, make sure you have a valid passport. Getting a passport isn’t an incredibly long or difficult process, but it does require some advanced planning. You should receive your passport in 4-5 weeks. Also, check to see if your destination requires a visa. Time and application requirements vary by country. You’ll also want to bring copies of your passport and visa in case of an emergency.
 
When it comes to money, you have a few options for currency exchange. Most banks will send you the currency you need, but you’ll have to allow for a few days. You can also exchange currency in the airport or at banks and ATMs abroad. Either way, try to keep track of how much you are actually spending in your home currency. Most places you’ll be traveling will accept credit cards, but they will likely require the card to have a chip in it for security reasons. You can ask your bank or credit card company to send you a card with a chip if yours doesn’t have one. Keep your money safe with a hidden money belt that you tuck inside your pants, or just keep a watchful eye on your things to avoid being pickpocketed.
 
Before you leave, contact your mobile phone provider to find your best option for avoiding extravagant fees. Be sure to bring an adapter so that you can charge your phone and other electronics.
 
And on a more fun note, make sure to check out guidebooks and local happenings before you leave.

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