So, I’m heading overseas for a long weekend trip, and I thought it would be interesting to share my “process” for preparing for a trip.
In this case, I’m heading to Seoul, South Korea. I’ve been there before, so the preparation is a little easier. Generally, I keep a word document (which I then e-mail to myself so I have it resident on my iPad during travel). I start with my outbound flights:
After that, I identify the currency, because I like to get my local currency from an ATM. I usually pull it from the first legitimate looking (usually HSBC) ATM I see. I don’t typically worry about any of the fees, because I have USAA, which reimburses me most ATM fees (up to $15 a month).
Next I consider airport transportation. Sometimes I’ll just go with the offering of the hotel, but in Seoul, there is a great “Korean Air Lines (KAL) limousine bus” routing, that covers many hotels.
Next I include the hotel information and the local US Embassy information — because this one document is supposed to have everything I need when I travel — and you never know when you will need that info.
Usually I’ll also include local touring information, I usually break it down to the “Must Do’s”, “Nice to Do’s”, “Shopping”, and “Eating” I won’t bore you with graphics for all those though.
Since this might prove useful, I will make it a point to create a “template” for this in the next week or two, and we’ll figure out a way to post it.
What do you do in preparation for a trip–overseas or otherwise?