Before traveling to France or Italy on escorted Italy tours or escorted tours to France, there are things you should know. Read on.
Please review the following basic travel tips to help you get started on your journey. We want to make your travels as smooth, successful and stress-free as we can. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Pre-existing medical conditions
“A traveler going abroad with any preexisting medical problems should carry a letter from the attending physician, describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic name of prescribed drugs. Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the foreign embassy of the country they are visiting to make sure any required medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics.” – U S Department of State
Your Health Insurance Coverage Abroad
“Before going abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form. Although many health insurance companies will pay ‘customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States. Medical evacuation can easily cost $10,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition… The Social Security Medicare program does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the US”. – U S Department of State
A listing of addresses and telephone numbers of U.S. embassies and consulates abroad can be found in U S Department of State, www.state.gov, under Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts. Go to International Travel section where you can review Travel Warnings and Tips for Traveling Abroad.
Your Credit and Other Bank Cards Abroad
Before your departure, it is very important you inform your banks of your travel plans to ensure that your bank, ATM, credit
and debit cards will work and continue to work while you are abroad. The banks have automated security measures in place that flag
transactions outside your normal spending patterns. Failure to do so may result in a temporary freeze being placed on your account.
Prepare for Your Trip – Get in Shape
European travel in general involves a lot of walking, much more than we are used to in the US. Most of our tours include city walking tours,
visits to hilltop towns and villages, and meandering through cobbled streets. Keeping active and incorporating long walks into your busy
schedule in the weeks before your departure will make your vacation much more rewarding.
A challenge even for some experienced travelers! Wash or dry clean some clothes during your travel. Hotels and villas we choose offer laundry and dry cleaning services. They also provide hair dryers. Toiletries and cosmetics can also be purchased at your destinations. Please contact us if you need some assistance.