Posted by: dagmarsands | May 17, 2012

Travel is no longer as much fun as it used to be!

After traveling to 41 different countries I have seen so much on these trips.  Busy
people trying to get to a business meeting, many tourists, retired people and tours.

It always amazes me what some of these travelers have to go through.  My last
trip that I am still on now was to St. Petersburg, Russia.  Well, it started with the
Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport where I had to stand in line with ocean of
people trying to get to my gate —– lesson here is get to the airport EARLY so you
don’t have to stress.

Secondly – going to another country – Russia for instance – you must have a VISA.
It takes about 14 -21 days if you are not in a hurry, but if you are make sure you
order it in time.  Next arriving in another country – currency exchange can be very
tricky. They charge way too much fees at the airport.  The new thing on this trip that
I found out is that hotels will NO LONGER exchange money.  You have to go to
an ATM or Currency Exchange office.   Shop around to get the right rate.  Then 
when you want to exchange your left over money as you are coming back home
CHARGES ARE HIGH.  I had $110 left over in Rubles and they wanted to exchange
them with me for only $76 – that’s a huge cut – pretty bad, right?

Luggage – do not pack too much and be aware of the weight limit of 50 lbs. You
will have to pay $25 – $50 for overweight luggage.  If it gets lost, make sure you
have enough stuff in your carry on – because they don’t give you much – toothbrush
and toothpaste and that will not be good enough if you are planning a presentation
or doing something very important like attending a wedding.  

Converter is a MUST!  If you want to roll your hair, use technology – you must have
international converter. Food – be careful where you eat and what you eat.  
Beef tongue may be a delicatessen in Europe, but you may not love it like
the locals do.   

International travels also requires that you are flexible.  Be patient, be
ready to take on any challenge that comes on.  Few of my colleagues were
robbed in Russia on this trip.  One on the public bus and the other on
while walking on the street.  These are professionals and you may think
you are smarter than they are – but remember they are EXPERTS in this

Lastly, it is much better to travel with a companion or with a group so
Plan your trip so that you have someone going with you.

Enjoy your travels – Dagmar Sands – Real Estate International, Inc.  


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