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What Should You Check for When Traveling Abroad?

Traveling has many great perks but it also has many little problems that can be very problematic if you are not aware of them.

People always mention the good about trips, but you cannot enjoy yourself if you don’t check for a few things when traveling abroad. And this post covers these.

Can You Drive?

Traveling is great. But is it really that great if you have no means of transport? Cabs can be expensive. Uber doesn’t work in every city. A train won’t get you to a precise location. A car? That might be a solution, but it depends on who you are.

When traveling abroad, one of the things you should really look out for is if you can drive because if you really want to go somewhere and don’t have a big budget, it will be hard to do so without a car.

In Europe, you can get away with having a European license. In the US, in certain states, you can get away with a license of your own country if you have an international driving permit.

This is all about safety. Ireland and the UK have a road facing in an opposite direction as an example. And drivers can struggle with that.

Bringing your car isn’t always an option. Long trips aren’t too comfortable, so your car might not always be the best choice.

So should you rent a car?

Perhaps, if you can.

You might be a great driver but if you are too young, then you won’t able to rent a car. In Poland, while the legal age is 18, you still have to be 21 to rent a car. And that comes with an extra fee for being young. Watch out for that.

Make sure your license will be valid in the country you are going to and that you can rent a car. Otherwise, you might have a big problem.

Socket Types

Arrive at your destination. Unpack. Take out your camera, phone, earphones, and your tablet. Realize that you cannot charge any of them because all of your plugs differ. What are you going to do now?

You need an adapter. Depending on your location, it might not be easy to get. And adapters are like chargers. A bad one will work but will eventually also break.

There are four different socket types in the world. If you are going from the US to Ireland followed by Germany, that’s three different sockets. That’s a lot of space and extra money.

They take up space. They aren't easy to find in shops. They often break because there are more amps coming in than the fuse can handle.

Zendure Passport adapter is like a passport. It works all around the world, and it has an auto-resetting fuse. But we are living in 2017. It’s not enough to have a socket. That’s why there are 4 USB ports present. To make sure that you can charge everything that you need to charge.

And if your device doesn’t have the greatest battery life but needs to last you a day while you travel, then use a portable charger. Zendure A8 QC will let you charge your phone 7 to 9 times. And it charges fast thanks to Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

Fees and Whether Cards Are Accepted When Traveling Abroad

Not every country is pushing towards debit or credit cards. Certain places like to use the traditional method. And that’s why you should make sure to bring money with you.

Using cards abroad also brings fees. Banks need to make money, and one of the best ways to do it is by putting fees on people when they are traveling abroad. You need to be aware of that or the next time you try to pay then you might be out of funds.


Alcohol isn't legal to drink in public places in every country. Crossing the road isn't legal if there are no crossing paths in certain countries. You can get fined because of that in Poland. Some countries don’t allow alcohol at all.

And while certain countries might look similar at times, rules differ. When traveling abroad, you need to watch out. Especially in strict countries.


Transportation matters. You won’t get anywhere without it. Power is just as important in today’s era of electronics. Make sure you have an adapter that works everywhere and has everything that you need. Be aware of the fees. And most importantly, make sure you follow the rules.

Written by Michael Smolski